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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Stories to Watch: 5/14/13

Ryan Lizza on the AP phone records controvery: "Recap: GOP calls on Holder to investigate leaks. Holder appoints US Attorney. US Att. subpoenas AP records. GOP calls on Holder to resign." That's a pretty damned accurate timeline.

Apparently frustrated that no one's getting all that worked up about Benghazi, despite their hyping it to the point of hysteria, Republicans leak an email edited to make it seem more damning than it actually was -- which is to say, not actually damning at all. In other words, the GOP tried to frame the White House. In trying to smear the president, the GOP got horserap all over themselves.

Related: House Republican leadership is currently fighting a revolt over Benghazi. The rank-and-file believe it needs a 9/11 Report-style blue ribbon panel, leadership believes that'd be way overplaying their hand. Leadership is currently losing. This whole Benghazi thing is like a slow-motion explosion going off in the GOP's face.

A seven-year-old Milwaukee boy writes to VP Biden saying that if guns shot chocolate bullets, no one would get hurt and everyone would be happy, since everyone loves chocolate. Cute, right? So Biden writes back and tells the kid that's a great idea, because that's the sort of thing you do when a kid writes you a note like that. Needless to say, the rightwing blogosphere thinks this is the worst thing ever.

Meanwhile, an Amarillo, Texas six-year-old shoots himself in the stomach, because we totally don't have a gun problem in this country.

Tennessee state Rep. Jon Lundberg has co-sponsored a bill to take down a traffic camera that caught him speeding last year. Lundberg last made the news for sponsoring a resolution to honor himself last month. Maybe someday he'll get around to governing in a way that's not all about himself.

No, the country is most definitely not going bankrupt. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

The GOP's effort to reach out to Latino voters is going really, really badly.

Dick Cheney says that Benghazi is the worst thing ever, It's "worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career." Nothing a little more nine-eleveny leaps to mind, Dick?

Angelina Jolie undergoes a double mastectomy. The surgery was preventative, since genetic testing showed she had an 87% chance of eventually contracting breast cancer. The medical community praises her openness about the subject, saying her public announcement raises awareness.

Finally, this AP piece on the Arab world version of "American Idol" is a lot more fascinating than you might suspect.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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