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Things many conservatives are blaming for the mass shootings in Newtown:

Things many conservatives aren’t blaming for the mass shootings in Newtown:

  • Guns

(h/t Mother Jones)


A key pillar of American civil rights law is now in danger of being nullified by the Supreme Court.

Shelby County, Alabama, is seeking to have Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the law that first guaranteed the right of blacks in the South to vote, declared unconstitutional.

A cursory review of recent Republican shenanigans with voting rules should put the notion that the VRA is obsolete entirely to bed. With voting growing more racially polarized, the temptations to alter voting rules to disenfranchise particular constituencies is obvious. Indeed, the Department of Justice successfully challenged Texas’ redistricting map because it diluted the voting power of Latinos. If the court strikes Section 5 down, one of the most effective and important powers the federal government has for ensuring that the right to vote is not abridged on the basis of race will be destroyed. 

Because, you know, racism and voter suppression efforts just don’t exist in America any more.


The Mother Jones homepage on the morning after Obama’s reelection, November 7, 2012.


The Mother Jones Guide to Voter Suppression and Polling Problems

Authored by you: Find your precinct. Report any issues. See where we’re tracking problems throughout the day. Because it’s your right, people.


MoJo received the following tip from a reader:

polling location in Glenshaw PA 15116 has signs up inside [!] that says


In PA, that law IS not supposed to be enforced until 2013

The reader identifies the precinct as:



SHALER, PA township is Shaler. Actually Glenshaw

PA folks: We’ve heard similar reports about mailers. What do you know about this? Are you seeing these signs inside or around polling stations? Do you have photos? Message us with your experiences:


Seen by our New York bureau reporter James West, who helped edit the Romney video for publication. From Romney’s mouth, to a hidden video, to us, to… taxi drivers all over America, hopefully.


This was our Chartbeat web-traffic measure yesterday. Thanks for being interested, internets!

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The overlooked lesson in Romney’s “47%” debacle: you do not screw with Jimmy Carter.

From Kevin Drum:

Ezra Klein breaks it down into Twitter-sized chunks:

  • Rs have spent years cutting income taxes and increasing things like the Child Tax Credit. This means fewer people pay income taxes.
  • So whenever you hear a stat like “47% don’t pay income taxes,” remember: Reagan and Bush helped build that.
  • These tax cuts for the poor were partly in order to make further tax cuts for the rich political palatable.
  • But now that fewer people pay income taxes as a result of GOP policies, they’re being called lazy and dependent.
  • And thus the GOP’s tax cuts are being used to make a case that the rich are overtaxed and that the less-rich are becoming dependent.
  • Which thus leads to a policy agenda of tax cuts for the rich and cuts to social services for the non-rich.

Yep, that’s about it. Also worth noting: the poor often pay higher state tax rates than the rich. Add in payroll taxes and excise taxes, instead of cherry picking only a single tax, and it turns out that the poor and the working class end up paying a fair chunk of their income in taxes. Not as big a chunk as the rich, it’s true, but then, it strikes most of us as perfectly fair that the poor should pay lower tax rates than the rich. I wonder if this strikes Romney as fair too?

My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. …I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be, uh, Latino.

Republican presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY, in an excerpt from this now-infamous video recording.

It’s difficult to see how Mitt recovers from this, but as Drudge has demonstrated, the GOP spin has already begun.

And it turns out that none other than James Carter, grandson of the ex-President, “helped leak” the video to Mother Jones.  Click through to see his Tumblr.

(via The New York Times)

(via inothernews)