Huckabee Goes To Bat For Josh Duggar Amid Molestation Allegations

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Friday rushed to the defense of Josh Duggar, the eldest child of the family made famous by TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” who is now publicly facing allegations that he molested young girls when he was a teenager.

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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.

Duggar Family Spawn/Family Research Council Top Lobbyist Resigns over Molestation Charges

Josh Duggar, the eldest child of the 19 kid Duggar family, has resigned his post as executive director of FRC Action, the political and lobbying arm of the far-right Family Research Council, over multiple alleged molestation incidents which took place when he was a teenager. The Duggars, in the unlikely case you're not familiar with them, are the subjects of a long running reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting, chronicling their lives as an evangelical family raising 19 biological children from more or less nonstop child-bearing by matriarch Michelle Duggar.

The family has also served as semi-official mascots of the pro-life and anti-gay rights movements in the United States. The FRC is classed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Josh Duggar is an outspoken advocate of discrimination against gays and lesbians. He has also, ironically, repeatedly attacked members of the LGBT community as threats to the well-being of young children.

This evening the FRC posted the following statement on its website ...

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More on Nebraska and the Death Penalty

Another TPM Reader follows up on the backstory about the state's decision to abolish the death penalty. Our correspondent from yesterday noted this as part of the story. But TPM Reader LF (anonymized initials) follows up here with more on the role of the drugs state use but are having an increasingly difficult time obtaining to end condemned prisoners lives ...

I don't think you can understand the Nebraska situation without also noting the absolute mess that is lethal injection, both as a general matter and in Nebraska specifically. You guys have run stories before about how lethal injection results have been grisly lately. A lot of that stems from evolving lethal injection protocols, which have had to change (basically for the first time since the late 1970s/early 1980s) to account for a growing number of drug shortages. Some companies have stopped producing the traditional lethal injection drugs because they are very old, not profitable, and, injections, which are notoriously difficult to make consistently with good manufacturing standards. Others simply refuse to do business with state departments of correction. There has been a ton of good, progressive work here by groups like Reprieve and the Berkeley Death Penalty Clinic.

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Buckle Up, The Clown Car is Ready to Whisk You Away

TPM Reader EA prepares to be swept away on the anti-Clinton clown car ...

You mentioned recently that we are headed down the Clinton rabbit hole, where everything is a scandal, no one has an ounce of decency or honesty, and we can soon expect to witness Hillary in her true demonic form, with bloody fangs and a glint of world domination fever in her eyes.

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Rand Takes Left Turn on the Road to Bulls**tville on Clinton and Mass Incarceration

One of Rand Paul's emerging angles in his hoped-for race against Hillary Clinton is to put the former Senator and Secretary of State on the line for her husband's role creating the system of mass incarceration which many on both sides of the political spectrum now believe was either a mistake or at least should be reined in. “I’ll ask Hillary Clinton," he said earlier this week, "what have you done for criminal justice? Your husband passed all the laws that put a generation of black men in prison. Her husband was responsible for that.” I think as a practical matter it will be a tricky and perilous proposition to hold Hillary Clinton responsible for things her husband did more than 20 years ago. (Husband being a different person from her and Clinton being a man she is somewhat demonstrably not able to control, etc.) But as Ed Kilgore rightly notes here, this is an almost comical distortion of the history of the last forty-plus years in the United States, one which he seems to be banking on a younger generation not remembering and reporters being either to lazy or stupid to contradict.

Let's start with some basic history.

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