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Obama administration denies he knew about Merkel spying as scandal spreads

Transatlantic tensions reached boiling point Monday as Washington sharply denied reports President Barack Obama knew US spies were tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but fresh allegations emerged of mass snooping in Spain. As outrage over secret US surveillance of leaders and average citizens mounted with a tide of new reports,…

Calling Someone Hitler Is Calling Someone Hitler No Matter How You Frame It

As hard it may be for conservative leaders to accept, there are some situations you just can’t lie your way out of. (See: Akin, Todd.) Sometimes there’s a single, solitary interpretation of an event and no amount of dissembling, deflection, or outright bullshit will convince people otherwise. (See: Republicans trying…

NSA staff pissed off at Obama: He isn’t sticking up for us

NSA Staff Whining That President Obama Isn’t Defending Them Enough (via Techdirt) Foreign Policy magazine has an article highlighting how NSA employees are pissed off that President Obama hasn’t been defending the NSA strongly enough these past few months. While many (including us) have been quite critical of President Obama’s…

Tea party leader: GOP passed ‘clean defund Obamacare’ and ‘clean delay Obamacare’ bills

Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer said on Tuesday that Republicans in the House of Representatives had passed “clean” government funding bills to “delay Obamacare” and “defund Obamacare.” As the government was entering the second week of a shutdown on Monday, President Barack Obama called on House Speaker John Boehner…

Ted Cruz’s strategy failed Republicans, but GOP still has leverage in the sequester

OK. Plan A didn’t quite work as advertised. Texas Senator Ted Cruz said that if the House Republican majority attached a “defunding” of Obamacare to the continuing resolution (CR) budget, he and his allies would force the Democratic majority in the Senate to pass same and coerce President Obama into…

Fox hosts fall for hoax: Obama personally funding Muslim museum during shutdown

Chalk one up for life imitating satire. Fox and Friends host Anna Koolman was discussing the closure of the World War II memorial in Washington during the shutdown Saturday, and claimed “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture” while allowing…

Dear President Obama: Don’t cave to the GOP’s extortion politics

To a casual observer of American politics the ongoing government shutdown and prospect of a cataclysmic debt default in the next two weeks may look like just another round of “DC dysfunction” between two parties hopelessly polarized and ideologically divided. It’s not. While the government shutdown is nominally about the…

How To Use Republican Irrationality For Better Negotiations

I was really impressed by a recent piece by Greta Christina for Free Inquiry asking if there’s a rational way to accept/use our own irrationality. Being irrational is simply a result of being human; many irrational thought processes are only really a problem when they’re, well, a problem. (I realize…

Obama cancels trip to Bali summit due to government shutdown

President Barack Obama has canceled his upcoming trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali due to the US.. government shutdown, the White House confirmed. A White House statement said Obama had scrapped travel to Bali and a subsequent trip to nearby Brunei for the East Asia Summit. “Due…

GOP Rep scrambles to walk back ‘We don’t even know what we want’ statement

A Republican congressman from Indiana is now trying to back away from a statement he made earlier this week saying that the Republican Party doesn’t even know what it hopes to gain from the federal shutdown. According to Talking Points Memo, President Barack Obama used that remark on Thursday to…

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