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Down by the river

Neil:

I can play the part so well…

Natural-born faux populists

Robert Scheer thinks it’s no accident that Barack Obama’s style of acting is strongly reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s. More here.

Virtually speaking tonight

Thursday, Jan 26| Double Header

8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A to Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd discuss the present and future of liberalism in a centrist America.| Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Olivier Knox –  back briefly from presidential primary campaigns – covers Congress and politics for Agence France-Presse, the world’s oldest and third-largest news agency. He updates us on the GOP and Nibbles. Catch our latest ‘What Digby Said’ vid at the bottom of the hour. Follow @OKnox @JayAckroyd  Listen live and later on BTR.

Rope Ladder to the Moon

Was Jan Brewer drunk?

When she wagged her finger in the president’s face?

Castro counters GOP hopefuls

Republican presidential candidates are probably more comfortable condemning Cuba than talking about solutions to Florida’s economic problems:

Fidel Castro lambasted the Republican presidential race as the greatest competition of “idiocy and ignorance” the world has ever seen in a column published Wednesday, and also took shots at the news media and foreign governments for seizing on the death of a Cuban prisoner to demand greater respect for human rights.

Castro’s comments came in a long opinion piece carried by official media two days after Republican presidential hopefuls at a debate in Florida presented mostly hard-line stances on what to do about the Communist-run island, and even speculated as to what would happen to the 85-year-old revolutionary leader’s soul when he dies…

We want blood

I stole this from Thers. The Mighty Stef:

Newt promises the moon

Give the people what they want, or at least make false promises:

In a speech pandering to Florida’s aerospace community ahead of the state’s primary, GOP contender Newt Gingrich made a bold pledge to establish a permanent U.S. base on the moon “by the end of my second term.” He further promised that if he becomes president, America will get a man to Mars “in a remarkably short time.” A budget-conscious President Obama ended the program for a lunar colony and moon trip after NASA reported it didn’t have the money for any part of the plan, “and even if it were to get a budget infusion, the schedule was unworkable.” Gingrich rebutted the charge that he is “grandiose” by comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, the Wright Brothers and John F. Kennedy. ThinkProgress has previously reported on Gingrich’s curious space fetish, which has included an idea for a “mirror system in space could provide the light equivalent of many full moons” for nighttime driving.

Mitt doesn’t earn, he collects

To make as much as Mitt Romney receives each year, a person would need an hourly wage job that paid $10,000 an hour.

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