September 14, 2015

Top Stories

Group That Hosted Trump's Anti-Iran Rally Turns On Him Over Syrian Refugees

The Gist: Trump wants to deport undocumented Mexican immigrants, but said we must accept some Syrian refugees on a "humanitarian basis." The Zionist Organization of America calls Trump's logic "stupid."

Kim Davis Won't Interfere In Marriage Licenses, But Won't Authorize Them Either

The Gist: The Rowan County, Kentucky clerk will allow her deputies to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but will not authorize them and questions whether they are valid.

John Oliver Rewrites Miranda Rights After Cataloguing Sorry State of Public Defenders

The Gist:  Oliver’s updated speech reminds us that while we have the right to remain silent, arrestees face many other problems.

From The Reporter's Notebook

We've officially had a week of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and Stephen Colbert The Character was no where to be found. That's a good thing, says TPM’s Caitlin Cruz.

Colbert's strength on Comedy Central was his ability to illicit incredible interviews from his guests and "The Late Show" gives him a format to excel. He's interviewed actors, politicians, CEOs and musicians. But his best interview so far was with Vice President Joe Biden. Colbert and Biden — united in an understanding of deep grief — talked God, 2016, children and recovery.

Agree or Disagree?

Liz Seaton writes that 2015 is turning out to be “banner year for elected politicians trying both new and well-established ways to bully, politicize or pack impartial courts.”

Say What?!

"I would recognize that bringing in people from the Middle East right now carries extra danger. And we have to be extra cautious. You know, the -- the typical mechanisms that we use for screening people, perhaps, have to be enhanced. And I say -- that's why I say we have to have an excellent process."

- Ben Carson warns that the U.S. can't be too politically correct when it comes to accepting refugees.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "Testing may be educational malpractice, but the intentional underfunding of public education is the Right's plan to destroy public education in the name of ideological purity. Luckily I probably will not live to see the reduction of America to second world status. But my kids and their kids..."

Related: How Republicans choose tax cuts over education. 

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What We're Reading

Inside the lonely lives of 9/11 truthers. (International Business Times)

George W. Bush insists that pitching at Yankee Stadium during the World Series was the "most nervous moment" of his presidency -- why? (Grantland)

The refugee mothers who risk it all. (Al Jazeera)