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Noted for Your Morning Procrastination for November 15, 2013

Over at the Equitablog:


  1. Robert Reich: Having the Backbone to Set Minimum Standards for Health Insurance: "Democrats are showing once again they have the backbones of banana slugs. The Affordable Care Act was meant to hold insurers to a higher standards. So it stands to reason that some insurers will have to cancel their lousy sub-standard policies. But spineless Democrats (including my old boss Bill Clinton) are caving in to the Republican-fueled outrage that the President “misled” Americans into thinking they could keep their old lousy policies — and are now urging the White House to forget the new standards and let people keep what they had before..."
  2. Mustang Bobby: Mr. Opportunity | Bark Bark Woof Woof: "Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is probably feeling a little desperate... State of the Union response... immigration reform... eclipsed in the Tea Party by the new kid from Texas, ending up in the chorus line of the disastrous shutdown last month singing 'Me, Too!' instead of doing a solo. So all that’s left for him is to go even further to the right, and that means reaching out to the virulent haters and gay-bashers of the Florida Family Policy Council..."
  3. LBJ and Senator James Eastland on Mississippi Burning Murders—Presidential Recordings Program—Miller Center: "On June 23, 1964, President Johnson was receiving news that three civil rights workers--Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner--were missing in Mississippi. Throughout this day and the next week, Johnson continued to follow the case closely, holding over 40 recorded conversations. In this call, Johnson reached out to Senator James O. Eastland, a staunch segregationist from the Mississippi Delta. Eastland declared the episode a publicity stunt, denied the existence of organized white supremacy groups in that part of Mississippi, and ridiculed Fannie Lou Hamer. Unknown to Johnson, the three workers had been murdered by a group of white supremacists that included local law enforcement officials. A massive manhunt turned up bodies, but not of the three workers. Only after a tip from a paid informant were they discovered--over six weeks later--in an earthen dam southwest of Philadelphia..."
  4. James Fallows (2006) calls out David Mark of the Politico as exhibiting "classic and depressing Beltway 'could be perceived as problematic' style.... Please. If someone thinks certain views are outrageous, then say so. Not that they could be misperceived that way if not fully explained, et cetera..."

Plus: Long:

Cosma Shalizi: Review of Cognition in the Wild | Rick Perlstein: Ted Cruz, Joe McCarthy, and the Grand Old Tea Party | Mariah Blake: Unification Church Profile: The Fall of the House of Moon: Sex rituals, foreign spies, Biden offspring, and the Unification Church's war-torn first family | Denny Chin: Google Books Summary Judgment

Plus: Short:

John Quiggin: National Accounting and the Digital Economy |