John Wayne Day gets Nixed Due to the Fact He was a Raging Racist A-hole

by Jen Hayden – California Republican State Assemblyman Matthew Harper proposed a resolution to declare May 26, 2016 as John Wayne Day in California. He got more than he bargained for when many California lawmakers loudly objected due to the fact that John Wayne was a raging racist asshole: The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and John Birch Society. He was outwardly racist and homophobic. Look no further than this 1971 interview John Wayne did with Playboy Magazine: PLAYBOY: Angela Davis claims that those who would revoke her teaching credentials on ideological grounds are actually discriminating against her because she’s black. Do you think there’s any truth in that? WAYNE: With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully...

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The World Is Terrified Of Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech, Here’s What They Had To Say

by Sarah – One thing has been made abundantly clear: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to foreign policy and diplomatic leadership. And whoever is in his ear and/or writing his speeches clearly doesn’t either. After Trump made his “foreign policy” speech on Wednesday, not only did America react, but so did the rest of the world, with a number of foreign dignitaries speaking up and out against the real estate mogul’s ineptitude. Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception of reality… The world’s security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars alone. It cannot be conducted unilaterally. No American president can get round this change in the international security architecture…. ‘America first’ is actually no answer to that.” Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt believes...

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Trump Promotes Shooting Muslims With Bullets Dipped In Pig’s Blood, Gets An Ovation (VIDEO)

by Kerry-Anne – During a rally in California, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump praised a bogus historical incident where Muslims were shot by bullets dipped in pig’s blood – to rapturous applause. It appears that neither Donald Trump, nor the crowd in Costa Mesa, are aware that there is no evidence this historical incident actually happened. Given the campaign’s focus on rhetoric over fact to date, t’s unlikely anyone would care either. But for the record, Trump was praising the vile actions of U.S. General John Joseph Pershing. The story goes that the General cracked down on Islamic terrorism in the early 20th century with a single act of terror of his own. As Trump delights in telling the crowd, reciting it as if historical fact, the General dipped bullets in pig’s blood, then shot 49 Muslims – letting the 50th off to act as a cautionary tale. Trump’s point? That only the most...

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“If Hillary Were a Man.. She’d Have Been President 25 Years Ago.”

by floridageorge – This is an oped written for CNN by Patti Solis Doyle about Trump’s ridiculous comment that if Hillary were a man she would get no more than 5% support. If Hillary Clinton were a man On Tuesday night, Donald Trump argued that, “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote. … The only thing she’s got going on is the women’s card.” My immediate reaction? I threw the plum I was eating at the TV, then tweeted, “If Hillary were a man, she’d have been president 25 years ago.” Trump’s misogynistic comments about Hillary sure have made a lot of waves, and it is safe to say that Trump is shooting himself in the foot (again) with a strong majority of women and a majority of reasonable men as he makes his highly sexist remarks that prove what a disaster as a general...

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Climate Change Action Emerges As Winning Wedge Issue In 2016

by JOE ROMM – A new public opinion survey finds that “Americans across political lines, except conservative Republicans, would support a presidential candidate who strongly supports taking action to reduce global warming.” The survey of 1,004 registered voters by the Climate Change Communication programs at Yale and George Mason University yielded a number of important findings consistent with earlier polling this year by Gallup. The new survey found a growing number of registered voters understand global warming is happening: “Three in four (73%, up 7 points since Spring 2014) now think it is happening. Large majorities of Democrats — liberal (95%) and moderate/conservative (80%) — think it is happening, as do three in four Independents (74%, up 15 points since Spring 2014) and the majority of liberal/moderate Republicans (71%, up 10 points).” The researchers point out “only 47% of conservative Republicans think global warming is happening.” But then they immediately...

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5 Things We’ve Learned About Republicans

by bobburnett – The 2016 presidential campaign drags on and on.  As we grit our teeth at the prospect of six more months of Donald Trump tweets, it’s useful to look back on the past 12 months and consider what we’ve learned about Republicans. 1. Each of their candidates is deeply flawed.  In April of 2015, according to a CNN/ORC poll, the ranking of Republican presidential candidates was former Florida governor Jeb Bush (17 percent), Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (12 percent), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (11 percent), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (11 percent), former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (9 percent), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (7 percent), followed by surgeon Ben Carson (4 percent) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (4 percent). At the time, pollster fivethirtyeight.com/… >Nate Silver observed that most of these candidates had approval ratings that are “net-negative,” unfavorability ratings greater than favorable. Even though Donald Trump subsequently emerged...

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Supreme Court Quietly Approves Rule to Give FBI ‘Sprawling’ Hacking Powers

by Nadia Prupis – Absent action by Congress, the rule change will go into effect in December The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday quietly approved a rule change that would allow a federal magistrate judge to issue a search and seizure warrant for any target using anonymity software like Tor to browse the internet. Absent action by U.S. Congress, the rule change (pdf) will go into effect in December. The FBI would then be able to search computers remotely—even if the bureau doesn’t know where that computer is located—if a user has anonymity software installed on it. The rule changes, which the FBI said were necessary to combat cybercrime, come amid escalating tensions between the intelligence community and technology and privacy advocates, and just a day after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a bill that would require the government to obtain a probable cause warrant from a judge before seizing...

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Medicare Is Getting A Serious Makeover

by CORY HERRO – Medicare wants to shift away from paying doctors according to number of visits, procedures, hospitalizations, and tests — and toward paying for performance. This week, Medicare officials unveiled an ambitious plan to do just that. The nearly thousand-page report proposes an opt-in track for doctors called the “merit-based incentive payment system” (MIPS), designed to reward or penalize them based on their performance. The proposal would also pay doctors to try out Medicare’s alternative payment models — non-traditional (and hopefully money-saving) new ways for the public health program to reimburse doctors. The proposal is the first step toward what could be the biggest update to Medicare in its 50-year history. It’s part of a bigger plan to tie as much as half of doctor payments to patients’ health outcomes by 2019. Proponents of the proposed “pay-for-performance” system say that Medicare’s traditional “fee-for-service” system is too costly and...

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Donald Trump Sweeps the 5 ‘Acela Primaries,’ But the Republican Party Will Continue to Fracture

by Anthony L. Fisher – One thing Trump is right about: party politics is a “corrupt enterprise.” Donald Trump appears to be the big winner in this latest installment of Super-ish Tuesday, sweeping the so-called Acela Primary of 5 Northeastern states. Immediately as the polls closed at 8p ET, Trump was projected to win the primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut, according to MSNBC. About 25 minutes later, the network called Rhode Island and Delaware for Trump, too. However, just like last week when Trump trounced his rivals Gov. John Kasich (Ohio) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) in the New York primary, it will take some time before the allotment of delegates becomes clear. Only Delaware’s system is simple: all 16 delegates are awarded to the winner. Maryland’s 38 delegates are also winner-take-all, but 24 are reserved for the winner of each congressional district and 14 for the statewide popular vote. Rhode Island’s...

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Watch Men Struggle to Read Mean Tweets Directly to the Faces of Female Sportswriters (NSFW Language)

by Jen Hayden – Women in media tend to face intense harassment online. The Guardian recently did an extensive examination of the comments on their site and the findings were stunning: New research into our own comment threads provides the first quantitative evidence for what female journalists have long suspected: that articles written by women attract more abuse and dismissive trolling than those written by men, regardless of what the article is about.  Although the majority of our regular opinion writers are white men, we found that those who experienced the highest levels of abuse and dismissive trolling were not. The 10 regular writers who got the most abuse were eight women (four white and four non-white) and two black men. Two of the women and one of the men were gay. And of the eight women in the “top 10”, one was Muslim and one Jewish. Women who work in the male-dominated...

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Roy Blunt Blames Students’ Lifestyle Expectations for High Debt

by Joan McCarter – Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, of course a Republican, thinks the problem with student loan debt is that those damned college students just have too high expectations for their standard of living, and that’s why they’re drowning in debt. If they didn’t take out so much damned money to live high on the hog, then they wouldn’t be so far in debt. No, really. That’s what he said at a recent Senate hearing on student debt. At the hearing, Blunt pointed to the “personal living standard” of students as a significant factor in rising levels of student debt.“I’m pretty confident over the years that the student expectations for their personal living standards often have increased from where they would have been just a few years ago,” Blunt told Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Duncan seemed a bit taken aback by the suggestion, not at all sure that it was...

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Cop Convicted in Death of Unarmed Black Man

by gossamer1234 – I will keep this fairly brief. I’m sure many of you have heard of the Eric Harris case. An unarmed black man shot and killed by a “reserve” deputy. To be clear, Eric Harris was no saint. He had a rap sheet and was the victim of a sting gone awry.  He was caught on camera illegally selling guns and fled when deputies arrived.  He was eventually caught and cuffed. That’s when the crap hit the fan.  Elderly Robert Bates (72 at the time) shot the handcuffed Harris. Well, he was charged with 2nd degree manslaughter and faced a maximum of four years in prison. He faced a jury of his peers. He was lucky enough that somehow the jury ended up all white. Today he was found guilty, jury recommends 4 years in prison. Elderly white man. Dead scary black man with a record. All white jury. Deep...

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Glenn Beck’s Bullsh*t Defense Of Bigoted Bathroom Bills Is Pure Stupidity (AUDIO)

by Kerry-Anne – Glenn Beck has shared his opinion on the bigoted Bathroom Bill in North Carolina which forces transgender people to use toilets contrary to their gender identity. Beck’s bullsh*t defense of the plans is just about the stupidest thing you’ll hear all day – and we’re in an election cycle. Beck argues that his support of the bathroom bills popping up across the nation’s red states is absolutely nothing to do with bigotry and transphobia. According to Beck: “It has nothing to do with hate. It has everything to do with common sense. But we have detached from common sense.” He then, of course, launches into the same entirely hateful, ignorant, fear-mongering which Ted Cruz and Curt Schilling have engaged in during the course of the debate. He creates the specter of his young daughter being confronted by a man pretending to be a woman in the bathroom –...

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The Controversial Topics Trump Avoided During His Big Foreign Policy Speech

by AARON RUPAR – Donald Trump’s big Wednesday afternoon foreign policy speech didn’t feature the type of controversial rhetoric we’ve grown accustomed to from him — he didn’t call Mexicans “rapists” or cite hoax email chains as inspiring his national security policy, for instance. The Republican presidential frontrunner, who uncharacteristically delivered the speech by reading off a teleprompter to a subdued audience in Washington D.C., did say some notable things, however. He warned against “the false song of globalism” and discussed how “America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.” But also worth mentioning were some of the things he didn’t see fit to include during a speech that may have previewed the toned-down Trump we’ll see during the upcoming general campaign. His Support For War Crimes With regard to ISIS, Trump said, “I have a simple message for them. Their days are numbered. I won’t tell...

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The Supreme Court Reacquainted This Police Department With The First Amendment

by IAN MILLHISER – With only a few exceptions, Justice Stephen Breyer explains in an opinion handed down Tuesday morning, “the Constitution prohibits a government employer from discharging or demoting an employee because the employee supports a particular political candidate.” The police department in Paterson, New Jersey, however, allegedly did not get this memo. The plaintiff in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, a former police detective, claims that he was demoted to patrol officer because his supervisors thought that he backed the wrong political candidate. In reality, Officer Heffernan had no involvement with the political campaign at issue in the case, and was allegedly demoted solely due to a mistake by his supervisors. Heffernan’s case turned upon whether a government employee loses their constitutional rights if their employer lashes out at them in error. The case allegedly began when Heffernan’s bedridden mother asked her son to pick up a sign...

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U.S. Attorney General Launches Effort To Reduce Recidivism

by CARIMAH TOWNES – When Attorney General Loretta Lynch was confirmed last April, questions remained about if and how she’d pick up where Eric Holder left off on criminal justice reform. One year later, Lynch announced a comprehensive plan to make it easier for former prisoners to reintegrate into society and reduce recidivism. The Roadmap to Reentry unveiled Monday tackles the “crippling barriers” that make it difficult to find employment, housing, education, and treatment upon release. But it also confronts a challenge that comes up regularly for people behind bars: connecting to family and keeping strong relationships with children. Under the plan, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will expand video visitation to its women’s prisons by June 2016, and eventually expand video conferencing to all of its facilities. At four prisons, parents will have the chance to participate in “youth development activities” using a $1.3 million grant. And BOP staff...

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Obamacare Is Making A Real Difference In People’s Lives. A Lot Of Research Proves It

by LAUREL RAYMOND – Six years after passing through the House and Senate without receiving a single Republican vote, the Affordable Care Act (popularly known as Obamacare) remains a hotly contested piece of legislation. But outside of the political arena, there’s much less debate. A mountain of evidence confirms the law’s effectiveness — particularly in its primary goal of expanding health care coverage to some of America’s neediest populations. Several recent studies have confirmed that Obamacare is positively affecting Americans, particularly those who previously couldn’t obtain health insurance or who struggled to pay their medical bills. Here’s how Obamacare is making a real difference in Americans’ lives: America’s most vulnerable now have health insurance In the years since Obamacare passed, many of the largest gains in coverage rates have been in communities that have previously faced barriers to health care access — such as low-wage workers, immigrants, people of color,...

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Israeli PM Rejects Obama’s $40 Billion Aid Offer, Demands More While America’s Children Go Hungry

by Marcus Aurelius – The state of Israel currently receives a staggering $3 billion a year in so-called aid, much of it for its military, which is then used to brutalize the Palestinian people in the form of a military occupation and a settlement apparatus of land theft that is illegal under international law. With the current agreement set to expire in 2017, Israel wants a raise. They are now asking for an estimated $5 billion a year over the next ten years, for a total of more than $50 billion. Despite the fact that we can use this money at home to help America’s 16 million children who live below the poverty level, Israel’s prime minister not only is asking for more money, but he had the nerve to reject President Obama’s offer of $40 billion over the next ten years. Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israelis are using their pull in Washington to get the...

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This Graphic Completely Undermines Donald Trump’s Nuclear Policy Claims

by ANNA PERINA & TIM HEGEDUS – On Wednesday, Donald Trump will lay out his foreign policy vision in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The speech has been advertised by the Trump campaign and others as an opportunity for the candidate to begin to discuss his policy proposals on international affairs and nuclear weapons proliferation. However, in prior appearances and interviews throughout the campaign, Trump has shown that he is erratic and reckless in temperament, unfamiliar with the basic responsibilities of American security and global leadership. For one, he has put forward the idea that, despite U.S. efforts to prevent further nuclear proliferation, it is probably “going to happen anyway.” Trump has suggested that the U.S. is currently too economically and militarily weak to effectively deter allied nations facing regional threats (such as Japan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia) from developing nuclear weapons of their...

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Carly Fiorina Bursting Into Song At Cruz Rally Is The Most Bizarre Thing You’ll Ever See (VIDEO)

by Sarah – Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder, Carly Fiorina bursts into song. It all happened during the Ted Cruz rally where he named Fiorina his vice presidential choice if he were to somehow magically secure enough delegates for the GOP nomination. The entire publicity stunt of adding Fiorina just reeks of desperation from the Cruz campaign. It’s very reminiscent of what President McCain John McCain did in 2008 to try to appeal to voters in a last-ditched effort to try to become president, and we all know how that turned out. Nonetheless, Fiorina accepted his request to run on his imaginary ticket, so she spoke to the crowd at his latest rally in Indiana. She spoke in fluent conservative-speak, saying things like: “A President Ted Cruz will restore power back where it belongs in the hands of citizens,” and “This is the fight of our time, and I believe...

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