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Daily Meme: Do SOMETHING!

With tensions escalating in Ukraine—according to reports that are disputed by the Russian government, Moscow has i ssued an ultimatum to soldiers in Crimea—the Washington Post weighs in with an urgent exhortation: The president needs to do something . "For five years, the president has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality," the board writes. What exactly the president should do the Post doesn't bother saying, an omission the conservative Heritage Foundation also makes in jumping on the "Hey, yeah, let's act!" bandwagon. Kevin Drum at Mother Jones sums up how this will all play out. Basically, Obama will continue to denounce Putin, there will be talk of sanctions that goes nowhere, and conservatives will gleefully declare the president "weak" on foreign policy. One thing's for sure. This —not Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, Iran—is the ultimate test of the president on foreign policy. Secretary of State John Kerry has...

Daily Meme: Is Arizona the New Kansas?

As if Arizona didn't have enough of a PR problem. Four years after igniting outrage for passing anti-immigrant law SB 1070, the Grand Canyon state is going after the gays. Under the guise of protecting "religious liberty," on Friday Arizona passed a law that would allow for-profit companies to deny service to gays and lesbians so long as they're motivated by their religious beliefs—a move so radical even Kansas balked at passing similar legislation earlier this month. Social conservatives say such laws protecting religious conscience are necessary as gay marriage sweeps the nation . The bill now goes to Governor Jan Brewer, who vetoed similar legislation last year but has asserted the right of business-owners to refuse gays and lesbians service: "In my life and in my businesses, if I don't want to do business or if I don't want to deal with a particular company or person or whatever, I'm not interested. That's America. That's freedom." ... This freedom to discriminate, say gay-rights...

Daily Meme: Death by Metadata

Backed by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Edward Snowden confidant and NSA antagonist Glenn Greenwald launched his superblog The Intercept today with a bang: new revelations about the National Security Agency's (NSA) role in targeted drone strikes . The quick take? They're going after SIM cards instead of people , which has led to the killing of innocent civilians. Nice first move, but does The Intercept have staying power? Describing Greenwald as "a former trial lawyer who tends to treat policy disagreements as blood feuds and is never reluctant to question motives and fling rather personal insults," the Daily Beast 's Lloyd Grove asks whether Greenwald's disdain for establishment journalism will make it hard to attract new talent. Then there's an ethics problem: Is it kosher to withhold and strategically release NSA documents to spur a journalism venture? Leveraging information that way makes you ... an awful lot like the NSA itself, The Dish 's Andrew Sullivan observes ...

Daily Meme: A Slow GOP March Back to the Center

Lindsey Graham just doesn't get what's stopping his colleagues in the House from passing immigration reform. “When you ask primary voters in a poll would you support a pathway to citizenship where you have to learn English, pay a fine and go to the back of the line … it’s over 70 percent.” For a clue, look to last night's Super Bowl, where Coca Cola's multilingual rendition of "America the Beautiful" set off a "War of the Worlds"-like panic among conservatives about the desecration of our national anthem (for the record, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem). Yes, we have a racism problem , says one Southern GOP congressman who prefered to remain anonymous lest he be bombarded with "amnesty" hysterics. “If you go to town halls people say things like, ‘These people have different cultural customs than we do.’ And that’s code for race.” But Maybe some good R&R at House Republicans' three-day retreat on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay quelled Republican fears about an invasion...

Daily Meme: Music for Marriage Equality

Last night’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards featured Queen Latifah, deputized by Los Angeles County, performing 34 marriages that included both straight and gay couples as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” played. With its full-throated endorsement of same-sex marriage, the song became an anthem of the marriage-equality movement last year. The ratings rundown? 28.5 million viewers across the globe. The performance, however, didn’t include the chorus of right-wing outrage: “Sick!” blasted Fox & Friends contributor Todd Starnes. “This was not about marriage. This was about bashing God and the church.” “For one night, an awards show understood what it meant to appeal to the masses, wrote Breitbart 's Christian Toto. “The 2014 Grammy Awards fired off a culture war missile aimed at those who believe in a traditional definition of marriage.” “The world has gone gay-mad! And it is sickening!” said New Prospect Baptist Church minister Buster Wilson. Joined in his outrage was the Media...

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