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]
479 comments
sacredh
sacredh

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

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.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Speaking of Failed Presidencies if only GWB had not snubbed Iranian negotiators a decade ago, perhaps Obama would not have this mess on his plate to clean up as well.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Another storm watch tonight in the NoVA/DC area.  I may just work from home again tomorrow...

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Breaking up monopolies can work out really strange. I ‘member when AT&T was broken into seven separate companies back in the 1980s: NYNEX, BellAtlantic, Ameritech, BellSouth, Pacific Telesis (PacTel), Southwestern Bell (SBC) and US West.

Qwest (now CenturyLink) swallowed up US West; NYNEX, BellAtlantic and General Telephone (GTE) formed what’s now Verizon; SBC bought up PacTel, Ameritech and, eventually, AT&T; AT&T then bought BellSouth.

Now we have a handful of major phone carriers: AT&T and Verizon (the two largest), Sprint and T-Mobile.

Progress.

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but we just got back about an hour ago. We were barely out of the driveway and my wife asked, "How bad?". I asked how bad is what? She said "You forgot to put the guide on. Didn't you?". I took my ballcap off and she started laughing. She said I looked like I escaped from "Deliverance".

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. 

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.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Shanny killed RG3 by forcing him to play a playoff game on a bum knee.  Haven't recovered since.  Just as well - the owner is super-rich and super-in over his head.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@DonQuixotic As a Cowboys fan, I sympathize.

Seriously, when he NFC East begin to suck so completely?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

I remember when the Redskins used to be a Superbowl team.....so many...years ago....

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

He is trying  hard to get fired so that he can reach a settlement on his 2014 compensation.

collioure
collioure

Thank you.


The objective is assurance that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.


As noted below, Congress isn't buying this deal.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@DonQuixotic


Well, obviously you can't trust anything the "incompetent community organizer" says. I'm sure Brietbart will come along and tell us what to really think about it.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 

Bush fatefully ignored back channel diplomacy.


FYI you have yet to outline the Iran deal we missed.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 

I don't need any talking points on this lady.  If she had a major role in the phony NK deal, one needn't look any further.

What a stinker !!!!!!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Not Pre-School, Tea Party. The IQs and ability to input new data is quite similar.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@sacredh I have done the same thing. I got up one morning, still halfway asleep I decided I would touchup my haircut. After one swipe of the hair cutter I woke up fast at the sight in the mirror.


Slapped a cap on and went to work, my buddy told me that I should just let it show, I might start a new hair trend.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@hivemaster 

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

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn


I was wondering what happened to him

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Well then you have that. As an Eagles fan I'm still waiting.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

If driving the team off a cliff is a part of trying hard, he's doing a heck of a job at it.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

I'm curious how he will address this inconvenient little factoid:

Significantly, President Rouhani was the head of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team in 2003-5 at a time when Iran was actively engaged in negotiations with Britain, France and Germany (aka EU3) about a range of issues including its nuclear programme.

Then Rouhani made a series of proposals that could, and should have led to a settlement – were a deal not blocked by George W Bush.

We know this because, as Britain’s Foreign Minister at the time, Jack Straw took part in these negotiations. Here’s what he said on the Today programme on 3 August 2013, the day that Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated as president:

“I’m absolutely convinced that we can do business with Dr Rouhani, because we did do business with Dr Rouhani, and had it not been for major problems within the US administration under President Bush, we could have actually settled the whole Iran nuclear dossier back in 2005, and we probably wouldn’t have had President Ahmadinejad as a consequence of the failure as well.”



DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

This or the State Department are the only source for the points of the deal because...you know...it's their deal.  If someone were to argue against the source there's not much I can do about that.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Stupid computer....

S/r: I pity the fool.  A response to your new reverse mohawk which I couldn't post in its proper spot since I have a stupid computer.


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

@TyPollard

They were a bit off, but again, it seems like raw talent kept them in the game.

Maybe the needed another butt bite to keep them motivated, 16 games is a looooong season.

TyPollard
TyPollard

Seahawk fans are poised for awesomeness.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Oh, Snyder has always been a terrible owner, don't get me wrong.  If anything the point could be made that he's allowed this to happen.  He brokered all of this with Shanahan.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@DonQuixotic

From this side of the country it seems more like an owner problem.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, I look BAD, not bad as in good, bad as in WTF. I thought about shaving my head, but I've got a couple of scars (the result of going through a windshield) that kind of precludes a shaved head. What the hell. It is what it is. My hair grows fairly quickly and I'm not going to be self-conscious about it. If anybody asks about it, I'll just say that I had a run-in with Mitt Romney and refuse to explain any further.