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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stories to Watch: 6/19/13

Things that warm the heart: a shooting survivor calling for expanded background checks at a New Hampshire rally gets heckled by a gun freak. The speaker, John Cantin, is described as a "survivor of gun violence who was shot while attempting to save his daughter before her estranged husband murdered her in 2009" -- so it's just a real class act move to give him crap about a nightmare he barely survived and cost him his daughter. But I promised heartwarming, didn't I? Cops tasered the gun nut's ass.

The House Republican effort on immigration reform is not off to a promising start.

AP says the seizure of phone records by the government has had a "chilling effect" on their ability to report news. "Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us," says AP CEO Gary Pruitt. "In some cases, government employees we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone. Others are reluctant to meet in person."

Alan Chambers, the head of Exodus International, apologizes for all the damage his organization's "ex-gay therapies" have done to people.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska becomes the third Republican Senator to announce her support for marriage equality.

I highly recommend this insight from a former GOP staffer on the hole the party finds itself in, how they wound up there, and why they're having so much trouble getting out -- or even realizing they should get out. Really fascinating stuff.

Elizabeth Warren continues her streak of being awesome by calling the Supreme Court "a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chamber of Commerce."

The president is supposedly preparing a big push on dealing with global warming. Whether we'll get anything more than speeches is a good question, though. He talks a good game, but his record on the issue has been less than inspiring.

Marco Rubio's votes aren't very popular with the folks back home.

Food Network's Paula Deen is kind of a terrible person.

Finally, Republican nutjob Phil Gingrey wants to brainwash your children.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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