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Monday, May 12, 2014

Stories to watch: 5/12/14

Pretend neocon intellectual Charles Krauthammer warns House Republicans not to turn the BENGHAZI!! hearings into a "political circus." Of course, this is like warning Disney not to turn Dumbo into a movie about an elephant. There has never been a time that BENGHAZI!! wasn't a circus.

It's one of those good news/bad news things. FCC chair Tom Wheeler makes changes to his plan to gut the principle of net neutrality. The bad news is that, as Kevin Drum points out, he's only pretending to tweak his plan. The good news however, is that pressure from the public and internet companies has made the pretense seem necessary at all. The momentum is clearly ours here, let's not let up now.

Moyers & Company reports that Bill Clinton's "welfare reform" effort created a system rife with racial bias and all-around failure. The failure of welfare reform is not a new story, but it pays to revisit it from time to time, if only to take away two lessons -- if you meet Republican BS halfway and take it seriously, you're headed for disaster. Meeting someone crazy halfway is halfway crazy. Second, if you try to appease Republicans by throwing them a bone, they're not going to suddenly love you. You can fight them or you can ignore them, but you can never work with the GOP and be their friend. They plain aren't interested. In their minds, Democrats shouldn't just be opposed, they should be punished for daring not to be Republicans.

In Virginia, Republicans lose ground in there War on Women, as the restoration of reproductive freedom begins.

The climate consensus  vs. deniers, portrayed hilariously accurately.

Finally, Senate Republicans' obstructionism is so out of control that they've managed to block a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline -- which, as you'll recall, they're supposed to be for. These people are toddlers.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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