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Josh Marshall: Bring on the Bamboozlement

“As House Republicans cue up their Medicare Phase-out legislation, we’re about to be treated, once again, to an example of how political actors use press cowardice to deceive the public. Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan, which is now the official Republican plan, phases out Medicare over 10 years. Yet you’ll be treated to numerous articles that call this a ‘reform’ or ‘overhaul’ or even ‘saving’ Medicare. But each are no better than straight outright deceptions, whether by design or ignorance.”

Read More: House GOP’s ‘Radical’ Plan For Medicare, Medicaid
Read More: Josh Marshall: Truly Pathetic (calling Paul Ryan “courageous”)

GOP Preps Emergency Bill With Deep Cuts If Shutdown Becomes Inevitable

“While the GOP preps House members with guidance in the event of a government shutdown, they’re also readying a one-week stop-gap funding bill, including $12 billion in domestic discretionary cuts, and six month’s worth of Pentagon funding.”

Read More: House GOP To Distribute Guidance Prepping Members For Shutdown

The Wisconsin Union Struggle Timeline

“The political and legal struggles over Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) legislation curtailing public employee unions have attracted widespread national attention. With the high drama of large-scale protests, Democratic legislators leaving the state, surprise parliamentary maneuvers to pass the bill, and now intense litigation, the state has quickly become a battleground where organized labor hopes to remobilize against the new wave of Republican governors.”

REPORT: Everything You Need To Know About The Koch Brothers

“Today, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a report shedding light on the vast Koch network and how it operates. The report shows that Charles and David Koch have used the considerable wealth (they are worth a combined $44 billion) to push policies that put their profits ahead of the interests of most Americans.”

Read More: 2,000 Protesters March On Koch Industries’ D.C. Office
Read More: Leader Of Koch Front Group Is Behind Ads Supporting Wisconsin Justice David Prosser

Scott Walker Gives $81,500 Government Job To Top Donor’s 26-Year-Old College Dropout Son

“Since taking office in January, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has stripped public workers of their collective bargaining rights, proposed wage cuts to local government employees, and insisted that his “state is broke” and that its public workers are overpaid. But Walker applies a different standard to himself.

Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reveals that Walker is using state funds to pay more than $81,500 a year to the 26-year-old son of a major campaign donor with no college degree and two drunken-driving convictions.

Despite having almost no management experience, UW Madison college dropout Brian Deschane now oversees state environmental and regulatory issues and manages dozens of Commerce Department employees. After only two months on the job, Deschane has already received a 26 percent pay raise and a promotion.”

Issa Falsely Claims He Ended Earmark Requests Benefiting His Real Estate After Purchase

“Last week, ThinkProgress broke a story revealing that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) placed nearly $1 million in earmarks potentially benefiting real estate property that he owns. On Saturday, Jeff McDonald at the San Diego Union-Tribune published an article about the controversy. Reached for comment, Issa’s spokesman Frederick Hill called ThinkProgress “part of a left-wing attack machine.” However, in his next statement to McDonald, Issa’s spokesman appeared to concede that the earmark represented a conflict of interest.”

Salazar Blasts Gulf Disaster Company Transocean for Touting ‘Best Year In Safety’

“On Friday, Transocean, the company that operated the infamous Deepwater Horizon oil rig, told its shareholders that it gave its executives multi-million-dollar bonuses based on the company’s “best year in safety performance.” Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lashed out at the global offshore drilling company, which moved its official headquarters from Houston to Zug, Switzerland in 2008 in order to avoid paying taxes to the United States government. “

On Anniversary of MLK Jr. Death, AEI Hosts Lecture on ‘State of White America’ By Author of The Bell Curve

“Across the country today, people are celebrating the life and mourning the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated on this date in 1968. The American Enterprise Institute, however, is marking the occasion in an unusual way: hosting a lecture by author Charles Murray on “The State of White America.”

Murray is best known for writing “The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life,” a study that sought to advance the idea that blacks registered lower scores on IQ tests because they were genetically inferior to whites.”

Can ‘Limited’ U.S. Engagement In Libya Stay Limited?

“President Obama has suggested that U.S. military involvement in Libya would be short-lived. But events on the ground and past experience suggest that the U.S. commitment may take more time and treasure than initially hoped.”

Read More: Gadhafi finds that money can’t buy friends in Africa

FAA to order airlines to check more Boeing 737s for fatigue

“Federal authorities are requiring airlines to check more Boeing 737 airplanes for metal fatigue in the wake of Friday’s incident, in which a 5-foot hole opened in a fuselage of a Southwest Airlines jet in midair. The Federal Aviation Administration said it will issue an emergency directive on Tuesday, requiring checks of older models that have more than 30,000 flight cycles.”

Radioactive water from Japanese nuclear plant dumped into sea

“The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant began releasing about 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the sea Monday evening so that it could make room in storage tanks for even more severely contaminated water.”

Popular Carnival Singer Is Elected President of Haiti in a Landslide

“Michel Martelly, one of Haiti’s most popular entertainers, stands to take the helm of the nation.”


Good News: Mural loss could cost state taxpayers: Feds, who helped pay for artwork, say either display it or give money back

” The U.S. Department of Labor says Gov. Paul LePage violated the terms of a federal grant when he removed a labor-themed mural from a state office building last month. Now the federal government, which paid most of the mural’s $60,000 cost, wants its money back.

Gay Gilbert, administrator of the U.S. labor department’s office of unemployment insurance, sent a letter Monday to the Maine Department of Labor, requesting reimbursement.

“Alternatively, the state could again display the mural in its headquarters or in another state employment security building,” Gilbert wrote.”

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