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Monday, February 24, 2014

Stories to Watch: 2/24/14

Texas Governor Rick Perry beclowns himself by insisting that we should worry about what gun manufacturers think of our "attitude." What's next, some other Republican puppet warning us that tobacco companies don't like our tone?

After putting democracy in the emergency room with their Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court may just finish the job and smother it with a pillow. Why not just do away with elections altogether and declare the candidate who raises the most money the winner? That's clearly what the court's conservative majority has in mind. Why not just do away with the pretext of a free people and declare the US a constitutinal oligarchy?

Why Democratic Rep. John Dingell's retirement isn't necessarily a bad thing.

This is actually not the newest of news, but it bears repeating until everyone knows it: having a gun in the house does not make women safer. It does the exact opposite.

Speaking of things that do the opposite of what people on the right claim: the polar vortex.

Looking at this list of "Ten Of The Most Ludicrous Fox News Guests," you have to wonder how anyone can possibly take the network seriously. Does Fox's audience also use fortune cookies to guide their personal lives? How gullible can a person possibly be?

Here's your weekly poison spill, brought to you by deregulation and our addiction to fossil fuels.

Uganda becomes conservative paradise as the nation's president signs a draconian anti-gay bill into law. "Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values," says Sec. of State John Kerry.

Finally, Scott Walker says he rejected the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare because he loves the taxpayers. Lousy way of showing it. Walker's alternative will cover fewer people and cost taxpayers more. As a Wisconsinite, I don't think we can take much more of Walker's "love."

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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