Morning Must Reads: November 11

In the news: typhoon Haiyan, Iran nuclear program deal; Veterans' Day; the looming congressional budget conference; Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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Vietnam veterans, Hilton Deshields (L) and Robert J. Davis say a prayer at the Vietnam Memorial November 11, 2004 in Washington, DC.

  • ‘They’re Walking Because There’s Nothing Else’: Dazed Survivors Struggle in Haiyan’s Wake [TIME]
    • Videos show Typhoon Haiyan’s charge across Philippines [WashPost]
  • Secretary of State John Kerry sought to reassure this Persian Gulf ally (United Arab Emirates) on Monday that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program would not put its security at risk, and he pleaded with critics of a deal, notably Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, not to try to scuttle an accord before the details were hammered out.” [NYT]
  • For Veterans With PTSD, A New Demon: Their Meds [WSJ]
    • On Veterans’ Day: 3 Facts About the Nation’s Newest Veterans [TIME]
  • Patty Murray, Democrats’ Budget Leader, Faces a New Test [WSJ]
  • Hillary’s Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren [New Republic]
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DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Either Colli is posting from the US or he's making a regular habit of sleeping from 4am to 12pm French time.

sacredh
sacredh

I conducted my war on Christmas today. Christmas kicked my butt. We stopped shopping when we couldn't fit anything else in the car.

collioure
collioure

"President Barack Obama's healthcare reform has reached only about 3 percent of its enrollment target for 2014 in 12 U.S. states where new online health insurance marketplaces are mostly working smoothly, a report released on Monday said.

States with functioning exchanges have signed up 49,100 people compared with the 1.4 million people expected to be enrolled for 2014, according to the report by healthcare research and consultancy firm Avalere Health."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/11/usa-healthcare-enrollment-idUSL2N0IW0XX20131111?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssHealthcareNews&rpc=22 

collioure
collioure

Barry slipped to 40-54 at Gallup today.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Decline and Fall of American Journalism, Sort of, part 12745 (and not just political) - a recent TIME biz section post about graduates not finding work with everyday, small stuff advice. Alas, it's weak tea analysis I've seen elsewhere, from Monster advice sites, etc. (comments worth a read). No big-picture policy moves to get us out of this unemployment mess and everyone back to work. Now compare this to an article last year from former TIME biz section reporter Barbara Kiviat, who wrote meatier stuff during her "time" here. Reporters need to step up their game.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure

Rep. Trey Gowdy: I’m not a ‘tea party congressman’

“My response to all of that is I am enthusiastically supportive of what the tea party has done,” he said. “If you want to see where I am, look at my voting record.”

A guy who walks like a Tea Partier, talks like a Tea Partier, and votes like a Tea Partier, but is absolutely, 100% not a Tea Partier.

I can see why you like him. He's in denial, too.

collioure
collioure

"The 49,100 enrollments also include Medicaid sign-ups in Hawaii and Rhode Island, which did not provide a break-out, Avalere said. It based its numbers on public and press reports for the above mentioned states as well as Connecticut, the District of Colombia, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New York and Washington."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure Why would most people sign up and pay for something they don't get for months? Look at what happened in Mass. Early enrollment was slim as well, and yet all targets were reached and exceeded.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@deconstructiva Rachel Maddow pointed this out on her show recently – every time raising the minimum wage is on the ballot, it wins. Even in red states. It's how Sherrod Brown and Claire McCaskill got elected – they supported an increase, their GOP opponents opposed it.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@deconstructiva 

There's not a lot of WalMarts in France.

(And Carrefour, Auchan and the like aren't comparable.)

collioure
collioure

@deconstructiva  

I know well.  Retailers make an effort to highlight made or produced in France and the French go for it.

outsider
outsider

@mantisdragon91  

They're doing it for profit, which makes it ok. 

Who cares if the US is losing it's soul?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 And there's no excuse for this. These retailers could have the very same sales on Friday during regular business hours, and they'd still make a fortune. There's no reason to deny employees one of the few holidays they get or to entice shoppers to start shopping at the crack of dawn.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@deconstructiva I still miss Fox and Kiviat. When I wanted to understand something about economics or the market, they were a great resource.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori @collioure 

I never realized the word "abacus" was a right wing talking point.

You know what?

An abacus works.  The Obamacare website does not.

outsider
outsider

@MementoMori @collioure  

Know what? I personally think it's the height of hypocrisy, all this bellyaching about the website. 

It's nothing more than a continuation of the sustained attack Obama's been under since he was sworn in the first time. 


The same people who want Obamacare to fail, are hammering the webpage, as though that was what the law was about. 

Nevermind that when Plan B failed, the Dems pitched in to help. 

But then the Dems were decent people who were interested in doing their jobs. 


Everyone complaining about the healthcare website, but not offering any help is full of it - and a rank hypocrite. 


Imagine, a man daring to try and govern. 


It's pretty disgusting all around. 


And this congress is even worse than the last one. And that's saying something.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@MementoMori @collioure 

40% seems like his floor. Not bad considering the climate in this country.

A percentage of that opposition is from the left not happy with Obama.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori  

True.  Auchan and to a lesser extent Carrefour are the mega stores, but they are both upscale with some discount products within.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@outsider @mantisdragon91 I think the stores know that people are going to spend less because they feel the Republicans will shut the government down again in January and maybe February or maybe the entire period and they know the Christmas bills will come in January so they plan on spending less.  Now the question becomes, who gets first crack at the money since this will be a win-lose situation.  Everyone wants to be the first to get at the customer's money.  I had two emails from Target today letting me know what the Black Friday deals will be as if I plan on shopping.  The grand kids are into gift cards and so are the kids. I have cashed out $400 in Discover rewards so far this season. Sooner or later I will have to spend a little cash but I have no plans on helping any company have a Black Thanksgiving week-end.

collioure
collioure

@La_Randy @collioure  

It's not just a few blue dogs.  It's more than ten Senators who understood what they were told about the ACA and made those huge lies part of their campaigns.

Stay tuned.  They've still got 12 months to avoid getting steamrollered next November, and you're going to hear from them all.

Loud and clear.  They're first going to try to resolve this within their own party, but if that doesn't work . . .

They will prefer to avoid another "shellacking;"



collioure
collioure

@outsider  

What doesn't make any sense are the silly posts, yours especially; trying to defend this disaster? 

Hundreds of millions of dollars for a website that does not work.

People deliberately lied to about keeping their insurance, their doctors and now out in the cold in the middle of treatment for life-threatening diseases.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@collioure  

You apparently have no idea what a calamity the insurance cancellations are bringing.

They aren't bringing any because people that get canceled find better plans on the market.  Stop reading fabricated outrage from Fox News.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider @MementoMori  

If it's never his fault, why was he apologizing? 

That doesn't make any sense. 


And ignores the GOP not fulfilling their job function. 


That whole, governing thing, remember? They're supposed to do it. Just opposing everything isn't governing. 

Where is the GOP plan? Remember repeal and replace? Well, at least they stopped lying.. 

to themselves. 


La_Randy
La_Randy

@collioure If the Dems passed the law you are now saying that they did not understand what they were voting for. A few Blue dogs does not a party make. Let us not forget that they were the main impetus that passed a republican healthcare plan as opposed to the single payer plan that the progressives wanted.

If the people at Heritage were not hypocrites they would be proud that the Democratic Party passed their free market healthcare law.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@outsider Yeah, if they were actually convinced it was going to fail, they'd simply sit back, let it be fully implemented, and then wait for it to go south. Then they could spend the next two or four years pointing and laughing and saying, "We told you so!" And they could just watch the election returns roll in.

But the fact that they are so hell-bent on stopping it means they are terrified that it will work, and they won't be able to take any credit for it.

collioure
collioure

The Dems?  He lied to them too, and a number of them are going to be in open revolt now.

You apparently have no idea what a calamity the insurance cancellations are bringing..

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider @MementoMori  

That's true. They don't. Instead of governing, and looking to fix a problem, they're standing back and pointing. 

Unlike the dems, who pitched in, and helped bush with Plan B. 

Class vs  -= well the GOP. 

All the pearl clutching about people losing their insurance plans, which, as it turns out, upon closer inspection, didn't actually help the people buying them is just trying to get publicity. And the fact that the media helps it is pretty disgusting too.

outsider
outsider

@Sue_N  

I think you're right. The Right is desperately afraid that ACA WILL work - hence all the effort to damage it. 

They don't realize that they're on the opposite side of peoples opinion. I hate Obamacare, but kinda like this ACA thing. 

The brass know - the smart guys - which is why they redistricted to gerrymander votes. But they're few and far inbetween. 

And in a few years, the districts can be redrawn. The GOP is freaking out. 

Just look at our wingers posts here lately. 


ACA is going to be SS and medicade; untouchable. Third rail. And the GOP have made such a big deal about it now, they know they're on the wrong side of history. Which is why they're trying to make it fail so badly.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@outsider @MementoMori @collioure It is wildly ironic (and the height of hypocrisy) that the GOP is suddenly oh so concerned about people losing their (crappy) health insurance when they have done absolutely nothing, in all the years they were in power, to remedy that situation before.

Though, to be perfectly honest, they're not at all concerned that people are losing insurance. They're far, far more concerned that people will be getting insurance, and will remember who made that possible, and who did everything in their power to stop it. That's the true GOP concern.

The website will get fixed. People will enroll by the deadline. And come the 2014 midterms, the damn website won't even be an issue. By then, the question will have shifted to the millions in 25 states who still don't have insurance because of GOP governors' refusal to expand Medicaid.

And we'll see what happens to the GOP concern then.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider @MementoMori  

And i believe that is true. 

And if he can't get it fixed, despite the GOP, then he'll get what he deserves, no question. 

But the GOP isn't exactly acting responsibility here. Not that i should be surprised, they haven't for the past two sessions. But one still hopes. 

The dems DID step up to help Plan B. That shows more commitment to the country than trying to smear egg on the presidents face. 

 

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider @MementoMori  

DOn'[t misunderstand - i'm not saying it's perfect. But unless the GOVERNMENT steps up and fixes it, instead of trying to impede it, they shouldn't be saying anything. 

And btw, disagreeing with you? Isn't ignorant. It's just disagreeing with you. 

Retreating to saying so? Show's a lack of argument. 

 And, don't think i missed the fact that you completely ignored the statement about Obama being under constant attack. 

Because that goes against the narrative of incompetence, right?

collioure
collioure

@outsider @MementoMori @collioure  

It is your right to ignore the huge lies that have just been revealed (without which this legislation never would have passed) and to remain ignorant for as long as you like.

The website is just evidence of this administration's gross incompetence.  You can ignore that too.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @TyPollard @MementoMori 

Why wouldn't he dig in on his signature legislation?

Besides, if he bailed on it, wouldn't that just mean the GOP were running the gov't? 

Without winning the election, to boot?

I'm tired of the GOP. They[re like a bunch of spoiled kids.  And they're basically anachists, unless they hold power. 

They lost. Want to win? Smarten up on your policies. That''s it.