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.
Ted Cruz is really explicit that voters need guns in case they need to use them against police, federal law enforcement or other government officials.
It's not an uncommon argument among gun rights enthusiasts. But national politicians and certainly presidential candidates seldom get so pointed and specific about arguing that the key importance of the 2nd Amendment is to have guns to shoot government officials if you decide they are creating a tyranny. What Sharron Angle once called "second amendment remedies". But Ted Cruz is going there big time in a new fundraising email. Check it out.
In a sense, this is totally Cruz's MO. I suspect it's precisely because few mainstream politicians are willing to state the matter so starkly that he and his advisors see a big advantage of being the one who will.
Remember that 73 year old volunteer hobby sheriff who accidentally shot and killed an arrestee in Oklahoma when he thought he was pulling out his taser? Well, turns it the Sheriff's department seems to have falsified his training records. Ooops.
Reacting to a rise of sluttiness among Kansas poors, Governor Brownback signs law barring families on public assistance from buying lingerie, tattoos.
Pope Francis has unexpectedly cut short an "overhaul" of a major US nun group which his predecessor had begun in 2012 because the group promoted "certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith."