On April 3, USA Today published an array of stories under the banner, “Copy, Paste, Legislate,” exploring the political impact of model bills on state-level legislation — more than 10,000 bills from 2010 to 2018 — based on a two-year joint investigation with the Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity. The lead story headline said it all: "You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead."
In June, the House voted 382-0 to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would extend veterans’ benefits to the numerous men who served off the coast of Vietnam during the war. Many of these men have had to spend a considerable part of their lives trying to prove that they were exposed to Agent Orange, leading to some, if not most, of their health problems. Since June, the act has been stuck in the Republican-led Senate. Last Monday, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) attempted to get the unanimous consent of the Senate to pass the bill.
I doubt that Robert Mueller and his staff spend much time worrying about what the right-wing fever swamp thinks about the job they are doing. But if they did pay attention to what the Trump fanatics say about them, they would likely be surprised to learn that they are currently being excoriated for giving Michael Flynn what amounts to a "get out of jail free" card. It's not because these Trump supporters think Flynn deserves to pay a higher price for lying to the feds or betraying the national trust. They think that Mueller's office should have withdrawn all charges and apologized to Flynn for ever indicting him the first place.
The idiots take over in the final days of crumbling civilizations. Idiot generals wage endless, unwinnable wars that bankrupt the nation. Idiot economists call for reducing taxes for the rich and cutting social service programs for the poor, and project economic growth on the basis of myth. Idiot industrialists poison the water, the soil and the air, slash jobs and depress wages. Idiot bankers gamble on self-created financial bubbles and impose crippling debt peonage on the citizens. Idiot journalists and public intellectuals pretend despotism is democracy. Idiot intelligence operatives orchestrate the overthrow of foreign governments to create lawless enclaves that give rise to enraged fanatics. Idiot professors, “experts” and “specialists” busy themselves with unintelligible jargon and arcane theory that buttresses the policies of the rulers. Idiot entertainers and producers create lurid spectacles of sex, gore and fantasy.
In a new interview with Vice, rhetoric professor Elisabetta Matelli at the Catholic University in Milan discussed the decline in standards of dialogue — especially on social media — and how a growing disinterest in wisdom has led to a simple-minded reliance on slogans and stock arguments in political debate.
Conservatives were completely outraged last week after "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson mocked then-candidate — now Congressman-elect — Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) for wearing an eye patch as the result of an injury he sustained as a military service member.
The Right Wing Has Perfected the Art of Combining Conspiracy Theories With Facts to Make Them Even More Dangerous
The spread of “false flag” conspiracy theories exemplifies how the mindset of secret intelligence agencies has spread to American political life.
This Right-Wing Conspiracist Was Actually Just Invited on MSNBC to Discuss the Dangers of Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories
Right-wing conspiracy theories appear to be the source of two of the most recent horrifying high-profile attacks in the United States this week. First, a series of bombs was sent to multiple Democratic figures and CNN, allegedly by a man who promoted delusional and conspiratoral beliefs about these individuals. And second, on Satuday, a mass shooting killed 11 people and injured several more at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and it was allegedly carried out by a a man who believed anti-Semitic consiracy theories about immigration.
'That Sends a Shiver Down My Spine!': CNN Panel Destroys Trump over His History of Anti-Semitic Pandering
While the brutal killing of 11 people at a synagogue on Saturday is making clear the vivid dangers of American anti-Semitism, many political observers pointed out the not-too-subtle role President Donald Trump has had in stoking this animus.
'The President Is a Terrorist Sympathizer': MSNBC Guest Accuses Trump of 'Fomenting' Domestic Terrorism
Even while he occasionally pretended to be "presidential" as major Democratic figures received bombs in the mail this week, President Donald Trump revealed that his deep-rooted partisan and petty nature is all-consuming, and he frequently reverted to his pugilistic form.
A Humiliated Geraldo Rivera Backpedals on Calling Mail Bombs a ‘False Flag’ Attack After Suspect Is Arrested
Many wingnuts in the far-right media—from Rush Limbaugh to Ann Coulter to Townhall’s John Cardillo—were quick to claim that the series of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats this week was a “false flag” operation designed to discredit President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. But with investigators having found a suspect, veteran television journalist Geraldo Rivera is retracting his “false flag” claims.