• Rewriting Jan Brewer on SCOTUS ruling:
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell rewrites Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who among others, was confused by the meaning of the Supreme Court immigration decision.
• Jon Kyl Blames Obama For Failure Of Immigration Reform Under Bush: The Supreme Court’s ruling Monday against major parts of Arizona’s immigration law highlighted the GOP’s bind on the issue, with Mitt Romney awkwardly equivocating. A leading Arizona Republican sought to ease his party’s troubles by devising a novel claim: that President Obama was to blame for Congress’s failure to pass immigration reform under President Bush. “I note that in his response to today’s Supreme Court ruling, President Obama called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I also note that the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill I helped draft in 2007 was killed — in part — by then-Senator Obama,” Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ), a Republican leadership member, said in a statement. The problem: Obama voted in favor of Bush’s 2007 immigration legislation, while Kyl joined the filibuster that quashed it. [talkingpointsmemo/Sahil Kapur/26 Jun 2012]
• Conservatives never take bad news well. For instance, Rush Limbaugh responded to today’s Supreme Court immigration ruling with a super paranoid rant about Obama being president for life.
Elsewhere in US Politics:
• It’s not a race for sixth-grade class president: So what was the point? Kevin thinks this is about the Romney campaign sending a signal to the Republican Party’s right-wing base, which apparently revels in nonsense like this, that the GOP nominee hates the president every bit as much as they do. That’s certainly plausible. I also wonder, though, whether the Romney campaign is simply run by overgrown children who think the race for the presidency of the United States during a time of global crisis is qualitatively similar to a race for sixth-grade class president. [maddowblog/Steve Benen/26 Jun 2012]
• Rice Denies Big Spot: WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is trying to tamp down any speculation she could be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate. Rice told “CBS This Morning” she’s not interested in joining Romney, who has more than enough delegates to win the presidential nod at the party convention in Tampa. Rice said, “I didn’t run for student council president. I don’t see myself in any way in elective office.” [huffingtonpost/AP/26 Jun 2012]
• Why is Fox Nation so obsessed with President Obama’s college girlfriends, and particularly their race?
• Romney Campaign Can’t Explain How He Would Boost Military Spending To $945 Billion And Cut The Deficit
• In Alabama Prisons, The Less Sheriffs Spend On Food For Inmates, The More They Earn: It took almost three quarters of a century, but one Sheriff in Alabama is finally speaking out against a 1939 law that allows for the state’s 67 sheriffs to keep leftover money the state provides to each municipality for feeding inmates in local prisons. Sheriff Mike Rainey reportedly received $295,294 from the local, state and federal governments to spend on food for the county’s inmate population. But thanks to the old law, Rainey is entitled to pocket any money left over after he fulfills his responsibility of feeding his inmates. It’s not hard to imagine how such a system could lead to massive corruption. In 2009, former Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett was himself put behind bars after he admitted to keeping more than $200,000 from the prison’s food budget while the inmates he oversaw were provided with inadequate food. [thinkprogress/Adam Peck/25 Jun 2012]
• Republicans support Obama’s health reforms — as long as his name isn’t on them
• Running a fake campaign and then stiffing suppliers and campaign workers … $4 million – Sending them a fuck-you Instagram from Tuscany …. priceless.
• Turzai: Voter ID Law Means Romney Can Win PA: House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) suggested that the House’s end game in passing the Voter ID law was to benefit the GOP politically. “We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we’ve talked about for years,” said Turzai in a speech to committee members Saturday. He mentioned the law among a laundry list of accomplishments made by the GOP-run legislature. “Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.” The statement drew a loud round of applause from the audience. It also struck a nerve among critics, who called it an admission that they passed the bill to make it harder for Democrats to vote — and not to prevent voter fraud as the legislators claimed. [politicspa/Kelly Cernetich/25 Jun 2012]
• Why Did NY Times Publish Hackish Op-Ed on Planned Parenthood (By Romney Advisor’s Wife)?
Military Industrial Complex:
• WikiLeaks suspect wins battle over US documents: FORT MEADE, Maryland — A US military judge has ordered prosecutors to show they are not withholding evidence from WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning after defense lawyers accused them of hiding documents that could potentially help their client’s case. The ruling was a victory for Manning, whose defense team has argued for months that prosecutors are dragging their feet on requests for government files that could prove crucial in the trial of the Army private. Manning, 24, accused of handing over a massive trove of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website, smiled at his attorneys after the judge read out her decision at a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, northeast of Washington. Judge Denise Lind ruled that prosecutors would have to turn over reports from the CIA, the FBI, the State Department and the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive that assessed the impact of the leaks. Manning’s lawyers believe the assessments will show the disclosures had no major effect on the country’s national security and did not “aid the enemy” as the government alleges. [AFP/Dan De Luce/25 june 2012]
• US and Israel to Hold Largest Ever Joint Military Exercise: Focusing on stopping ballistic missiles and featuring thousands of soldiers, the October drill will simulate simultaneous rocket fire from Syria and Iran – Israel and the US are set to hold their largest ever joint military exercise in October, featuring thousands of soldiers and advanced anti-missile defense systems, and simulating simultaneous fire from Iran and Syria. [timesofisrael/Aaron Kalman/25 Jun 2012]
• Defense Industry Shill: Give Lockheed Credit for Bin Laden Kill: Shed a tear for the executives at Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and the rest of the sprawling defense industry. Yes, they benefit from billions in taxpayer dollars while millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet. But they’re not getting the praise they deserve for killing Osama bin Laden. Wait, what? That is an actual argument made by Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute, a Beltway research group that reliably represents the interests of defense contractors….Yes, the SEALs had impressive gear for the raid, from stealth helicopters to powerful satellites. But if you gave, say, me every piece of equipment that the SEALs had, I regret to inform you that bin Laden would still be alive. Louisville Slugger did not win last year’s World Series. Mario Manningham’s cleats did not keep him in bounds for one of the greatest receptions in Super Bowl history. Even the haters must recognize that LeBron James’ NBA Finals performance is not attributable to Nike or Gatorade. [WiredDangerRoom/Spencer Ackerman/25 Jun 2012]
• CDC considers outside checks on bioterror labs – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering having U.S. Army scientists or another outside agency inspect its bioterror labs in the wake of a USA TODAY report this month.
• Egypt’s new president to pick woman, Christian VPs: “For the first time in Egyptian history — not just modern but in all Egyptian history — a woman will take that position,” Deif told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, referring to one of the vice presidency slots. “And it’s not just a vice president who will represent a certain agenda and sect, but a vice president who is powerful and empowered, and will be taking care of critical advising within the presidential Cabinet.” Although Morsi has previously argued for banning women from the presidency, he said before the election that as president he would stand for women’s rights. “The role of women in Egyptian society is clear,” Morsi told Amanpour through a translator weeks before the runoff election. “Women’s rights are equal to men. Women have complete rights, just like men. There shouldn’t be any kind of distinction between Egyptians except that is based on the constitution and the law.” [cnn/26 Jun 2012]
• Turkish Jet Was In Syrian Territory – Flying Very Low – When Shot Down: Indeed, the Turkish fighter jet was flying very low and very close to the Syrian shoreline:
“The plane disappeared and then reappeared in Syrian airspace, flying at 100 meters altitude and about 1-2kms (0.6-1.2 miles) from the Syrian coast,” Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi told a Damascus news conference. “We had to react immediately, even if the plane was Syrian we would have shot it down,” he said. “The Syrian response was an act of defense of our sovereignty carried out by anti-aircraft machinegun which has a maximum range of 2.5 km.”
And yet Turkey is calling Syria the aggressor:
In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, Turkey condemned the “hostile act by the Syrian authorities against Turkey’s national security”, saying it posed “a serious threat to peace and security in the region”.
Specifically, the Turkish president:
Put the onus on Syria to explain why its army chose to shoot first, rather than try to establish radio contact, fire warning shots or even send up aircraft when the F4 crossed into Syrian territory.
[washingtonsblog/26 Jun 2012]
• Syria shot at second Turkish jet, Ankara claims – Turkey claims Syria also shot at one of its search and rescue planes, as diplomats prepare for Nato meeting: Turkey has sharply raised the stakes in a military standoff with Syria, claiming one of its search and rescue planes was shot at as it tried to find a Turkish jet shot down on Friday by Syrian gunners. Bülent Ar?nç, the deputy prime minister, said the rescue plane had been attacked as it flew over the Mediterranean searching for two pilots. The claim undermines Damascus’s insistence that the first jet was attacked due to mistaken identity. [The Guardian/Julian Borger, Martin Chulov in Beirut and Miriam Elder in Moscow/26 June 2012]
• Paraguay’s ousted president to form shadow government: Paraguay’s ousted president Fernando Lugo says he is planning to form a shadow cabinet, aiming to return to power and to attack the legitimacy of the government that replaced him. “I call on people from the countryside, the youth and all citizens to resist until we are back in the office we unfairly had to leave,” Lugo told reporters on Monday. He further added that he intends to take his case on the international stage at this week’s regional summit of MERCOSUR in Argentina. “I want to resist until we regain power because here there was a parliamentary coup,” he said. Several South American countries have refused to recognize the newly installed government of Federico Franco and have recalled their ambassadors from Paraguay. [presstv/25 june 2012]