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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Stories to Watch: 1/8/14

Americans are getting tired of hearing about Obamacare; which is a good thing for the reforms and a bad thing for Republicans. Meanwhile, a lot of the Obamacare "horror" stories are being exposed as BS.

"Three years after the shooting that almost took my life, I can move my arm again," Gabrielle Giffords tweets. "Grit can overcome paralysis." She includes a link to an op-ed she wrote for the New York Times. Recovery from her devastating gunshot wound would be an exhausting enough battle for anyone, but she's taken on two uphill fights at once. Grit can do a lot.

In what no one will describe as a "surprise move," Chris Christie chucks a staffer under the bus. In doing so, he makes sure everyone knows he knew absolutely nothing about no bridge whatsoever in any way so help him God. "What I've seen today for the first time is unacceptable," he said. See? "First time." On the record. Cross his heart.

Related: playing politics with traffic on America's busiest bridge is serious business. It very well may have cost people their lives. All because Christie wanted a little revenge. No wonder he's jumpy.

RNC chair Reince Priebus peddles a seriously insane conspiracy theory about how Democrats don't want unemployment benefits extended and want income inequality, Needless to say, he ran to the always credulous talk radio zombies to make the claim.

The State of Utah seems to believe they can "unmarry" a whole bunch of people by just ignoring the fact that they ever got married in the first place. It's as shameful and bigoted as it is ridiculous. Luckily, there's no way that'll hold up in court.

Maine's Republican Governor Paul LePage learns that it's one thing to perpetuate GOP propaganda about massive welfare fraud, but another thing entirely to prove it. Like widespread voter fraud, it seems to exist solely in the rhetoric of conservative bullshit artists. In both cases, it's really a bad idea to try to prove it exists.

Finally, as he did on immigration reform, Marco Rubio makes the mistake of approaching within a mile of the reality of poverty (i.e., recognizing that it's a problem that actually exists). Now the 'baggers have started hating him all over again. Remember when everyone thought he had a chance to win the nomination in 2016? Seems kind of silly now, doesn't it? Those were simpler times.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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