- Every Republican candidate for higher office in New Mexico is a climate change denier. That's just depressing.
- More depressing? It's catching. Every GOP Senate candidate running to replace Sen. Judd Gregg--all six of them--are also climate change deniers.
- From the silver linings department. That whole egg recall?
Sales of eggs at farmers markets, co-operatives and roadside stands reportedly spiked over the weekend as news of the outbreak linked to at least 1,300 illnesses reached shoppers.
Passing that beefed up food safety would be an excellent solution, as well.
- This will come as a shock, I'm sure:
The biggest U.S. companies stepped up their lobbying on Monday to block Democrats' plans to let taxes on wealthier Americans rise at year's end, asking lawmakers not to cut short the hearing process in Congress.
- Shirley Sherrod isn't ready to go back to the Agriculture Department that tossed her, though she's leaving the possibility open for a future return.
Sherrod and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that she may work with the agency in a consulting capacity in the future to help it improve its outreach to minorities. She told reporters she did not think she could say yes to a job "at this point, with all that has happened."
- Aren't Republicans supposed to hate earmarks?
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said a House GOP majority will focus on aggressive oversight of the Obama administration, will work to defund the agencies responsible for implementing health care and will push a "zero tolerance" ethics policy. He also said Republicans may roll back their ban on earmarks, as long as the spending items have "merit."
More debt, a return to politically-fueled witch hunts, and no HHS?
- An Australian scientists has developed a theory on the benefits of homosexuality in birds: "whichever gender spends less time caring for young tends to have sex with more partners."
- In other bird--and human news, the pesticide aldicarb is being phased out in the U.S., and will be gone by 2014. A single granual of the pesticide is enough to kill a songbird, so imagine what it means for our peanuts, potatoes, citrus, coffee, and soybean consumption.
- And since I'm on an winged-creature roll here, the BLM is joining the Forest Service in closing down all bat caves to recreation, hoping that this will help stem the spread of the white-nose syndrome that has already decimated bat populations in the east.
- It's primary day in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, and Vermont. As always, Swing State has your guide.
- What Atrios said.