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When I saw this new story from Sahil on the House GOP's Abortion/Rape debacle , that email from Speaker Boehner subject lined "Why I am Pro-Life" suddenly made a lot more sense. And no, I'm not kidding: "Speaker Boehner" sent out a mass email just after 3pm with the subject line "Why I am Pro-Life." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/im-really-really-really-pro-life

Yes, Republicans Want Big Time Cuts in Social Security

There are things you simply don't do. He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price." Meanwhile, Netanyahu's office has tried to paper over the confrontation by calling the congressional invitation bipartisan. But Democrats were quick to note that is not true. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/quote-of-the-day--26

I'm Really, Really, Really Pro-Life

Over the last couple weeks, Dylan Scott has been out front on the House GOP's effort manufacture a Social Security funding crisis that would hit over the next two years. There's more than one Social Security Trust Fund. There's one that covers most retirees. There's another that covers the disability part of the program. And over the years, Congress - with little controversy - has shifted funds back and forth between the two to maintain actuarial balance. So to date, the whole push has been rather technical and framed around bean counting. But earlier this month, most notably from Rand Paul, we heard the other prong in the attack come into play. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/yes-republicans-want-big-time-cuts-in-social-security

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This is no news to Saudi watchers or people who keep up on the region. But I wanted to note one fact about the passing today of Saudi King Abdullah. Abdullah was 90 years old, a pretty old guy, though until quite recently fairly vital for his age. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-strange-strange-system

A Strange, Strange System

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