Rubio book tour, but no White House campaign – yet

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Sen. Marco Rubio kicked off his bus tour in southern Florida on Saturday, meeting hundreds of well wishers who told him that he is the person they would most like to see in the White House.

Sunday Talk: And I feel fine

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That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane—Lenny Bruce is not afraid.

Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churnworld serves its own needs, don’t misserve your own needs. Feed it up a knock, speed, grunt, no, strength. The ladder starts to clatter with a fear of height, down, height.

Wire in a fire, represent the seven games and a government for hire and a combat site. Left her, wasn’t coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck.

Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered crop. Look at that low plane! Fine, then. Uh-oh, overflow, population, common group, but it’ll do. Save yourself, serve yourself.

World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the Rapture and the reverent in the right—right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Lyrics: R.E.M. / Links: Trix

Gov. Scott: Florida won’t comply on health care

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says Florida will do nothing to comply with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and will not expand its Medicaid program.

Pelosi: GOP mouthpiece for health insurers

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In a preview to a full Meet the Press interview airing Sunday, House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi says the GOP’s call for repealing the health care law is unrealistic.

The mandates that are and the massive tax increase that isn’t

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In February 2009, President Obama delivered what Steve Benen rightly described as the largest two-year tax cut in American history. Nevertheless, the New York Times asked in the run-up to the 2010 midterms, “What if a president cut Americans’ income taxes by $116 billion and nobody noticed?” What happened, of course, was the Democrats’ drubbing that November.

Now Republicans are hoping to repeat history this fall, this time by pretending that the Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court Thursday is a “massive tax increase” on American families. As it turns out, the penalty for failing to obtain health insurance beginning in 2014 will impact four million people, or less than two percent of the U.S. population. To put that figure in context, 40 times as many Americans pay the mandated taxes for the very popular Social Security and Medicare programs.

So you are sick of the tyranny and want to move to Canada. A guide.

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My poor sad wingnut friends. I hear you. I understand. When you elected George W. Bush to a second term in office, I had serious discussions with my fiance, now my husband, that the time may have come to leave these shores. We entertained both the Netherlands and Canada. Now I can understand that the Netherlands would be completely out of the question for you. Fox News has made sure you hate the Netherlands nearly as much as abortion. And they speak Dutch. It’s hard. It’s only natural that you would gravitate towards Canada. It is still located in North America so it has the word America in there for you. It isn’t primarily brown (ewwww). You know it’s big and Americans like big. And they speak English, even if they do pronounce certain words like about kind of funny and say eh a lot. Some of them actually speak French which may sound like a bad thing at first glance, but it will give you new people to loathe. Yay.

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Romney ad shows off his tech-savvy economic plan with computers introduced during Bush’s first term

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So I was looking through Mitt Romney’s recent ad about what he’d do on his first day in office when I came across this scene:

A still shot from a Mitt Romney ad featuring a room full of cutting edge office workers using iMacs ... from 2006

Looks pretty cutting edge, right? A room full of flat panel all-in-one computers, probably used for training or something like that. Even better, they’re all iMacs, and Apple is exactly the kind of company Mitt Romney wants to associate himself with: young, hip and definitely not fuddy duddy.

There’s only one problem. The iMac that Romneyland featured is this one:

iMac first made in 2004

And that iMac was first introduced nearly a decade ago, in 2004—during George W. Bush’s first term. It was last updated in 2006. That’s probably not exactly the image Mitt Romney is going for … but it is a perfect symbol for his backward-looking campaign.

This week in the War on Voting: Because you just can’t have enough Herman Cain

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Presented without comment, because I still haven’t picked up and reassembled all the pieces of my skull.

Ok, maybe a little bit of comment. First, yes, that’s that Ken Blackwell in the video with Cain. And, second, this:

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R): “[…] Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”

Moving on, you know all about the Texas GOP’s official party platform and it’s disdain for critical thinking. But did you also know it is the official position of the Republican Party of Texas that the Voting Rights Act be overturned? It’s one of their central planks.

“We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized,” the platform reads.

Under a provision of the Voting Rights Act, certain jurisdictions must obtain permission from the federal government—called “preclearance”—before they change their voting rules. The rule was put in place in jurisdictions with a history of voter disenfranchisement.

You might remember that the Department of Justice used Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the provision referred to above, to block the state from implementing its new voter ID law because the law would disproportionately harm Latinos. The state, in turn, has sued the federal government along with South Carolina, in another prong in its effort to do away with this important civil and voting rights protection.

This is apparently the state’s response to it’s rapidly increasing, and Democratic-leaning, Latino population. Since Texas Republicans won’t evolve politically, their only hope of survival is making sure only Republicans get to vote. It’s a simple story, played out across the country this year.

And for more of that story for the week, make the jump below the fold.

Midday open thread

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This thread is constitutional.

  • This just in:

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media are reporting that former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has died. He was 96.

    Kaili Joy Gray

  • John Cole, on conservatives:

    They are now in disarray. Half of them feel betrayed by Roberts, the other half feel betrayed by life in general. The message for liberals should not be to move on from this victory, but to press the advantage. Obviously, Obama wants to move on and talk about jobs and the economy, but for those of us in the rank and file, this decision is an unlimited ammo dump. Keep pressing the advantage, keep talking about the benefits that consumers will experience under the law, keep mocking the “socialism” and “unconstitutional” claims, and keep moving forward. Remember, this is easy turf. A couple years ago Republicans were arguing that crushing a child’s testicles was constitutional. Now they want to argue that denying your child health care when he has leukemia is constitutional. Go in for the fucking kill, liberals.

  • kos is in the state of Washington for a couple of events with Orange to Blue candidate Darcy Burner. Tickets still available!
  • In case you missed it, the Texas Republican Party is calling for an end to critical thinking:

    We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

    No surprise. When you’re trying to create your own alternate reality like the GOP is, you don’t want your children examining it with any degree of critical thinking.

  • By all means, family values:

    A former executive at the Las Vegas Sands Corp., whose chairman is Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, has accused the company of “controlling and directing” prostitution at its casinos in Macau, the Wall Street Journal reports. The accusations are part of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by the former executive, Steve Jacobs.

    Why should we be surprised that someone who makes money off of casinos would allow for prostitution at his overseas locales? It’s just offshoring the type of work that can’t be done in the United States, right?

  • Care to buy an abandoned Italian medieval hamlet? Just $3 million…
  • Elections have consequences: The Hollande administration in France is poised to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption.

Saturday hate mail-a-palooza: Did Chief Justice Roberts do something this week?

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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Time to beef up security, dude. (Reuters)

They don’t like Chief Justice John Roberts anymore.

All the fun, below the fold!