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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Stories to Watch: 12/8/10

Normally, I start writing the "stories to watch" piece around 5:30-6:00, but today I'm gonna hit the bars with a buddy, so I'm writing it early. This means that a likely vote to repeal DADT will happen after I publish. It's looking like it'll be a tough one, but Greg Sargent reports that centrist Republican Lisa Murkowski will support the repeal. "The odds are still long that this will happen," he writes. "But it's still possible that it just might happen." Keep your fingers crossed. Now here's (the rest of) the news...

Who says bipartisanship is dead? Jim DeMint has indicated he'll join Bernie Sanders in a threatened filibuster of the Obama-GOP tax deal. Of course, DeMint's and Sander's reasons for filibustering are entirely different, but if you want to make an ally of a Republican, you filibuster. At this point, it's just a Pavlovian response with those guys.

Michele Bachmann also says she won't vote for the deal, but for reasons that differ from both Sander's and DeMint's. In fact, they're entirely made up reasons. Shelly's record of never saying anything true still stands.

Alberto Freakin' Gonzales comes out in support of the DREAM Act. Michelle Malkin will likely have a fit over this.

Domestic terrorists are dumb.

Noted witch Christine O'Donnell will neither go away nor stop saying stupid things.

Judge Thomas Porteous of the Eastern District of Louisiana has the honor of joining a very elite club, as he becomes one of only eight federal judges ever impeached and removed from the bench.

Arizona's GOP death panels seem to be working well and has patients begging for their lives. Hey Sarah Palin, I thought you were against this sort of thing -- why all the silence?

Finally, Discovery Channel's Mythbusters visited the White House, where President Obama told them to build a solar deathray. No, really. The episode airs tonight, so there's another thing I'll miss while chugging beers. Poor me.

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