North Dakota’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion bill has been blocked by a Federal judge because it is “clearly unconstitutional“… so the state’s one clinic is staying open — for now.

That San Diego County clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the constitutionality of Proposition 8 is resolved (?? Didn’t we just finish fighting that battle??) — has filed a lawsuit. And he’ll be joined by another 19 county clerks who have decided to continue this fight. Stay tuned. In the meantime, folks: it’s not that long a drive to LA County. (Donna)

When your party’s base doesn’t care about your party, you’re in trouble. Especially if you’re John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.

In the meantime, Slate’s Dave Weigel says that Democratic Representative Alan Grayson has quietly become the most effective member of Congress — while pursuing a progressive agenda.

House Republicans think people on food stamps are lazy and should get a job… But the truth is, 58% of recipients live in households with earnings from a job. But there is hope for a renewal of the SNAP program, because the biggest beneficiaries are the food companies and grocers who profit from a larger pool of buyers:

You can’t help but notice the irony of Walmart helping its employees get on food stamps, and then profiting from their food stamp dollars. In fact, if you take a step back and think about it, what that sounds like is not public welfare, but corporate welfare.
And if you think that stops at McDonald’s and Walmart, think again. The food stamps/corporate welfare model goes all the way to Wall Street.

Imagine how profitable they would be if they paid their workers a living wage. (Oh. But then they may have the discretion to shop elsewhere, huh?)

We’ve heard how the sequester is hurting our military, our education system and programs like Headstart and Meals on Wheels. You can add the judicial system to the list — and pray you don’t find yourself needing a public defender.

MOMocrat Cynematic is at the AFT Convention this week, where she’s talking about suspending penalties for low Common Core State Standards school test scores for three years — it’s not ready to roll out, so why punish the kids?