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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is State of my union:
    Animation by Mark Fiore - State of My Union
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Journalism is hard, so Washington Post 'reports' anti-choice conspiracy theories instead, by Kaili Joy Gray
    • I'm from Newtown. We deserve a vote, by Greg Dworkin
    • Forging a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations: A recommendation, by Armando
    • Desiline Victor and the Advancement Project, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Go home, Rick Perry, by Dante Atkins
    • The only Constitutional right that comes at the annual cost of thousands of human sacrifices, by Laurence Lewis
  • Be "Mein" Valentine? Ugh:
    Stephen Viramontes, the interim state director of the tea party group FreedomWorks in Arizona, canceled plans to distribute Valentine's Day cards to lawmakers featuring various dictators who opposed anti-union legislation -- but not before tweeting about the cards, the Arizona Capitol Times reports.

    Viramontes deleted those tweets, but not before the Times published them.

  • New York City may say goodbye styrofoam:
    In his 12th and last State of the City address, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will seek to have the City Council ban polystyrene foam, the ubiquitous, lightweight packaging colloquially known by the brand name Styrofoam. The product has long been criticized by environmentalists because it seems to last forever, easily outliving most anything organic.

    “One product that is virtually impossible to recycle and never biodegrades is Styrofoam,” Bloomberg said in his annual speech. It is "something that we know is environmentally destructive, that is costing taxpayers money, and that is easily replaceable.

  • Be funnier:
    Don't let it bother you too much, but Twitter is going to start publicly assessing the value of each tweet.

    In a blog post about metadata changes to its API, the company notes that tweets will be considered "low," "medium" or "high" value. An alternate value of "none" may also appear in the metadata, perhaps for spam or something that makes no sense at all.

  • Lifetime appointment, people, lifetime ...
    "Wearing whatever hat you want is part of the freedom of justice," Scalia said, referring of course to his black inauguration cap. His hat was a replica of Lord Chancellor of England Thomas More's hat worn in a portrait from 1527 and was a gift from the Thomas More Society. "I'm ashamed you didn't recognize it," Scalia told NPR's Nina Totenberg, who was interviewing him for the Smithsonian Associates event.
  • Insert something or other about job creator:
    Earlier this month, the Facebook Inc. released its first “10-K” annual financial report since going public last year. Hidden in the report’s footnotes is an amazing admission: despite $1.1 billion in U.S. profits in 2012, Facebook did not pay even a dime in federal and state income taxes.

    Instead, Facebook says it will receive net tax refunds totaling $429 million.

  • Had this happened at the height of the cold war, civilization could be ending right now. - DS
  • And, offered without comment:

    Paul Broun is on this committee. RT @aseitzwald: House committee to hold hearing on asteroid threat.
    @timothypmurphy via TweetDeck
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin tells us about an upcoming PBS Frontline on 12/14, including a somewhat more sympathetic portrait of Nancy Lanza, mother of the shooter. Next, the incredible meteor strike in Russia, and why there's so much dash-cam video of it! Speaking of mobile media tech, it's a factor in stories as different as the cruise ship stranding and the Republicans' (so far failed) attempts to remake itself in modern form. Also: GunFAIL V; a granular look at the Hagel filibuster & what it tells us; Frank Lautenberg's retirement announcement, and; McCain's shifting explanations for the Hagel blockade.

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