Republicans aren't believing it, they know the real reason thousands of temperature records were broken in March, 2012, it's a liberal big government conspiracy. In The Greatest Hoax, How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) explains how those perpetuating the Hoax of global warming want to benefit, and why the temperature records over the last month, last year, or any scientific baloney or measurements can be anything but blatant and categorical lies.
..."Across the nation, over 7,500 daily record high temperatures were set in March 2012," Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce reported....
Krugman explains why the ruble has fallen more then the deflation of the price of oil. He looks at all the debt that the oligarchs has accumulated out side of Russia. All this debt is held in foreign currency and not in rubles. Normally this type of currency crash happens when high foreign debt is caused by government over borrowing and low exports. This is not the case because exports have been high in Russia and government borrowing low. The private sector has been accumulating assets out side of Russia with heavy borrowing.
It is a good read. I like how in the end he brings up the love affair some of the far right's with Putin. Like I said in a comment on the other thread on this subject. Russia is a far right's wet dream.