Morning Must Reads: August 1

In the news: XKeyscore, derailing Obamacare, 1.7% growth, Greece, the upcoming budget battle, and what's prettier in print

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

  • A top secret National Security Agency program, XKeyscore, allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. [Guardian]
    • The safeguards we have been told are in place are not here. [New Yorker]
    • Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, sold the idea of government surveillance programs Wednesday to more than 3,000 cybersecurity specialists in Las Vegas. [WashPost]
    • A majority of Americans – 56% – say that federal courts fail to provide adequate limits on the telephone and internet data the government is collecting as part of its anti-terrorism efforts. [Pew Poll]
    • Snowden leaves Moscow airport. [BBC]
  • How Republicans could actually derail Obamacare. [WashPost]
  • The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the economy grew at a 1.7% annual rate in the second quarter, enough to ease fears of a full-on summertime economic stall but still a sluggish pace by historic standards. [WSJ]
  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece’s minister of administrative reform, discusses the government’s plan under which 25,000 civil servants will be moved out of their jobs. [L.A. Times]
  • Obama met with congressional Democrats in both chambers Wednesday to prepare them for the budget battle that will greet them in the fall. Obama said he will reject any fiscal deal that only spares the Pentagon from budget cuts. [Hill]
  • 10 Republicans who could be House speaker [Roll Call]
  • Prettier in print
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ahandout
ahandout

The silence that followed CNN’s bombshell report, in which they revealed that one of their reporters was able to sit down for two hours with a suspect in the deadly 2012 attack on an American diplomatic consulate in Benghazi, was deafening. A portion of the interview, airing on CNN’s The Situation Room on Wednesday, revealed that the suspect is not in hiding, has no fear for his personal safety, and has never been contacted by either Libyan or American investigators.

I though Jack Lew was investigating the IRS scandal.  When did he become FBI Director?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

The more that comes out about Benghazi the more treasonous the GOP looks for airing our dirty laundry to the world.

paulejb
paulejb

Surprise! The presidency actually requires some skills

'Well, here we are. Even most of Obama’s supporters are either angry at him or somewhat embarrassed for him by now, which can’t possibly be what he intended. Oh, they’ll continue to cover up for him, but they are not pleased.'

One great big embarrassment to an entire nation. It is as if we elected a high school dropout as president.

MrObvious
MrObvious

 CNN is doing some real journalism now.


Oh lol. Just like uncle Faux. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

The CIA wants to keep classified info out of the hands of leakers like Grand Theft. Oh the horror.

paulejb
paulejb

 Barack Hussein Obama is stonewalling Benghazi. When Nixon did it, the libs were outraged.

paulejb
paulejb

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack

"Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency's workings.

The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress."

So much for Barry 0's claim that the scandal is phony.

MrObvious
MrObvious

OT

I refused to go to the Fair with my wife and kids (my oldest followed my example and decided to stay home). I just don't find any pleasure in a crowded place with torn up muddy grass and the smell of cow, pig, cheap and horse turds. But I did make my wife promise to bring home a corndog - knowing my wife it'll probably be a corn on the cob with mayo on it instead.

I wouldn't blame her.

sacredh
sacredh

Winning the presidency does too.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb  The media in the US has the credibility of a Banana Republic's state run propaganda machine. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

Because CNN doesn't have to worry about jurisdictional concerns since, y'know, it's not within American borders?

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 

What was classified about an organized terrorist attack on 9/11/12? What is Obama trying to hide?

Obama's FBI has yet to question a suspect in the attack. CNN did, but not the FBI.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb For once I'm breaking my silence. I have said there were dozens CIA operatoves in Benghazi when the attacked happened, days after the attack happened. And yet idiots like you claimed that there was no help for the Ambassador and he was left to die by Obama.


Apology Time Troll

roknsteve
roknsteve

@MrObvious We quit going to the California State Fair 2 years ago.  13 dollars for a 12 oz. beer and the food over priced and bad.. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@MrObvious 

Yeah....I was spoiled, I got the Stampede for the local fair growing up.  I've taken my wife twice, she swears that she will never go to any others ever again.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious Funnel cakes are my "fair food" of choice. That and homemade root beer. Yum.

But, yes, some of the happiest days of mine and hubby's lives were when the girls got old enough to go to the fair with friends and leave us out of it.

sacredh
sacredh

@MrObvious, I love the fair. Not my county fair, the Canfield fair. I've missed it once in something like 28 years. I was in the hospital after an accident so I get a pass on that year.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 What truth is that? I knew two days after the attack happened that this was a CIA operation designed to recover man pads. I also knew and stated on these very forums that there were two dozen ex special force operatives in Benghazi. Idiots like you were the ones crying about lack of help. The reality is that there were more special force troops in Benghazi that night than there were in Tripoli.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh Just so our troll understands you, let me clarify:

Winning the presidency requires skills that your last two Republical nominees don't have.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious 

Shh, 

we're trying to have a simple conversation, not have to listen to the shouting of a needy simpleton. Now go sit in the corner and torture small animals like a good boy.

And get help. Embarrassing yourself to scratch an itch is just not the right thing to do.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb \

Mantis - it's an attack on Obama out of a different angle. Trollbot don't give a shiat if he at the same time admits that what he baited you with before is now the premise of his latest 'tarded attack.

He's not very astute. He don't mind throwing the garbage he spews under the bus since he ultimate aim is to upset you and get get off.

Trolling 101 - the subject is not as important as the itch and addiction to carnage.

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, three or four years ago, our friend from Florida came up to go to the fair with us and I'd sprained my knee. My wife has a "handicap" parking tag and I got out of the car limping. They were halfway to the gate and a parking lot attendant asked me if I needed a wheel chair. I told him that I didn't have time and pointed to them and said. "That's my wife and best friend. They'll leave me behind and I'll never be able to find them if I don't hurry". Then I yelled at my wife and said "Please honey, don't leave me again!". The attendant looked like he wanted to kill them.

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, my wife and I always have a great time. A friend of ours from Florida usually comes up at fair time so that he can go with us.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, when my son was younger and we took one of his friends, I always tried to get them to eat before they went on the rides so that I could get pictures of them throwing up.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 They blamed the Youtube video because that is what the CIA wanted. The commander in Tripoli called off reinforcement since they were needed to protect the airport. There may well have been Egyptian nationals involved and it really makes no difference as the Egyptian government can't be held accountable for the actions of every one of their citizens. Who cares were Obama was, it isn't his job to micromanage a CIA operation. And as for David Ubben I don't know the details of what happened there, but suspect much like everything else you sites blew what actually happened with him way out of proportion.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  "What truth is that?" 

Why blame a youtube video when it was known that this was a terrorist attack?  Who called off the reinforcements when no one knew how long or to what extent the attack would go?  Where Egyptians involved?  Why are Democrats intimidating witnesses?  Where was Obama?  Why did he go to bed and fly to Vegas the next day?  Just a few questions that need answers.

If there was so much help there, why was David Ubben left on the roof, injured for 20 hours?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious

You are an expert at "simple" conversations, MrOblivious. Simple is as simple does, my boy.

Get help bud. I'm not here to get you off. I just don't give a shiat about your pedestrian blather. You bore me to death with your needy screaming. It's like listening to a horny alley cat.

paulejb
paulejb

@MrObvious @paulejb 

You are an expert at "simple" conversations, MrOblivious. Simple is as simple does, my boy.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb

Considering its lack of existence during the time the crimes were committed (nevermind everything else), Israel had no jurisdiction.  In fact, a lot of the various War Tribunals held in the wake of WWII had serious jurisdictional and other legally ethical issues.  We tend to excuse it because of the degree of the crimes, but WWII crimes are far from the benchmark of reasonable action.  The only other notable exception in recent history would be OBL which was technically an act of war.

But let's ignore the rule of law - which does apply here as it should everywhere else - and just look at the basic facts: that is Libyan sovereign territory.  Libya has full right to control it as they see fit without authority of the US government.  Libya alone gets to decide whether the FBI participates in the investigation.  Any attempts to override Libya's inherent rights as a nation would constitute an Act of War.  Yes, the action to "capture" or kill OBL was an Act of War, but are you really going to compare the guy who masterminded the deaths of 3000 people and the second biggest foreign attack on US Soil ever (after Pearl Harbor) with a street gang who managed to kill four Americans?  At some point, it's not worth the consequences

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 @MrObvious @paulejb 

No, trollbot don't give a hoot. That's why he unironically can link from say liberal bogs when they criticize Obama and then attack the very same websites as liberals other times.

He just don't care if he contradicts himself - he need you to scratch his itch. He will say anything, lick any window in the process and contort himself to fit whatever it takes.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @deconstructiva 

Or hot juices from the hotdog squirts out...never mind. Now I'm making myself feel sick thinking about something squirting into Micheles mouth. Stupid is never sexy especially when it blinks once every 10 minutes.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N @sacredh my wife and I got banned from ever being chaperones for the high schoolers again after we got drunk at the Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @MrObvious Last night, hubby, younger daughter and I went to eat at a local burger joint. Hubby was talking about a couple of the administrators from his school. He said, "I know why So-and-So went to the Dominican Republic with (the principal)."

Before I could stop myself, I said, "Rent boys?"

I thought my daughter was going to choke on her hamburger.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @MrObvious 

You need to get that stuff out of the way before you even become a couple - if you can tolerate some freaky pain then the rest of the mundane every day things are a breeze.

sacredh
sacredh

@MrObvious, a few months ago my son and his wife-to-be were here and telling us that their 6 month "anniversary" was coming uop and they were going to do something special. I said "An@l?" before I could stop myself.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

I'm not perfect either; I'm way to sarcastic and sometimes the kids pay for it. But I can't do that.

sacredh
sacredh

Like I've said before, I've never won any parenting awards. i was always trying to talk my son into doing things he wasn't supposed to. I got all of the crazy stuff out of my system when I was youbnger so that I wouldn't haven any regrets when I got older.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @Sue_N I could never do that. Not out of any sense of compassion, but simply because once one person around me starts hurling, I'm right there with them.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @Sue_N 

It's a good thing you're an atheist because any religion would have you sweat it out in whatever hell-like area they mythologize about.