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Tea Party Patriots, ForAmerica mostly ignore immigration for futile anti-Obamacare effort ("Exempt America" tour) - 08/22/13

... (link). Questions by Molly Ball of The Atlantic in bold, followed by the answers from Scott Hogenson (campaign manager for "Defund Obamacare"): And what would you like to see Congress do in response to that message? Mind you, we don't advocate the passage or defeat of legislation or the election or defeat of individuals for public office. But what we would like to see happen is a continuing...

Why Megan Garber isn't credible (The Atlantic, racist tweets) - 11/09/12

... Megan Garber - a staff writer at The Atlantic - a credible source? Let's take a brief look and find out. She offers "Where America's Racist Tweets Come From" [1] in which she hypes a "study" by "Floating Sheep" (!) mapping supposed racist tweets issued after Barack Obama's reelection. The study is flawed for two main reasons: 1. There were only 395 tweets total that matched the filters "Floating...

Ask The Atlantic evades a tough immigration question (Garance Franke-Ruta, amnesty) - 09/14/12

... today, Garance Franke Ruta of The Atlantic conducted a live chat and continually evaded my attempts to ask about the negative impact that Obama's amnesty will have on struggling American workers. Obviously, the fact that Obama's amnesty will screw American workers isn't something the establishment or their helpers want to discuss. So, the reader is urged to go to public appearances or even web...

Beth Reinhard misleads about immigration (The Atlantic, National Journal) - 01/23/12

... immigration and other matters for both The Atlantic and National Journal (and formerly the Miami Herald). Here are four fairly recent comments I've left on her entries at the first two locations: * FROM nationaljournal.com/politics/perry-s-immigration-gamble-20110916 Is there anything Beth Reinhard gets right? 1. The TX bill wasn't for "the children of illegal immigrants", it was for those who...

Why Ta-Nehisi Coates isn't credible (banned by The Atlantic) - 07/28/10

Ta Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic has a habit of banning those who disagree with him or show how he's wrong, and that means that what he writes can't be trusted: he's disabled fact-checking. Instead of engaging those who disagree and trying to present a counter-argument he's more interested in creating an echo chamber of those who agree with him. And, those who are mostly on his side have to be on...

Nicole Allan /The Atlantic misleads about immigration, Tancredo - 07/26/10

... blog posts by Nicole Allan of The Atlantic discussing her misleading about immigration matters. Please send a tweet @MarcAmbinder with your thoughts:

Katherine Mangu-Ward doesn't think jobs in America are more valuable than jobs in China - 06/24/10

Megan McArdle of The Atlantic is on her honeymoon, leaving her blog in the hands of libertarians even more extremist and lunatic than she is [1]. One of those is Katherine Mangu Ward of Reason Magazine who, referring to a U.S. ironing board factory that was propped up with tariffs, says [2]: Econ 101 aside, though, there's a more compelling moral reason to condemn this kind of tariff that should...

Tea partiers help Obama yet again, play circus at Gulf offshore drilling meeting - 06/22/10

Mac McClelland of The Atlantic reports on just the latest example of those in the tea parties in effect helping Obama (link). Instead of acting like grown-ups and trying to challenge - or getting others to challenge - administration officials, the tea partiers just threw a low-level tantrum. They could have elected to find smart people to take on the Obama administration intellectually; instead,...

Lee Sherman of Mint cowardly gives in to illegal immigration supporters (Timothy Lee, Megan McArdle, Dave Weigel, Ezra Klein, Max Read) - 06/18/10

... knowledge worker and yuppie types. At the Atlantic link below, I was the first and about only person to point out that Lee works at the Cato Institute, and pointing out how Cato isn't a friend to American workers - including high-tech workers - might have been able to achieve a different outcome. I don't expect everyone to be everywhere at all times, but I was able to leave several comments on...

Ron Paul was right: Federal Reserve had involvement in Watergate, money sent to Saddam Hussein (Ben Bernanke) - 02/25/10

... npr.org/blogs/money/2010/02/ ron_paul_ben_bernanke_and_wate.html * Heather Horn of The Atlantic theatlanticwire.com/opinions/view/opinion/ Happy-Hour-Vid-Ron-Paul-Sees-Feds-Hand-in-Watergate-Saddam-Hussein-2641 * Elizabeth MacDonald of Fox News' business channel: emac.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2010/02/24/prof-bernanke-instructs-congress-again * Jordan Fabian of The Hill doesn't mock Paul but also...

Politifact "Lie of the Year" misleads (Angie Drobnic Holan; Sarah Palin's "death panels") - 12/19/09

... an occasional contributor to the Atlantic.) (per Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic, link). In fact, Emanuel is Obama's "Special Advisor for Health Policy". For an Obama-friendly discussion of Emanuel's comments, see the Ambinder link (and, see the last, anti-Ambinder comment at that link). For more persuasive discussion from the other side, see this, this, this, and this. For a related discussion...

Going Rogue: Andrew Sullivan pretends he didn't "run" with the Sarah Palin pregnancy story - 11/20/09

... Rogue", Sarah Palin claims that The Atlantic (meaning Andrew Sullivan) "ran" with the disgusting story claiming that Trig Palin was actually the son of her daughter. Sullivan takes umbrage at her claim, saying that he never "ran" with the story but simply asked questions. This incident is one of the things I've noticed time and time again from many on the rightwing side of things: they don't put...

Lindsey Graham slams Glenn Beck; "Birthers" are "crazy" (The Atlantic's First Draft of History) - 10/01/09

The Atlantic is conducting a corporate-sponsored series of interviews they call the "First Draft of History". Me, I call them EstablishmentHackapaooza. Earlier today, one segment featured Sen. Lindsay Graham being interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic (firstdraftofhistory.theatlantic.com/analysis/graham_the_loyal_opposition.php). As could be expected, Graham wasn't exactly challenged on...

Census worker found hanged in Kentucky; see who's politicizing it - 09/24/09

... excerpt. * Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic says (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/09/hanging-from-a-tree-in-kentucky.html): "From this profile of the cancer survivor and volunteer, it appears suicide is unlikely. We'll find out. But at some point, unhinged hostility to the federal government, whipped up by the Becks, can become violence. That's what Pelosi was worried about....

McCain campaign - not Palin - came up with "palling around"; Schmidt regrets largely true ad - 07/10/09

Marc Ambinder has an advance copy (link) of a book about the 2008 elections from Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson, and it might contain a good number of behind-the-scenes tidbits. For instance, one of the mistakes that Sarah Palin made was to claim that Barack Obama was "palling around" with Bill Ayers. Except, it was Nicolle Wallace of the McCain campaign - and not Palin - that came up with the "...

Republicans that Obama administration listens to include McCain, Schwarzenegger, and Mel Martinez (on immigration) - 06/10/09

... department, Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic offers "The Six Top Republicans Obama Listens To" [1]. He doesn't provide a source for his information, but it could happen. Especially since all those listed are RINOs. The two in the lead are Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, followed by Richard Lugar and John McCain, the latter two on foreign policy. Those stellar lights are followed by David Brooks of...

Michael Steele: Obama wasn't vetted because of his race (Ali Frick /ThinkProgress, Ben Smith, Marc Ambinder) - 05/22/09

... hackfest as Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic raises issues with Steele's "civility" [2] then says: I still know a few Clinton advisers who would, in their heart of hearts, agree with this. In other words, he's more interested in being political correct and not telling the truth then looking into how and why the mainstream media completely failed to vet Obama. [1] politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0509/...

HuffPost, The Atlantic, LGF, Gawker, Sullivan, C&L, & more spread smear video (Glenn Beck, "burn the books") - 04/12/09

The attached video is a local meetup for Glenn Beck's "912 Project" and features someone who's probably genuine giving an anti-Communism and partly paranoid rant. However, near the five minute mark, a lady's voice is heard shouting out "burn the books". She's then challenged by a male attendee who asks her whether she's serious; she replies that yes she is. It's pretty clear that the book burning...

Marc Ambinder pretends Obama's citizenship isn't a "legit" topic - 12/03/08

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic - a blogger who tries to pretend that he's a real reporter - offers "Discourse Watch: Obama's Citizenship A Legit Topic?" (link) in which he falsely states that questions over where exactly Barack Obama was born are "specious" and have "been convincingly refuted". At his post, the last bit links to Snopes, which is not a reliable source. In fact, where exactly Barack...

Matt Yglesias, Ross Douthat, and Marc Ambinder at... The Table - 12/19/07

... video of the premiere edition of The Atlantic's entry into vlogging is just too funny for words. I was laughing so hard at the intro music plus the hosts turning to the camera that I was unable to listen to the rest (probably for the best). IT WAS ALL JUST A DREAM UPDATE: Now, SansAClue (Yglesias) says the intro was meant to be ironic. Apparently, as in, we were expecting three privileged...

NAU apologists - 11/24/06

[List below updated 12/11/07] Recently, Rep. Tom Tancredo was quoted as saying this: "People have to understand what we're talking about here. The president of the United States is an internationalist... He is going to do what he can to create a place where the idea of America is just that – it's an idea. It's not an actual place defined by borders. I mean this is where this guy is really going...