Shorter Question Everything
• ‘We will not cower’: Muslim Brotherhood pledges fightback as Egypt death toll climbs to 421: The Muslim Brotherhood pledged to bring down Egypt’s military-backed interim government Thursday, deepening the country’s political crisis as the death toll from clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi climbed to 421. “We will rise and rise again until we push the military back into the barracks and restore democracy,” Gehad El-Haddad, spokesman for the Islamist organization, said on his Twitter feed. The Muslim Brotherhood also announced plans to hold a march Thursday in Cairo. El-Haddad’s call to arms followed a bloody day of unrest in Egypt, after security forces – backed by bulldozers – cleared two Cairo sit-in camps protesting the military’s removal of the country’s democratically elected leader. The health ministry announced early Thursday that the death toll from subsequent clashes reached 421, with 3,572 others injured.
Stupid things rightwingers say
• Congressman who Attacked ‘Fit’ Couple on Food Stamps Took $370,000 In Stimulus: Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) who blasted a “physically fit” couple for using food stamps at a suburban Virginia grocery store, collected 370,000 dollars in federal stimulus money for his Oklahoma plumbing company. Mullin who brags about turning the plumbing company into a successful business never mentions the government help he received to make it thrive. Or if he did not need the money to prop up his plumbing firm, he never mentions that his business was “physically fit” and that he did not actually need stimulus money to keep it afloat.
• Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas is standing in solidarity with the rodeo clown who impersonated Obama at the Missouri State Fair this past weekend, inviting him to perform at a rodeo in his home district. This is not the only time Stockman’s aligned himself with a controversial Obama critic either. He notoriously invited aging rocker Ted Nugent to be his plus-one at the 2013 State of the Union. Stockman has been one of President Obama’s strongest critics in recent years, threatening to impeach him this past January.
• Several Republican lawmakers from Arizona balked at Hurricane Sandy aid for New Jersey and New York. Now they’re wondering where the federal aid is for areas affected by Arizona wildfires.
In other news
• Many Americans who buy their own health insurance will get a tax credit of nearly $2,700 next year per family, according to new research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
• Israel: “Shortly before Israelis and Palestinians sat down Wednesday for the first direct negotiations here in five years, Israeli war planes struck two sites in Gaza in response to rockets fired from the Palestinian enclave.”
• In a short decision issued Wednesday afternoon, the California Supreme Court said it would not hear the challenge to reinstate Proposition 8, dismissing the suit. This means that there is no longer any legal threat still on the table to try to shut down marriage equality in the state.
• Two young men face child pornography charges today in a high-profile court case connected to Rehtaeh Parsons, the Nova Scotia teen who was bullied online and then took her own life. The boys charged in the case are both 18, but they can’t be named because they were youths at the time of the alleged offences. One is charged with creating and distributing child pornography. The other faces two distribution charges.