- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is How Vladimir Putin protects Russia's children:
- Scott Brown cuts business ties with conspiracy site Newsmax. For crying out loud, what did he expect?
Former Sen. Scott Brown says he will no longer allow the conservative website Newsmax to use his mailing list after controversial solicitations were sent to his supporters. [...]
Brown made the decision after Newsmax emailed his mailing list an article headlined “5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease,” written by a controversial physician who has been tied to conspiracy theories that the Soviet Union introduced AIDS into the U.S. and who has compared the nation’s health care laws to the Nazis’ thinking.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook Feb. 5:
Mother Jones Publishes Koch Brothers Secret Meeting Guest List, by ericlewis0
Wow. Clay Aiken. Who knew?, by ExpatGirl
- Right-wingers claim "anti-Christian bias" over rescinded Oscar nomination.
- If Clay Aiken wins the primary, he's got a tough nut to crack:
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake blogged that only three House Democrats represent districts that are more Republican than Ellmers’ district. Two of them—Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah—are retiring. The third, Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, is in a tight race despite having been in office for decades.
Mitt Romney won almost 60 percent of the vote in that district in 2012, according to an analysis by the N.C. Chamber. The election saw easy margins of victory by several statewide Republican candidates.
- Lubricating Virginia politics:
The Washington Post notes Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) "has added a potent weapon to his bipartisan charm offensive: better booze."
"Desperately in need of Republican friends to get his agenda through a divided General Assembly, McAuliffe (D) has restocked the executive mansion bar and thrown open the doors for nightly receptions. In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand."
- Initial unemployment claims at 331,000: For the week ending Feb. 1, initial claims for unemployment compensation fell 20,000 from the previous week's revised 351,000. For the comparable week of 2013, the number was 361,000. The less volatile four-week running average rose to 334,000. For the week ending Jan. 18, the total number of Americans receiving unemployment compensation was 3,467,640, down 115,861 from the previous week. For the comparable week last year, the number was 5,590,480 people. That huge gap isn't solely because people found a job. Some 1.7 million of the long-term unemployed no longer receive compensation because the federal program was allowed to expire Dec. 28 and Republicans are making sure it stays expired.
- Billionaire tries to save the stray dogs of Sochi:
While the authorities say the dogs can be wild and dangerous, reports of their systematic slaughter by a pest removal company hired by the government in recent months have outraged animal rights advocates and cast a gruesome specter over the traditionally cheery atmosphere of the Games. [...]
“We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,’” said Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort on behalf of a charity called Volnoe Deloe (roughly, Good Will), which is financed by Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia’s billionaire oligarchs.
- Winning the lottery makes you more right wing, at least in Britain.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up Sochi news, CBO fallout (including the Jonathans Corner on the subject), and the future of quant vs. gut journalism. Armando brings a roll of pennies to add 2 cents at a time for further CVS & CBO discussion. Another mention of Sochi's hacking problems then brings us to a trademarked (not really) KITM storyline merging exercise: Organized Crime, Legitimate Business, or Rival Political Party? You Make the Call.
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