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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is The Twelve Days of Cliffmas:
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • Pining for Jeb Bush is the new saddest thing ever, by Hunter
    • What Obamacare means for small businesses: Facts vs. fiction, by Joan McCarter
    • The validity of the public debt of the United States shall not be questioned: the 14th Amendment and the debt ceiling, by Armando
    • Hey House GOP—How many Native women will be raped today, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • Republicans mugged by reality on Election Day, by Jon Perr
    • Republican can't cover up policy failure with diversity outreach, by Dante Atkins
  • The newly released White House photo of President Obama taking Mitt Romney's concession call on election night. Caption and/or enjoy:
  • Jon Chait endorses raising the Medicare eligibility age and he's being taken to the woodshed over it:
    Since Jon Chait has never met a concession he didn’t like, he comes out with an endorsement of raising the Medicare eligibility age as part of a long-term deficit deal. So his cover for what is universally regarded as a terrible idea surely led deficit scolds seeking to use the problem to weaken the safety net to give each other high-fives.

    Let’s look at Chait’s reasoning. I would probably start with the fact that he’s not 64 or 65. My parents are, and until my dad reached Medicare in November, they were paying $2,500 a month on the private market for health insurance. So I’ll be happy to provide him with their phone number so he can tell them how it’s “tolerable” for them to spend two more years than they expected doing that.

    ... The one thing we know will be a side effect of increasing the Medicare eligibility age is that insurance premiums will skyrocket. It will make Medicare more expensive because they lose relatively healthy 65 and 66 year-olds from their risk pool, and it will make private insurance more expensive because they add relatively sick 65 and 66 year-olds to their risk pool. Insurers hate the idea for just this reason. As a result, everyone’s premiums will rise, and cost-shifting will ensue from the government to its citizens.

  • They're actually considering this? Yeesh:

    One clear finding from the first night of our NC poll- voters oppose renaming the downtown Raleigh Post Office after Jesse Helms
    @ppppolls via web
  • John Cole has opened the Department of Unfortunate Juxtaposition:
    I was listening to the noontime broadcast of NPR news, which always includes a segment for state news, and heard that Joe Manchin wrote a letter to MTV asking them to cancel BuckWild, which is essentially the Jersey Shore goes downstate WV. The VERY NEXT PIECE, which the announcer presented without so much as missing a beat, was the following news story:
    Some people are appalled, others are supportive – either way, Mountaineer Mascot Jonathan Kimble won’t be taking his official rifle hunting anymore.

    Recently, videos of Kimble surfaced on the internet, sparking mixed reactions. The video shows Kimble and a freshly killed black bear, which was shot with the same rifle Kimble takes to official appearances as the Mountaineer Mascot – such as football and basketball games.

  • Why presidential rhetoric on climate matters.
  • In case you missed it, you can watch David Axelrod get his 40-year old mustache shaved off. It was all for a good cause: Axelrod had promised to have it shaved off if $1 million was raised in one month for epilepsy research. It was and he did.
  • Oh, for crying out loud:
    As if there were any doubt that Donald Trump is the world’s richest cranky toddler, the useless sack of bile is now pursuing a vendetta against the distiller of Glenfiddich whiskey after the company sponsored a contest that honored an opponent of a golf resort that Trump plans to build in Scotland. Trump’s latest case of the whining spitties erupted when Michael Forbes, a “quarryman and salmon fisherman” who has refused to sell his 28-acre property to Trump, was named “Top Scot” in a contest sponsored by the whiskey brand. In retaliation, Trump announced that his ptomaine-factory resorts and casinos will no longer sell any whiskeys made by Glenfiddich’s parent company, William Grant & Sons. Leaving aside the peevish overreaction, we question the wisdom of reducing the number of disinfecting agents available at Trump properties.
  • Today is the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. And tomorrow?

    71 years ago tomorrow, John Dingell was a page on the House floor watching FDRs "Day of Infamy" speech. He joined the Army in '44 at age 18
    @StevenTDennis via Twitter for iPhone
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Joan McCarter was on hand to chat about the spectacle of Mitch McConnell filibustering himself, plus today's DKos Google Hangout with Howard Dean. Greg Dworkin joined for an abbreviated segment. Then, the latest idiocy from Dick Morris, the passage of so-called "Right to Work" legislation in Michigan, Jim DeMint's resignation and what it means, and something to think about over the weekend: the need revive mutual insurance companies, credit unions, employee-owned pension funds, and the like.

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