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Rachel Maddow's take

on last night. Pretty interesting. If you missed it:


Benghazi: If Chuck Todd says it's over, it's probably over

Chuck Todd has a message for Republicans still harping on Benghazi: it's over, people.

The panel on Tuesday's "Morning Joe" was discussing the new House Select committee formed to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The inquiry comes after several others into the attacks, all of which led Todd to suggest that the latest investigation is not necessary and is more of a "partisan" process than anything else.

"I’ll hear from Republicans that say, ‘But there are unanswered questions!’ Well, no, all the questions have been answered," he said. "There’s just some people that don’t like the answers, that wish the answers were somehow more conspiratorial, I guess."

Todd said that there were a number of issues, like policy or the United States' response to Arab Spring, worth discussing. "But to sit here and investigate talking points seems to be totally missing the larger point here," he added. "It’s like investigating who cut down one tree in a forest that’s been burned down."

His comments echo his remarks earlier this month that the new committee "looks nothing more than a partisan stunt.” House Speaker John Boehner recently named Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy to lead the investigation, while some Democrats who are threatening to boycott the committee.


10 most absurd right-wing Christian billboards

These are hilarious! And you'll be reminded again at how terrible the right is at grammar, mechanics and punctuation.


So a house in my neighborhood burned down

It apparently caught fire in the afternoon. No one was injured but the entire place is charcoal splinters. My reaction was complete astonishment that the fire department had been able to contain the blaze--the houses are pretty close together--without anything, even trees or lawn on adjacent property, sustaining any damage whatsoever. Someone else's response was to put up a HUGE sign in the yard: "Thank you God for your mercy and blessings."

Harder to drive, harder to vote?

My husband stopped at the GEORGIA DMV to routinely renew his driver's license before his May birthday. He was surprised, and so was I, to learn that to accomplish this previously routine transaction he was required to have THREE forms of ID: a birth certificate, a passport, and/or Social Security identification, and proof of address. His old driver's license, with our still current address, was inadequate as a form of identification or as proof of address. (And while no one seems to care, my own Social Security card clearly states that it's not a form of ID.) He was told that they was now strictly enforcing the " new" identification requirements, but no one in my family had heard anything about this.

My internet research reveals that the "new" law went into effect in 2013, but it's been a well kept secret. Seems to me that the intent here is purely and simply voter repression. Obviously anything and everything that makes it more difficult to get a driver's license will make it more difficult to vote. Or am I, blue in a red state, just getting completely paranoid?

Phyllis Schlafy still alive; still unconscious

Days after Senate Republicans unanimously blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, Phyllis Schlafly, founder of "pro-family" organization Eagle Forum, claimed that providing women with equal pay for equal work would deter their chances of finding a “suitable mate” in a Christian Post op-ed published Tuesday.

Since a woman prefers to marry a man who makes more money than she does, Schlafly argued, decreasing the gender pay gap would leave women unable to secure a husband.


Fox Refuses To Air President Obama's Equal Pay Signing Ceremony

On national Equal Pay Day, Fox News ignored President Obama's signing ceremony for new executive orders aimed to address the problem.

On April 8, President Obama signed into law two new executive orders to help alleviate the pay gap between men and women hired by federal contractors. The president hosted a ceremony at the White House featuring equal pay pioneer Lily Ledbetter.

Unlike MSNBC and CNN, however, Fox declined to air the ceremony. Happening Now co-host Jon Scott directed viewers to Foxnews.com for coverage of the ceremony after he depicted it as merely political, "the Democrats think it is a political winning issue for them, that is why they are touting it right now." Fox ran a segment that reported on House Republicans' plans to "fix" Obamacare during the event:



Rude Pundit- Random Observations on McCutcheon v FEC

As usual, the Rude Pundit nails it.

There's far more dollars than people in this nation. What else do we have, we of the lesser speech? What do we have but volume and bodies? -


Good contest for fiction writers

well-defined rules. Small entry fee. Judges are actually named.


Are You There God? It's Me, Hobby Lobby

From Mother Jones:

On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Inc., the most closely watched case of the year. The stakes are high. Thanks to novel legal arguments and bad science, a ruling in favor of the company threatens any number of significant and revolutionary outcomes, from upending a century's worth of settled corporate law to opening the floodgates to religious challenges to every possible federal statute to gutting the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

But here was the newsflash for me. Hobby Lobby already provided Plan B contraceptives!

On many levels, the Hobby Lobby case is a mess of bad facts, political opportunism, and questionable legal theories that might be laughable had some federal courts not taken them seriously. Take for instance Hobby Lobby's argument that providing coverage for Plan B and Ella substantially limits its religious freedom. The company admits in its complaint that until it considered filing the suit in 2012, its generous health insurance plan actually covered Plan B and Ella (though not IUDs). The burden of this coverage was apparently so insignificant that God, and Hobby Lobby executives, never noticed it until the mandate became a political issue.


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