John Boehner Thinks Certain Unemployed Americans Would ‘Just Rather Sit Around’

By September 19, 2014
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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) hit upon a popular Republican theme when he told a crowd at a conservative think tank that unemployed Americans just don’t want to work, and would rather “just sit around.”

MEMBERS ONLY: The Bigger, Badder Daily Banter Mail Bag: Greenwald’s Latest, Civics in Schools, Our Best Stuff and Worst Comments

By September 19, 2014
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In this week’s edition of The Daily Banter Mail Bag, Bob, Ben and Chez discuss Greenwald’s latest on New Zealand, civics in schools, our finest posts and our most horrendous comments.

PODCAST: Bob, Chez and Ben Discuss Banter Members, Scotland, Trolls and Investigating Wall Street

By September 18, 2014

We chat about the new HBO-style Banter Members section as well as the Obama administration’s investigation of Wall Street banks involved in the financial crisis.

Quote of the Day: David Gregory Is the Least Self-Aware Person Alive

By September 18, 2014
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Irony, thy name is David Gregory.

Republican Odds For Taking Over the Senate Drop 10 Points in Two Weeks

By September 18, 2014

According to Nate Silver’s latest forecast, the Republicans chances for taking control of the Senate dropped more than ten points from 64 percent to 53.8 percent.

Green Lantern Liberalism

By September 17, 2014

Over the last few years a simplistic brand of Washington groupthink has been termed the “Green Lantern Theory” of presidential power. It is best embodied by simple-minded pundits like National Journal‘s Ron Fournier and the other permanent residents of the Morning Joe roundtable, who think that if Obama just did — something — he could… Read More

Bobby Jindal Accuses Obama Energy Team of Being ‘Science Deniers’

By September 17, 2014

Karl Rove couldn’t have come up with a better I-Know-You-Are-But-What-Am-I zinger.

ISIS Releases “Flames Of War” Movie Trailer, Turns Our American Weapons Against Us

By September 17, 2014
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This trailer for a nonexistent film called Flames Of War is apparently a coming attraction for “the fighting,” which the trailer promises has “just begun.”

MEMBERS ONLY: The Government’s ISIS Talk Is Already a Political Train Wreck

By September 17, 2014

The U.S. government’s ISIS strategy is like quantum mechanics. If you think you understand it, you actually don’t understand it.

Rand Paul Promises to Repeal All Executive Orders… Ever

By September 17, 2014

He hates executive orders so much that he would get rid of all executive orders by decree of an executive order.

Fox News Channel’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck Connects NFL Scandals to Benghazi

By September 16, 2014

No, we didn’t make this up. She really did it.

Top General Says He’ll Recommend U.S. Combat Troops Against ISIS If Airstrikes Fail

By September 16, 2014

Has mission creep begun already?

UPDATE: Code Pink Protest Prompts NOT-Creepy and NOT-Sexist Comment At Senate Hearing

By September 16, 2014

On Tuesday morning, Secretary of State Chuck Hagel appeared before a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on the U.S. strategy against ISIS, but the real star of the show was anti-war activist group Code Pink.

Charles Krauthammer Wins Asshole Quote of the Week

By September 16, 2014

Real-life talking corpse Charles Krauthammer has seriously attacked President Obama for being narcissistic know it all.

Bernie Sanders Might Be Running, But He’ll Never Be President

By September 16, 2014

Candidates like Sanders, or guys like Mike Gravel or Dennis Kucinich, always say they’re running to win, but it’s never actually true.

Rush Limbaugh: Saying “No” to Sex “Means ‘Yes’ If You Know How to Spot It”

By September 15, 2014

This has to rank among the top two or three most vile things he’s said.

Attention Politicians: Guns Shouldn’t Be Props For Your Campaign Ads

By September 15, 2014

Using firearms for campaign ads is one of the worst forms of political pandering ever conceived.

Senator Tom Harkin Says Hillary Clinton’s ‘Fingerprints Are All Over’ Obamacare

By September 15, 2014

It is undeniably true that Hillary Clinton has spent decades working toward universal health care, and people often forget that in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama ran against the individual mandate while Hillary supported it.