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Reminder: Fox News And The Right Don’t Actually Care About ‘Big Government’ Intrusion

Originally posted at The Brad Blog Since the latest round of “Scandalmania” began, and long before it, we’ve been writing about how Fox “News” Republicans have been suddenly been pretending to care about “Big Government” overreach. In truth, they’ve never given a damn about any of it, unless it seemed to be something they could use to […]

June 7, 2013

Partial Answers Emerge In Florida’s Fraudulent Absentee Ballot Request Cyberhack Mysteries

Originally posted at The Brad Blog. It seems we may now have at least a partial answer to the Miami-Dade absentee ballot request cyberhacking mystery we initially reported on in March. As we detailed at that time, some 2,500 absentee ballots were fraudulently requested online for three different 2012 primary elections in Miami-Dade, FL. One race involved […]

June 6, 2013

Very Bad News From ABC, NBC And CBS

Originally posted at The Brad Blog Despite completely misreporting on administration emails related to the pretend Benghazi “scandal,” after they were misquoted (and/or fabricated) to him by a reportedly Republican source, ABC News and their White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl still refuse to properly correct and apologize for having lied about“obtaining” those emails. Had Karl’s error — compounded by his “cover-up” even more than […]

May 20, 2013

Republicans Decide To Care About Big Government Overreach

Originally posted at The Brad Blog Government officials and employees responsible for the allegedly inappropriate scrutiny of right-wing groups applying for non-profit, tax-exempt status as “social welfare organizations” (taxpayer subsidized, supposedly non-partisan 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) groups) should be investigated and, if appropriate, disciplined, fired and/or charged under criminal statutes. Government officials and employees responsible for secretly subpoenaing the phone […]

May 15, 2013

Absentee Ballot Cyberhack In Florida Offers Disturbing Lessons About Vote-by-Mail And Internet Voting

Originally posted at The Brad Blog One month ago, The Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei unleashed an excellent investigative report on an attempted series of online cyberhacks of absentee ballot requests prior to last August’s primary election in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Mazzei’s article describes the mysterious attempt by someone to request more than 2,500 absentee ballots […]

March 27, 2013

Hannah Giles Paid $50,000 To Fired San Diego ACORN Worker In Settlement Last July

Originally posted at The Brad Blog Pretend journalist and Republican activist Hannah Giles agreed to pay $50,000 to former San Diego ACORN worker Juan Carlos Vera as a part of a legal settlement struck last summer in response to an invasion of privacy lawsuit filed against her and her former partner James O’Keefe, Vera’s attorney […]

March 14, 2013

Fired ACORN Worker Wins $100K Settlement From Republican Con Artist James O’Keefe

Originally posted at The Brad Blog Former San Diego ACORN worker Juan Carlos Vera will receive $100,000 in a settlement from federal criminal and professional liar James O’Keefe, after being secretly videotaped in violation of California law by the right-wing propagandist. The tape was just one in a series of similar videos, all deceptively edited […]

March 8, 2013

New York City Considers Move Back To Lever Voting Machines For September Elections

Originally posted at The Brad Blog We have yet another potential mess concerning elections in New York City on the new optical-scan computer tabulation systems, which recently replaced the mechanical lever machines used by the city for decades. This time, the problem relates to the upcoming citywide elections in September. If no candidate wins more […]

March 8, 2013

Can The Papal Election Be Hacked? Not Likely: They Use Publicly Hand-Counted Paper Ballots

Originally posted at The Brad Blog With another papal election coming up, one might wonder how the papal elections, since 1059 or so, have managed to remain secure and unchallenged. As security technologist Bruce Schneier details at CNN, the trick is what we have long referred to here as “Democracy’s Gold Standard”: publicly hand-counted paper […]

February 25, 2013

Powell’s Chief Of Staff: Iraq Intel Was ‘Outright Lies’, But Powell Didn’t ‘Knowingly Lie’ At UN

Originally posted at The Brad Blog [Now UPDATED with a response from 27-year CIA analyst Ray McGovern at bottom of article.] In a response to a charge cited by The BRAD BLOG on Tuesday that then-Sec. of State Colin Powell “knowingly lied” during his infamous February 5, 2003 presentation of false intelligence to the UN […]

February 22, 2013

‘We Did Participate In A Hoax’: New Documentary Reveals How Bush Administration Lied Us Into Iraq War

Originally posted at The Brad Blog David Corn at Mother Jones offers a preview of some of the new information coming Monday night in Hubris: Selling the Iraq War, an MSNBC documentary based on the book of a similar name by Corn and Michael Isikoff. Narrated by Rachel Maddow, the film, like the book, will detail the inside story of how America and […]

February 18, 2013

NEWSFLASH: Federal Criminal James O’Keefe Is A Liar

Originally posted at The Brad Blog You’ll be shocked — shocked — to learn (once again) that right-wing political propagandist and operative James O’Keefe, a federal criminal, is also a professional liar. From O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas Investigates: Voter Fraud” racket on January 11, 2012:   That was the lie. Here’s the truth. From TPM’s report on the dropped criminal investigation of a […]

February 3, 2013

Double-Voting Republican In Nevada Pleads Guilty; New Mexico Counterpart Still Faces Felony

Originally posted at The Brad Blog Last year we spent quite a bit of time detailing what what we described, with much justification, as The Year of GOP Election Fraud. From the three felony voter fraud convictions of Indiana Sec. of State Charlie White (R), to the admitted ballot petition fraud of the campaign of […]

January 30, 2013

‘Tea Party’ Brand Now A Liability To ‘Tea Party’…And Republicans

Originally posted at The Brad Blog Palm Beach Post’s George Bennet wrote last week about how so-called “Tea Party” groups seem to be running away from the “Tea Party” name in places like Florida. The South Florida Tea Party, for example — the one that helped launch the national career of Sen. Marco Rubio and […]

January 23, 2013

Top 8 Dumbest Responses To The Mass Shooting in Newtown

  Originally posted at Brad Blog In no particular order of dumbness… 1) “20 schoolchildren stabbed in China on the same day proves nothing can be done to stop crazy people!” Nope. Though it does prove that even without access to guns, crazy people may still try to kill people. But, unlike all of the 20 […]

December 31, 2012

VIDEO: 2009 ABC News Experiment Demonstrates More Guns Unlikely to Stop Mass Shootings

[Update: During a disastrous post-Newtown press conference on Friday, exactly one week after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the NRA’s CEO and Executive Vice President (and chief liar) Wayne LaPierre said: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” More on that presser […]

December 21, 2012

Common Ground On Gun Legislation: Listen To NRA Members, Not Its Con-Artist Leadership

The vast majority of gun owners, and the American people as a whole, agree in favoring new gun-safety measures… “If we’re going to get past this almost hysterical fear of trying to do anything at all on gun rights,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow asked on Friday during her breaking coverage of the mass shootings at the Sandy […]

December 19, 2012

‘True the Vote’ Fakes The ‘Voter Fraud’

Originally posted at The Brad Blog The right-wing, (not) “nonpartisan”, Republican-allied “election integrity” group calling itself “True the Vote” knows firsthand what fraud actually is. On Election Day this year, their own observers were barred from monitoring the polls in Franklin County, OH, after the county’s bipartisan Board of Elections had determined that the group […]

December 13, 2012

Bruce Bartlett: ‘My Life on the Republican Right And How I Saw It All Go Wrong’

Originally posted at The Brad Blog We’ve been quite remiss by failing to offer the The BRAD BLOG’s much-sought, yet rarely-bestowed “Intellectually Honest Conservative” award to Bruce Bartlett, Ronald Reagan’s domestic policy advisor and George H.W. Bush’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy. We were reminded of our delinquency again today upon reviewing his candid […]

November 28, 2012

No ‘Free-Market’ In Talk Radio: Our Public Airwaves Have Been Rigged

On Friday, as the news was breaking, and even as the unannounced flip was occurring before it had otherwise been planned, I detailed the outrage of Bain Capital-owned Clear Channel killing KPOJ, the only commercial progressive talk radio station in Portland, one of the nation’s most progressive cities, while leaving their two “competing” Clear Channel-owned […]

November 16, 2012

Quick Shots In The War On Democracy

We’re still having trouble, of late, keeping up with all the chicanery, dirty tricks and skulduggery now rolling across the country. So here, once again, is our very quick take on just some of the most noteworthy items over the past few days that you’ll want to keep in mind as we creep towards Election […]

November 2, 2012

‘I Can’t Tell You Who I Voted For’: Obama Votes Early On 100 Percent Unverifiable E-Vote System

President Barack Obama may have voted for Mitt Romney yesterday when he cast his early vote at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Chicago’s 4th Ward. Nobody knows for sure. Even him. He cast his vote on a 100 percent unverifiable touchscreen e-voting system made by Sequoia Voting Systems (which is now owned by […]

October 29, 2012

NBC News Election Expert Chuck Todd: Voting Machine Concerns Are ‘Conspiracy Garbage’

A few questions for the popular pundit that may help better educate both him and the nation’s electorate… This morning, NBC News’ top election expert, Chuck Todd, tweeted the following… The voting machine conspiracies belong in same category as the Trump birther garbage. — Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 21, 2012   Todd was responding, no […]

October 22, 2012

Rove’s American Crossroads Shares Address, Legal Firm with Sproul’s Strategic Allied Consulting

Old Republican scam artists never die. They just create new shell corporations and rely on the fact that mainstream corporate media is unlikely to bother connecting any dots. So let’s connect a few, shall we? Yesterday in, Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power (a new book which […]

October 17, 2012