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Republicans Hope to Trample Constitution With Racist New Proposals

For the last two years, conservatives have flouted their disdain for the Constitution and their desire to effectively replace it with a Tea Party manifesto. Sadly, they appear to be wasting no time after last November’s election in declaring war on the nation’s founding document.

Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress

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Flush with excitement over their recent electoral gains, Republican state lawmakers are partying like it’s 1859. A group of lawmakers from 14 states, led by nativist Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce (R), plan to thumb their nose at the 14th Amendment’s grant of citizenship to nearly all persons born within the United States by introducing legislation that will “end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens.”

Meanwhile, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R) recently returned to his state from a Beltway pilgrimage to GOP interest groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, intended to drum up support for his expected upcoming U.S. Senate race. Shortly after completing this pilgrimage, Haridopolos laid out a plan to fast-track an obviously unconstitutional proposal that would nullify the Affordable Care Act.

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Bachmann attacks $1.2B payout for black farmers

Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann calls the $1.2 billion deal "indefensible." Farmers say it rights a historic wrong.

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Kevin Diaz, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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Congress gave the final go-ahead Tuesday (Nov 30) to a landmark $1.2 billion settlement compensating black farmers for decades of discrimination, even as Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann and other conservatives charged that the deal is riddled with fraudulent claims.

The long-delayed package, negotiated by the Obama administration, could award some $50,000 each to thousands of African-Americans who claimed they were unjustly denied loans and assistance from the federal Agriculture Department in the 1980s and '90s. Right up until the final 256-152 vote in the House, Bachmann -- along with Iowa Republican Steve King and others -- called for an investigation of the settlement, known as Pigford II.

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Death penalty, shot through with racism, cannot be fixed

Ex-justice Stevens, sharply critical of the high court's current right-wing majority, now has concluded, "That personnel changes on the court, coupled with 'regrettable judicial activism', had created a system of capital punishment that is shot through with racism, skewed toward conviction, infected with politics and tinged with hysteria."

Jarvis Tyner, People's World

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On CBS "60 Minutes" show and in a detailed essay in New York Review of Books, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens came out swinging against the death penalty.
It is a remarkable and courageous shift in his opinion, after years of supporting it.

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Stevens, who came to the court a Republican in 1975, was appointed by then-President Gerald Ford. But over the years, as the court shifted to the far-right, he became a part of the liberal wing of the court.

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In June, he retired at age 90, and has since decided to speak out on a number of important issues.

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The Racism of Blood and Guts Palin

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  • Episode Three of Sarah Palin’s Alaska makes Sarah’s flub on North Korea this week (Nov 21-27) entirely understandable.
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Billy Wharton, Bronx County Independent Examiner | NY

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Episode Three of Sarah Palin’s Alaska makes Sarah’s flub on North Korea this week (Nov 21-27) entirely understandable.  Who has time to understand such geopolitical complexities when there are so many “life lessons” to impart to your children?  This, as well as providing enough proof that far-right Conservatives really aren’t the racists they are made out to be, took up most of the episode.  Kim Il Jong be damned!

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The Blood, The Blood, The Blood

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It is hard to determine which show is bloodier, Sarah Palin’s Alaska or AMC’s The Walking Dead.  Sure the zombie flick features busted heads and constant blood splatters, but each Palin episode includes a ritual fish kill with full dissections.  Last week, the fish guillotine, this week the bloody fish table.  The blood is everywhere, on everything and is offered to the viewer as evidence of what Alaska is all about.

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Sarah Palin's Brand of 'Feminism' More Popular With Men Than WomenAdele M. Stan, AlterNet
Palin peddles a shallow narcissism dressed in 'empowering' feminist language.

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Maddow: Fox Uses 'Flagrantly Bogus Stories' to Provoke White Racism

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called out Fox News for its role in promoting reports about Shirley Sherrod and ACORN that proved to be distorted.

David Edwards and Muriel Kane  Raw Story/AlterNet

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called out Fox News on Thursday (July 22) for its role in promoting reports about Shirley Sherrod and ACORN that proved to be distorted. She charged that the network "continually campaigns on flagrantly bogus stories designed to make white Americans fear black Americans."

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"I showed up in the weirdest place last night," Maddow began. "I was on The O'Reilly Factor. It was very spooky."

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When Maddow accused Fox during her appearance on Bill O'Reilly's program of playing an active role in "the fake ACORN controversy," the show's host responded by sneering that Fox "kick[s] your network's butt every single night."

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