Morning Must Reads: December 18

In the News: Fed officials meeting in Washington, Ukraine Prime Minister reaches deal with Russia, and the next Washington fight

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

  • Tech Executives to Obama: NSA Spying Revelations Are Hurting Our Business [Washington Post]
  • Fed Said to Delay Bank Leverage Cap Until Basel Completed [Bloomberg]
  • “Fed officials meeting in Washington on Wednesday face another consequential decision: a close call on whether to start winding down their $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program.At the root of the issue is a long-running debate between Mr. Bernanke and other Fed officials about how much more a central bank can or should do to try to spur an economy that hasn’t been wholly responsive to its efforts.” [Wall Street Journal]
  • Budget Deal Offers a Reprieve From Washington Paralysis [NYT]
  • “The federal government is set to exhaust its borrowing authority on Feb. 7, though the Treasury Department can use accounting gimmicks to stretch its funds a little further. Without a deal to lift the debt ceiling, the U.S. would eventually run the risk of default. Economists and leaders of both parties believe a debt-limit breach would be far more damaging to the U.S. economy than the partial government shutdown that stunted economic growth this fall.” [TIME]
  • Jerry Brown Urged to Run for President, Won’t Rule Out 2016 Bid [LA Times]
  • “The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the C.I.A. for an internal study done by the agency that lawmakers believe is broadly critical of the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program but was withheld from congressional oversight committees.” [New York Times]
  • Obama, Biden, Top U.S. Officials to Stay Away from Sochi Olympics [BuzzFeed]
  • Obamacare Bars Illegal Immigrants—and Sticks Hospitals with the Bill [Atlantic]
  • Congressman Horse Trades for Humane Society [Politico]
  • Surprise Spying Decision Caps the Year of Snowden [Bloomberg]
  • Ukraine PM Hails ‘Historic Deal with Russia [Al Jazeera]
518 comments
forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure 

He's not that far off from what I expected....but my interpretation of his actions is far less a statement of failure than you would interpret him as being.

La_Randy
La_Randy

The hijacked comments appear no matter how many times I reload the page.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@La_Randy 

I suspect LiveFyre is hiccuping and spam posts from other threads are being dumped here.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

So I reversed the flow of the comments (oldest first) and I couldn't see any of those comments anymore.

My guess is it's another bug in the system.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DonQuixotic 

I think they're after you. Another scurrilous attempt on your likes, I bet.

Who knows? Maybe @Pollopawas right:

It might have been Sacred "longstrike" h.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider

I just did a full restart and reopening of Firefox.

The one I reposted up here is still there.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

The important thing is my likes remain unsullied.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Is LF being hacked?

Nonsensical comments from unknown profiles with dates other than Dec 18, 2013 are being substituted in place of the original posts.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious 

More than one. One of DQ's posts were replaced.  Some of collies.  Various profiles are randomly targeted.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider 

I'm one with the poffing though.  Wish we could earlier when Terry was anklebiting.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Budget's been passed, for once without all the drama.