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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is No more cash bash:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - No more cash bash
  • Howard Dean won't say no to 2016 bid:
    "You never say never in this business because you don't know," Dean told The Associated Press on Monday when asked about his presidential ambitions shortly before delivering a speech in Manchester. "I still have plenty of fire. What is it going to be directed at is the question."
  • Another CYA nopology: You would think, given all the bad examples they've seen, that politicians and other muckety-mucks would learn how to apologize or just not do it at all. John Whitbeck, the chairman of the Virginia GOP in the state’s Tenth Congressional District, made an anti-semitic joke last week when introducing Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general and GOP candidate for governor. At the party's website, Whitbeck stated: “Earlier this week, I made a lighthearted attempt at humor to which some have taken offense. It was certainly not my intent to offend anyone and I sincerely apologize to those who were.” Code for: "That joke was hilarious, but I guess I have say I'm sorry to these hypersensitive, humorless jerks."
  • In coincidence utterly devoid of cosmic irony, Dick Cheney’s rifle malfunctions during hunting contest. That headline from Wonkette was just too good not to steal:
    Cheney’s gun failed to fire during Saturday’s competition, causing his team to lose the exciting animal-killing contest, whose website deliberately trolls grammar Nazis by calling it “one of the most unique sporting events in the world today.”  [...]
    In the evening an impressive Indian Ceremony is held in the which the hunters hear the “Legend of the Hunt” and are made blood brothers of the Shoshone Indian Tribe. Each hunter is given an Indian Name, which usually corresponds to his vocation. He is also given a sacred Indian Medicine Bag and his bullet is blessed for the hunt.
    Sure hope the Shoshone are making a bundle off this while laughing about what's really in that bag the participants are told is sacred.
  • A twofer! Lynne Cheney gets in Alan Simpson's face:
    Lynne Cheney told former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) to “shut your mouth” about Liz Cheney’s primary opponent at a fundraiser in Cody, Wyo., according to Simpson’s daughter-in-law.

    “So I’m at the Patrons Ball tonight and Lynne Cheney, the mother of Liz, comes up to my father-in-law and tells him to… I believe the direct quote was ‘Shut your mouth’ regarding his support of Mike Enzi,” Deb Oakley Simpson wrote on her Facebook page, as quoted by the Casper Star-Tribune.

  • Five things winning candidates say.
  • Too little, too late. Steve Schmidt, the brainiac senior adviser to John McCain who had a hand in putting Sarah Palin on the national stage now says he has “deep regret” for having done so and in the process created a “freak show” wing of the Republican Party. Combined with it's other wings, it's a wonder it can still fly.  
    Schmidt said Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that the GOP must stand up to the “assininity” Palin and others have brought to the party. He was responding specifically to Palin's screed at Breitbart (that Politico ludicrously labeled an "Op-ed") in support of Sen. Ted Cruz's plan to defund Obamacare, even if it means a government shutdown.
  • B.e.n.g.h.a.z.i. again: A total of 176 lawmakers have signed onto Republican Rep. Frank Wolf's resolution to establish a select committee to  investigate the fatal attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi a year ago. No Democrats have signed. Many have said it's just another attempt to smear Hillary Clinton.
  • Naked and Scared:
    Shocktoberfest, a spook-house in Sinking Spring, PA, is running a Naked and Scared Challenge where customers traverse the maze in the altogether. It's advertised as a means of self-diagnosing "Gymnophobia—the fear of being nude."
    But they will let you run through in your underwear.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Ted's Cruz-sade-a-palooza! Greg Dworkin rounded up the many fronts in the GOP civil war. Markos rolls his eyes at Hillary's "common ground" play. WSJ laments the Cruz-sade. (But gets the terminology wrong—remember when that disqualified you for debate?) Armando helps game things out. The Hill notes the Cruz-sade robs the House of time to respond to the Senate. Helpless GOP Senators don't know what to do about Cruz's NRSC vice chairmanship! Will Rs "win" on spending issues no matter what happens to Obamacare? What might we see in post-shutdown politics.

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