Olympia Snowe Blows Up Case Against Obamacare


Former Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, became the latest lawmaker involved in the drafting of President Obama’s health care law to undermine the case against the legislation currently being considered by the Supreme Court.

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Echoes of the 1930s (Dingbat Edition)

We treat it as a given today that denying the scientific consensus on climate change is something close to an orthodoxy in the Republican party. Meanwhile a major faction of the party is similarly opposed to teaching evolutionary theory and the science of natural selection. But this squabbling around the GOP's new Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare captures a similar but even more striking dimension to the same phenomenon: A comically willful rewriting of history that seems so eagerly, perhaps slavishly embraced that it is not even clear whether the people arguing the latest zig or zag in the party line know it's nonsense or whether ideological commitment and peer pressure has convinced them that the new marching orders are really the truth.

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Bringing The Hate Straight To DC

You may remember that long before Pamela Geller's Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas which came under armed attack this month, she and her fringey anti-Muslim group had been placing controversial ads in big city transit systems. Now they're upping their game considerably, preparing to launch a new ad campaign in the DC transit system but unlike the others this ad includes the winning cartoon from the contest, which of course is a depiction of Muhammad. Fun times all around.

"Hitch Hiking Story that Involves a Gun"

In the second installment of our series of TPM Reader emails on 'your hitchhiking story', TPM Reader RCE shares the story that ended his days as a hitchhiker ...

Here is the story that cured me of Hitch Hiking.

I hitch hiked throughout the 1960s and 1970s as a kid and teen in Pittsburgh. It was a necessity for jobs or getting up to the river where we jumped off the bridge......[yes, my friends jumped off the bridge so I did too]

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Your Hitchhiking Story

A couple weeks ago, as apart of our End of the Road series on the American car and the open road, we published 'The End of the Open Road: The Inside Story of How Hitchhiking Died'. If you're over 40 you probably remember during your own lifetime that there was a time when hitchhiking was a normal thing people did. Not everybody did it. But it wasn't something that seemed crazy or marginal. And then over a few years, probably less than a decade, it was something almost nobody did. At least it was something no one did without other people thinking they were reckless or crazy.

Here's a letter TPM Reader DP sent this weekend. It is simply marvelous: a big trove of stories about America ...

I'm sorry this letter is so late but this is my story.

I was born in 1959, hitch-hiking was a big part of the first half my life. When I was in the 8th grade growing up in a nice little upper-middle class suburb south of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, my mother actually wrote a letter to the principal of my school giving me permission to hitch-hike the three miles home every day as I didn't care for riding the bus. Did it every day, I was in 8th grade! A safe community, I never once felt in danger. Throughout my teen years in the mid-1970s I hitch-hiked all around the area; to school, the pool, my friends' houses, the mall, into Pittsburgh, eventually expanding to see one friend at college 120 miles away and another in Columbus Ohio. Did it all the time, never thought twice about it.

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Introducing 'My Conservative Inbox'

Today we launch a new semi-regular TPM feature: My Conservative Inbox.

It's the best of the emails from the right-wing fever swamps, unredacted and unedited. These won't be emails from random trolls, but actual emails from various organizations, committees, advocates, and hustlers engaged in raising money, inciting action, and generally perpetuating The Crazy.

The first installment in the series is a real doozy. Take a look, my fellow patriots.

Live Chat: Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, Thursday May 28th, 2:30 PM Eastern

Elizabeth Green is the CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a news site devoted to educational change. Elizabeth has years of experience in education reporting, having written for The New York Sun, New York Times Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. Last year, she published Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). Elizabeth will be answering questions about her book, the Common Core, teacher evaluations, and the opt-out movement. Drop your questions here (sub req) before or at 2:30 PM EST on Thursday 5/28.

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Fun To Watch

GOP Govs. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, and John Kasich are dealing with serious, largely self-created, state budget shortfalls (tax cuts for everyone!) that are putting a real crimp in their 2016 presidential ambitions. And Grover Norquist is happily holding their feet to the fire as they try to wriggle out of their fiscal jams.

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