- Health insurance companies get ready for ObamaCare‘s biggest changes to the health care industry set to drop next year.
- BP has spent $32 billion cleaning up their 2010 spill in Gulf of Mexico. That number may triple.
- Thomas Friedman on India vs. China vs. Egypt
- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responds to a Justice Dept. memo which outlines the legality of drone strikes.
- Atlantic calls the precedent the memo establishes “reckless,” rips “imminent threat” clause.
- Eric Cantor softens tone
- The Washington Post exposes a previously secret Saudi Arabia drone base today.
- Religious right supports immigration reform
- Obama’s speechwriter, Jon Favreau, heads to Hollywood.
- Manti Te’o breaks up with Twitter.
Conservative groups and some religious organizations have argued against making any change, saying it would dilute the Boy Scout message of morality and potentially destroy the organization.
Right because nothing says morality like inequality and bigotry. I don't know if the Boy Scouts are aware of this, but they have had gay scout leaders and scouts serving in their organization since its creation. They still do, and their organization is not being destroyed.
Ones mans 'morality' is most peoples bigotry. Of course when the uber moral himself - you know - Jesus - didn't talk about homosexuality and abortion but talked about things like greed, you gotta wonder why regular folks listen to the mega rich mega church hucksters.
127 people are listening in on the pot thread and 15 people are listening in on MMRs. Lol. Tourists.
Eric Cantor softens tone. He soften his tone alright. He is gently rolling the grenades instead of usual random tossing.
@gysgt213 Charlie Pierce has his usual masterful take on the "softening" of Eric the Knife: http://www.esquire.com/_mobile/blogs/politics/Eric_Cantor_Puts_Old_Whine_In_New_Bottles
In regards to the imminent threat theory
This is the whole 'we should torture because a nuke might go off in 5 minutes' scenario. It's just not a plausible reason to give some higher up the carte blanche authority to kill just about anyone under very dubious excuses. This is a mistake. A legal society ensure that what is done is done right and fairly. I did not like it under Bush and I certainly do not like it under Obama.
Look at how the use of drones on civilians have increased. And look at the abuses in the past where FBI and such have spied on regular folks because of their phobias and suspected activities. Because all it takes is the wrong person, wrong personality (think Nixon's paranoia) and you have a recipe for turning a vague authority into an abusive tragedy.
More fractures in the republican party:
S.E. Cupp ['C' Cup - snickers] never mentioned the Tea Party governor of FL. She thinks he's a loser too?
How long have we been saying that the Tea Party was going to fracture the republican party? How long have we been saying that any short term gains would cost them in the long run? How long have we been saying that the Southern Strategy would render the republicans into a regional party? The sad thing is that we didn't even have to be politically astute to see this coming. It was obvious from the beginning. What the hell do they pay their advisors to do?
@sacredh When you have built your party around the denial of math, data, figures and facts, this is the inevitable result. When you deny or rewrite history to fit your agenda, this is the inevitable result. When you decide to cater to d angry white people who are still pissed that the blacks and the browns and the women and the gays insist on being treated like actual people, this is the inevitable result. When you pull your "science" out of the Bible and your public policy from Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson's dark imaginings, this is the inevitable result.
Of course, you have to have some kind of relationship with reality to see that.
Well GOPers believe in magic so it was easy for them to ignore reality. No one like fanatics, and you can't blunt criticism against your fanaticism by screaming 'NO YOU'RE IT!'
Nate Silver's take on party-line voting:
Obama nominates Jewel for Secretary of the Interior:
I've heard the name Jewel, but I've never heard anything by her. I don't listen to the radio if I can help it. I think most current music is terrible.
@sacredh The Golden Age of Country, Rock & Roll. R&B etc. was from the fifties thru the eighties. Everything after that mostly sucks.
On terrestrial radio down here we got a coupla pop stations, three country channels, two rap stations, one that plays R&B from the 1960s to the present, a major neocon talk radio station (am & fm), a minor neocon talk radio station, two sports talk channels (one almost exclusively satellite), a tradio channel, a couple Hispanic radio stations and at least ten gospel radio stations. Faithful Christian that I am, I would gladly drop one of those religious stations for progressive talk in a second.
Far-right RedState breaks up with far-right Tea Party.
Yes, I'm gonna enjoy a few guilt-free moments of schadenfreude over this.
@MementoMori Why do I get the feeling this is the year we're all gonna have schadenfraude-exhaustion?
I'd like to personally thank the Tea Party for sabotaging elections for the Republican Party at the behest of the Democrats. Can we get a standing ovation guys?
Almost all Democrats can go into a debate with a teapartier, let them talk and as the only reply or comment point at them and say, seriously - can you believe this guy?
Let the nutbath begin.
It's a pity that their most motivated and fervent (fanatic and least educated) faction of the party is also adamantly against anything that would revive GOP. They're more NO then the speaker.
"Plus, when else am I gonna root for Santorum?"
Rooting for Santorum. Isn't that like hoping your crank gets caught in your zipper?
It's a lose-lose situation for the republicans. The Tea Party is the most motivated and fervent faction of the party. The republicans have a problem with a shrinking base now. How can they win a national election if a sizeable chuck gets alienated? The republican brand has become toxic to so many different demographics that they can't afford to lose any of their supporters.
I absolutely loved the Republican primaries for this very reason. Plus, when else am I gonna root for Santorum?
It's amazing how it took a lost election for GOP to find the courage to kick on their fringe libertarian cousin.
I was worried the "host" was all of us but it looks like it's only the Republican party.
Ty, I think the Tea Party is our Code Pink. Most democrats ridicule them and want nothing to do with the fringe. What would we do if Code Pink was a large enough faction that we couldn't win without them and they insisted on getting their way? Would we go along, try to win and hope for the best or would we split and have no chance to win an election?
I thought the "sane but wrong" faction of the Republican party was going to push back against the crazy after living through the Palin phenomenon but only a few were brave enough to point out how empty she was/is. Most are just cowardly grifters.
It's going to get very ugly. If it gets REALLY ugly, a third party candidate (republican mainstream vs. Tea Party), it could pave the way for some democratic wins in states that shouldn't be in play for us.
There has also been a shift in thinking among southern conservative religious leaders, who see Hispanics as a growing part of their congregations.
“Part of it has been a real campaign for awareness of the issue and what’s at stake on the issue,” Land said. “There’s also the fact that some evangelicals have figured out that these people are mostly allies when it comes to social issues and unless you drive them away by being anti-Hispanic, they are going to vote the way social conservatives would like them to.”
“This is basically an answered prayer,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the activity. “The conversation has finally evolved where deportation is no longer part of the immigration lexicon. It is now about legalization.”
I wonder at what point Evangelicals will realize that Christ would be horrified with what they've become.
Jesus would find it completely gay
The right is embracing reform now because Obama took 70% of the Hispanic vote. They can't get the White House with angry old white guys as the base. It's that simple.
Yep, it's all about votes. Here I thought Christians were supposed to be welcoming and accepting of all flocks.
Eric Cantor softens tone: "Bring us your legislation so we can vote no on it". Eric never uses the word "JOBS" either.
"Eric Cantor softens tone." Great. When will he actually take a substantive position that will help anyone?
The real cost of privatization:
"Given the terrifying tales coming out of Ohio's Lake Erie Correctional Facility, states should get as far away as possible from the Corrections Corporation of America's (CCA) latest get-rich-off-imprisonment scheme: purchasing and running public prisons."
And just as a reminder:
"The [Jan] Brewer administration has also been targeted by KPHO for hiring Chuck Coughlin and Paul Senseman, both lobbyists for Corrections Corporation of America, as a policy advisor to her campaign and communications director in her administration. Both Coughlin and Senseman no longer work for CCA. CCA, which houses 75,000 offenders and detainees in more than 60 facilities nationwide, operates six prisons in Arizona, three of which list U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a client: Florence, Eloy, and the Central Arizona Detention Center."
CCA bankrolled Jan Brewer's campaign. Jan Brewer goes tough on immigration so CCA can have more clients. And do you want to know the real punchline?
"The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. At year-end 2009, it was 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population."
We've allowed it to be profitable to lock people up. And we're allowing those same people who profit from it to buy governors and other politicians.
At what point do we call that a crime?
@MementoMori Small steps: You might be happy to know that even conservative Texas is beginning to recognizes that incarceration people on drug offenses is counter productive and costly.
ICYMI: Rick Perry Destroying Women’s Health Care — And Punishing Poor Families — In Texas
A Texas judge recently upheld the Lone Star State’s attack on Planned Parenthood and its participation in the state Women’s Health Program, yet another victory for right-wing ideologues in their long war on women. In America’s second most populous state, poor women and families especially face new and dire circumstances — despite President Obama’s re-election on a platform guaranteeing the strongest state support for reproductive rights in a generation.
Last year, Texas barred Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health clinics from the Women’s Health Program, when Republican lawmakers decided that “abortion affiliates” (organizations that counsel on abortion, provide abortion referrals or are affiliated with clinics that provide abortions) could no longer receive public funds for family planning or any other health services. Denying the right to counsel patients is a clear violation of free speech, and the right of publicly funded family planning clinics to “affiliate” with privately-funded abortion providers has been a matter of settled law since 1989 (in the case of Webster v. Reproductive Health Services). But never mind.
Originally, the Texas Women’s Health Program came under Medicaid, serving more than 100,000 low-income women, with an annual cost of nearly $40 million — paid 90 percent by the federal government. When the Obama administration threatened to pull federal funding because the new rules violated a Medicaid provision ensuring that recipients must be free to choose their own health care providers, Republican governor Rick Perry told the president to keep his money. A new program, using state funds only and free of federal involvement, began on January 1 of this year.
What Perry did not explain, however, is that state lawmakers had already decimated the state’s family planning program in 2011 – forcing budget cuts of two-thirds that resulted in the closing of more than 50 clinics. All this in a state that already suffers a primary health care shortage of crisis proportions. Texas has only 70 active primary care physicians per 100,000 people, ranking it 47th among 50 states. Planned Parenthood and other such community clinics thus were filling a critical gap. Banning their participation in a state program only exacerbates the Texas physician shortage.
@gysgt213 The hospitals in Texas will eventually force the state to take the Medicaid money. They're already losing huge amounts of money through uncompensated care, and that's only going to get worse. One-fourth of our population is uninsured. We rank last or near the bottom on a whole host of health-related indexes.
This state is on a collision course with reality, and it's going to be ugly and painful when it happens.
@gysgt213 While the coat hanger/forced pregnancy crowd might feel in control of women and the poor, it will come back and bite them big time. The people of Texas are going to pay for health care for the poor in one way or another and have chosen the most expensive, least effective manner.