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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…

Bryan Fischer: Closing WWII Memorial proves Obama’s soul has a ‘heart of darkness’

American Family Association (AFA) Director of Issues Analysis Bryan Fischer said on Wednesday that he had gotten a peek into President Barack Obama’s soul and discovered a “heart of darkness.” On Tuesday, lawmakers like Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) had showed up at the Word War II…

The Government Shutdown Demonstrates GOP Hostility Towards Democracy

Ordinary Americans, defying the GOP’s wishes by voting. Rachel Maddow’s segment on why the Republicans are shutting down government is a must-watch tour de force: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy As she explains in the video, House Republicans have not shown a bit…

Republican rep. shouts 9/11 ‘Let’s roll!’ battlecry before anti-Obamacare vote

A Republican House member from Texas says that he was echoing cries made by Americans who died on United Flight 93 during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks when he shouted “Let’s roll” before the vote to delay President Barack Obama’s health care reform law over the weekend. According to the…

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul on SNL: ‘Because there wasn’t Obamacare, he started cooking meth.’

The cold open of last night’s Saturday Night Live featured “President Obama speaking in support of the Affordable Care Act.” The skit consisted of the president bringing “ordinary Americans” onstage to tell the crowd how Obamacare will effect their lives. The first speaker, a woman, said that she’s “psyched for…

Reid slams GOP’s ‘Thelma & Louise’ plan to shut down government and kill Obamacare

Sen. Majority Leader (D-NV) on Monday compared Republicans like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) to film characters “Thelma & Louise” for their plan to shut down the government if President Barack Obama’s health care law was not defunded. “President Obama has been clear and I have been…

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