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VIDEO-- Historic DiplObamacy: "I was watching the man that I voted for in 2008, very proudly."


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Rachel Maddow made an appearance on "All In with Chris Hayes" to comment on the remarkable series of historic events that all took place in one day:

Rachel: Can we start with the hash tag with the hashtag "will"?  "Will"! It *will* happen! Not "Yes, we can."  "Yes, we will"! *Did* happen! Amazing.

Chris: It was amazing this happened and it did feel like this was a huge issue in the 2008 campaign. What Barack Obama did in that campaign was turn into the tough position, which was "Yeah, I'm going to talk to Iran," and here we are five years later and he's talking to Iran.


Rachel: None of that would have happened had the Obama administration not pursued the course he took as a candidate.

One great milestone, one great sort of benchmark person to watch here is always John McCain because John McCain has never met a war he didn't like, and John McCain's response to the prospect of the U.N. Security Council resolution, which we apparently now have, was that it made him sad. He did not want this to be resolved diplomatically. He did not want Syria's chemical weapons to be resolved without a war, that made him feel sad, and what's amazing about that is that it's just him. That's a bizarre view to have. And the rest of the country doesn't have it with him.

Chris: I was watching it unfold when John Kerry came before the nation when he made this passionate argument for strikes. This is a train wreck. The president is gonna lose the vote in Congress, I think it's a bad idea substantively to do this. I don't think it's going to work, I think it's going to make things worse.

I can't believe I'm sitting here a week later and there is a binding enforceable UN Security Council resolution with Russia voting for it in which Syria's gonna turn over their chemical weapons... an incredible diplomatic victory.

Rachel: Yes, on the day that the American president speaks to the Iranian president for the first time since 1979. ... To have them all happening at once, to have sort of "Diplobamacy" bearing fruit in this dramatic way, I mean I guess this is the way these things happen... You quietly work on these things for a very long time, then all of a sudden, when opportunity is available, things happen all at once, this is watershed stuff. This is historic.


...What you need to know as an American government is that we need competent governance, we need people who are good at diplomacy all the time and working at it even when it seems hopeless, because sometimes it takes 34 years for that phone call to happen, but when it happens, you better have done the work along the way because those opportunities come along very very rarely.

Chris: And to bring it back to Syria, that was what was most remarkable about Syria, was that when the opportunity presented itself, the president took it.

Rachel: Even if it kinda came from a weird place. I don't care if John Kerry meant say that in that way at that moment, when the opportunity arose, they they were on it. ... You gotta be ready.  Preparation is 99% of taking advantage of the right opportunity. I'm very very proud of our diplomatic capacity on a day like this.


New low: GOP Congressman compares Republicans trying to kill #Obamacare to 9/11 heroes


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Remember this guy?

That's Congressman John Culberson (TX-07). I posted about him here.

Today, Rep. Culberson (R-WTF) got the attention of MSNBC political reporter Benjy Sarlin:

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Yes, you read that right. Culberson was today's winner of our increasingly frequent feature, "Really Bad Analogies." Oh but of course, trying to kill health care reform, a law that is on the books and approved by the Supreme Court, a law that will save lives and has already saved many Americans money, is exactly like fighting 9/11 terrorists.

Or to put it another way, this is GOP business as usual. The families of those who died on that day will undoubtedly appreciate Culberson's sentiments. And by appreciate I mean condemn.

Think Progress:

During a meeting of the House Republican Caucus, Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) compared the relentless Republican effort to defund Obamacare to the heroic efforts of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who overpowered terrorists who had gained control of the plane.

Playing the September 11th card: Desperate, tasteless, low.


University of Kansas professor on leave after tweet to NRA


turnabout is fair play

A professor apparently "disrupted the learning environment" at the University of Kansas with a tweet.

The NRA has disrupted America with its gun lobbying, but they're not "on leave." Wayne LaPierre has disrupted politics with his frequent, public, vile spew, but he's not "on leave." The consequences of their words and actions, all that shilling for the gun industry, have been tragic.

Mass murderers disrupt (read: end) lives but they're still out there, able to slaughter crowds with their semi-automatic weapons. The consequences of their actions have been tragic.

But a journalism professor didn't shoot a gun, he shot off his mouth and swiftly got silenced. He is now on indefinite administrative leave.

The NRA is still out there selling deadly firearms, and very little is being done to deny them their voices.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas journalism professor was placed on indefinite administrative leave Friday for a tweet he wrote about the Navy Yard shootings which said, "blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters."

David W. Guth, an associate professor of journalism, made the comment on Twitter after Monday's shootings in Washington, D.C., in which 13 people died, including the gunman. The tweet didn't attract much attention until Campus posted a story Thursday, sparking a social media backlash that's spilled over into some state lawmakers calling for his dismissal.

Now personally, I don't agree with Guth's approach at all, but the point of this post isn't about the content of his tweet, it's about the backlash. Why isn't there an equally swift, equally effective response to those who actually contribute to cutting lives short?

Guth, who on Thursday told The Associated Press in a phone interview that his tweet "got a conversation going — that was exactly what I wanted to do," agreed Friday that the university's action was appropriate in light of email threats he and others at the university had received.

There are now calls for his dismissal, specifically by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Republican who has received $2,500 in campaign contributions from the NRA since 2004.

And an NRA spokesman self-righteously declared, "This is hate speech. It is disgusting and deplorable. It has no place in our society."

But assault style/military style weapons with high capacity magazines that make it easy to mow down crowds but are unnecessary for hunting or personal protection do have a place in our society. Those aren't disgusting or deplorable at all. In fact, they're hunky dory.

Got it.


Typically Sarah Palin: "Bomb Obamacare"


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The following idiotic tweet is via Former Half Gov ToneDeaf McHasBeen:

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The following tweets are in response to the idiocy:

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The following is me, if I were male, bald, and shirtless:

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The following expresses what is going through all of our heads right now:

H/t: Taegan


PhotOH! "Here's the crowd to hear Nikki Haley announce her re-election campaign."


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The following tweets are from yesterday's event at which Nikki Haley announced her re-election bid for governor of South Carolina.

The images come to us by way of the Twitter account of Rudolph Bell (@DolphBell), a "longtime newspaper journalist practicing in Greenville, SC. Jack of all beats, master of none. Greenville, SC ·"

We know they're real because Bell's Twitter account is "verified." I can verify that they amused me. Enjoy:

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Trusting Huelskamp


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Though Laffy posted this a few days ago, it's reverberations are still being felt. And with a h/t to her, I feel I must revisit this ignorant and outrageous conduct. Today I feel like fighting fire with fire. Forgive the insensitivity of what follows, but this guy just got my goat.

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Congressman, Congressman, Congressman. I love a witty quip, a snarky remark and even a pointed analogy. Certainly coming from your party, the GOP, you hear it all the time. But for a party who's killed more important Bills than the ovens at Auschwitz; whose forced transvaginal ultrasound probes have raped more women than Charles Ng or the Hillside Stalker, or who's... Oh, hell, I'm not going to waste any more writing about your inept, corrupt party (at least for today). I'm not going to lower myself to your base level.


Your uncalled for attack on both President Clinton and President Obama assure you induction and a prime spot in the Asshat Hall of Fame. Perhaps nobody's blown more hot air up the collective behinds in Kansas than you since the 2007 Greensburg Tornedo or if you want to go way back, the Udall Tornado of  '55.

President Obama supports the immigration reform bill that passed in the Senate late last month. It's a legislation that includes an amendment that would drastically increase security at the border. In fact, even Republicans like Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who helped write the amendment, admitted that the border security provisions amounts to overkill. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the bill will ensure that the United States has the "most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall." These to hawks should be enough but not for you.

So, to go along with your ignorance on Gay rights, your voting against women, your personal anti-immigration platform, and your lack of trust of your fellow Republicans, and former Presidents, I can only wish you the best -- of what's promises to be the end of your final elected term in office.


Timing is Everything Dept: Lindsey Graham tweets 'joke' about John McCain dying in Syria


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I just got back after spending the day with my family, scanned a few tweets to catch up, and ran across this one from my Twitter pal Christine Pelosi, totally unaware of the context:

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Then I saw this:

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First rule of comedy: It has to be funny, not only to the joke teller, but to the audience. That's kind of mandatory.

Wisecracking about a diplomatic mission now makes your obsession and accusations about the Benghazi Not-Scandal off limits, Linds. You blew it. You were tasteless, you showed terrible judgment, and your timing was atrocious.

Call me crazy, but I was under the impression that Memorial Day is the time to honor the sacrifices of our amazing military and dedicated officials, as opposed to say, cheapening them.

Lindsey apparently didn't get the non-edited memo.