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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Stories to Watch: 10/31/13

ProPublica has a good piece up on the insurance cancellations story currently being sensationalized by pretty much everyone in the media. A levelheaded look at the facts as they stand has a real clarifying effect.

Related: ThinkProgress has a field guide for spotting phony Obamacare horror stories. Here's a prime example.

Ted Cruz's dad Rafael went off on another Christian supremacist birther rant, this time wishing Pres. Obama would go back to Kenya and leave the good old U.S. of A. to real Americans -- like the Cuban-born Rafeal Cruz and the Canadian-born Ted. How long before Ted Cruz is forced to distance himself from his own father?

Nancy Pelosi echoes the new hardball spirit of the Democratic Party, saying that any proposal to end the sequester that doesn't include new revenues is a nonstarter.

Republican obstructionism blocks another judicial nominee, sparking new talk of filibuster reform. Unfortunately, talk is cheap in Washington and talk about filibuster reform has been especially so.

Norm Ornstein -- no wild-eyed liberal -- is not at all pleased with the Republican War on Voting nor the Roberts-led Supreme Court that opened the floodgates on voter suppression legislation nationwide, calling Republican efforts to rob Americans of their right to vote "Putinesque."

Finally, this is going to be a short one because these little goblins keep pounding on my door and demanding candy. What is the deal?

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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