Midday open thread

  • Today’s comic is The gospel according to the Bishops, by Mark Fiore:
    Mark Fiore's cartoon -- The gospel according to the Bishops
  • The actress featured in the racist Pete Hoekstra senate ad has apologized:

    I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities. As a recent college grad who has spent time working to improve communities and empower those without a voice, this role is not in any way representative of who I am. It was absolutely a mistake on my part and one that, over time, I hope can be forgiven. I feel horrible about my participation and I am determined to resolve my actions.

  • Of course they did:

    Oklahoma lawmakers edged closer toward trying to outlaw abortion on Wednesday by approving “personhood” legislation that gives individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception.

  • Republican hate just keeps spreading:

    Despite the harm caused by a harsh immigration law in the neighboring state of Alabama, Mississippi State Rep. Becky Currie (R) filed a bill, HB 488, that would implement an Alabama-style law in Mississippi. Unlike anti-immigrant laws in states like Georgia and Arizona, Currie’s bill includes Alabama’s unconstitutional provisions driving the children of immigrants out of schools and potentially making it a felony for undocumented immigrants to take a shower.

  • Get ‘em while they’re … uh … hot: Commemorative Bob McDonnell vaginal ultrasound probes!
  • Uh oh:

    Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” has suspended production for “unforeseen reasons” and will be airing repeats for the remainder of the week, the network confirmed in a short statement to the Daily News.

    “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16.”

  • In case you were wondering: President’s Day 2012: Who is the most underrated president?
  • With last week’s robbery at Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s vacation home, Politico has compiled a list of other crimes against political figures … no idea why they included George Bush having a shoe thrown at him in the round-up.
  • Linsanity!

    White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told ESPN.com on Wednesday that President Barack Obama has been following [Jeremy] Lin and watched him hit the game-winning 3-pointer that beat the Raptors on Tuesday night in Toronto. [...]

    Obama, who’s a big sports fan and plays basketball in his free time, couldn’t get enough of Lin’s big shot that he was reportedly discussing it with his aides on Marine One earlier Wednesday morning on the way to Andrews Air Force Base, before flying to Milwaukee.

    After the Knicks’ 100-85 win over the Kings, Lin was asked about the president tuning in to watch him play.

    “I’m very, very honored and very humbled,” Lin said. “I mean, wow, the President. Nothing better than that.”

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