Happy Friday morning — you’ve almost made it through the week! Here are some of the things we’re reading this morning at Moyers and Company HQ…
- House Republicans issued their ransom note for raising the debt limit — at Washington Monthly, Ed Kilgore calls it “the Devil’s Christmas tree.”
- At New York magazine, Jonathan Chait notices that their demands add up to Mitt Romney’s agenda — a redo of last November’s election.
- But The Hill reports that they don’t have the votes even for that.
- Slate’s Matt Yglesias says the White House can’t negotiate because doing so puts our constitutional form of government at risk.
- Ryan Lizza analyzes the districts of the 80 legislators he calls “the suicide caucus” for The New Yorker.
- And The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn with a reminder of what the fight’s about — Obamacare going live in just a few short days.
Getting hotter –> Mother Jones’ Chris Mooney with six scary take-aways from the latest UN climate report. Also: James Bruggers on the scientific community’s increasing certainty about the harm man-made climate change is creating.
Economic justice — with charts! –> Also at Mother Jones, a graphic look at the importance of the White House’s domestic-worker protections.
Deal coming together –> Reuters reports that UN weapons inspectors will be in Syria as early as next week. Also: great long read as Danny Gold spends a week with Syrian rebels for Esquire.
Women and campaign cash–> Open Secrets with a new report about women holding political office — and women giving to campaigns.
Is our children learning? –> SAT scores are out, and they’re not pretty, reports Julia Ryan for The Atlantic.
More than a wrist-slap? –> JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon headed to DC to try to settle a whole bunch of lawsuits and criminal probes, reports McClatchy’s Andrew Tangel.
Unbelievable story –> Talking Points Memo’s Hunter Walker with an amazing tale of corruption down in Coal Country.
Arizona still not big on the whole melting pot thing –> Writing for The Christian Science Monitor, Lourdes Medrano runs down the latest immigration battle in Arizona, and notes that this time the state is pretty much alone.
This picture may be worth more than 1,000 words –> Chinese doctors grow a nose on a man’s forehead. ‘Nuff said.
What are we missing? Tell us in the comments!