September 9, 2015

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5 Points On The Other Wealthy Eccentric Who Could Make 2016 Even Weirder

The Gist: John McAfee, who made his fortune on his eponymous anti-virus software and has a rather checkered past, filed paperwork with the FEC to run for President as an unaffiliated candidate.

Ky. Deputy Clerk: If Kim Davis Won't Issue Marriage Licenses, I Will!

The Gist: Rowan County deputy clerk Brian Mason says he’ll issue marriage licenses to any couples seeking them.

Stephen Colbert Gives Jeb! Some 'Trumpier' Debate Prep

The Gist: During his “Late Show” premiere, Stephen Colbert schooled GOP candidate Jeb Bush on how to make his answers a bit “Trumpier.”

From The Reporter's Notebook

Liberals seem to be enjoying Donald Trump’s economic positions, says TPM newswriter Caitlin MacNeal. Both Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman have praised the real estate mogul this week for his call to raise taxes on the very wealthy.

Agree or Disagree?

Ed Kilgore: Kim “Davis is distinguishable from her most immediate predecessors as ‘religious liberty’ martyrs because she is a public elected official whose job is intimately connected with the prevailing public policies that most offend religious conservatives.”

Say What?!

"NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use 'My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger.' I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C'mom Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that."

- The band Survivor lambasted Kim Davis for using the song "Eye of the Tiger" without permission.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "Forget what you once understood about how democracy works in the US. It no longer works that way. Now the billionaires decide who we get to vote for, evil and less evil, before the first vote is cast. Either are acceptable to the oligarchy. Former President Carter has said we no longer have a functioning democracy. Then there's that Princeton study showing that it really doesn't matter what the vast majority of voters want. The oligarchs will always get their way. Why is that not the most talked about issue in this election cycle? Then comes Sanders and Trump. Let's not talk about Trump since he's one of the billionaires. Now then, there's Sanders. Against all probability he's running outside of the billionaire club. It's going to take millions of us common folks to make this happen. That's why he's calling it a political revolution. I'd like to see a restoration of democracy in the US before I die. What ever it takes, I'm all in."

Related: Remember that Princeton study that said the U.S. is no longer a democracy?

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What We're Reading

Inside what split the NFL and the Patriots apart. (ESPN)

How did Hugh Hewitt become the GOP's go-to pundit? (National Journal)

On the trail of a mentally ill brother who is lost in Brooklyn. (The New York Times)