Here are the topics we'll be talking about on The Nose today.
First, the onset of the Awards Season, which seems to coordinate somehow with the onset of flu season. The Oscar nominations are out. The Golden Globes are handed out on Sunday, and there lots of other awards rattling around right now, many of them with the word "choice" in their names.
The movie awards are a little more meaty this year because three or four of the big films drag controversies along behind them.
Also on the docket today the proposal to mint a trillion dollar coin and thus avert a debt ceiling debacle.
And probably lastly, an outburst this week by a Connecticut Republican representative has us thinking about the complicated profile of Gabby Giffords and the right way to make apologies.
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