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Monday, February 18, 2013

Stories to Watch: 2/18/13

The NRA's Wayne LaPierre smeared an entire New York borough. They aren't happy. Like everything else coming out of the NRA, LaPierre's claims are complete bullshit.

A non-partisan insurance analyst says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed policies for healthcare are "crazy."

The main front in the GOP Civil War seems to be Iowa.

Conservative billionaires spent over a hundred million dollars to create an anti-science climate change denial network. This strikes me as insane on so many levels, not the least of which is that the reason they oppose doing anything about global warming is that they think it will cost them a lot of money. More proof that being wealthy is more a matter of luck than brains.

Speaking of anti-science: babies are now just internal organs, according to one GOP medical scientist.

The Russian business environment is quite literally cutthroat.

Yes, Republicans will take the hit if they let sequestration happen.

Romesh Ponnuru writes a fantasy piece (cleverly disguised as an op-ed) for the New York Times, arguing that all Republicans need to do to get back in the catbird's seat is to go back to acting like Reagan. This prompts Paul Krugman to debunk the idea that Reagan was competent in matters economic, while giving us this awesome quote: "Ponnuru wants the GOP to recognize the reality of growing inequality that has eliminated the connection between economic growth and middle-class incomes, to shift its focus away from tax cuts for the rich, and to drop the fixation with inflation and hard money in favor of a pragmatic approach. Well, there’s a name for people willing to be flexible in this way: they’re called Democrats."

Finally, while it's clear to everyone with a brain that Sarah Palin is yesterday's news, it appears that the freakfest that is Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hasn't gotten the memo yet. Pay attention to CPAC, because that will be the exact moment when Republicans' big rebranding effort falls apart, as speaker after speaker spouts the same crazy-assed Tea Party BS they've always been babbling on about.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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