Morning Must Reads: May 13

In the news: IRS, China, Heritage Foundation, Pakistan's election, David Cameron, and Seth Myers

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

  • Not only the “Tea Party”—The IRS field office in charge of evaluating applications for tax-exempt status also decided to focus on groups making statements that “criticize how the country is being run” and those that were involved in educating Americans “on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
    • Joe Klein: Obama “on same page” as Richard Nixon
  • China‘s growth weakens
  • What to take away from the Heritage Foundation‘s $6.3 trillion immigration reform paper debacle
  • Nearly 20,000 service members are raped or sexually assaulted each year by predators who often evade punishment. How can the Pentagon stop them?
  • Projected Pakistan Prime Minister winner Nawaz Sharif must quickly resolve accusations of vote rigging and focus on three crucial tasks: economic stability, rural politics, and the army.
  • South Korea’s leader Park Geun-hye apologizes for aide’s sexual misconduct in Washington
  • UK Prime Minister David Cameron is meeting with Obama ahead of next month’s G-8 trade summit
  • Seth Myers to take over for Jimmy Fallon as host of Late Night
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nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@ Tero: Bigger Flop--Maple Leafs or Garcia?  Discuss.  

outsider
outsider

This must be what the Twilight zone feels like:


Bill Kristol criticized Karl Rove and American Crossroads for an ad attacking Hillary Clinton’s handling of the attacks in Benghazi, saying that the ad “is just fundraising by American Crossroads and these other groups. It’s ridiculous! There’s no campaign going on.”

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Kristol added that people should “pull the partisanship back. It’s a genuine outrage what happened in Benghazi, it’s a genuine outrage what the IRS did,” so “I wish the Republicans would just be quiet for while — I mean, the partisan Republican groups that are fundraising off of this — would be quiet on both issues for a while, and let’s find out what really happened.”


http://www.salon.com/2013/05/13/bill_kristol_roves_ad_attacking_hillary_is_just_fundraising/

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Man I wish sacred was here.  Some of the nuts in these Klein threads, particularly the IRS one, are begging for his attention.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

The latest theory behind crackpots is that the IRS scandal is just an elaborate plot by the Obama administration to draw attention away from Benghazi.

I'm not kidding. 

Tero
Tero

The long, gross career of Barbara Walters

Veteran newswoman retires to spend more time with her craven obsession with power

"When she’s not interviewing famous people, Walters is partying and vacation with and occasionally dating them. Former relationships include Sen. Edward Brooke, former Bear Stearns head Alan Greenberg, and Alan Greenspan, who I guess has a type. She’s buddies with war criminal and society fixture Henry Kissinger. She’s old friends with make-believe TV tycoon Donald Trump. "

I've often wondered how she managed to be taken seriously...


Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Not to miss out on the noise, Rubio calls on the IRS commissioner to resign. Now the one who was in charge when the "targeting" happened resigned in Nov. 2012 and a replacement has not been confirmed by the Senate (sorry for the shock, should have warned you), but the acting commissioner should resign because he was deputy during the targeting. Sigh.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/rubio-calls-on-irs-commissioner-to-resign

La_Randy
La_Randy

This group is not partisan at all:

"Tea Partyers Boycott Fox News for Being Too “Left”"

"A group of Tea Partyers organized a three-day boycott of Fox News in protest of its coverage of Benghazi, tepid opposition immigration reform, and in general “turning to the left” since the election."

Give these girls and boys a 501(c)4!

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Y'know what I want to see from an IRS investigation?  An email saying "Do we really want to get the government paralyzed for another 6 months when the White House did nothing wrong?"  Even better if it plays against the debt ceiling debate

La_Randy
La_Randy

"A sermon for the ages"

"But we don't act; and for a particular reason-- one that will be clear to those who are used to reading the Gospels. Our richest people don't want to act because it would reduce their wealth somewhat. The fossil fuel industry is the one percent of the one percent, the richest enterprise in human history. Exxon made more money last year than any company in the history of money. There are far more eminent theologians than me in this room; I'm not a theologian at all. But it is my firm belief that these companies have more money than God.


And so far, they have been able to deploy those funds in political ways to make sure that nothing ever changes. They have bought, in our nation's capital and many others, a 25-year bipartisan effort to accomplish nothing...

...It's not that Americans are addicted to fossil fuel; most of us would be just as happy if our power came from the sun and the wind, if our cars ran on electricity. The addicts...are the folks who run the fossil fuel empire, addicted to profits so great that they turn away sorrowful from the knowledge that they're wrecking the future..." 

La_Randy
La_Randy

"The IRS was wrong to target the tea party. They should’ve gone after all 501(c)4s."


"Their missions are more than political. These groups are, in many cases, clearly birthed by political parties and campaigns. Karl Rove’s Crossroads acted like a shadow Republican National Committee in the 2012 elections. Bill Burton’s Priorities USA was clearly dedicated to reelecting President Obama. The idea that their 501(c)4s weren’t primarily devoted to influencing American politics defies belief. And the same could be said for the tea party groups formed after the 2008 election, or the 501(c)4 created by the Center for American Progress.

The danger is that this experience will simply make the IRS even more terrified of regulating 501(c)4s. Recall that none of the tea party groups scrutinized by the agency actually lost the 501(c)4 designation. Even at their most attentive, the IRS is treating these groups with kid gloves. Now they’re going to be tempted to leave them almost entirely alone."

La_Randy
La_Randy

@forgottenlord The article states that they are Turkish nationals with Syrian ties. Sounds fishy considering that Syrians were killed in the bombing.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Tero

Still waiting for the House to outlaw the political manipulation of voting rights.

[lets out huge breath, grabs air}

Oh, hell.  Nevermind.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011 

Like the ability to send remote assets, be it jets or even units on a moments notice within minutes of an attack. It might work in movies - reality not so much.

Tero
Tero

@SirDonQuixotic

I was just in the IRS thread, what a hoot! These baggers make paulie look like a Rhodes scholar. Below are two of the brilliant responses I got;

"Is you avatar green to hide the pink eyes from excessive Kool-Aid consumption?"

"You drank the Kool-Aid, and/or are to young to see his evil. He is trying, and will probably succeed in destroying the US.. Even then, with The US under martial Law, riots in the streets because there is no money to pay 0's voters, the media will say it is the republican's fault (and they have been powerless since 2008), You will once more drink the Kool-Aid. When He declares himself President for Life, you will not even notice that it is now the USSA with a dictator. The Venezuela of North America.  Watch, and I hope, learn"

LOL I can't figure out if this guy is serious or if this is snark? Could anyone be this stupid? Even a bagger?!?!

TyPollard
TyPollard

@SirDonQuixotic 

He lead the attack on Benghazi to make the rightwing go insane. 

Incompetent, and an evil genius.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@SirDonQuixotic 

So they created a IRS mess to draw away the attention from the Benghazi mess?


Brilliant. That's 2 cylinder thinking (with one knocking out of tune).

outsider
outsider

@Tero 


Just finished reading this - i love Pareene

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Ivy_B 

Throw in that it was the IRS upper Management who squashed the targeting in the first place - without prompting from any group.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@La_Randy 

I wish George Soros would buy a large share of Fox News just to make their heads explode.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

And the problem with the Republicans is that they're too moderate.

It amazes me how delusional these guys are.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N 

They will print millions in Republic of Texas money to fund a pipeline to the Jurassic.

Irony
Irony

@Sue_N It doesn't inspire confidence when the governor's standing policy up until this point has been "pray".

Sue_N
Sue_N

@La_Randy The addicts also are our politicians, who rake in cash from the oil industry. As long as that pipeline is flowing, we'll never get off the crack pipe.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@La_Randy Joe posted this in today's take on the IRS where he has calmed down a bit. Of course the mouth frothers on his other post won't bother reading it. Very smart take by Ezra.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@La_Randy 

Amen to that; remove them all. No money in our political system from any entity, left or right.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@forgottenlord @SirDonQuixotic 

In retrospect I should have.  Obama regularly starts other controversies against his own administration to draw attention away from earlier ones.  He orchestrated the Benghazi attack to draw attention away from Fast & Furious too, I'm sure.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@forgottenlord @Ivy_B 

Someone must be fired anyways. It's kind of like 'wingers post about some fraud that this administration uncovered and is doing something about. Stuff that started decades ago. Ironically missing the fact that the government they're railing against uncovered it.

Reminds me of two dummies trying to high five and miss. Snorting laughter follows.

NP042
NP042

@SirDonQuixotic @La_Randy Why go that far?  Why not just point out that a Saudi prince has a large number of shares in News Corp?  There is an awesome Daily Show clip on the whole thing, if you haven't seen it before.

Tero
Tero

@NP042 @Tero @SirDonQuixotic 

I was thinking that that might be rod? Kinda sounds like him and he likes to adopt female avatars from time to time.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@SirDonQuixotic

Nonono: he organized it to draw attention from the fact that unskewed polls had him 15 points down to Romney and he was about to get creamed.  That way, he wouldn't have to show up to the Denver debate - which he didn't and he still won.  See!  His plan worked!  We can't let him get away with this!

Tero
Tero

@forgottenlord @Tero 

That would be delicious. Good idea, I guess to beat a bagger you gotta think like a bagger...

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Tero 

Nonono: leave everything exactly the same.  Just make sure everyone knows.  That would be far more hilarious watching them scream and shout about how it's a Liberal propaganda machine which it's the same BS that was there before.