Morning Must Reads: August 5

In the news: a nuclear Iran, a "second Guantanamo," Teach for America, Allen West Inc., immigration reform, taming the megabanks, and stalling State of the Union initiatives.

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

  • In his interview with the Washington Post, Egypt’s commanding Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi sharply criticized the U.S. response, accusing the Obama administration of disregarding the Egyptian popular will and of providing insufficient support amid threats of a civil war.
  • Iran could begin producing weapons-grade plutonium by next summer, U.S. and European officials believe, using a different nuclear technology that would be easier for foreign countries to attack.
  • Rattled lawmakers in both parties applauded President Obama’s decision to shutter two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts across the Middle East and North Africa this weekend, calling the threat of a fresh terrorist attack credible, specific and the most alarming in years.
  • Of all the challenges the United States faces as it winds down the Afghanistan war, the most difficult might be closing the prison nicknamed “The Second Guantanamo.”
  • Critics say Teach for America has strayed from a core mission of helping needy urban schools, favoring efforts seen as anti-teacher union.
  • The making of Allen West, Inc.
  • Who’s leading immigration reform in the House?
  • Rep. Dave Camp‘s flirtation with the Senate puts tax reform on ice.
  • Nearly six months after President Obama used his State of the Union address to outline a broad, progressive agenda for his second term, many of the policy priorities that earned applause from his base appear to be gathering dust.
  • James Pethokoukis: “Taming the Megabanks
  • New York magazine: “What is Chris Christie Doing Right?
    • Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the “hottest politicians” in America, according to the Quinnipiac University Thermometer released today. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner had the two lowest scores.
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ahandout
ahandout

Bugs, you were, like always, wrong again.

There’s also the more direct oversight that the DoJ wants:

But just in case Apple doesn’t get the message, the DOJ is proposing that a court-appointed monitor be put into place within Apple “to ensure that Apple’s internal antitrust compliance policies are sufficient to catch anti-competitive activities before they result in harm to consumers.”

And of course Apple needs to pay for this overseer. And their no doubt entirely necessarily large staff.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/08/03/links-3-aug-apple-gets-attacked-by-the-department-of-justice/

ahandout
ahandout

Bug, did you actually read Apple's response to the DOJ?  Here it is, assuming that you can understand what it means, which I sincerely doubt.  Because if you read it and understand what it means, then you believe that the government should be allowed to control Apple, PERIOD. 

For Apple, the imposition of a court-appointed monitor with the power to parse all of Apple's conduct for antitrust compliance across all its businesses for the next 10 years is one of a half-dozen ways in which the government has overstepped its authority. As the opening paragraph of Apple's response put it:

Plaintiffs' proposed injunction is a draconian and punitive intrusion into Apple's business, wildly out of proportion to any adjudicated wrongdoing or potential harm. Plaintiffs propose a sweeping and unprecedented injunction as a tool to empower the Government to regulate Apple's businesses and potentially affect Apple's business relationships with thousands of partners across several markets. Plaintiffs' overreaching proposal would establish a vague new compliance regime—applicable only to Apple—with intrusive oversight lasting for ten years, going far beyond the legal issues in this case, injuring competition and consumers, and violating basic principles of fairness and due process. The resulting cost of this relief—not only in dollars but also lost opportunities for American businesses and consumers—would be vast.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/08/03/apple-ebook-au-optronics/

ahandout
ahandout

mantisdragon91 Here is your favorite source and hero of whacko leftists:  Markos Moulitsas’ Ugly, Reverse-Racist Smear

NSA spying is bad! So is stop and frisk. So is splitting up families by deporting children to countries they’ve never been to and don’t speak the language. So is harassing American muslims.

Government overreach is bad. But to act like having the government track who you call is the height of government abuse is a very white privileged view of the privacy issue.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

And speaking of terrorist organizations

National Rifle Association Enemies List Now Includes Scientists, Zoos 

WASHINGTON -- In a move bizarrely reminiscent of its "anti-gun" enemies list, the National Rifle Association announced a new plan Friday to target scientists, environmental groups, government regulators and individuals who favor banning the use of lead in gun ammunition.

The targeted attacks are part of Hunt for Truth.org, a newly revamped effort by the nation's largest gun lobby to block attempts to regulate the use of lead in bullets. Regulations have been proposed in some states after studies have shown that millions of birds -- most notably the highly endangered California condor -- are dying of lead poisoning after ingesting lead bullet fragments.

The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, estimates that hunters in the United States shoot more than 3,000 tons of lead into the outdoors every year, and that as many as 20 million birds die annually from lead poisoning.

To the NRA, however, the proposed bans on lead in bullets represent an "assault" on "traditional" hunting and on hunters' rights.

"Anti-lead ammunition groups will not rest until all lead ammunition, and ultimately hunting, is banned," the gun lobby claimed in a Friday press release.

The NRA singled out a law under consideration in California which would require hunters in the Golden State to use lead-free ammunition. Lead free bullets are widely available from top manufacturers, and have not been shown to function any differently than bullets containing the highly toxic element.

In order to rally its members to oppose the lead regulation, the NRA described a conspiracy theory involving crooked scientists, phony research, and a shadowy network of nonprofits, zoos and government agencies all conspiring to ban hunting.

According to the NRA, an "activist portion of the scientific community" has formed "a highly organized network of like minded researchers with an agenda to ban lead ammunition." In order to thwart this looming threat, "Hunt for Truth will expose the researchers associated with 'faulty science' critical of lead ammunition," the gun lobby says.

Scientists aren't the NRA's only new targets. Nonprofits like the San Diego Zoo and the California Condor Recovery Team are also on the enemies list. The NRA claims these groups "have considerable influence over many legislators and regulators," which they use to "capture" the regulatory agencies and bureaucrats responsible for lead ammunition restrictions.

"Under this capture theory, NGO’s, legislators, regulatory agencies and researchers work in concert to implement policies and regulations to ban traditional ammunition," the NRA alleges.

As of Monday, the NRA had yet to list any scientists it planned to target, but there were seven environmental and wildlife conservation groups on the site, including the National Resources Defense Council and the Center for Biological Diversity. Four government agencies were also singled out: the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the California Department of Fish and Game, the Los Angeles Zoo and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Poor Handy. Clutching at GOP lies like a baby being weened from a teat. Screaming and redfaced the whole time.

sacredh
sacredh

I wonder which city's name we'll be hearing "COVER-UP!!!!" over next? Benghazi has the ring to it and Fox is probably praying for a name that's easier to spell.

ahandout
ahandout

Yes Bug, we should get our news from Israel.  The state run media that you post from is like reading from Democrat comic books.

http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2013/06/23/more-evidence-of-murdered-u-s-ambassadors-secret-activities-information-may-help-explain-deadly-benghazi-attacks/

A Libyan weapons dealer from a group hired to provide security to the special U.S. mission in Benghazi attacked last September described to Reuters how he has been behind shipping weapons from Benghazi to the rebels fighting in Syria.

The detailed account now may provide more circumstantial evidence the U.S. Benghazi mission was secretly involved in procuring and shipping weapons to the Syrian opposition.

According to informed Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline on multiple occasions, the Benghazi mission was a planning headquarters for coordinating aid, including weapons distribution, to the jihadist-led rebels.

After the fall of Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi, the arming efforts shifted focus to aiding the insurgency targeting President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria.

Two weeks after the Benghazi attacks, KleinOnline broke the story that murdered U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens himself played a central role in arming rebels and recruiting jihadists to fight Assad, according to Egyptian security officials.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

Aren't these the 'wingers that have been screaming bloody murder about enough wasn't made in Benghazi and when we do something we're cowards?

Don't 'wingers get tired of throwing themselves under the wheel-less bus only to back themselves over before going forward again?

Self mutilating your intellect ain't the smart thing to do.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91  Temper tantrum much, Bug?  You look like the fool that you are, but your followers are just plain dumb.

sacredh
sacredh

@ahandout, calling Fox a news organization is like calling "sh!t" dessert. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout If the CIA was indeed sending missiles to Al Queda in Syria why has Israel said nothing about it? You think they would be okay with surfaces to air missiles on their borders?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout Independent Sentinel?  So I ask again you think Mossad didn't know about it if it happened? And if Mossad did know, you really think the Israelis wouldn't be using puppets like Liberman and McCain to scream bloody murder?

sacredh
sacredh

Do we have an embassy in "KAHN!", or is that too much to hope for?

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, on Friday, he came in SMOKIN. At 8 o'clock he said "Everybody upstairs! We're going to have a talk.". A boat called in just a few seconds later so I went out to lock it. I thought I'd escaped. I got it solo after I was done. I went over to his office and he said to make myself comfortable because it was going to take awhile. I asked him if under his desk worked for him. at least i got him to laugh.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, OT, but everybody got their @sses chewed at work Friday and when I pulled into work this morning the boss was just heading over to the buliding . I took a candy bar out of my lunch and said he could have it if he didn't yell at me today. He took it. Lol.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, I've been to Hardees a few times, but not for a decade or so and there aren't any Carl's Jrs around here.

sacredh
sacredh

@ahandout, and the conservative media has set up camp in the Koch brother's @ss.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @nflfoghorn

Widen your perspective; read other people's opinions.  You might learn something. Is that too scary for you?

I prefer facts, no matter where they lead. Following someones opinion usually leads you in a circle and a very narrow perspective.

ahandout
ahandout

@nflfoghorn @ahandout Oh I forgot, liberals believe that theories are facts. 

Since the phony president lies to you over and over and over, that would be you who cares less about anything factual.

Widen your perspective; read other people's opinions.  You might learn something. Is that too scary for you?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Ivy_B @nflfoghorn @Hollywooddeed 

Maybe when it's a spelling competition but I settle for knowing what it is. Yeah, language, spelling and grammar is important, but sometimes a lil but too anal makes for a boring time.

ahandout
ahandout

@nflfoghorn @Hollywooddeed In the tape I watched, I heard Alex say that it was wrong because the kid put a "p" in it like this:  emanciptation.  So, Trebek was wrong too.  Does Jeopardy then fine him his salary for the day?