Stories to Watch: 4/15/14.
Republicans are clawing their own eyes out in fake outrage over news that the Obama administration is adjusting census healthcare tracking. “They’[re trying to cover up what a trainwreck Obamacare has become!!!” the right is shrieking with ear-piercing hysteria. Sarah Kliff points out a big, big problem with this argument: “What’s being missed here is that the Obama administration will use the new survey questions to collect data for 2013, the year prior to Obamacare’s health insurance expansion,” she writes. In other words, the Republican Outrage of the Day is the same as what every other Republican Outrage of the Day — carefully packaged horseshit.
If Republicans were really interested in convincing people there is no War on Women, they’d actually wage war on women like Phyllis Schlafly, who inexplicably seems to despise her own gender.
The situation in Ukraine is rapidly deteriorating.
Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho tells an African-American constituent that he’s not “100 percent” sure the Civil Rights Act is constitutional. I’m not 100 percent sure Ted Yoho has a functional frontal lobe.
This one’s sure to generate an avalanche of victim cards: following an antisemitic mass shooting in Kansas, CNN crunches the numbers and finds that rightwing extremists have been more dangerous and deadly post-9/11 than Islamic jihadists. We told you so.
Finally, a few tax day facts from ThinkProgress.
[Cartoon via Truthdig]
Delegate Robert G. Marshall has said that disabled children can be God’s vengeance against women who have had abortions. He has described incest as sometimes voluntary, and he has questioned the sexuality of a Supreme Court justice who has favored marriage equality.
But unlike W. Todd Akin, whose offhanded reference to “legitimate rape” cost the GOP a winnable Senate seat from Missouri in 2012, Mr. Marshall is unbowed over his history of controversial rhetoric as he seeks a seat in Congress representing Northern Virginia.
“I don’t care. I mean, if I say something in public, I say it in public,” Mr. Marshall said Thursday.
Stories to Watch: 3/20/14.
News from the Republican War on Women: top McConnell fundraiser and talk radio blowhard Dennis Prager says that wives have a duty to have sex with their husbands on demand, whether they want to or not. Mitch’s inevitable silence on this matter will speak volumes.
The consistently hackish Tucker Carlson really hires class acts to work on his Daily Caller website. This is proved when Carlson is forced to apologize for gratuitous twitter smears from one of his minions. Good news for other hacks, though; apparently there’s nothing you can do or say that’s so deliberately offensive that it gets you fired from Tucker’s blog. If there are barrels under the bottomfeeders, Carlson and company are in the bottoms of those barrels.
Obamacare is actually four years old now and it’s still failing to destroy America. These commie plots must really take a long time.
Related: PolitiFact calls Los Koch Bros. claims about Obamacare false. Seriously, you can save a lot of time by assuming that anything from Americans For Prosperity is horseshit. You’ll never be wrong.
How sports journalists approach black players vs. white players: black players are just good, while white players work hard and have an inspiring backstory — even when they don’t.
A gay Arkansas high school student has been bullied by his classmates — and a teacher.
Finally, a news anchor makes a false claim about White House press secretary Jay Carney and then retracts it. This is how rightwing “scandals” work — they all freak out over the bullshit, then fail to report when it all falls apart. If the rightwing blogosphere were forced to operate within reality, all of their outrage and scandal narratives would have the lifespans of fruitflies.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]