By Charlie Warzel/ @cwarzel
INTHECAPITAL’S WORKING LUNCH: Here’s some stuff to make you smarter/less bored while you eat your lunch alone at your cubicle. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
ONE YEAR UNTIL DOOMSDAY…or so the Mayans would have you believe. According to a select few who take their cues from the Mayan Calendar, we have exactly one year until fire and brimstone and the end of days. This news, more than anything else, could potentially explain the stalemate in Congress. After all, who needs tax breaks when the sky falls and every volcano on earth erupts in concert? Well played, House GOP…well played.
WSJ OP-ED SMACKDOWN: ‘
Who’s down with GOP?’ Here’s a hint: Not the WSJ editorial board. This morning they effectively pantsed the House Republicans. Have a look via our Important Snippet: ”The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass…Republicans have also achieved the small miracle of letting Mr. Obama position himself as an election-year tax cutter, although he’s spent most of his Presidency promoting tax increases and he would hit the economy with one of the largest tax increases ever in 2013. This should be impossible.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204791104577110573867064702.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_t
…This segues nicely into our BEST OF ‘POLITICO’S PLAYBOOK’ (We read it so you don’t have to):
"—A TOP DEMOCRAT EMAILS: "Boehner has lost the WSJ ed board. The only question now is, how quickly does the Speaker wave the white flag."" via a direct Copy/Paste.
Next, a spot of local news…
LUNCHTIME IDEAS FOR YOU…via Best Bites Blog @ Washingtonian: Food Truck CITY in Metro Center and Farragut North today. Check it out.
AN OCCUPY DC CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!: Looks like the folks at Occupy DC won’t be coming home for the Holidays…
Bits of Tech/Media…
ADAM SAVAGE OF MYTHBUSTERS RAILS AGAINST SOPA: Important Snippet - ”These bills aren’t simply unconstitutional, they are anticonstitutional. They would allow for the wholesale elimination of entire websites, domain names, and chunks of the DNS (the underlying structure of the whole Internet), based on nothing more than the “good faith” assertion by a single party that the website is infringing on a copyright of the complainant. The accused doesn’t even have to be aware that the complaint has been made”.
MythBuster Adam Savage: SOPA Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It - Popular Mechanics
THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES TO TWITTER OVER PAYROLL TAX CUT, SHARES RESULTS ON STORIFY: If the payroll tax cut isn’t passed, it will cost Americans $40/ paycheck, according to the White House. But you don’t need to hear it from me…just check out their take.
REALLY SWEET PHOTO OF MARINE ONE APPROACHING WHITE HOUSE FROM THE AIR: Pretty much summed it up in the headline…it is awesome though.
TO KILL TIME TODAY AND TOMORROW WHEN YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SIT AT WORK, BUT HAVE NO WORK TO DO:Longreads.com’s Top 10 Longreads of 2011.
GOP 2012 HUBRIS OF THE DAY:
From The Iowa Caucus’ Flavor of the Hour, Ron Paul: Important Snippet: ”“I’m on the verge of saying it’s in the bag,” the Texas congressman told the Herald, referring to the Granite State’s Jan. 10 primary. “Iowa has something big to do with it. If we win or get a close second we can build our credibility. There’s this thing that’s very real in politics called momentum.” http://www.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1390091
CRAP YOU CAN DO AROUND TOWN THAT’LL GET YOU ‘IN THE SPIRIT’: The Downtown Holiday Market is today at 8th and F st., NW…only two days left to go to it. http://www.downtownholidaymarket.com/
But methinks you’ll probably just go get bombed with your coworkers at 5pm instead. T’is the season for awkward corporate mingling!!
TO CLOSE, MEME GRAPHIC THAT ILLUSTRATES HOW EVERYONE FEELS ABOUT CONGRESS: It’s aptly titled, 2012 is coming.
Okay folks, that’s it until tomorrow. Hope we made your afternoon just a little more bearable.