Morning Must Reads: January 17

In the news: Syrian rebels speak out on cease-fire; President Obama to reform the NSA; Senate passes appropriations bill; Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to retire; W.Va. spill site was inspected in 2010

  • Share
  • Read Later
Mark Wilson / Getty Images

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

  • Syrian Rebels Say Cease-Fire Deals Prove Deceptive [NYT]
  • “President Obama will call Friday for significant changes to the way the National Security Agency collects and accesses telephone metadata of U.S. citizens, moving to transition away from government control of the information and requiring the government to obtain a court order to access it..” [WashPost]
    • America’s Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead [BuzzFeed]
  • “Despite the passage Thursday of a massive budget bill to fund the government, Congress is unlikely to pass any other major piece of legislation this year—with the possible exception of a long overdue farm bill.” [TIME
    • “Obama’s signature health care and Wall Street reforms will endure but with far less money than he had wanted. About $20 billion is restored for domestic programs cut under sequestration last spring. But measured in real dollars adjusted for inflation, Obama is still left with less than Congress approved six years ago for his Republican predecessor— President George W. Bush.” [Politico]
    • “President Obama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014.” [Hill]
    • A Bill Stokes Debate, and and Doubt, on Iran Deal [NYT]
  • How Washington Beat Wall Street [Politico]
  • “There has been a rash of military chopper crashes recently—including a so-called “hard landing” that killed a U.S. soldier late Wednesday in Georgia—but Pentagon officials and helicopter experts say they’re random, coincidental occurrences.” [TIME]
  • “U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)—the self-styled ‘country doctor from Muskogee’—will leave the Senate due to health and other concerns after serving out the remainder of the current session…” [TIME]
  • “West Virginia inspectors visited the site of last week’s chemical spill in 2010, when a nearby resident complained about a strong odor of licorice, the same smell that led officials to the spill Jan. 9…” [AP]
  • What Happens When the President Sits Down Next to You at a Cafe [Atlantic]
798 comments
forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Tortorella suspended without pay for 15 days/6 games effective Tuesday.  Hartley fined 25K.  Re: the latter, Campbell pointed specifically at Westgarth taking the opening faceoff and effectively dropping the gloves before the puck had fully hit the ice as basic proof that, yeah, there was intent.

Side note, Bieksa was speaking to the media earlier and he said that as soon as he realized that Westgarth was taking the faceoff, he knew Westgarth was going after whoever was across from him so he offered to take Lain's spot (Lain was in his first ever NHL game), hence why he took the faceoff in the end.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord

Being the playoffs, that 25k is just a slap on the wrist compared to what Torts got, it seems.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three

Well, it isn't playoffs and actually, Torts was supposed to get much higher, and the 25K is actually quite "stiff"....for the NHL.

The NHL broke it down and basically said that Hartley intentionally picked his players to start a linebrawl off the opening faceoff.  That's normally worth 10K - especially if they're annoyed by it.  25K's pretty good

Torts tried to barge into the Calgary dressing room.  The obvious comparable is a player who chased an opposing player off the ice and down the hall who got 5 games back in '99.  I'm guessing coaches aren't measured in games but days so throw a rough translation, 2 weeks makes a lot of sense.

So basically, Torts got the normal punishment for his crime and Hartley got a stiffer penalty than the going rate.  I'm actually pretty happy with that ruling.

collioure
collioure

Does no one want to discuss MLK today?

I am curious as to all the hush-hush about James Earl Ray, the supposed conspiracy to assassinate . . .

I do expect to be alive in 2027 when all s/b declassified.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure  

Sure, here's one of my favorite quotes:

When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the Presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events.
—Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967 on Ronald Reagan

TyPollard
TyPollard

@mantisdragon91 @collioure  

Like this?

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin seized Martin Luther King Day as an opportunity to lob vague criticism at President Barack Obama.

"Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card," Palin wrote Monday on her Facebook page, after quoting from the civil rights icon's famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

I must have missed that "no playin the race card" part of MLK's speech.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori@collioure 

Another reason I am sorry MLK did not live to see his dream fulfilled.  Reagan turned out to be a rather successful Prez.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard

She's just a common roach in the garden of bigotry that is the GOP. 

Who would have dared to venture that Sarah (Kill Him!) Palin would be silent on this day?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

Racist in three different ways.

Behave yourself on the new upcoming MMR.

Do NOT race bait or you WILL be poffed.

Got it?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

A zircon is an incredibly resistant zirconium oxide crystal used to do concordant U-Pb radiometric dating. Common as hell. Forged in hell. Tells us a lot about the environment it was part of. Soooooo....

zircon - common, but shiny

environment - Libertarianism