Happy Friday morning! It’ll be the weekend in no time. In the meantime, here are some of the things we’re reading over our coffee at Moyers & Company HQ…
Damaged –> Paul Krugman surveys the economic damage that crisis governance has wrought since the GOP wave election in 2010. It ain’t a pretty column.
So maybe let’s pivot –> Over at CAF, Dave Johnson says we should maybe start doing something about this abysmal job market? Perhaps?
Another reassessment –> WaPo’s Karen Tumulty on another round of GOP soul-searching following the shutdown.
Weak tea — Salon’s Brian Beutler says the GOP’s problems with its tea party wing are only going to get worse in the coming months. And Eric Stern re-reports a story about Obamacare that appeared on Fox News to show how it misleads the audience.
Wedge –> At Policy Shop, David Callahan says immigration is going to be another thing that divides Republicans — and that may be a good thing.
Bad news –> Sharon Begley reports for Reuters that as officials warned the Obamacare website wasn’t ready for primetime, the administration kept pumping more money into outside contractors.
Some good news — TNR’s Jonathan Cohn says that while the feds botched the website, many states are doing a good job implementing the new insurance system. Also, Oregon has reduced the ranks of its uninsured population by 10 percent in two weeks. And Igor Volsky from ThinkProgress notes that Rick Perry is encouraging Texans to enroll in the exchanges.
Silent disaster — At AJA, Dahr Jamail reports on the ongoing harms suffered by Gulf Coast residents three years after the BP oil spill.
Hawks –> TAP’s Matt Duss says they’re trying to sabotage the latest round of talks between the US and Iran.
Scalia’s blinders –> At The Monkey Cage, John Sides says most Americans aren’t like Antonin Scalia — cloistered in a bubble of only likeminded views.
Hot ticket–> Jesselyn Radack visits Edward Snowden in Russia, describing him as “warm, centered and engaged” in an article for The Nation.
Yummy in the tummy –> The headline says it all: “Evidence Suggests Early Britons Ate Roasted Toads.”
So what are you reading? Let us know in the comments.