Armed Protesters Take Over OR Federal Building, Josh Marshall On Jeb! and Trump Touts Muslim Ban In First Ad

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January 4, 2015

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Oregon Town Watches Warily As Armed Protesters Take Over Wildlife Refuge

The Gist: People in Burns, Oregon are used to friction between the federal government and locals, but the armed takeover of a nearby national wildlife refuge is raising concerns to a new high.

Trump Touts Plans To Ban Muslims, Build Border Wall In First TV Ad

The Gist: The GOP candidate’s ad will air in Iowa and New Hampshire starting this week. 

Scalia: Constitution Doesn’t Ban Government From Supporting Religion

The Gist: The Supreme Court justice told an audience in Louisiana that the Constitution does not prohibit the government from preferring religion over secularism.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

An Indiana rep recently proposed a bill that would hit transgender individuals with a Class A misdemeanor if they used a public restroom that doesn’t conform to their gender at birth. As TPM’s Allegra Kirkland notes, similar bills failed to pass in Kentucky, Florida, Nevada and Texas in 2015. The Indiana legislation will likely meet the same fate given that the DOJ issued a brief this summer declaring that restricting transgender students’ access to public restrooms amounts to sex discrimination under Title IX.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “In retrospect, Jeb Bush’s decision to go with ‘Jeb!’ (exclamation point included) as his campaign slogan turned out to be perfect metaphor…no, not even a metaphor, simply a guide to his campaign: taking something fundamentally uninteresting and repeating it with escalating emphasis and frequency until it becomes interesting.”

Say What?!

“For heavens’ sake, can’t a girl ever have a little bit of fun? That was a tongue in cheek tweet. A girl needs to have a little fun sometimes. I guess it was a slow news day for the media.” 

– Carly Fiorina rooted for an Iowa win at the Rose Bowl, but Stanford won 45-16 — is the #CarlyCurse real?

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “And speaking of overheated rhetoric, I think its high time the current Right Wing of the Republican party be politically attached to Timothy McVeigh and the ideology that motivated the Oklahoma City Bombing which killed 168 people. That may not have been fair in 1995, but the current rhetoric from most Republicans in Congress is nearly identical to what we heard from McVeigh and Terry Nichols and their militia cohorts. As recently and astutely noted by The Nation columnist Joshua Holland: ‘Here at home, security experts warn of the threat posed by violent anti-government extremists. Non-violent anti-government extremists, on the other hand, can be found roaming the halls of Congress.'”

Related: The University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (notorious for its racist chants) hired the same lawyer who defended Timothy McVeigh. 

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What We’re Reading

What its like to run a feminist website, known to run on offense, when almost nothing offends you. (Jezebel)

The glory-seeking adventurer of old is giving way to explorers who want to understand the planet rather than dominate it. (The Economist)

Who was the cleric Saudis executed, and why does his death matter? (Bloomberg)

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