Wed, 14 August 2013
We're back up on the live stream, though not all the live listening platforms have caught up with our new URL just yet. That'll all get straightened out in the next day or so, but there's always the podcast! Greg Dworkin's round-up included the new Q-Poll on the NYC mayoral race, Richard Cohen's Hillary complaining, early 2016 polling issues, CJR on false equivalency reporting, Starbucks & guns, and Obamacare implementation delays. Speaking of which, we turn to Steve Benen at the Maddow Blog for an explanation of the Republican-manufactured "Congress is 'exempt' from Obamacare" failed stunt and talking point. And that led nicely into our weekly visit with Joan McCarter, during which we covered the multiple ways in which Republicans continue to spew nonsense about everything. Joan's round-up included the delay of the out-of-pocket costs cap rule, Heritage Action's poll insisting that an Obamacare-inspired government shutdown is a winning issue, Mitch McConnell's brave stance taking no position on that possible shutdown, abortion protesters want clinics shut down because they attract crazy abortion protesters with guns, Republicans target their own with food stamps cuts, and more outrageous compensation for yet another consultant working the Detroit bankruptcy. Then, Yelp! joins ALEC! (!) And finally, my quest for the worst article ever written is over. Examiner.com, the outfit that tried to "unskew" 2012 polling, has published a piece trying to unskew coverage of that gun-safety-instructor-who-accidentally-shot-a-student story. Caution: your brain might try to escape and possibly kill itself while reading this article.