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Monday, December 09, 2013

Stories to Watch: 12/9/13

Senate dems say they'll bring a raise in the minimum wage up after the first of the year. The party may be hoping that the extremely popular move might bring out more dem voters and that this, along with an improving economy, might give them a leg up in the elections.

Virginia Republicans have learned absolutely nothing from Ken Cuccinelli's high-profile loss to Terry McAuliffe in that state's gubernatorial race. In fact, to hear them talk, you'd think they won big, instead of losing statewide executive offices in a sweep. At a state GOP confab this weekend, one Republican said they needed to run more people like disastrous Lt. Governor candidate E.W. Jackson, while another blamed media "false prophets" for making up a "War on Women" narrative -- just because Cuccinelli and Jackson have histories of waging war on women's rights. Republicans really do live off in their own little world, don't they?

Speaking of made up wars, Fox News' "War on Christmas" exists pretty much entirely in their own minds -- and in their lies.

Israeli leadership will skip out on attending Nelson Mandela's funeral. While they don't state it as the reason, the high regard Mandela's memory enjoys among Palestinians is certain to be seen as at least a contributing factor.

The NSA and CIA spied on people play World of Warcraft. Seriously. You are literally not safe from prying eyes anywhere. This ridiculous level of domestic surveillance used to be the punchline of Yakov Smirnoff jokes. Now Smirnoff jokes don't work: "In capitalist America, computer screen watches you. In Soviet Russia, computer screen watches you." See, there has to be some sort of contrast.

Ted Cruz is a character in a coloring book, where kids can learn all about being selfish dickholes like people who worship Ted Cruz.

A Fox News exec got $8 million in hush money on retirement. Not sure what Roger Ailes is hiding here, but it's got to be flabbergastingly awful.

Finally, it's a short one today because snow and wind and I don't want to talk about it. Odds are good you got the same thing, so you know where I'm coming from.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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