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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Stories to Watch: 7/2/13

The battle in Texas over abortion rights is a case of the messaging spinning wildly out of Republican control. You're supposed to be all outraged over Kermit Gosnell, not Wendy Davis! And never you mind that what Gosnell was doing was already against the law, making an already tissue-thin excuse completely transparent -- you're just thinking way too much about this, when you're supposed to be driven by emotion to rush into supporting it without any thought at all. See, this is what happens when you let women think for themselves. Down in Texas they're fixin' to do all the thinking for their women folk.

Still, as popular as she is nationwide, Wendy Davis is still a longshot for the Texas Governorship. But 2014's a ways off, so that could change.

The Republican Party is becoming more and more comfortable with blowing off the Latino vote and officially becoming the white guy party. Republicans believe there's no problem that can't be fixed by denying it even exists. Look at global warming.

Dennis Rodman continues to be a clueless moron.

Edward Snowden is finding it hard to find asylum.

Bill-O the Clown is not taking the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling very well. It's interesting that of the DOMA ruling and gutting the Voting Rights Act, one recognizes rights and one eliminates the protection of rights. Wingnuts are all bent out of shape about expanding liberty, but fine with shrinking liberty. The evidence shows that these people are just as authoritarian and freedom-despising as they would appear. Stupid little triangular hats don't make you defenders of liberty -- defending liberty makes you a defender of liberty. At the very least, you need to refrain from actually attacking it every chance you get.

900 people a year try to walk onto planes with firearms. Turns out, most forget they're carrying. Responsible gun ownership, ladies and gentleman. Totally unaware that they've got deathsticks in their pockets.

Things could get very nasty in Egypt, very quickly. Developing.

A medical examiner testifies that George Zimmerman's injuries were "insignificant" and "not life-threatening," significantly undermining his self-defense claim.

Finally, the White House announces a delay in implementing some Obamacare provisions, citing business' request for more time to comply with the employer mandate.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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