Morning Must Reads: December 3

In the News: Obama's revises pitch of health care law; why a Pacific war is possible; and American students are still lagging behind

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

  • White House Returns to Obamacare Sales Mode [Politico]
  • “At the ballot box, President Obama has dominated the youth vote like no other candidate of his generation. Now, as he tries to shepherd his health-care law through a rocky rollout and make it work in the long run, Obama is as reliant as ever on the young. But this time, success is far less certain.” [Washington Post]
  • Biden Faces a Delicate Two-Step in Asia [NYT]
  • “From the long-distance perspective of an American, Asia looks like one of the world’s most peaceful places. And it is — for the moment. But when Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Tokyo on Monday, he stepped into what has suddenly become a dangerous diplomatic crisis between China and Japan. On the surface, it’s a dull dispute over a string of uninhabited Pacific islands. Underneath, as I realized on a recent visit to China, it’s a story reaching back some 75 years that involves war, brutality, rape and historical reckoning. And now threatens to drag in the U.S.” [TIME]
  • Senate to Hold Hearing to Discuss Amazon Package Delivery Drones [Fox News]
  • Winning the Gay Marriage Fight in Hawaii: “One of the lawyers who worked on the Hawaii case was Evan Wolfson. For the past twenty-five years, Wolfson, the founder and president of the nonprofit group Freedom to Marry, has been at the center of this rapidly growing political and social movement.  [The New Yorker]
  • U.S. Teens Lag in Global Education Rankings as Asian Countries Rise to the Top [USA Today]

 

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notsacredh
notsacredh

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go. Goodnight folks.

MementoMori
MementoMori

Documents show powerful right wing lobby [ALEC] losing support after Trayvon Martin killing

Alec was embroiled in the controversy surrounding Florida’s 2005 “stand-your-ground” law under which George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the 17-year-old Martin, initially claimed self-defence. The Florida law was picked up by Alec, and, working in partnership with the National Rifle Association, used as a template for one of its “model bills”, which was then taken up by other states across the country.

The Guardian has learned that by Alec’s own reckoning the network has lost almost 400 state legislators from its membership over the past two years, as well as more than 60 corporations that form the core of its funding. In the first six months of this year it suffered a hole in its budget of more than a third of its projected income.

MrObvious
MrObvious

I just had an error trying to launch my video card update program, fudging ACA and Obama.

NP042
NP042

I'll probably post this again tomorrow, but with the start of December it seems the Season's Upon Us.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Delusional or Drunk you decide?


WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday dismissed the idea that this Congress is the least productive in history and said the House has done its job this year.

"The House has continued to listen to the American people and to focus on their concerns," Boehner told reporters. "Whether it's the economy, whether it's jobs, whether it's protecting the American people from Obamacare -- we've done our work."

notsacredh
notsacredh

Doesn't the GOP remind you of PeopleAtWal-Mart?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

In this edition of Texas WTF. Racism is dead!

A 13-year-old white girl traveling with her dance instructors in Houston, Tex., was handcuffed and taken by police to Child Protective Services, over the pleas of the black male guardians she was traveling with.

Landry Thompson traveled with her instructors from Oklahoma to attend a dancing and training session, according to KHOU 11 News. They stopped at a gas station on their way home in the evening, and, exhausted, began to doze in the car. Police showed up and surrounded them, asking who the girl was. Emmanuel Hurd, one of the instructors, told the officers he had a notarized letter from Thompson’s parents establishing his guardianship during the trip.

But police put both Thompson and Hurd in handcuffs, and put a terrified Thompson in the back of the police car. They called Thompson’s mother Destiny only after they brought her to Child Protective Services.

Destiny told KHOU 11 she was “horrified.” “She was with the people I wanted her to be with. She was with people I trusted,” Destiny said. “And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.”

Destiny said she was initially told she would have to fly to Houston to retrieve her daughter, although police eventually released Landry to her instructors 11 hours later. Police have declined to comment, meaning they have provided no explanation about what prompted them to stop the trio in the first place, let alone why they proceeded to remove Landry without even calling her mother to verify the notarized letter.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious 

Microsoft Windows 7 Core Dump: fatal_error: unrecoverable error: 0x000000f106a0a1

It's all Obama's fault

If you see this error again you may need to repair or reinstall your copy of Windows 7 Professional 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

So they have to hire someone to tell them why they're awful with immigrants? Tells you something.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@NP042  

[spikes turkey]

Go Hawks!

Oh, wait. I've been rubbing it in all day.  Yah, who cares?

Melly Crismas!

TyPollard
TyPollard

@mantisdragon91 

By Boehner's definition, I have done my work in Congress as well. 

I equaled his production on those issues. I listened HARD. 

Can I get Congressional pay, perks and benefits too?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@sacredh Night of the living dead comes to my mind. Shambling, braindead creatures, moaning and causing havoc to everything in sight.

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

@mantisdragon91 When the day comes that Hispanics and young people and women finally turn Texas blue, I am going to take a 12 hour bubble bath and think of this sh|t never happening again.

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic 

What kind of person would advocate for a policy unless they personally benefited? A commie, that's who!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@DonQuixotic 

Excellent logic; the better question should be 'why do you support it', assuming he smokes just because he supports it is irrelevant. I don't drink, but I still think it should be legal.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@mantisdragon91 I was reading somewhere in the last year or so that when a party gets the youth vote in three Presidential elections in a row, that generation is pretty much locked in.  The last three elctions, the Youth vote went for Kerry, BHO, BHO.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three @MrObvious 

Nah, if I ever have problem with my software I always just uninstall it. Clearly it's better not to improve my life even incrementally if it's not perfect.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious @Sue_N It is interesting, though, that he's hired someone notoriously pro reform.

Still, it's Boehner, so the potential for nothing coming of it is pretty high.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious  

Yah! Who needs all that data that's been compiled between installs anyway? Pointless to even bother with keeping if you have FOX.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@yogi,

 "And why hasn't my grandma been offed by a death panel?"

Because she has good health insurance and is still an income source for the heatlhcare industry?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh 

Just because you can't see the bottom doesn't mean the water is deep enough to dive into.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@forgottenlord, it was a bridge and I landed in water.

yogi
yogi

And why hasn't my grandma been offed by a death panel?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

And why am I still 59? I thought the gubmint discovered the fountain of youth!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @MrObvious 

It's all optics. 'See - we ARE doing something and not just repealing and taking vacation between shut downs'.