Morning Must Reads: November 19

In the news: Obamacare, Israel-U.S. relations, J.P. Morgan Chase's $13 billion settlement, Rob Ford, the 2014 and 2016 elections, and JFK

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

  • Split on Accord on Iran Strains U.S.-Israel Ties [NYT]
    • John Kerry vs. the ‘Babble’ [Politico]
  • “The Obama Administration brought in a private consulting team to independently assess how the federal online health insurance enrollment system was developing, according to a newly disclosed document, and in late March received a clear warning that its Oct. 1 launch was fraught with risks.” [WashPost]
    • “The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to the lowest point of his presidency, with dwindling faith in his competence and in many of the personal attributes that have buoyed him in the past, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.” [WashPost]
  • J.P. Morgan Chase and the Justice Department Monday agreed to a landmark $13 billion settlement that resolves a number of legal headaches for the largest U.S. bank… [WSJ]
  • Meet the Man Who Lost to Rob Ford [National Journal]
  • Forget the 2016 chatter. It’s 2014 that matters. [Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in Politico]
    • Why Wisconsin’s governor may be Chris Christie’s toughest competition in 2016 [Slate]
    • Las Vegas Never Wanted to Host a Republican Convention—Until Now [BuzzFeed]
  • My first plane flight, to mourn JFK [Yahoo!]
771 comments
notsacredh
notsacredh

The trees are up! I'm going down. Goodnight folks.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Stop feeding them.

Don't even make posts to the public about anything they say or that their posts are being deleted.

Just flag and forget.

MementoMori
MementoMori

 The analysis for cable television shows (minus reality programming) demonstrates that casts that were 31-40% minority had the highest median household ratings. Casts of 10% minority or less had the lowest ratings, yet constituted the largest number of cable shows in the analysis. That’s right. Despite diverse casts performing better than super white ones, most shows are STILL super white.

And it gets better! Not in the sense of it gets more diverse and such. Just that the data justifies the points we are constantly trying to make (which is that the more diverse things are at every level, the more enjoyable televisions shows are) BECAUSE shows with diverse writing staffs also fare better in cable ratings. Researchers found that writing staffs with 10% minority or less (AKA a vast majority of shows in the analysis) slumped in ratings when compared to shows that had 11-20% and 41-50% minority staffs.

Everyone is Tired of White People on TV

outsider
outsider

Just

Not 

Happening

Accept it, and move on. 

collioure
collioure

@Sue_N  

While I agree with the decision, I think the measures states are adopting to discourage abortions is quite unfortunate.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

Of course not, they're not a powerful corporate entity. Now if this was a question of reducing voters rights, I'm sure they'd grant the 'wingers a chance to plead just how evolved and post racial we are.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

I shouldn't ask but I've got to: how would they have gotten his dog's name?  Unless he confused his super secret security question answer with his name.  I thought that's sometimes a joke point on High School tests but I didn't realize that they were actually testing a valuable life skill

collioure
collioure

@Sue_N  

And you complain about life in Texas. 

Oklahomans seem quite reactionary, like they're trying to outdo Idaho.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

Nice, so punish the people who serve because someone has some religious phobia?

They really heart our soldiers don't they.

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord @outsider  

I'm just sitting here shaking my head at all the craziness today. 

Majority rule and all that. 

And the willful .. ignorance isn't the right word.. disregard. 

Disregard for people, and their wishes. 

Did you see the stuff that was poofed today?

Some of it was vile. 

Though i confess, the message was more for Paulie. 

He wore out his welcome for a lot of people. And will just keep getting flagged until we get an ignore button. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @paulejb Yeah, that one almost had me clicking. It sounded a lot like a setup – man purposely registers dog, then alerts the media, who blame Obamacare.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@collioure @Sue_N As I have always said, Oklahoma is Texas without the sophistication.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

No worries. It's ok if the swamp learns that I'm out saving the world on a top secret mission.

Jokes aside, traveling is just a part of my job. And nothing beats free gifts and treats from hotels for all the gigantic business I give them.

outsider
outsider

@DonQuixotic @outsider  

I noticed. I just didn't want to mention your being out of town. 

I'll admit, i'm jealous :) In a good way

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord @outsider  

I've seen that as well. But often what i'll do is, when i delete a post, i'll copy past into an email, so it adapts that format when i paste back into the post. 

 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@outsider 

I'm referring to the times where you delete your response list and then it does single space after you hit the return key and when you submit, it reports a formatting error.

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord @outsider  

Could be, but ever since they got the engineers to take a crack at it, i don't see any strange order (at least in chrome - they had asked me which browser i used, and i had to show them my dashboard. They were able to duplicate it, and i think they fixed it - at least for chrome). 


As for individual posts, just depends { for me) one where i copy/paste from.


Actually, i am using firefox now (work is chrome, home firefox) and it's fine as well. 


But what i was saying - when i used to post from Salon (which i stopped since Mantis hits every story there now), i used to have to format in plain text, otherwise i got errors. 


But from Daily beast, no problems. Though in Chrome i do it in plain text by reflex now.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@outsider

So I think I figured out why LF gets messed up and ends up in the bad formatting state: if you highlight the whole first line, it includes the opening span section and so you end up deleting the formatting rules for the post and the opening tag no longer matches the closing tag resulting in it declaring a formatting error.

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord @paulejb  

I dunno, but as i said, i was typing, and the whole thing just disappeared. His post, and my reply, whilst still typing. 

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord @outsider  

That was fast. I wasn't even finished typing to him. 

What was was saying is it's ironic that Paulie would call anyone else lame, since he's declared he's leaving repeatedly, but just can't quit us. 

 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb I'm not sure there's three people to flag you right now but everything you post goes poff in about a minute

outsider
outsider

@collioure @paulejb  

I have to be honest, i don't even like the term pro-abortion. No one should be pro-abortion. 

But i do believe everyone should have the choice. 

Especially if there are medical reasons

collioure
collioure

@paulejb @collioure  

They do believe in abortion on demand and I do too to a certain extent.

However, most are pro-choice.  Very few are pro-abortion.

collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord @collioure  

I object to these roundabout ways of discouraging abortions.  It's just ugly

I'm sure we'd all like abortion to be rare, but these aren't the ways to arrive there

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord @collioure  

See, that is how things should be all the time (i know, pipe dream). People disagree, but explain, and we all understand better. Even if we see things from other points of view. 

As opposed to spamming. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

I was halfway away from this thread when something started bugging me: why would the IRS have your Dog's name?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb

Oh, so is that you announcing your retirement from Swampland?  Can we throw you a goodbye party?  You don't even need to attend!

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb

Well....sorry, I'm not a Civil Engineer so I can't build you your Fortress of Solitude

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N Hey, a "bless your heart," when properly deployed, can be scathing. It transcends party (I've heard both conservatives and liberals use it; I believe even Molly Ivins used it on occasion, probably against Dubya and Rick Perry), and I've been known to use it myself.

My husband shudders when he hears it. ;)

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @forgottenlord 

Women are a lot better at the under your breath insults than men. We're at a caveman 'FU' level (as OpenMental have demonstrated all day)

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

And they probably think they're good people who happen to be incredibly clever and witty, too.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

Well isn't that truly the mark of sophistication?  To be able to insult a person in speech with what looks like a compliment on paper?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N Not even a "bless your heart," which you'll get here.

(Though, note: Depending on the tone, "bless your heart" can either mean "you poor thing" or "you're just too stupid to live.")

MrObvious
MrObvious

@forgottenlord @Sue_N 

They just kick some dust bowl in your face and leave you crying.