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Dana Milbank: Republicans embrace their phoniness
As Shane Goldmacher reported, “The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.”
These two dozen sites, with names such as “North County Update” and “Central Valley Update” look like political fact-checking sites; the NRCC’s spokeswoman, Andrea Bozek, called it “a new and effective way to disseminate information.”
Ya mean like The Raleigh Digest?
What else this week in fake news?
It may be generational, but Robin Williams’ death seems to have hit a lot of people especially hard. He was a daring performer who seemed to relish taking chances both on screen and on stage.
I never met the man, but several of my Netroots Nation friends did.
And Laffy, from Political Circus:
I always thought his Popeye was underrated.
Would Joe Biden be a more interesting VP if he shot someone in the face?
Add your random musings here.
Mountain Moral Monday filled Pack Square Park yesterday, although at about 3,500 the numbers did not rival last year’s crowd size, the Citizen-Times reports:
The Rev. William Barber, at a press conference ahead of the rally, said judging the success of a movement by numbers is a mistake. He said people, at times, tried to judge the civil rights movement in the 1960s by the number of people marching and attending rallies.
“We love numbers,” he said, “but we don’t live or die by numbers.”
But yesterday’s coalition was made up of over 50 organizations, the AC-T reports. Barber said,
“It does not matter what the critics call us. You can call us a bunch of liberals; you can call us communists. But it’s not what you call us, it’s what we answer to. And we know who we are!
“We are black. We are white. We are Latino. We are Native American. We are Democrats. We are Republicans. We are independents. We are people of faith. We are people not of faith, who believe in a moral universe. We are native. We are immigrants. We are business leaders. We are workers. We are doctors. We are the uninsured. We are gay; we are straight. We are students; we are retirees.
“We stand here, a quilt of many colors. We are united in our efforts to fight for the soul of our state. We know who we are.
“We are the mountains. We are the coastlands. We are North Carolina. We are America. This is what democracy looks like!”
[Thanks to Gordon Smith for the image.]
How many emails did you get this week from the DCCC?
Low-budget retailing is growing:
Dollar Tree, a discount retailer known for selling everything for $1, said Monday it plans to buy Matthews-based Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, weeks after an activist investor started pushing the company to sell itself.
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn did not think Family Dollar was profitable enough. Retail analyst Howard Davidowitz, an investment banker, told NPR’s Sonari Glinton why low-end retailing is expanding:
DAVIDOWITZ: The story is the growth of the sector and that mirrors where America is.
GLINTON: So what I’m curious about is, while the dollar stores are doing well, then there’s the Sears, the JC Penney.
DAVIDOWITZ: Are getting destroyed because they’re middle-class stores.
GLINTON: Put the dollar stores?
DAVIDOWITZ: The dollar stores are doing better because they have more and more customers who are trading down. If you look at the reality, you will see what’s happening in the economy. And it doesn’t look too pretty.
Bad economic news for America is good business for low-end retailers such as NC state budget director Art Pope, who owns Variety Retailers. He’s expanding into groceries.
Art Pope’s Variety Wholesalers has purchased the vacant Kroger store in Southeast Raleigh with plans to establish the company’s first standalone grocery in an area that badly needs one.
The company, which owns Roses, Maxway and other discount stores, bought the property on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard last week for $2.57 million – well below its assessed tax value of $5.65 million.
Pope plans to split the store into a Roses and a separate grocery store. It’s a neighborhood where over half the families earn less than $35,000 per year, according to the News and Observer.
The NAACP has picketed one of Pope’s local Maxway stores “accusing Pope of using store profits to support conservative causes and candidates.”
Road Warrioring. What’s Tim Moffitt been up to this week?
Still recovering from an electrifying conference in Detroit. Wanted to post this.
Rev. William Barber from the Forward Together movement spoke for an hour on Thursday night and wowed the Netroots Nation audience. It was many people’s first exposure to Rev. Barber, and it was all anyone could talk about on Friday morning. And least one person said it was the best speech they had ever heard live.
Barber drew energy from the crowd. He talked at one point about how, to get out of the wilderness, you don’t go down into the valley. There are snakes down there! Instead, he said, you make for the ridge tops.
From his telling, there is a climatic effect, an elevation above which snakes don’t go. Our politics, Barber said, have got to “rise above the snake line.” By the next morning, you could buy Rise above the snake line buttons in the exhibit hall with the coiled Tea Party snake below the line on the lower half.
He seemed to be enjoying himself, and was much lighter on his feet by the end of this speech even bouncing a little bit.
VP Joe Biden spoke to the Netroots Nation conference last night on a variety of policy issues including marriage equality.
“There’s so much unfinished business,” Biden said. “But I believe in a nation that understands the most precious right Americans possess is the unfettered access to the ballot box.”
At her booth at the conference, Lisa Graves from The Progressive magazine and the Center for Media and Democracy showed her organization has been keeping a close eye on North Carolina’s radical legislature.
It’s Friday Open Thread. What’s drawing your scrutiny?