Morning Must Reads: January 16

In the news: Obamacare, the Oscars, an Appropriations bill, a "stealth war" on abortion, a White House education summit, and what's prettier in print

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

  • “Congress has moved to block President Obama’s plan to shift control of the U.S. drone campaign from the CIA to the Defense Department, inserting a secret provision in the massive government spending bill introduced this week that would preserve the spy agency’s role in lethal counterterrorism operations…” [WashPost]
  • Obama’s Path From Critic to Defender of Government Spying [NYT]
  • Two Weeks Into Health Law’s Rollout, Few Problems, Few Patients [WSJ]
  • “The White House will host college presidents, nonprofit and business leaders at a summit Thursday that ties President Barack Obama’s economic mobility agenda to his goal of increasing college completion rates in America.” [TIME]
    • Texas Public Schools Are Teaching Creationism [Slate]
  • House passes $1.1 trillion Appropriations bill [TIME]
  • The Stealth War on Abortion [Rolling Stone]
  • American Hustle and Gravity are the leading contenders for the 86th Academy Awards, with ten Oscar nominations each. Following closely behind was 12 Years a Slave, receiving nine nods.” [TIME]
  • Prettier in Print

395 comments
collioure
collioure

Peggy Noonan lovers will enjoy her column this week.
It's about our selfish politicians - Christie and Obama.

And as usual it's on target.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm a little ashamed to admit this, but I'm going to bed and watch "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" in 3D. I know it sucks, but I enjoy mindless action movies with giant fighting robots and cities getting trashed.

sacredh
sacredh

OT again, but I had to go down earlier and pick up a couple of prescriptions for my wife. They had those Christmas tins with the three different kinds of popcorn in them. I love that stuff. I bought 3 of them for $1.74 apiece.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

The truth is out now....

Thanks to Fox News.

They deserve some awards.


So which Liars' Club serves the New York district?  Surely Mr. Pulitzer, the Emmys and Mr. Nobel aren't holding their collective breath.

Every time someone mentions "fair and balanced" on that channel it's a clear indication that it's neither.

sacredh
sacredh

Really OT, but Greg Oden finally played last night. It was his first action since Dec 9, 2009. He played 8 minutes and had 6 pts and 2 rebounds. He had such huge potential. I'd love to see him get a ring.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh 

The shame part should be that you wasted that kind of money for 3D TV

sacredh
sacredh

Good night. I won't be around during the mornings or early afternoons because I start 8-4s tomorrow.

jmac
jmac

@sacredh Twenty subpoenas; lawyering up -  popcorn time.  

collioure
collioure

@nflfoghorn  

Apparently the only network to professionally follow the Benghazi story and lies to a conclusion this week that embarrassed the New York Times and numerous other networks who stuck with a fairy tale.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn Silly collie. The truth has been "out" at Faux News for some time now. Out of fashion, out of the building, out of bounds, out of consideration, out of the picture …

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N  

I looked at Latte's website. He doesn't show constituents how to pronounce his name, unlike John Boehner, who does (like there's, ahem, another way to pronounce it). It infuriating how Rep. Goodcoffeeman and many other male R's (like Aiken) degrade women, but it's also depressing that in spite of their remarks and beliefs, most of them are married (while some nice guys outside the GOP are not) and that their wives put up with this nonsense. No karmic justice here. Mark Sanford was an exception as his now-ex Jenny left him after his affair came out. Of course, now Mark is engaged to his mistress. Republican romance is a total mystery to me.

http://goodlatte.house.gov/pages/about-bob

http://boehner.house.gov/biography/


deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N 

I wonder how much lobbying money Vitter receives from P&G and Kimberley-Clark (Pampers and Huggies). As for Wonkette, in the long run I fear for their corporate survival since the teavangelicals' talent for self-parody makes Poe's Law a threat to Wonkette, the Onion, and other satirical media (Jon Stewart will find a way to survive). But we do owe a debt to Wonkette for making Ana Marie Cox famous ...as she started THIS blog after leaving Wonkette. Now as for why TIME let her leave (or pushed her out?), I have no idea.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@Sue_N Amazing how a bad TV show with a preposterous premise sticks in our memories. 

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, the Obamacare Death Panels claim another American icon. 

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, it was only 1k (55") and we did win a bunch of money. My wife doesn't like sci-fi or animated and I like both of them. I needed my own 3D tv.  LED 3D is much better than theater 3D.

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, Veteran's Day sale. $14.99 and my wife wouldn't give it to me until Christmas.

sacredh
sacredh

@deconstructiva, the loyal wife ages and gets replaced by a younger, better looking model. Pretty simple.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, they're going to be very patient with him and strictly limit his minutes, but I agree that it won't last. It's a shame too because I thought the guy was headed for the Hall of Fame when he came out of college.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@deconstructiva @Sue_N I love Wonkette. When I'm feeling particularly venomous toward GOPers, I go read there for a while.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @Sue_N I bet Obama gave the stand-down order for that rescue mission, too.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@collioure @Sue_N Wasn't like they were going to anyway. The man could make a radio out of coconuts but couldn't patch a hole in a boat.

Edit: And why didn't he just fix the radio in the boat?

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, one of the main reasons we invested so much in home theater/audio is that my wife is in poor health. She has severe and chronic back problems that prevents us from driving more than 150 miles or so and she's terrified of flying. Scratch vacations. She can't sleep in a bed either. She has a special recliner that she sleeps in.  She has a hard time going to the movies too, so we brought the movies to us.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, sadly, there are. When Oden came out and Durant was also in the draft, I thought Durant would win scoring titles and Oden would win championships. I was half right.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@deconstructiva @Sue_N @mantisdragon91 Or they will do as Texas did and simply make the food stamp ID not approved for voting. (Down here, college ID and VA IDs aren't approved for voting. But, good news, concealed carry permits are. Yay!)

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N @deconstructiva @mantisdragon91 

Good point. I fear the R's will try to resolve this by (already) cutting food stamps / other aid so the poor can't buy food ...and then require voters to donate food items at the voting both. Therefore, if the poor can't buy food / eat, and thus they can't donate food on election day, they can't vote.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@deconstructiva @Sue_N @mantisdragon91 One of the Wonkette commenters raised an interesting point: If the poors have to get ID to get food, doesn't that mean they'll also have ID to vote?

The GOP: Not thinking things through again.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N @mantisdragon91 

I just hope Vitter doesn't, oops, I mean, didn't use taxpayer dollars to pay for their services. The public is getting screwed by the R's, yes, but not that way.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@nflfoghorn 

Gilligan IS his last name, his first name is "Willy" (which we found out in the first episode)

MementoMori
MementoMori

@nflfoghorn @MementoMori @Sue_N 

Oh, and if I remember this correctly, we didn't find this out during the original run of the series, but in one of the follow-up movies ABC did a few years later

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@MementoMori @nflfoghorn @Sue_N Ding ding ding!

I remember Skipper was Silas Grumby, Ginger's as Grant...dumbfounded on Gilligan's and Mary Ann's.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@DonQuixotic @Sue_N And why Ginger and the Howells took so many changes of clothes on a 3-hour tour.

See, now there's where Issa could do some good!

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Sue_N 

He ran out of coconuts building too many things they didn't need.