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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stories to Watch: 7/25/13

Nancy Pelosi has had it with both Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Meet Groundswell, a "30 front war" to change the American conversation with coordinated messaging by rightwing media. Remember JournoList? Yeah, Groundswell is basically what conservatives pretended JournoList to be, so they could freak out and play a bunch of victim cards. American conservatives just wouldn't be American conservatives if they left out all the hypocrisy.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warns that leaving the sequester in place would cost the US 1.6. million jobs. According to the report, "Canceling the cuts, on the other hand, would yield between 300,000 to 1.6 million new jobs, with the most likely outcome being the addition of 900,000."

A conservative writer points out that Republicans are doing minority outreach wrong. I don't agree with all of it -- for instance, he says they aren't racist as much as they're "racially insensitive" -- but at least one of them is trying.

Related: Rep. Steve King won't stop being openly racist, no matter how much other Republicans beg him to take it down a notch. And his defense of himself is typical Republican feigned stupidity; he's arguing that there really are drug mules -- which no one at all is disputing -- in an attempt to distract from what everyone is freaking out about. And that's his assertion that for every undocumented student "who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there" who are drug smugglers -- a statistic he pulled straight out of his ass. Obviously, he can't possibly prove that and he realizes it's indefensible, so he's pretending he said something entirely different and that he's wondering what all the fuss is about.

Also, King is just like Jesus.

Where he used to be leading the 2016 GOP pack, Marco Rubio is now 6th place for the presidential nomination, according to Public Policy Polling.

The legal background on Eric Holder's move to use courts to fight Texas' voter suppression scheme.

Finaly, with news that Larry Summers is at the top of the list to replace outgoing fed chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Democrats write a letter to the White House recommending vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Janet Yellen. Because Summers is just wrong for the job.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]