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Bernie Sander’s letter to Obama.


David Dayen explains the likely deficit deal, and why it’s so bad for Democrats.

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Holy crap

You see why I hate nature? I actually camped in Bulls Island state park many years ago — before I got the Lyme disease, which of course lessened my enjoyment of the outdoors.

How to talk to little girls

Loved. This. (Hat tip to Karl M., who’s raising his own baby woman.)


My guest on Virtually Speaking Susie tonight is Philadelphia Magazine investigative journalist Steve Volk, who will be talking about his new book “Fringeology.” This will be a fascinating show and I’m really looking forward to it. Here’s what I wrote about Steve’s book on Amazon:

It’s not just that Steve Volk brings a thoughtful and intelligent eye to the puzzle of the paranormal, a topic too often subject to knee-jerk ridicule. It’s that the book evolves into a wonderful and fascinating look at the way humans perceive and integrate information through their own filters, with useful implications for our everyday interactions — and our national political conversation. This tangent was completely unexpected, but thoroughly enjoyed.

You can listen here and, as always, can dial 646-200-3440 with questions or comments.



Two new studies found that diet drinks and artificial sweeteners increase people’s waistlines and increase their risk of diabetes.

Quote of the day

Krugman on deficit hawks and their enablers:

So what’s it all about? The answer, of course, is that the GOP never cared about the deficit — not a bit. It has always been nothing but a club with which to beat down opposition to an ideological goal, namely the dissolution of the welfare state. They’re not interested, at all, in a genuine deficit-reduction deal if it does not serve that goal.

And everyone who has preached bipartisanship, who has called for a meeting of minds on the subject, is either a fraud or a chump.

Oh no he didn’t. Did he just call the president a chump? I think he did.


Michele Bachmann got a cease and desist letter from Tom Petty for using this song as her theme music. As Steve Simels points out, it’s not our fault if the only “musician” Republicans have is Ted Nugent:

Why oh why

Can’t we have a better media?

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