Oct 7, 2013
First Monday of the shutdown. The weekend chatter was about the NYT's coverage of the long-standing right wing planning and coordination leading up to this point. Well, that and just how batty Justice Scalia reveals himself to be. So, congratulations! Greg Dworkin rounded up shutdown and default punditry, the continuing epidemic of false equivalence, crazy right wing shutdown rumors that people actually believed, and more. We also examine the wonkish writing on discharge petitions, some discharge reform history, and some discharge voting dynamics, just for "fun." Next, a read through the NYT's "A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning." And while we're on the Koch subject, Frederick Clarkson's summary of Mark Ames's "Charles Koch's Brain Shuts Down the Holocaust," plus some excerpts from Ames' original. Scary!