Russell Moore Says Something Right

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is usually rather flagrantly wrong, but I think his response to Donald Trump's utterly ridiculous photo op with a bunch of TV evangelists laying hands on him and praying for him while he tried to pretend to give a shit was spot on. He points out that nearly all of the people there were prosperity gospel preachers. … [Read more...]

Criminal Justice Reform Package Finally Unveiled in Senate


For several months, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have been working on a package of reforms to our criminal justice system and the bill, called the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, has finally been submitted. As one would expect, it doesn't go nearly far enough but it at least a strong step in the right direction. And after declaring such reform hopeless for years, I'll take it. … [Read more...]

Ben Carson is Talking Hitler Again

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Someone needs to make an official count to determine whether Ben Carson has said more idiotic things about the fall of the Roman empire or about Hitler. He seems to invoke Hitler as an almost Pavlovian response, and at a New Hampshire campaign event he did it again -- but very vaguely, without actually spelling out what he was referring to. But he swears it wasn't Obama this time, though he's compared Obama to Hitler many, many times. … [Read more...]

Trump: I’ll Send All the Syrian Refugees Back


The ghastly civil war in Syria has killed about 240,000 people so far, which is why millions have fled the bombs and the mass killings going on. Most of them have ended up in Turkey and Jordan as the rest of the world mostly ignores the problem. The United States is now taking in a few thousand of them, a mere pittance, and just a few weeks ago Donald Trump said we had to do this because it was an “unbelievable humanitarian problem.” And now: … [Read more...]

Time to Clean House at the Secret Service


There have been many highly embarrassing incidents and scandals involving the Secret Service over the last few years, but a new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security may be the worst yet. The assistant director of the Secret Service, Edward Lowery, was so upset by an inquiry into that string of scandals that he released confidential information about the congressman asking uncomfortable questions. … [Read more...]

Santorum: Martin Luther King Would Support Kim Davis


There are few things more ridiculous and reality-defying than the constant invocation of Martin Luther King by right-wingers who stand for everything King fought against. The latest is Rick Santorum, who told a Christian television show that Martin Luther King would support Kim Davis and tell her to keep defying the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling because it violates "God's law." … [Read more...]

Carly Fiorina Thinks She’s One of Us


Glenn Beck did a very long and fawning interview with Carly Fiorina for his show this week, so fawning that he didn't even bother to challenge her when she made this absolutely staggering statement about the evils of crony capitalism and how the rich and powerful -- you know, like CEOs of major corporations -- conspire to screw everyone else over by making government really complicated. … [Read more...]

Far Right Loses Big Fight for Government Shutdown


The far right elements of the Republican party lost a big fight over funding for Planned Parenthood as the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for another two months as they work out the details on the 2016 federal budget. The party leadership badly wanted to avoid a shutdown, while the Tea Party types, the Ted Cruzes, badly wanted to prove their purity by fighting to the end a battle they could not win. … [Read more...]

Ben Carson’s Infatuation With a Far-Right Crackpot

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Like Glenn Beck, Ben Carson seems to adore Cleon Skousen, a far-right Mormon crank who wrote some of the most bizarre, John Birch Society-style rantings about communism and America that you'll ever see. As David Corn documents at Mother Jones, Carson has cited Skousen's book The Naked Communist repeatedly in interviews, telling reporters and audiences how important Skousen's work is. … [Read more...]

Trump Stays Awake While Christian Frauds Pray for Him


One of the rituals that every Republican presidential candidate has to go through these days is having a bunch of con men (and women) TV evangelists lay hands on you and say a prayer. It usually happens in Iowa as the campaign starts, but Donald Trump summoned them all to New York City, where the video shows that he somehow managed to stay awake as a veritable who's who of Christian frauds babbled about him to God. … [Read more...]

Chaffetz Tries Inane Emotional Blackmail Against Planned Parenthood


Okay Louis Gohmert, you're off the hot seat. The title of the most ridiculous member of the U.S. House of Representatives has officially passed to Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah. He's always been a clueless dolt like Gohmert, but even Gohmert has never tried to make an argument this asinine during a House hearing. Seriously, this may be the most idiotic thing I've ever heard a sitting member of the House say (and I watched Michele Bachmann on a daily basis for years). … [Read more...]

Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Tax Plan


After making a lot of noise about how he thinks the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes, especially hedge fund managers, and previously calling for a 14.5% one-time tax on the wealthy, Donald Trump released his official campaign tax plan the other day and it looks absolutely nothing like that. In fact, it looks pretty much exactly the opposite, proposing trillions of dollars in tax cuts that would blow a massive hole in the federal budget. … [Read more...]