Morning Must Reads: January 10

In the news: hiring slows sharply, Chris Christie's "Bridgegate," NSA reforms, the fate of the unemployment insurance extension bill, and why the poor and minorities are less likely to vote

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

  • U.S. adds 74,000 jobs as hiring slows sharply [WSJ]
  • Karzai is unlikely to meet deadline on signing long-term security deal, U.S. envoy says [WashPost]
  • “Islamic extremist groups in Syria with ties to Al Qaeda are trying to identify, recruit and train Americans and other Westerners who have traveled there to get them to carry out attacks when they return home…” [NYT]
  • Apologetic Chris Christie on Bridge Flap: ‘I Am Not a Bully’ [TIME]
    • My time with Chris Christie’s scandal-plagued aide David Wildstein [Politico]
    • Rudy Giuliani: Bridge scandal a ‘prank’ [Politico]
  • Obama discusses potential NSA reforms with Congressmen [TIME]
  • How Lobbyists Still Fly Through Loopholes [National Journal]
  • Jobless Bill Descends Into Procedural Black Hole [Roll Call]
  • Why are the poor and minorities less likely to vote? [Atlantic]
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DooMm
DooMm

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sacredh
sacredh

@DooMm, how much are they and what kind of abuse can they take? I'm very demanding and tend to punch when upset. 

collioure
collioure

The Political Insiders on Fox laid it all out tonight.

Why so many voters are turned off - declaring themselves independents

(Like me)

Will try to offer a synopsis later this week.

BTW the Political Insiders are always hosted by this gorgeous African-American telejournalist Harris Faulkner.

Beauty and brains galore.  She's prettier than all the Fox blondes put together.  Absolutely stunning.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@jmac

How can anyone be a bigot if they think she looks good and spews what they like to hear?


Case in point about the only path in the GOP for black Americans....

collioure
collioure

@jmac@collioure 

Maybe you're hallucinating too.  Apart from the assertion that the Republicans do not investigate scandals with the same vigor as the Democrats, Benghazi was not mentioned.  I'll polish up my notes and post them soon.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three@jmac  

Another misquote. Can't expect much more from a moron.

FYI Faulkner has won six Emmys.  She's a find.

And a class act - something you are not.

jmac
jmac

@collioure I watched her and her three panelist tonight.   I heard them continually moaning that the press is covering Christie when they should be investigating Benghazi and the IRS.   She's beautiful, but brains - not so much.  If she had any brains she could have read the NY Times 6-month study on Benghazi and actually had some kind of comeback on what she found wasn't true (that's what a reporter like Maddow would have done).   She could have watched 60 minutes where they interviewed the 'witness' she's been yelling about and found out that he was so discredited in his lying that the 60 minute reporter and someone above her had to step down.  


She belongs on Sunday evening where no one watches because she's just a mouth for the talking points.   Some people just fall for a pretty face.   

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

NFL playoffs weekend 2. 


Four games, four snoozers. 


collioure
collioure

@Paul,nnto 

And the second game is getting pretty damn interesting now. 

SD had to settle for a FG and trails 17-24 with 4 to play.

"That's why they play the games."

MistressMetalMe
MistressMetalMe

@fitty_three  And it's already being undermined.

http://majorityleader.gov/blog/2014/01/us-first-step-agreement-with-iran.html


“This expected and overdue implementation only furthers a deeply flawed agreement that legitimizes Iran's flagrant violations of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for the full suspension of its nuclear program. Although Congress still needs to investigate key details of this implementation plan, the underlying agreement does nothing to reverse Iran's nuclear program, allows it to continue industrial-scale enrichment of uranium and fails to address critical aspects of Iran's weaponization research. 

“Iran has spent the months since the initial deal was signed advancing its nuclear program. Iran's history of cheating will require intrusive inspections to have any confidence that Iran is living up to any promises. The Obama Administration must be honest with the American people about the grave threat Iran poses to US interests and the interests of our closest allies, as witnessed in recent months. The U.S. and international community must confront Iran's support of terrorists and efforts to foment instability throughout the region.”

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MistressMetalMe 

In a sense, I agree with this, but Obama is playing a geopoltical game, and just like with our domestic politics, short of war (witless the GOP shutdowns), one must compromise.

I don't favor war in any case, if Israel and Iran want to take it to the limits of rhetoric, let 'em.

After all, Pakistan and India managed to make nuclear peace and they hate each other too.

MistressMetalMe
MistressMetalMe

@fitty_three @MistressMetalMe Shouldn't be we striving for something a little better than India v. Pakistan?

The deal has various types of oversight and triggers for if anyone breaks it. Without it, nothing changes. At least this way there's a chance something will.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@fitty_three 

Niners are very good and we'll have to play a lot better next week if we are to have a chance. Probably need Harvin too.

There Will Be Blood.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard

Absolutely!  We can't do what we did this Sunday.  

I'm still not linking our offensive coordinator because he's not letting Wilson play to his strengths.  Nor is he utilizing Lynch the way he should.

This Is Gonna Hurt.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel fired.  Not that anyone thought his team would've done better than it did.

Former Carolina Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice will replace him.

sacredh
sacredh

An O'Malley following an O'Bama. Have we ever had two Irish Presidents in a row?