Morning Must Reads: January 8

In the News: War on Poverty, Morsi trial delayed, White House pushes back on Gates, Syria moving chemical weapons, and progress on the Farm Bill

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

  • Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary, Offers Harsh Critique of Obama’s Leadership in ‘Duty’ [Washington Post]
  • White House Pushes Back on Gates [National Journal]
  • “Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems.” [Al Jazeera]
  • Gabrielle Gifford’s: The Lesson of Physical Therapy [NYT]
  • The Real Reason Hillary Rented Her Email List: To Get it Back [TIME]
  • Kentucky Town that Gave War on Poverty a Face Still Struggles [NPR]
  • “President Lyndon B. Johnson declared America’s “unconditional” War on Poverty fifty years ago Wednesday, setting up far-reaching government initiatives like Medicaid, a greatly expanded food stamp program, and federally funded education programs. A half century later, Democrats and Republicans agree that more work needs to be done, but the War on Poverty has become a war of words.” [TIME]
  • Farm Bill Nearing Home Stretch [Roll Call]
  • Morsi Trial Delayed in Egypt  [NYT]
  • Bitcoin Woos Washington to Ensure Lawmakers Don’t Kill It [Bloomberg]
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collioure
collioure

Selective news - Fox did not cover the Christie story last night.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Can we all please ignore Colli tomorrow?  I don't read any of his trash comments.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

And speaking of poverty caused by corporate greed

Bank Tellers Join Fast-Food Workers in Minimum Wages, Public Aid 01/08/2014 - 6:15 AM EST

BOSTON ( MainStreet) — Fast food and Wal-Mart workers are not the only ones scraping by on minimum wage and depending on public assistance to make ends meet. Bank tellers also often make barely living wages and have to rely on government aid to get by.

According to a report from The Committee for Better Banks, made up of labor groups, $899 million in tax dollars are spent each year to fund public aid benefits for bank tellers and their families, and about one-third of bank tellers get at least one form of public aid such as Medicaid or food stamps. Broken down, it's about $534 million in Medicaid and low-income medical insurance for children, $250 million in tax credits and more than $100 million for food stamps. 

http://business-news.thestreet.com/philly/story/bank-tellers-join-fast-food-workers-minimum-wages-public-aid/1

collioure
collioure

@roknsteve 

OK.  We'll save a discussion of Obama's Afghanistan for Friday and later.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 

Corporate greed?  Oh, my!  Hate to tell you, but bank teller is not a high-skilled job these days.

Ever consider political greed?

Does the name Solyndra ring a bell?

fitty_three
fitty_three

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,

top Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly wrote on 13 August, in one of the emails obtained by US media.

"Got it," 

replied David Wildstein, whom the governor appointed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the George Washington Bridge.

On 9 September, two of three traffic lanes to the bridge - which is a major crossing to New York City - were shut for several days.

Mr Christie and Port Authority officials later said the decision was part of a traffic study.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25659532

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure 

Yep Greed. When Bank CEOs make millions with money that they get at subsidized rate from the Fed, it is greedy to stick the same government with the bill for public benefits because you choose to underpay your employees.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@mantisdragon91

Mantis, it's solemnly amusing to note that below, collie boasts to you that the answer to poverty is jobs, and then here moans that not every job can support a family. You can have the honor of pointing out his, ahem, inconsistencies. I have other things to do (like buy groceries and cat food), so have a good evening, everyone. Good posts today, especially the bridge ones.


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure@mantisdragon91And that would be why you believe what you believe. And yet this country was built on a single worker supporting a family. Not many jobs left that can still provide that luxury.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N @deconstructiva @fitty_three 

I feel for Christie's kids, must be no fun in their household. To punish them when they won't mow the lawn or break curfew, he probably placed cones in front of the bridge to Terabithia so they can't play in their fantasy kingdom in the woods. Then again, at least no one drowns. The only saving grace is they get helicopter rides to their baseball games.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 @Sue_N @deconstructiva @fitty_three Leave the bridge, take the cannoli.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N @deconstructiva @fitty_three 

If Christie had gone back in time to serve in WW2 and was in charge of building the bridge over the river Kwai, he wouldn't need to blow it up, just have camp officials place cones in front of it and stall the train forever.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N @deconstructiva @fitty_three 

Too bad Bobbie Gentry retired long ago, else she could have written an "Ode to Chris Christie" singing about him tossing staff members and traffic cones off the George Washington Bridge.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@fitty_three @Sue_N "Nice little bridge you've got there. It would be a shame if something happened to it."