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The Left Column
(TPM) A massive traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge is "beginning to look suspiciously connected" to one of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) political feuds, according to a column in the New York Times.
The column Tuesday on the alleged "New Jersey Traffic Conspiracy" noted two of the three access lanes allowing drivers from Fort Lee, N.J. onto the bridge to New York were closed last summer shortly after the town's Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, declined to endorse Christie's re-election bid. Sokolich has indicated he believes his lack of support for Christie led to the traffic jam, which the column said temporarily turned his town into a "parking lot."
(Addicting Info) How’s that law for religious displays working out for you, right-wing Christians of Oklahoma? Sure, you got to put up your giant 10 commandments monument in front of the State House. But this opened up the door for the Satanic Temple to ask for a memorial. Now, the Hindus are calling for their own religious statue to be placed on the state capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. Hindu group wants to erect a giant statue of Lord Hanuman.
(Raw Story) Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday assured children viewing her program that both Jesus Christ and Santa Claus were white men even though some liberals were trying to make them black. “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said. “But this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is.”
“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change, you know?” she added. “I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa — I just want the kids watching to know that.”
(NYT) An all-out procedural war has broken out in the Senate: Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, kept the Senate in session through Wednesday night and into Thursday afternoon, and has vowed to continue calling round-the-clock confirmation votes through the weekend if Republicans continue to delay the process.
Republicans, furious that Democrats changed Senate rules to prevent the minority from filibustering most nominations, say they are intent on drawing attention to what they depict as a power grab, regardless of how strained the final days of the Senate’s 2013 session become.
(Salon) The Michigan Legislature voted on Wednesday to pass a measure to ban all public and private insurance plans in the state from covering abortion. As Salon has previously noted, the law will force women and employers to purchase a separate policy to cover abortion care, a rider that must be purchased in advance of becoming pregnant, even in cases of rape and incest.
Democratic lawmakers have vowed to press for a repeal, and fought hard to block it from passing in the Republican-controlled Legislature in the first place. One of those lawmakers, state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, abandoned her prepared remarks while testifying against the measure and bravely disclosed her own experience as a survivor of sexual assault to show what’s really at stake with a law like this on the books.
(Salt Lake Trib) In an uncharacteristically forceful tone, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday lambasted the conservative advocacy groups that helped bring his party to power, saying their opposition to a bipartisan budget proposal amounted to an effort to manipulate Republicans and the American people "for their own goals."
The rare outburst from the often poker-faced speaker, a reversal of his past approach toward influential conservative groups, underscored long-simmering tensions between them and mainstream Republicans, who appear to be moving to re-establish their control over the party’s agenda.
(Salon) What you won't hear about this new deal: Public workers will get eviscerated, to achieve "deficit reduction"
The Federal Workers Alliance, a coalition of unions representing federal employees, estimated in a message to the budget negotiators that between the pay freeze and furloughs, federal employees have sacrificed $114 billion in pay cuts over the past three years, an average of over $50,000 per employee. Yet somehow, budget negotiators are going to the well again.
(TPM) Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) believes the U.S. should only lower flags to honor American citizens, and not foreign dignitaries like civil rights leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela. "Lowering the flag should be for mourning Americans and not for foreign leaders," the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said at the Venice Club in Brookfield on Friday, the day after Mandela's death was announced.
Sensenbrenner's assertion was received with "cheers" at the event, which was organized by the Republican Party of Waukesha County, according to Brookfield Now.
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- Take Five (100th edition)
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- How the nuclear plant no one knows about is wasting ratepayer money.
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- So - Seattle Children's Hospital is upset that it is being dropped by some insurance companies -
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- In the spirit of the budget deal, just want to say "charity begins in the House." Nt
- Don’t celebrate yet!: Why Boehner won’t really ditch the right-wing nutjobs
- When will the media learn? Conservatives are not “centrists”!
- You don't have to like it. I predict now it will be Clinton-Castro.
- Senator Pat Toomey is on C-Span fibbin' about how many Obama judicial nominees the GOP have blocked
- Finally got on CoveredCA.com about an hour ago...
- Concrete proof that Santa Claus is a Socialist.....forget he's white Megyn Kelly, this ones for you
- Jimmy Kimmel Presents the Fox News Version of It’s a Wonderful Life (classic!)
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- What if Comedy Central is behind Fox News...
- Adios Huffington Post
- Question for the old timers about Korea
- Police Department Writes RAPE POEM In The Style Of “The Night Before Christmas”
- Treated like a Queen FOR Smoking at Office Christmas Party
- Now for something completely different: Tissue Animals. (amazing)
- Progressive Media Resources Group: "Snowden & Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets"/Great Background from "Rolling Stone"
- LGBT: Now for the news that no one really needs, but...
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- Ancient Wisdom and Pagan Spirituality: Seekers and Guides: The Three Degrees of Wicca
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- Israel/Palestine: Rare Snowstorm in Jeusalem
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- Pets: dog strollers
- National Security & Defense: Accused partner of Russian arms dealer convicted in United States
- Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity: Anglican priest ordained to Catholic priesthood in Savannah
- Florida: Republicans in Tallahassee are coming for the wallets of public employees again!
- Wisconsin: Wisconsin leads nation in new jobless claims (Cap Times)
- Texas: Texas Left Me Out
- California: Yuck...
- Latin America: Human Rights Defenders to be Jailed While Transnational Investors Remain Above the Law
- Washington: What would it take to vote 'yes?' Boeing factory workers weigh in
- Colorado: Tebow! Tebow! Tebow!
- Ohio: Anybody in Stow?
- United Kingdom: Caribbean soft drink found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of cocaine.
- Connecticut: Misinformation Marred First Month Of State Health Website
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