Morning Must Reads: September 19

In the news: rebel-on-rebel violence in Syria; stocks rise after Fed Reserve announcement; DoD orders broad security review after Navy Yard shooting; the letters between Obama and Rouhani; President Rand Paul; What's prettier in print

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

  • Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria [WSJ]
    • “The prospect of an attack to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons exposed the Nobel Peace laureate’s [President Obama] strained and somewhat tentative relationship with the military. His dramatic oscillation from detachment on Syria to the brink of military action, with him ultimately settling for a potential diplomatic solution, has unsettled many people in uniform.” [WashPost]
  • “Stocks around the world surged and the dollar sank after investors anticipating an unwinding of bond purchases were blindsided by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to persist with its current pace of monetary stimulus.” [WSJ]
    • The Fed Has Lost All Credibility [Fortune]
    • The Fed Made the Right Call [USA Today]
  • “Taken together, Syria and Summers therefore represent—by history’s decree in the case of military power, and by Obama’s own grandiose vision of the Fed’s role in the economy—the most important second-term presentations of power. And Senate Democrats were Obama’s undoing in both cases.” [National Journal]
  • “Defense Department officials on Wednesday ordered a broad review of the procedures used to grant security clearances to ­employees and contractors, acknowledging that years of escalating warning signs about Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis went unheeded.” [WashPost]
  • “At the core of Iran’s recent charm offensive is an exchange of letters between President Obama and President Hassan Rouhani.” [NYT]
  • Prettier in print
    • This week’s cover: “Google vs. Death” by Lev Grossman and Harry McCracken
    • Not the Time for Big Sticks: Obama should hold the bravado and respond reasonably to Iran’s conciliatory signals” by Fareed Zakaria
    • It Takes a Village: How the world’s most influential change agents mobilize for action” by Bill Clinton
    • Unchecked Aggression: The Navy Yard attack and our broken security-vetting system” by Mark Thompson
    • Larry Summers: The man who won’t be Fed chief” by Rana Foroohar
    • A Paler Shade of Green: After years of squabbling, can Washington declare a truce on energy policy?” by Alex Altman
    • The New Smart Set: What happens when millions of kids are asked to master fewer things more deeply?” by Amanda Ripley
    • This is Not a Cigarette: Electronic cigarettes could save lives—or hook a new generation on nicotine” by Eliza Gray
    • 10 Questions for Richard Dawkins” by Belinda Luscombe
  • The GOP is Threatening Murder-Suicide With New Shutdown Warnings [Daily Beast]
  • Could Republican Senator Rand Paul Win the White House? [Vogue]
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retiredvet
retiredvet

Anyone else see The Daily Show last night?

"Depressingly familiar post-tragedy analysis"


kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Arrrgggg, Maties! We be fergettin' t' talk like one o' our favorite ex-skallywags, Pirate Wench, on 'er day o' honor!

Avast, Wenchy, yer still miss'd on these sorry pages! (But yer tweetin' be a bloody hoot!)  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

This really is priceless. At this rate we may see fist fights in the House by Christmas as the GOP meltdown/civil war intensifies.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Related to Ivy's recent post about Speier's awesome attack on hypocrites fighting SNAP, a recent event is Panera's chief Ron Schaich who's "living" on the SNAP allotment of 31.50 a week for food (yes, he's quite wealthy). Well, maybe like "Undercover Boss" CEO's who get a taste of the real world, Schaich might learn something. Then again, read the awesome comments to TIME's post; they nailed it. Panera, alas, is still following the restaurant "industry standard" of paying low, similar to McDonalds and nearly everyone else. No Costco model here.

Corporate greed, perhaps? (hint - yes?) Okay, so PNRA is a public-traded company so they have to answer to huge Wall St. / institutional investors and meet short-term profits and price targets or else get voted out at next annual meeting, yes? In Panera's case, no - Schaich maintains an absolute majority of shareholder votes using 3-1 class B supershares (which are not traded in public). (And yes, I used to own PNRA shares and did well.) So if he wants to reduce some earnings and put the money back into his employees with higher pay ala Henry Ford, let alone Costco, he can do it and there's not a damn thing Wall St. can do about it. So why won't he?

collioure
collioure

Nothing of interest to me this evening.

See ya in a couple of weeks.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Glen Beck wants Obama impeached since he know future historians will view him as successful and wants to stain his record.

Beck: Impeach Obama To Put A 'Stain On His Record That They Cannot Remove'

Glenn Beck harbors a passionate hatred for President Woodrow Wilson that is only exacerbated by the fact that Wilson is generally regarded as one of America's most successful presidents.

During yesterday's morning meeting, Beck railed against Wilson as he was infuriated by reports that Leonardo DiCaprio was considering portraying Wilson in a forthcoming film.

"Uh! Leonardo DiCaprio, what a piece of garbage you are!" Beck fumed, before turning his attention to President Obama as he grew outraged that he too would probably be highly-regarded by future generations and historians, which is why he must be impeached now.

"They will make him the greatest president to ever live," Beck complained. "That's why, another reason why, you need to file the articles of impeachment. He needs to have the stain on his record that they cannot remove:

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/beck-impeach-obama-put-stain-his-record-they-cannot-remove#sthash.XgqX8fdK.dpuf

La_Randy
La_Randy

@retiredvet Yet again, they fail to understand an opportunist while they wittingly create the climate for them to flourish. It would be funny if the damage they do to millions of people was not real. 

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh"So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land."

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91  

Don't get your hopes of a shutdown up too high.  This parry isn't going anywhere.

However, beware a court challenge in process and a blue slip.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Stinger  

And I particularly like the idea of trying to lend this sham some "respectability" by using the bereaved as the media version of "human shields".

Chalk up more losses for teh GOP, @Stinger 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Stinger Was it as charming as the GOP attempting to politicize the Ambassador's death despite desperate pleas not to from his dad?

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

@forgottenlord @mantisdragon91 I keep waiting for the day these foaming at the mouth conservatives just come out and say their real reason they want Obama to fail or get removed from office.  He's not white. 

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh  I think it's feeding time. Let's see how he wriggles out of it.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@fitty_three

After reading about that lucky guy who makes his own beer (inside him), maybe Boehner distills his own liquor inside him.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@curt3rd 

Like the GOP didn't politicize Trayvon's death?

It's a good thing your party is toast, @curt3rd. 

Sucks for you, but hey, it makes me happy.

Taste the waste, @curt3rd 

curt3rd
curt3rd

@fitty_three @curt3rd I was comparing you claiming that the GOP was politicizing Benghazi to Obama politicizing Trayvons death

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@curt3rd

He could be half blue, half gold for all I care.  What does it matter?  We don't like him because he's black.  We don't like him because he's white.  We don't like him because he's mixed.  We like him because we like the policies he pushes - or at least, we think he's got way better policies than his opponents had.

So what in the world is your point?

Stinger
Stinger

@Sparrow55 @forgottenlord @mantisdragon91 

ah the tried and true tested race card. Good for you young low info voter lad.  When you grow up and start contributing you will be a conservative republican. Hell, when i was in my twenties i was young and dumb and listened and believed all my liberal professors and was a Democrat. Then i grew up.

curt3rd
curt3rd

@fitty_three @curt3rd To funny.  You really wont admit that Obama is half white.  I see you in a whole new light fifty.  Oh well I have to be going. Today is a bit of a busy day but it was fun talking at you

curt3rd
curt3rd

@fitty_three @curt3rd Come on, I want to hear you say it or in this case read your comment. You do realize that Obama is half white....or do you?

curt3rd
curt3rd

@fitty_three @curt3rd Hugged what guy? 

Seriously, you do realize Obama is half white?  You cant just like the black half of him, that would be unfair fifty