A strange game

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The movie was War Games, circa 1983. And it had a message for the Tea Party and the GOP about “winning moves.”

Various stories I didn’t get to, but you ought to check out (open thread-y)

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From testicle-eating piranhas in the Seine, to the cancellation of True Blood, and the danger of e-cigs.

Scott Walker’s right-wing austerity is destroying Wisconsin

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Scott Walker’s GOP austerity is a recipe for disaster – a fact that Wisconsin found out the hard way.

Paul Ryan’s “austerity” magic is destroying Spain

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Unemployment in austerity-ridden Spain is 26% generally, and 56.5% for youth. The GOP budget miracle in action.

The Clinton economic era was not a Democratic golden age

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If you think the Dems bring economic gold, read this.
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Younger Americans carrying unprecedented amount of credit card debt

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“The typical credit card holder among younger Americans who keep a balance will die still owing money.”

Christmas shopping season was weak for retailers

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The good news if that, if you didn’t get your shopping in yet, this week ought to be full of good deals.
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Banks finally are being squeezed by their own investors

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Tired of low returns, shareholders want their pound of flesh from Wall Street, and some are getting it.
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The cost of austerity? Just look at the UK economy, it’s a mess.

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As US politicians prepare to hack away at our most important programs, they could learn a lesson from the UK.
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