Morning Must Reads: August 15

In the news: Egypt's death toll rises; why the Jacksons got off easy; Chris Christie on medical marijuana; TIME reflects on MLK.

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

  • With 525 civilians reportedly dead after a violent crackdown on supporters of ousted President Morsi in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is encouraging protesters to continue pushing back, reports The New York Times.
  • A Chicago Tribune opinion writer says Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife got off easy.
  • Washington Post columnist George Will argues Obama’s constitutional missteps are worse than President Nixon’s.
  • The New York Times reports there are a a growing number of challenges in the effort to get the uninsured covered by the Jan. 1 deadline.
  • President Obama is a fan of Cory Booker, who just won the New Jersey Democratic Senate primary.
  • Will Georgia elect a Democratic senator? 
  • A New Jersey father asked Gov. Chris Christie not to “let my daughter die”.
  • WIll the next breakout single be a song by…Michelle Obama featuring Run DMC? TIME doesn’t think so.

In this week’s magazine, don’t miss TIME’s reflections on the 1963 March on Washington as the 50th anniversary approaches, including the Red Border film One Dream and Martin Luther King, an architect of the 21st century. 

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collioure
collioure

Anything more from the two ignoramuses who whine about Bush but can't point to any major accomplishments by the incompetent community organizer?

ahandout
ahandout

Fannie and Freddie Caused the Mortgage Meltdown.

By 2008, just before they became insolvent, they and other government-controlled institutions held or had guaranteed 19.2 million loans, over 70% of the 27 million outstanding. In other words, the government's housing policies created the demand for these destructive loans.

What was banks' role? It wasn't until 2002 that Wall Street issued over $100 billion in securities backed by subprime or other weak loans. Recall that by this date, the GSEs had bought over a $1 trillion. The banks' number grew so that, by 2008, there were 7.8 million low quality mortgages backing bank-issued securities — less than 30% of the 27 million.

Given these numbers, it's obvious that blaming the banks for the financial crisis is simply a way to cover up a huge government error.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/story/2011-11-23/Fannie-Freddie-financial-crisis/51386932/1

notsacredh
notsacredh

Judging by the flak Christie is taking from the right on his presidential thread, I think Christie is another one we can write off.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Well I'm off to the Adam Ant concert. Time to relive my misbegotten youth.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Well, I'm cooled down. back to helping clean the house.

ahandout
ahandout

@terryclifton1  Frankly, I don't believe the Oprah story.  Or I should say, I don't believe her version of it.  It's too convenient.  She is pushing a narrative considering what Obama claimed regarding his experiences.  I do lock my car doors in Hawaii, and whenever I am on the campuses of Occidental, Columbia and Harvard.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@terryclifton1 Don't know what Oprah has to do with this, but it is funny.

These guys are from my hometown and to tell the truth, republicans around here do facial profiling all the time. As far as looks go they are not the norm in this area by a long shot, but otherwise seem to be nice guys.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@terryclifton1 Rand Paul could care less about Egypt. He is merely trying to appeal to guys like you. At least his dad had morals and consistency. He has neither.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'm going to say over by the next MMR.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb An attack article from the National Review. Hope they buy an extra set of depends come 2016. They will be soiling themselves.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@sacredh Isn't she the "naughty" twin that was busted for drinking underage in college using a fake ID?

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'd laugh my butt off if Jeb was the republican nominee and his niece supported Hillary.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Filner is a slime. But seeing as the same area also elected Issa. I don't have much hope for the voters to see common sense.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@La_Randy @terryclifton1  

I actually like the show. I just thought it was similar to what was supposed to happen to Oprah in Switzerland, without all the hype and blogs written about it. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

@TyPollard, if I didn't dislike the wingers so much, I'd almost feel sorry for them. I'm not proud of the racists in the democratic party by any stretch of the imagination, but we're going to get a lot of them back in 2016 when we run a white candidate. I have a hard time imagining us losing anything more than 1/2 to 1% of the black vote. I think we'll get just a little bit more of the Hispanic vote because the GOP won't do anything positive about immigration because it sends the base into fits. They'll still be incredulous when they lose again.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@sacredh @mantisdragon91 One hell of a concert. Although it is rather disturbing seeing 40 and 50 year old men and women still attempting to dress like they did back when they were 18-25.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@nflfoghorn, I had a little dustup with the MIL today because she came back to the house way too soon. One of her friends stopped over this evening to pick up two bags of clothes for the church. The MIL thought she'd embarrass me so she told her friend that I had been cleaning the house naked. Her friend looked at my wife and said "REALLY? He helps clean the house?". It kind of made my evening. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

@mhungerman, they were both a little on the wild side. I liked that about them. Having fun when you're young is essential.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@mantisdragon91, more desperate for sure. If they think the IRS thing is impeachment material, they're chasing rainbows.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@mantisdragon91, I saw Adam Ant back when his material was new. He did put on a good show. I've seen maybe 300 shows.

notsacredh
notsacredh

" Mitt gave them all a unicorn"

That is incorrect. It was just a dancing pony and Anne entered it in the Olympics.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@TyPollard, we never stepped a foot in the MIL's room, but after I told her she wasn't getting a dime because she came back so early, I told her, "Better change the pillowcases on your bed. Just sayin'".

notsacredh
notsacredh

@TyPollard, we had the dead bolt thrown and had our robes ready in case she pulled a stunt like this. She still had the nerve to demand HER $75.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@TyPollard. the MIL was supposed to stay away until 8:30. Me and my better half were cleaning house and I offered her $75 to stay at her sister's until dark. She came back 10 minutes ago.