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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Stories to Watch: 9/3/13

CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin crashed a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria, with Secretary of State John Kerry testifying. "Nobody wants this war," she said as security wrangled her out of the chamber. "Cruise missiles, launching cruise missiles, means another war. The American people do not want this."

Of course, Benjamin is absolutely correct in that. A Pew poll shows that antis outweigh pros on Syrian intervention by a huge margin: 48%-29%. And an ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 6 in 10 are antis. Greg Sargent does a good job of explaining those numbers.

While House GOP leadership are on board with the president on Syria, Mitch McConnell is not. This is because McConnell has a credible Tea Party challenge to reelection and the Tea Party is against action in Syria (because Obama is for it, mostly). Mitch hasn't suddenly become a dove and I'm sure he has trouble sleeping at night, knowing there's a potential slaughter that he's not cheering on.

The Washington Post's Richard Cohen thinks that women who dance like Miley Cyrus are the reason women are raped. I'm pretty sure that rapists are the reason women are raped and that Cohen's "theory" is just another take on the old "she dressed like a slut, so she was asking for it" BS. You might remember Cohen as the guy who argued that hoodies and dark skin are probable cause and that stop-and-frisk was the most sensible thing in all the wide world. So he's a racist, slut-shaming, rape apologist -- WaPo would be wise to fire this lunatic before he comes out in favor of stoning witches or something.

The Republican attempt to retake the Senate may have just gotten a little bit harder, as New Hampshire republicans struggle to find a Senate candidate. Related: a new poll shows Alaska looking a little blue, as incumbent dem Mark Begich with a comfortable 50.4%-38.5% lead over Republican Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.

Kodak is not dead yet.

Finally, prosecutors are still deciding whether or not to pursue corruption charges against Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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