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Morning Briefing for October 14, 2011

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For October 14, 2011

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1. Are Republicans Just This Stupid?! Apparently So.

Billie Tucker down in Florida makes an excellent point worth reiterating. The GOP is set, yet again, to have a debate on MSNBC.Seriously.Dare I refresh your memories on the last one? For two hours we were stuck with Brian Williams and John Harris of the Politico asking questions no one cared about in picking the Republican nominee. It was a dreadful debate that was capped off with Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz, and the rest of the crew at MSNBC commenting on the debate.Why does the GOP do this to itself? Seriously? These people are not your friends. The people who watch that network are not the great unwashed willing to be persuaded. MSNBC is actively opposed to the GOP.At the end of the last debate millions of Republicans suddenly cried out in terror and suddenly switched the channel upon seeing the MSNBC panel show up.Those who stuck around saw a network biting the hands of the candidates who had just given that channel more traffic in one night than it probably had ever gotten.The GOP should stop being stupid and just tell MSNBC no way. Why waste the candidates’ time or ours — particularly since every bit of demographic data on that network shows the typical MSNBC watcher would rather vote for Charles Manson than any of the Republicans.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Environmentalists Battle Lawn Mowing

Environmentalists are up in arms and going to court to try to prevent the mowing of grass taking place around the future site of the Keystone XL Pipeline, an oil pipeline connecting Alberta, Canada with Gulf Coast refineries.The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Nebraska Resources Council and Friends of the Earth have filed a lawsuit making the charge that the mowing of grass along the proposed route is really the beginning of construction.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Sen. Richard Shelby on Why He’s Blocking the New Consumer Czar’s Confirmation

Richard Cordray, President Obama’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, won approval from the Senate Banking Committee last week on a party-line vote. His confirmation to run the new agency faces fierce opposition from Republicans, who have vowed to block Senate approval until reforms are made to the agency.Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) is leading those calls for reform. As the ranking Republican on the Banking Committee, Shelby has maintained a hard line with Obama and Democrats on Cordray’s confirmation.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Behind The Pink Ribbon

Every year thousands of women train and prepare to Race for the Cure organized by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer nonprofit. During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, almost every product on the shelves, from batteries to blenders, turns pink and contributes a portion of their sales to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. One needs not see the name to know who is behind the pink ribbon. Most people, however, do not know what is beyond the ribbon and the name for which it stands.$731,303. That is the amount donated to Planned Parenthood by Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2009 alone. The relationship between Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen has been documented and objected to for so long that Komen actually has an explanation letter on their website.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Fraud in signature collection for Obama and Hillary in 2008

Getting a candidate on the ballot in Indiana is not easy. I know, from first hand experience, that many campaigns struggle to do it. But it now appears that in 2008, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton took a short-cut. They just cheated.It turns out that someone appears to have forged the signature of former Democratic Governor Joe Kernan on the petition to get Barack Obama on the ballot.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Returning an Obscure Congressman to Permanent Obscurity

He was elected in 2000, and is serving in his 6th term in Congress as a Republican.He is pathetic on education issues and school choice reforms in particular. He voted in favor of No Child Left Behind, and earlier this year, was one of only 4 Republicans to oppose reinstating opportunity scholarships for poor children in D.C.He is a restrictor of free speech. He supported McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform,” along with 527 reform a few years later. He even opposed a bipartisan bill to ensure that campaign finance laws would not apply to bloggers.He is a defender of seemingly every liberal spending program, including: the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Amtrak, Headstart, Americorps, the National School Lunch Program, the Legal Services Corporation, etc. He is serial reauthorizer of farm subsidies, highway subsidies, and energy subsidies.He is profoundly unserious about cutting spending. He voted to earmark funds for Kentucky’s tourism industry, the DC metro system, a National Mule and Packers Museum, researching the genetic makeup of grapes, the Bronx Council of Arts, etc. He consistently votes against the conservative budgets offered by the Republican Study Committee (with one exception, which must have been a mistake). He opposed comprehensive reforms to the budget and spending process designed to limit government rather than expand it, probably because they were opposed vigorously by the appropriators.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. The Horserace for October 13, 2011

It was the one question in the Bloomberg-Washington Post debate that gave away the game. A source close to, but not in, the Bachmann campaign told me it was that question when he realized the game was over for Michele Bachmann. It was that one question that, according to a source close to the Perry camp and a source close to the Cain camp, raised a red flag for the Romney campaign and shows just how worried the Romney camp is about the race consolidating.It was that one question that also shows why the Romney campaign is, behind the scenes, furiously pushing states to move up their caucuses and primaries.That one question spoke louder to more people than all the other questions asked Tuesday night. And in that question lies Michele Bachmann’s ultimate defeat and Mitt Romney’s Achilles heel.Yes, one question did all that. Find out what that question was in this week’s horserace.Please click here for the rest of the post.