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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Stories to Watch: 11/13/10

Rain, rain, rain, rain. What fun. The sun just couldn't hold out for the weekend? As Mark Twain once said, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Now here's the news...

Myanmar celebrates an excellent day as Nobel-winning democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi is released from prison. "While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu Kyi, she has continued her brave fight for democracy, peace, and change in Burma," President Obama said in a statement. "She is a hero of mine and a source of inspiration for all who work to advance basic human rights in Burma and around the world." The bad news: the move was likely a well-timed PR distraction from a corrupt and rigged election. Still, you take your wins where you find them.

Antonin Scalia is just an awful judge. He should be running some backwater rightwing talk radio show, not sitting on the Supreme Court. Says flogging isn't unconstitutional and that he doesn't give a fuck about the intent behind laws. How did this lunatic ever get so far in life?

Remember Bill Clinton's "triangulation" strategy? It's back. Need I remind anyone that this approach is what saddled us with crap like DADT? Apparently, I do.

Bob Shrum says what everyone should be saying -- that Republicans want to hurt the economy to boost their 2012 chances. "...Obama will be back by the time Congress gathers in Washington for the lame-duck session, with Republicans mainlining tea while plotting their plans for inaction, reaction, and a recession, which they devoutly wish will still be painfully felt in 2012." He also says it it's going to backfire, which may or may not be true. Beware fortunetellers; predictions aren't good things to hang your hopes on.

If you ever doubted that the Republican establishment didn't give a crap about the tea party, doubt no more.

John and Cindy McCain are having a very public family spat. John loves DADT and Cindy's right.

How the GOP plans to attack healthcare reform.

How Democrats could win the $250k+ tax cut fight.

Finally, a UN official basically calls Bush a war criminal. Can Eric Holder continue to ignore this? Russ Feingold for Attorney General, that's how I'd solve this problem.

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