Morning Must Reads: October 14

In the news: Shutdown update: government still closed; U.S. inches closer to default; Iran nuclear talks; and Supreme Court takes another look at affirmative action

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The US Capitol in Washington is seen on September 30, 2013 , a day before the government shutdown began.

  • Democrats Push for GOP Concessions as Debt-Limit Negotiations Continue: “While the Democrats and Republicans are much closer to an agreement to reopen the government and continue government borrowing than they were two weeks ago, there is still no certainty that President Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid can broker a deal with Republicans in the House and Senate before the next major deadline later this week.” [TIME]
  • Obama’s Top WMD Ex-Official on the Iran Nuclear Talks [TIME]
  • World Leaders Press the U.S. on Fiscal Crisis: “Leaders at World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings on Sunday pleaded, warned and cajoled: the United States must raise its debt ceiling and reopen its government or risk “massive disruption the world over,” as Christine Lagarde, the fund’s managing director, put it.” [NYT]
  • Bloomberg: The U.S. could end up being the first major Western nation to default since Nazi Germany in 1933.
  • Federal agencies are urging furloughed workers to find another job, as long as they let their lawyers know first. [Washington Post]
  • A Fresh Chance to Rein in  Racial Preferences [WSJ]
  • ‘It is time to tell Congress to go to hell’: “Federal judges, long used to being blasted as “judicial activists” by members of Congress, are now directing a stream of anger and vitriol right back at Capitol Hill.” [Politico]
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ahandout
ahandout

HOW DARE this worker bee step out of line and question the liberals in charge!  Well, he's been reprogrammed now and he feels much better about everything...

Jimenez, a front-line employee at a customer-service center in Buena Park, said in his email to Reed that the new computer system had left employees unable to open new claims or help claimants and that “everyone is having problems.” He said he raised the issue in an email to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Reed forwarded the message to Maria Rutherford, a division chief.

“Who is this guy?!” Reed asked.

The next morning, EDD’s Donald Owens apologized to Reed for Jimenez’s email and said he had been “counseled regarding the nature of the email and the proper chain of command regarding concerns or issues with CUBS or any other work related items.”


http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/10/14/3550049/california-officials-knew-about.html

ahandout
ahandout

California should shut down.  Does any governmental computer program work?  California's government hires a firm that cannot make it's programs work in other states.  Government bureaucrats don't care; it's not their money.  Hey, it's only 153 million OVER budget and it doesn't work.

In response to a Public Records Act request from KCRA 3, EDD on Tuesday released a copy of its contract with Deloitte, the company behind the problematic software upgrade that EDD said caused the backlog.

Among other things, the contract states the software should not be launched during a holiday weekend. The software was launched over Labor Day weekend, Levy has said. But, because neither she nor any other state official would answer questions Tuesday, it’s not clear why or how the timing of the launch would have led to a backlog.

The contract also lists a maximum price of $47 million for the work, but Levy has said in previous interviews that the cost of the work exceeded $60 million. It was part of a larger EDD project targeted by a state audit that showed its costs doubled over several years to nearly $200 million.


http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sacramento/edd-misses-unemployment-benefits-deadline-doesnt-answer-questions/-/12969376/22222498/-/do78wc/-/index.html#ixzz2hkSUqnwN

fitty_three
fitty_three

Looks like Pinky and the Brain are tryna take over the world.

Again.

jmac
jmac

@ahandout  Everyone could be talking about the rollout of the REpublican Health Care Plan but for a few ahandouts who decided it would be smarter to not pay people their salary, shut down government and put the world's economy in an uproar and our credit rating at risk again.   

Smart move, ahandouts!  We salute you.  

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious

I think this is what large snakes are for.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three

What I see is desperation. The poll numbers show a savaged party and most of all the teabillies. They're about as popular as Speedoes with skidmarks
.



MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout

Well it WOULD be embarrassing if they had any sense, or shame.

Oh lol.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb  Democrats are going to be sooo popular when all those IRS letters go out for the Obamacare tax. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout The GOP propaganda network yell squirrel as the US public realizes who really shut down the government.

sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91, he has to choose between his job and the country. I wouldn't bet either way. The man has no morals.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91  

You must be blind.  I never get involved in these partisan scraps.

It seems to me the parties were in a similar situation in January over income tax rates, and I thought Boehner came out pretty well, better than I expected and better than I wanted him to. 

hivemaster
hivemaster

@mantisdragon91 I wonder if a GOP member could introduce a vote of no confidence in the current majority leadership, and fire orange Johnny right now.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@jmac

My  God are they dense. That's a battle they've already lost. Every GOP pundit has already chimed in on that. They're talking about just trying to salvage what's left of the brand.

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious @ahandout  The Machiavellian Prince Barry feels no shame; he has no time for any true feeling or thoughts. 

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I hope Boehner does the right thing, but i have my doubts. I think he may be finished no matter what he does. 40% of the GOP in his own district want him primaried.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb @ahandout  Not sure if Carney is the better liar; he always looks like it gives him pain, like a bad case of Obamagas. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious

Asking me to let them is like asking me if I'd like some money.

Of course! They can be my guests, just step right this way - oops - that was the elevator. 

Tee hee

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three 

Let them. Most of them are going to go 'independent'. Pretend that they're not the batshiat libertarian Ayn Randians and not GOP either. You'll spot them as soon as the Brainfart links comes flying.


fitty_three
fitty_three

MrObvious

They have only each other. They're going down in flames in each other's arms

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three @MrObvious 

You can always tell when GOP looks bad, Handy and crew go overtime in the projection department. It's like a stupid machine.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three @MrObvious 

Handy is going all bananas. Must suck to be bound and invested in the teabillies. They're loathed by everyone including GOP.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @fitty_three 

Kind of like Obamacare, where a portion was from people who wanted something better than Obamacare, like Medicare for all.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

I think there's another 8 or 9 from the "they're all to blame" crowd too. I think that after the storm, Obama will get most of the liberal approval back and maybe half of this group back.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, there is always that. It's like with Obama's poll numbers too. I think i read where 8-9 of his disapproval numbers were because he wasn't liberal enough.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

We also must be careful with teh numblys. Of that 40%, what portion thinks he was too painless to stand up to the baggers, allowing them to wreck the GOP and what portion thinks he's a RINO.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Hothouse politics might soon be a euphemism for the GOP machinations in the House.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @mantisdragon91  

Did you mean when he implemented that republican health plan, or when he caved to all the GOP's demands in 2011? 

I'm not sure when Obama put party first - but you can look at Bonner right now for that kind of behavior. 

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 @collioure  

We have only one President.  It's not a partisan matter for me.

Unfortunately it's too often a partisan matter for him, and he often puts party ahead of country.