Midday open thread

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 13-05-2013-05-2008

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  • Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Thomas Friedman, private eye:
    Cartoon by Tom Tomorrow - Thomas Friedman, private eye
  • What you missed on Sunday Kos …
  • In case you missed it, history was made last week:

    For apparently the first time ever in the history of the U.S. House, a gay member of Congress has obtained a congressional ID card identifying his same-sex partner as a spouse.

    Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) told the Washington Blade on Thursday the House Sergeant at Arms informed him late last month that Philip Frank, whom Pocan legally married in Canada in 2006, would be able to obtain an ID labeling him as congressional spouse. Previously, Frank was given an ID identifying him as a “designee,” but picked up his new ID on April 26.

  • An interesting look at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints retreat from the fight against marriage equality.
  • Yowser!

    Natural disasters forced 32.4 million people from their homes in 2012, with climate and weather hazards such as floods and storms causing 98 percent of the displacement, a report said on Monday.

  • Click on the image because it’s awesome:
    St. Paul .@mayorcoleman renamed the Wabasha Bridge 2 the Freedom to Marry Bridge today! #Time4Marriage http://t.co/…
    @MN4allfamilies via web

  • A hero of the rightwingnuttia and the Republican Party—because really, what’s the difference these days?

    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent detailed a plan for immigration reform which calls for treating undocumented immigrants like “indentured servants” and requiring undocumented male immigrants to build a fence on the United States-Mexico border.

    … The plan would also end birthright citizenship currently guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. According to Nugent, “The anchor baby scam should be immediately rescinded. You don’t need to be a constitutional expert like our president to know that the original intent of the 14th Amendment was not to provide citizenship to illegal women or their babies who are born on American soil.”

  • Offered without comment:

    The bloodied remains of Solomon Manjoro were found by rangers after what was thought to be a botched poaching trip at the protected Charara safari area inside a national park. [...]

    The state-controlled Sunday Mail reported: “The poacher was recently trampled to death by an elephant after he failed to gun down the jumbo during a hunting expedition.” [...]

    Police believe the pair, who were allegedly carrying unlicensed weapons, faced up to the beast and attempted to shoot it.

    However Manjoro was killed when the animal failed to fall and instead charged towards him.

  • On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, zOMG, IRS! Greg Dworkin reminded us all too briefly that there are other things happening in the world, specifically the decision of what to do in Newtown, CT with the now-vacant Sandy Hook Elementary School building. After that, back to the IRS. We recall the Republicans’ effort to “defund the left” with the Istoook amendment, Newt Gingrich’s efforts to shoehorn his own political activity into a tax-exempt context, and the Bush administration’s politicization of the US Attorneys and the wider DOJ. Finally, we read Daily Kos’ own Jon Perr on “Benghazi and the Republican scandal management playbook.”

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