Morning Must Reads: November 27

In the news: trouble in the East China Sea; Obamacare deadline looms; Microsoft vs. NSA; campaign finance reform; a soaring Nasdaq; GOP eyes Senate takeover in 2014; Prettier in Print; Thanksgiving!

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

  • “Tensions are running high in the skies between China and Japan—and the United States is refusing to stay on the sidelines. After Beijing upset the region by declaring a new air defense zone over a large part of the East China Sea, Washington responded by flying two unarmed B-52 bombers through the area.” [CNN]
  • Ukraine-EU deal is a big threat to Russia’s economy [BBC]
  • “With the clock ticking toward a Saturday deadline, Obama administration officials promise that the HealthCare.gov website will work better. Exactly how much better? That is hard to say.” [WSJ]
    • “White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users.” [NYT]
    • “There are states that are running their own websites and enrolling a lot of people, way more than the amateur-hour federal website that serves most of the states.” [Politico]
  • “Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans.” [WashPost]
  • “The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced a proposed revision to federal tax code that would disrupt the loosely regulated world of dark money in political campaigns.” [TIME]
  • The Nasdaq Composite Index closed above 4000 for the first time in 13 years, the latest milestone in a 2013 stock rally fueled by easy money from the Fed and robust investor demand for a broader swath of fast-expanding companies. [WSJ]
  • “Combined with a favorable map, Republican momentum has put control of the Senate firmly in play. In fact, the 7 seats most likely to switch parties in our latest Hotline Senate Rankings are only Democratic-held. If Republicans flip 6 of the 7—without losing any of their own vulnerable seats—they would control the Senate in 2015.” [National Journal]
  • Prettier in print
  • Have a happy Thanksgiving! MMRs will return on Monday.
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fitty_three
fitty_three

Well, off to dreamland. Looks like /O by a slender margin.

fitty_three
fitty_three

"I agree with liberals on all social issues."  ~@collioure 

I have to leave now.  I just blew all the pop I drank out my nose.

That, and Denver won.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three

Actually....he tends to be left-leaning on social issues.  Some of his opinions on social issues make it all the way to center but I wouldn't classify any of his social issue positions as right.

sacredh
sacredh

Well, I didn't sleep well at all today. It's back to bed for a long nap before work for me. Goodnight.

sacredh
sacredh

In case you gentlemen didn't read down thread, I hit a nice scratch-off last night on the way to work.

Robbert5
Robbert5

@sacredh  

I did read that, and congratulations.  I do not have the same luck skills as you do.  But then again I simply don't gamble, I know the odds are against me and chances are that I put more money in it than gain back.

sacredh
sacredh

@Robbert5, I'm lucky in almost everything. I know the odds are really stacked against people winning, but I've been playing for 8 years and I keep track of how much I spend versus how much I win. I've never had a year when I didn't finish at least a $1000 in the plus column. Unless I have a huge December, 2013 will still be my 2nd best year. In 2009, I finished up just a hair under $26,000.

sacredh
sacredh

The ACA has experienced severe problems in the two months since it's rollout. Obama's poll numbers have suffered as a result. Meidcare was very heavily criticized when it was first introduced. It's extremely popular now. Taking the short term view of a massive new program seems to be a mistake to me.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh 

It's not about being right. 

It's about damaging the current President and hindering progress in other areas, like immigration.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@TyPollard @sacredh  For the House republicans certainly. 

Non-gerrymandered republicans (Senators, Governors, any state wide elected) have found that offering only NO! is a losers strategy. 

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, Romney was forced to the right by the Tea party and was put into the position of appeasing the base just to get the nomination. Once he had the nomination, he was trapped into the positions the TP forced him to take. I expect the same thing in 2016.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@Paul,nnto @TyPollard @sacredh 

I do believe Romney could have won if he had focused on things like drone wars and NSA abuses instead of fanning the flames on the right with factually challenged attacks.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@TyPollard @Paul,nnto @sacredh Willard never had a chance. 

Flawed candiate, flawed philosophy, flawed party. 

Also, too, the republicans approved of both NSA over reach and immoral drone strikes. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

@Paul,nnto @TyPollard @sacredh

Agreed about the flawed candiate, flawed philosophy, flawed party but I think those issues would have decreased turnout among independent and democratic Obama voters.

Hardly matters now but...

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, I have my doubts that Christie can survive the southern states.

sacredh
sacredh

@Paul,nnto, not only that, but there is the matter of his weight. Regardless of what people tell pollsters, people are judged a good bit by their physical appearance.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@sacredh @TyPollard The Christie Beltway hype reminds me of the Pawlenty (remember him?) hype.

"Oh a republican governor in a Blue state!"  

He'll never survive a primary much less a general election. Horrible policies combined with bad temperament.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@TyPollard @Paul,nnto @sacredh Agreed it's a parlor game at this point but…

Willard as a Dove would have driven more republican voters away because it would have fed into the ( accurate ) narrative of Willard being disingenuous than attract independent (low information) voters. 

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, wouldn't that be a hoot? The sad thing is, if Palin wasn't good looking, the GOP would never have even given her the time of day. Shallow comes to mind when you talk about the GOP base. 

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@TyPollard @Paul,nnto @sacredh The odd thing? 

There are areas where BHO and the Democrats are open to well earned criticism, from the left as well as from the right, but with people like Cruz, Rand Paul, )insert any Texan republican) leading the charge no one takes them seriously.

The TPer who cried wolf.