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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stories to Watch: 8/21/13

Anti-immigration Republicans seem to have seriously over-estimated the base's passion for the cause.  Nutjob groups Tea Party Patriots and NumbersUSA held a rally in Richmond, Virginia which attracted a throng of "a few dozen people." Follow the link to enjoy a photo of leading racist Rep. Steve King talking to a crowd of nobody. It's not that the base is for immigration reform, it's just that they don't care enough to show up and do something about it.

28% of Louisiana Republicans blame Pres. Bush for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina. 29% blame Barack Obama. You read that right.

Bank of America literally worked a 21-year-old intern to death.

The NSA gathered email from thousands of Americans before the FISA court ruled it unconstitutional in 2011.

Tea Party hero and Texas Governor Rick Perry can't wait to get his hands on some of that sweet, sweet Obamacare money.

God does not seem to care for the Creation Museum.

American wages haven't shown an increase over a span of a dozen years. Still think labor unions aren't needed anymore?

Somewhat related: WalMart's low wages are starting to look like a bad business strategy. You drive everyone else out of business and you're the only employer -- which means all your customers can't afford jack. Their profits are crashing.

Once again, chemical weapons have been used in Syria. The Syrian Army was the culprit.

This is interesting: Ed Kilgore looks at Wisconsin governor and Tea Party hero Scott Walker and sees Tim Pawlenty.

Finally, the ACLU says the FBI and US immigration authorities use a secret program to profile Muslims and "indefinitely delay immigration benefits." Here's a shocker: the program, known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program or CARRP, was launched under Pres. George W. Bush.

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