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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Stories to Watch: 2/6/14

Got sidetracked with what I thought would be a minor project today, so this one may be short. As always, hover your cursor over the links to preview the headlines.

That toxic coal ash spill in North Carolina is very, very bad. This has not been a good few weeks for the coal industry and drinking water. Here's one reason why.

An Oklahoman plan to fight the rising tide of marriage equality is exploring brand new kinds of stupid.

No one will ever accuse Bill O'Reilly of being too humble. He's totally sure his Super Bowl Sunday interview with Barack Obama "is going to go down in journalistic history as what should be done."

Greg Sargent looks at a Gallup poll that shows that only 19% of respondents have been adversely affected by Obamacare and finds something hinky: the people who say Obamacare is screwing them over are -- by a very wide margin -- most likely to self identify as conservative. So it seems likely that this small percentage is even smaller, because Republican voters aren't being too awfully honest.

Headlines it really makes you sick to see: "Calif. school sorry for honoring Black History Month with watermelon and fried chicken." I'm speechless.

Once again, Republicans block renewal of jobless benefits. Anyone who doesn't think these guys aren't actively trying to hurt the economy just plain hasn't been paying attention.

Finally, ahead of the Sochi Olympics, Russian authorities organize the most hilariously appalling press conference ever. It's at this point that I'd like to point out that the games could've been held in Chicago -- and that conservatives rooted against America on that one. They haven't stopped cheering against the US since. Patriots my ass.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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