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  • Race has moved to the front-burner of political news lately.
    • Part 1: Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist
    • Part 2: You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism
    • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist

  • "To a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate." --Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also suggested this past week that racism was a factor in the Republican party's opposition to immigration reform.
  • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One

Christina Wilkie, Huffington Post

display_600/image.JPG In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Credit: AP / J. Scott Applewhite) 

April 13, 2014 | "Not all" Republicans are racist, said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday, but "to a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."

Israel's comment was in response to a question from CNN's Candy Crowley, who asked the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder this week. In a speech to a civil rights group, Holder questioned his treatment by Republican lawmakers at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, and implied that race may have played a role. 

covers/pdp/9780199964277 Christina Wilkie is a political reporter at Huffington Post based in Washington D.C., where she covers lobbying, special interests, and the Beltway influence game. 

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Part 2: You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism

Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right.

Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

04.14.14 | Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.

I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.

The Daily Beast special correspondent Michael Tomasky is also editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

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Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers and Company

  • Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. 
  • The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part II

The War on Women

  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
    • Part 1: Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.”
    • Part 2: Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary.”

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Part 1: Anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina want pregnant women to arm themselves to “protect the unborn.”

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  • But the measure is actually just a sneaky attempt to endow fertilized eggs with legal rights and ban abortion.
  • As usual, the words “pregnancy” and “protection” are red herrings.

Katie McDonough, Salon

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  • April 11, 2014 | A state Senate panel in South Carolina advanced legislation Thursday that states a pregnant person has a right to use deadly force to protect the “unborn … from conception until birth.” The measure is called  the “Pregnant Women’s Protection Act,” and it is model legislation written and disseminated by Americans United for Life.
  • As usual, the words “pregnancy” and “protection” are red herrings.
  • First, South Carolina’s “stand your ground” law already allows for the use of deadly force anywhere a person claims to fear for their lives or the life of someone around them. (It is a terrible and dangerous law.) So opponents of the “Pregnant Women’s Protection Act” have rightly pointed out that this measure is entirely redundant.

Katie McDonough is an assistant editor for Salon, focusing on lifestyle.

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Part 2: Virginia GOPer: Incest exceptions in abortion restrictions unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary.”

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Asked to defend the remark, the delegate said, "I don’t care. ... if I say something in public, I say it in public."

Katie McDonough, Salon

Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (Credit: Steve Helber)

April 11, 2014 | A Virginia Republican currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives believes that incest exceptions in abortion bans are unnecessary because sometimes incest is “voluntary,” accord to a report from the Washington Times.

Delegate Bob Marshall has a record of saying absolutely reprehensible things about absolutely everything — and he has the voting record to match.

Katie McDonough is an assistant editor for Salon, focusing on lifestyle.

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The Return Of The Back-Alley Abortion, Laura Bassett, Huffington Post

Four decades after the Supreme Court upheld a woman's right to choose, pregnant women once again find themselves crossing the border to Mexico and haunting back-alleys in search of medical care. 

Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 2: Libertarianism = Assholism

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  • Their whole ideology is like a big game of Dungeons & Dragons. It’s all make-believe, except for the chain-mail–they brought that from home. Elves, dwarves and fair maidens for capital. Even with the supposedly “good ones”—anti-war libertarians—we’re still talking about people who think Medicare’s going to lead to Stalinism.
  • Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 1: The Roots of Stalin in the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party Movement
  • The Great American Class War
  • We Are In a Class War

Connor KilpatrickDangerous Minds

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mitonfriedmantimemagazinecover.jpg July 7, 2012 | The term “Libertarian” has long been synonymous with “Asshole” in my estimation, and I think it’s safe to say that Jacobin magazine editor Connor Kilpatrick probably feels the same way.

Today is the centenary anniversary of the birth of Libertarian icon, economist Milton Friedlman, so what better day for the publication of the most viciously hilarious takedpown of the Libertarian position that I think I’ve ever read?

Excerpted from the much longer “It’s Hip! It’s Cool! It’s Libertarianism!” which was cross-posted today at both Naked Capitalism and The Exiled:

Connor Kilpatrick:  the managing editor of Jacobin magazine, a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. 

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Series | Class War for Idiots, Part 1: The Roots of Stalin in the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party Movement, Yasha Levine, The eXiled Online

  • The Koch family, America's biggest financial backers of the Tea Party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.
  • A People's History of Koch Industries 
  • The Great American Class War
  • We Are In a Class War

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The Great American Class War, Bill Moyers, Huffington Post 

  • The people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.
  • We Are In a Class War
  • Plutocracy Versus Democracy

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We Are In a Class War, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

November 28, 2013 | The struggle of working Americans takes center stage as Black Friday protests cover the country. The struggle for wages that do not leave families impoverished is one that affects us all and highlights the unfair economy created by a class war waged by the wealthy for decades. The ‘Walmartization’ of the US economy has created a downward spiral in wages and destroyed small businesses and communities while heightening the wealth divide that is at the root of so many problems.

Charlene Dill

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  • A 32-Year-Old Woman Is Dead Because Of Political Games
  • Pharmaceutical CEO: Cancer Drug Is Only For Westerners Who Can Afford It

Think Progress

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Apr 9, 2014 | In too many states, Republican lawmakers are refusing to provide health coverage to millions of Americans through the Medicaid program simply because of politics. These political games have real consequences.

 

The debate over whether to accept or not accept federal funding to provide health insurance often deals with a lot of charts and numbers. But today, sadly, this debate has a name: Charlene Dill. Dill, a 32-year-old working mom with three small children, died recently because she didn’t have access to the care she needed. She worked three part-time jobs to stay afloat, earning an estimated $9,000 per year. Because this was more than the $6,809 limit to qualify for Medicaid in Florida, she fell into the coverage gap.

Think Progress is an editorially independent, non-partisan, progressive project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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Pharmaceutical CEO: Cancer Drug Is Only For Westerners Who Can Afford It, Adam Peck, ThinkProgress

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  • “We did not develop this medicine for Indians…we developed it for western patients who can afford it,” (Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers) said.
  • Treating Extreme Wealth As a Disease

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