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Breaking News: Benghazi Attack Leader Captured By U.S.

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Oh, no. Now what will all those Republican Benghazi conspiracy theorists going to do? WWTGS -- What Will Trey Gowdy Say?

According to the Washington Post:

U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.

This looks bad. Bad if you're a Republican who was counting on the Benghazi special congressional committee, the eighth committee to witch-hunt the terrible Libyan tragedy, to find something to tag onto Obama and Hillary Clinton. One of the major talking points is that Obama, who promised right away to seek out and find the culprits, has done nothing since the event nearly two years ago. Nobody had been apprehended. This was a GOP talking point on the lack of interest in the Benghazi attacks and the President's concern.

So much for that asshat argument. Obama said he'd take out Osama Bin Laden. He did. He said he'd bring to justice those responsible for Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American deaths in this Benghazi attack, and the round-up has begun.

Now what do you have to say for yourself, Speaker Boehner on your special committee? So Obama's been doing nothing, eh?

What have you been doing? Your job is to run the Congress. Where's the jobs bill, your alternative to the ACA, the long-term unemployment extension, the immigration reform bill, minimum wage increases, etc?

Seems if anyone's asleep at the wheel, it's the House of Representatives. You're the Speaker, Boehner. Maybe you should be doing the people's work like you're being paid for and let the President do his. He's showing results.  You? Not so much. You saw what the conservatives in Virginia's 7th district did to your right hand man, Eric Cantor. Don't think it can't happen to you.

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Howard Dean Opines on The Epic Fall of Eric Cantor

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Howard Dean. We knew ye well here, in the Green Mountains, and are regaining a lot of progressive pride as you become more elder statesman, less interwebs-juiced(?) Rebel Yell ex-candidate guy.

At least some Dems and many a true progressive are taking more than a passing glance at Cantor's departure, including Laffy's excellent reporting on his defeat, here, as well as the staging of his exit, link that here ... evidencing that it is absolutely the onset of Silly Season.

Dean took to Politico with his sage Opinion on the Epic Fall of Eric Cantor.

Cantor’s loss has largely been attributed to his failure to retain the support of a GOP grass-roots base that opposes everything from gun-violence prevention to comprehensive immigration reform. That was bad news for Cantor, but it is even worse news for the GOP nationally. The Republican base is driving the party toward a political agenda that makes its candidates increasingly unelectable for national and statewide offices.

This dynamic stands in stark contrast to the one between Democrats and their progressive grass-roots base, which pushes the party to embrace policy ideas that enjoy broad popular support.

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Howard, you are singing our song.

Lastly, and perhaps most important, Democrats need to learn from Cantor’s loss that anything can happen in 2014. Even on the morning of the election, not a single major pundit or politician thought the majority leader would lose. Cantor was considered invincible, and Republicans were expected to win big in November. But voters have minds of their own and the tea party’s right-wing base helped it usher in a truly unexpected result.

To round out the day, former Governor Dean visited The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell [as regular watchers know, the program has been ably stewarded by the young and astute Ari Melber while L'O'D recuperates from a taxi crash in Cuba] last night and offered his points directly to the People.

Dean has it dead right. All politics truly is local. The ground game is what wins wars.

Which makes every vote matter at home and across the country for your fellow citizens.

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Political Responsibility Rests On Size Of Your Balls

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The male members in Congress and the Senate are breathing a collective sigh of relief this morning -- at least temporarily. It seems there's a lesson to be learned in a fast breaking story out of Moscow. No, it's not about the Russian movement into the Ukraine. And it's not about a short supply of Stolichnya Vodka. It's about genital governing.

According to the Moscow Times, the newest test to see if you're capable of being held responsible as an adult in Russia is the size of your "man package." Yes, stop your tittering, I'm talking about your balls, your rocks, your nuts. The new test in Russia being used to determined if a man is of "age" is to have his testicles examined to see if they're big enough. I suppose this is an alternative to carbon dating -- or a birth certificate, but those Russians may really be onto something. At least those wimps in Congress hope so. It shrinks down to this, if you don't pack big enough "stones," you're not responsible as an adult. The Moscow Times:

(NEWSER) – In Russia's criminal justice system, size matters. And unfortunately, that means exactly what you think it means. A poor lad named Tomas discovered this after he moved from Ukraine to Moscow to live with his aunt and was soon accused of stealing a cell phone, reports UPI. The kid claims to be 13, but a skeptical court ordered a physical exam that included a look at his private parts. Doctors then estimated his age to be 16 or 17. The distinction matters, because the courts can now treat him as an adult, explains the Moscow Times. A judge promptly threw Tomas in jail.

When this story broke, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell sent out congratulatory memos expressing relief to the members of their caucuses because collectively they don't have the balls of a mosquito when it comes to governing. And using the "Tiny Balls" defense, they can now freely get away with continuing to do nothing in Congress and not being held responsible. Maybe even use that as a re-election slogan: "Re-elect me. I'm a proud member of the small nuts society." I know Lindsay Graham is in the running for chairman of that very committee.

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Stop Making Sense

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Once again, I feel as if I've entered Opposite World, where up is down, in is out and everything is completely backwards. I didn't meant to quote the Talking Heads, but it's the lower case talking heads who are making my brain hurt right now.

First of all, the talking head making the most sense about Iraq right now is... Shephard Smith!?!?! Yes, the man who is relegated to keeping his sexuality safely hidden in the closet because his employer is Faux News is, once again, speaking the truth. This time, he's saying what I'm thinking about Iraq.

If that wasn't mind blowing enough, how about Mark Halperin talking sense to Paul Bremer about Iraq and the role of the US in that troubled part of the world!

If you were pleasantly surprised  by those two segments, welcome to the club. Unfortunately then, you'll likely be sadly disappointed by the answers I got from General Wesley Clark. The former NATO commander and presidential candidate apparently thinks the way I'd have expected the two men mentioned above to think... When I asked Gen. Clark what we should do in Iraq, he unequivocally called for "air strikes."

I know, he is a retired US Army General and, as such, is conditioned to think that way. But I expected more out of a career military man who opposed entering Iraq in the first place and actually seemed refreshing during his presidential run in 2004. Then again, he did participate in a sickening celebration of war on NBC in a strange "reality show" called "Stars Earn Stripes." I thought then that he had lost his mind. Now I know that his mind has been darkened by the fog of war.

In an interesting juxtaposition of ideas, Chelsea Manning published an Op-Ed in yesterday's NY Times explaining that "the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan," and urges people to be skeptical of their coverage now.

In the first hour, Howie Klein joined in as he does each Monday morning for the Steve Israel Hour, sponsored by Little Debbie. Today, we discussed the incompetence of Steve Israel who never saw the Cantor crushing coming, and did everything he could to protect Cantor from a Democratic challenger. Plus next week's primaries could bring us a real progressive as the Democratic nominee in the MD governor's race in Heather Mizeur, but probably won't.

Tomorrow, it's @GottaLaff time... Seriously, we all need some laughs right about now... Tuesday, 10-noon ET radio or not!

Listen to the full show here:

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Add Hypocrite To Departing Eric Cantor's Resume

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Former House Republican leader and current pinhead Eric Cantor took umbrage today over Laura Ingraham's comment that he should have been one of the hostages traded for Sgt. Bergdahl instead of the five Gitmo detainees.

Talking Points Memo:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Sunday responded to a comment conservative pundit Laura Ingraham made that Cantor should have been traded to the Taliban for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"I will say that the suggestion that I should have been traded to the Taliban for Sergeant Bergdahl really is not a serious contribution to any public policy debate, and frankly, I don't think that it reflects on the people that self-identify as Tea Partiers. I think they reject that kind of notion," Cantor said on ABC's "This Week." "And it's just not serious. And frankly it cheapens the debate."

Where was Cantor's ire when Tea Party stalwart Senator Rand Paul earlier made a similar statement only about Democrats, reported on the CNN(Certainly Not News) Network:

“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats? I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi; couldn’t we send them to Mexico?”

The truth is, Eric Cantor, you're just a self-serving obstructionist and that's why people voted you out. It had nothing to do with Laura Ingraham nor immigration reform. It wasn't your religion and it wasn't the Tea Party. And it certainly had very little to do with the man who beat you. Your defeat was your own doing. You were greatly responsible for a do-less-than-nothing congress, and that's why your ass was booted out the door.

What you were victim of was your deaf ears to the cry for the heads of the overpriced Republicans who have turned their backs on women, minorities, immigrants, long-term unemployed, clean air advocates, environmental protectionists, health care for all, and affordable education reformers who may just decide to show up to vote this coming November. (That is if you haven't already restricted their voting rights) By November you will have been forgotten. But your legacy won't have been. You set the example that removing an asshat can be done. And we voters may elect to send a number of your asshat friends packing with you.

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Cantor Eats Crow, brought to you by "the Redneck Taliban"

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Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst, who's having a little fun with Eric Cantor's stunningly humiliating defeat. Or as Will calls it, "feeding the beast that ends up devouring you." Speaking of devouring, with his usual snark, Durst does just that to the paraphrased headlines "Cantor Eats Crow." And speaking of eating, welcome to another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own. Take it away, Will:

CROW MEDIUM RARE

A massive Earthquake rolled through the Republican Establishment after Eric Cantor became the 1st sitting House Majority Leader to lose in a primary since, well… ever. Going back to 1899, the 19th Century. Back when Mugwumps bought buggy whips and the Emperor of Russian lunched with the Viceroy of India.

In terms of wake up calls for GOP incumbents, this elbow to the ribs from the right is the equivalent of having your alarm clock replaced by a battalion of Taiko drummers. In the hold of a container ship. With Marshall amps pinning the red and the reverb switched to infinity sustain.

GOP insiders offered a number of theories for the upset. Bad polling. Disconnection with base. Low voter turnout. Democrats in an open primary. Ambition the size of Montana. Didn’t get as many votes as the other guy. Butterfly ballots. Michelle Obama. The World Cup. Approaching El Nino.

But mostly: back when he was midwifing their birth in 2009, Cantor was considered very very Tea Party. Now, not so much. Classic case of feeding the beast that ends up devouring you. Kind of a Siegfried and Roy sort of thing. “Eric Cantor the RINO.” You got to admit: that’s pretty humorous. Like saying… Dick Cheney the Peacenik or Colonel Sanders the vegan.

Let this be a lesson to all squishy moderates out there: the Tea Party has the same tolerance for tolerance that SWAT teams have for swatting. The Redneck Taliban. Though responsible for scuttling the Boehner/ Obama Grand Bargain and fanning the flames of the government shutdown, Cantor might have read the word “compromise” in a book once. And that is unacceptable.

Don’t you get it? That anti- colonial socialist Obama is ruining the country and if you don’t think so, you don’t love America enough and can go back to Europe and eat crescent rolls on your 6 week vacation.

The man who would be Speaker lost his 7th District Virginia Congressional seat by 11 points to Dave Brat, a doctor of economics who teaches at Randolph- Macon College in Ashland Virginia, a private Methodist liberal arts college 92 miles from the US Capitol. And who, in November’s general election, will be facing a Democrat named Jack Trammell, a doctor who teaches sociology at Randolph- Macon College in Ashland Virginia. Guess you could call their upcoming debates a partial Randolph- Macon College faculty retreat.

The New York Times calculated Cantor spent more money at steakhouses than Brat raised for his whole campaign. But that is simply not true. Cantor only spent $168,000 at various DC meat palaces while Brat raised close to $200,000. So, the Congressman only spent 17/20th on scorched cow flesh compared to what Brat raised. The irony is, now, all Eric Cantor gets to eat is crow.

Of course Brat only used $123,000 of that two hundred grand in his campaign, which gets us to the Times claim, but that’s nitpicking. Nitpicking, being a grand Washington hobby, which Cantor might want to pick up, seeing as he has some unexpected free time on his hands.

Who knows what the future holds for John Boehner’s former go- to- guy. Cantor could become a lobbyist or a consultant. He might even want to write a paper on climate change. After all, who else could provide such a first hand eyewitness account… of hell freezing over?

Will Durst is an award- winning, nationally acclaimed political comic. Go to willdurst.com to find about more about his new one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG,” info about the documentary film “3 Still Standing,” and a calendar guide to personal appearances including June 20 & 21 in Winters & San Rafael.

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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David Brat, the Libertarian Who Beat Eric Cantor, Doesn't Believe in the "Common" Good

How US Private Prisons Are Making Millions by Jailing Migrants in Deplorable Conditions

Why Does the Right Embrace Ignorance as a Virtue?

How Ayn Rand Seduced Generations of Young Men and Helped Make the U.S. Into a Selfish, Greedy Nation

African migrants climb their way into Spain

Rush Limbaugh Attacks Brit Hume, WSJ, Fox News Leadership For Not Equating 'Amnesty' With Immigration Reform

'Trojan Horse' a UK Muslim school witch-hunt?

'Culture of fear' exists at several Muslim-majority schools, British regulator says

Several U.K. Majority-Muslim Schools Censured Over Extremism

Law Enforcement Agencies Continue To Obtain Military Equipment, Claiming The United States Is A 'War Zone'

Six Officers Charged In Police Pursuit That Ended With 137 Shots Being Fired At Suspects In A Little Over 20 Seconds

Taiwan Proposes Fining 'Distracted Walking' Due To 'Smart Phone Addiction'

NYPD Officers Expect Public To Be Stupider Than They Are; Justify Shutting Down Recording With 'iPhones Are Guns' Claim

Appeals Court Reaffirms The Public Has The Right To Record The Police, Except For All The Times When It Doesn't

David Brat’s Campaign Manager Scrubs His Facebook Page: Here’s What He’s Hiding (Images)

US Mulls Air Strikes As Iraq Militants Advance On Baghdad

Palin Accuses President Obama Of Starting The So-Called 'War On Women'

OK GOP Senate candidate: ‘All men are created equal’ doctrine led to Rwandan genocide

When It Came To Wall St., David Brat Actually Ran As Elizabeth Warren

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Prominent pastor/radio host offers chilling advice to parents with adult kids who are gay

White supremacists distribute fliers at Ft. Carson asking soldiers to fight in coming race war

Libertarian host who inspired Vegas killers: They were ‘victims,’ murdering cops saves lives

Activist Can't Explain Why Christians, But Not Others, Deserve 'Religious Liberty'

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Eviscerates 'Justice' System that Imprisons People for Being Poor

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