"Liberal" media, again "asks" if "economic populism" of the kind espoused by the likes of Sen. Warren and Rep. Grayson is an electoral "dead end." Gosh, is that why they call it "populism"? Because it's unpopular? If so, you'd have to ask "with whom?" You could be excused for answering "with Our Glorious Elites who have very few arguments with which to befuddle the masses anymore." And, last I looked, we outnumber them.
Texas judge sentences rapist to light jail time and, oddly, 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center. Equally oddly, the judge clearly used circumstantial evidence to justify the lighter sentence, like that the victim had other sex partners, had a baby, and had contacted the defendant first, none of which actually helps answer the question "was this person raped at this point in time by this other person?" As for the community service, the road to hell is paved with the skulls of people who think they're geniuses because they've looked at everyone else's bad idea and somehow seen a good idea.
Senate strips provision from intelligence bill requiring the President to disclose how many people (including civilians) drone strikes kill. But that could work in our favor, since, as you know, Reps. Schiff (D-CA) and Jones (R-NC) have offered H.R. 4372, which would do the same thing as the stripped-out provision, and surely it's better to have these debates out in the open, right?
Citizens for Tax Justice reports on a corporation, Pfizer, that actually wants to "renounce its citizenship" and reincorporate in the U.K. so it can merge more easily with a British corporation, and thus evade taxes further here in the U.S. Sadly, "evade taxes further" doesn't quite describe the depths to which Pfizer has sunk in order to evade its responsibilities to the American taxpayer -- not just shifting its profits abroad, not just spending tens of millions of dollars on lobbying, but being the biggest "winner" in the 2004 tax amnesty and gobbling up over $4 billion in Big Gummint contracts just since 2010. It's actually an even longer trail of slime than that to which we've sadly become accustomed.
U.S. Supreme Court upholds Kansas Supreme Court's 2013 disbarment of former state AG Phill Kline, after the Kansas court found Mr. Kline had repeatedly misled (or permitted his subordinates to mislead) judges and grand juries (among others) in order to further his anti-abortion crusade. The U.S. Supreme Court is not known for being pro-choice, but no doubt they could not justify Mr. Kline's repeated violations of professional ethics codes -- and certainly they could justify staying out of a state's affairs with some ease.
Finally, David Sirota uses one Politico article, peripherally concerned with fracking in Colorado, to indict our entire horse race-obsessed political culture. Choice cut: Colorado Democratic Gov. Hickenlooper's spokeshack says a ballot initiative giving municipalities the ability to ban fracking is "like setting off a grenade in a closet -- you never know if someone's going to get killed," and by "someone" he means some politicians' careers, not the someones who have to drink or wash with the brackish, gelatinous, flammable water that fracking chemicals leave behind. Why should any readers care about any politician's chances for election anywhere? Because we've been trained to "root" for them if they're on our "team"? When did our team stop being America?