2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act does not, in fact, authorize the massive NSA data-vacuuming program. No truth to the rumor that John Boehner responded, "see, I told you the PATRIOT Act was harmless! So, of course, we will reauthorize the PATRIOT Act, because terrorism and kittens, but we will do nothing about NSA spying -- though we will continue to bash the President for doing the things Congress should do, but which Congress delegated to the Executive branch long ago."
Stacy Mitchell, writing at Yes! magazine, informs us that one out of every four community banks has failed since the 2008 financial services meltdown, and that we should treat that as a "national crisis." Why the urgency? Because local banks know their communities better and know risks better, while banksters use a one size fits all approach to loaning money. Bonus: you learn how to criticize regulatory burdens on small banks without having to get rid of all regulations, a skill most right-wingers do not seem to possess.
Mike Huckabee, now running for President, declares his opposition to "free" trade "fast-tracking" (though not "free" trade itself, necessarily), and even declares we shouldn't cut Social Security benefits or end Social Security's disability program. He's no stranger to economic populism -- in the first 2008 Republican Presidential debate he declared that Republicans didn't deserve power if they weren't going to get serious about corporate crime, stunning the audience into silence -- but if Republicans say something you agree with anymore, you can be pretty sure they're going to do the opposite. Shame it's come to that, but it has.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants Big Gummint money to run his own much lamer version of a Medicaid expansion, but he doesn't want a Medicaid expansion via the Affordable Care Act -- so he's suing Big Gummint to get the money. Aren't conservatives always saying people try to solve too many of their problems with lawsuits? Naturally, Mr. Scott supported the Medicaid expansion when he was running for re-election, but doesn't now. Why the change in position? Because fuck you I won, that's why.
Finally, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he might raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers -- and in New York he can do that all by himself. So what's the opposing position? That it's illegal? Whoops, it's not in New York. That it's unprecedented? Nope, it's not that, either. That he didn't wait for the legislature to "work its will"? Wow, that's not even true. How about that it's "uncommon" or "arbitrary"? These could be argued, but the restaurant industry bigwig quoted in the article doesn't do a very good job of it -- she merely asserts and expects the assertion to do the work of proof, which is usually a sign of desperation.