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Can You Understand the Republican Brain?

Scientific American lauds author Chris Mooney "as one if the few journalists in the country who specialize in the now dangerous intersection of science and politics." Having interviewed Mooney about his first book, the highly praised, "The Republican War on Science," Truthout/BuzzFlash interviews Mooney about his latest release, "The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science - and Reality." Truthout and BuzzFlash readers can directly obtain "The Republican Brain" and support uncompromised journalism by clicking here.

Mark Karlin: Progressives often say of Fox that they create facts to bolster their opinions. Is this true of the Republican mind set in general?

Tax Day Actions

Banks got bailed out, we got sold out! Join Occupy Wall Street and organizations from across NYC in protesting the tax breaks and subsidies given to corporations and banks while the 99% continues to pay its taxes.


You can read more here: and–-they-don’t-pay-taxes/.

Join the events below to help amplify our message! (It is also a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. There are Occupy Tax Day events happening in Los AngelesBoston, DC, and many others!)

730am- Metro-occupied hits a major transit hub near you!

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS Funded By $10 Million Checks

The “GPS” in Crossroads GPS ostensibly stands for grassroots policy strategies, but the Washington Post reported Friday that nearly 90 percent of the money flowing through the Karl Rove-associated group has come from as few as two dozen anonymous donors, two of whom gave at least $10 million each.

The group, known for funding hard-hitting attack ads against congressional Democrats in the 2010 elections, has said that it and its sister group, American Crossroads, intend to spend $300 million in this year's elections. Most recently, Crossroads GPS spent $1.7 million on television ads attempting to blame President Barack Obama for high gas prices.

UC Davis Pepper Spray Investigation Report Released, Campus Police Condemned For Their Actions

The task force report on the controversial pepper-spraying of student protesters at the University of California, Davis concluded the campus police and administration made "critically flawed" decisions.

The report, released Wednesday, said Lt. John Pike's decision to use pepper spray on seated protesters was "not authorized by policy." They also said there were multiple instances of other campus police officers, who were unnamed in the report, that were able to calmly walk arrestees through the crowd to a patrol car without the use of force.

James O’Keefe Depos: Breitbart Paid Pimp, Ho Mad Cheddar For ACORN Videos


Very independent citizen-journalist James O’Keefe and his equally self-funded co-star in the ACORN stings, Hannah Giles, got real paid shortly after finishing their videos in the early fall of 2009, according to depositions taken three weeks ago. The pair admitted under oath to signing contracts with (the now recently deceased) Andrew Breitbart and his business partner, attorney Larry Solov, for the sum total of $120,000. Pretty shocking, right? You could buy a fairly high-end sex boat with that kind of cash. Or, one could, anyway.

Supreme Court Agrees to Reconsider Citizens United

The Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer say will give it a chance to rethink its infamous Citizens United v. FEC decision. The court is being asked to look into a Montana Supreme Court decision stating that its law restricting corporate election spending in state elections is fine, because it "arises from Montana history," UPI reports. Essentially, Montana is arguing that Citizens United only applies to federal laws and elections, not state ones.

Board Condemns Video Showing Fraudulent Activity on Election Day

Warning To James O'Keefe, according to sources, Investigation underway; evidence of potentially criminal activity will be referred to federal and District law enforcement authorities.

It seems Eric Holder and the DOJ is not impressed with your blatent criminal impersonations. Expect IRS revocation of your tax exempt status, expect your probation to be revoked, and do expect to be charged with conspiracy to commit electoral fraud. And probably a host of other charges. Eric Holder is probably NOT amused.


The District of Columbia Board of Elections today condemned a video circulating on the Internet that shows a person misrepresenting his identity at District polling places on Election Day. The Board confirmed that it is investigating multiple incidents that occurred on Tuesday, April 3.

American Crossroads sees Obama winning tax debate

Karl Rove's attack operation, American Crossroads, the powerhouse of the Republican family of super PACs, is planning to begin "its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year." It's unclear how big the initial round of attacks will be, but the operation has "an anticipated bank account of more than $200 million," most of which has come from undisclosed contributions.

But Crossroads is doing more than just crafting ads; it's also doing ample research as to which messages are resonating with the public. It led to this interesting tidbit.

[Steven J. Law, the group's leader, said] Crossroads research suggests that Mr. Obama's campaign has started to gain traction among critical swing voters by arguing that Republicans, including Mr. Romney, favor an "economic plutocracy" in which middle-class voters can no longer count on financial security, even though they work hard and play by the rules.

James O'Keefe Continues To Impersonate Others


Serial impersonation artist James O'Keefe continues to go about the business of criminally impersonating other people on camera, and so far has not been charged with criminal impersonation or conspiracy to commit impersonation through his employees. 


Right wingers from The Blaze attack Jermiah Wright Again, attempting to attack Obama through Wright and his views on world affairs.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright became a household name during the 2008 presidential campaign. The fiery preacher, who was President Barack Obama’s pastor for two decades, has since retired from his position at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. However, he’s still an active figure in geopolitical and faith movements, as his bizarre commentaries often offend detractors and inspire intense debate.

Last week, Wright spoke at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Charleston, West Virginia, as part of a week-long revival event. His controversial words took aim at Thomas Jefferson, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the media and plenty of other targets.

“I’m not divisive, the media is divisive,” he said, going on to lament the soundbites he claims were unfairly used to disparage him during the 2008 campaign.

As could be expected, the three evening sermons he delivered during the revival often turned to themes and subjects much more controversial than alleged media bias.

National Review Fires John Derbyshire, Writer Who Penned Racist Screed

The conservative magazine National Review has fired John Derbyshire, a prominent columnist who provoked outrage Friday with a column published in the webzine Taki's Magazine, which warned white people to avoid "large concentrations of blacks," among other nuggets of racially tinged advice.

Derbyshire has a history of controversywhen it comes to race — he evenproclaimed himself a racist, though a "tolerant" one, in a 2003 interview — but he had managed to avoid any real firestorms. His latest piece, though, proved to be a step too far. Written in response to articles about the "talk" black parents were having with their children about the dangers of racism in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Derbyshire wrote about some of the offensive advice he had allegedly given his own children. Just a few of the examples:

'Promised Land': Matt Damon's Fracking Film To Highlight Controversial Drilling Process

Environmentalists are giddy over the news that Matt Damon is starring in an anti-fracking film.

Damon's agency confirmed to Politico that the actor is slated to star in "The Promised Land," an "anti-fracking movie" that he co-wrote with actor John Krasinski ("The Office"), based on a draft by Dave Eggers ("Where The Wild Things Are").

According to Variety, Damon and Krasinski will star "as rival corporate executives, with the former thesp playing a character whose life is thrown into disarray after he arrives in a small town."

The film will also feature Frances McDormand "who prefers to follow the rules as opposed to breaking protocol," Rosemarie DeWitt as "a schoolteacher caught between Damon's and Krasinski's character" and possibly Hal Holbrook who "will play an engineer who lives in the town and opposes a corporate takeover being led by Damon." The movie will be directed by Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting").

Kraft Drops Membership In Conservative Group ALEC

Under pressure from the advocacy group ColorofChange, Kraft Foods Inc. said Thursday night it would end its support for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the conservative lobbying group that has backed state "Stand Your Ground" gun laws.

In its statement, Kraft said that it will not renew its membership in ALEC when it expires this spring. The global food manufacturer said there were a "number of reasons" for the split, but did not specifically mention the advocacy campaign against ALEC:

We belong to many external groups, including ALEC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes growth and fiscal responsibility.

ALEC covers numerous issues but our involvement has been strictly limited to discussions about economic growth and development, transportation and tax policy. We did not participate in meetings or conversations related to other issues.

Our membership in ALEC expires this spring and for a number of reasons, including limited resources, we have made the decision not to renew.


Santa Monica College Campus Police Pepper-Sprayed This Tiny Child Last Night

It wasn't just students protesting tuition hikes who were blasted with pepper spray by campus police at Santa Monica College yesterday. This child—apparently a 4-year-old girl—was also hit. The students, and child, were pepper-sprayed to prevent them from "storming"—i.e. attending—a board of trustee's meeting.