Morning Must Reads: November 7

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

  • The Iran Nuclear Talks for Dummies [TIME]
  • Twitter’s IPO will Make These Men Very, Very Rich [TIME]
  • “ObamaCare’s financing won’t work unless “young healthies” (or their parents) pay through the nose for coverage under parental plans or via the individual mandate. The 18-26 age group is the lowest user of care, the least costly to cover and the most profitable of all health-insurance coverage. Yet the group faces extraordinarily high Obamacare rates.” [WSJ]
  • Can Christie be the Republican Bill Clinton? [Politico]
  • Close Result in Va. Governor’s Race Hardens GOP Divisions [Washington Post]
  • “Leaders of the Republican establishment, alarmed by the emergence of far-right and often unpredictable Tea Party candidates, are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and advocating changes they say would result in the selection of less extreme contenders.” [NYT]
  • “The 2016 Republican presidential primary unofficially kicked off this week — more than two years before the first votes will be cast. And Republicans have themselves to blame for it.” [Washington Post]
  • Labor Union’s: Election 2013′s Biggest Winner [TIME]
  • Texas’ Stringent Voter ID law Makes a Dent at Polls [NYT]

Also, what’s Prettier in Print: Posts from TIME’s latest issue

Cover Story: Chris Christie was Born to Run by Michael Scherer

Chris Christie is a Man for All Factions by Joe Scarborough

Frenemies: The U.S.-German Trade Story by Rana Foroohar

Brief: Big Change to the Big Metros

Culture: The Gods of Food

Remembering Charlie Trotter 

 

1069 comments
collioure
collioure

I misdefined this below

Playing the race card. is Injecting race into matters that really are not racial..

President Obama first ventured into this controversial territory in July 2009 when he brought up the Skip Gates matter as an example of racial profiling which clearly it was not.


nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Momney couldn't win Florida, so....

This bothers me.  The fact that one entity can buy up so much land and presumably never have to pay taxes on it - that bothers me.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Stanford defeats Oregon again

This's like Sylvania beatin' Sony.

 [ Nan des ka!]

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

November, 2013. The month without Thursdays... *sigh*

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Only surprise was that Cuccinelli was close.

The surprise was the Cuccinelli lost.  Yes he ran a bad campaign but this is the first time in seven Gubernatorial Virginia elections that the party of the sitting President actually won.  The election was theirs for the taking and they ran a right-wing loon.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Nader vs. Eye of Newt on XFire??  Wake me.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@kbanginmotown The month is still young. It will get better once collioure is recognized as the troll he is.

collioure
collioure

@Sue_N  

Yes, we are and the whole sport of pro football is threatened by these developments. 

For the life of me I do not understand why the players and the owners allow this sport to be played on such a hard surface.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@nflfoghorn Interesting guest (Nader) for cross-fire to invite on. Fringe vs fringe and all that.

collioure
collioure

FYI the media has already celebrated the Obama recovery several  times.

It just hasn't blossomed.

collioure
collioure

@outsider  

If Obama were white, for me he'd still be Barry 0 (the guy who has hardly accomplished anything) and the incompetent community organizer.

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard,

"I've had quite a few concussions myself. scary."

Three for me. Not counting a fractured skull.



 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @DonQuixotic Yeah, this is the thing. With all of McAuliffe's problems (and they are legion), a half decent Republican could have beaten him handily.

The GOP is now just throwing away elections.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@collioure It has gone pretty good when you consider that the Republicans in the House and Senate have stopped all efforts to make it go faster.  It is hard to get much to happen when you have the stupidity of the House and a Senate which seems to be caught in Mich's do nothing attitude.  If the Republicans would act like they cared about America, we would be much further along but that would mean telling their idiot faction to go and sit in the closet.  Why people go to the effort to get elected to a job that they don't intend to do is beyond me.  

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider  

Fair enough; but not everyone is as enlightened. 

 His race plays a big factor in a lot of peoples hatred - and i don't use hatred lightly, of Obama. 

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, for me it was car wrecks, fell off a house and ran into a low beam.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh @TyPollard 

4 or 5 or so, for me.

In football we always just shook it off except for the few times I was KOed.

lots of headers in soccer too. I used to have  a photographic memory but now I'm lucky to remember that I had a good memory.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@Paul,nnto @La_Randy @TyPollard @Sue_N Yes, it is a completely different place from North Louisiana and I have enjoyed every time I have traveled there.

North Louisiana  is more like East Texas where Sue is from.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@TyPollard @La_Randy @Sue_N Welcome to the club! Of course, living in Louisiana, I can say that face palming has become a fine art here for people with common sense.

collioure
collioure

@DonQuixotic  

Returning to FDR, he promised a New Deal which included relief for the unemployed and  poor, much more than just helping the poor.

Those who bellow just helping the poor generally become communist.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@DonQuixotic I am about to the point of flagging him without mercy, to avoid the stupidity he spouts. He is trolling.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Sue_N @TyPollard @DonQuixotic @collioure @ARTRaveler  

That leads to Communism.

Which incidentally we learned yesterday is what Colli associates with wanting to help the poor.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@DonQuixotic @Sue_N @TyPollard @collioure @ARTRaveler I don't know why he can't just be honest. I mean, give it to paulie and handy, they are at least honest about their affiliations.

But collie insists on trying to play "Mr. Independent" when nothing he says backs that up. Obama is always wrong, everything is always Obama and the Democrats' fault, blah blah blah.

Like this whole "Obama is racially divisive" crap. The only "racially divisive" thing Obama has ever done is to be elected president while black. That's it. Yet, to listen to collie, you'd think he was unleashing the New Black Panthers against helpless white folks.

He really is a hypocrite.

collioure
collioure

@ARTRaveler @collioure 

Oh, please.

We've discussed this false premise many times.

Get a new pony!

Obama cares so much about the jobless and the economy that he almost never mentions them.

collioure
collioure

@outsider @collioure  

The Zimmerman trial was not about race.

Many onlookers plus the media tried/wanted to make it about race

But the trial itself was not about race.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@MrObvious @La_Randy The dying throes of a group that knows they are on the wrong side of history.

They'll only get louder as they get smaller. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@La_Randy 

You can tell bigots by the hewing and hemming in regards to perceived reverse racism.


La_Randy
La_Randy

@collioure @TyPollard @outsider The President pointed out that Trayvon could possibly look like a male offspring of his and you call it playing the race card.

You are possibly senile and definitely suffering from republican dementia.

You remind me of 3firex3.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@DonQuixotic @collioure 

I love when old white men claim to be experts on race while they ignore voices from black, hispanic communities.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@collioure @DonQuixotic 

Black unarmed teen shot by stalking older man and no charges made this a racial issue.

If you are black your experience with the criminal "justice system" informs a different perspective.

Something you are not empathetic enough to understand.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

"And unfortunately in an election year this President also tried to make it about race."

Yeah, I'm done.   

#notawinger

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@collioure @DonQuixotic @outsider  

I won't even go into how silly that statement is, but you're at least acknowledging that at the national level it was a racial case.

"I'm not a winger..."

collioure
collioure

@DonQuixotic @collioure @outsider  

NBC made it about race.

In court it was not about race.

And unfortunately in an election year this President also tried to make it about race.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider  

But he didn't say the white race is bad because this happened to a kid who looked like me. He stated that because a kid looked like me, he was profiled. 

Again, subsequent revelations at the trial bear that out. 

He didn't, as other past presidents have, said you're with me or against me. He stated a reality. 

He is the president. And the trial did unify a great many people who were outraged about what happened. But he doesn't get to change the color of his skin just because he's president. 

And what he said about his own kid was salient. 

Are you a parent? I don't know honestly. But i am. And my first reaction would be to empathize with the parents.  They lost their child.


When Newtown happened, i totally related there too. It didn't have anything to do with color, it had to do with kids. I picked up my girl that day after school and hugged her like mad; because i was horrified by the thought of dropping my little girl off at school, and never, ever being able to hold her again. 


The president doesn't stop being a parent, just because he's president. 


Frankly, i think it's a benefit that he feels compassion, rather than someone like Cheney who has no heart.

collioure
collioure

@TyPollard @collioure @outsider  

You are correct

Pointing out [real] racism is not "playing the race card" 

Suggesting that matters that really are not racial is playing the race card.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@collioure @outsider

instead he himself has been a divider. 

How, by answering questions on a case and giving his opinion?

It wasn't a racial case.  

Ha, wow.  I'm not even going into the motives of the case Colli, I'm talking about the national attention it drew. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

@collioure @outsider 

"playing the race card"  is an invention of white white bitterness.

Pointing out racism is not "playing the race card" 

collioure
collioure

@outsider @collioure  

Excuse me, but we're discussing the President.  

He should be a unifier on race;  instead he himself has been a divider.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@outsider @collioure 

You give too much credit here. Racial discomfort is not usually a conscious act.

Notice collie perceives Obama as playing the race card. From his perspective racism is decide by white men like him. It makes him uncomfortable that Obama would discuss racial issues. 

Why is that?

outsider
outsider

@collioure  

Fair point about Paulie's posts. But are you going to tell me that what Obama said wasn't true? 

If a black kid is walking down the street in a hoodie, that he won't be perceived as trouble? Vs a white kid? 

It might be troubling; but the simple fact is, there is still racism in the US - and Obama's statement was valid. He isn't president because he's black, but he's not black despite being the president. 

The zimmerman trial was all about race; and his subsequent behavior, even attested to by his wife, bears out that fact. 

I'm not trying to fight with you - but i'm really curious - you really don't think black kids get stereotyped? 

 

collioure
collioure

@outsider @collioure  

Omigod!

What do you think, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," was all about?

Handy has made racist posts - that's not the race card.


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@collioure  

A fact?  Acknowledging that he himself is black is not racist, and suggesting as much kind of is.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider  

I don't agree about his playing the race card. But it does get played against him - reference any post here by Paulie, for example.