Latino Vote: How Will it Fare in November?

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Advocates say they are optimistic about Latino turnout even though they named several obstacles to improving turnout.



White House Intruder Overpowered Officer, Made It Into East Room

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Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, jumped over the fence of the White House and dashed past security before being apprehended.



Supreme Court blocks early voting in Ohio

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Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy

These guys again: Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Kennedy.

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The usual suspects on the Supreme Court have blocked the beginning of early voting in Ohio, putting a hold on a district judge’s ruling protecting early voting. Crucially at issue are the “Golden Week,” during which people can register and vote on the same day, and Sunday voting.

Whatever the Supreme Court finally does, the hold announced today will do away with the Golden Week:

The order will remain in effect until the Court acts on an appeal by state officials. If that is denied, then the order lapses.  It is unclear when that scenario will unfold. The state’s petition has not yet been filed formally.

The practical effect of the order will mean at least early voting will not be allowed this week — a period that supporters of early balloting have called “Golden Week.” That permits voters to register and cast their ballots on the same day.

Depending upon the timing of the state’s filing of a petition for review, Monday’s order may also mean that early voting will not be permitted on most Sundays between now and election day, November 5, and will not be permitted in evening hours — that is, after 5 p.m.

These restrictions, of course, make it more difficult for low-income and black people to vote, which is why Ohio Republicans like Secretary of State Jon Husted want them. These Republicans know they’ll do better if they make it harder for people not like them to vote.

There is a better option. Please give $3 to help elect Nina Turner, the Democratic candidate for Ohio secretary of state.

Lamborn spokesman says ‘no pressure’ felt over Lamborn’s claims he asked military generals to resign

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Doug Lamborn at a Colorado meeting with constituents

Video of the exchange here.

Last week, in the midst of various news stories on what the American military was bombing in the Middle East and why, we learned that Rep. Doug Lamborn has been among a group of Republican congressmen “talking to the generals behind the scenes” to encourage them to resign their posts in a “blaze of glory” rather than follow orders from President Obama that they might “disagree” with. You can watch the very strange exchange here.

This caused a small bit of ruckus, since encouraging mass resignations of American generals specifically to foul American military policies during a time of war seems a sketchy behavior at best. Would he be taken to task for his remarks? Would he care to explain just who, in addition to himself, has been encouraging American generals to resign rather than follow orders? Would anyone from his caucus pipe up to say that oh yes, tsk, talking to military officials “behind the scenes” in order to undermine White House policies is run-of-the-mill politics?

Doug Lamborn’s office has responded, and—good news!—they say there’s no problem here:

The campaign spokesman for U.S. Rep Doug Lamborn said Saturday that the congressman has felt “no pressure” regarding his comments calling for generals to resign if they disagreed with White House policy. [...]

“No one from leadership has contacted the congressman because there is nothing to contact him about,” said Jarred Rego, Lamborn’s campaign spokesman.

Oh, for sure. Rego also explained that the policies Lamborn were referring to were old policies, an apparent attempt to yada-yada Lamborn’s statements by dismissing them as something that had happened a while ago. Old news!

He reiterated that Lamborn was referring to old policies, including “draconian defense budget cuts” due to sequestration and changes to “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

So it wasn’t about undermining American foreign policy decisions, you see, it was about The Gay People and preventing The Gay People from openly serving in the military. And budget sequestration, that glorious compromise between Republicans and Democrats premised on the notion that it was so very important to cut the budget right-the-hell-now that they would commit themselves to a budget-cutting scheme specifically designed to be so very asinine that not even Doug Lamborn’s own dumb-as-a-bag-of-hammers House of Representatives would dare follow through with it. Those were the issues that had Lamborn and other congressmen actively soliciting the resignation of U.S. generals.

Hmm. Somehow that doesn’t really make Lamborn’s claims any less eyebrow raising. It’s also a bit suspect as an explanation: Lamborn said he and others are talking to generals behind the scenes, present tense, not that they once did.

So what are we to make of this? I’ve still got a hankering to know just how many members of the House “are” working “behind the scenes” to encourage military leaders to publicly rebel “in a blaze of glory” against the orders of their commander in chief. The claim that he sought resignations over Republican-forced sequestration, that’s an odd and not-very-believable twist, though one seems best explained by commenters in Lamborn’s district who vouch for the representative’s own blazing stupidity. There’s also the distinct possibility that Lamborn is in fact simply lying about the whole thing, and that it never happened—but his spokesman’s statements seem to indicate that in fact has, and at least over several specific policies.

So pipe up, Rep. Lamborn. We are all very curious about how things work between Republican House members and American generals “behind the scenes.” Just how many of these conversations do you have?

You can help ensure Colorado has fair voting by chipping in $3 to Democratic Secretary of State candidate Joe Neguse.

Ted Cruz: No Decision Made Yet About 2016 Run

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is knocking down reports he has nearly made up his mind to run for president in 2016.



Midday open thread: Threats, penalties and cheapskates

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Enemies Closer? Christie Helps Out Potential 2016 Rival

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One potential Republican presidential candidate came to the aid of another on Monday when Chris Christie visited Wisconsin to stump for Scott Walker.



Detroit shutoffs to continue after judge says poor have no right to water

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(L-R) Detroit water activists Tawana Petty, Priscilla Dziubek and Lou Novak stand outside City Hall to protest against the increase in water shutoffs for residential customers with unpaid bills during a rally in Detroit, Michigan July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY) - RTR401OL

Detroit water shutoffs can continue, thanks to the judge overseeing the city’s bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes was asked to block the shutoffs for six months, but refused. He not only refused, he took the opportunity to embrace the logic of the shutoffs:

Rhodes’s order served as a stinging rejection of arguments made by thousands of protesters who staged rallies last summer fighting shutoffs and argued that there is a fundamental right to water service.

“There is no such right or law,” Rhodes said.

Alan Pyke points out that:

By choosing instead to rebuke the notion that the health and safety implications of being cut off from running water service due to dire financial straits constitutes a violation of Detroiters’ rights, Rhodes positioned himself opposite the United Nations. After activists made a formal request for U.N. intervention in June, a trio of U.N. experts called the DWSD’s aggressive approach to a multi-million-dollar backlog of water bills “a violation of the human right to water and other international rights.”

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on drinking water issues said that “when there is a genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections.” The city of Detroit has raised water rates by triple-digit percentages in recent years despite having one of the poorest customer bases in the country.

But a federal bankruptcy judge says poor people don’t have a right to water. Let them drink cake, I guess.

Michigan deserves leaders who will treat people fairly. Please chip in $3 to help elect Mark Schauer for governor and Gary Peters for Senate.

White House: ‘Everybody Was Surprised’ Over ‘Rapid Advance’ of ISIS

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest tells the media Monday that the Obama administration and intelligence community were “surprised” by the advances of ISIS in Iraq.



Chelsea Clinton had a baby, Politico consults an astrologer … seriously

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks past after arriving at the airport in New Delhi May 7, 2012. Clinton said on Monday that Pakistan had not taken enough action against Hafiz Saeed, the Islamist blamed for masterminding the 2008 attack by Pakis

Goal ThermometerPolitico’s Clinton obsession reached peak vapidity Monday morning, at 6:11 am, EDT.

Leading astrologers say that Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is destined for a future working on social justice and will enjoy a strong relationship with her proud grandparents, Hillary and Bill. […]

Charlotte was born when the moon was in the Scorpio position, known as a “Scorpio Moon,” which sets her up for a strong relationship with her grandmother.

“The moon often shows your emotions and also your relationships with the important women in your life, and actually Hillary herself is a Scorpio so [Charlotte will] probably be very close to her grandmother and even a lot like her in certain ways,” Edut said. “The Scorpio moon can be a little bit intense, so she may be a little quiet and sweet but also observing everything and very much like her grandmother, probably very direct when she really does believe or want something.”

Edut also predicted that Charlotte will be grandfather Bill’s “little sidekick.”

Note, this is not the Onion. Since the three-day-old infant hasn’t yet done anything worth reporting, Politico had no choice but to actually interview “leading astrologers” for what the kid might do or be someday. Also, too, they’re trotting out a potential nickname for the three-day-old infant. “Edut added, ‘She really will be ‘Billary,’ because she is going to have his charm and likability and Hillary’s sort of focus and intensity and desire to make things happen, so it’s going to be an interesting combo.” Apparently Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky, the actual, you know parents here, were merely the vessels through which the real Clintons spawned the next generation of female Clintons for Politico to lose its shit over.

Yeesh. The next time some male who may or may not be running for president someday has a grandkid, will Politico be speed-dialing the astronomers? Yeah, right.

The only way to win the War on Women and end this kind of bullshit is to elect more women. You can donate your $3 to one or more of our outstanding candidates here.