Morning Must Reads: December 16

In the News: Who had the Worst Year in Washington; The Senate vote on budget deal; and GOP's winning strategy

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

The Washington Post decides who had the worst (and best)  year in Washington [Washington Post]

“Supporters of a budget agreement worked over the weekend to secure the necessary votes in the Senate to approve the two-year deal, which they expect will pass—but by a much narrower margin than it won in the House last week.” [Wall Street Journal]

Unemployment Benefits End Right After Christmas. Here’s What Happens Next. [National Journal]

Newt Gingrich: Budget Deal Keeps Focus on Obamacare [Politico]

“Even the slightest hint that a GOP contender might support anything besides all-out repeal of the health care law is drawing attacks from the right. So, increasingly, in races across the country, proposals to fix the existing law or retain any of it are being ruled out by Republicans eager to further burnish their conservative credentials.” [Politico]

GOP Firebrands Tone Down Their Message and Run Again [New York Times]

How to Fix Congress: The Game the Senate Should Play [Slate]

How Janet Yellen’s Agenda Could Transform Washington [National Journal]

House Republicans Strategy for 2014 Victory: Think Small, Do Little [TIME]

“Drug makers are finding it hard to convince doctors, patients and insurers that the new advances are worth their typically premium prices. Skepticism is particularly steep for drugs aimed at conditions that already have effective treatments. Of 271 drugs launched since 2006, only 13 have notched yearly U.S. sales of more than $1 billion, down from 33 of 257 drugs introduced during the previous five years, according to ZS Associates. The sales and marketing management consultant to drug makers analyzed about 500 drug launches.” [WSJ]

Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control [NYTimes]

A Letter to Mandiba [New Yorker]

 

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Sue_N
Sue_N

Daughter failed her driving test. She's got until February to retake before we have to resubmit her paperwork.

I know she feels bad, but there's a little part of me going, "Whew." Gives us more time to let her practice behind the wheel.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Sue_N I did too when I was 16. That "parallel parking cone" never knew what hit it!


It was a much needed dose of humility for a young Paul.


Next time I got 100.


And I am now an excellent parallel parker. But clearly not that humble. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N 

Looks like your wish was granted.

Maybe you should give Ivy a kingdom or two.  Texas would do nicely, I think.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Paul,nnto

My first test, I failed because I came to an unmarked T intersection with a car sitting in the prong.  Now, he's supposed to have the right of way and I knew he had the right of way and I slowed down to let him in but he waved me on.  My instructor didn't see him waving me on.

Sue_N
Sue_N

The trooper said her car control needs work. Also she made a wide turn and strayed into what would have been oncoming traffic had any traffic been oncoming. So, yeah, she needs a bit more practice.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N 

She'll do better next time. The first time is always a journey into the totally unknown, which is bound to make her nervous. All them meskins running across the streets probbly dint help neether.

Next time, she'll do a lot better, since she knows what to expect.

Just kidding about teh meskins, though;-)

outsider
outsider

@Sue_N@Paul,nnto 

I gave up a long time ago. It used to be a very good show. But that was a long time ago. 

outsider
outsider

@Paul,nnto24 hour news cycle is killing the news. 


Too much Gotcha reporting. And 60 minutes is stepping in it the way CNN is. 



Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

A story on people getting rich on disability fed to them by Coburn, Logan's made up story, a fluff piece on NSA, All in the last couple of months.


I actually get mad watching it.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Paul,nnto That disability story almost had me throwing things at the TV. Completely one-sided, just sheer propaganda from Coburn.

That's when I gave up on 60 Minutes, so I missed the Benghazi and NSA travesties.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@DonQuixotic @MementoMori  “The Government does not cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack or otherwise aided the Government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature,” he wrote.


Seems to be the core of the Government's case, no?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori 

I HOPE that the Obama Administration will use this as an opportunity to let the issue die out by not seeking to appeal the decision, but I'm almost certain that won't happen.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Rick Santorum: "courts banning anti-sodomy laws leads to enabling polygamy"

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum - who a decade ago came under fire for comments indicating polygamy would become legal if courts banned anti-sodomy laws - responded to the ruling over the weekend.

"Sometimes I hate it when what I predict comes true," the former U.S. senator tweeted Sunday.

The Family Research Council, led by prominent social conservative Tony Perkins, also weighed the Utah statute, warning of "serious consequences of redefining marriage."

"Throughout history, marriage has been future-oriented, focused on the next generation and the best interests of children. The reality is that society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad," Perkins said Monday.

"However, redefining marriage to fulfill the desires of same-sex couples or polygamists only moves society away from this vital public interest and creates social chaos."

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@DonQuixotic 

Aside from the protection of women from abuse aspect which does exist in some very notorious polygamist groups, the entire complaint about polygamy is just f-ing stupid.  If everyone's an adult and everyone's consenting, take your indignation and stuff it.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@deconstructiva@DonQuixoticHe is too busy comparing his fight against ObamaCare to that of Nelson Mandela's against Apartheid. The two great injustices of our time.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@forgottenlord @DonQuixotic 

An equally large complaint against polygamist sects that is often overlooked is the abuse young boys suffer in them.  Often when they become teenagers many young boys are banished from the communities for arbitrary reasons to deliberately thin the pool of men that can marry women.  There's a great documentary produced by VICE about the community of young destitute boys that grow up outside of the Utah communities as a result.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@DonQuixotic 

Basically, my belief is there's a world of difference between polygamist sects and polygamists.  Polygamist sects are doomed to rampant abuse and problems because there's just no way for the numbers to work out.  Polygamists, however, can exist in fully healthy and equal relationships and shouldn't be penalized because of the inherent flaws that exist in the organized variations of their lifestyles.

collioure
collioure

@outsider@DonQuixotic

Santorum is more Catholic than Republican - a strange bird IMO. 

And the Church, as I often tell my Catholic wife, is far too interested in sex.

outsider
outsider

@collioure@outsider@DonQuixotic 

Only in the US though, it seems. Internationally it is less (sex is) influential.  That's why American clergy, and the religious right, are looked at as being kind of backward. 


But yes, Santorum is a very odd guy.

collioure
collioure

@outsider@collioure@DonQuixotic 

Well, here in France and I suspect in other European countries the divide between Church and State is more pronounced.  A candidate making a religious appeal here would be rebuked by all.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

I'm watching Rep. Van Hollen talking to Ed Schultz about using the upcoming farm bill's cuts / savings to pay for extending unemployment benefits. Now if hardball is played and farm bill fails over stonewalling here, imagine the damage done to R's by hitting their rural base. (Never mind that farm subsidies are socialist, but I digress.)