Morning Must Reads: May 1

In the news: lethal arms to Syrian rebels, the Massachusetts Senate race, Obamacare, high-speed traders, LGBT and immigration reform, the "morning-after pill," and American students

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

  • Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels
  • The Massachusetts Senate race to replace John F. Kerry will be between Republican Gabriel E. Gomez, 47, a former SEAL and current private equity investor, and veteran Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey.
  • Kaiser poll: 42% are unaware that Obamacare is law.
  • High-speed traders are using a hidden facet of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s computer system to trade on the direction of the futures market before other investors get the same information.
  • Will Sen. Leahy’s (D-Vt.) amendment allowing gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-born partners for green cards tank the immigration bill?
  • FDA approves “morning-after pill” for women 15 and up.
  • Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is considering a run for president.
  • The U.S. claims one-third of the developed world’s high-performing students in both reading and science
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DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Speaking of Bin Laden, today is the second anniversary of Obama overseeing his death.  Just another mess that Bush left that Obama had to clean up; thank you Mr. President.

La_Randy
La_Randy

Thought I saw this posted somewhere on this thread.

"Right Wing Blogs Fall for Yet Another Ridiculous Daily Mail Unsourced Story"

"Would you believe they’re all falling for yet another unsourced story from UK tabloid The Daily Mail, claiming that Saudi Arabia sent a letter warning about the elder Tsarnaev brother in 2012? Universally falling for it, despite the fact that the Daily Fail’s coverage of the Boston bombings has been absolutely horrible, and ridiculously full of falsehoods?

Well, of course they are! Because they see it as an opportunity to attack the Obama administration again, and they have no credibility left to waste, so why not just go nuts?"

jmac
jmac

"High speed traders . . . "   Shifting markets need every microsecond (one MILLIONTH of a second) they can get to make our millionaires billionaires.  

In the meantime, we have conservatives in Congress still denying what took us to the Great Recession and still calling for austerity to take us out of it as the cry for deregulation is firmly entrenched in their minds.  What's a minor millionth of a second loophole to them?  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

And just to refresh everyone on the fate of our favorite "family values" GOP Mayor:

Marcus Hook Mayor James "Jay" Schiliro was ordered held over for trial Tuesday on charges that he fired a gun inside his house while holding a 20-year-old friend hostage.

At a preliminary hearing before District Judge Nicholas Lippincott, Nicholas Dorsam, 20, of Chichester, testified that he and Schiliro had a "good friendship" but that on a February night, the mayor ordered a police car to bring him to his house, then compelled him to drink wine and would not let him leave.

Schiliro is to be tried on charges that include recklessly endangering another person, false imprisonment, and furnishing alcohol to someone under 21.

Dorsam, a former neighbor, said he received a text message from Schiliro while at a friend's house indicating the mayor had been drinking and wanted to talk. Dorsam texted back that he already had plans, but eventually he agreed to go to Schiliro's house.

After the police car delivered him, Dorsam went to Schiliro's television room at the back of the house. The mayor allegedly poured him wine and told him to drink. Dorsam said he drank three glasses, the first time he had consumed wine.

Schiliro knocked over a small table, breaking the glasses and cutting himself, Dorsam said.

Schiliro "seemed stressed," Dorsam testified. "We talked about him being bi [bisexual]."

Schiliro said he was attracted to Dorsam, and Dorsam said that while the situation was "awkward," he was not going to judge him. Schiliro asked at least 20 times if he could perform oral sex on Dorsam, Dorsam said.

Three times during the 31/2 hours he was there, Schiliro held guns to his own head, Dorsam testified.

The first two times Dorsam was able to take the guns from Schiliro, who would leave the room and return with another weapon.

Dorsam said the two would stop to talk politics, speculating about Schiliro's potential run for sheriff. At one point, Schiliro asked him to hold up his shirt to make sure he was not wearing a wire, Dorsam said.

Schiliro fired the third gun into a stack of papers, Dorsam said.

"This boy for a short time was a hostage," said the prosecutor, Michael R. Galantino.

When defense attorney Michael Malloy asked if Dorsam could have walked out of the house when Schiliro was out of the room, he said, "Yes."

"It doesn't make any sense to me," Malloy said. "I've never heard anyone who can't leave when they have the guns."

Schiliro sold the weapons shortly after the encounter, has entered an alcohol-treatment program and is undergoing counseling.


nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Generally (i.e., non-troll) speaking, everyone knew BO would be a lame duck if he were re-elected.  So why is pointing it out such a big deal?

MementoMori
MementoMori

 The research suggests that people may hold extreme policy positions because they are under an illusion of understanding — attempting to explain the nuts and bolts of how a policy works forces them to acknowledge that they don’t know as much about the policy as they initially thought.

The true definition of 'low information voter".

Extreme Political Attitudes May Stem From an Illusion of Understanding

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/extreme-political-attitudes-may-stem-from-an-illusion-of-understanding.html

MementoMori
MementoMori

 “The Republican congressional delegation — particularly the members of the House — are completely creatures of the base. They are former state legislators and state senators who got elected to those offices espousing ideas that likely were further out there than the ones they’re spouting now. In large part, they were raised within the base’s political structures, both inside and outside of government. They are the product of a closed information society, with its own history and its own science and its own truth.”

Good read.

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Running_The_Bases?src=rss

outsider
outsider

@La_Randy  

I was just about to post this. Sirota is right. 

Again. 

MementoMori
MementoMori

@La_Randy That's so much crazy in one place I'm surprised it hasn't collapsed in on itself and formed a insane black hole.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@La_Randy 

Not at all surprising.  Lying, tabloid journalism for their right-wing idiot masses.

bobell
bobell

@Ivy_B  So what!  Toomey's just another Democrat, right?

Oh, wait ...

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@nflfoghorn To put it in context, foggy (as I hope Stewart and Colbert will do soon), *every* 2-term President goes though an identity crisis in their second term. (See G.W.Bush: "I'm the decider!")

What baffles me is:

1) the entire Washington Press corps acting as if this is a "new thing" and,

2) the entire Washington Press corps NOT looking towards the obstructionists on Capitol Hill, and acting as if 2nd term Washington gridlock is all the President's doing.

Can we have some real journalists, please!?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@nflfoghorn

Who says he's a lame duck?  His first term accomplishments included:

  • Overhauled the food safety system
  • Advanced women's rights in the work place
  • Ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) in our military
  • Stopped defending DOMA in court.
  • Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
  • Appointed two pro-choice women to the Supreme Court.
  • Expanded access to medical care and provided subsidies for people who can't afford it.
  • Expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Fixed the preexisting conditions travesty [and rescissions] in health insurance.
  • Invested in clean energy.
  • Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly (though it still needs work of course).
  • While Dodd-Frank bill was weak in many respects, it was still an extremely worthwhile start at re-regulating the financial sector.
  • Created a Elizabeth Warren's dream agency: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • He's done a lot for veterans
  • He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks.

Give him time, the second term is still in its infancy. 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Robbert5

It’s hard to overstate the loss of knowledge that this bill would bring about. We wouldn’t know the unemployment rate or how many people are working. We wouldn’t know how many people are in the workforce, or enrolled in school, or retired. We wouldn’t know how much people are earning, or how many are in poverty. We wouldn’t know how many people are robbed or assaulted each year.

Sounds like the perfect environment for Republicans.  We already knew they made things up on the spot, but the last election highlighted that they like to make up polls as well.  

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Corbett can pick up a pointer or two from Lurch, whose quixotic efforts to drug-test welfare recipients is, uh,  going nowheres!

MementoMori
MementoMori

@mantisdragon91 "Corbett cited no sources for his claim about potential employees flunking company drug tests."

That's why it's so easy to be a Republican - because facts are for losers and intellectuals. The GOP runs on delusional fantasies.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MementoMori The biggest nutters of the bunch. As always when you cater to the dumbest and loudest elements you get Gohmerts, Cruzes and Kings.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori

"Remember when professional athletes were judged on their athletic prowess -- and not who they bedded?"

When has anyone, in any field ever, not been judged by who the bedded?

MementoMori
MementoMori

As I said, shameful and predictable.

fitty_three
fitty_three

And, of course, his foreign policy coups, of which there's many.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@SirDonQuixotic

You didn't include keeping the economy from collapsing.

I just thought I would toss that in there.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I think I'm in your camp Sir DQ...I was only pointing out that he can't run again, not that he's suddenly impotent.  BTW, don't forget that he authorized the killing of Osama.  [Oooo--isn't that HBO special on tonight??]

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

I am just glad that Jason Collins' revelations finally got Barack Obama interested in something.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MementoMori I'm confused the daughter of Raul Castor is a big supporter of gay rights and we want to honor her for what she doing. This is a problem why?

NP042
NP042

@mantisdragon91 @MementoMori Hypocritical guilt-by-association


Person X who supports some liberal cause is to be reviled because they are somehow linked with horrible person Y, despite having none of the horrible traits.


The catch is that it doesn't apply if Person X is conservative.  (See radical muslims compared to radical Christians, ie Westboro and the like)