Midday open thread

  • Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is FISA: Now Hiring:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - FISA: Now Hiring
  • What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …
    • American Indians still must fight to get their votes counted, by Meteor Blades
    • Demographic Winter? Republicans ensuring their own demise, by Dante Atkins
    • A tale of two Zimmermans: a radical and a racist, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Book review: Chris Hayes’ “Twilight of the Elites,” by Susan Gardner
    • Honchos and Worker Bees, by DarkSyde
  • This is awesome:

    Texas lawmakers are currently rushing an omnibus anti-abortion bill through a special session, after each of its provisions failed to advance separately during the regular legislative session. But not without being met with a fight. Over 700 Texans traveled to Austin on Thursday to testify against the anti-abortion measure before it could come to a vote in the House — and their “people’s filibuster” successfully prevented the legislation from advancing.

  • Yahoo News analyzed how Jay Carney dodges questions. Kind of a crash course for aspiring press secretaries everywhere.
  • Yeeeaaarrrggghhh!

    Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who electrified anti-war liberals during the 2004 presidential race, said Thursday he would consider another run for the White House – a statement that will surely be met with mixed reaction in the Democratic Party.

    Dean, whose underdog presidential campaign officially launched 10 years ago this weekend, said he has “mixed feelings” about running for office again but added he would consider another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination if he doesn’t think the other candidates are adequately addressing progressive issues that are dear to his heart.

  • She will be missed … by lunatics and sellers of tin foil:

    Controversial state Rep. Stella Tremblay, R-Auburn, resigned from the New Hampshire House of Representatives Thursday … a day after she made another allegation the Boston Marathon bombing might have been a government conspiracy. […]

    Serving in her second term in the House, Tremblay made national headlines in April after she backed up claims the Boston Marathon bombings might have been a government-sponsored “false flag” meant to take away civil liberties.

  • How not to go on a PR offensive (not to be confused with being offensive):
    ‘Paula Deen was scheduled to do an interview with us this morning, live in our studio, but we just found out, she’s a no show’ – @mlauer

  • The next time you complain about the price of a gallon of gas … don’t.
  • Wow, ancient Mars may have had an oxygen rich atmosphere. — DS
  • On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounded up news of the farm bill failure, “The Republican War on Data,” maneuvering on immigration reform, and Tom Edsall’s NYT opinion piece, “Our Broken Social Contract.” And that Edsall piece ended up being the basis for most of the rest of the show, so much was there wrapped up in it. Armando called in to join that conversation, plus give us a look at the day’s Netroots Nation agenda. And just for kicks at the end, “If We Can’t Stop Corporations from Hiding in Cayman Islands to Avoid Taxes, We All Need to Become Pirates.” Where have we heard this idea before? Hint: Here!

12:03 PM PT: Paula Deen posted an apology video and then made it private, but Buzzfeed grabbed it, so watch, roll your eyes and gag.

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