Hillary Clinton in 2016: Be Afraid, Republicans (Lloyd Grove) from the Daily Beast
"Hillary Clinton’s polling ahead of GOP challengers in Texas and Kentucky. And then there’s the youth vote, minorities, women, and the white working class. She’s the one to beat in 2016, writes Lloyd Green, former opposition research counsel to the George H.W. Bush campaign."
In Hard Economy, Older Isn’t Better ... It’s Brutal from the New York Times
"Recent data present a strong case for baby boomers as the greatest victims of the recession and its grim aftermath."
Obama Replants Goalposts In Political Midfield (Jonathan Alter) from National Memo
"Goalpost-shifting is back in style. Behind the soaring rhetoric of the inaugural address and his announcement of a bold immigration plan, the president is engaged in a carefully calibrated effort to move the debate away from the right side of the field."
Harry Reid On Immigration Reform: 'This Legislation Is Going To Pass' (VIDEO) (Elise Foley) from the Huffington Post
"It's certainly gonna pass the Senate," Reid told host George Stephanopoulos of immigration reform. "And it would be a bad day for our country and a bad day for the Republican Party if they continue standing in the way of this. So the answer is yes."
Hayes and Panel: Marco Rubio Will Likely Face Right-wing Backlash (David Ferguson) from Raw Story
"Republicans have used immigration as a wedge issue, he said. And now the party is having to come to terms with the fact that it has alienated a large swath of the voting public. Rubio, he said, “is trying to bridge both worlds, which is a very difficult spot for him.”
Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races (Jeff Zeleny) from the New York Times
"The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts …"
Boy, how would you like to be one of these "seasoned candidates or incumbents" and have it be known in the primaries that: YOU have the support of big money from the beltway!? Even the most rabid of Tea Party troglodite could win against someone so labeled.
I am not alone in my view:
Conservative Groups Mock Crossroads Effort from Politico
"Two powerful conservative groups reacted with scorn Sunday to a newly unveiled American Crossroads initiative, dubbed the Conservative Victory Project, that plans to work against Republican primary candidates it views as unelectable."
Republicans’ Rabid Right Is Leading Party To Ruin (Cynthia Tucker) from National Memo
"Obama and other Democrats — as well as many moderate Republicans — have wondered how long it will be before the raging fever breaks on the rabid right. Well, by the time it does, the patient — the Republican Party — might be dead."
Kept Conservatives: Prominent Right-Wingers Who Sound Very Liberal (Jerry Bowyer) from Forbes Magazine
"The kept conservative’s announced job is to represent the conservative point of view, but their real job is to give the illusion of balance without really challenging any of the core tenets of liberalism."
INIDA CULTURE NUGGET!!
Secret Refuge of the Love Commandos: Inside the Safe House of Delhi Group Striving to Save Young Couples from Forced Marriages and 'Honour' Killings from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"I am meeting a member of the Love Commandos, whose moniker may sound sweet, but whose mission could not be more serious. Dedicated to helping couples who wish to marry for love – in a country where arranged marriages are still the norm – the organisation offers lovers legal and practical assistance, a safe haven and, crucially, protection from harm, most often from the couples’ own families who disapprove of their choice of partner."
COLD CASE MYSTERY NUGGET!!
Can This Dog Solve the Black Dahlia Homicide? (Christine Pelisek) from the Daily Beast
"One of the nation’s most gruesome unsolved murders now has a canine on the case—and Buster has sniffed out a clue that points to his colleague’s father. Christine Pelisek reports."
HIGHER ED NUGGET [of a sort]!!
Best-Paying College Majors Are Mostly In Engineering: Forbes List from the Huffington Post
"A new survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers says STEM majors -- that’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- earn the highest starting salaries when compared to their peers in the liberal arts and, increasingly, business majors."
America’s Game: Why Don't Other Countries Like Football? (Joshua Keating) from Foreign Policy Magazine
"Tommy Wiking of Sweden, president of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), the sport's global governing body, agrees that the "accessibility of reasonably priced equipment" is a major obstacle to the sport's growth. ... In addition to Britain, Parsons identifies Canada, China, Japan, and Mexico as the countries where the NFL is devoting most of its marketing efforts."
The Adorable Moment When Georgia's Future Service Dogs Met the State's Brave Firefighters from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"A gang of soon-to-be service dogs got to meet some full grown heroes in Georgia when a group training the puppies to help blind and disabled people introduced them to the local fire department."