Morning Must Reads: November 21

In the news: Iran nuclear talks, U.S. and Afghanistan agreement, and this week's TIME: Obama's Race for the Cure

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

  • France and Iran traded tough words on Thursday as major powers struggled to finalize an interim deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, with Paris urging the West to remain firm and Tehran deploring a loss of trust.” [Reuters]
  • A diatribe against Israel and the U.S. stokes fears about whether Iran can be trusted [TIME]
  • “Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday that the United States and Afghanistan had finalized the wording of a bilateral security agreement that would allow for a lasting American troop presence through 2024 and set the stage for billions of dollars of international assistance to keep flowing to the government in Kabul.” [NYT]
  • White House has confirmed President Obama’s Afghanistan Pledges: “I know you have been concerned for some time to limit the impact of the conflict in Afghanistan on the Afghan people, with particular attention to the sensitive issue of the safety and privacy of people in their homes,” Obama wrote in the letter dated Wednesday and released by Karzai’s office. “Over time, and especially in the recent past, we have redoubled our efforts to ensure that Afghan homes are respected by our forces and that our operations are conducted consistent with your law. We will continue to make every effort to respect the sanctity and dignity of Afghans in their homes and in their daily lives, just as we do for our own citizens.” [Politico]
  • Terrible Polls for Obamacare, But Some Good News on Policy [New Republic]
  • Insurers Restricting Choice of Doctors and Hospitals to Keep Costs Down [Washington Post]
  • Once Again, Darrell Issa is Blowing It [National Journal]
  • Poll: Amid Obamacare Skepticism, Confidence in Obama Wanes: “Just 32 percent approve of how Mr. Obama is handling the issue of health care, down eight points from September, and the lowest since CBS News began asking the question in 2009.” [CBS News]
  • Farm Bill Talks Intensify [Politico]
  • The Republican War on Competence [The New Yorker]
  • What Wendy Davis Gets Wrong [Salon]

What’s Prettier in Print: This Week’s TIME

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nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@Sue_N  Thx for the poll numbers.  BO may be @ 37% per CBS but keep in mind polls are lagging indicators (as we all know from 2012).  As the problems to Obamacare's web site/rollout are addressed and fixed his #s should go back up.  I see no way how BO can stay as low as W was for his entire second term.

sacredh
sacredh

It's MovieTime! Goodnight folks. I thought about the GOP mindset today and chose "2012".

TyPollard
TyPollard

Does collie post here 'til he has a troll-gasm and once he does, does he roll over and go to sleep in France?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Ironic isn't it

A provision in the House-version of the farm bill that would give states the option to require food stamp recipients to be drug tested is garnering renewed attention after a congressman who voted in favor of it pleaded guilty to cocaine possession charges.

Rep. Trey Radel voted in favor of the final version of the House farm bill that included the amendment offered by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) weeks before Radel was arrested in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood as part of a drug sting operation. The amendment originally passed by a voice vote in the House, despite Democratic opposition.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/trey-radel-arrest-food-stamps-100138.html#ixzz2lKHIfLQG


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Diapers a hypocrite? Cue the shocked face

David Vitter Once Backed Rule He Now Calls 'Dictatorial' Submitted 

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) today claimed that changing Senate rules to allow a simple majority of the US Senate to vote on judicial nominees appointed by the President is a shameful act that is “scary and dictatorial for our country.”

As Steve Benen noted, the supposedly dictatorial rule brings things back to “the way the Senate worked for about 200 years, largely without incident.”

In fact, Vitter supported the same rules change back in 2005, saying yes-or-no votes on judicial nominees fulfill “our constitutional duty to give advice and consent when a president nominates individuals to the bench.”

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/david-vitter-once-backed-rule-he-now-calls-dictatorial#sthash.Le1mHKhM.dpuf

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

And the craziness escalates.


The Obama-Soros Conspiracy To Nuke America And Kill 300 Million People Exposed!

Did President Obama and George Soros plot to murder 300 million Americans by dropping nuclear bombs? Yes! That is, according to right-wing activist Jim Garrow, who now claims to be a former intelligence officer. Erik Rush kicked off his radio show on Tuesday by reading from a Garrow article about how Obama planned to detonate nuclear weapons throughout the US until three heroes in the military stopped him:

You may remember that Rush thought Obama would nuke DC to justify an operation to bomb Syria…and that the president then orchestrated the Navy Yard shooting to stop the Navy from arresting him.

Now, Rush and Garrow say that Obama had plans to nuke Charleston, South Carolina, and other cities throughout the US.

But why?

To distract from Benghazi?

No! To let George Soros get even richer by betting against the US dollar:

Garrow also claims that “Bath House Barry” — after attempting to destroy the United States— will blackmail every politician, military leader and police officer in America to get himself a third term.

After 90 percent of the population has been eliminated, the only people left in the country will be the elites, including Obama and Valerie Jarrett, who will live in luxury bunkers.

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/obama-soros-conspiracy-nuke-america-and-kill-300-million-people-exposed#sthash.wmTkgaPW.dpuf

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

But of course. But they ain't racists.

North Carolina Republican Senate Candidate Worked For Neo-Confederate Group -

Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel isn’t the only Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who has allied with neo-Confederate activists. Warren Throckmorton reports today that Bill Flynn, a radio talk show host seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan in North Carolina, is a close partner of the Institute on the Constitution’s David Whitney and has taught courses through the Institute. Whitney wrote on the group’s website last week:

Our Institute On The Constituion [sic] Host Bill Flynn in Triad region of North Carolina announced his candidacy for the United States Senate race this past Sunday. Bill hosts a morning radio show on WEGO (980 AM). Bill has not only taught our U.S. Constitution course he was my co-host on the Constitutional Cruise, All Aboard America this past March. Bill is a good friend and patriot.

Whitney is the chaplain of the Maryland chapter of the League of the South, a neo-confederate hate group that promotes white nationalism.

Whitney’s bio notes that he also serves as “the Chaplain of the Southern National Congress where he is also the Chairman of the Maryland State Delegation to the Congress.” The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Southern National Congress as “a neo-Confederate group focused exclusively on advancing a new secession through political means.” Two GOP lawmakers in Tennessee were recently slated to appear at a Southern National Congress event.

The head of the Institute On The Constitution is Michael Peroutka, aLeague of the South board member. Peroutka has denounced the Union victory in the Civil War, attacked civil rights laws, demanded the prosecution of women who have abortions and warned that nondiscrimination legislation would force people to be gay.

“You may also tell them that I am proud to be a member of League of the South,” Peroutka said during his campaign for president in 2004. “I look forward to receiving the support not only from guys with Confederate flags in their trucks, but also those with the Southern Cross in their heart.”

The Institute on the Constitution regularly attacks Abraham Lincoln as a “murderous tyrant” who should be “on trial for war crimes.”

But don’t think this GOP candidate’s close relationship with the Institute On The Constitution will trouble all of his fellow Republicans, as McDaniels in Mississippi continued to win support from right-wing groups after his own neo-Confederate links became public.

sacredh
sacredh

Has anybody else noticed that when we're all happy the same time we go kind of nuts?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@TyPollard 

Colli is what's called a kobold. They want to be trolls but all they can do is yark.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

Yeah, back when they invented the nuclear option it was cool. But now it's totally not cool. Kinda like a congress man using drugs while supporting the idea that SNAP participants should take drug tests. Totally different. Called the hypocritical oath.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

Why is it that people part of self ironically named groups are not very into what their name suggests? Is it because it's a lot easier to call yourself something then to actually BE into that something?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

The sound of soulless biological machines

They're not even good as cannon fodder for when the aliens attack.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91  

That's good.

Too bad you couldn't figure out a way to do it without shafting so many other people, people who vote in large numbers.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh Uh oh..... even Sacred's thinking we're nuts.  Might need to reel it back a bit.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Well, we are a hive. What do you expect?

No independent thinking here, buster!

sacredh
sacredh

@DonQuixotic , I was a female ferret in another life? I know I get antsy if I go more than a couple of days.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@DonQuixotic @TyPollard I think we should all pick a country to pretend to live in. I'm going to pick Germany, so I can call Collie a scheisskopf and not get flagged!

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@MrObvious Since the charge could end up in prison time and a fine, I wonder what the judgement would have been if the person was black and not a U S Representative?

outsider
outsider

@collioure @PerryWhite1 @DonQuixotic @TyPollard  

I don't personally go in for the personal attacks either - but you know, coming on th page, calling everyone morons, and ignoramuses, and consistently calling  Mantis third grade, etc started it. 

It would be commendable if you stopped. Maybe everyone else would as well. But they are all simply reacting to how you've posted here.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, no beer here, but between my wife and I, we get 180 SOMAs a month and 210 pain killers. Don't feel too bad for us. We manage.

sacredh
sacredh

@MrObvious, that's why I'm such a good lover now. I used to practice when I was alone all the damned time.