A Republican back-bencher (not a euphemism) broke into the headlines today with his eyebrow-raising claim that fetuses masturbate at 15 weeks. So... that's nice. Greg Dworkin discusses his latest for Politix, his pundit round-up of both-sides-ism, Republican rebranding, and traditional media missing the point(s). Armando called in to discuss the broad topic of trust in government, in the context of the fading IRS story, the NSA revelations, Syria, and the recent polling on all three. We read a David Weigel entry at Slate noting the Republican tactics in conflating IRS accusations behind the confusion made evident in the CNN poll, and the latest derp from Bobby "Volcano Monitoring" Jindal, who's apparently abandoned his effort to un-stupid his party. Next, David Dayen's latest for Salon, "Bank of America whistle-blower's bombshell: 'We were told to lie.'" Finally, a note about the Kansas Sec. of State outraged by a protest targeting his home. Note how quickly he goes to 2nd Amendment rhetoric here. Does it seem to you that a lot of this talk is premised on the assumption that no one will ever shoot back?