Morning Must Reads: December 9

In the news: Congress' year-end dash; homeless children in NYC; Hillary Clinton's legacy as SoS; Senate races; the incredible year of U.S. stocks; Kennedy Center Honors Gala

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

  • Congress Readies Year-End Dash [WSJ]
    • Year 2 of Sequestration: Gloom Looming [Politico]
  • “There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression. This is one of their stories…” [NYT]
  • Was Hillary Clinton a Good Secretary of State? And Does It Matter? [Politico]
  • Thad Cochran’s decision to run in Mississippi sets up one of many 2014 Establishment-vs.–Tea Party primaries [TIME]
  • Three Senators Try to Hold Off GOP in South [NYT]
  • “U.S. stocks’ amazing run in 2013 raises the stakes for next year. Will markets keep rising, powered by steady economic growth and low interest rates, or will they take a breather after the Federal Reserve begins paring back economic stimulus?” [WSJ]
  • “This spectacle had to have the white-hot spotlight, front page, bold type (whoa-oh!) — to quote one of the evening’s celebrated songwriters — because this Kennedy Center Honors gala was a talker. The night might have begun as the latest parade of cultural icons seated in an opera box with their president, but when a rapper and a Supreme Court justice take the same stage, it isn’t your standard lifetime achievement fete.” [WashPost]
  • Obama Becomes First President to Acknowledge ‘Area 51’ [TIME]
  • The Astronomical Hijinks of the Shortest Day of the Year [Atlantic]
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sacredh
sacredh

Goodnight. The weather outside is frightful. In here, it's so delightful. Let it snow.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Let it snow, let it snooooooow! ~ Rob Ford

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, OT, but it was cold and windy up in Youngstown today (regional office). We had to stop in a coffee shop to use the bathroom. I hit $10 on a scratch-ff. 

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N , it's been crazy the last week or so. I've hit over $200 since I hit the big one 9 days ago.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Nice tweet. They got their hands full fighting SA's, ours, and the GOP civil wars!

fitty_three
fitty_three

I think the 10 companies complaining about government surveillance should look to themselves and maybe take their own advice.

Not to say that the government needs to get things right, but these companies comprise the worst of the worst of commercial mining of personal information.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@fitty_three They ALLOWED it to happen.  The industry wanted to implement 64 bit encryption, but succumbed to govt pressure to cripple it by using 56 bit encryption.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@hivemaster 

I fear commercial collection of data far more than I fear the government's collection of data.