An elderly woman at a Jeb Bush townhall in New Hampshire is America's greatest citizen today, for questioning Mr. Bush's stated desire to "phase out" Medicare. With "I paid into that for years and now you want to take it away?" and "It's not an entitlement, I earned that," she says the things I wish everyone would say to anyone who wants to kill Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid! (You pay into that last one, too -- and you might need it one day.) And n.b. that when Jeb's on the ropes, he retorts that Medicare is "actuarially unsound," a phrase sure to resonate with the right-wing rageheads he needs to win primaries.
The House of Representatives passes H.R. 237, which would revoke your passport (or deny its renewal) if you've ever "aided, assisted, abetted, or otherwise helped" terrorists. And what constitutes "help"? Read the bill as many times as you like, and you still won't know. Again: the Constitution defines treason, in Article III, Section 3, as "only in levying War against them (i.e., the United States), or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort." But our government wants to keep lowering the bar until it can oppress you for supporting its own enemies, not America's enemies. There's always a difference.
It sure looks like Face the Nation's John Dickerson, in his questioning of Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Energy Moniz over the proposed Iran nukes deal, wants everyone to know how big his testicles are. Showing skepticism of Administration statements is his job, but he's not doing his job here -- civilized people shouldn't treat Mr. Netanyahu's criticisms like they're not hysterical, and how would Mr. Dickerson like it if Iran insisted on anytime-anywhere inspection of any place in the U.S.?
Boeing President says it's important to renew the Export-Import Bank's charter because Boeing needs to compete with foreign airline corporations on a "level playing field." ITEP Director Matt Gardner finds that funny, because Boeing hasn't paid one dime in federal or state corporate taxes in over 13 years. I guess by "level," Boeing's President means "completely tilted in my direction so I can obliterate all competitors."
Finally, Kristin Moe and Nathan Tobey interview Razia Jan, who built a girls' school in rural Afghanistan not only without getting herself killed, but by patiently working to get the support of the men there. No spoilers, because some of the material in here is quite moving -- it'd make a great film. And there are lessons for us, as liberals, as we try to make the world better in the face of right-wing opposition.