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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stories to Watch: 8/15/13

Domestic political news is at a trickle right now, presumably because Congress is in recess. I think I can squeeze enough headlines out of the day to justify a post,, though. Just don't expect a feast.

Steve King refuses to answer when asked directly by a CNN achor, "Do you just not like Latinos?"

In further Republicans-alienating-minority-voters news, Rand Paul says there's no "objective evidence" that the GOP War on Voting is keeping African-Americans from the polls. As usual, reality disagrees. Still, as long as were talking about evidence-based governing, there's no evidence that voter fraud is anything other than a minor annoyance -- if that. Of course, Rand's relationship with reality is strained.

This kind of comes as a surprise to me, but NC Gov. Pat McCrory -- who so far has not met a far-right bill he wouldn't sign eagerly -- has vetoed a bill that would've required drug testing of welfare recipients. I know it couldn't possibly survive a court challenge, but it's been years since any Republican has let questions of constitutionality bother them.

The paper's former ombudsman has one bit of advice for new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos -- fire conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin. Seems he thinks she's a hack. "Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable," says Patrick B. Pexton. "Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward."

Finally, Republicans are having a bit of trouble finding a Senate candidate to run for retiring Democrat Carl Levin's seat.

[cartoon via Cagle Post]

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