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So, for all intents and purposes, the House minority leader was calling the shots last Friday, determining which legislation would pass and mapping out future votes. Boehner was along for the ride, keeping a low profile with the rest of the Republican leadership while the Democrats held press briefings sketching out the way forward. It’d be embarrassing enough of this had never happened before, but it’s getting difficult to keep track of how many times Pelosi has had to bail out Boehner. That it is still happening despite the fact that Boehner is now sitting on one of the largest Congressional majorities in decades is about as damning an indictment of his speakership as one could ask for.
For both Prime Minister Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress — mostly Republican — the primary goal is to undermine any potential negotiation that might settle whatever issue there is with Iran.
—  Noam Chomsky, institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, appears on Democracy Now! to discuss the controversial invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal Tears Into Incompetent House Republicans For Mishandling DHS Funding Bill

Wall Street Journal Tears Into Incompetent House Republicans For Mishandling DHS Funding Bill

When even the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal blasts House Republicans for their epic mishandling of the DHS funding bill, you know the GOP has a problem.

That problem, of course, begins with the small group of conservative extremists who do nothing in the House of Representatives except oppose President Obama no matter what, even if their party takes a beating because of their…

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If the Addams’ family’s Thing multiplied and mutated, it would resemble something like Alessandro Boezio’s sculptures. The artist works in clay and fiber glass to create creepy-crawly anatomical forms that remix the human body. Boezio is particularly fascinated with hands and feet, often mingling digits and limbs in unholy ways. Though there’s nothing particularly explicit about his work, seeing severed hands standing up by themselves without a body attached is enough to make our skin crawl.

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