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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Stories to Watch: 5/21/13

Man displays American flag amid tornado debris
Not surprisingly, the tornado that leveled Moore, Oklahoma has been categorized as an EF5 -- the worst possible.

In a case of amazingly good timing, a woman finds her dog safe and sound in the tornado debris -- during an interview with a CBS reporter. It's a heartwarming moment amid the heartbreaking horror.

Steve Benen takes a look at a statement by Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe and concludes that he's probably not as willing to take his own voters hostage to budget cuts as Tom Coburn is. Still, the possibility that Oklahomans have been duped into electing two such monsters is alarming.

And somewhat related to that "monster" link: I plan on adding Charlie Pierce to the superfeed. Not immediately, but when I get around to it. It's a little bit of a process.

The NRA has a bit of an incoherence problem. After arguing that guns don't kill people, movies kill people, the organization's magazine publishes a listicle of the top ten "Coolest Gun Movies."

An appeals court permanently blocks Arizona's restrictive abortion law. Republicans pass these laws to invite court challenges, with the hope of overturning Roe v. Wade. Tt turned out to be an expensive waste of everyone's time that these things always are. What they do manage to do is prove that GOP ideological claims are bullshit. Throwing money at doomed quests to overturn Roe isn't fiscal conservatism and forcing women to give birth against their will for the short time the laws stand isn't a triumph of liberty and small, limited government.

Immigration reform takes a step forward. The victory comes at a shameful cost, however.

Finally, check out Wolf Blitzer's awkward TV moment.

[photo by David McKenna]

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