Morning Must Reads: January 6

In the news: South Sudan, Fallujah, Mark Zuckerberg, the Koch brothers, the War on Poverty, Liz Cheney, legal weed, and Hillary Clinton's shadow campaign

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

  • Sudan’s Lost Boys Are Drawn Into War at Home [NYT]
  • Who Lost Fallujah? [TIME]
  • Obama’s 3 Challenges for January [TIME]
  • Profitable Learning Curve for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg [WSJ]
  • Koch-backed political network, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012 [WashPost]
  • Marco Rubio is Wrong: The War on Poverty Worked [Daily Beast]
    • “Extended unemployment benefits for about 1.3 million Americans expired on Dec. 28, and Congress is unlikely to restore those payments swiftly, or at all.” [Roll Call]
  • “Liz Cheney, whose upstart bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family, is dropping out of the Senate primary.” [CNN]
  • Why Legal Weed is Working in Colorado [TIME]
  • Hillary Clinton’s Shadow Campaign [Politico]
  • Did John Boehner Win the Shutdown in the End? [Atlantic]
  • Did Edward Snowden Break His Oath? [New Yorker]
  • The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid [Politico]
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sacredh
sacredh

Happy Birthday to fitty.

sacredh
sacredh

It's -11 here with a windchill of 35 below zero.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Totally OT but here is my birthday summary:


Credit card gets stolen from daughters' purse at workplace.

Spend 4 hours in dingy breakroom waiting for SPD to take report.

Get parking ticket for 44 bucks while waiting. Place not marked as reserved at all.???

Get 47 dollar ticket for expired tabs. Find that my black 2014 tab was stolen.

Of course, expired tabs so have to go to court to show receipt for replacement.


Looks like Sacred not only has good luck, but he went and sucked mine dry. I just hope my luck doesn't get any "better"...

Diecash1
Diecash1

In case you thought teh crazy from the Hillary thread would eventually tire and dissipate, think again.  Here's a representative sample:


The Clintons and Bushes have been in cahoots since Bill was gov of Arkansas and George H.W. Bush was CIA and VP, while they were both bringing plane-loads of CIA cocaine into the Mena, AR airport. They've also been taking turns in the White House, leading this country directly to the NWO. George H.W. Bush was CIA and in Dallas at the book depository when JFK was murdered. He was also CIA & VP “ready to step in” when Bush family friend Hinckley shot Reagan. Papa Bush is the "godfather" of the CRIMINAL CABAL. Today they are STILL drug-running, gun-running, money-laundering and assassinating anybody who getsi in their way.


You just can't make up this kind of crazy.  Didn't the NWO garbage die when Bill left office?  It sure seems that way since I only recall hearing the right wing nutters wail about it when he was in office and, once W took office, all of that talk stopped, as did all the crazy militia idiots.  Coincidence?  Not at all.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

If this was posted earlier, sorry, or as Perry might say, oops. This tough love essay offers a clear winning populist message for D's to run on. The last sentences say it all (the rest of the essay dive into more details) - 

"Obviously, the correct answer is that there should be no choice between addressing inequality and job growth. But the debate has been useful in reinforcing the importance of job creation and economic growth. If you care about inequality, you have to fight for full employment."

http://ourfuture.org/20140106/if-you-care-about-inequality-fight-for-full-employment


sacredh
sacredh

It's movietime! Goodnight folks.

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but the wind is howling and it's -3. The windchill is over -20. The MIL forgot her glasses in her car and went out to get them. She came back in and went to her room to watch tv. The wife came into the kitchen just as I was locking the door and turning out the porch light. She yelled at me for "locking my mom outside". I stopped her from unlocking the door and told her "It's better this way". Her mom ruined it by coming into the kitchen and asking what all the yelling was about.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

'Bout to settlle in for the big college game tonight.  Both Lurch and Charlie have their hands out in LA since they know lotsa FSU fans on both sides of the aisle.   I fully hope to report back with eyes half-open and voice hoarse from celebrating. 

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

JNS just posted something at swampland about the fiscal cliff and that it's still a problem. Feel free to reply to her before THEY show up and destroy the comment threads and keep the reporters PO'ed at all the commenters / no replies.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, wow, that sucks fitty. I'm offering to let you rub my head for good luck. 

collioure
collioure

@outsider 

So why did the Obama admin cut a deal with the insurance companies?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn Since I don't have a particular dog in this hunt, good luck!

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N 

Awesome story, thanks for posting. Too often the big media players only jump on a story when it's written in personal terms. I wish these people well to find something soon, but if they can help keep pressure to get EVERYONE back to work, it's worth it ...pressure, of course, on both govt. (Congress / state) and corporations to get it done. If companies won't rehire, then reward them with incentives to do so ...AND punish them when they outsource or shut down companies en masse like Bain / Romney did. One mom + pop toy store closes and it's a small scale loss. An entire chain goes down, that's a differrent matter.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N 

If you've ever actually been on unemployment you know that's not what you do. You jump through hoops to stay on it or get a job.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@outsider 

The coolest thing about this Pope.....Republicans can no longer claim a chunk of Christianity.  It used to be that Democrats claimed the social justice part and Republicans claimed the anti-open mindedness part but this Pope said they should stop worrying about the latter part and start focusing on the former.

sacredh
sacredh

@outsider, where are the real Republican Christians defending the Pope?

They're blue dog democrats now and have been for a few years. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N 

I'm thinking Obama just didn't want to reneg on an agreement they spent months on and possibly burn bridges that are really already cinders.

Sometimes he plays too fairly.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N 

My hope is that Obama is craftily playing from the bottom of the deck:

Play Leahy's game, let the Dems vote them down.  He's honored his agreement with Leahy, leaving him with no excuse to blue slip the Dem nominees.

But who knows....

sacredh
sacredh

@retiredvet , as if you folks wouldn't say the same things in the same circumstances. Who can pass up a slow pitch like that?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn THX! I may have to worry about Charlie Strong in a couple years.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@forgottenlord@Sue_N 

Obama plays canasta to the GOP's dirty pool.


On second thought, maybe ten dimensional chess to the GOP's dirty pool.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N He still seems intent on dealing with these people as if they are rational, and as if they can be trusted.

Those bridges are burnt. It's now time to salt the wells.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@outsider

It was -30 here over the weekend before jumping to single digits and back down to teens tomorrow.  But if you want a real fun one, Calgary was at -40 over the weekend.  Looks like a Chinook rolled in because it's above zero most of the week.

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord@outsider 

Bro, Thurs was -35, today it was plus 5. Now it's right around -1 to about 1.

The ice has an inch of water on top of it - i was out laying kitty litter on the walk way so my pregnant wife doesn't take a header as soon as she gets home. 

It's pretty ugly all around. 

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord@collioure 

He's still trying. He either knew that already, and was playing dumb - or he didn't, and should give up politics as a hobby. 



sacredh
sacredh

@outsider, I refuse to admit that every post isn't about me.

sacredh
sacredh

@outsider , the "h" in sacredh doesn't always stand for Hussein. ;  )

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

That's pretty much what I'm thinking.

Though one thought occurs to me - could this be tied to Iran?  Isaksin's a nobody but Chambliss is a ranking member on Armed Service

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N 

I don't know.  I remember Obama's deal during the Shutdown:

"Here's the deal: Nothing"