Morning Must Reads: September 12

In the news: Putin makes plea to Americans on Syria, meetings start in Geneva, what's prettier in print

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

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for diplomacy in a New York Times op-ed [NYT]
  • Meetings start today in Geneva between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavro [WSJ]
  • Older populations in the Northeast pose challenges to medical, housing, and transportation budgets [Washington Post]
  • What the recall vote on guns means for Colorado [NYT]
  • House Republicans delay vote on continuing resolution, government shutdown looms [TIME]
  • Facebook CEO to meet with top House Republicans on immigration [Bloomberg]
  • The Koch brothers’ secret bank [Politico]

Prettier in Print

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Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Final update from LiveFyre support. Hope all goes well in the morning.

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I just wanted to let you know that we've pushed the fix for the hyperlink issue live to production and, though old links will not correct, all new links moving forward will link our and behave as expected.

As for the comments disappearing, sometimes, depending on the structure and number of links in the comment, our spam filter may think that as spam. If you ever notice a comment missing, our best suggestion would be to reach out to the TIME team to see if that comment is in their admin console, and if it is, all they'll need to do is click "Approve" and you should be good to go!

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Still waiting on a response from other sources on the edit button.


forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Good Lord it's going to be a confusing month.  Everyone's avatars have changed.

For everyone's convenience, mine remains unmodified since the day I registered

retiredvet
retiredvet

Bravely bold Sir Mitch rode forth from Camelot.
He was not afraid to die, O brave Sir Mitch!
He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways,
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Mitch McConnell!

Yet when danger reared it's ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.

Yes, brave Sir Mitch turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.

****Bravely**** taking to his feet,
He beat a very brave retreat.

Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Mitch McConnel! 

hivemaster
hivemaster

Did the "likes" go away again?

Grrr

paulejb
paulejb

"JOE KLEIN: OBAMA'S 'DAMAGED HIS OFFICE AND WEAKENED THE NATION'"

You just noticing now, Joe?

paulejb
paulejb

'Lois Lerner in February 2011: Tea Party is “Very Dangerous”'

"Lois Lerner, anyone remember her? She’s still on the IRS payroll. Oh, and does anyone recall she claimed the targeting of the Tea Party and other conservative groups was the work of a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati? Yeah, about that so-called phony scandal:

Congress’s investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives has been continuing out of the Syria headlines, and it’s turning up news. Emails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee between former Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and her staff raise doubts about IRS claims that the targeting wasn’t politically motivated and that low-level employees in Cincinnati masterminded the operation.

In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staff—including then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz—that a Tea Party matter is “very dangerous,” and is something “Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on.” Ms. Lerner adds, “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.”

That’s a different tune than the IRS sang in May when former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said the agency’s overzealous enforcement was the work of two “rogue” employees in Cincinnati. When the story broke, Ms. Lerner suggested that her office had been unaware of the pattern of targeting until she read about it in the newspaper.“So it was pretty much we started seeing information in the press that raised questions for us, and we went back and took a look,” she said in May."

http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/lois-lerner-in-february-2011-tea-party-is-very-dangerous/

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Putin: Master of the Hypocritical.

sacredh
sacredh

@retiredvet, get ready for the wingers to start with "Why are terrorists supporting Obama?".

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Ivy_B Thanks again Ivy. But I couldn't help noticing that our favorite troll (not the new one) was discouraged by the link problem. We should ask TIME if they could leave the bug in selectively. ;)

sacredh
sacredh

@Ivy_B, thank you for your efforts. About your avatar...it reminds me of Enya.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@retiredvet 

♪ He was not in the least afraid, to flip and then to flop,

Or to stick his tongue right out, and his prom'ses broken.

To talk some nasty sh*t; have his honor burned away, 

And his cred all hacked and mangled Brave McConnell! ♪

jmac
jmac

@paulejb Joe Klein is you, paule.  A very confused individual.  

collioure
collioure

@paulejb 

Never was a "phony scandal."

The corruption of the IRS.

 Not even Nixon succeeded with such.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn Explains the right's current crush on him, doesn't it?

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@mantisdragon91 Not that I'm calling Wendy Davis stupid, by any stretch, but how stupid does one have to be to be governor of TX?  Head of lettuce stupid?  Ham sandwich stupid?

Sorry Sue, no offense to you.  I come from Akin territory, after all.  ;)

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 Dear Texas women: Can we please, please vote out the people who hate us? Thank you.

Tager
Tager

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn I'm still confused. When it comes to human rights, Putin is the greatest guy on the planet. When it comes to avoiding WW3, he is a Soviet terrorist whose judgment we can't trust.

paulejb
paulejb

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn 

Vladimir tossed the drowning Barry 0 a life line. That should endear him to you lefties.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Yep.  I like watching Ed Schultz and I usually don't refer to comments from him that I don't already support, but yesterday he pretty much summed up how I feel about this "will of the American people" baloney the Republicals are now touting about Syria (paraphrasing): 

--Polls showed we the people wanted background checks for guns 9 to 1, but they shot it down (pun firmly intended). 

--Polls showed we wanted a jobs bill--didn't happen.

--Polls showed we overwhelimingly want immigration reform...where's that at now??

So before they ever come to us again saying we're just doing the will of the people based on polls, they'd better start practicing what they preach first. 

sacredh
sacredh

@retiredvet, really OT, but I ran across an old t-shirt last night that I'm wearing today. It says "I Worship Satan Because He Doesn't Have As Many Rules".

sacredh
sacredh

@retiredvet, have fun and remember...it's friday the 13th. I'll be canning.

retiredvet
retiredvet

OT: We're off on a short overnight road trip into the countryside. Only back roads (no Interstate).

sacredh
sacredh

@retiredvet, that's a good question. It's like asking what porn is. It's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three 

If it's a 2, 3 man shop, their IT support might be quite limited.  Also, they might not have an effective distribution network - they might be able to get a fix figured out in an hour or so, but it might take them quite a while to get it to all customers.

And then there's just plain a question of competence - a possibility I favor when new updates roll out with this many bugs.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@fitty_three They are "fixing" it like most other IT support!  Hey-Ohh!

Really, every bug we bring up should get us money, since it seems like they rolled out a Beta version and have no QC team.  We are the QC team.

fitty_three
fitty_three

AlistairCookie

Why is it these guys can't fix this like any other IT support?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@hivemaster @Sue_N The odd thing is that some likes are still there, but others have gone away. Oh, LiveFyre, you little minx …

fitty_three
fitty_three

@jmac

These guys are making me dizzy scrambling to be the first to take whatever position opposes Obama. 

I listened to Michelle's pronouncements on the virtues of H2O and I honestly think she did it just to hear baggers snarl.

I wonder how much stifled chuckling is going on in the Presidential Bedroom...

jmac
jmac

@fitty_three @Tager Poor Rand Paul.  His head is twisting off his neck trying to keep up.  Events are moving way too fast for him and on top of everything he still has Daddy confusing his narrative.  

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Tager

As with everything GOP, find Obama.

Then look in the opposite direction. That's where they'll be.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Tager @Sue_N @nflfoghorn He's also the guy we can't trust to help us with Syria, but he's the one we should have been asking for help all along.

Don't try to understand it. Winger "logic" will give you a brain cramp.