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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Stories to Watch: 8/7/13

Mitt Romney says a government shutdown over Obamacare would be a political loser for the GOP that would leave them with a black eye in exchange for nothing. "I’m afraid that in the final analysis, Obamacare would get its funding, our party would suffer in the next elections, and the people of the nation would not be happy," he told the audience at a private GOP fundraiser. People may not like Obamacare (or at least, what they think they know about it), but that doesn't mean that they're ready to go on a scorched earth rampage to get rid of it. In fact, polling shows that Americans are ready to at least give the reforms a chance.

Republican Texas state Rep. Patricia Harless and her husband are being sued by an employee of an auto dealership they own. According the report, the suit "argues that Sam Harless provided other employees with a Taser and would film them sneaking up behind him and using the Taser on him in a series of incidents over the past nine months." If this isn't America's most hostile workplace, I don't want to know what is.

The Daily Beast runs a story about an al Qaeda conference call that yielded the info that led the embassy closures around the middle east and Africa. But it didn't take long for prominent national security journalists from the LA Times, Washington Post, and Associated Press to see glaring problems with the story as reported.

Pres. Obama calls off a meeting with Vladimir Putin over Russia's granting of asylum for whistleblower Edward Snowden. This surprises no one and isn't very likely to change anything in the great, wide world.

Rick Santorum thinks the GOP (read, the Santorum '16 campaign) should depend on the mythical "missing white voter," rather than try to win over blah people. The problem is, from a working class white perspective, Rick's pretty much identical to Mitt Romney. That didn't work the last time, as you may remember.

Racist Republican Steve King is also a scientist now -- he feels qualified to lecture people on the "religion" of global warming. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that 2012 was one of the top ten of the hottest years on record. You know, for a hoax, climate change sure is making things hot. I'm thinking that maybe Steve King isn't the towering figure in science he thinks he is.

I'm sure you'll be as shocked as I was to learn that an anti-Obama Tea Party protest in Phoenix went from zero to racist in no time flat.

Ron Paul literally bought a key endorsement in 2012. In exchange for bailing on Team Bachmann, Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson got "$8,000 per month in salary, $5,000 per month in salary to his Senate clerk Chris Dorr, and $100,000 in contributions his newly created PAC."

This one's kind of great: Ebony magazine plans to release an issue with four different covers that "feature famous black families... posing in grey hoodies in solidarity with" Trayvon Martin. The magazine will also call for a repeal of all "stand your ground" laws in the US. Needless to say, wingnuts decided this was the worst thing ever!, which prompted this response from the publishers on the magazine's Twitter feed: "We have so many Tea Party readers and followers. To lose all zero of them due to our September cover would be devastating."

Finally, the Justice Department goes after Bank of America for securities fraud.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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