Thursday links for your reading pleasure.
- President Obama has signaled that he will play hardball and cut off appropriations if the GOP refuses to honor the debt ceiling deal from last year. When liberals castigated Obama for agreeing to the debt ceiling deal, I thought it might be a cagey move to force the GOP to either slash defense spending or lose all spending authority and shut down the government — right in the middle of an election. And here we are.
- Three agents are leaving the Secret Service over Hookergate. I just wanted to write the word “Hookergate.”
- As we’ve covered before, conservative lobbying group ALEC is getting hammered by the withdrawal of its wealthy corporate patrons. Apparently boycotts started by those crazy “consumers” have put a dint in ALEC’s efforts to strip them of all their rights. Now ALEC is turning to the conservative blogosphere to save its agenda from the light of publicity.
- Robert Reich examines the broader significance of the decision by Citigroup shareholders to vote to deny a massive executive payment package.