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The Rev. Al Sharpton will be filling in for Ed all week. We’ll be on top of tonight’s budget talks between President Obama and Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), of course. But there’s a lot of other stuff going on today, so here’s today’s Underbuzzed.

  • Herman Cain really is getting a raw deal. He consistently polls among the top three or so in the Republican field, but doesn’t get covered that way. Now, as if no one reads Ralph Ellison any more, he’s literally been made invisible. And he’s-not-credible isn’t a valid argument.
  • Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) thinks public money shouldn’t be used to produce quality television or to improve the commute into NYC with a new tunnel. What should public money be used for? A socialist mall, of course.
  • A handful of Supreme Court rulings got overlooked today. One blocked a lawsuit stemming from the abuses at Abu Ghraib. Another blocked Arizona’s law using public funds to give average folks a chance to compete with rich candidates come Election Day. Notice a pattern?
  • I confess I’m not as up as I should be on natural gas. But this is clearly an important story about rushing headlong into it.
  • While Republicans continue to push the fiction that regulations hurt business, international regulators agree on a set of rule to protect the global economy from banks making bets they can’t cover.
  • Give. Rep. Michele Bachmman (R-WI) credit for this one. She may embrace the Biblical condemnation of homosexuality. But at least she acknowledges New York has the constitutional right to legalize gay marriage.
  • Hey, remember how anti-immigrant laws are going to protect our economy? How’s that workin’ for ya, Georgia? Not so well? Remember that on Election Day.
  • And, in case no one’s paid attention to the fiction that low tax rates = economic prosperity, here ya go.

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