- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Tea Party logic:
- What you missed on Sunday Kos ...
- Dead-ender's game: where do Republicans go from here, by Dante Atkins
- The Republican Coup of 2013, by Jon Perr
- If you are black—get out. The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Just another American healthcare tale, by DarkSyde
- Blame gerrymandering, but blame ticket-splitting too, by David Jarman
- Obama strikes at the heart of Reaganism, by Ian Reifowitz
- Fresh fruit, broken bodies: The human cost of American agriculture, by VL Baker
- Her Inspirational Bout With Breast Cancer A Good Reason For Obamacare, by Egberto Willies
- Offered without comment:
Dick Cheney told 60 Minutes that just 67 days after taking the oath as vice president, he took a historic and unprecedented action of submitting a standing letter of resignation to President Bush due to his poor health.
Said Cheney: "Basically, what I did was I resigned the vice presidency effective March 28, 2001."
- In case you missed it (also, stuff it, Chris):
Gov. Chris Christie (R) has decided to withdraw his appeal in a New Jersey same-sex marriage case, just a few hours after such marriages became legal.
“Although the Governor strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law,” the Christie administration said in a release.
- From the Department of Dumbass:
In a chat with paid climate change deniers on the San Diego TV station where he now works as a weatherman, Weather Channel founder John Coleman insisted that, contrary to mere evidence, polar bear populations are increasing because:
“the Eskimos no longer kill the polar bears for the meat and furs in order to stay alive, it’s — we have now become more civilized in our Eskimo populations around the poles.”
- If you care (shudder):
Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine woman who former South Carolina Gov. left his wife and derailed his career over, has finally spoken on camera about their relationship. [...]
She said Sanford has made major sacrifices for his country, and suggested that no one should think their partnership is about money.
"What I can tell you is that he works incredibly hard, he deeply loves his country. What he's gone through these past five years — he could have left it all behind him. It's not about the money. The whole world has this fantasy that governors or congressman make a lot of money."
- Blast from the past (and admit it, you judged her too):
More than 20 years ago, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck ordered coffee at a McDonald’s drive-through in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She spilled the coffee, was burned, and a years later, sued McDonald’s. The jury awarded her $2.9 million dollars.
Jurors heard testimony for a week and deliberated for hours. They learned that she was burned over 16% of her body, and had third degree burns on her groin. They also learned that McDonald’s had received nearly 700 complaints about hot coffee burns in the almost 10 years before Stella’s trial.
But those details went mostly unreported, and the public made a quicker judgment. Stella became a symbol for frivolous lawsuits and fodder for talk show hosts, late night comedians, sitcom writers, and even political pundits.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin on the much-Tweeted poll saying Gop House control's a bad thing. Plus, a reminder on ACA website problems. Blind squirrel alert: "Tea Party needs to recognize that it's playing with live ammo." Random notes: Max Blumenthal's Tweet on observations about early-career Obama, and; the Star-Ledger's incoherent Chris Christie endorsement, alongside question about his politicization of the judicial system. Finally, the budget conference included in the shutdown deal. How does voting in conference work? And why have a conference at all? Is there a Grand Bargain threat?
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