The plan to gut Wisconsin's public record law did not survive the holiday weekend.
It's not too early to say it and we shouldn't be afraid to face facts: We're entering a new Golden Age of Donald Trump news. I know many of you are impatient with the attention we sometimes give Trump - despite reading the same news assiduously (we've got data, don't deny it!). Even I get sort of bored and impatient with it. But not now. Now we're in new territory. As we know, over recent years, Trump has ditched his old brand as a cartoonish plutocrat, comfortable in the multi-cultural world of New York media and celebrity culture, to rebrand himself as an clowncar racist and populist xenophobe. And now finally the chickens or whatever farm animals Trump cavorts with are coming home to roost. Whatever damage he's doing to his own businesses, he has become the doofus bull, enraged and ridiculous, let loose in the China shop of GOP electoral vulnerabilities.
Some delightfully revealing developments out of Wisconsin, where Scott Walker's Republican legislative majorities have passed out of committee a provision canceling Wisconsin's 'open records' law, some form of which exists in almost every state, though more comprehensively than most in Wisconsin. As the State Journal puts it, "The proposal blocks the public from reviewing nearly all records created by lawmakers, state and local officials or their aides, including electronic communications and the drafting files of legislation. The language was included in the final version of the state’s 2015-17 budget, which passed the Legislature’s budget committee on a party-line vote late Thursday. The budget bill next goes to the full Assembly and Senate."
July 4th, 1876: First newspaper report of General Custer killed at Little Big Horn.
Where did the Pledge of Allegiance come from and when did we start doing it? Here's the story.
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Jindal's massive resistance enters Monty Python/Holy Grail phase.
A look at two 1939 political rallies, one by German-American Bund (effectively the American pro-Nazi or simply Nazi party) at Madison Square Garden and another by the Communist Party USA in Chicago. See how each appropriated one US President (Washington for the Nazis and Lincoln for the Communists) as their claim to embody American history.
GOP mega-donor's channel picks up Trump's Miss USA Pageant. “The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the MISS USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition,” said Stan Hubbard, CEO of Reelz, in a statement emailed to TPM.
Key facts you should know on the fires at black churches in the South.
Fascinating look at what looks like the end of for-profit colleges - and how a movement that originally served a legitimate need got turbo-charged by Wall Street money into what amounted to a pump-and-dump educational scheme that is now biting the dust.
In response to last week's High Court decision, Indiana women posts spellbinding anti-same sex marriage rant to Facebook while doing house cleaning, after the jump ...
Here's an (fun in a surreal, macabre way) article about a recent example of how Twitter has dramatically increased the velocity at which bullshit is able to travel at sea level and at higher altitudes. In fact, the increase is so great that Twitter has become a self-contained, frictionless bullshit perpetual motion machine capable of making an episode like this possible. This is the story of Zandria Robinson, an African-American assistant professor of sociology at the University of Memphis who made some that were both genuinely outrageous and also a peerless example of jargony academic nonsense-speak, became a target of right-wing media and twitter-hounds, then got fired by the University of Memphis because of the controversy, thus making the University a target of left-wingers on Twitter and driving Twitter to cross-partisan paroxysms of outrage and self-congratulation.
Except that she wasn't fired and actually wasn't even an employee of the University of Memphis in the first place.
Mandating the right to marry to same sex couples on par with opposite sex couples across the United States is a very, very big deal, as the jubilant celebrations last week well attest. So I guess I should not be that surprised that the resistance to the decision is not merely rhetorical but that a non-trivial number of judges, town and county clerks and elected officials are continuing to resist the decision. Even after it is all over. You have a mix of clerks who are simply refusing to issue any marriage licenses, officials who are resigning, delaying tactics and more. Tierney Sneed catalogs the top strategies here.