Morning Must Reads: May 20

In the news: the IRS, Pakistan, higher education, Keystone XL pipeline, drones, and Yahoo!

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

  • The White House’s chief lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler learned weeks ago that an audit of the Internal Revenue Service likely would show that agency employees inappropriately targeted conservative groups
  • Washington Post gets a rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe
  • Fixing America’s skills-based gap and income inequality
  • Rajat Gupta and the fall of billionaire Raj Rajaratnam
  • Pakistan‘s railroads rust and its economy crumbles
  • Employers are increasingly recognizing they may be able to avoid certain penalties under Obamacare by offering very limited plans that can lack key benefits such as hospital coverage
  • Liberals vs. conservatives in higher education
  • Banks have paid less than half the $5.7 billion in cash owed to troubled homeowners under settlements brokered by the government since 2008
  • In rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, Obama wouldn’t solve the underlying problem of consumption, but would put a brake in the process
  • President Obama is slated to lay out his administration’s legal justification for using drones against terrorists in a speech on Thursday
  • Yahoo! takes Tumblr for $1.1 billion
245 comments
paulejb
paulejb

Is it possible that Nate Silver had inside information on the IRS efforts to suppress conservative votes that have him the edge on other pollsters?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

CNN's Reporting a 2 mile wide Tornado in the OKC area.

ahandout
ahandout

Can someone pass this along to Barry, Hillary and the MSM.  You in the hive can also gain some insight.

"No matter the situation, we are programmed internally to take a situation, gather facts that help our case and manipulate it to benefit ourselves. We will completely dismiss or omit any facts that will harm our egos and either use other information to fill the gaps or take a different direction with in our recount of the situation. This is also known as confirmation bias by social psychologists. Unconsciously, we are capable of producing a lie that we believe completely, making our perceived reality the truth, and what others see as a false conviction. We are likely unable to realize that we perform with such lies imbedded in our fragile minds and twisted self image."

Your mental health message for today.  Be well soon.

http://www.helpingpsychology.com/self-deception

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but some of the guys at work pooled their money and played numbers for the 600 million Powerball jackpot. I declined because they wanted $20 from everybody. I thought it was too much so I stayed out. 6 people ponied up the $20. They split $14 six ways.

ahandout
ahandout

Here's why the MSM loves them some Barry O.

Obama's Deputy National Security Advisor is Ben Rhodes.Ben Rhodes' brother, David Rhodes, is president of CBS news.Ben Rhodes has a Masters in fiction from NYU.  Really Barry?  Your DNSA is a fiction writer?  Who would have guessed?

Ben Sherwood President of ABC news, his sister is special assistant for Obama.

CNN deputy bureau Chief Virgina Mosely is married to Tom Nides Deputy Secretary of State under Hillary Clinton during Benghazi.

NBC's parent company, GE, received 140 Billion from Obama.What was GE's tax bill? $0, zero.

paulejb
paulejb

"The Most Chilling Details From The Kafkaesque Search Warrant That Went After A Fox News Reporter"

"While it is not uncommon for the government to investigate leaks, it is unprecedented for a journalist to be accused of committing a crime for reporting on classified information." 

http://www.businessinsider.com/doj-search-warrant-fox-news-reporter-2013-5

Richard Nixon had nothing on Barack Hussein Obama.


paulejb
paulejb

 Oddly enough, this IRS scandal seems to be a rare case of government workers being positively industrious.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Brady Center sues Georgia town that requires residents to own guns

Officials in Nelson passed an ordinance in April requiring every head of household to have a gun and ammunition. Nelson's five-member town council unanimously approved the law, which says violators could be fined up to $1,000.

The suit says the law violates the First Amendment to the Constitution because requiring people to purchase a firearm when they don't want to own one violates their freedom of speech and their "freedom to act or not to act." The law violates the 14th Amendment because it creates two classes of individuals: heads of households and non-heads of households, the suit says.

The suit also says the law violates the Second Amendment, because that amendment does not require, or permit the government to require, owning a firearm.

Crickets coming from the right about forcing someone to purchase a firearm - a violation of their constitutional rights - or face a hefty fine.  They continue to show their understanding of the Constitution is elementary at best, willing and gullible slaves to the gun industry at worst.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three 

When you're zoomed out, it looks like the map reflects general population density....except for South-East Idaho.

How much do you have to hate for South-East Idaho to be that big of an epicenter?

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout Yes, that describes you conservatives perfectly.  You see scandals where there are none.  You don't want to pay your fair share of taxes.  And you hate everyone and everything including yourselves.  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Sounds like the best rationale I have seen yet as to why anyone who isn't a billionaire would vote for the GOP



Sue_N
Sue_N

GET also paid no taxes in 2002 (I'm sorry, who was president then?) and has paid only minimal taxes since. And if you have a problem with this (which, frankly, you should), then your problem is not with Obama but with this country's corporate tax structure, which allows corporations like GE, Exxon and others to pay a much lower tax rate than middle class families.

But I'm pretty sure you don't really care about GE's taxes and are just trying to make a partisan point. Sadly for you, you failed.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout And how many GOP donors like Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch actually own the networks themselves? Last time I checked management ever high level management has less ability to decide programing and message than the people who actually own the right wing propaganda shops.

retiredvet
retiredvet

In time this will pass. They have the attention span of wilted lettuce.

Sue_N
Sue_N

I'll bet that the people who approved this vote Republican. You know, limited, non-intrusive government.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@SirDonQuixotic 

Which is why the other town had a provision allowing people with a moral objection to refuse to do so.

And I love the 14th amendment argument.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord 

That's why I suggested zooming in. Zoomed out it becomes very smoothed out.  I went in and looked and they seem to be concentrated in small populations within midsized and smaller rural towns.  Fountain, Indiana stands out for the N-Word but I think this map needs to evolve as more results come in.

Also, actually, the left coast seems to be curiously absent at the scale you're talking about.  The right coast and the south coast too, but it's harder to see in the overwhelming inland smear.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@fitty_three @paulejb 

Conspiracy theories is all they have left. 

If they weren't so damaging to progress I would feel sorry for them...so I won't.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@AlistairCookie @forgottenlord They're now saying the death toll is at least 35 (or 37; I've heard both), including 20+ children killed in an elementary school.

As a Texan, I regularly mock Oklahoma. Now I grieve and pray for them.

ahandout
ahandout

@Sue_N I care as much about GE's taxes as you care about the MSM reporting the truth.

The only thing I am sad about is the fact that people are stupid, uneducated, and follow a lying sack of sh!t like the former pot smoker Barry Obama.

sacredh
sacredh

SirDon, the guy I'm working wiith paid me a compliment last night. He said that "Even though you're a liberal, you're clean and articulate". He couldn't figure out why I was laughing.

sacredh
sacredh

Everybody hates the IRS.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@forgottenlord @SirDonQuixotic 

I don't buy that "people that have a moral objection don't have to do it" bit though, frankly.  That's like a town passing a law that says all of their residents are legally required to be Christians or face a $1000 fine....unless they don't want to.  It's the principle of the matter about having something like that on the books.  

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord I think part of the discrepancy in the school figures is that, as of right now, only 7 bodies have been recovered, while more remain in the school. Another part is that it's CNN, and they're not exactly covering themselves in glory lately.

One to two miles wide seems commonly accepted down here, using everything from storm trackers and videos to debris paths. And they're saying this monster might well be upgraded to an EF5.

Still, 4 or 5, these poor people are going to be a long time putting their lives back together.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord

It's the confusion in the aftermath.  there will probably be reports flooding in from all directions through the night.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

Numbers are up to 51 dead - I expect that'll still climb over the coming days.  CNN seems absolutely confused about the school - on the one hand, their story says 20, on the other, their headline has ticked from 6 to 7 since the 20 were reported.  I don't know what to make of that.

Wind speeds so far are clocked at 322 km/hr for an EF4 though that might still be corrected upwards - I remember the last time Edmonton got a powerful storm, it took them 3 days to find one remote sensor that adjusted their numbers up an extra 30 clicks.

While several sources are reporting 2 mile width, CBC is only recording it as almost a kilometer wide - not sure how they're coming up with the separate definition but they've been holding to that for a while - I'm wondering if CBC's measuring width of the funnel while everyone else is measuring width of the effect (or CBC just never updated)

Sue_N
Sue_N

@AlistairCookie You take care and stay safe. I'll say a prayer. (Yes, for all my commie-pinko-hippie-libtard ways, I am hopelessly Christian, lol.)

Basements are rare in our neck of the woods. I'm starting to wish we had one. I fear that until we get a handle on climate change, we're looking at the new normal.

Check in when it's over so we know you're okay, hear?

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

Sadness. Poor things; how awful and frightening those last minutes must have been. The storms are supposed to hit us between 11 and 1. I fear an unpleasant middle of the night spent with the kids in the basement. We'll be listening for the sirens. Fortunately, there's a siren on my street so we have no trouble hearing them.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @Sue_N As opposed to the former Coke head GWB? Stupid, uneducated and following lying sacks of sh!t seems to be the majority of the constituents the GOP has left.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  Your multiple personalities only count in your head MD.  Still pitching hard for your untrustworthy god, Barry, I see.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Kirk: It's still a great quote.

(Excellent movie, btw!)

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Spock: Hm. An old proverb about a prince who was later betrayed and beheaded by his ally. 

sacredh
sacredh

An enemy of an my enemy is my friend.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@sacredh And almost everyone hates the Tea Party. Tax man versus Tax cheat. Let the battle commence.