I think over the past couple of months I’ve been more out of the loop on politics than I’ve been since I was like 12.  But I’m getting caught up, particularly in the GOP primary race, which really is kind of fascinating if disturbing to watch.

Obama is now making an issue of the GOP debate audiences, which have generated bizarre cheers over the past three debates.

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Rick Santorum is all over current-but-sliding frontrunner Rick Perry for being soft on marijuana (and gay marriage).  Perry does hold the position that the 10th Amendment should enable states to legalize marijuana.

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With Perry’s campaign imploding, a new hope for the Republicans has arisen.  But is he the anti-Perry or the anti-Romney?

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No ride lists for BART?

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The Democrats managed to hold their ground for the first time in a couple of years.  FEMA money will be replenished for the moment, without sinking grants for development of hybrid vehicle technology to “offset” the additional spending.  It’s a small thing by comparison to some of the losses over the past year, and there will probably be a round 2.  But it’s something.

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In case you didn’t know, it is against the law to shine laser pointers into aircraft cockpits.  At least, without a license.

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There will be rallies to save the post office today, with accusations of GOP sabotage.

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Another rich guy wants to be taxed at higher rates.

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Lastly, if you didn’t hear it yesterday, find Democracy Now’s archives (actually, I think you can find it at KMUD) and listen to the press conferences and interviews of Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd, and Shane Bauer and their families.  They are remarkable young people, if maybe just a bit injudicious.  Here’s a summary of their story.

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