Stories to Watch: 1/31/13
Sarah Palin says she left Fox News voluntarily, in order to reach a bigger audience. Someone crack a window. The smell of BS on this one is so strong it’s a little hard to breath. It’s over, Sarah. Everyone knows it. And we won’t miss you.
The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have both been defending themselves from Chinese hackers for months. The hackers were “looking for information about an explosive investigation into that country’s prime minister” and seem to have been operating on behalf of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
The passage of the debt limit increase exposes the GOP as fundamentally unserious about all things economic. The Republican economic position has devolved into budget gimmicks and (poorly) attempted gotcha politics. They stand for nothing, other than trying to make Democrats look bad so they can win elections. It’s a nihilistic party, interested only in winning a game.
The rightwing hate group Family Research Council is asking people to pray for God to intervene and keep the Boy Scouts of America from ending their ban on gays. It begs the question; if the BSA drops the ban despite their homophobic mumbo-jumbo, does that mean God’s cool with the gays and the FRC’s been wrong all these years? Somehow, I doubt these absolutely pathological haters will see it that way.
Joe Biden makes the pitch to Senate dems to move forward with meaningful gun regulations.
The residents of Newton, Connecticut want stricter gun regulations as well.
A survey by the New England Journal of Medicine finds that nearly “70% of respondents supported greater government spending and insurance coverage for mental healthcare as a means of averting gun violence.” It’d be a good idea in any context; the mentally ill could use the help. The poll also shows Americans are with Biden and Newton, supporting stricter gun control.
Chuck Hagel looks like he’s in, despite a few painful and noticeable stumbles — and despite the fact that newly minted Texas Senator Ted Cruz was a real dishonest prick, while McCain and Graham were grandstanding empty suits. The hearing is probably not much more than a formality. Foreign policy wonk Steve Clemons has a nice blow-by-blow.
Dear God save us. Geraldo Rivera says he’s considering a Senate run from New Jersey.
Finally, Rachel Maddow practices good journalism. Period.
[cartoon via Truthdig]
“Reyes was handcuffed and verbally, physically and emotionally abused, intimidated, humiliated, embarrassed and defamed,” the documents say. He was then charged with robbery.
“My son was crying, ‘Mommy, it wasn’t me! Mommy, it wasn’t me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized,” Wilson Reyes’ distraught mom, Frances Mendez told The Post last night.
“Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs!’’ she said. “It was horrible. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
it’s a racist police state in The Bronx, raising kids to be criminals.
school-to-prison pipeline is in full effect #thenewjimcrow
Bill Maher (via thesoapboxschtick)
America needs to show it’s the home of the brave by acting like it. The defense budget of the US is bigger than the defense budgets of the next 13 countries combined, most of whom are allies and none of whom are enemies.
So let me ask you: If a guy on your block was so frightened of mostly non-existent prowlers, that he spent all of his money on alarm systems, guns, and cameras- so much so that he didn’t have money left to maintain his home or send his children to college- would you call him brave?
Under the supervision of Sammy the Bichon, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law today that establishes new regulations on the care and treatment of animals housed in large-scale establishments.
Supporters say the “puppy-mill law” signals an end to Ohio’s reputation as a haven for disreputable large-scale dog breeders who come here because of the state’s lax oversight of puppy mills.
Photo by Dispatch photographer Kyle Robertson
questioningobnoxious browbeating of Sec. Clinton, Rand Paul actually said this:
“I’m glad that you’re accepting responsibility,” said Paul. “I think ultimately with your leaving that you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. And I really mean that.”
Rand Paul, America’s Dumbest Senator, ladies and gentlemen.
Keep in mind that Sandy Hook, where 28 people were fatally shot, happened just over a month ago. To say nothing of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, which left 33 dead.
All signs point to this being a coordinated terrorist attack that killed 4 Americans. A tragedy, to be sure.
But to YET AGAIN use 9/11 (inaccurately!) as a weapon of empty political rhetoric in this day and age of heightened thuggish partisanism and anger and fear, just to land a cheap shot against a political figure that you dislike or disagree with is unconscionable and downright evil.(via themattsmith)