Morning Must Reads: June 5

In the news: Susan Rice, sexual assault prosecution authority, the IRS/Tea Party hearing, RFK, Gallup, and a lesbian activist.

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

  • Tom Donilon, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has put forth a bill that would grant military prosecutors the power to decide whether to prosecute sexual assault and other major criminal cases — not commanders. It makes an exception for military-specific crimes. Obama has stayed silent on the bill.
  • Just when did political consultants start passing for journalists?
  • The conservative groups testifying about overzealous IRS scrutiny during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Tuesday can’t get around a simple fact: All have been involved in the kinds of political activity that’s ripe for red flags.
  • Behind the LIFE picture: RFK’s assassination forty-five years ago today.
  • Turkey continues to protest Erdogan rule in Istanbul
  • Gallup post mortem leads to polling changes.
  • Samsung Electronics won a legal victory against Apple that threatens to halt the sale of older iPhones and iPads in the U.S.
  • Michelle Obama gets heckled by a lesbian activist at a fundraiser.
211 comments
ahandout
ahandout

With the multitude unintelligent comments made by the morons that make up the Swampland hive; it's a miracle that we conservatives bother to attempt to engage in a conversation.  It's like talking to 4th graders.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Annoying the GOP is like making a campfire on the slopes of Mount St. Helens the day after the eruption.

MementoMori
MementoMori

Worst. Justice. Ever.

And, once again, Justice Clarence Thomas was on the bench, hearing the case with the other justices. Thomas worked as a corporate lawyer for Monsanto in the 1970s. 

Monsanto: Big Guy on the Block When it Comes to Friends in Washington

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/monsanto.html

outsider
outsider

I just looked in on the IRS string; my head hurts - the stupid there is very strong.. 

outsider
outsider

Bipartisan meetings in the House of Representatives on a comprehensive immigration reform bill have failed, and the congressmen will meet for the last time today without reaching an agreement on a House bill, ABC News has learned.

The stumbling block is GOP insistence that newly legalized workers now working in the shadows have no access to government-sponsored health care during their 15-year pathway to citizenship, according to two sources with access to the secret house “Gang of 8″ meetings.

Democrats say that since these newly legalized immigrants would be paying taxes they should be eligible for benefits.

The stalemate is not expected to be solved and any immigration legislation from the House would likely proceed in piecemeal fashion.

This latest development represents a huge blow to immigration reform advocates because the House is likely to pass several smaller bills that address immigration reform, but would not include a pathway to citizenship. It creates a much longer and arduous legislative road to a bill President Obama would be willing to sign.


http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/house-talks-on-immigration-reform-near-collapse/

grape_crush
grape_crush

 > Just when did political consultants start passing for journalists?

Odd question, considering the political consultants who have graced us with their presence in the virtual pages here at Swampland, next to more legitimate journalists.


La_Randy
La_Randy

"Scott Walker Finds Another Way To Punish The Working Poor"

"Even Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) admits that Walker’s plan could send thousands to emergency rooms for care, driving up the cost of care for all residents. The legislature is considering additional payments to hospitals to make up for the costs of the uninsured.

Walker’s plan also will cost employers as much as $36 million dollars. A sharp blow to a state that’s already dropped from 11th to 44th in job creation under this governor.

As he punishes the poor, Walker is pushing a tax cut where the majority of the benefit will go to the state’s top earners. “This is a tax plan that by and large will benefit people that by and large make well into six figures,” said Rep. Cory Mason, (D-Racine). “The richest one percent, if not fewer.”

Clearly Walker’s priority isn’t fiscal conservatism or budget balancing but reducing what government so the rich will be asked to contribute as little as possible."



outsider
outsider

@ahandout  

It's cute that you can't even come up with your own insults, but have to recycle Paulies.. 

sacredh
sacredh

Trump eyes 2016 like the garbage man eyes the Playmate of the Year. It just ain't happening. They're both looking at hand jobs.

sacredh
sacredh

They're closing in on 800 comments.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Because sick people with no recourse to health care would solve so many problems, amirite?

Sue_N
Sue_N

They'll contribute the least but benefit the most. It's the Koch way!

MementoMori
MementoMori

@ahandout As an illustration of the paranoid delusions of the jingoistic Tea Partiers, I've seen worse.

Tero
Tero

@ahandout 

Awww isn't that cute... you found a means of expressing your political views that is inline with your level of maturity.

Sue_N
Sue_N

We invaded a country that had not done anything to us, that wasn't even remotely capable of being a threat to us and that was not even remotely allied with the group that attacked us. In the process, we destroyed a functioning society, killed tens (maybe hundreds) of thousands of people, created absolute chaos, unleashed sectarian violence, actually created a training ground for the terrorists who'd never had one there before, and decimated one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. We saddled the surrounding countries with enormous refugee populations, we turned Iraq and Iran into something approaching allies and we destabilized an entire region. Oh, and we also didn't get the oil.

Go us.

sacredh
sacredh

Pray that it's just a fart.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@sacredh And unfortunately I'm contributing my share of them. I think I'm a post addict who needs help.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Sue_N Yeah, but we took out the guy that showed up Daddy.

Tero
Tero

@Sue_N 

It took a lot of work and sheer incompetence, but W. found a way to make life even more miserable for Iraqis than it was under Saddam.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Sue_N The latest body count I saw puts the Iraq death toll well into the hundreds of thousands. On the bright side China now has a great new source of oil to further drive their industry.

sacredh
sacredh

I was out trimminghedges and when I cam eback in it was still going strong. Those people are clinging to the idea of Obama getting impeached like DiCaprio clung to that piece of flotsam in Titanic. At the end, they'll slip under the water too.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@sacredh The Tea Party is like the Jerry Springer of politics now educational value but the cat fights are amusing.

sacredh
sacredh

I threw in a dozen or two myself. I can't help but be fascinated by train wrecks.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Hmmm.  Haliburton?

Yup, you're right for once, ahandout.

Tero
Tero

@ahandout @Sue_N

"Oh, and we also didn't get the oil."

Reading is fundamental moron...

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Tero @Sue_N The enemy of my enemy … will come back and bite me in the butt in a big way.

Tero
Tero

@Sue_N 

Ya lol, the US removed the popular democratic leader and installed a monarchy, like WTF. 

The US also trained and bankrolled Osama Bin Laden at one point.

Sue_N
Sue_N

That's pretty much our history, isn't it? We topple one bad guy only to see a worse guy take his place or put the worse guy in ourselves. Let's not forget that we pretty much caused the revolution in Iran by putting the shah into power.