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TGIF: Plus, Republican triangulation and another whopper by Tom Cotton

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* THE GOP'S ARTFUL DODGING: The Washington Post's Greg Sargent elaborates on a theme we spied in the sudden emergence of Asa Hutchinson and Tom Cotton as supporters of something they previously hated — government mandated increase in minimum wages. It's all about triangulation on this and other issues, including the hated Obamacare. When Bill Clinton triangulated Republicans thought it was a terrible thing. When they do it ......

* SPEAKING OF TOM COTTON TRIANGULATION: When Cotton went on the Republican cheerleading Alice Stewart show today he covered his minimum wage waffle with his usual sneering putdown of President Barack Obama. Fact-checkers went right to work. From the New Republic:

The Republican Senate candidate in Arkansas, Tom Cotton, levied a powerful accusation against his opponent, Senator Mark Pryor, and President Barack Obama on Friday. "But as Arkansas' next U.S. senator,” Cotton said, “I'm going to make sure we have a healthy economy. Not the kind of minimum wage economy that Mark Pryor and Barack Obama have created."

Wait. I feel like I’ve heard that criticism of Obama before. Oh right—Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal leveled it against the president back in February. "The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy," he said then. "I think we can do better than that. I think America can do better than that."

A “minimum wage” economy sounds pretty terrible—especially when one party refuses to raise it. Here’s the problem: Jindal and Cotton are entirely wrong. Here’s the number of minimum wage workers in the U.S. from 2002 through 2013:

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You need not credit Obama for the decline in minimum wage workers. You also need not believe any of the words that come out of Tom Cotton's mouth.

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