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More Than One Thing Happened in 2008

TPM Reader JB adds to our "Hard to Handle" thread on the subject of race and reminds us of that other elephant in the room ...

I've been following with interest the series of TPM posts on race. They touch on many points I think are correct, but so far at least are leaving out something important.

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Is There a Fox Effect?

Continuing our 'Hard to Handle' series, TPM Reader RL talks about the acculturating effects of two very different institutions: the US military and Fox News ...

I'm sure you've heard many stories from your readers about kindly relatives who were racists. Mine go back a couple of generations. I was raised in a military family and despite the conservatism inherent in the military, socially (at least as far as race goes) it has always been reasonably progressive. By the time I was growing up in the 60's it was fully integrated and my parents racial views more or less followed the military lead.

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Mayor not anti-Semite, Just Thinks Jews Destroying America

The local paper in the hometown of Jewish Center shooter Frazier Glenn Miller seems oddly solicitous of the town's new Mayor who has spoken up as a supporter of Miller's views. Says the Aurora Advertiser ...

Utilizing his First Amendment rights, Clevenger has made what some term as anti-Semitic and racist comments. The comments came as he spoke about the alleged involvement of local resident Frazier Glenn Miller (also known as Frazier Glenn Cross) in the shooting and subsequent deaths of three individuals in Overland Park, Kansas, on April 13.

Interestingly, Mayor Clevenger's views came in for some controversy before he was elected last week when an old letter to the editor emerged in which he championed Miller's views and decried the "Jew-run medical industry" and the "Jew-run government backed banking industry."

Clevenger insists he's not a racist or anti-semite but was only "point[ing] out the corporations responsible for destroying the United States are run by Jews."

Hate Group Threatens to Sue TPM for Calling it a "Hate Group"

So Friday we got a demand letter from a anti-immigrant hate group down in Arizona, threatening to sue us for identifying them as a "hate group". After our lawyers sounded the all clear, we reported deeper on the story and discovered the big problem is the top cheese in the organization, Glenn Spencer, thinks the persistent "hate group" label is preventing him from selling his crack new anti-immigrant border technology to the feds. Here's the story.

Comments Update

We'd hoped to open the beta testing phase of our new comments system to the larger community this evening. We just about got there. But there was one more performance enhancement we wanted to do before we did so. We hope to have the beta larger for the whole community tomorrow morning.

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Ted Cruz: Thanks, Obama

Ted Cruz's career in Washington has been defined thus far by his efforts to dismantle President Obama's signature legislation. On… Read More →