Morning Must Reads: September 23

In the news: Nairobi hostage situation; Angela Merkel's historic victory; U.N. General Assembly meets in NY; ObamaCare; gun control; Hillary Clinton

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

  • “Kenyan security forces swept into an upscale shopping mall late Sunday to try to end a two-day standoff with heavily armed Islamist militants after a gruesome attack that reflected the surprising resiliency of one of Africa’s most brutal insurgent groups.” [WashPost]
  • “Angela Merkel is basking in a historic third-term victory in the German elections, having led her conservatives to their best result in more than 20 years.” [Guardian]
  • “She will be on the spot on Monday, her diplomatic debut, as Mr. Obama arrives in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. A woman known for her closeness to the president and the soaring prose of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide, ‘A Problem From Hell,’ Ms. Power is the lead American negotiator in the difficult, gritty business of arguing with the Russians, Syria’s patrons, who have already rejected the notion of using force if Mr. Assad does not comply.” [NYT]
    • A Unifying Theme for Obama’s Foreign Policy [TIME]
    • “Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.” [New Yorker]
    • “Syrian President Bashar Assad says his government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites but that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations.” [AP]
  • “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, stepping up his effort to blunt a diplomatic offensive by Iran, plans to warn the United Nations next week that a nuclear deal with the Iranian government could be a trap similar to one set by North Korea eight years ago, according to an Israeli official involved in drafting the speech.” [NYT]
  • “Federal officials often say that health insurance will cost consumers less than expected under President Obama’s health care law. But they rarely mention one big reason: many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers.” [NYT]
    • Barack Obama’s Health Care Conversion [Politico]
  • “President Barack Obama called for changes to gun laws Sunday during a memorial service honoring the 12 people killed by a gunman last week at the Washington Navy Yard.” [WSJ]
  • Ted Cruz: The Distinguished Wacko Bird from Texas [GQ]
  • Hillary in Midair [New York]
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fitty_three
fitty_three

It would be interesting to hear what people think the political landscape will be like on November 1.

Anyone care to give an opinion?

retiredvet
retiredvet

Food (Stamps) for Thought

 "The conservative war on food stamps is the most baffling political move of the year. Conservatives have suffered for years from the stereotype that they are heartless Scrooge McDucks more concerned with our money than other people’s lives. Yet in this case, conservatives make the taking of food from the mouths of the genuinely hungry a top priority. What gives? And why are conservatives overlooking a far more egregious abuse of taxpayer dollars in the farm bill?"

fitty_three
fitty_three

I can imagine that 30 years from now, a wretched feckless @paulejb will still be ranting about how Obama has ruined everything.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Chrysler says it has filed to move forward with an initial public offering of stock

Proof yet again that everything Barry  touches turns to dung.

paulejb
paulejb

To the hive drones (You know who you are),

The body count since Benghazi is rising. 68 in Nairobi, 77 in Pakistan and 1400 in Syria. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

It's too bad that the GOP has so long to repair itself and shed Teh Crazy before 2016.

I wanted to see if they could out-Goldwater Goldwater himself.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Charlie Pierce reminds us of the good times in the Reagan administration where everybody got pats on the back, pardons, and radio shows.

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/reagan-administration-sandinistas-092313 

"Critics say. Supporters say. On the one hand, but then on the other hand. Lost in all of this are, for example, the Somoza family, four murdered American nuns, Archbishop Oscar Romero, some murdered Jesuits, Roberto D'Aubisson, and, generally, the US support for brutality in other countries in the region, especially El Salvador and Guatemala. And that account of the Iran-Contra criminality seems to have been written in cotton candy. I don't know what effect, if any, this kind of journalism will have on the race to become the next mayor of New York. But as an account of the circumstances that may have led the favorite in that race to become active in the causes described, it is next to useless."


retiredvet
retiredvet

American mainstream balks at GOP shutdown scheme

"Opposition to defunding increases sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included. In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59 percent to 19 percent, with 18 percent of respondents unsure."

paulejb
paulejb

Benghazi .......Nairobi......Pakistan....Just connect the dots if you want to know why Islamic fanatic violence is burgeoning while Barack Obama dithers.

Sue_N
Sue_N

From Wonkblog: Shutting down the government won't end Obamacare. And it might even help it.

This is a very good point, and one I doubt the baggers have considered:

Obamacare's first year will be full of glitches and hiccups and mistakes and misfires. That's true for every big, complicated law (remember when Boehner called Medicare Part D's implementation "horrendous"?). The expectation is that Republicans will be able to take advantage of those problems. But if the early implementation comes in the context of an extended government shutdown, Republicans might well get blamed for implementation glitches as the media and voters ask whether the law wouldn't work more smoothly if the GOP hadn't turned out the lights.

Moreover, if Republicans get blamed for an annoying and unpopular government shutdown -- not to mention for some of Obamacare's problems -- that might blunt the gains they're likely to make in the 2014 midterms. More Democrats in Congress means more protection for Obamacare going forward.

So a government shutdown won't stop Obamacare from being implemented, but it might mean Republicans get blamed for some of the problems of implementation, and lose the ability to benefit politically from the inevitable hitches in the rollout.

The conservatives who won't yield against Obamacare might ultimately prove to be the law's best friends.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, November 1st will be like just about every other month. The Tea Party will see reality and then  claim victory no matter what happens. At this point in their de-evolution, it's all in their heads. They might even be better off letting the little head make the decisions. How much worse off could they get?

La_Randy
La_Randy

@retiredvet The point that eludes conservatives is that 'food stamps' benefit those who grow and sell food (farmers and retailers ) as well as hungry Americans. Why not do away with direct farm subsidies and increase food assistance? A win for everybody concerned.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@retiredvet Of course! Everybody knows that it is the victim's fault for running into the path of the bullet.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Obama has what exactly to do with what happened in Kenya? Should we blame Bush for every terrorist attack that happened anywhere in the world during his 8 years? What a pathetic clown you are becoming.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Care to learn what the body count was under the GOP?  A million in Iran and Iraq for starters while the senile cowboy gleefully armed both sides.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B And never let it be forgotten that we trained many of those Latin American murderers in what once was called The School of the Americas. We have much, much innocent blood on our hands.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@retiredvet 

Looks like Teh Base has already done shrunked fartherer than I thunked.  I thought they were still "30%ers".

They're more like, "sub-20%ers"

MrObvious
MrObvious

@retiredvet 

Only extremists argue for a shutdown and it's usually people who are secure, such as the political critters and morons that'll get paid anyways.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb 

We did and it spelled out "@paulejb is nuttier than two fruitcakes".

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Ivy_B The government needs to stop using contractors when security is involved.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N  I don't see how the TP and GOP get to come out of all of this smelling like dirty rose water. If there's a way, I don't see it.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to bed I go.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@La_Randy

I was more worried about the GOP impaling itself needlessly. They don't seem to have even an ounce of leverage.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb Actually I personally blame paulejb for the violence in Kenya. It's well known that his inherently evil nature is contagious.


fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

Ronnie kept 'em supplied with weapons, too, from Iran! 

Gravy train for everyone!

retiredvet
retiredvet

@MrObvious  Small businesses will be the big loser in a shutdown. GOP the "champion" of job creation cripples the economy. For spite.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three @paulejb 

Nah - he's not nutty, just a needy juvenile dolt with self-inflicted sense of victimization. He comes here fighting windmills and doesn't have the shame to realize just how childish he looks.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet @Sue_N There is no way. Polls are showing that if a shutdown occurs, the American people will blame the GOP. I posted a link earlier to a story showing that even those who oppose Obamacare don't want the government shut down over it.

The GOP loses on this, hands down.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@retiredvet @MrObvious 

Like they care. It's faith. Faith among the few morons that vote for them and faith among the morons that think they're on a mission to right some wrong. Never give people as stupid or more idiotic then yourself in power. If your ideas are extreme and borderline asocial then you can bet your representation will be x2. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three @MrObvious 

I know he's full grown but it's stuck in a juvenile shell. I don't mind being juvenile myself but I never do it as an attempt to make an adult point.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious 

I've actually seen pictures of him a few years ago when he was blogwhoring.

He's a full grown dolt with self-inflicted sense of victimization that fights windmills and has no shame!

Correct thyself! ;-)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N 

For some reason, I don't think that that is hair that's burning.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet @Sue_N The RNC seems to be trying to avoid taking sides in the meltdown by blaming Obama.

So business as usual.