HUFFPOST HILL – Large Man Can’t Understand

Somewhere, non-Senator Designate Barney Frank is curled up in a Snuggie, binging on “Friends” and eating a wheel of brie with his hands. Still-Senator David Vitter attacked Marco Rubio over immigration, which should comfort Bob Menendez. And thanks to Senate testimony, we learned today that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is “a large man… a tall man” like Sheldon Whitehouse… or your mom packing heat. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, January 30th, 2013:

@edatpost: It begins: MT @markudall: @lisamurkowski & I ask colleagues to sit together during #SOTU 1.usa.gov/XKlEU7

AUSTERITY STRIKES AGAIN – With Zach Carter: “Lawmakers were stunned Wednesday to learn that the U.S. economy officially dove toward a double-dip recession at the end of 2012, contracting for the first time in three and a half years amid steep declines in government spending and sluggish exports. Policymakers were similarly stunned in Europe when reductions in government spending led to continued economic malaise, leading top economists there to question the logic behind austerity recommendations. European austerity programs are a major driver of the slowdown in U.S. exports, and several economists have argued that reductions in government spending, here and abroad, are almost solely responsible for the suddenly tanking economy. ‘Austerity has been terrible for Britain and the rest of Europe,’ said Chad Stone, an economist with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank. ‘We’ve not been as bad as them, but we haven’t given our economy the support it needs.'” [HuffPost]

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