Daybreaker

August 21, 2015

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What The 2016 Candidates Can Learn From Jimmy Carter

The Gist: From promoting solar energy to advocating for women's rights, Carter's example has much to offer potential future presidents.

AP: 100s Of White House, Congress, Pentagon Employees Used Adultery Site On The Job

The Gist: They included workers at more than two dozen Obama administration agencies.

America's Centuries-Long Freakout Over Birthright Citizenship

The Gist: The citizenship status of every non-white racial group has been challenged for literally centuries.


From The Reporter's Notebook


This week, Quinnipiac released three polls from key swing states: Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. The Florida poll marks the first time Donald Trump has come directly within the margin of error to beat Hillary Clinton. According to TPM's Caitlin Cruz, Joe Biden is the Democrat who can consistently beat Trump in a general election matchup, but Biden placed third among Democratic candidates.



Agree or Disagree?


Josh Marshall thinks that this week's controversial, largely redacted Associated Press story on Iran's nuclear program offers further proof we should "listen to the nuclear scientists."


Say What?!


"Do people even know who he is? Wow. He will do anything to show his body." 


- Sen. Claire McCaskill mocked former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) for promoting diet pills on Facebook and headlining a cruise.


BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: "And the picture emerges that it is the same old same old. With Ben Carson now upping the crazy ante calling for the use of predator drones to protect our border™, I'm reminded of the dominionist Reverend Hipple, an uber Tom Tancredo cheerleader, who has sadly gone into hiding (or more likely, been harvested by Obama's NSA goons)."

Related: Ben Carson blamed a measles outbreak in California on undocumented immigrants.

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What We're Reading


Twitchy is not just a powerful political website -- it's a harassment tool used to target liberal writers. (Cosmopolitan)

All the ways 2016 contenders want to change the Constitution. (National Journal)

Presidential sensation Deez Nuts is a 15-year-old Iowa farm boy. (The Daily Beast)