Happy Friday morning! The weekend starts in mere hours and until then, here are some of the things we’re reading at Moyers & Company HQ...
Clown car –> The ACA websight could really use some serious congressional oversight, but that’s not going to happen in the current House of Representatives. MoJo’s Erika Eichelberger on all the things brought up at yesterday’s hearings that weren’t related to healthcare.gov. ALSO: WaMo’s Ed Kilgore argues that conservative glee at the rollout’s many glitches is shortsighted.
Not gonna happen –> Harry Reid says there’s no chance of a “grand bargain” emerging from the latest round of budget talks, according to Niels Lesniewski at Roll Call.
And that’s a good thing –> TPM’s Sahil Kapur reports that one “grand bargain”proposal — raising the eligibility age for Medicare — would save much less money than previously estimated.
Barbaric –> Pregnant woman goes for routine check-up, says that she had had a problem with painkillers, ends up shackled and charged under Wisconsin’s “fetal protection” law. Daniella Silva reports for NBC.
Unleaked –> WaPo’s Ellen Nakashima reports that US officials are notifying their overseas counterparts that Edward Snowden may have documents that detail their cooperation with American intelligence services.
Learning from disaster –> Post-Fukushima Japan is moving big-time into wind energy and other renewables, reports Lindsay Abrams for Salon.
Austerity kills –> In the NYT, Steven Rattner details how much economic damage crisis governance and deep cuts to public programs are causing us.
Ivory tower shills –> The Nation’s Lee Fang on scholars whose work benefits Wall Street.
Operational security! –> Former MoveOn organizer live-tweets former NSA head Michal Hayden’s “off-the-record” media interviews criticizing the White House.
“You know we can hear you, right?” –> NC Republican official resigns after spewing racist nonsense during a Daily Show segment. Arturo Garcia for The Raw Story.
Sad passing –> 245-pound Giant George, the world’s tallest dog according to the Guiness Book of World Records, has died at age 7 (49).
What else is going on? Let us know in the comments!