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Dayen’s Roundup from January 23, 2012

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Wild day on the foreclosure fraud front, we’re not going to stop highlighting this crucial story.

• Democrats in the Indiana House went back to work today and offered up a spate of amendments to stop the right-to-work bill, but none of them came close to passing. I don’t know if Democrats are looking for a Pyhrric victory here or trying to draw this out to Super Bowl week, when the media will descend on Indianapolis. The House did pass an amendment exempting building and construction trade unions from the restrictions, a divide-and-conquer maneuver.

• Great story on why Apple won’t make the iPhone in America, although the calculus in the wake of the Foxconn revelations may be a bit different. Jared Bernstein has some further thoughts.

• Ryan Lizza released the entire Larry Summers memo from before the inauguration on stimulus and the economy, an important text for understanding the Administration’s policies.

• Mitt Romney going negative reflects how he’s losing his grip on the GOP nomination, with Newt Gingrich just about even in national polling, and well ahead in Florida. But the primary race, after Florida, moves into very favorable territory for Romney, with caucuses and states where he did well in 2008 on tap for February, and (just as important) only one debate.

• Good for labor to go after that horrible Jobs Council report, which amounted to a corporate wish list, in the words of the NYT Editorial Board.

• Sadly, it’s viewed as a surprise when the Supreme Court rules that the government cannot put a GPS tracking device on a suspect without a warrant.

• Our air war with Somalia, combined with our air wars over Pakistan and Yemen, means that we actually have more covert drone wars going on in the world than declared ones. That’s where this has all been going. This alleged terrorist killed in Somalia couldn’t argue his innocence because he didn’t want to give away his location.

• Washington state is on a path to legalize marriage equality, after a state lawmaker became the critical vote for the upcoming legislation. We will probably see a referendum in Washington on this at some point.

• Why any country would vote to join the European Union at this point is beyond me, but Croatia just did (not to be confused with the Eurozone currency union).

• Gabrielle Giffords did not step down from Congress before finishing the Congress on Your Corner event that was the scene of the tragic shooting last year. She will also attend tomorrow’s State of the Union address. [read more. . .]

• The Administration’s war on whistleblowers continues, with the arrest of former CIA officer John Kiriakou over information he delivered on the Abu Zabaydah capture, among other things.

• Did anyone see this coming? Gadhafi loyalists took back a city in Libya today.

• Finally, someone explains calmly that delaying the Keystone XL pipeline really could kill it, rather than the “view-from-nowhere” sniff that it’ll get built someday.

• Best wishes to Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke over the weekend and had surgery today.

• To try and cut the health care budget in Wisconsin, Scott Walker had to tell the federal government he was running a deficit, after proudly boasting that the budget was balanced in public statements. More duplicity from Walker.

• Meet SOPA, the international treaty version.

• That defense budget is so bare-bones now it’s down to only 11 active aircraft carriers. How do they go on?

• Ron Wyden’s misguided embrace of a Medicare privatization plan already paying dividends for the GOP.

• To those pushing a “green shoots” narrative about the US economy: I seem to remember the economy doing marginally well at the beginning of 2010 and 2011. Then the European crisis in the spring, or other matters, seized everything up. Greece should default on March 20. Christine Lagarde is talking about a 1930s moment. Don’t get complacent.

• The UN human rights chief today called the continued operation of Guantanamo a breach of international law.

• They’ve now condemned the home of a 101 year-old Detroit woman who was improperly evicted.

• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency may move to the Interior Department under a new federal reorganization.

• South Carolina showed a way forward on boosting voter turnout in the US – hold the damn elections on the weekend. South Carolina’s GOP turnout on Saturday bested both New Hampshire and Iowa, both held on Tuesdays.

• Really disgusting murder of the family pet of a Democratic operative in Arkansas, with the word “LIBERAL” scrawled across the corpse.

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