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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Stories to Watch: 9/8/11

Big jobs speech tonight. I'm stuffing taco fixin's into a pita and watching with baited breath. Or onion breath. Now here's the news...

A lot is being made of a photo from last night's GOP debate. The image, taken during a commercial break, shows Rick Perry with his hand on Ron Paul's wrist, apparently giving him the business. I'd remind everyone that photos can be misleading, especially if you want to read something into one. I'm not cutting Perry any slack here, but the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is complete bullshit. A series of photos might tell you something. A single photo is a moment in time without context. And that's from someone who's taken quite a few of them.

Tea Party founder/Wall Street fatcat Rick Santelli calls Thomas Friedman an idiot -- to his face and on TV. Santelli's correct, Friedman's an idiot. But this time Friedman was right. Rick was trying to get Friedman to jump on Rick Perry's "Social Security is a Ponzi scheme!" bandwagon and Tom refused.

An appeals court in Virginia rejects two challenges to the healthcare reform bill.

President Obama will bring guests to the big jobs speech tonight, including AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Needless to say, this is the worst thing ever!

The DCCC will dump half a million dollars to keep Anthony Weiner's seat. Perhaps it would've been wiser just to let him keep it and hope everything would blow over.

This is freaky; Florida GOP chairman Dave Bitner has died. He'd just announced that he'd be retiring, due to ALS, effective September 23.

Finally, Mittens attacks Perry's electability.
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