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The Jehoshua Novels


Imagine This Frightening Scenario

President Barack Obama wakes up on the morning of November 5, 2014 with a headache:

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Two States Win Court Approval on Voter Rules

PHOENIX(NYT) — A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ordered federal election authorities to help Kansas and Arizona require proof of citizenship of registering voters, in a decision that could well set a trend for other Republican-dominated states.

Judge Eric F. Melgren of United States District Court in Wichita ruled that the federal Election Assistance [...]

FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee

Interesting being that it is Washington Times and the comment section not bitching that it is a witch hunt. Washington Times – FBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the U.S. Senate’s most prominent figures — Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising [...]

Crying In His Beer

You may or may not have noticed last week, amidst the growing turmoil in Ukraine and Crimea, that Darrell Issa is still – still – pursuing the IRS investigation of politically-oriented 501(c)4 groups, both left and right.

Summary: A 501(c)4 group is a non-profit social group that engages primarily in activities and advocacy of a [...]

Speak the Speech, I Pray You

….Trippingly off the tongue:

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Grimm Prospects

 

By now, you’ve read about or seen the assault on NY1 reporter Michael Scotto by Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm. As it turns out, it was all anybody talked about in the aftermath of the State of the Union address Tuesday night, and as such, forced the GOP to go off message to defend [...]

SCOTUS Overstepping?

That’s what I think in light of the flapdoodle at SCOTUS over recess appointments:

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court seemed inclined to rein in the president’s power to make “recess appointments” when the Senate is out of town, as justices on Monday suggested the practice under both parties had exceeded constitutional limits.

The Constitution grants the president [...]

Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2, 3

So it seems that the historic bi-partisan budget deal in the House last week – historic, in that it’s been years since we didn’t just pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government – is falling on enough deaf ears in the Senate to be a problem:

The prospect that the budget would [...]

Buying the fiction

Congress fakes budget deal to get out early for holidays WikiCommons

Today’s media will become rapturous over pretty much any line of bullshit that is fed to it by the power structure these days. A two-year budget that reduces the deficit by $2.3 billion in ten years, we are told by pundits and the [...]

Budget deal – Corporate welfare trumps jobless benefits

Same as it ever was….

Christmas came a few days early for corporate interests and won’t arrive for the jobless as a result of the budget deal just announced. Seeking to avoid the public relations disaster of the last budget fight, Republican negotiator Rep. Paul Ryan worked out a deal to avoid another dust [...]

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

The Guardian, By Ed Pilkington and Suzanne Goldenberg, December 3

New York – An influential US lobbying network of Republican politicians and big businesses is seeking to avert a looming funding crisis by appealing to major donors that have abandoned it over the past two years following criticism of its policy on gun laws.

The [...]

Infrastructure Demands Action

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The Orcs Are In Trouble

Gee, you think the shutdown was a good idea for the GOP? I suppose you could if you think a permanent Democratic majority is a good idea:

Washington (CNN) — In a sign of the political hangover congressional Republicans are suffering in the wake of the government shutdown, three-quarters of Americans in a new national [...]

Not Wrong

Jonathan Chait is not wrong.

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Cruz-in’ for a Bruisin’

What has two thumbs and no friends?

So, you know who else besides Weaker Boener stepped on his dick with the shut-down? This guy:

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