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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stories to Watch: 1/30/14

The Wall Street Journal doubles down and says the outrage over a whiny, offensive, and Godwin-violating op-ed by billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins only proves his point that the 1% are about to get Holocausted by Occupy Wall Street Nazis.

Related: when it comes to the amount spent on people's retirement, most of your share of the taxes paying for it goes to the already stupid-rich.

Further related: talk radio chunkhead and investment adviser Peter Schiff got into some hot water for suggesting in a Daily Show segment that maybe we should only pay people with cognitive disabilities two bucks an hour. So he tries to take the heat off by saying he was totally right, so shut up. Yup, figuring out why people hate Wall Street types is a real Scoody-Doo mystery.

California's Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman -- AKA "the mustache of justice" --  says he will not seek reelection and is retiring at the end of the year. In 40 years as a house member, he's done a lot of good. The seat is likely to remain Democratic.

Related: women's rights activist Sandra Fluke says she's "strongly considering" a run at Waxman's CA-33. This is the woman who nearly sank Rush Limbaugh. And if there's one thing wingnuts do, it's hold a grudge. If she does run, they won't be able to help themselves from yelling "SLUT!!" at every opportunity -- while the GOP tries to deny they've got a thing against women. You don't have to be clairvoyant to see how that would work out for them. Plus, she'd make a fine rep. #RunSandraRun.

Here's a shock: an Obamascare horror story mentioned in the official GOP SOTU response was bullshit.

House GOP put out their immigration "principles," but still no bill for immigration reform. Still, it's more than there was yesterday. Greg Sargent has the skinny.

Finally, Democrats will target Republican secretaries of state in the 2016 elections, in order to combat GOP voter suppression efforts.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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