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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stories to Watch: 5/16/13

Anthony Weiner has been spotted filming what seems to be a campaign ad.

Ezra Klein says these current crop of "scandals" are already starting to come apart at the seams. The main ingredient in a White House scandal -- i.e., White House involvement in actual wrongdoing -- is missing in all of them and isn't likely to make an appearance. In any case, the three "scandals" are now two, since -- as Steve Benen points out -- hope for a Benghazi scandal died yesterday.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which works to elect House Republicans, lists "31 Democrats Who Are Huge Fans of the IRS Investigating Conservative Groups" on their blog today. It was such astonishing bullshit that they finally took it down.

Oh for chrissakes... An Army officer charged with preventing sexual assault has been arrested and charged with stalking his ex-wife. Seriously, what do we have to do before the epidemic of misogyny and sexual abuse in the military becomes a scandal? Hell, Benghazi's a nothing-burger and that's getting headlines. The sexual assault problem is actually real.

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a note in that boat he hid out in. Written on the boat itself, the note is "part manifesto, part suicide note and part justification for the killing and maiming of innocent civilians," according to CBS News. In it, he cites the Iraq War as a driving motivator and compares the people killed and injured by his bombs to "collateral damage" deaths of civilians in Iraq. Remember the battle cry of the neocons? "Fight them over there, so we don't have to fight them over here." Yeah, that sure was 100% perfectly wrong, wasn't it?

Finally, another short one today. But that's what you get when non-news sucks up all the media attention. Still newsworthy things have happened. For instance, the GOP digging themselves into a hole with their obstructionism.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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