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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Real Time with Bill Maher: Summer Headlines

TFD Opinions: Election 2012 Projections June 30

Swings toward Obama since last update: Florida, Ohio
Swings toward Romney since last update: None

Solid Obama (194): California (55), Connecticut (7), DC (3), Delaware (3), Hawaii (4), Illinois (20), Maine (4), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11), Minnesota (10), New Jersey (14), New Mexico (5), New York (29), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), Washington (12)

Likely Obama (53): Michigan (16), Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), Oregon (7), Pennsylvania (20)

Lean Obama (56): Colorado (9), Iowa (6), Ohio (18), Virginia (13), Wisconsin (10)

Toss-Up (29): Florida (29)

Lean Romney (25): Missouri (10), North Carolina (15)

Likely Romney (100): Arizona (11), Georgia (16), Indiana (11), Montana (3), Nebraska CD-2 (1), South Carolina (9), Tennessee (11), Texas (38)

Solid Romney (81): Alabama (9), Alaska (3), Arkansas (6), Idaho (4), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8), Mississippi (6), Nebraska (4*), North Dakota (3), Oklahoma (7), South Dakota (3), Utah (6), West Virginia (5), Wyoming (3)

Overall: Obama 303, Romney 206, Toss-up 29 (Map)

Saturday Cartoon: Heat Wave

Wales and Scotland

Real Time with Bill Maher: New Rules June 29: Mitt Romney's Vice President Must Be George Zimmerman


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Friday, June 29, 2012

TFD Opinions: The Estate Tax is the Best Tax

Of all the debates about taxes, the estate tax is the most depressing. This is mostly because a lot of people don't realize that it has no effect on them whatsoever. It's a tax that literally only concerns millionaires and their beneficiaries. In fact, the battle is between three camps. Those who are never affected by the estate tax but benefit from increased government revenue, those who are rich enough to just cross the estate tax threshold, and the extremely wealthy. This is because there are two elements to the estate tax: the rate and the threshold. Those who are just standard millionaires want the threshold to be as high as possible so their inheritance will pass on tax-free. Those who are billionaires are much more concerned with the rate, as a 10% difference results in millions if not billions of saved taxes. Not surprisingly, rich people have a lot of money to give to politicians and thus have the ability to exert a lot of pressure to push the threshold higher and the rate lower. The current combination is $5 million threshold and a 35% rate. The threshold has been as low as $1 million and the rate has high as 55% in the not too distant past.

TFD Opinions: Why Are Republicans So Angry About the Obamacare Ruling?

There are a lot of extremely divisive issues in partisan politics but one I will never understand is Obamacare. While I can totally understand that someone might legitimately oppose Obamacare and believe that a more conservative approach would be ideal, I will never understand the level of outrage and hatred that it receives. Sometimes I wonder if it's purely based on ignorance and misinformation. First of all, it's not that liberal. A liberal plan would obviously something that it is or approaches single payer healthcare that many other industrialized countries already have. The plan that actually passed was significantly watered down and preserves the private insurer system contrary to the false portrayal as a government takeover of healthcare.

Fortune Fast and Furious Investigation

As always, things are not as they seem. (Fortune)

Rachel Maddow: Accident of Employer Provided Healthcare

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The 8 Stages of Conservative Obamacare Grief

The spectrum of insanity. (Slate)

Great Nancy Pelosi John Boehner Photo

Was the tanning tax ruled constitutional too?

Bar Exam for Teachers

Setting a standard for teachers. (TheAtlantic)

John Roberts is No Liberal Hero

Calm down, liberals. Calm down conservatives too for that matter. (Slate)

Brooks: Modesty and Audacity

Justice Roberts had the audacity to be modest. (NYTimes)

Krugman: The Real Winners

Regular people who need healthcare. (NYTimes)

Public Swimming Pools

Parking Champion of the Day

Jimmy Kimmel: KFC OMG Cheese Top Burger Commercial

Colbert Report: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

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Cable News Gaffe on Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling
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Daily Show: Herman Cain: Constitution vs. the Bible

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Herman Cain: An American Presidency - The Constitution
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Daily Show: CNN and FOX News Report Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional

Wolf Blitzer at 10:13 AM: "There are a number of different reports about what the Supreme Court ruled" // Jon Stewart: "Yes, there's what you reported and what actually happened."

Texas Republicans Oppose Teaching Critical Thinking

Anti-intellectualism is alive and well in Texas. (HuffingtonPost)

Angels' Mike Trout Catch vs. Orioles Video

2012 MLB All-Star Team Voting Leaders

Closing in on the All-Star break. (ESPN)

AL: Fielder, Cano, Jeter, Beltre, Hamilton, Granderson, Bautista, Napoli, Ortiz
NL: Votto, Uggla, Furcal, Wright, Kemp, Beltran, Braun, Posey

Dionne: Justice Scalia Must Resign

Crossing the line from justice to politician. (WashingtonPost)

Kristof: Election 2012 Pop Quiz

Who said these statements? Obama or Romney? (NYTimes)

Dewey Defeats Truman: 2012 CNN Obamacare Edition

Justice Roberts: Deal With It

Did Roberts Flip His Original Vote on Obamacare?

Some evidence to suggest Roberts originally voted with the conservatives. (VolokhConspiracy)

When SCOTUS Upheld Obamacare Tumblr

Obligatory. (WhenSCOTUSUpheldObamacare)

People Moving to Canada Over Obamacare

They might have a rude awakening when they arrive and find out about Canada's healthcare system. (Buzzfeed)

FOX News Fail: Individual Mandate Struck Down

Obamacare It's a Tax Meme

Full Opinion Text of Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling

Here you go. (FullOpinion)

CNN Fail: Individual Mandate Struck Down

Breaking News in Phoenix

Colbert Report: Homosnacksuals: Oreos are Gay and Partisan

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Kraft's Rainbow-Stuffed Gay Pride Oreo
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Colbert Report: Turzi Admit Voter ID Laws are Partisan Bullshit

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Blood in the Water - Mike Turzai's Voter ID Remarks
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Daily Show: Chris Christie Marijuana Sports Gambling Hypocrisy

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Of Vice and Men - New York Weed Bill Dies & Chris Christie's Veto Threat
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NBA Mock Draft June 27

Still murky beyond Anthony Davis as #1. (MockDraft)

Parking Champion of the Day

Angry BCS Computer Unleashes Virus

It's not going down without a fight. (SportsPickle)

Constitutional Law Confirmation Bias

Don't people just start with the conclusion they want and work backwards? (AndrewSullivan)

Mitt Romney's Evasive and Vague Campaign

He won't take a real position on anything other than hating Obama. (Slate)

Bittman: Which Diet Works?

Not all calories are created equal. (NYTimes)

Luis Gutierrez: Who's the Immigrant? Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez?

Jimmy Kimmel: Louis CK Interview June 26

Jimmy Kimmel: Facebook Email Police

Colbert Report: Dish Network Commercial Skipping and KFC Family

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Dish Network's AutoHop Service
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Daily Show: Seth MacFarlane Interview June 26

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Seth MacFarlane
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He Really Wants That Ball

The Best Strategy for a Multiple Choice Exam

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Daily Show: FOX News: Obama's Watergate Dictatorship

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The Wrath of Cons
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The Wrath of Cons - Operation Fast and Furious
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There is No Individual Mandate

The "mandate" would just affect your tax refund. You're not actually forced to do anything. (WashingtonPost)

There Isn't Even a Cabinet in Here

How the Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling Will Affect You

Maybe Democrats should have used this. (WashingtonPost)

Smartphones You Should Not Buy

Wait for the new models. (HuffingtonPost)

Kitchen of the Future: Flintstones Not Jetsons

Buy a rice cooker. (Slate)

Jay Leno: Louis CK Interview June 25



Colbert Report: I's on Edjukashun: Study Drugs: Adderall to Get Into Stanford

This is your brain on drugs.

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I's on Edjukashun - Study Drugs
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Colbert Report: Richard Mourdock Pretaped Obamacare Ruling Responses

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Colbert News Alert - Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling - Richard Mourdock's Responses
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Daily Show: Romney 700 Big Donors Hunger Games Retreat

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A Mittful of Dollars
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Sorkinisms: Recycled Aaron Sorkin Dialogue

Go Ahead, Drink and Drive Sign

The Newsroom: America is Not the Greatest Country Rant

England Quits Sports

They're tired of losing. (SportsPickle)

The Onion: Johnson & Johnson Introduces Nothing But Tears Shampoo



Kids need to toughen up. (TheOnion)

Jury Duty For the Unemployed

Win-win? (AndrewSullivan)

The Real Fast and Furious Scandal

What about the other 97% of guns going across the border? (TheAtlantic)

Surveillance Cameras Make Us Better People

Behavior improves when we're being watched. (TheAtlantic)

In the Future, We Will All Eat Bugs

Overcoming the yuck factor. (Slate)

I Just Like Rainbows

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