News Roundup, February 13th :|: S.O.T.U edition

Flip The Debt campaigns to *truly* fix the debt

National Politics:

 Analysis: Minimum wage plan a new test for Obama
Bid on Minimum Wage Revives Issue That Has Divided

The Minimum Wage and Economic Growth

Obama Urges Minimum Wage Increase and First-Ever Indexing

Raising Minimum Wage Would Ease Income Gap but Carries Political Risks

Top Republicans Oppose Obama’s Call To Raise The Minimum Wage

Raise the Minimum Wage! And make it higher than what Obama just proposed

 Obama Retrades Broken First Term Campaign Minimum Wage Promise in State of the Union Address

The Minimum Wage: Time to Start Working On the Next Increase

FACT CHECK: State of the Union

6 Game-Changing Ideas In The State Of The Union

Wonkbook: All about the policies of the State of the Union

 What Obama Said – and what he meant – about Climate Change, War & Civil Liberties

Rand Paul’s State of the Union tea party response full of red meat

Where were Marco Rubio’s new ideas?

Let’s All Watch Marco Rubio’s Panicked Drink Of Water In Extreme Slow Motion

The end of western civilization:

What Do Republicans, Rubio And Rand Have If They Don’t Have Deficits?

The GOP’s renewed (and dangerous) push to reform Medicare and Social Security

Three ways Obama wants to cut Medicare

Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security

We Can Fix This? In SOTU, Obama Shoves Voting Reform into ‘Sock Drawer,’ Leaving Many Disappointed

Will the Bauer-Ginsberg Election Reform Commission Improve Our Dismal Election System?

More Reactions to the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission

Obama Appoints a Controversial GOP Lawyer to His Voting Commission

Boxer And Nelson To Co-Sponsor Election Reform Bill

Obama Administration Defends Detention Power in Appeals Court Hearing 

   (here’s unfortunate justification of Obama-loathing rightwing reactionaries’ paranoia) in the State of the Union 2013, not much to

 Obama gift-wraps the SEC — Mary Jo White isn’t just a semi-compromised corporate crony. She’s the embodiment of a corrupt Wall Street culture

The staff memo for Thursday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on the implementation of Wall Street reform

Will Ron Johnson and Elizabeth Warren Pair Up to End ‘Too Big to Fail’?

State of the Union: Four worrisome issues for 2014 Democrats

Obama’s Record On Political Money One Of Ambivalence

 Ron Wyden: Campaign Disclosure Reform Chances ‘Greater Than Ever Before’

Capital Eye Opener, Feb. 13: Obama Donors Picked for Plum Slots, and GOP Tweets Bilingually

NRA Responds To ‘Connecticut Effect’ Controversy, Falsely Claims No Association With Wisconsin Lobbyist

K Street Files: Giffords PAC Hires Seasoned Strategists

This headline makes me respect Dave Weigel all the more:
  The Biz vs. the Nuge

Tea Party super-PAC girds for coming primary clashes with Karl Rove group

 The GOP “civil war” is going to make both sides rich — Karl Rove and the conservative movement’s never-ending gravy train

Club for Growth Bites Back at Barbour’s Critique


Daily Reporter. Tribe threatens state’s mining plans.

Ashland Listening Session Sends Strong Message: “There Will Be No Mine”

WJFW. Medford Rep. Williams hopes to keep mining costs to towns in check.

 Riverway sand mine applicant cited for DNR violations

MPS board committee to consider contract with non-union charter operator

The politics of Wisconsin’s declining union membership

Has Paul Ryan remained consistent in talking about what he calls society’s “takers” and “makers?”   Nope.

Walker Administration Sued over Free Speech in the Capitol

 Judge’s offer to recuse himself because of own protest past delays Capitol sing-along case

Ultrasound bill a ‘priority’ for anti-abortion lawmakers: The proposed bill would require all women to have an ultrasound and be told of the image details prior to an abortion.

The Wisconsin Capitol is a friendly place right now for those who oppose abortion.

That’s the message Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Conference attendees repeatedly heard Tuesday from the state’s top two Republican lawmakers, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

“We are in a very good place in Wisconsin,” Vos said. “We have a pro-life Legislature, pro-life governor in Scott Walker and a pro-life attorney general (J.B. Van Hollen). We can all wrap our arms around this agenda.”

And it sounds like the first bill to get a warm reception from Republicans will be what’s being dubbed the “Woman’s Right to Know her Unborn Child Act.”

Wisconsin NRA lobbyist’s remarks rile gun-control advocates



In Wausau, An NRA Convention Helps Distribute Literature Calling For Secession And Civil War

DPW. Secession? More Scott Walker Tea Party distractions.

Former Police Officer: “We Are Not At War”

Medical examiner advised assistant to leave after Derek Williams ruling

Gov. Walker. Investing $14 million in Wisconsin: Protecting the innocent and seeking justice for victims.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker proposes boost in state budget for DNA collection. Wisconsin State Journal.

Wausau Daily Herald. Editorial: It’s not too late to accept Medicaid expansion.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gov. Scott Walker to announces a middle path on BadgerCare expansion under health law.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Media reports on Walker BadgerCare plans disturbing.

 Conflict of interest rules vary among state Medicaid drug programs

 Wisconsin Assembly backs amendment to protect transportation fund

Julie Lassa: Bills will help Wisconsin get in on manufacturing boom

DNR Sec. Stepp. Statement on lawsuit to re-list Western Great Lakes wolves

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. U.S. Sen. Johnson links Democrats to Marxists.

State of the Union responses: U.S. Rep. Ribble. U.S. Rep. Moore. U.S. Rep. Ryan.

Fox 11. Wisconsin lawmakers react to president’s speech.

White House. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address – as prepared for delivery. Excerpts. U.S. Sen. Baldwin. U.S. Rep. Kind.

Blogger Jeff Simpson pounces on the Scott Walker administration over the news that a cleaning company it hired to clean marble at the Capitol caused considerable damage to the surface. Another example of privatization not working, he says, noting that an out-of-state crew did the job. He also notes the irony of the now-damaged Capitol given the supposed damage inflicted by protesters over Act 10.

 Wisconsin scientists help search for alien life


Media Trackers:
Wisconsin Physicians and Privately Insured Subsidize Medicaid
Medicaid Patients Get Terrible Care, Democrats Overlook Facts
Left Side of Medicaid Debate Becomes Fact-Free Zone
Far-Left Flocks to Supreme Court candidate Fallone
Chart of the Day – Is The President’s New Spending Based On Faulty Assumptions?
Generous Federal FoodShare Eligibility Could Neutralize Work Requirements
Wisconsin Reporter:
Walker wants money for DNA testing, GPS tracking
12 things the president won’t say
Is WI’s Walker kicking around a hybrid Medicaid expansion plan?
National News:

The Rich Continue to Get Richer: the Top 1% Got 121% of Income Gains Since 2009

Git ’em!   Where The US Top 5% Live

“Flip The Debt” Protesters Confront CEO and “Fix the Debt” Leader over Corporate Tax Breaks

Another Study Confirms That Taxes And Regulations Aren’t Holding Back Job Creation

New report details how unemployed workers are hit with one-two punch: as states cut weeks off unemployment programs, losses in federal aid follow.

 State Tax Systems Need to Become More Progressive, Not Less

 Mr. Lew: How Would You Run the Financial Stability Oversight Council?

8 Subjects Senators Should Bring Up At Jack Lew’s Confirmation Hearing

Hey Congress: Pre-K is a better investment than the stock market

The State of the Kindergarteners Should Be Strong

How Head Start Can Make a Difference

Michelle Rhee And The Relentless Marketing Of Education ‘Reform’

Public schools lose millions to crooks, cheaters

Attorney-client meeting room was bugged, Navy lawyer testifies at Guantánamo

Unusual Moves in Confronting Apple’s Huge Pile of $140 Billion in Cash

IRS Wins Big Tax Ruling against Bank of New York Mellon

Big Banks Are Told to Review Their Own Foreclosures

SAC Probe Said to Be Hampered by Auto-Deleted E-Mails

Disparate Impact and Fair Housing: Seven Cases You Should Know

Counterparties: A minimal vision at Barclays

States Gear Up to Pitch Health Exchange Plans

*Remember that 6-week ban turned 12-week ban making its way through the Arkansas state legislature? It’s being further delayed while more changes are considered.
*Also in Arkansas, Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into a law a bill to ban insurance exchanges created under Obamacare from covering abortion.
*In Virginia, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is working to make sure that the insurance exchanges created in that state are banned from covering abortion, but the Virginian-Pilot is reporting that even some Republicans are skeptical of the move.
*In Colorado, Democrats defeated in committee a Republican-backed bill that would have required doctors to investigate why a woman was seeking an abortion.
*A similar bill has been proposed in Kansas this year, too and is seen as likely to be passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
*Lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering a bill that would tighten the state’s existing parental notification law for girls under age 18 seeking abortion.
*In Arizona, a federal judge has overturned the state’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood. The measure had already been blocked, pending this week’s ruling.

Gun Lobby Helps Block Data Collection by Crimefighters

The Stronger the Outrage After Bloodshed, the Greater the Gun Surge

The faces behind the numbers: Six victims of long weekend’s gun violence

Greek Factory Under Workers Control

The Breach of Security that Revealed the Secret World of the Vatican

 Price for a New Hip? Many Hospitals Are Stumped

Jaime Rosenthal, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, called more than 100 hospitals in every state last summer, seeking prices for a hip replacement for a 62-year-old grandmother who was uninsured but had the means to pay herself.
The quotes she received might surprise even hardened health care economists: only about half of the hospitals, including top-ranked orthopedic centers and community hospitals, could provide any sort of price estimate, despite repeated calls. Those that could gave quotes that varied by a factor of more than 10, from $11,100 to $125,798.


State Of Denial: More Dirty Energy Policies Expected From Koch-Fueled Marco Rubio

EPA unaware of industry ties on cancer review panel

Ouster of scientist from EPA panel shows industry clout

Obama gives Congress a climate change ultimatum

 In address, a pledge to fight global warming

Obama wants to double U.S. energy efficiency by 2030. Is that possible?

Huge Climate Change Rally Targets Keystone XL Pipeline

Why Organized Labor Must Stand Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

 Sierra Club chief & others to risk arrest over oil pipeline

Fracking Threatens OPEC as U.S. Output at 20-Year High

Exporting U.S. Natural Gas Show Senate Leaders’ Split

Toxic sludge, polluted water can be byproducts of making solar panels

 Do GMO Crops Really Have Higher Yields?

Genetic Roulette is a 2012 documentary on Monsanto & GMOs

 States have varying success with GM labeling bills

Connecticut will again try passing a GMO food-labeling bill

Report Confirms Food Corps Using Junk, Misleading Science to Protect Profits


After Instagram controversy, a watchdog site tracks shifting Terms of Service — Docracy tracks changes across thousands of Terms of Service agreements, with surprising Weird.  Twitter and Amex to let you pay with a

How Fear of a Cyber Pearl Harbor Is Uniting Washington

5 reasons mobile will disrupt journalism like the Internet did a decade ago

Glenn Kessler and the Neverending End of ‘Fact-Checking’

 A fresh view of George Orwell: Honoring the reissue of several works, a reevaluation of Politics and the English Language

 Al Jazeera hires lobby firm DLA Piper

Kabletown purchases the last 49% of NBC they didn’t already own

Jonah Lehrer apologizes, makes everyone angrier

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