Neoconservative's analysis: Donald Trump, elites, and the GOP's future

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Archconservative David Frum delivers a brutal, unflinching look at the contradictions between the Republican party's elites and kingmakers -- who favor redistributive policies that suck money out of the middle class and deposit it in their own offshore tax-free accounts -- and the rank-and-file voters, who want social programs and high wages, but not for brown people. Read the rest

Young Earth Creationist will run Arizona Senate education panel

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Sylvia Allen, the GOP state Senator from Snowflake, AZ, believes the Earth is 6,000 years old. She will run the state Senate's committee to oversee educational legislation. Read the rest

Omnibus budget/spying bill is a corrupt, stupid mess

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The Omnibus Budget Bill passed this week, and Paul Ryan managed to cram the domestic mass surveillance law CISA into it, but that's just the appetizer in a banquet of corrupt DC horsetrading embodied in 2,000+ pages that indicts the entire US legislative system. Read the rest

Bernie Sanders was more popular than Trump, but the press ignores him

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About 16 percent of Americans identify Bernie Sanders as their top choice for the next president; Trump is preferred by about 11 percent of the population -- Sanders is nearly 50% more popular than Trump, but Trump outperforms him in press headlines by as much as 23:1.

Update: A new poll, released today, has Trump edging out Sanders. Read the rest

Billionaire GOP superdonors aren't getting what they paid for

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The billionaires who bankrolled Mitt Romney and other Republican establishment candidates are becoming disillusioned with the political classes, who give them the mushroom treatment: keep 'em in the dark and shovel shit all over them. Read the rest

US politicians, ranked by their willingness to lie

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Angie Drobnic Holan, of the respected, nonpartisan factchecking org Politifact has an editorial in the New York Times about the record levels of falsehood in the GOP race, an outlier in a general increase in the literal factualness of political campaigns, thanks to fact-checking orgs like hers. Read the rest

Ted Cruz campaign hires dirty data-miners who slurped up millions of Facebook users' data

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Cambridge Analytica is an obscure data-mining company funded by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer (Cruz's main financial backer). Cambridge Analytica created "psychographic profiles" of millions of Facebook users by scraping their personal data without their knowledge or permission. Read the rest

#GOPdildo: shooping dildos into GOP gun-totin' photos

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Matt "Metafilter" Haughey's got a new election-season pass-time: he's taking photos that GOP politicians post of themselves holding guns and replacing the BFGs with massive sex-toys, exposing a deep and comic truth. Read the rest

Unelectable Lindsey Graham throws caution to the wind

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Now that Lindsey Graham is totally unelectable, he's decided to drop out of the "say the craziest thing I can think of" race and started a new one: the race to say things that are obviously true to everyone who's not trying to win the Tea Party, low-information-voter, religious fundamentalist vote. Read the rest

Pandering to the lizard brain: American media versus objective reality

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Matt Taibbi, in typical blazing form in the Rolling Stone, asks how it can be that millions of Americans believe Donald Trump's fairy-tale about Muslims cheering after 9/11 when it just didn't happen. Read the rest

US governors vow to protect citizens from mass-shooters if they are Syrian

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Pete Reynolds in McSweeney's, proving that humor is a better source of news than the news is: "I refuse to support special interest groups whose sole mission is to profit from putting weapons into the hands of people, if those people are Syrians." Read the rest

Donald Trump Lorem Ipsum generator

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Todd writes, "I made this ridiculous thing. Click on his head for more lorem."

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House GOP defends the right of racist car-dealers to overcharge people of color

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House Bill HR1737 will create penalties for auto-lenders who substantially overcharge black and latino customers through gouging on dealer markups. Read the rest

Craiglist ad for new Speaker of the House

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Rep Mark Takano [D-CA] posted a help wanted ad to Craigslist seeking a new Speaker for the House of Representatives, a position that's been vacant since Speaker Boehner dropped the mic and walked out on the "ungovernable" radical Tea Party/Freedom Caucus mess that is the Congressional Republican Party.

It seems like we’re having a hard time finding the next Speaker, so I created a Craigslist ad to boost our search. [@repmarktakano/Twitter]

(via Amac) Read the rest

Canadian Tories funneled $8M in tax money to US Republican Party's NGO

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Under the Stephen Harper government, $8M was given to the John McCain-chaired International Republican Institute, a non-governmental organization started by the US Republican party to advocate for right-wing policies abroad. Read the rest

How a billionaire GOP rainmaker tried (and failed) to rewrite history by suing Mother Jones

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Frank VanderSloot is a major Republican donor -- he funneled more than $1M to the Romney campaign -- who is tapped to be one of the kingmakers in the party's leadership race. But the multi-level marketing nutritional supplement billionaire has a dark history he'd like to erase: his many, high-profile, vicious campaigns against gay people. Read the rest

Megachurch televangelists lay hands on Donald Trump, ask Jesus to vote for him

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GOP presidential candidate and noted scumbag Donald Trump met with a bunch of televangelists, Tea Party “teavangelicals,” and preacher profiteers at his Trump Tower office Monday afternoon.

The elite group, which included some megachurch chiefs who have previously been investigated by the federal government for misuse of donations, prayed while performing the “laying on of hands” to infuse him with the Holy Spirit. The goal: Jesus, get our man elected. Read the rest

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