The US Government Is Now In Shutdown. Again. Also. Too.

The Senate is supposed to go back in session shortly. Senator Paul’s ability to continue to hold things up expires in a bit. He could technically push this to 3 AM EST, but who knows how far he’ll go. Once he runs out of Senate rules cover, they should be able to pass the two year Senate budget deal. Depending on Senator Paul this should occur sometime between 1 and 3 AM EST. There is a cloture vote scheduled for 1 AM EST.

Members of the House have been notified to prepare for a vote between 3 and 6 AM EST. Provided Speaker Ryan can wrangle the votes, or get Congresswoman Pelosi to provide them from the Democratic Caucus, the House should pass the Senate bill sometime later this morning and the government shutdown should be brief. Given what we’ve seen of majority Republican control of both chambers of Congress, however, anything could happen. So stay tuned!

And stay frosty!

Open thread.

Rand Paul: Not Aristotle

There’s something about being a willfully marginal player in the political sphere that induces whininess. Or at least that’s the conclusion I can’t help but come to after reading the libertarian-ish Conor Friedersdorf’s epic lament over the media’s treatment of Rand Paul.

I’m tempted to take it apart, piece-by-piece; but I’m also aware of that whole Nietzsche thing about staring into the abyss. So rather than picking out the many, many places where Friedersdorf makes claims that are either highly questionable or laughably wrong, I’ll try to zoom out and focus on what he seems so incapable or unwilling to address.

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Rand Paul Lies, America is Being Problematic, and Ice Cream is Delicious

Remember when Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) led that heroic, morally-fueled filibuster against drones targeting Americans on U.S. soil?

Good, because Sen. Paul seems to have forgotten. At this point someone in his camp should remind him that speech recording technology is a thing.

And on TWiB!two unique takes on the effects of terror:

First, TWiB! staff writer David von Ebers examines a history of bombings on American soil and its legal consequences:

Today it’s controversial for the president of the United States to even suggest that a homegrown bomber like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a naturalized American citizen who’s lived more than half his life here, should be charged with federal crimes and processed through the civilian criminal justice system… What the hell happened to us?

— America & Terrorism: What a Difference 100 Years Makes by David Von Ebers

And #TWiBRadio co-host and TWiB! managing editor Dacia Mitchell asks if the way we digest media affects how we value tragedy:

The way violence is portrayed in the news media values the spectacular over the everyday … with endless speculative chatter and misinformation, the devastating calculus made by the media and understood in society is that the body subjected to quotidian violence is less valuable than the body subjected to spectacular violence.

Things Like This Don’t Happen in Watertown by Dacia Mitchell

Also, on today’s #TWiBRadio Okla. Rep. Dennis Johnson apologizes to the Jews, Rand Paul has a change of heart about drones, and Fatima Gossgraves of National Women’s Law Center speaks on holding schools accountable for the harassment of students who report rape.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, #TheMorningCrew discusses the race to patent “Boston Strong,” the search for missing teen and misidentified bombing suspect Sunil Tripathi, and no refund for a woman deemed too fat to tan.

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Rand Paul: Civil Rights Activist

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Rand Paul has never wavered on Civil Rights:Except that one time:

That’s not, like, really wavering, right? That’s just sort of wavering.
Maybe we should let the free market decide.

The latest on #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness obviously Rand Paul explaining how voting works to a group of students at an historically black college isn’t accidentally racist or anything, historian superhero Dr. Blair Kelley calls in on the black phone, and since when is saying ‘nigger rigging’ ever okay?

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Then, on #amTWiB, L.Joy and company discuss porn in the Vatican, McConnell’s got bugs in his office, and Elon makes a surprise ‘visit’ to the show.

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And lastly, we had a bit of a tech hiccup, so in case you missed our discussion of the epic pundit fail on Hannity last week, it’s magical:

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Melissa Harris-Perry, Baratunde Thurston, and more … Uncensored!

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Melissa Harris-Perry, Baratunde, and more!

On today’s show, we bring you some of the greatest moments of #TWiBRadio including the conversation about the Psychology Today article on black female attractiveness, Baratunde’s take on the racist legacy in Donald Trump’s ‘birther’-ism, and Melissa Harris-Perry’s genius about the abortion debate.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, L.Joy and company discuss a possible ‘cure’ for meth addiction, French government plans to pay full costs of abortion and contraception, and Rand Paul is in charge of GOP outreach?

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We Do Not #StandWithRand

#StandWithRand? Really? His bit of political theater yesterday reminded me of all of the ridiculous, nonsense he supports. Honestly, Paul Rand can stand right over there, thank you.

And Adam Carolla wants to know what’s wrong with black people.

On today’s #TWiBRadio, we decide not to #StandWithRand and big surprise, it looks like some of President Obama’s biggest opponents find his policies useful, and I get trolled hard in feedback.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, the #TheMorningCrew continues to discuss the Rand Paul filibuster, New York City is shaming teen parents, and L. Joy knows how to cure a migraine.

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