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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Stories to Watch: 12/8/11

What's nearly as good as fresh-baked lasagna? Leftover lasagna. I'm eatin'. Now here's the news...

RNC chair Reince Priebus comes out against a Trump-sponsored GOP debate. When it's beneath even Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, that tells you a lot. This thing is probably dead.

A payroll tax cut fails again in the Senate.

Meanwhile, Republicans offer their own payroll tax cut plan. As always, the GOP wants to cut off your left arm as the price for saving your right.

David Frum sees Newt Gingrich as the latest GOP fad-candidate. But this time, he sees it hurting the party. "[G]iven that these balloons take typically 6-8 weeks to shrivel, the impending Gingrich bust may not arrive soon enough to save Romney," he warns. "No question though, it will arrive in time to freak out the Republican party."

A certain fella named "Mitt" seems to agree with Frum.

Eric Cantor shuts down a bill in the Financial Services Committee that would've made insider trading by congress critters illegal. If congress shuts off the easy-money tap, Republicans like Cantor might have to actually, you know, do work.

President Obama bitchslaps GOP candidates who claim he follows a foreign policy of "appeasement": "Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al Qaeda leaders who have been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever’s left out there about that."

As ads tying Elizabeth Warren to Occupy Wall Street fail to impress Massachusetts voters, Karl Rove switches gears and tries to tie her to big banks. When one argument contradicts another, that's what savvy DC insiders call "amateurish bullshit."

Finally, here's a good way to join the ranks of the unemployed.

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