August 5, 2015

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Feds Bust Wingnuts Who Plotted To Draw Jade Helm Troops Into Ambush

The Gist: Three North Carolina men were charged with conspiring to arm themselves with illegal explosive devices to combat what they saw as a potential military takeover.

Don't Start Celebrating Obama's Climate Change Plan Just Yet

The Gist: The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever national standards for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, is a huge step forward. But how it will be enforced remains to be seen.

Rachel Maddow: Fox 'Rigged' GOP Debate By Breaking Own Entry Rules

The Gist: The MSNBC host says Fox News broke its promise to use the five most recent national polls to determine which 10 candidates would compete in the first Republican debate.

From The Reporter's Notebook

TPM Community Editor Allegra Kirkland wrote about how the aggressive enforcement of minor infractions left New York City with 1.2 million open arrest warrants. This photo, taken at Manhattan Criminal Court, shows an offender resting outside a courtroom while waiting to receive his release papers. (Credit: Police Reform Organizing Project)

Agree or Disagree?

Robin Marty argues that the so-called grassroots opposition to Planned Parenthood has been carefully orchestrated by right wing strategists, just like the 2010 town halls over Obamacare.

Say What?!

"I'm a Catholic but I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method."

- Chris Christie argues he's not a bad Catholic just because he uses birth control, which the Catholic church forbids.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "I do remember a year or two ago one of Biden's aides leaked a list of foreign policy disagreements between Biden and Clinton since Obama's election. The list was a pretty damning attack on her record. I think it put her on the unpopular side of troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, a cautious approach to the arab spring, she did support the Bin Laden raid over Biden, and I forget the other points."

Related: Bob Gates said Biden has been wrong about foreign policy for 40 years.

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What We're Reading

Your brain is particularly vulnerable to trauma at two distinct ages. (Quartz)

Teaching exclusively "American exceptionalism" ignores half the country's story. (The Guardian)

Mass shootings have remarkably little to do with Islamic extremism -- why doesn't the government care? (Guernica Magazine)