As right-wing hot-air balloons (like Donald Trump, let's never speak of him again) do victory laps whenever a snowstorm arrives in winter, Chris Mooney reminds us that singular incidents don't obliterate trends. It's a shame anyone needs to be reminded of that, but the work of citizenship isn't always uplifting. Meanwhile, a study published in Nature magazine tells us that dwindling cloud cover will make climate change even worse. Next up on Fox News: the liberal bias of Nature!
Jamelle Bouie at The Daily Beast reports on conservative initiatives to fix our ongoing jobs crisis -- and how little enthusiasm Republicans seem to have for any of them. If you've long believed Republicans are reactionary-not-conservative, you won't be surprised. Nor will you be surprised that some of the initiatives described therein (infrastructure spending, unemployment spending) sound Obamaesque, while others (work sharing, moving workers to where the jobs are) are only slightly to his right. Some "Socialist."
Daily Kos diarist says the Chris Christie "Bridge Story Gets Legs." Did Gov. Christie really did order lanes of the George Washington Bridge closed back in September because Fort Lee's Mayor didn't endorse his re-election? Maybe, maybe not -- the Bergen Record story cited doesn't actually advance the story very far. But before we break open the champagne, n.b. that a wounded Chris Christie makes a 2016 Scott Walker coronation more likely -- unless the various "John Doe" probes in Wisconsin finally get somewhere, which I'm not counting on.
Cambodian military police kill at least three in clash with striking garment workers. Cambodian workers make stuff for Adidas, Puma, and H&M, among other famous Western brands, just so you know; they're striking for a $150/month minimum wage (that's right, month; currently they make $80/month). If you're tempted to thank God that stuff doesn't happen here anymore, remember that it used to happen here all the time back in the day, and could happen again if our venal, corrupt elites get too much more power.
Finally, Mitt Romney tells Fox News Sunday that he wishes he could "turn back the clock and take another try" at winning the 2012 election, a desire I do not believe even very many of his fellow Republicans share. He adds that "history is in the past," a statement which may also irk some of Fox News Sunday's viewers.