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Obama: Romney’s rhetoric is a ‘cowpie of distortion’

President Barack Obama on Thursday blasted GOP hopeful Mitt Romney for offering a “cowpie of distortion” with his claim that a “prairie fire of debt” was consuming the nation. “You know, he left out some facts,” Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 supporters in Iowa. “His speech was more…

Jay Smooth: ‘Anonymous comments are a harm-reduction program for trolls.’

While anonymous (or, really, pseudonymous) comments are on the outs everywhere from Politico to TPM because of bullying and straight-up trolling, Ill Doctrine’s Jay Smooth takes New York legislators to task for an effort to make them outright illegal. Though it is important to find ways to limit cyberbullying, in…

Missouri taxpayers fund 24-hour security camera for Limbaugh statue

At the request of Republican lawmakers, taxpayers are funding a 24-hour security camera to watch over a Rush Limbaugh bust in the Missouri Capitol building. State House Clerk Adam Crumbliss on Thursday told The Associated Press that he had authorized the $1,000 camera after Republican lawmakers expressed concerns about vandalism.…

Tucker Carlson: Reporters have ‘slavish, dog-like loyalty’ to Obama

The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson on Thursday blasted “the average working journalist” for having a “slavish, dog-like loyalty” to President Barack Obama. Guest hosting on Fox News’ Hannity, Carlson told the conservative Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell that he was outraged because the media had not spent enough time…

Maddow: Union-busting about making Wisconsin permanently Republican

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night explained the importance of the upcoming recall election in Wisconsin on June 5. “Killing the unions is the strategy for turning Wisconsin red, not just for now, but for generations to come in an irreparable way,” she said. “This is about partisan politics.…

Economist worries ’20 or 30 billionaires control everything’ in the automated future

Paul Solman of PBS Newshour recently went to a conference run by a California think tank called Singularity University to learn the future of human workers. Solman noted that as far back as the Roman empire, people had worried about being displaced by machines. Emperor Vespasian, who built the Coliseum,…

Sen. Schumer blasts conservatives for Nazi comparison

Sen. Charles Schumer on Thursday responded to conservative critics who had compared his Ex-PATRIOT Act to laws imposed by the Nazis. “I know a thing or two about what Nazis did,” Schumer, a Jew, said on the Senate floor. “Some of my relatives were killed by them.” The Ex-PATRIOT Act…

Rubio blames Obama for gridlock in Washington

Echoing comments he made over the weekend, potential Republican vice presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) blamed President Barack Obama for gridlock in Washington, D.C. “In 2008, irrespective of how you felt about the President’s policies, we all had the hope that he would be a uniter, that he would…

GOP candidate Jesse Kelly refuses to answer question about white supremacists

Republican candidate Jesse Kelly on Wednesday refused to answer a question about his endorsement by a controversial political action committee linked to neo-Nazi groups. Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) endorsed Kelly in 2010 when he was running against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district. The group renewed…

CNN host probes Tony Perkins: ‘Why do homosexuals bother you so much?’

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins found himself in an awkward situation on Thursday when one CNN host insisted he explain why “homosexuals bother you so much.” When Perkins agreed to appear on CNN to hype his press conference supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, he probably didn’t expect host…

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