While you may know that the "liberal" media has covered the scandals at the Veterans Administration quite extensively, as is their job, you may not know that the three major nightly newscasts and America's paper of record, the New York Times, almost completely ignored a three-month-ago Republican filibuster of a bill that would have expanded health care services at the VA, as is also their job. Ever wonder how the Republicans think they could actually get away with filibustering veterans' benefits without being called "anti-troop"? Now you know. Of course, it also helps that Democrats are "too civil" to run negative ads about it in October and November.
Supreme Court justices frequently edit their opinions without advertising the changes they've made, sometimes substantively so. You don't need to know that Chief Justice Roger Taney added 18 pages to his Dred Scott opinion to know they've always been doing this (after all, how would we have found that out in 1857?), but certainly we-the-people deserve more transparency about this matter than we've been getting. And if all the Supreme Court can say in response is claim some special privilege related to being the Supreme Court -- or, worse, claim they just can't be completely impartial if they can't revise their decisions every so often without any scrutiny from anyone! -- then they'll lose the argument.
The Chamber of Commerce says it would cost too much money to comply with Dodd-Frank rules requiring corporations to reveal the ratio between what their CEOs make and what their lowest-paid workers make. Boo freaking hoo. These are our "best and brightest," right -- the only people who can turn this economy around, as they so often like to tell us? Well, they sound like a bunch of damn whiners. This is a can-do country, after all, and if fulfilling your legal obligation to the citizenry requires a little elbow grease, so be it.
American corporations report to the IRS that (among other things) the money they "earned" in five particularly notorious tax havens somehow outstripped the entire Gross Domestic Product of those nations. In other words, American corporations made more money in these countries than there was money to be made. And instead of insisting that big corporations do right by America just like small businesses and individual taxpayers do, the right-wing will tell us that we have to compete with Luxembourg by having the very same sort of lax tax laws here! And then I guess they'll blame falling bridges and rotting water mains on big government incompetence, or maybe even black people. No, I haven't been listening in on Legion of Doom staff meetings.
Surprise, surprise: when you cut off long-term unemployment benefits, people don't go back to work more quickly -- about the same number of folks are getting jobs now as there were before Congress failed to renew the program, which tends to happen in economies dominated by corporations who would really, really just rather keep all the profits for themselves and not hire anyone. And the program's expiration might actually have caused a slight increase in people who've given up looking for jobs, since being able to demonstrate that you were looking for a job was a requirement of getting the unemployment benefits that ran out. Heckuva job, Congress! Maybe all of you should be unemployed!
Finally, in case you were wondering how the braintrust, as it were, behind Operation American Spring were dealing with their failure to get tens of millions of Americans to the Mall in D.C. to overthrow our center-right President, here's how: a) by lying about the actual attendance (OAS's leader says it was really in the "thousands," not the "hundreds" other sympathetic sources reported) so that you'll forget that he guaranteed a "verified" ten million ralliers, and b) by saying OAS is "now in phase II of exercising our strength and length of phase," whatever the hell that means. I think we can safely never mention this phenomenon again.