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They’re getting pretty good at hostage taking, and it worked before. Alex Seitz-Wald reports: Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported…

Sheril has the details: That’s what Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature just did. Embarrassing for Florida and a travesty for the Everglades. They’ve dismantled the South Florida Water Management District-the state agency charged with protecting the Everglades. As The Sierra Club explains, this wasn’t belt tightening, but an attack on science and…

By way of Matthew Yglesias, we read that,over at National Review Online, Kevin Williamson claims progressives only care about science as a way to wage culture war (yes, coming from movement conservatives, that’s rich): There are lots of good reasons not to wonder what Rick Perry thinks about scientific questions, foremost amongst them that there…

In this case, South Carolina. From Steve M.: I was reminded of this when I glanced at Jacob Weisberg’s Jon Huntsman profile in Vogue and my eye fell on this this har-har-har good-ol’-boy anecdote about a Huntsman campaign appearance in Greer, South Carolina: Henry McMaster, the state’s silver-haired former attorney general, then makes the political…

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, in an attempt to win the craziness sweepstakes, has been proclaiming hither and yon that half of all Americans pay no income tax. Call me confused, but I thought Republicans wanted to lower income taxes? Maybe it has something to do with who those non-payers are? Well, who are they?…

Placing (Tea) Party Over Country

So the Tea Party Fort Sumter conservatives have sunk to new lows–they’re celebrating the downgrade of U.S. debt (italics mine; video at the link): Is the tea party happy that Standard and Poor’s, the credit rating agency, downgraded the United States’ credit rating for the first time ever? You’d think that was the case if…

Recently, I described how the out of control Tea Party Fort Sumter conservatives were created and encouraged. Athenae dispatches conservatives like David Frum who are SHOCKED that this could possibly happen: I feel about this the way I feel about people who keep grizzly bears and gorillas and tigers as pets. They keep animals that…

Guess who Mitt Romney picked as co-chair of his “Justice Advisory Committee”? Robert Bork. Yes, this Robert Bork: Banning Porn, Art and Science : Bork also called for shrinking the size of the First Amendment until it is small enough to be drowned in a bathtub. “Constitutional protection should be accorded only to speech that…

How the Tea Party Monster Was Created

One of the things to remember about the Tea Party Uruk-hai who run the Republican Party make up the shock troops of the GOP is that they were manufactured–just like the orcs in the Lord of the Rings. Comrade Driftglass explains: Conservatives built this monster. It didn’t just wander out of the woods one day,…

A vote to resolve the debt ceiling political crisis failed last night because House Republicans–who hold a majority in the House of Representatives–opposed the bill. Here’s a major reason why–Pell Grants, which are federal scholarships for low- and lower-middle income students: House conservatives who have stalled legislation to raise the national debt limit are angry…