Morning Must Reads: May 10

In the news: Texas, Benghazi, immigration reform, Syria, Hispanics, Wall St. five years later, E-Bay, and Prince Harry.

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

  • On jobs tour in Texas, Obama offers little new hope for jobs progress In Washington
  • Benghazi talking points underwent 12 revisions, scrubbed of terror reference
  • Senate takes step forward on immigration reform
  • Woman rescued from Bangladesh rubble two weeks after collapse
  • Paul Krugman: Does Bernake blow bubbles?
  • Charles Krauthammer: Pink line over Syria
  • Hispanic voter turnout is weak
  • What Wall St. and Europe’s banks have learned five years after the fall
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced her first piece of legislation this week, a proposal that would allow students to take out government educational loans at the same rate that big banks pay to borrow from the federal government.
  • Some small businesses rip E-Bay for opposing online sales tax legislation
  • Prince Harry tours the U.S.
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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

So trash day Friday yields two storylines that make absolutely no sense: Benghazi emails "clearly" demonstrating that the administration was worried about politics....except it was minor league players concerned about departmental infighting.... and the IRS admitting that one office in Cincinnati was doing something political that it shouldn't have been doing which "clearly" is Obama's fault because "clearly" when Obama says jump......exactly one office in the entire country actually does.

Two scandals that aren't scandals showing corruption that's not corruption from the highest level only the highest level wasn't involved.  What a stupid afternoon.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

So....166 emails get dumped and 7 of them have people looking at the politics of the issue - but not from an Obama election standpoint but from a interdepartmental blame game stand point.  CNN mentions that Al Qaida was in the first draft...but doesn't mention when or why it got removed while spending the rest of the article saying that the administration was at odds with its story.  I don't get this.  Why is the story "the administration's story is at odds with these emails".

MrObvious
MrObvious

This has been the week of Benghazi-haze. Quite interesting to see the mental faculty meltdown and the howling. The same idiotic suspects that though Obama would be one and done in 2012 are now howling impeachment.

They just don't know how tiny and fringe they are. Sure; let the 'wingers paralyze our political process with another failed attempt, but I hope they don't realize what happened last time and how it hurt their own movement.

Once is just one of those things. Doing to a second sitting Democratic president only shows people that GOP can't be trusted with our political process. Time to fumigate congress and get rid of the crud.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Note that the climate three to five milliion years ago will be the cliamte we get, at minimum: It's a done deal. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22486153

Whether it's man-made or not (I'm convinced it is) doesn't matter, except as policy toward improving things thousands of years in the future.

paulejb
paulejb

Elijah Cummings on Benghazi hearing: No evidence of cover up or that Obama admin. intentionally mislead anyone

"Elijah Cummings apparently doesn’t believe yesterdays hearings proved much of anything:

…There was no evidence of a conspiracy to withhold military assets for political reasons. No evidence of a cover-up. No evidence that the administration intentionally mislead anyone. No evidence that anyone was threatened for coming forward to testify…"

There is also no evidence that Elijah Cummings has a brain.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

On Friday, Cummings provided several additional details of Hicks pre-hearing interview that were omitted from the record and counter claims that State officials tried to keep him from speaking with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Instead, Cummings points to portions of the interview where Hicks says he was told to ensure an attorney was present if he spoke to Chaffetz.

In the omitted portion of the transcript, Hicks says the only thing he was warned about was not revealing “part of the FBI investigation or privileged to the FBI investigation.”

Cummings also highlights portions of the transcript that were omitted from the committee’s record in which Hicks says he was never told to withhold additional information.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/cummings-hicks-benghazi-comments-distorted-91189.html#ixzz2SvPmVDKh

paulejb
paulejb

Rep Elijah Cummings (D-Nitwittery)

"Death is a part of life."

Only a partucularly cold blooded nitwit would compare the gruesome deaths of people in a terrorist attack to the cycle of live

outsider
outsider

More lying by the GOP




 The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is accusing Republicans of distorting the remarks of a star witness testifying before the panel this week on Benghazi.


Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent letter to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Friday asking that omitted portions of Gregory Hicks’s testimony be added to the record.


“I thank Mr. Hicks for coming forward, for working with our investigators, and for providing his testimony to the Committee,” Cummings said in a statement. “Unfortunately, some have attempted to distort and manipulate what Mr. Hicks actually told the Committee. I believe this additional information will help clarify and complete the official record.”


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/cummings-hicks-benghazi-comments-distorted-91189.html#ixzz2SvE5Dw3v

paulejb
paulejb

"WASHINGTON—The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.

Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review," Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

"The IRS would like to apologize for that," she added."

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_23215160/irs-apologizes-targeting-conservative-groups

Well, they said they're sorry.

outsider
outsider

Mark Barden Singles Out Jim Inhofe: 'I'd Just Like To Ask Him, What Are You Thinking?'

The father of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim has not forgotten the words of one GOP lawmaker.

Mark Barden appeared on Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," singling out Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) for his April comments that Newtown, Conn. families have no business being a part of the gun control debate.

Barden, whose son Daniel was killed in the December 2012 shooting, was asked by Maddow about politicians who have criticized the families calls for action.

"[They're] calling you pawns or puppets, saying you're being used by Democrats or the president," Maddow said. "What's your reaction to that?"

"My reaction to that is, do you not think I have my own reasons for doing this?" Barden emphatically responded. "Here, let me show you," he added, before pulling out a picture of his deceased son.

Barden then turned his attention to Inhofe, who charged back in April that the Obama administration dragged the Newtown families into the matter.

"See, I think it's so unfair of the administration to hurt these families, to make them think this has something to do with them when, in fact, it doesn't," Inhofe said.

Barden told Maddow that he has called Inhofe's office and left his cell phone number, but is still waiting for a return call.

"I'd just like to ask him, what are you thinking?" Barden said. "Why wouldn't I want to do this?"


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/09/mark-barden-jim-inhofe_n_3249810.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

outsider
outsider

When the GOP has to lie this much to try and make a point, you know they realize how much trouble they're in:


The American Future Fund, a pro-Republican nonprofit, is running an ad defending Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), whose approval ratings dropped precipitously following her vote against expanded gun background checks. A ThinkProgress investigation found that many of the apparently ordinary citizens speaking in the ad are actually local Republican Party activists.

Jayne Millerick is described as a "New Hampshire mom" in the spot. Referring to gun control groups' recent criticism of Ayotte, Millerick says, "Those attack commercials are partisan and deliberately misleading."

But left out of the American Future Fund ad is that Millerick is a former chairwoman of the New Hampshire state Republican Party. In May 2012, the political consultant wrote an op-ed in the New Hampshire Union-Leader titled, "A Republican advantage emerges on health care," which called for the repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/10/kelly-ayotte-ad_n_3252873.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

outsider
outsider

This is interesting. Maybe the rest of the South will wake up too:


SANDY HOOK, Ky. -- In 1988, the band Alabama scored a No. 1 country hit with "Song of the South," Bob McDill's tribute to life in rural Dixie. Twangy and anthemic, the tune entrenched itself in the Southern canon, primarily in jukeboxes and college party playlists. South of the Mason-Dixon line, its opening fiddle lick is no less a catalyst for beer-sloshing revelry than the first piano chords of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."

But lost on a generation of good ol' boys and fist-pumping frat brothers has been "Song of the South's" central theme: Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and the fealty to the Democratic Party it renewed among rural, primarily white southerners.

"Well somebody told us Wall Street fell, but we were so poor that we couldn't tell," Alabama's lead singer Randy Owen croons in one verse. "The cotton was short, and the weeds were tall. But Mr. Roosevelt's gonna save us all."

And save them he did. Initiatives like the Works Progress Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority, and laws like the National Labor Relations Act, rescued millions from the Great Depression and elevated many into the middle class. As a result, Democratic presidents, from FDR to Bill Clinton, received substantial backing from Southern white voters. It's no coincidence that three of those presidents -- Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Clinton -- were southerners themselves.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/09/solid-south-democratic-party-kentucky_n_3151539.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

If only the GOP cared that there are hundreds or thousands of missiles floating around that are capable of bringing down almost any aircraft in our military inventory. But why worry about that. BENGHAZI!!!!

jmac
jmac

@forgottenlord Today's NY Times Benghazi coverage has the title "E-Mails Show Shaping of Administration Message on Benghazi.   Big bold print as it continues on page 11.     This is the newspaper that let Libby tell Judith Miller what to write as the NY Times pushed the Administration's Message on invading Iraq - on page one.   They bought it hook, line and sinker and it all came from the White House.    And now on Page one:    The Talking Points Were Shaped.     

The reason we don't have any emails on the outing of a CIA agent -  they were all erased.    The entire Benghazi story is really the story of our press today.  The right wing controls them whether we have a Republican president or a Democratic president.  We might as well make Rush Limbaugh president.     

paulejb
paulejb

@MrObvious 

It is not a complicated story, Ob. It started with incompetence, panic and cowardice and proceeded to being a frantic cover-up to protect Obama's election chances.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R- Calif.) has come under fire after posting 166 pages of "sensitive but unclassified" State Department cables online Friday afternoon.

The documents relate to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four others. Administration officials, speaking with Foreign Policy magazine, accused Issa of endangering the safety of Libyans working with the U.S. government, whose names were not redacted from the report:

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 

The Daily Kos believes that mild criticism of the Dear Leader is treason, so you can't go by them.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@outsider2011 

Frankly at this point they should just stop addressing them at all.  Tell the GOP they're more than welcome to bring forward criminal charges if they have any evidence, outlining what laws were broken, and just sit and watch them stew in their fake rage.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Proof positive that (certain) politicians are bought and paid for.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011

I wouldn't really want to ask Jim Inhofe anything. He's even dumber then Bachmann and Krauthammer. I'd gladly replace both Bachmann and Inhofe with clones of Biden. Bidens foot in mouth makes me laugh but he's pretty genuine  Bachmann and Inhofes stupid makes all age groups cry.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91

So what is Barack the Unready doing about "hundreds or thousands of missiles floating around." I have never heard him utter a single word about that threat that keeps you up at night, Bugs.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011 

It doesn't take research to figure out that. Boy wonder banked on unicorn stuff. If it ain't 2+2 it ain't worth a spit.

bobell
bobell

@outsider2011  God love Jon Chait.  Here's a key paragraph from his post:

"The doctrine of expansionary austerity — the premise that we must cut deficits not just eventually but immediately — has suffered a series of disastrous reversals. It has failed repeatedly in Europe, and its most prestigious academic basis, a paper by Harvard’s Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, was exposed for a series of fundamental errors. A New York Times article this week represented a watershed, baldly stating in its headline, as the entire macroeconomic forecasting field has understood all along, that the short-term deficit was too low, no longer a counterintuitive dissent but a clear and barely contested reality."

Who knows? Maybe in another few years the average American will grok this reality.  Maybe ...

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb

Guess the black community will have to kick your peers in the teeth again before you learn, huh, paulejb?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Republicans can't stand it when the truth comes out since almost everything they say is false to one degree or another.  At least FAUX admits they are an entertainment channel, not a news channel.  Now paulie, if you want some real news, try The Daily Show!