Democrats filibuster Republican bill that would have stripped Planned Parenthood of federal funding. I guess it's nice to know Democrats will still fight for something. But it'd be nicer to know that maybe, just maybe, putting out deceptively-edited videos isn't the recipe for success it was just six years ago -- though it should never have been a recipe for success anywhere, anytime, and has only succeeded due to "liberal" media laziness.
FAIR notes that the "liberal" media hardly ever covers when a politician slurs Iranians as "evil," "liars," or "animals." But here's an analysis of the problem I don't often hear: "(s)ome argue this is the inevitable product of the US right-wing constantly making ridiculous statements. At this point, they claim, we should simply expect conservatives to make absurd remarks." I've never heard someone actually say that, but I know everyone thinks it, though we all know racism is racism and bad behavior is bad behavior, and each of these demands a response.
Unlike those Scott-Walker-lives-in-my-butt protestors in south Philly last week, protestors in New Hampshire pulled off a good stunt on Scott Walker on Monday -- by posing with the candidate and a friendly sign, only to flip the sign to reveal a fake check for $900 million made out to Mr. Walker and signed by the Koch brothers. Yes, the photo is pretty glorious, and no, these folks are definitely not Walker campaign plants.
No doubt disappointing dozens of Americans, former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich has decided not to run for the Republican Presidential nomination after all. But the real story here isn't that he was a Republican who actually decided not to join the other 219 candidates; the real story is that he really thought anyone was waiting for his candidacy in the first place.
There's just no end to Teh Stupid: Charles Koch now flogs his alleged commitment to criminal justice reform as a way of trying to bamboozle good folks into thinking he's really not so bad. As with his brother's alleged support of gay marriage, it means nothing if he's going to continue to support politicians who just so happen to be tough-on-crime jerks. You know, as the "price" for supporting "fiscally conservative" politicians.
Finally, the incomparable Dave Zirin reports on the horrible water quality in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the 2016 summer Olympics will take place -- yes, with swimmers and sailors and the like. You know it's bad when sailors get sick after a few hours, and at least one scientist says athletes who actually go into the water have a 99 percent risk of infection. Say it with me: clean water is our most precious natural resource. And it won't stay clean unless we keep it clean.