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Today on the Dish, Andrew backed up Obama on his fiscal-cliff red lines, highlighted the importance of America’s neighbors both having national marriage equality, and celebrated the arrival of marriage (license) equality in Washington State, as did two men with wonderful beards, as did our FOTD.
In political coverage, McKibben suggested ways capitalism can take on climate change, readers offered some additional thoughts on the difference between MSNBC and Fox News, Jonah Goldberg reviewed Mitt Romney’s authenticity paradox, the Right found a loony to champion “lunatic”, and Chait introduced the GOP to its rock and hard place regarding anti-tax absolutism. We also rounded up reactions to Jim DeMint’s exit from the Senate, a development Jennifer Rubin welcomed (drawing the rabid ire of other conservatives), while Washington State got its legal-weed on, Thomas B. Colby noted the difference between sympathy and empathy when it came to Obama’s judges, Nate Silver floated Alaska as a future swing state, Harry Enten bet on Hillary for 2016, and Peter Roskam’s acceptance of Obama’s revenue offer earned him an Yglesias nomination. In international coverage, Afghanistan’s corruption once again topped the world, Fallows checked in on the economic and social maturing of China, Nora Caplan-Bricker broke down the anti-gay situation in Uganda, and Joshua Landis picked the best of bad options when it came Syrian rebel leadership, while we kept our eye on Assad’s possible use of chemical weapons and also looked in on the continuing demonstrations in Egypt.
In assorted coverage, we paid tribute to Dave Brubeck while Kottke passed along the best 2012 photo galleries, Marc Smirnoff carved out a serious space for his Southern literary quarterly, Sumathi Reddy discarded thoughtfulness in the quest for appreciated-gift buying, and Will Schwalbe read to live. Also, Frank Jacobs explained the cartography of existential islands, Christine Flamsholt Jensen traced the pro-business ethos of hip-hop, Lydia DePillis emphasized the inherent waste of failed start-ups, Christopher Ferguson recommended we stop suspending kids from school, and Travis Waldron focused on the domestic violence aspect of NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide. Keith Humphreys let some air out of porn star happiness (or at least the study that had suggested it), Linda Holmes could not tolerate violence on television (and likely did not watch our zombie montage), and we considered what to do if we fell onto the subway tracks. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John line-danced through a new Hathos Alert, a house dubstepped its way through our MHB, God tweeted, and there was snow in Seoul through the VFYW.