Morning Must Reads: July 16

In the news: filibuster reform, Egyptian riots, Gitmo, the dollar, Goldman Sachs, House Democrats, and the "Queen of Suck-Up City."

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

  • Don’t worry, Goldman Sachs is doing just fine.
  • No deal, despite progress, in closed-door nuclear option Senate meeting.
    • Rasmussen: 44% favor ending the Senate filibuster, 38% oppose.
  • The Pentagon refuses to charge suspected terrorist Sufiyan Barhoumi, who after 11 years of detention at Guantanamo Bay, has decided to plead guilty to war crimes and serve whatever sentence a U.S. military commission deems just.
  • In Egypt seven people were killed and 261 were injured Monday night  in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
  • More of Obama’s ambassadorial appointments have gone to political appointees than at least the past three presidents.
  • The U.S. dollar is enjoying a rare period of strength.
  • The Seattle Times has a nice breakdown of the mayoral race. Their primaries are August 6.
  • George H.W. Bush and Obama met yesterday and were very nice to each other.
  • One of the most modern and successful auto plants in the world thrives in an impoverished part of Detroit.
  • Charlie Cook: Democrats are unlikely to win a House majority in the midterm election, unless voters reach a breaking point with Republicans.
  • Mark Leibovich: Tammy Haddad is “Queen of Suck-Up City.” Will “Suck-Up City” catch on like “DMV” and “Hollywood for ugly people?” Probably not.
  • The Oakland A’s Yoenis Cespedes wins the Home Run Derby with a 455 ft shot over center field.
361 comments
terryclifton1
terryclifton1

Nancy Grace made a racial insult about George Zimmerman..Bet she doesn't get called out for it..The double standard is so sad.

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but it started raining here so I had to quit mowing the lawn. I went down to pick up a prescription and my doctor upped my pain pills from 60 to 120 a month. I also get 90 muscle relaxers a month. Where the hell was he when I was 20 and really wanted them?

jmac
jmac

North Carolina passes tax reform:

“Those with average incomes of nearly $1 million would receive a total tax cut of nearly $10,000,” the North Carolina Justice Center estimated, while the bottom 80 percent of taxpayers “would experience an increase in their taxes on average.  The  state’s tax system already favors the wealthiest, as the bottom 80 percent pay between 9 and 10 percent of their income in combined sales and income taxes compared to just 6.5 percent for the top one percent of earners. "

sacredh
sacredh

WEell, it's only 90 so I'd better cut the grass. I HATE hot weather.

jmac
jmac

Republican Utah legislator wants to end compulsory education.

For some reason I can't get through due to 'malformed content'.   Will this make it?  

outsider
outsider

@terryclifton1  

I'm a lefty - and even I think Nancy Grace is disgusting and shouldn't be on TV. 

Anymore than Beck should have been. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

Read the comments tho; righties are as always fairly unkept no matter what rock they hide under.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

So much for Riley saying he would keep everybody together....

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Dude, 90's not hot. It's a welcome break from the heat.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@sacredh 

Nah, make the MIL cut the grass while you have a drink. Make her pull her weight, no more freeloading. It's like Tea Partiers drawing Social Security and Medicare and then whine about government intrusion in their lives.

sacredh
sacredh

One of these days we're going to see them develop rudimentary legs and migrate out of the ocean of stupidity, but it's not going to be today.



 

sacredh
sacredh

Compulsory ignorance. We should have seen this coming.

sacredh
sacredh

I think he had to have been in med school. Lol, but my old doctor went to prison.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@mantisdragon91 @terryclifton1

Poor Terry seems confused about the idea that people actually have to live off whatever wages they can make (provided they have a job at all, but I digress). Naturally, those who preach that raising minimum wages will only hurt hiring fail to consider that their ideas are still unproven. There are studies that challenge this urban myth (five quoted here) - 

http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/labor/news/2012/06/20/11749/the-facts-on-raising-the-minimum-wage-when-unemployment-is-high-2/


TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh 

They already crawled out but got scared and turned around to head backwards.

sacredh
sacredh

roknsteve, I know you'll get this. We called him Dr. Robert.

sacredh
sacredh

He handed out prescriptions like Jehovah Witnesses hand out pamphlets.

sacredh
sacredh

The humidity is really high too.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@deconstructiva @mantisdragon91 @terryclifton1  

The minimum wage arguments are really tired, unless you are a teenager. The minimum wage is not about a living wage,it's not even close to a "living wage".  It's about keeping companies from exploiting workers. Why liberals spend so much time arguing about minimum wages mystifies me. You can raise it, and companies will adjust their payroll, and that's a fact. Just like they are with Obamacare. Obamacare is going to be responsible for the largest shift/loss in personal income since the Great Depression.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@deconstructiva @mantisdragon91 @terryclifton1 

Look at Costco, they pay their employees more then a living wage and in return makes a healthy profit, retain good employees that can afford to spend money greasing the economy.

And take a look at most industrialized countries with a higher then average middle class wages - for most part they're doing fine.

And then you look at this country and how we rank overall. We might think we're exceptional but only for the few ultra rich.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh 

Once, I had a relative start with "I ain't got nuthin against no N-words, BUT....."

She was a distant relative becoming distant-er.


sacredh
sacredh

I'd like to say that I'm surprised by the things that they're saying, but I'm not. At all. I've got too many friends that always start out a discussion of race with, "Now, I have nothing against black people BUT...".

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh The theme over there is that minorities should not be seen or heard or just go back to Africa.  Oh, and there are no racist white people.  And it's been that way for over 100 years until that darn Trayvon Martin went to the store and ruined George Zimmerman's life. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh 

Our America is far from perfect but theirs is close to the Confederate South.

sacredh
sacredh

And they weren't trolling. There really are two Americas. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh 

You had to be a reverse racist to be a parody troll. 

Even you couldn't out redneck the rednecks.

sacredh
sacredh

That thread is a mess. The underbelly of American society swarmed like the locusts that they are.

sacredh
sacredh

I apologize for trolling the Angelou thread. You were reasonable though.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 @sacredh Yeah, we don't want to interfere with whatever bias they're getting at home.

No, seriously, that was the reason given. They feared critical thinking would challenge students' beliefs and undermine parental authority.