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Congressional #Republicans who are trying to blow up US-European diplomacy with Iran would desperately like Americans to believe that they have some alternative besides war to the administration’s multilateral efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran.

If any fair-minded man or woman who reads newspapers retains any doubt that this claim is fraudulent, let incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin #Netanyahu – whom congressional Republicans constantly invoke as their Supreme Guide on diplomacy with Iran – put these doubts to rest. (If the Jewish Daily Forward’s JJ Goldberg is correct in his handicapping of the Israeli election Tuesday, Netanyahu may not be Israeli Prime Minster for much longer.)


Because nothing’s funnier than trying to blow up high-stakes multilateral diplomatic talks during crunch time!

Relax, America, we were only kidding with that letter.

It’s the latest and perhaps most damaging move yet from Republicans on the Hill to piss off the Democrats who, not so long ago, were interested in helping them carry out AIPAC’s wish to blow up nuclear negotiations with Iran. Republicans have shown themselves willing to sacrifice the prospect of veto-proof legislation in order to collect a few partisan points. (Which is great, by the way. Everyone interested in securing a multilateral diplomatic deal with Iran should thank the  #47Traitors for being incompetent. They always come through!)

Tom (nyuk, nyuk) Cotton

Sen. Tom (Nyuk, Nyuk) Cotton

The Dog Whistle Politics of Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Adapted from an article by DAVID SIROTA

Code words are politicians’ stock in trade. As Republican strategist Lee Atwater famously admitted, that’s especially true when it comes to racially coded rhetoric about economics. Terms like “welfare queen” are obvious examples, and the word “culture” when specifically invoked in discussions of urban poverty can be as well. Sometimes this kind of rhetoric is carefully coded, other times it isn’t.

But what about the term “inner city”? Is that the same kind of dog whistle bigotry that attempts to equate African American heritage with laziness and self-inflicted economic failure?

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called Ryan’s remark “deeply offensive”..

“My colleague Congressman Ryan’s comments about ‘inner city’ poverty are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” Lee said in an email to reporters. “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”

This is the question raised today by Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – and Google seems to offer some relevant data in response.

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