What about a liberal version of the Tea Party?

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What drinking, smoking on-camera means for off-camera life

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What improvements on Wall Street and Main Street mean for 2016

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While politicians argue policy, what’s the impact of the student loan debate for students?

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On immigration reform, 70 votes is the new 60 votes

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(L-R) U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) attend a news conference on comprehensive immigration reform at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 28, 2013.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Sigh.

Ya think?

Pro-immigrant advocates are pushing back against the Gang of Eight’s strategy to win 70 votes or more for comprehensive immigration reform, fearing it would require too many concessions to Republicans.

Liberal advocates of comprehensive immigration reform argue the bill only needs 60 votes to clear the Senate and that additional concessions to pad the vote total are not necessary.

I like how the “liberal” position is now that passing something in the damn Senate should require “only” 60 votes, those hippies, and the moderate position is now, screw it, something that controversial is gonna have to have a full 70 votes if it wants momentum and legitimacy and the magic Senate rainbows that shoot out in all directions and temporarily blind Sen. Inhofe so that the rest of the legislative body can scurry past. The “conservative” position, of course, remains as it has been, these last years: Everything requires eleventy billion percent of the votes, all the time, and each individual senator should be given a shiny red button that, when pressed, lights any given bill on fire and dispatches a team of dogs to pee on the remains. They call it the Fidobuster, and that team of dogs is one of the few new expenditures Republicans are willing to make.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other members of the gang are pushing for 70 votes to give it maximum political momentum out of the upper chamber.

But the cost of winning 15 to 17 Republican votes could prove steep.

I sympathize with the notion that whatever the Senate comes up with is somehow going to survive the anarchists and arsonists and flying monkeys of the House, I really do, but this constant push from every other part of elected government to self-negotiate first in an attempt to compromise with the whackjobs has never seemed to produce the desired results. Let’s say the Senate can pass something with 70 votes instead of 60; does that really translate into more effective legislation on the House side of things? Why is that the new magic number—and is the premise that House Republicans will somehow be so intimidated by a dozen or so Republican senators signing up for the plan that they’ll say “oh, well I guess now we have to think about this seriously?” No. They’ll just ask for yet another thing, like always, or threaten to kill the deal. They’re working on their own plan. Their own plan is to slow walk some do-nothing stuff through a few committees, gripe about the hopelessly liberal Senate Republicans and their stupid attempts to appeal to the Brown Folks, and call it done.

The House is a bunch of crackpots. They really are, and there’s nothing anyone but the voters themselves can do about it. The Senate is already almost entirely dysfunctional, thanks to the blocking of every single substantive bill or presidential nomination in some ridiculous act of sadism that everybody pretends is “comity”—if you manage to somehow fetch a full 60 votes for something in the current Senate, you’re already considered so damn bipartisan that the clerks all throw in $10 for the eventual bronze statue in your honor. So I’m skeptical of the notion that tying the Senate into further knots will do a damn thing to get something substantive passed the House; it seems to be based on the notion that the lower asylum gives a damn about what the upper asylum thinks or does, and the House has been very, very forthcoming about declaring the opposite.

White House: Asteroid ‘poses no threat’ to Earth’

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Eric Holder vs the media: What is ‘off the record’?

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Major news outlets like The New York Times, The Associated Press, Reuters and others turned down Attorney General Eric Holder’s invitation to meet with him on Thursday, because the talks would be “off the record.” Everyone knows somebody who is always starting sentences with “for the record,” like a narcissistic nod to a cosmic stenographer […]

Bachmann’s Democratic opponent bows out of race

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Michele Bachmann won’t be running next year — and now neither will her 2012 Democratic opponent, Jim Graves.Just two days after the onetime Republican presidential candidate announced her retirement, Graves is suspending his campaign in the GOP-leaning suburban Twin Cities seat. Graves, who narrowly lost to Bachmann in 2012, said in a statement that — win or lose — he had achieved his goal of r…

    

Re-emergence of debate over controversies could loom for Obama

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For President Barack Obama, some difficult days in May still could become the dog days of summer.As Republicans look to keep the embers of outrage associated with three White House controversies glowing throughout this week’s congressional recess, a new poll on Thursday suggested lingering political danger for President Barack Obama and his team.The public is divided over whether the administratio…

    

Midday open thread

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  • Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is The Re-Obamulator:
    Comic teaser
  • What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …
    • Read This: The Culture novels of Iain Banks, by Mark Sumner
    • The ‘Moral Monday’ movement in North Carolina, by Denise Oliver-Velez
    • Book review: Jeffrey Toobin’s ‘The Oath,’ by Susan Gardner
    • You want to know how Fox News misleads its viewers? Here’s how, by Laura Clawson
    • Forget Mark Sanford: Here is a special election with real lessons for 2014, by Steve Singiser
  • These are some very, very bright pink eight-inch slugs.
  • Do you live in an Emma state or a Sophia state?
  • Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox:

    All of the new Oklahoma laws aimed at limiting abortion and contraception are great for the Republican family that lives in a gingerbread house with a two-car garage, two planned kids and a dog. In the real world, they are less than perfect.

    As a practicing physician (who never has or will perform an abortion), I deal with the real world. In the real world, 15- and 16-year-olds get pregnant (sadly, 12-, 13- and 14-year-olds do also). In the real world, 62 percent of women ages 20 to 24 who give birth are unmarried. And in the world I work and live in, an unplanned pregnancy can throw up a real roadblock on a woman’s path to escaping the shackles of poverty.

    Yet I cannot convince my Republican colleagues that one of the best ways to eliminate abortions is to ensure access to contraception.

  • I think even most copy editors would agree that this is going a little overboard as a response to a typo.
  • Not quite Jurassic Park, but:

    A perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood has been found on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal, Russian scientists said Thursday.

  • Apparently the Catholic Church has a top exorcist who says he’s dealt with 160,000 demons.
  • Union organizer and cancer survivor Jane McAlevey on breast cancer, Angelina Jolie, and the health care industry.
  • Amanda Marcotte flays Erick Erickson:

    I know it’s hard to do when 99% of your rather shrunken mental space is taken up with trying to convince yourself that you’re smarter/tougher/less laughable than you are, but you can’t just declare something “science” and call it a day. At bare minimum, “science” requires things like “evidence”. Even coughing up one example of other animals who play house would have been useful.

  • On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, “Gun Deaths Since Newtown Now Surpass Number of Americans Killed in Iraq.” Surprised? Actually, CDC stats tell us there have been far, far more than that. How many? Listen and find out. Two new #GunFAIL episodes show a divide in how we think of gun danger. Ornstein on the renewed nuclear option fight. Bobby Rush calls Mark Kirk’s anti-gang initiative an “elitist white boy solution.” Armando on appointment powers, the “unitary executive” theory & constitutional hardball. Did McCain pose with kidnappers in Syria? ArchPundit clears up the IL gun law situation. And the Volokh Conspiracy blog dismisses accusations that AG Holder lied under oath.