Friday, March 6, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Obama Bans Jail For Black People

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Ben Carson

On Tuesday, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and noted crazy person Ben Carson took another concrete step toward a 2016 presidential campaign.

It took him less than 24 hours to say something insane.

During an interview with CNN, Dr. Carson took it upon himself to explain to America how he knows that being gay is really a choice: Prison rape!

“A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay.…

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Justice Who Once Tried To Kill Obamacare Now Potential Savior

By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy voted to strike down Obamacare three years ago. Now, he could be the law’s savior.

Kennedy on Wednesday emerged as a pivotal vote as the court weighed whether to strip more than 7 million Americans of the federal subsidies that helped them buy health insurance.

At several points during the hearing, Kennedy said the challengers’ reading of the 2010 statute could violate states’ rights by coercing them to set up insurance marketplaces.

“There’s a serious constitutional problem if we adopt your argument,” he told the lawyer challenging the tax credits.…

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Lawmakers, Obama, Civil Rights Leaders To Honor Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ This Weekend

By Renee Schoof and William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — Nearly one-fifth of Congress will be in Selma, Alabama, this weekend with President Barack Obama and his family to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march — a watershed moment that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Civil rights groups say the commemoration of this moment in the civil rights movement should spark work in Congress to update the law after the Supreme Court weakened it in 2013. Some congressional supporters say the lawmakers’ pilgrimage could help build support.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, will be one of 98 members of both parties from the House of Representatives and the Senate going to Selma.…

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