Morning Must Reads: July 3

In the news: Obamacare, Egypt, farmers, Portugal, and paying for Facebook likes

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

  • Egyptians are counting down to an afternoon ultimatum that could set up a violent confrontation between Egypt’s military and President Mohammed Morsi and his defiant supporters.
    • Three government spokesmen — two for Morsi and one for the prime minister — quit on Tuesday as part of high-level defections that underscored Morsi’s increasing isolation and fallout from the military’s ultimatum. Five Cabinet ministers, including the foreign minister, resigned Monday, and a sixth, Sports Minister El-Amry Farouq, also quit Tuesday.
  • The Obama administration decided Tuesday to delay for a year a major component of the Affordable Care Act–the requirement for employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage.
    • Kaiser Health News: The move “could have a relatively small effect on the number of Americans who gain medical insurance next year. The law’s other two major provisions, expanding Medicaid and requiring individuals to obtain coverage or pay a penalty, were projected to add far more people to the ranks of the insured than the employer mandate. Still, Tuesday’s announcement could mean a drop in revenue for the Treasury. The CBO estimated about $10 billion in employer penalties would be collected in 2015, some of that presumably from employers who chose not to offer coverage in 2014.”
    • Sarah Kliff: “The White House just swapped one political headache for another…It contributes to critics’ claims that the White House does not have the ability to launch its biggest legislative accomplishment on schedule.”
    • Zeke Miller: Former CBO director calls decision “deviously brilliant” for removing this section of Obamacare until after the 2014 midterm elections.
  • Portuguese bonds and stocks led heavy declines in European markets Wednesday after Foreign Minister Paulo Portas resigned, triggering the worst political crisis since Portugal accepted an international bailout two years ago.
  • A new White House plan will create an inter-agency task force to fight poaching, which is on the rise thanks to a growing market in developing Asia.
  • 2.2 million people now work in farming in the United States, or about 2.5 percent of the total work force. Farming now accounts for about 1 percent of gross national product.
  • Photos: Afghanistan in the 1950s and 1960s
  • The State Department‘s Bureau of International Information Programs spent  $630,000 to increase the number of its Facebook “likes” between 2011 and March 2013.
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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

So that couple implicated in the Canada Day bomb plot in Victoria:

1) They were kicked out of their local mosque - no word yet as to why but...

2) At around the same time, the RCMP began surveillance

3) If they weren't wearing traditional garb, they were wearing camo shirts and pants.

Draw your own conclusions

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Three hundred eighteen comments and not one used "Bugs" as a retread tearm of endearment.  Way to go.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

The GOP's Endless War on Obamacare, and the White House Delay

The official reason given by the administration for delaying, by one year, the Affordable Care Act's mandate that employers with more than 50 full-time workers provide insurance coverage or face fines, is that employers need more time to implement it. The unofficial reason has more to do with the Republicans' incessant efforts to bulldoze the law.

Soon after the GOP lost its fight against Obamacare in Congress, it began warring against the new legislation in the courts, rounding up and backstopping litigants all the way up to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, House Republicans have refused to appropriate enough funds to implement the Act, and have held a continuing series of votes to repeal it. Republican-led states have also done what they can to undermine Obamacare, refusing to set up their own health exchanges, and turning down federal money to expand Medicaid.

The GOP's gleeful reaction to the announced delay confirms Republicans will make repeal a campaign issue in the 2014 midterm elections, which probably contributed to the White House decision to postpone the employer mandate until after the midterms. "The fact remains that Obamacare needs to be repealed," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, on hearing news of the delay.

Technically, postponement won't affect other major provisions of the law -- although it may be difficult to subsidize workers who don't get employer-based insurance if employers don't report on the coverage they provide. But it's a bad omen.

The longer the Affordable Care Act is delayed, the more time Republicans have to demonize it before average Americans receive its benefits and understand its importance. The GOP raged against Social Security in 1935 and made war on Medicare in 1965. But in each case Americans soon realized how critical they were to their economic security, and refused to listen.

roknsteve
roknsteve

That's quite a Hullaballoo over on the health care thread.  It's now over 1100.  I planted some bombs that other people exploded.  Evil but fun.  

sacredh
sacredh

You're making me want to go upstairs and melt some butter.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

His goose has been cooked.  

His Constitution was flawed anyway, he packed the council with Muslim Brotherhood types and nearly wrote Sharia into it.

sacredh
sacredh

The right's new recruitment mantra:

1. Do you get called "Snowflake"?

2. Is hard rock Donny Osmond?

3. Is sexual experimentation leaving the light on?

4. Did you quit reading books when you graduated high scholl?

5. Do you own a Bible but have never read it or even opened it?

6. Have you ever beat your wife because your dinner was cold?

7. Do you think "wife-beater" is a hobby and not an undershirt?

If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, you may be one of us.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@retiredvet  

The dumb white voters are getting older and (along with smarter old white guys like me) dying off.

But never fear.  The younger crowd has been around them brown people too much to want to sup from Rush's "cup".

tommyudo
tommyudo

@retiredvet 


Yes, when, and if, the GOP gets control of all three branches of govt. we will have a Dairy Queen mandated on every corner across the street from a Papa John's Pizza, and all Mexican restaurants will be required not to spice up their food so it's palatable to heartland tastebuds. It will be like living on the doorstep to hell, similar to living in current day Texas.

sacredh
sacredh

I cannot condone trolling. Shame.

tommyudo
tommyudo

@roknsteve 


It's fun to play with the heads of these Right Wing cretins and drop some verbal stink bombs on them. It seems that about every few weeks some threads are inundated with new names who have probably been given a thread to respond  to on TIME. It's clockwork. Either that, or Reince Priebus at the RNC has a fat bank roll for his incoherent trolls.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@roknsteveAnd then again we have this lovely god fearing type. Who felt that people without insurance should go away and die and got upset at me when I pointed out that Jesus wouldn't approve

@mantisdragon91 @BobWhite Enough said, it is as I suspected. Trying to hoist me on my own petard, eh ? I will waste no more time on brainwashed hell bound socialist. Have a wonderful day.


Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/07/02/obama-administration-delays-healthcare-law-employer-penalty-until-2015/#ixzz2Y0q800Jr

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout 

Most of 'em are men who happen to be wearing blue.

Hmmmm.  Maybe a bit of "Do as I say, not as I do?"

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@roknsteve

Cut it out.  You aren't trolling, you're flaming.  Your attacks are blatantly personal with zero contribution - not questionable contribution, zero.  Mantis's antics are questionable and understandably frustrating but yours aren't acceptable on any forum for any reason.  If you don't stop, I will report you.

sacredh
sacredh

I taint what I taint.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

I'm not sure she's accepting donations.

Nor does she need more props...

sacredh
sacredh

Marlon Brando in Last Tango In Paris:  Where's the butter?

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh I've declared war on the Mantis.  That Bio-otch is gonna die.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm humiliated I tells ya'. Humiliated.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@retiredvet

I was actually angling for a question of sectarian alignment - though I'm actually not sure which alignment Morsi is, now that I think about it

NP042
NP042

@AlistairCookie @mantisdragon91 You're spot on with regards to the actual meaning of the "don't work, don't eat" bit in one of the Epistles.


If that person is still there, someone should counter her ideas of them just dying and getting to heaven already with Jesus' line about "Whatever you do for the least of My brothers, you do for Me."  Should send them in a tizzy.



And yes, the Catholic Church's position is that capital punishment is wrong.  Regardless of your opinion on their positions, at least the Church is fairly consistent when it comes to actually being "pro-life": anti-abortion, anti-death penalty, anti-war, pro-helping-poor-people, etc.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@mantisdragon91

Well then she very plainly didn't actually read the Bible.  The "work to eat" bit is in reference to a very specific Doomsday type cult that was waiting for the rapture and literally laying about and doing nothing, while the rest of the village was going about their lives, working and feeding the layabouts and getting right tired of it.

And most Christians (I think?) are against capitol punishment.  Also, abortion isn't in the Bible.  The best my feeble brain can come up with is a bit somewhere that killing a pregnant woman still only counts as one murder, not two.  Someone who knows their Bible much better than I would have to chime in.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@AlistairCookie@mantisdragon91She did tell me to have a wonderful day, so I can't be to upset. And she did give me this lovely interpetation of the Bible.

@mantisdragon91 @BobWhite  I am a christian. The bible says plainly if you don't work you don't eat. That is the same line of thinking on living. Besides, heaven is better, so they are actually better off, if they are currently suffering so badly. As a side note, since you grab Christianity so rapidly to defend socialism, what do you feel about Abortion, or Capitol Punishment, just curious.


Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/07/02/obama-administration-delays-healthcare-law-employer-penalty-until-2015/#ixzz2Y0qsUtSE