Morning Must Reads: February 26

In the news today: "shy" NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, immigration reform talks, Italy's meltdown, gun control breakdown, and dozens of Republicans tell Supreme Court gay people have a constitutional right to marry.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Can Eric Cantor, the Republican Majority Leader, redeem his party and himself?
  • Profile of “shy” NRA leader Wayne LaPierre.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: sequester will happen. Ezra Klein doesn’t understand why.
  • Obama invites Sen. Graham and John McCain to discuss immigration reform.
  • Dozens of prominent Republicans, including John Huntsman, will send a legal brief to the Supreme Court arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry.  The SC is considering a suit against California’s Prop 8 barring same-sex marriage.
  • Obama gun control agenda likely to be broken into pieces by Senate.
  • As Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi rises, Dow and Euro fall.
  • Washington Post discusses Steven Brill’s TIME cover story.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Oscars’ Best Picture. Is that her role?
159 comments
notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but LeBron had 40 pts, 8 rebounds and 16 assists tonight in a 2OT win against the Kings.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Prominent republicans supporting same sex marriage. Hagel confirmed. Republicans getting the blame for the sequester. Obama wins re-election.

Welcome to bagger hell.

notsacredh
notsacredh

More about the sequester. If it does affect me (looks likely), I have to take a day off every week without pay. Every month (actually 14 times a year) I have a 5 day day weekend after 7 straight midnights. The boss will work with us and let us choose which day off we want. I think I'll take my last midnight off and then after my long weekend, my first afternoon turn. So, every 3 1/2 weeks I'll get a 7 day weekend.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Dozens of prominent Republicans, including John Huntsman, will send a legal brief to the Supreme Court arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry.  The SC is considering a suit against California’s Prop 8 barring same-sex marriage.

Don't anyone tell the Mormon Church.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I know I'm jinxing things, but is this why Paulie has been silent today?

La_Randy
La_Randy

@sacredh They (republicans) have decided this is a bad move due to the President having the power to determine which programs may be cut i.e. in republican states.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

You should have enough sick time to make up for the furlough day.  Most gov'ment folks don't.

notsacredh
notsacredh

And this folks, is why the republican party has less and less appeal every day. The old angry white guys want the government out of their lives and into to vagina's of women. That'll teach em' to have those sinful cooters.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

How far will that go if abortion is constitutional?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@La_Randy So videoing on private property without consent bad, but ultrasound on private parts without consent good. Do I have that right?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Ivy_B 

Santorum is going to be the one on their ticket.  Every single Republican presidential candidate since Ford has been the runner up from the previous election's primaries.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Romney and Trump were seen entering a Motel 6 with a bottle of Coke.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh For this to work, the DNC is going to have to commit to spending real money here (instead of treating Texas like an ATM) and getting volunteers engaged and excited. Mostly, though, we're going to have to figure out how to get Texas Hispanics engaged enough to vote.

That's a historic problem here. I don't know if we beat it out of them in the '50s and '60s or what, but for some reason Texas Hispanics don't vote anywhere near their actual numbers. We'd be blue tomorrow if they did.

notsacredh
notsacredh

We got e-mails from the commander saying that leave isn't an option.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I don't recall W being second to Bob Dole though.  'Think that was Kemp.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@DonQuixotic @Ivy_B From your lips (or keyboard) to God's ears.

notsacredh
notsacredh

On leaving, Mitt was heard to mumble, "That was the most intense 45 seconds of my life!".

tommyudo
tommyudo

@Sue_N 

If Hillary is the nominee and has Mayor Castro as a running mate then I think Texas would be up for grabs.

The thought of having the first female Prez will galvanize many of those suburban women who are "soft" GOP .

notsacredh
notsacredh

People have to realize that they CAN make a difference and then vote.  It's why I can't understand people that throw their votes away on protest votes or stay home.

jmac
jmac

@MementoMori @sacredh So soon he erases Ann Richards from his mind.  Oops.  He also forgets that in the days of Democratic Texas - he was a Democrat.  

notsacredh
notsacredh

I belive they have decided to try the crow this evening.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Or at least arousing one.

[umm....]

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'm sure you'll receive a standing "ovaton".

notsacredh
notsacredh

Love is in the air. What IS that smell?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh MY EYES!!!

notsacredh
notsacredh

Donald thanked him for the mousse.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The backdoor is always open.

There. Now I've said it. Time for my nap before work.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh The ticket to hell?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

Something is the right world but not in a way that convey something positive

notsacredh
notsacredh

Just a flight of fancy, but wouldn't a Rubio/Castro ticket be something?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@tommyudo @Sue_N I wish Castro would run for Cornyn's seat in 2014. The Dems need to field a strong candidate in that race for us to have any kind of counter to Cruz's extremism.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh I don't either. In a very real way, my vote doesn't count. I vote Democratic in a blood-red state, and I vote against my rep, good ol' Louie G, every chance. All to no avail. But I vote. Every damn time. Because one day it is going to make a difference, and I don't want to miss out when it does.