Insane media and political environment: How'd we lose Van Jones

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So i'm about a year behind on this, but i hadn't heard the details before... Van Jones resigned so that his presence would not distract from getting health care and clean energy legislation passed (where the Republicans are trying to block everything anyway). His controversy? Having signed a petition asking for an investigation into the Sept 11 2001 attacks to include looking at what some U.S. officials may have known in advance. Asking for an investigation. And apparently at some other point he said something mean about Republicans.

If that's enough to force a resignation, we have no hope of maintaining competence in government, let alone positive change or the radically better ideas and actions we need.