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"[W]e've got the corporate media for the most part out there breathlessly reporting on the failures of the web site for the rollout of 'Obamacare' and Congress wasting our time with more witch hunts, and what are they ignoring? Devastating cuts to the food stamp (otherwise known as SNAP) program."
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"I didn’t realize this, but when the Senate voted a couple of weeks ago to raise the debt ceiling, the legislation included a provision that there would be a second vote expressing approval or disapproval of the first vote…

"Maybe this will now be a standard feature of all [Republican] legislation: a first vote on the legislation itself, followed by a second 'apology tour' vote in which you make it clear that you’re sorry you did what you did. At a guess, I’d say that voting to apologize for your voting record would only make the zealots—not to mention every other non-comatose human being in the country—even more contemptuous of you…"
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"The National Rifle Association's media arm, NRA News, attacked an academic study on gunshot injuries to children by conspiratorially suggesting that the study was part of a 'kids and anti-gun hype' movement to ban firearms. NRA News host Cam Edwards further dismissed teenage victims of gun violence by falsely stating that they are culpable for their injuries because of their supposed involvement in criminal activity.

"The NRA is notorious for blocking scientific research into the causes and prevention of gun violence. During the 1990s, the gun rights organization successfully lobbied for legislation that prevented the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in practice, from researching gun violence. While the legislation -- which prohibited CDC funding 'to advocate or promote gun control' -- did not technically ban research on firearms, it was widely acknowledged in practice to have a chilling effect on the CDC's research priorities. The Obama administration advocated for $10 million in funding for the CDC to study gun violence in January, noting that "research on gun violence is not advocacy."
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"[Right-wingers] are good at victimizing people and then playing the victim themselves... The minute they start hurting people, they clutch their hands to their chest and go full martyr in 60 seconds or less."
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"Bill Clinton, the nation’s politician-in-chief, is on a roll on behalf of his friend Terry McAuliffe, the frontrunner in next week’s election for governor of Virginia.

'If we become ideological, then we’re blind to evidence,' the former president explained to a crowd of loyalists gathered at a VFW hall here last weekend. Previewing a message he is taking across the state in stumping for Democrats facing a Republican ticket led by an unapologetic right-wing ideologue, Ken Cuccinelli, Clinton added that ideology 'excites people, but it doesn’t get a darned thing done.'

Yet those inspired by passionate belief — people, Clinton says, with 'steam coming out of their ears' — do have one important virtue: 'They will show up and vote.' Offering a quick political science lecture about who votes when, Clinton explained that 'in the non-presidential years, a whole different America shows up than in the presidential years.' The lesson to moderates and progressives: 'You’ve got to care as much about this election as you did about the election in 2012.'"
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"Given the great hullabaloo in Washington over government spending, here are a couple of noteworthy facts. Under President Obama, the federal budget deficit has been more than cut in half, from a FY 2009 high of $1.55 trillion (largely inherited from George W. Bush) to an estimated $642 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

"However, a recent Bloomberg News poll shows that 10 percent of American voters are acquainted with this indisputable fact — 59 percent mistakenly believe that the deficit has risen under Obama. Another 26 percent think it’s remained approximately the same. It’s hard to run a democracy given such widespread public ignorance.

"Militant ignorance, much of it. Fully 93 percent of Tea Party members subscribe to the false belief that government spending is skyrocketing out of control. No wonder they’re running around with their hair on fire.

"But hold that thought, because there’s more: Measured as a percentage of the overall U.S. economy, the federal budget deficit has shrunk from 10.1 percent in 2009 to 4 percent today. Given increased revenue and decreased spending, the CBO projects the figure will decrease to 2.1 percent by 2015."
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And in using "fresh" New York Magazine is being sarcastic — which you have to spell out for most right-wingers, as sarcasm is a little too advanced for them.
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