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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Stories to Watch: 12/3/13

Kind of a slow news day, so bear with me here. As always, hover your cursor above the links to preview the headlines.

This is most definitely not good news; CNN President Jeff Zucker has announced plans to retool the cable news channel to make it less newsy and more entertainy. According to the report, Zucker plans to attract "viewers who are watching places like Discovery and History and Nat Geo and A&E" in their prime time slots. So less like the news of the day and more like Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo Boo, and Storage Wars, I guess. Cable news is about to get even dumber. I can hardly wait...

Guess which Republicans would rather save: pentioners on Social Security or bloated military spending? Seriously, if you got that one wrong, you really haven't been paying attention.

The an expert with the nonpartisan Consumer Reports tells MSNBC's Chuck Todd that the retooled website is "terrific" and says they're urging people to use it. "It's time," says CR health care expert Nancy Metcalf.

The House renews the Reagan-era ban on plastic guns -- quietly, in hopes that 'baggers and the gun lobby don't notice.

Every once in a while, birtherism cranks up to eleven and wingnuts go from being sure that Pres. Obama's an undocumented secret Muslim terr'ist to speculating that he's actually the Anti-Christ. This one of those every-once-in-a-whiles.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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