Leaked US Assistant Secretary of State Ukraine Call: “Fuck the EU”




The Fifth Column

This one is hilarious.  It epitomizes the term: Obama Derangement Syndrome…


Time’s Zeke Miller tweetered this adorbs little photo from June as part of a year-end skim of the White House Flickr stream. Photographer Pete Souza’s note:

“The President called me over to pose for a photo with a young boy who had fallen asleep during the Father’s Day ice cream social in the State Dining Room of the White House.”

So it’s not hard to imagine how this pic might hit the world of rightwing media.

Twitchy: “SNAP! Obama caught shaming small child forced to attend White House propaganda event”

Gateway Pundit: “Typical: Obama inserts himself into other people’s Fathers’ Day celebration”

Daily Caller: “Was cute sleepy child another Obama plant?”

American Thinker: “Sleepy Child Just Another Obama Plant — the evidence from photos”

Breitbart: “Sleepy Boy Reported To Be Another Plant”

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze: “No, there…

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Who Gets Air-Time On Sunday Morning News Shows?



There has long been a bit of controversy about who gets asked to be interviewed on Sunday morning news shows.  If it seems like the same elected officials keep showing up to be peppered with questions about the latest headlines and pressing matters that need national attention it is because that is the case week after week.  At times the official is someone who has deep institutional memory and a background that makes for insightful programing such as with Arizona Senator John McCain.  Other times the bombastic and headline seeking are allowed more time as they are so peculiar, and therefore seemingly more interesting as in the case of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

I think it worth discussion as to how a select few continually get selected for the shows, when there is a huge number of qualified members of congress to pose questions to on any Sunday morning.

Lets look…

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Houston mayor a big supporter, but Wendy Davis has tough road ahead in governor’s race


CNN Political Ticker

Washington (CNN) – Houston Democratic Mayor Annise Parker is pulling hard for state Senator Wendy Davis for Texas governor, but acknowledges it is still a “red state” and her fellow Democrat has a tough fight ahead of her.

Appearing in Washington this week, Parker expressed strong support for Davis, saying “it is possible” for her to win.

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Obamacare enrollment ramps up in days after website fix


CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) – A revamped federal health care website has helped enroll 29,000 Americans in insurance plans over the past several days, a source familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday.

The number is higher than the online enrollments for the entire month of October, and reflects a boost in sign-ups after HealthCare.gov underwent a massive repair job after its initial launch.

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Open Letter to President Obama: A Pardon for Oscar López Rivera


Repeating Islands


As the title above states, here are excerpts of an open letter to President Obama—“A Pardon for Oscar López Rivera”—published by Guillermo Rebollo-Gil (author and professor of sociology) in Counterpunch (28 November 2013). He is referring to a pardon for Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican political prisoner.

Dear President Obama:

Here in Puerto Rico, your lunch with now Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is commemorated by way of a small plaque on the table in the restaurant where you paid cash for a sandwich in a button-down white shirt with the sleeves rolled up. [. . .] I share this because, like so many here, I have a somewhat distorted notion of history and of the events that comprise it. For example, I know that you are the 44th President of the U.S. and that you were first sworn into office on January 20th, 2009. I know this because I turned…

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