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Ted Cruz Latest Republican To Fall for Loony Conspiracy Theory

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Rand Paul, Abbot of Texas, now Ted Cruz. If they aren’t directly and blatantly pandering to the nutjob Base of their party, then they are all complete Idiots. With a capital I.

I bet Harvard wishes they could just erase this particular alumnus from their ranks. What a fucking embarrassment.

Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention Saturday, the Texas senator told Bloomberg’s David Weigel that his office had contacted the Pentagon about the exercise, which officially consists of a series of training drills throughout the Southwest for about 1,200 special operations personnel, including Green Berets and Navy SEALs. Conspiracy theorists operating on the fringes of the conservative blogosphere, however, have other ideas about what the exercise, known as Jade Helm 15, is intended to do - such as implement martial law, seize Americans’ guns, and imprison political dissidents.

Rather than squash those theories outright, Cruz apparently decided it was better to be safe than sorry.

“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” he said. “We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”

Jeb Bush Is a Fan of “Scientific Racist” Charles Murray

Jeb Bush and “scientific racism”
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Jeb Bush, who’s currently being positioned as the “moderate” among the GOP’s 2016 Clown Car Full of Loons, said today he’s a big fan of white nationalist Charles Murray’s books.

Lowry asked Bush, “… is there any policy or anything public officials can do to help turn back what has been a rising tide of family breakdown crossing decades now?”

“Absolutely, there is,” Bush, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said. “It’s not exactly the core. My views on this were shaped a lot on this by Charles Murray’s book, except I was reading the book and I was waiting for the last chapter with the really cool solutions — didn’t quite get there.”

Later in the interview, Lowry asked Bush what he likes to read. Again, he cited Murray.

“I like Charles Murray books to be honest with you, which means I’m a total nerd I guess,” Bush said.

In case you don’t know the name, Murray was responsible for “The Bell Curve,” an academically suspect book that argues blacks are less intelligent than whites for genetic reasons; a book that gave rise to the “scientific racism” movement increasingly popular on the right wing.

Murray is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Jeb Bush Reiterates His Pandering to the Latino Community

Nothing will change
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The right wing base will be apoplectic over this statement by Jeb Bush, of course: Jeb Bush: Give 11 Million Immigrants Chance to Stay.

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared Wednesday that 11 million immigrants in the country illegally should have an opportunity to stay, wading yet again into his party’s contentious immigrant debate.

In tone and substance, Bush stands out among the many Republicans lining up for the GOP’s next presidential primary, where conservatives who oppose an immigration overhaul often hold outsized influence. As he moves toward a presidential campaign, the brother and son of former presidents has not backed away from his defense of immigrants in the country illegally and a policy that would allow them to attain legal status under certain conditions.

“We’re a nation of immigrants,” Bush said at the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference that brought several hundred Hispanic evangelical leaders to Houston this week. “This is not the time to abandon something that makes us special and unique.”

The thing is, it costs Jeb nothing to make statements like this, and may win him some votes from the Latino community, who are overwhelmingly opposed to most Republicans. (At least, from those Latinos naïve enough to believe Jeb is being sincere.) But Bush is pandering, pure and simple, and if he were to become president nothing would change in the GOP’s stance toward immigration reform.

Video: Elizabeth Warren Says TPP Deal Is “Rigged”

Concerns about secrecy
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After President Obama said Elizabeth Warren was wrong about her objections to the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, she appeared last night on the Rachel Maddow show to explain her objection to the process. In the interest of promoting a reasoned discussion on this deal (instead of what I see as a blizzard of propaganda) I’m presenting this video to you, dear readers.

I have to say, though, that it doesn’t strike me as unusual or unreasonable to keep draft negotiations of a sensitive multi-national trade agreement secret. One reason for doing so is illustrated by the reaction we’re seeing now — to prevent the deal from being undermined or even completely sabotaged by uninformed public pressure before there’s even a final agreement.

Meanwhile, there’s a detailed summary of the deal now online at the Office of the US Trade Representative; I recommend reading it for yourself: Trans-Pacific Partnership: Summary of U.S. Objectives.

Video: Pres. Obama Says Elizabeth Warren Is ‘Wrong’ About the TPP Deal

“I love Elizabeth, we’re allies… but she’s wrong on this.”
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There’s a lot of discussion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in the previous thread, so here’s a relevant video clip from the Chris Matthews show, with President Obama making his case for the deal.

Why Are People Playing Dumb About Hillary’s Private Email Account?

There’s an obvious problem with this line of attack
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The big news today about Hillary Clinton is that GOP hatchet man Darrell Issa wrote to her two years ago and asked if she had used a private email account while serving as Secretary of State, but she never replied.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton was directly asked by congressional investigators in a December 2012 letter whether she had used a private email account while serving as secretary of state, according to letters obtained by The New York Times.

But Mrs. Clinton did not reply to the letter. And when the State Department answered in March 2013, nearly two months after she left office, it ignored the question and provided no response.

But there’s a small problem with this “gotcha” story. If Clinton used her private email account exclusively for correspondence with government officials (as she has acknowledged), how could they not know it wasn’t a State Department account? The address would have been right there on every email she sent.

Am I missing something? Because this story looks foolish on its face.

Obama Announces Removal of Cuba From Terrorism List

Cue right wing freakout
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You can expect right wing media and blogs to begin freaking out in 1… 2…

Obama Endorses Removing Cuba From Terrorism List.

For more than 30 years, Cuba has been on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation shared only by Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Cuba’s place on the list has long snarled its access to financial markets and, more recently, emerged as a sticking point in negotiations to reopen embassies that have officially been closed for five decades.

Mr. Obama ordered a review of Cuba’s status in December, as he and Mr. Castro agreed to move toward normal relations.

White House officials said that Mr. Obama approved a recommendation by Secretary of State John Kerry to take Cuba off the terrorism list after the review of Cuba’s record and assurances from the country’s government that it would not support terrorism in the future.

Rand Paul Should Not Be Given a Pass on His Long Relationship With Alex Jones

Dishonesty squared
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I was amazed yesterday to read this article at Bloomberg by Dave Weigel about Rand Paul’s difficulties with the media, because Sen. Paul actually tries to pretend he barely knows who conspiracy lunatic Alex Jones is:

Paul’s careful presentation at rallies has contrasted with his media interviews, and with the attack ads from a hawkish 501(c)(4) that dig into interviews Paul gave years ago to the conspiracy-curious radio host Alex Jones. It was to Jones that Paul had said Iran posed “no threat” to America, for example. In an interview with Bloomberg News, asked whether he regretted talking to Jones, Paul demurred.

“I’ve been pretty open to doing a lot of interviews with a lot of different people,” he said. “And people want to characterize one or two of them, whether they’re on the right or left, you know, they’re welcome to do it. But I’ve been pretty open to doing interviews and it’s one way to get the information out.”

Asked if he listened to Jones’s show, Paul said that he simply didn’t listen to much news. “When I’m brushing my teeth in the morning I turn on the news channel,” he said, “but I’m busy all day.”

The dishonesty here is really quite stunning, because in fact Rand Paul didn’t just give “one or two” interviews to Alex Jones — he appeared on Jones’s insane radio show for very lengthy interviews over and over for years, and even tweeted links to Jones’s website, Infowars. For example, this tweet circulating an Infowars story about a bogus right wing conspiracy theory:

Media Matters put together a video, showing Jones and Rand Paul praising each other unreservedly; in one clip, Rand Paul even says to Alex Jones about his election to the Senate, “We can’t do it without you.”

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Here’s a video clip from Right Wing Watch showing Alex Jones bragging that he’s known Rand Paul for at least 18 years:

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Here’s an interview Rand Paul did with Alex Jones pushing a whole raft of wingnut conspiracy theories, even suggesting President Obama should be impeached.

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Seriously, folks, there’s so much of this stuff on YouTube it’s frankly ludicrous that Rand Paul would try to distance himself from Alex Jones at this point. He shouldn’t be allowed to do this, when he actually launched his career on Jones’s show by promoting crazed conspiracy theories.

Mendacious Mitt Romney Says Hillary Clinton “Is Not Trustworthy”

Just some more mind-bending hypocrisy from Mitt
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The latest attack on Hillary Clinton comes from Mitt Romney, who says “Hillary Clinton is just not trustworthy.”

“You’ve seen in polls and in discussions across the country a feeling that Hillary Clinton is just not trustworthy,” Romney said April 12, 2015. “This whole story about her having erased all of her emails even though they were subject to recall and review by Congress, I think that’s made people remember that with the Clintons, it’s always something.”

This would be hilarious if there were anything remotely funny about such overwhelming hypocrisy, because Mitt Romney is the guy who lied relentlessly in his campaign against Barack Obama; at one point the lying got so blatant that one of his advisers actually stated outright, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.”

Oh, and speaking of lying — if you follow the link above to Politifact, you’ll see that they rated Romney’s statement that Clinton “erased all her emails” as “Mostly False.”

Of course. The fact is that blatant outright lying is pretty much standard practice for the conservative movement these days, from the top on down to the commenters at Breitbart “News.”

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Video: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Announcement

BREAKING
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BREAKING NEWS!

Well actually, not that much of a surprise; but here’s Hillary’s official announcement video, and it’s pretty well done.

Reince Priebus obviously had his statement ready to go; the usual.

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