Even though Romney paid for this Florida win on his debit card -- outspending Newt by millions -- he still couldn't nail down the rank-and-file vote.
Worth the read and has good insight into the current state of the GOP with this nut:
Almost two years after energy from the Tea Party swept Republicans back into congressional power, a politician who embodies the antithesis of that spirit stands on the verge of victory. This is regress, not progress, and the GOP will pay a severe price for the Faustian bargain of "electability" that it entails. A party that chooses power over principle will lose both.
I know some people might suggest the money spent on these rockets could be better spent lifting their people out of poverty, but given their population of well over a billion people, I think that forcing them into either/or options is narrow thinking.
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.