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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stories to Watch: 7/10/13

The Texas house brings that state's restrictive abortion bill one step closer to passage, because giving women no alternative to back-alley butchers supposedly "protects" them from people like Kermit Gosnell and because working to force women to give birth against their will is what Tea Party-style "liberty" is all about.

North Carolina Republicans really are cowards.

Gun loon Adam Kokesh is arrested and charged with "possession of a Schedule I or II drug and possession of a Schedule I or II drug while in possession of a firearm." He illegally brandish a loaded gun in a video shot in downtown DC. The drug was hallucinogenetic mushrooms. Explains a lot.

Google seriously undermines their green cred by hosting a fundraiser for top global warming denier and anti-environmental whacko James Inhofe.

Related: a new study predicts that storms will become both more frequent and more powerful, due to climate change.

House Republicans continue to treat the Farm Bill with the utmost stupidity.

Gov. Scott Walker's mercenary force at the Gogebic Taconite mine in Wisconsin has been pulled out temporarily because they weren't licensed by the state. Luckily, they've got friends in high places and they'll be right back to menacing local mine resistance with assault weapons and armored vehicles in no time at all. Yay for Republican "freedom"!

Republicans call our system the best healthcare in the world. It is so not.

Not sure why I find this surprising, I just do: Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty. He left a confession in that boat, so I guess I expected him to stick with that story.

A new report says the US funded anti-Morsi forces in Egypt.

Finally, "fiscally responsible" House Republicans vote to spend an extra $23.7 million on nuclear weapons that the Air Force says they don't need and don't want. "A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the bomb was virtually useless," the report tells us.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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