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Reid Scolds GOP on Sandoval: “I am sorry the Republicans are treating even 1 of their own that way."

Reid on Sandoval:

Senate Republicans said the governor’s party affiliation made no difference — they would not even consider any nominee put forward by Mr. Obama. That only amplified Democratic rhetoric:

“I am sorry the Republicans are treating even one of their own that way."




http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/us/politics/democrats-press-gop-to-consider-a-supreme-court-pick.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160224&nlid=70064539&tntemail0=y

"they're not even doing oppo on him"




https://twitter.com/owillis/status/702917284415799296
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-research_us_56cf2c6de4b03260bf75b395?pmx11yvi

Former Mexican President to Donald Trump: ‘I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall’

Former Mexican President to Donald Trump: ‘I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall’
http://fus.in/1Ta6uKi

In an interview with Jorge Ramos on Fusion, former Mexican president Vicente Fox said emphatically that if Donald Trump were to be elected to the Oval Office in November and make good on his promise of building a wall along the US-Mexico border, Mexico should not foot the bill, as Trump has suggested.

"I declare: I'm not going to pay for that fucking wall," Fox said. "He should pay for it. He's got the money."


http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/former-mexican-president-fox-not-paying-for-trump-wall
http://fusion.net/story/273374/former-mexican-president-to-donald-trump-not-paying-for-that-fucking-wall/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=FusionNews

Just casually calling for a military coup.

Kansas Republican: Military leaders have constitutional obligation to disobey Obama order to close Gitmo


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“The men and women of our military who he would ask to carry out that mission would have to look very carefully at whether the direction that they were being given was consistent with what their counsel was telling them about what was legal,” Pompeo said. “I hope the president won’t put anybody in that position and won’t present risk to America, but we’ve watched the president behave in lawless ways.”

Host Steve Malzberg asked the congressman whether military members might disobey the president’s order after consulting with unspecified legal authorities.

“You know, I served, Steve, in the military for quite a while, and if there’s one thing you understand it’s chain of command and following orders,” Pompeo said.

The lawmaker and military veteran, however, carved out a major exception to the chain of command and the obligation to follow orders — at least when Obama is the commander in chief.


http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/kansas-republican-military-leaders-have-constitutional-obligation-to-disobey-obama-order-to-close-gitmo/

IDK Not Trump Tho

LOL, GOP Secretly Claims It Can Control Trump

“Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has begun stating in private meetings that the party has sway over its at times unwelcome front-runner because it has tools Trump will need to use to win a general election — voter data and field, digital and media operations that a nominee typically inherits from the party infrastructure.

Dangling access to these resources, Priebus thinks he can help steer Trump toward partywide policy goals and away from the inflammatory rhetoric that Republican officials see as divisive and dangerous, especially outside of the primary, according to two Republican sources who have spoken with the RNC chairman.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/rnc-sees-leverage-over-trump-219759

Biden and Lady Gaga to team up at Oscars

Vice President Joe Biden will team up with Lady Gaga during Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony for a special presentation aimed a combating sexual violence, White House officials said Thursday.

Biden, who was the main author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act during his career in the Senate, will introduce Lady Gaga for a performance of her nominated song, "Til It Happens to You," an administration official told The Times. The singer co-wrote the piece, which is about campus sexual assault, with songwriter Diane Warren for the documentary film "The Hunting Ground."

Biden has been one of the main advocates for the administration's "It's On Us" campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness about the problem of sexual violence on American campuses. The campaign asks students to take a pledge to intervene instead of being bystanders if a sexual assault is taking place, to recognize that sexual contact without consent is an assault and a crime, and to support survivors and make sexual assault unacceptable.

In the fall, Biden met with Warren and several other Hollywood activists to talk about the campaign. During the conversation, the two talked about the power of the song, the administration official said.


http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-biden-oscars-20160225-story.html

Molly Nailed It.

Matt Taibbi: How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable

He's no ordinary con man. He's way above average — and the American political system is his easiest mark ever

By Matt Taibbi February 24, 2016

You think the media sucks now?
Just wait until reporters have to kiss a brass Trump-sphinx before they enter the White House press room.



Trump isn't the first rich guy to run for office. But he is the first to realize the weakness in the system, which is that the watchdogs in the political media can't resist a car wreck


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The problem, of course, is that Trump is crazy. He's like every other corporate tyrant in that his solution to most things follows the logic of Stalin: no person, no problem. You're fired! Except as president he'd have other people-removing options, all of which he likes: torture, mass deportations, the banning of 23 percent of the Earth's population from entering the United States, etc.

He seems to be coming around to the idea that having an ego smaller than that of, say, an Egyptian Pharaoh would be a sign of weakness. So of late, his already-insane idea to build a "beautiful" wall across the Mexican border has evolved to the point where he also wants the wall to be named after him. He told Maria Bartiromo he wanted to call it the "Great Wall of Trump."

In his mind, it all makes sense. Drugs come from Mexico; the wall will keep out Mexicans; therefore, no more drugs. "We're gonna stop it," he says. "You're not going to have the drugs coming in destroying your children. Your kids are going to look all over the place and they're not going to be able to find them."

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And as bad as our media is, Trump is trying to replace it with a worse model. He excommunicates every reporter who so much as raises an eyebrow at his insanity, leaving him with a small-but-dependable crowd of groveling supplicants who in a Trump presidency would be the royal media. He even waves at them during his speeches.



Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-america-made-donald-trump-unstoppable-20160224#ixzz418n61hKu
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Chomsky Explains Trump

Chomsky: Trump's rise due to 'breakdown of society'
By NOLAN D. MCCASKILL 02/24/16 10:35 AM EST


MIT professor and intellectual Noam Chomsky attributes Donald Trump’s success in the Republican presidential primary to “fear” and a “breakdown of society.”

In an interview published Tuesday, AlterNet’s Aaron Williams asked Chomsky for his thoughts on Trump’s “surprising progress.” After a second-place finish in Iowa, the billionaire has stormed to consecutive double-digit wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.


“Fear, along with the breakdown of society during the neoliberal period,” Chomsky responded. “People feel isolated, helpless, victim of powerful forces that they do not understand and cannot influence.”

Chomsky compared the political environment that’s allowed Trump to flourish to the 1930s, when the U.S. was in the Great Depression. “Objectively, poverty and suffering were far greater,” Chomsky said. “But even among poor working people and the unemployed, there was a sense of hope that is lacking now, in large part because of the growth of a militant labor movement and also the existence of political organizations outside the mainstream.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/02/noam-chomsky-donald-trump-fear-219723#ixzz418kCml7x
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