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- The House is expected to vote today on a balanced budget amendment. If this proposed amendment actually succeeds in balancing the budget entirely through spending cuts, as House Republicans hope it will, it would “throw about 15 million more people out of work, double the unemployment rate from 9 percent to approximately 18 percent, and cause the economy to shrink by about 17 percent instead of growing by an expected 2 percent.”
- Gun control and pro-gun groups held competing rallies at Virginia Tech — with the pro-gun side demanding the ability to carry concealed weapons at the site of a horrific massacre where a single gunman killed 32 people in 2007.
- Georgia lawmakers try to revive the anti-abortion, anti-contraception “personhood” law that was handily defeated in Mississippi earlier this month.
- The California Supreme Court will decide whether a former journalist who fabricated dozens of stories may nonetheless practice law.
- Meanwhile, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) reminds us that Prop 8 is still unconstitutional.
- And, finally, Dave Weigel explains why the next Tea Party conspiracy theory will involve the time when George Soros, ACORN, and Nancy Pelosi conspired together to kick them out of the Russell Senate Office Building.