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Senator Bernie Sanders Happy Face Preceded a Likely VA Reform Miracle!

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He was SO pre-celebrating on Andrea Mitchell on her noon hour, Our Bernie. [By which I mean that we Vermont progressive peeps willingly share him with all libs; maybe particularly the truly unfortunate ones trapped in rabidly red states.]

By tea time, the tick tock on Veterans Administration reform legislation will be poured over by historians to come; being perhaps the most shameful casualty of the Tea Party Do Nothing Congress we witness doing everything BUT their jobs with self-defeating regularity.

His Mitchell footage was joyous.

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Rachel Maddow has done stellar coverage of the whole V.A. reform debacle, including this clip which added optimism to the mix.

Shame ought to be deployed on the Do Nothings.

In every single shade that shame comes in.

The Little Train That Couldn't ought to beware Jon Meacham and Doris Kearns Goodwin's collaborative stab at -- anthropologically as well as historically -- making lasting sense of the Lipton Brigade and their collator damage to all Americans.

Bush himself tried to reform the V.A., blew it, and left one more stretch of quicksand for the next guy on duty.

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'Get Out and Push', Says Maddow of the Useless, U.S. Congress

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World's End

Maddow finally did it! Put her head on the desk in despair and choked out a couple of frustrated, choked "Gaah!!!"s in the opening block of her Friday evening show … on the gobstoppingly absurd absenteeism of 25% of the American diplomatic forces.

Key positions are vacant because the actual Do Nothing Congress is Out of Order. They won't even appoint or confirm - it's the mind-blowing equivalent of laying off 1 out of every four American diplomats and foreign service personnel around the world.

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For sheer spite. Obstructionism and putting some degrading 'asterisk' next to Obama's presidency is more important than our national security - to the GOP, neo-hawks.

The capper: Congress is currently less popular than Putin with the American people. As they are about to go on vacation themselves, it's going to be a race to do as little as possible.

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We currently have no ambassadors to Russia, Guatemala and more than a few other hotspots in foreign affairs this summer.

Bernie Sanders was slightly optimistic about the hopes of VA Reform early this afternoon. Despite both houses having passed the actual bill - Bernie Sanders and John McCain were the bloody co-sponsors, they had it down. Congress looked ready to pass a bill, #wtfbbqlaw??

Partisan bickering and final budget wrangling have ground even the Veterans Administration reform efforts to an astonishing new level of Gonzo Gridlock.

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Bernie joined Rachel at quarter past the hour to offer his perspective. He was no longer just optimistic. He seemed to be working his way up to projecting the announcing of an imminent deal. "Yesterday was a very rough day … but we will look abysmal if we cannot produce legislation to help the Veterans. … We plan on working tomorrow and Sunday, and despite the huge ideological differences … we can come together." {paraphrasey} Have a look.

Earlier in the day a veteran called Sanders 'intractable' and a bit of a problem in the gridlock, which raised my hackles but nonetheless deserves a look. Sanders is indeed determined to include mental health and traumatic brain injury as high priorities, and perhaps he is holding out for ideals. But he is fighting hard for progress within this dysfunctional congress.

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By contrast, the sub for Hannity had Paul The Younger on to bloviate about the Middle East, then let little Randy suggest an Iron Dome for the U.S.. Isolationist much?! Then he had a spin around the entire feeble Feck question on Ukraine, and did the obligatory 'lack of leadership' schtick.

"Staring down Putin" … he has been reading his Ayn.

Sorry for the early bird Fvx, but these side by side comparisons between the two cable networks, one delivering actual news with a stated liberal slant and a fan of facts, one that sells hysteria and propaganda like it's a new investment op; are critically important in the two views of this Dysfunctional Congress and the state of breaking bad they have sunk to.

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These compare and contrasts are so critical - the harsh disinfectant of light shining on the murk and hate at Fox Noise and diagnosing the brainwashing for what it is, a propaganda and cult network bent on guarding the wealth of the upper tier.

Oh, and that Rand Paul baldly boasted of calling the president to advise him was just that last bitter note that Fvx Nation is addicted to.

It's going to take the mother of all Twelve Step Programs to sort out those zombies and zombettes when they stumble away from the mother ship … a wrecked and listing Tea Party clipper.

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Sunday Talkers

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Please read about this week's Sunday talkers on Politico.

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Thursday Links

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US House of Representatives approves Venezuela sanctions

Flood Gates Open As Another GOP Congressman Comes Out For Gay Marriage

Fox Fail: Benghazi Scandal is Destroying Fox News as Ratings Plunge 27% in May

Bernie Sanders Shreds Republican Hypocrites For Not Understanding The Real Cost of War

Virginia Republican Praises Tyrant Bashar Assad as a ‘Defender’ of Religious Freedom

Gun Fanatics Express Their Support For a Mass Murderer’s Second Amendment Rights

American trade delegation in rare Cuba visit

Rep: Trent Franks: Obama Wouldn’t Care If Al Qaeda Attacked Texas

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Friday Links

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Fed Chair REFUSES to Answer Bernie Sanders: Are we a Capitalist Democracy or an Oligarchy?

Al Franken Blasts Net Neutrality Vote, Warning It Could Hand Corporations the Internet

Elizabeth Warren urges passage of student loan bill, blasts FCC net neutrality plan, and trade bill

Harry Reid Sends Republicans Reeling By Proposing a Koch Killing Constitutional Amendment

Students Coast to Coast Write Open Letters about the Effects of Government Surveillance on Academic Life

Cultural Differences: We Use 3D Printers to Build Guns, The Chinese to Build Houses: 3D Printer Built 10 Houses In Just 1 Day – Seeing It In Action Is Mesmerizing

Spitting, Stalking, Rape Threats: How Gun Extremists Target Women

Encrypted Web Traffic Has Surged Since First NSA Links Last Year

Fast Food Protests Spread Overseas

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Calling Robin Hood -- Nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham Has Just Returned

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As a boy growing up outside Boston, I had a wild imagination and a lot of heroes. There was cowboy favorite Roy Rogers, future space adventurer, Buck Rogers, but most fun was the legendary outlaw, archer Robin Hood. He and his men (plus Maid Marion) were a band of outlaws who found ways to disrupt the mad rantings and oppressive actions of the evil and despotic Sheriff of Notttingham. Let's face it. Without a really awful foe, there's just not a great hero or heroes. And the meanest of the mean was the Sheriff raiding Sherwood Forest.

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With the good king Richard away fighting religious wars on behalf of  his people, the royal brother and evil, calculating Prince John took the reins of England and trampled justice wherever he found it. His pleasure was in sticking it to the masses and stripping them of all of their earthly possessions. And his did it with his man, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The results were catastrophic for all but the rich. That select few thrived while the Sheriff demonstrated villainy at the highest level. This guy stopped at nothing as he represented the top 1% of the richest royals out there.

So much for folklore. Whether there really was a Robin Hood or a Sheriff of Nottingham is debatable. The same could be said for Superman, Mighty Mouse, even Underdog.

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To get a taste of what's going on in real life, we have to look at the real Sheriff of Nottingham who comes to us straight out of the the Sherwood forest of Wisconsin . The kings of the rich, the Koch Brothers, have deigned him with the powers of the purse-strings. The Sheriff is merely a puppet and he's doing their bidding. With the new Ryan budget, the GOP kings have unleashed the Sheriff on the US masses.

To provide more riches and power for the super rich, they want to destroy every and all of the people's programs of survival. They wish to cut Medicare, education funding and loans, Social Security, women's rights, Food assistance, and Health Care. In return the rich get tax relief and the poor get worse living conditions. It must sound fair if you're a royal, but most of us aren't.

There is a Robin Hood who is trying to once again split an arrow down the middle to show up the mad and unconscionable Sheriff Paul Ryan. He's Bernie Sanders. And if you want to see his proclamation of war against the evil doers and their merry band of morons, check this out:

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Saturday Links

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Here's How The World's Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days

New Poll Shows Americans Don't Want To Give Up On Obamacare

UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague

The Roberts Court Tees Up The End Of Campaign Finance Reform In Its Latest Ruling

AP Photographer Killed And Reporter Wounded As Attacks On Journalists Rise In Afghanistan

75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America

Jon Stewart Tells Antonin Scalia 'You're F**kin' Wrong!' (VIDEO)

Bernie Sanders Chillingly Lays Out How The Koch Brothers Could Buy the White House

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