Morning Must Reads: April 17

In the news: Boston after the bombs, immigration proposal completed, Toomey-Manchin amendment vote, Margaret Thatcher, income inequality by New York subway station.

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People drink coffee under cherry blossoms as the sun rises along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 7, 2013.

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nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

 Once again, Campaign "ignore the troll" undermined by one of the campaigners posting a thread discussing the ignoring of the troll


The first rule of Troll Club....

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

CNN NewsCrack:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday blamed the defeat of a compromise deal on stricter gun laws on "the gun lobby and its allies," saying those against the legislation "willfully lied" about its provisions.

Obama spoke angrily about two proposals defeated Wednesday in the Senate. One would expand background checks on firearms sales, and the other would ban some semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons.

Due to procedural steps by Republican opponents, the amendments required 60 votes to pass in the 100-member chamber, meaning Democrats and their independent allies who hold 55 seats needed support from some GOP senators to push them through.

The final vote on the background checks provision was 54 in favor to 46 opposed with four Republicans joining most Democrats in supporting the compromise while four Democrats voted with most Republicans against it.

Is it 2014 yet?

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Even NPR just said that the gun control bill failed because it didn't get the 60 votes needed to pass. Aaarrrgggh.

Unless the media do their jobs, people will now generally believe that 60 votes is needed to pass anything. How's that working out for you Harry?

grape_crush
grape_crush

"Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting."

http://www.fbi.gov/boston/press-releases/2013/no-arrest-made-in-bombing-investigation

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

 The Northeastern United States Gets To See a Rocket Launch Today

Usually, residents of Florida and California have a leg up over the rest of the country when it comes to one of America’s most favorite past times: watching rockets soar into the sky. But in the early evening today, the Northeast coast will be treated to a special show. At around 5 p.m., from Maine to South Carolina, look up in the sky and you just may see the brand new Antares rocket climbing into the sky on its maiden voyage as it blasts off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Wallops has seen launches before, in 2006 and 2007, but the Antares launch, says Universe Today, will be “the biggest, loudest and brightest rocket ever to launch” from the site. CBS News:

“We’ll lift off with approximately 750,000 pounds of thrust, weighing about 600,000 pounds,” said Frank Culbertson, a former shuttle commander who oversees Orbital’s advanced programs group. “So it’ll not race off the pad, but it will accelerate very quickly once it gets going.

For those not in the northeast, or if clouds mar your view, NASA will be streaming the show live starting at 4 pm.

Cool, I'll be watching for it and I encourage anyone else on the East Cost to do the same.

MementoMori
MementoMori

CNN is reporting no arrest has been made.

paulejb
paulejb

I wonder why reporters protect the identities of sources that provide false information?

grape_crush
grape_crush

"A live video feed of the scene outside the federal courthouse in Boston has been made available by MyFoxBoston.com. It can be viewed here. Multiple reports have indicated that a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is being taken to the courthouse. "

People starting to line the streets.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

April17th, 2013

Dear Diary.

Like that drunk uncle at the holiday party our troll continues to get more and more offensive and strident in his pleas for attention. Much like that drunk uncle his desperate need for human companionship and acceptance far outweighs his common sense and good taste. Will continue to ignore stupidity and reward rational discussion. Let's see if the Paule's Dog experiment works.

 

MementoMori
MementoMori

@nflfoghorn"the gun lobby and its allies,"

Let's name 'em and shame 'em.

Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) voted against it. Reid supported the measure but voted against it to preserve his ability to bring the measure up again.

There's a pile of Dems whose names are worth remembering.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Ivy_B 

It isn't even a strong bill as far as gun control is concerned.

If the death of 20 small children won't push gun control these days I guess nothing will.  May the people that support blocking such a bill never have to suffer the grief of a madman walking into their child's school and taking away the most precious thing in the world from them.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

However, Chuck Todd tweeted,  Many folks apparently believe these are "filibuster" cut-off votes today. They are NOT. Senate set 60 as amendment approval threshold

Even better. Thanks, Harry

WolfBard
WolfBard

@grape_crush

"CNN, in recent years, has represented neither the left nor the right but rather more of a steady spiral downward."

Jon Stewart has uncanny powers of foresight.

I fell out of love with the 24-hour cable networks before I was ever in love with them.  Action movie soundtracks for the "War on Terror" are the first impression I had of this nonsense.  Since then, it's tainted our perception to say, "Everything should be known about anything within minutes.  Hours at the most."  Once upon a time we checked the news in the morning paper and watched the film at 11.  And for me, those "good ol' days" were ten years ago.  Tops.

And before you ask, the handle is for the animal, not the beard with glasses up there.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

John King must be hanging his head in shame.  It was poor journalism, added to their commitment to being objective; like that seventh church in Revelation, CNN's neither cold nor hot. 

Flox will dog-pile all over this b/c a) they can and b) they don't actually do any journalism.  As I alluded to earlier, Jeff Zucker's off to a bad start if he's going to tolerate this stuff.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@grape_crush 

Wasn't there a time when he was a respected journalist?  I mean, sure, that was back when CNN was a respected network, but still...

MrObvious
MrObvious

@grape_crush 

He's not a reporter. He's a clueless dolt with a beard that people for some unexplained reason keep putting on the air on a daily basis.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@grape_crush I don't watch CNN. But even if it was a serious news organization, I'd NOT watch because of this idiot.

Tero
Tero

@grape_crush 

Wolf Blitzer is a total hack. The only thing more nauseating on CNN is Erin Burnett and her 1% fan club.

tommyudo
tommyudo

@grape_crush 

Sections of the MSM are so eager for a scoop that they are falling all over themselves. In one respect the Right is correct, we do have a lame stream media. They are great at selling cialis and soap, but that's about it.

doddeb
doddeb

CNN is now backpedaling. No one is in custody.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

Dear Diary

This will be the first time I write something. Some people are just ugly dumbarses. That's it.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@mantisdragon91 

Once again, Campaign "ignore the troll" undermined by one of the campaigners posting a thread discussing the ignoring of the troll

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Well at least I know mine is for the animal.  ; )

...and welcome to the Swamp.


nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Wolf Blitzer, meet Krystal Ball....

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

This is NOT the Supreme Court here....

doddeb
doddeb

It would be amusing in a keystone cops sorta way, if the stakes were not so high. Pathetic.