“The Majority Report” host Sam Seder and Forbes.com contributor Rick Ungar joined Current TV’s John Fugelsang to consider how the Obama administration dealt with a week filled with scandal. Controversy ranged from continued uproar over Benghazi to the revelation of a scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service and the tea party to news that the Department of Justice obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters.

“These are not hard ‘scandals’ to do battle with — we’ve seen much worse and we’ve seen presidents come out of them way better,” Ungar says. “Certainly Ronald Reagan comes to mind with Iran-Contra — he didn’t get impeached. They have got to get their game plan together and stop being so stupid.”
“The strategy of the White House should be to push legislation that puts the Republicans in a box and … basically calls their bluff on these things,” Seder says.

“The Majority Report” host Sam Seder and Forbes.com contributor Rick Ungar joined Current TV’s John Fugelsang to consider how the Obama administration dealt with a week filled with scandal. Controversy ranged from continued uproar over Benghazi to the revelation of a scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service and the tea party to news that the Department of Justice obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters.

“These are not hard ‘scandals’ to do battle with — we’ve seen much worse and we’ve seen presidents come out of them way better,” Ungar says. “Certainly Ronald Reagan comes to mind with Iran-Contra — he didn’t get impeached. They have got to get their game plan together and stop being so stupid.”

“The strategy of the White House should be to push legislation that puts the Republicans in a box and … basically calls their bluff on these things,” Seder says.

Michael Moore: ‘They’ve got the money, we’ve got the votes’

Filmmaker and Michigan native Michael Moore joins Jennifer Granholm in “The War Room” (Mon-Thurs @ 5P/2E) to talk about conservative billionaires funneling money into politics.

Why the GOP’s House committee appointments just disappoint 
In the last election, Republicans got roundly panned as the party of angry, old white men — 71 percent of Hispanic voters chose President Obama. So did 93 percent of African-Americans and 55 percent of female voters. So you would think Republicans would finally reach out to women and minorities. But you would be wrong.
Which brings us to our number of the day: 0.
That is the number of women or people of color who will chair a committee in the House of Representatives next year. Somehow, out of 19 chairmanships, every single one had to go to some old or middle-aged white guy.
Just look at some of the new committee leaders: Jeb Hensarling on Financial Services; Ed Royce on Foreign Affairs; Mike McCaul for Homeland Security; and Lamar Smith — who still doesn’t think climate change is caused by human behavior — is now in charge of, you guessed it, the Science Committee.
Wow. You could find more diversity at a Glenn Beck book signing. Way to change your image, guys.

Why the GOP’s House committee appointments just disappoint

In the last election, Republicans got roundly panned as the party of angry, old white men — 71 percent of Hispanic voters chose President Obama. So did 93 percent of African-Americans and 55 percent of female voters. So you would think Republicans would finally reach out to women and minorities. But you would be wrong.

Which brings us to our number of the day: 0.

That is the number of women or people of color who will chair a committee in the House of Representatives next year. Somehow, out of 19 chairmanships, every single one had to go to some old or middle-aged white guy.

Just look at some of the new committee leaders: Jeb Hensarling on Financial Services; Ed Royce on Foreign Affairs; Mike McCaul for Homeland Security; and Lamar Smith — who still doesn’t think climate change is caused by human behavior — is now in charge of, you guessed it, the Science Committee.

Wow. You could find more diversity at a Glenn Beck book signing. Way to change your image, guys.

Grover Norquist is an impediment to good governing. … The only good thing about Grover Norquist is, he’s named after a character from ‘Sesame Street.’

Republicans are denouncing Mitt Romney’s comment to donors that Obama won voters over with “gifts,” but it doesn’t mean politicians are 100% on the president’s side. Rep. Bernie Sanders joins Cenk Uygur tonight to talk about congressional reactions to the looming “fiscal cliff.”

Watch the Young Turks TONIGHT at 7E/4P (that’s in 15 minutes!) on Current TV.

In the aftermath of the Republican trouncing Tuesday, both sides of the aisle are wondering: How did the Democrats win so decisively? Political strategist Chris Lehane joins The Gavin Newsom Show tonight to discuss. Set your DVRs for 1am ET/10pm PT and watch a preview to whet your appetite.

In the aftermath of the Republican trouncing Tuesday, both sides of the aisle are wondering: How did the Democrats win so decisively? Political strategist Chris Lehane joins The Gavin Newsom Show tonight to discuss. Set your DVRs for 1am ET/10pm PT and watch a preview to whet your appetite.

Bill rejoices over President Obama’s victory

"Full Court Press" host Bill Press says Obama’s victory is exciting, but not entirely unexpected: "Republicans got stuck with Mitt Romney, a lousy candidate with nothing to run on except that he was not Barack Obama and that he would repeal everything that Barack Obama had accomplished," Press said.

Watch “Full Court Press with Bill Press” on Current TV weekday mornings at 6E/3P. Find Current on your TV.

"Meet the 40 Senate Republicans Who Betrayed Veterans By Killing $1 Billion in Jobs" (Easley 2012)

alittlecoconuttart:

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
COBURN (R-OK) [Emphasis mine — TK-S. And shame on him.]
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lee (R-UT)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Shouts & Murmurs: A Conservative History of the United States

newyorker:

1500s: The American Revolutionary War begins: “The reason we fought the revolution in the sixteenth century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown.”—Rick Perry

1787: Slavery is banned in the Constitution: “We also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”—Michele Bachmann

1916: Planned Parenthood opens genocide clinics: “When Margaret Sanger—check my history—started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world.”—Herman Cain

1999: Global cooling begins: “For the last decade the climate has been cooling.”—Mary Matalin

Click-through to see the full timeline of U.S. History, in the words of conservatives: http://nyr.kr/QlOaJO

Conservative history in a nutshell: