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Very Interested in This

We've just become aware of this. And we are going to try to find out more and report back to you on it. The State of Texas appears to be trying to do an end run around birth-right citizenship by denying birth certificates to American children born to undocumented immigrants on American soil.

In addition to a straightforward effort to deny constitutional rights, it's just kind of sick. Refusing to issue kids birth certificates?

I Think He's Got a Lot of This Right

I think longtime TPM Reader JB has a lot of this right on the real context of the Iranian nukes deal ...

I think the deal with Iran should be interpreted through the lens of the decreasing reliance of the United States on oil from the Middle East. The vast quantities of natural gas and oil in in North America that will permit nearly all of our energy needs to be met at home and allow the significant control of price and supply to be exerted close to home changes importantly our reliance on and control of the world energy market. I think this deal represents the first step of US disentanglement from the machinations of Middle Eastern politics and background control of much of what goes on. Here is my assessment of what is happening, by nation:

United States: We are not as much reliant on middle east oil because of our own stocks and increasing renewables so let’s remove any existential threats from the region so we can be less involved. The major existential threat? Nuclear weapons. With no Iran nukes, there is no regional nuclear arms race. So, we don’t have to police the area nearly as much because we have oil, prices of oil will drop with return of Iranian stocks, and there are no existential threats. We’re just not that into you anymore.

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Santorum: Walker Whipt on Marriage?

I missed this on the first pass. This kind of thinking used to get into the political debate two or three decades ago. But I haven't seen it in a while. In an interview with The Daily Caller (full transcript here), Rick Santorum suggested that Scott Walker's opposition to same-sex marriage may be suspect because he hasn't gotten his wife to fall into line.

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Delegate Ariana Kelly (D-Montgomery) is a rising star in the Maryland Democratic party who is said to be considering running for the House seat being vacated by Rep Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who is running for the senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). But the 39-year-old state lawmaker was arrested last month and charged with trespassing and indecent exposure in a confrontation with her ex-husband which thankfully did not escalate to violence but did lead to Kelly aggressively jostling her bare breasts in his direction as she stood in his doorway and refused his demands to leave.

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