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How Could This Happen?

I mentioned yesterday that a guy went public to the Las Vegas Sun claiming that he had made up a baseless rumor/conspiracy theory and tried to peddle it to a rightwing site to see just how credulous or irresponsible they would be. Turned out, pretty credulous and irresponsible! The story was that Harry Reid didn't get those injuries in an accident. It was his drunken brother beating him up. And John Hinderaker of Powerline Blog ran with it based on no evidence at all. This afternoon Brendan James talked to Hinderaker to understand how this could happen. You've really got to read this.

The Big Gay Day At SCOTUS

As you may know, tomorrow are oral arguments at the Supreme Court in what is likely to be the decisive case for marriage equality nationwide - and perhaps by extension LGBT equality writ large. TPM Managing Editor David Kurtz will be in the chambers covering the oral arguments. And after he writes up what he saw he will be taking your questions in a live chat at The Hive (sub req) tomorrow at 4 PM.

America's Faltering Romance with the Car

For several years I've been reading about an ominous and fascinating trend for the car industry which stretches across unfolding early 21st century American culture. Put simply, cars are declining as a key component of American culture, particularly with men. That's not to say we're done with them; far from it. Tens of millions Americans rely on them every day to make it possible to work, pick up the kids and experience many of the basic things that make life worth living. But cars have never simply been about utility.

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Quote of the Day

Ian Reisner: "I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights."

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