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Monday, January 13, 2014

Stories to Watch: 1/13/14

With Republicans posturing as the party of anti-poverty, Paul Krugman helpfully reminds us that they're really just anti-poor people. The "party committed to small government and low taxes on the rich is, more or less necessarily, a party committed to hurting, not helping, the poor," he says. All this "we love the poor!" noise from poseurs like Paul Ryan are really just a repackaging of the tired and false trickle-down arguments that helping rich people automatically helps the poor. It's bullshit. It's always been bullshit.

Teabaggers at a Ted Cruz event just love the idea of shooting at cars with California plates. For people who claim to love America more than anybody, they should do hate Americans a lot.

Speaking of 'baggers: Rep. Steve Stockman, who's currently running a Senate campaign to the right of incumbent John Cornyn, may be facing hot water for failing to report campaign contributions from PACs. Stockman last appeared on this blog for forcing his campaign workers to work in a rathole, but he's just completely bonkers in general. When he loses to Cornyn -- and he will lose -- expect him to cook up some conspiracy theory about Obama and ACORN shipping in undocumented people to vote for Cornyn, thereby perpetuating the New World Order and the NAFTA superhighway.

If you're a cyclist who likes to get out for long rides through the countryside, you might want to keep an eye on this Supreme Court Case.

Former Secretary Defense Robert Gates says critics of President Obama are politicizing his book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker talks about the minimum wage. Unfortunately for him, PolitiFact checked up on him.

There are many good reasons why you might not want to shop at Walmart. Why, here's one now.

Finally, Politico publishes a hackish piece on a supposed "Clinton enemies list." Turns out that what's going on here is that someone on Team Hillary put together a list of who they could and couldn't count on to back her run for presidency -- you know, the sort of thing every candidate does. The only reason it's an "enemies list" because that's link bait, this is Politico, and Politico is awful.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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