Pat Robertson now suggests he sorta always knew the Iraq war was "a big mistake" -- even though he told folks at the time the war was "on solid ground...in terms of Christian, biblical concepts" and later suggested war opponents were traitors. The right is having so much trouble dealing with their sins in the Iraq war that some of them have resorted to rewriting history! Those of us who knew all along the case for war with Iraq was BS -- many of whom were actual conservatives, not fake ones like Mr. Robertson -- can sleep better at night, not having to fashion such Rube Goldbergian (or Jonah Goldbergian!) contraptions with which to excuse our sins.
Robert Reich also notices the rift between small businesses and large corporations over corporate tax "reform," and hopes it signals a permanent breach between the two. We can only hope that it does! But I doubt this disagreement actually reflects a sea change in the thinking of the big small business lobbies. Such a change could only come about if the big small business lobbies actually listened to the concerns of actual small businesses, which Mr. Reich helpfully lists at the end of his post.
Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones notes that Bernie Sanders's platform planks are actually quite popular with Americans, despite his being tainted with the "socialist" label. One of the planks that supposedly isn't popular is his anti-"free" trade agreement plank, but n.b. that the Pew study referenced therein, suggesting that 55% of Americans favor the Trans-Pacific "Partnership," almost certainly doesn't tell the whole story, as that very same study simultaneously found high American public support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with Europe and much lower American support for the TTIP's individual goals! Would Pew have found a 55% support rate among Americans for the TPP if they'd asked about investor-state tribunals or job outsourcing?
The Institute for Southern Studies profiles a father and daughter who had fled Liberia's civil wars during the 1990s and had since become naturalized citizens in North Carolina -- but who wound up getting stopped by poll workers because their names were on a list of nearly 1,500 voters whose "citizenship status" was "in question." The father pressed through and voted, but the daughter didn't, out of frustration, almost like that was the idea. The N.C. State Board of Elections actually wound up identifying very few improper votes through the list, just like every other right-wing voter "integrity" project, but I'm pretty sure they don't care, since their efforts did help get Thom Tillis into the Senate.
Finally, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, notoriously tight-lipped as of late, takes half a dozen questions from reporters in Iowa. She didn't answer the first question, answered the implied question-behind-the-second-question much better than other former Iraq War supporters have done, hit the do-you-make-too-much-money question pretty well, didn't answer the fourth question which was worse than not answering the first, and answered the fifth question about as well as one could expect (I'm going to discount the sixth, which was obviously some reporter trying to get attention for him or herself, as she had already answered it). But I'm not seeing whatever it is that seems to inspire other people, let alone what I know would inspire liberals not just to vote for her, but run through a wall for her.