Think Progress advises us that when the "liberal" media says Indiana's "religious freedom restoration act" is just like the others in 19 states and at the federal level, they're wrong. Long story short: 18 of the 19 others don't apply to disputes between private citizens at all -- and the RFRA of the other, Texas, specifically doesn't allow people to apply their "conscience" if doing so would run roughshod over someone else's civil rights. The state of the federal RFRA is less clear, thanks to the judicial activism of the Hobby Lobby ruling.
Ho hum, the "liberal" media moves the center ever-further rightward by reporting-not-challenging Sen. Cruz's assertion that Sen. McCain and Gov. Romney were "moderates," and therefore unelectable. And when the "liberal" media enables Scott Walker to win the nomination by "reporting" how he's more "moderate" than folks like Mr. Cruz, will they remember that Scott Walker told the Tea Party that candidates should "go big and go bold to win the center," and pointedly not "go to the center to win the center"? Nah -- illuminating that would require more than stenography.
And now for something completely overblown: some banksters have mulled withholding some donations to Democratic Senate candidates in protest of Sen. Warren's comments about them. So step one is to whine whine whine -- when people are so receptive to hearing banksters whine about how much their fee-fees get hurt these days! -- and step two is to maybe withhold what for these guys are very small-potatoes donations. Gosh, if Democrats would just let Howard Dean run their fundraising, they wouldn't have to worry about big money from big banks. I wonder why they haven't done that.
ProPublica finds holes in the CFPB's payday loan proposal. I'm more sanguine about it than they are, partly because I know regulation is an ongoing process as each side adjusts to the other, and partly because (as ProPublica says) the regulations will likely cut payday loans by at least 60 percent. But how did I miss the part where Congress won't let the CFPB set maximum interest rates? That sounds like a negative campaign ad waiting to happen!
FactCheck.org takes up what I imagine will be a Herculean task, "Fact-checking Ted Cruz." I highlight this post (titled "Part II") because of a meme that's been making the rounds lately, which I'll put through my right-wing translator so you can better understand it: ZOMG MORE BIZNIZZEZ FAILZ TAHN EVURZ!!!!! It's actually not true -- "The number of business establishment deaths is currently well below the record" ("set in late 2008" under a crumbling Republican Presidency, naturally), and anyway, people who repeat that lie don't take into account the number of business establishments that deserve to die, never really get off the ground, or go under for reasons unrelated to success or failure.
And FactCheck provides yet another public service, reminding us that when folks like Sen. Inhofe (E-OK) tell us that fracking has never caused "an instance of groundwater contamination," they're giving you less than half the story -- in this case because, well, we'll let the Inhofe spokeshack tell it: "(w)hat we are not saying is that a surface spill, faulty casing, bad drilling practices cannot be a problem." In other words, all the ways frackers either cut corners or display a human level of incompetence! Thanks for the honesty, I guess. FactCheck proceeds to illuminate the "thousands of cases" of groundwater contamination from oil and gas drilling.