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Josh Marshall: Deep Breath, Keep It Simple

“Medicare is such a popular program and people are so against abolishing it that you have to really work hard to flub the debate and obscure what its enemies are trying to do to actually let it get abolished if you’re trying to save it. “

Read More: Sen. Baucus Rips Paul Ryan Budget: “Not On My Watch”
Read More: FLASHBACK: Ryan Repeatedly Attacked Democrats For Supposedly Raiding And Cutting Medicare
Read More: RNC Chair Priebus Criticizes Obama For Cutting Medicare, Then Touts Paul Ryan’s Medicare-Busting Budget

Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

“As of 3 AM on the East Coast, 99% of the precincts have reported (which is different from 99% of the votes, mind you) and Prosser is up by a scant 600 votes out of almost 1.5 million cast. The outstanding precincts appear to favor Kloppenburg, the challenger. So it seems quite possible that as final tallies come in over night and into the morning, Kloppenburg could draw even or move into the lead. “

Read More: AP Election Results Page
Read More: Walker Ally Justice David Prosser On ‘Bitch’ Comment: ‘This Was Not All My Fault!’

High Drama As Congressional Leaders Lose Hope Of Avoiding Government Shutdown

“After a White House meeting with President Obama Tuesday, leaders on Capitol Hill and their aides made it clear that they’ve reached an impasse in the spending cut fight, and see no way around it.”

Read More: GOP Rep. Mike Grimm: Listening To The Tea Party ‘Would Be Shortchanging America’
Read More: Behind Closed Doors, House Republicans Cheer A Possible Shutdown

Report: Wis. GOPer’s Car Damaged By Random Stone, Not Vandals

“It’s looking like the alleged vandalism of Wisconsin State Sen. Dan Kapanke’s (R) car may not have been as bad as people were led to believe. In fact, it may not even have been vandalism at all.”

Inhofe, Beck, And Pat Robertson Defend Brutal Ivory Coast Dictator

“Fighting is raging the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan today after forces loyal to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara — who won last year’s presidential election according to the U.N., the African Union, and other international observers — have pinned down Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president who refuses to relinquish power, in “a bunker beneath his residence.”
Why would Inhofe defend a war criminal tyrant in contradiction to every international human rights organization and his own government? As Salon’s Justin Elliott reported last week, Gbagbo, an evangelical Christian, has “longtime ties to the Christian right in the United States,””

Bristol Palin’s Nonprofit Paid Her Seven Times What It Spent On Actual Teen Pregnancy Prevention

“In 2009, Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol joined a teen pregnancy prevention nonprofit called the Candie’s Foundation. Today, the Associated Press reported that the Candie’s Foundation released its 2009 tax information, revealing that Bristol was paid a salary of $262,500. But a closer examination of the tax form by ThinkProgress shows that the group disbursed only $35,000 in grants to actual teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly Proposes Officially Changing Title Of Anti-EPA Bill To ‘Koch Brothers Appreciation Act’

“Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) wants to change the title of a bill that would permanently block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations to the “Koch Brothers Appreciation Act,” a reference to the billionaire brothers who are active in Republican politics.

Connolly has submitted to the House Rules Committee a series of amendments that would change the title of the bill to everything from the “Middle Eastern Economic Development and Assistance Act” to the “Head in the Sand Act.””

Paul Ryan Does Wall Street’s Bidding In Budget

“House Republicans — led by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) — released their 2012 budget today. The plan includes a giant tax cut for the wealthy, as well as a complete dismantling of Medicare and Medicaid.

But it also includes a gift for Wall Street, in the form of a repeal of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that protect taxpayers from having to bail out failed financial institutions.”

Nonprofits Look For New Ways To Get People To Give

“It’s hard to raise money for charity these days, so fundraisers are looking for new ways to attract donors. From a machine that churns out seemingly handwritten fundraising letters to games that help nonprofits raise money, it’s clear plenty of for-profit businesses are eager to help.”

White House: Pakistan is failing to defeat militants

“In a grim assessment of the war on terror inside Pakistan, the Obama administration said Tuesday that Pakistan lacks a "clear path toward defeating" Islamic insurgents in the country's tribal region despite committing tens of thousands of troops to the effort.”

Company Says Radioactive Water Leak at Japan Plant Is Plugged

“The company that runs Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant said that it had plugged a crack in a maintenance pit that had been gushing highly radioactive water into the ocean.”

Read More: U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant
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Good News: The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age

“A lot of attention has been focused on the way bookstores and publishing companies are managing the e-book revolution. The role of libraries has often been overlooked. But when HarperCollins Publishing Co. recently announced a new policy that would limit the number of times its e-books can be borrowed, it sparked a larger conversation about the future of libraries in the digital age.

These days, you don’t have to go anywhere near a library to check out an e-book. You can download one to your digital device in a matter of seconds. And there’s no more pesky overdue notices — the e-book simply disappears from your device when your time is up. “

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