Take it away.

* GOVERNMENT CLOSURE: It will or it won’t. If it does, it will be the Republicans fault. They will try to craft it to throw blame on Democrats for harming our troops, the last refuge these scoundrels always take. There is, however, a record of Republicans in Arkansas and elsewhere voting against multiple measures to make sure the troops would get paid.

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* LIGHT DAWNS ON HUMAN RIGHTS: This is funny and encouraging. A top strategist for the National Organization of Marriage, a group leading the national political charge against same-sex marriage, has deserted the organization and taken its list of 290,000 Facebook friends with him.

Marinelli oversaw NOM’s online social media properties and actually drove the bus during NOM’s Summer 2010 bus tour. It was that tour, he tells Hooper, that began making him into an equality supporter. “The lesbian and gay people whom I made a profession out of opposing became real people for me almost instantly. For the first time I had empathy for them and remember asking myself what I was doing.”

* WHY DOES GOP HATE WOMEN? Meet Planned Parenthood and the services that John Boozman, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Rick Crawford want to kill.

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