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Friday, August 09, 2013

Stories to Watch: 8/9/13

About the cartoon, I couldn't resist the pun. It'll be a short one today, because it's August and Friday and the political news is kind of a trickle. Anyhoo, as always, hover your mouse over the links to preview the headlines. Now off we go...

Just what this congress needs, another birther.

Louie Gohmert said something stupid again.

Hey look, anti-abortion types engage in another offensive trivialization of the Holocaust.

Greg Sargent looks at the president's sudden [re-]embrace of surveillance reforms. If we're going to have reforms, this would be a good place to start.

Also in news out of the White House: Pres. Obama says we shouldn't boycott the Winter Olympics because of Russia's institutional homophobia. "One thing I’m really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold or silver or bronze, which i think would go a long way in rejecting the kind of attitudes were seeing there," he said. "And if Russia doesn’t have gay or lesbian athletes, it’ll probably make their team weaker."

Still, the International Olympic Committee would like a few reassurances that Olympic athletes, staffers, and attendees won't be sent off to a gulag for acting all gay in public. I doubt they'll pull out, I think they're just strong arming Russia with the games to get them to dial it back a notch or twelve. Still, it's rare to see the IOC involve themselves in what they'd consider a political matter this way.

Eric Cantor pours cold water on the Tea Party's government shut down dreams.

Finally, Jason Richwine, the Heritage Foundation staffer who was fired for a racist dissertation on Latinos and IQ, writes an op-ed complaining that his antiquated and debunked notions are being ignored and that this is somehow a terrible thing for science.

[cartoon via USA Today]

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