10 things you need to know today: June 1, 2015

THE WEEK 1.Controversial bulk-surveillance program expires The government’s authority to collect bulk phone records expired at 12:01 a.m. Monday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked an extension of parts of the Patriot Act. “We can still catch terrorists using the Constitution,” Paul said. The Senate began debate on a bill that would revive a limited version… More 10 things you need to know today: June 1, 2015

Top Republicans pretty sure they don’t like Iran deal, whatever it is

Daily Kos The Republican reaction to the seemingly very good news that we will not be needing to bomb Iran quite just yet, as told in tweets. Cotton: “There is no nuclear deal or framework with Iran; there is only a list of dangerous U.S. concessions” http://t.co/… — @ZekeJMiller If you were watching Fox News… More Top Republicans pretty sure they don’t like Iran deal, whatever it is

Mike Pence flip-flops on Indiana’s license-to-discriminate law, says it ‘doesn’t need to be fixed’

Daily Kos At Tuesday’s train wreck of a press conference to defend Indiana’s new license-to-discriminate law, Gov. Mike Pence spent nearly 45 minutes alternating between lies, whining and complaints about being smeared, but he also guaranteed that this law would be fixed: Let me say I believe this is a clarification, but it’s also a… More Mike Pence flip-flops on Indiana’s license-to-discriminate law, says it ‘doesn’t need to be fixed’

GOP’s New Kamikaze Plan: Punish Doctors If Obamacare Isn’t Chopped

No words… TPMDC House Republicans have a bold new strategy to attack Obamacare, which involves huge pay cuts for physicians unless Democrats agree to delay the law’s individual mandate to buy insurance. GOP leaders intend to vote on legislation this week, aides say, to delay the individual mandate in order to fund a “doc fix”… More GOP’s New Kamikaze Plan: Punish Doctors If Obamacare Isn’t Chopped

EXTORTIONISTS EXTINGUISHED

  The Huffington Post 144 Republicans Vote For Shutdown & Default… SURPRISE! Conservatives Rally Around Boehner… Senate GOP Leadership SPLIT… Cruz: ‘A Terrible Deal’… McConnell Sneaks In Earmark… POLL: Tea Party Hits New Low… The government shutdown is dead. Obamacare is alive. The Senate voted 81 to 18 Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and raise the nation’s borrowing limit, hours… More EXTORTIONISTS EXTINGUISHED

Pat Toomey: Background Checks Died Because GOP Didn’t Want To Help Obama

Most folks knew this since Robert Draper’s book came out.  It’s not often that a GOP Senator spills the beans in this way though.  Bravo Sen. Toomey… The Huffington Post Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) revealed that some members of his party opposed expanding background checks for gun sales recently because they didn’t want to “be… More Pat Toomey: Background Checks Died Because GOP Didn’t Want To Help Obama

Worried Too Many Minorities Are Voting Republicans Try To Rollback the Constitution to 1913

Seems like an effort in  futility to me.  This demonstrates yet again, the GOP’s constant folly of walking the thin line between optimism and delusion… PoliticusUSA A group state representatives in Georgia are proposing a resolution that would ask Congress to begin the process of repealing the 17th Amendment, which provides for the direct election of… More Worried Too Many Minorities Are Voting Republicans Try To Rollback the Constitution to 1913

BIll Maher Obliterates the Republican Lie that Obama Hasn’t Created Any Jobs

PoliticusUSA When Republican consultant David Avella tried to push the lie that Obama has not created any jobs, he was completely destroyed by Bill Maher and Howard Dean. Here is the video: David Avella of GOPAC tried to spread the Republican myth that Obama has not created any jobs, but Bill Maher called him out… More BIll Maher Obliterates the Republican Lie that Obama Hasn’t Created Any Jobs