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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Stories to Watch: 12/4/13

The right is making a big deal of a new poll showing that Pres. Obama has "lost" the youngest voters. The problem of course is that this is a two party system and they also hate Republicans more. So any rightwing triumphalism here is firmly grounded in spin. Don't fall for it. I'd also point out that a big chunk of this 18-24 demo was never old enough to vote for Obama, so maybe saying he "lost" them is a tad bit wide of the facts.

Fox News reports that a Georgia school is confiscating Christmas cards. This is, of course, some of the purest horseshit known to modern science. Every year they pull this whiny "War on Christmas" crap straight out of their pants. Every year.

MSNBC fires accepts the resignation of host Martin Bashir, after Bashir said someone ought to take a crap in Sarah Palin's mouth. Bashir always struck me as particularly strident, demagogic, and angry, so I won't be losing a lot of sleep over it. Besides, I like it better when Palin only has made-up stuff to complain about.

Israeli Presiden Shimon Perez endorses marriage equality. This should make rightwing heads explode, because both gay marriage and questioning Israel are THE WORST THINGS EVER!!! I know wingnuts are masters of cognitive dissonance, but the contradiction might just prove to be too big a challenge even for them.

A glimpse of the oncoming suck that will be the retooled CNN: S.E. Cupp, a contributor to Glenn Beck's website The Blaze, will do an hour-long interview with Beck on the network. Expect hard-hitting questions like "Why are you so awesome?" "Is it hard to be so insightful all the time?" and "Barack Obama: most terrible president or worst president in history?"

If anyone's going to make 2014 about Obamacare, it's Democrats. Seriously, with doing so well, Republicans are scrambling to find new reasons for everyone to hate Obamacare. They aren't having a lot of luck.

A possible new drug scandal for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: heroin.

Finally, the president gave a speech on the economy today -- and it was really good.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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