Coal Company Coerces Contributions

Remember the story about the coal company who forced their workers to attend a Romney rally in Ohio without pay so he could get a good photo op and tell them, “I tell ya, you’ve got a great boss”? Turns out that same company coerces their salaried employees to donate money to the company’s PAC, which gives money to Republican candidates. (more…) Read more

Scalia’s Special Pleading

Justice Antonin Scalia gave a talk at the American Enterprise Institute and gave a list of the issues that had come before the court that he thought were incredibly easy to decide. He said: “The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion,” he said. “Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state.” (more…) Read more

Free Contraception Reduces Abortions

Here’s a fact that should be so obvious as to not need repeating: Providing free birth control reduces the number of women who have abortions. I mean really, really reduces the number. That’s the conclusion of a new study that provided free birth control to young women in St. Louis, MO and then compared their abortion rate with the rest of the country. From the abstract: (more…) Read more

Appeals Court Upholds Ohio Early Voting Ruling

Remember that outrageous lie the Republicans told about the Obama campaign trying to deprive military personnel from voting in Ohio? The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the district court ruling that rejected that lie and restored early voting for all Ohio residents. (more…) Read more

Ryan’s False Claims of ‘Weakness’

The new line that Paul Ryan is using in the wake of the attacks on US embassies or consulates in Libya and Egypt is that it’s all because Obama is so weak and that’s make our enemies think we can be attacked with impunity. Here’s what he said last week in Colorado, starting with his latest flip flop: (more…) Read more

Rep. Broun Spouts Off on Evolution, Big Bang

Watch out Michelle Bachmann, Steve King, Louis Gohmert and Allen West — Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia is staking his claim to the title of the dumbest person in Congress after telling an audience that evolution and the big bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” (more…) Read more

Hovinds Owe $3 Million to IRS

The saga of Kent and Jo Hovind with the IRS has taken another turn for the worse (for them, at least). Kent, perhaps the most dishonest and ridiculous of all the young earth creationists, is still in federal prison for not paying taxes. And now a court has ruled that they owe $3 million to the IRS. (more…) Read more

New Mexico GOP Caught Distorting Law in Poll Training

One of the ways the Republican party has long tried to suppress the vote is by having poll challengers at voting sites — in Democratic districts only, of course — to pick people out that they claim may be ineligible to vote and challenge their right to vote in front of poll workers. Progress New Mexico got a hidden camera into a training session for those poll challengers and caught them lying about what the law says about challenging voters:… Read more

Black Wingnut: Obama Hurting Black Community Because ‘The Ghey!’

Patrick Wooden, a black wingnut minister who just loves to rant about those evil gay people, says that President Obama’s support for gay rights and equality is hurting black families, who have to explain to their kids why the president supports things they don’t like. And haven’t black people suffered enough already without that? (more…) Read more

Another Republican Stimulus Hypocrite

ThinkProgress catches yet another Republican member of the House claiming credit for a project in their district that was funded by the stimulus bill that they voted against and even later tried to defund. This time it’s Rep. Rick Berg of North Dakota, who made a campaign stop at the grand opening of a new bridge paid for by funds he tried to kill: (more…) Read more

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