Morning Must Reads: December 10

In the news: Nelson Mandela memorial service, the Volcker rule, defense bill agreement, budget talks, the state of deception, 2014 elections, and women in the Senate

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

  • LIVE: Obama attends memorial service for Nelson Mandela [WashPost]
    • “Amid steady rain and deafening cheers, President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela as “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” [TIME]
  • “Regulators are set to usher in a new era of tough banking oversight on Tuesday that drills to the core of Wall Street’s profitable markets and trading businesses…The so-called Volcker rule will put in place new hurdles for banks that buy and sell securities on behalf of clients, known as market making, and will restrict compensation arrangements that encourage risky trading…” [WSJ]
  • “House and Senate negotiators reached final agreement Monday on a Pentagon policy bill that would strengthen protections for military victims of sexual assault and keep the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, open over President Obama’s strenuous objections, as Congress rushed to wrap up work for the year.” [NYT]
  • “On the eve of Rep. Paul Ryan’s self-imposed Tuesday deadline to reach a budget agreement with Sen. Patty Murray, there was still no final deal, according to aides in both parties. And for a growing faction of Washington conservatives, that’s a good thing.” [National Journal]
  • Why won’t the President rein in the intelligence community? [New Yorker]
  • Top 10 Comeback Congressional Campaigns [Roll Call]
  • Infographic History of Women in the Senate [New Yorker]
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sacredh
sacredh

Paul Ryan is getting some serious flak from the right (extreme right) over the proposed budget deal. The baggers groups are screaming bloody murder. Life is good.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

A Canadian NDP MP is filing a complaint against a Conservative Senator for a personal attack she describes as misogynistic

n the letter, which was copied to all MPs, senators and their staff, Dagenais characterized Borg as a whiny, ignorant, useless Quebec MP who was elected by fluke and stands little chance of being re-elected.

Personally, I'm guessing it was more because she's 23 than because she's a woman - not that this invalidates the complaint.  But yes, it's a big story that in Canada, someone was mean to another Member of Parliament.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

A couple of quotes to consider as to why such roadblocks are placed for peace with Iran..


“The United States should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran to spur the country to end its nuclear program”–  Sheldon Adelson, biggest donor to the Republican Party and major fundraiser for pro-Israel political action committees, speech at Yeshiva University, New York City, October 22, 2013.


“Pro-Israel Policy groups such as AIPAC work with unlimited funding to divert US policy in the region (Middle East)” – Jack Straw, Member of Parliament and former Foreign Secretary of the British Labor Party


roknsteve
roknsteve

I predict that Colli wall make another dumb prediction tomorrow.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

With weakened filibuster, Senate Republicans deliver promised nomination blocks

Senate Republicans, still angry over filibuster changes Democrats made last month, blocked a series of largely non-controversial nominations Democrats tried to clear.

The move came as Democrats announced plans to push confirmation votes over the next two weeks on presidential nominees who were blocked under the old filibuster rules that required 60 votes to move a nominee forward. Under the new rules, which Democrats instituted over the objections of all Republicans and some Democrats, only 51 votes are required to break a filibuster.

A bloo bloo bloo, they can't hold up the Government anymore for inconsequential reasons.

collioure
collioure

If you missed the tail end of last night's discussion on Iraq, a bipartisan group in the Congress seeks to reimpose sanctions after 6 months if Iran does not abandon its path to nuclear weapons.  They don't like the deal.


Attn:  Mantis


Budget agreement - just like I predicted.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

I think it will pass in the Senate, but when it gets to the house, they'll rewrite it and turn the reconciliation process into a battleground.

yogi
yogi

That's cool someone young got elected to Parliament, what's the min. age for Parliament?

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@forgottenlord The Rob Ford story may be as bizarre an ongoing public meltdown as I have ever followed. 

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@mantisdragon91  Sheldon sure knows how to back a winner. 


For a guy who made a fortune with casinos he sure is easily separated from his millions.  

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure

Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., are close to completing a bill that would require the administration to certify every 30 days Iran's adherence to the interim pact, according to legislative aides.

Without that certification, the legislation would re-impose all sanctions and introduce new restrictions on Iran's engineering, mining and construction industries. The legislation also calls for a global boycott of Iranian oil by 2015 if Iran fails to live up to the interim agreement. Foreign companies and banks violating the bans would be barred from doing business in the United States.

That's from an hour ago, collie. Time to update your ODS talking points.

http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-congress-spar-over-iran-nuclear-deal-205305616--politics.html


roknsteve
roknsteve

@collioure So you predicted that repub blockheads would be blockheads?  Nothing new here.  Dumb prediction.   

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure You mean the same people that are being pressured by lobby groups to start a war with Iran no matter what. In the old days taking money from foreign interests to start a war would be considered treason. Not any more.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, rather than let the baggers shut down the government again, don't be surprised if Bonehead brings it to a vote and lets the democrats join with a couple of dozen republicans to pass it.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@yogi

From the Parliament Website:

As stated in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein”.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

Just because you go "insert m-word here" instead of straight up saying "moron" doesn't mean you're being civil.  Own it or behave.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori@collioure 

Thanks, Mori.

I don't have talking points.


I just withdrew my support for the deal yesterday.


I think it's a bad deal now and so do many in Congress.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@kbanginmotown

He actually did that last shutdown.

And yes, I think Nancy rents them out to him from time to time.  He pays well for the privilege since when he needs 'em, he needs 'em really, really bad.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@sacredh @fitty_three A move like that from Boehner would require... ummm....balls.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@mantisdragon91   Not at all….pumping money into the economy (ad buys, doofus consultants, poor candidates) and gaining none of your goals.  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Karl Rove's economy. The average American... not so much.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@La_Randy @Paul,nnto @mantisdragon91 For all the good it did.


Every 4 years the republicans (and their benefactors) pour money into Minnesota and I always say the same thing "Come, spend your cash. Get the F out"


Good for the economy. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

I never claimed to be neutral (I try to have a neutral understanding of the world, but my opinions are inherently biased) nor has neutrality ever been a limiting factor in discerning who you respond to as proven by your choice to reply to engage, on a regular basis, those who tend to favor more personal and insulting responses towards you.

But yes, they are personal attacks and not reasonable attacks.  That's not what bugs me.  They own their personal attacks - you try to sit in a neutral gray area sometimes that doesn't exist and it seems illogical to me.  Own it or sit back, but this "m-word" nonsense is just stupid.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

#1 is an observationally based prediction and fairly accurate.

#2 I'll have to pass on 'cause I don't know the context, but I can guess; ~ )

#3 is an observation.

#4 I'll have to pass on 'cause I don't know the context, but I'm what was discussed was either surprisingly dense, dogmatic, or related to malformed logic.

collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord  

The principal reason I rarely respond to you is that your efforts at arbitration do not seem to arise from a neutral perch

 
These are obnoxious posts


"I predict that Colli wall make another dumb prediction tomorrow"

"Guys like him are the reason government performs poorly."


"Independent= I'm ashamed to say republican."


"Yeah, Colli comes to mind."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Stupid people pretending to be smart usually is.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

I can understand you complaining about impolite statements (a lot of us make them), but this borderline "m-word" thing just looks insanely obnoxious.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@MementoMori @collioure If incompetence leads to back to back 50+ percent of the popular vote (first since DDE) one shudders to imagine what competence could net.



MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure @MementoMori

I don't think I've ever heard someone from the Democratic Party call him an "incompetent community organizer"

However, I've heard so many from the GOP and the rightwing use that phrase I'm beginning to suspect they're incapable of using his real name without unclenching their teeth to do so.

Unless you're claiming you invented the phrase, it's a talking point. One you and guys like paulie have wholeheartedly embraced.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori@collioure 

Talking points, as I understand them,are issued by the two parties regularly to detail the points they wish to make on key issues.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure @MementoMori

"I don't have talking points."

"Incompetent community organizer"

Au contraire, collie, you've got quite a few. The telling part is that you no longer notice when you use them.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

So you are claiming the kids in Congress will not push back against this deal?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Get back to us when the House approves the agreement. Until then its just talk.