Natan Sharansky has an oped today in the Washington Post (exactly where you'd expect it). And reading it, crazy as this must sound, it's clear that Sharansky needs something of a refresher course in what actually happened during the Cold War. The premise of his argument is that in its dealings with Iran America has lost the moral clarity and confidence that it had during the Cold War - and apparently more or less consistently until President Obama came into office.
I've already gotten a lot of interesting responses to my Hillary question below. And I'm going to be publishing a lot of them over the weekend. But this one has a fascinating twist.
From TPM Reader EB ...
Here are my thoughts on Hillary…
Back in ’06 and ‘07, I was 100% against Hillary and pulling for Obama to first enter the race and then become the nominee because I thought that Obama would give us the best chance, if he won, to move beyond the partisan politics of both the Clinton and Bush years.
Mike Huckabee says serving in the armed forces is great. But you should probably wait to enlist until we have a Commander-in-Chief who is godly and promotes sexual morality.
I've mentioned a couple times that Democrats appear to be at the beginning of an all but unprecedented primary season in which the outcome appears so foreordained as to change the whole nature of the process. So I wanted to ask readers? Are you ready for Hillary? Are you a supporter? If not, are you ready to be?
I am not looking for any particular answers. I'm just curious to hear people's thoughts, Democrats who are going to vote for the Democratic nominee regardless. What's your thinking at this point. Want to share your thoughts? Shoot me an email at our comments email address.
ICYMI: This gold mine in Oregon is probably going to be the next Bundy Ranch. The militia winguts are already converging.
Because of course it is.
EXCLUSIVE: TPM talks to the attorney representing Robert Bates, the Tulsa volunteer Sheriff's reserve deputy charged with shooting Eric Harris.
TPM Reader RT grew up in Medford, Oregon, the spot of today's feature story about a goldmine that may be shaping up as the next Bundy Ranch style stand off between violent whackjobs with Internet-based legal theories and the Bureau of Land Management.
From RT ...
I grew up in Medford, Oregon, land of the BLM controversy du jour.
In the wake of the pizza freedom movement, this New Jersey Deli owner now raising money online from conservative activists after his decision to post a sign celebrating White History Month dried up his business.
Pizzas, hoagies, heroes, cakes, it all tastes like freedom.
I'm not sure that Senators in deep red states are that worried about this. But here Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) explains what he sees as the GOP's biggest fear if Obamacare gets gutted by the Supreme Court. Must read. And potential deadly for GOP senators from blue and purple states.
Also, worth noting here that millions of people losing access to health care insurance in itself does not seem to be figuring as a major concern.
This exchange is priceless ...
JOHNSON: Unfortunately, President Obama's response to an adverse decision — in other words one that actually follows the law — would be really simple. Just a one-sentence bill allowing people’s subsidies to flow to federal exchanges and/or offer the governors, 'Hey, we know you got those federal exchanges. Just sign the bottom line. We’ll make those established by the state.' And of course, he'll have the ads all racked up with the individuals that have benefited from Obamacare on the backs of the American taxpayer. He'll have all those examples as well so...
WEBER: And the sad sack stories about who's dying from what and why they can’t get their coverage.
Clinton is noncommittal on Social Security expansion - for now.
73 year old hobby cop who accidentally killed Eric Harris gives rambling trainwreck interview to NBC News.
It looks like the new Bundy Ranch is a gold mine in Oregon. The crazies are streaming in from all over.
We asked Lindsey Graham what he thinks about that Ted Cruz statement about guns and tyranny. He doesn't agree.
"Well, we tried that once in South Carolina. I wouldn't go down that road again. I think an informed electorate is probably a better check than, you know, guns in the streets.I'm not looking for an insurrection. I'm looking to defeat Hillary. We're not going to out-gun her."
And yes, in all my time running TPM, I've been waiting for this quote.
This could be a problem. A new poll - and it's the marquee poll in the state - shows Gov Scott Walker with his lowest job approval number in three years and dropping 8 points since late last year. Worse Hillary beats him in his home state by 12 points.
Neo-Nazi admits he shot and killed his boss, who is gay, and says he hates gays "with a passion." Also says he's killed others.