Jade Helm 15 Gets Underway, Disbarring Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker: The Perfect Conservative

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July 15, 2015

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Texas Finally Chooses The Brave Souls Who Will Monitor The Military Takeover

The Gist: Gov. Greg Abbott has called upon members of the State Guard to brief his office on the progress of “Jade Helm 15,” the much-discussed military training exercise set to begin today.

Technically, Ted Cruz And Greg Abbott Should Be Disbarred

The Gist: Both men are attorneys who have publicly encouraged people to break the law on gay marriage. According to ethics laws, they should be disbarred.

Paul Krugman Puts Trump On Blast: He’s A ‘Loudmouth Racist’

The Gist: The New York Times columnist bluntly speculated that Trump was polling so well within the GOP presidential field because he is a “belligerent, loudmouth racist.”

From The Reporter’s Notebook


On Tuesday, House leaders pulled a bill to mint a Susan G. Komen coin to raise funds for breast cancer research over the foundation’s Planned Parenthood ties. As TPM’s Tierney Sneed notes, abortion politics have a way of wreaking on havoc on otherwise broadly supported bills. Earlier this year, a bipartisan anti-human trafficking bill was almost scrapped over a fight about a tucked away anti-abortion provision.

Agree or Disagree?


Michelle Chen thinks that Scott Walker’s systematic assault on unions, women’s rights and public benefits make him the perfect conservative wunderkind.

Say What?!


– The Oklahoma Republican Party compared food stamp recipients to animals.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member:“If we’re calling out historical figures, how about Bayard Rustin? Student of Gandhi, schooled MLK in nonviolence, and explicitly linked the gay rights struggle to that of black Americans — something, incidentally, that MLK and other civil rights leaders agreed with, but they feared that the optics of an openly gay black man in a leadership position would make the struggle against racial discrimination more difficult. His later trajectory was surprising — an anti-Communist socialist, he was strongly pro-Israeli and became a founding member of the neoconservative movement.”

Related: Rustin as the man homophobia almost erased from history.

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What We’re Reading


The world eats cheap bacon at the expense of North Carolina’s poor. (Quartz)

NASA released gorgeous color images of Pluto and Charon. (Wired)

95% of women who’ve had an abortion say it was the right decision. (The Washington Post)

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