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Friday, January 17, 2014

Stories to Watch: 1/17/14

A group of labor organizers, anti-poverty activists, and people suffering long-term unemployment delivered petitions with 50,000 signatures to Mitch McConnell's and John Boehner's offices, telling them to extend benefits for the nation's jobless. McConnell's office accepted the petitions, but Boehner's told the activists to drop them at the congressional mail office and maybe they might get around to looking at them someday.

Here's a surprise: Chris Christie is losing friends in Republican circles.

David Brooks wrote something stupid again.

Freedom Industries, the company behind the West Virginia chemical spill and resulting water crisis, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to local media, Chapter 11 would allow them "to reorganize and continue operating." So here's hoping they don't get it. This is a case of gross negligence and incompetence. In any sane world, this incident would put them out of business.

Either John Boehner's been throwing gang signs or a Wisconsin high school is racist as all hell. The ACLU is on the case.

Indiana Republicans are really making a tremendous effort to be remembered as bigots who stood on the wrong side of history. Does anyone seriously see public opinion turning around on marriage equality at this point? They have to know how history will judge them -- and they have to know that judgement won't be far off.

Speaking of public opinion on marriage equality, voters in super-conservative, extra Mormony Utah are split on whether same sex marriage should be legal. When you can't even get an anti-marriage equality majority in freakin' Utah, it's really time to consider your cause lost.

It's also way past time to start taking the threat of climate change with the deadly seriousness the subject demands. Case in point.

How the President's proposals to reform the NSA stack up against other reform proposals.

Finally,  a federal court finds that a North Carolina law requiring doctors to perform unnecessary ultrasounds on women seeking abortion is an unconstitutional abridgement of the doctor's freedom of speech. The law is now unenforceable.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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