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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stories to Watch: 11/14/12

Anti-austerity protests in Europe

350 economist tell congress that austerity is boneheaded: "There is no theory of economics that explains how we can deflate our way to recovery."

Remember Murray Energy, the coal company whose CEO "had" to lay off workers because Obama was reelected? Before the election, Murray was throwing fistfuls of money at Karl Rove.

In other sore loser news: Poppa John's, already facing a possible liberal boycott, gets sued for $250 million over spamming.

A perfectly good conspiracy theory dies as scandal-plagued David Petraeus agrees to testify to the Senate about Benghazi.

Nancy Pelosi will remain the House minority leader.

Ron Paul gives a retirement speech to congress, ripping into pretty much everything and everyone. Ed Kilgore notes this is basically the same damned speech he's been giving for twenty-three years -- meaning Ron hasn't accomplished a whole helluva a lot during his time in congress.

Oh for fuck's sake... Rep. Louie Gohmert nominated Newt Gingrich to be Speaker of the House. Not surprisingly, the motion was not seconded.

Mitt Romney says big gummint handouts to "the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people" by Obama are what cost him the election. Amazing. This is pretty much the same messaging that lost him the election -- the "47%" fiasco all over again. He's learned absolutely nothing.

Finally, the United Nations Population Fund's annual report calls access to contraception a "universal human right."

[photo via Reuters]

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