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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Stories to Watch: 10/30/13

Immigration reform's condition is upgraded to critical from dead.

Meet Thomas Poetter, the Democrat running agaist John Boehner. And maybe help him out a little bit.

The skinny on HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius' congressional testimony regarding today. And after demanding that a briefing with Sebelius take place, House Republicans were mostly no-shows. Never has their lack of seriousness been more transparent.

Republicans unveil a fun new anti-Obamacare lie.

Here's some good news: Senate Democrats say there will be no "grand bargain," because they hold all the cards and someone has apparently found them a spine someplace. They've been getting a lot of use out of it lately.

A translator at a hearing on drone strikes was moved nearly to tears by the story of a strike on a Pakistani teacher's family.

Here in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker is not having a good day. Not only is polling out showing him having real vulnerabilities heading into reelection, but the Federal Department of Justice is suing to open the records of a probe into one of his former aides, who is currently facing felony charges for campaign shenanigans. And a state agency reports that Wisconsin has fallen way, way short of predicted job growth -- a target the Walker administration has not hit once since Scooter slithered into office. That's right, this is the everyth time Walker has failed on this metric. Ever have one of those days where you're sure you should've never gotten out of bed?

Finally, a Republican pollster warns his party to "stop pandering" to racists. Never gonna happen -- because it's not "pandering" when you believe it. People who are pandering pretend to share people's concerns. Republicans aren't pretending.

[cartoon via USA Today]

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