Morning Must Reads: January 23

In the News: U.S. accuses security check firm of fraud, Clinton foes file FEC complaint, why social mobility is still a dream, and what's prettier in print

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

  • With ‘Virginia Way’, State Thought it Didn’t Need Rules [NYT]
  • U.S. Accuses Security Background Check Firm of Fraud [WSJ]
  • “Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has told Congress the U.S. will run out of accounting gimmicks to keep financing the government in late February, setting the stage for another debt-ceiling standoff slightly earlier than expected.” [TIME]
  • The GOP Can’t Win as a Party of War in 2014 [The Atlantic]
  • “Even though social movements have delivered better career opportunities for women and minorities and government grants have made college more accessible, one thing has stayed constant: If you are growing up poor today, you appear to have the same odds of staying poor in adulthood that your grandparents did.” [Washington Post]
  • Hillary Clinton Foes Files FEC Complaint [Politico]
  • GOP Cracks Down on 2016 Primary Calendar [National Journal]
  • Lankford to Conservative Groups: “I’m not their enemy” [Roll Call]
  • Virginia to Fight Ban on Same-Sex Marriage [Washington Post]
  • “An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.” [NYT]

Prettier in Print

 

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collioure
collioure

Gallup reports

"Record-low percentages of registered voters say their own representative in Congress deserves re-election (46%) or most members of Congress do (17%). These low numbers may predict a "wave" election, or major electoral turnover."

fitty_three
fitty_three

Hey, Terry!

You wanna regale us with more tearjerkers?


In any event, only an insane Libertarian kook would blind themselves to the fact, well, your message just ain't selling.

Your should really try another approach. The poor, downtrodden multimillionaire is a pretty stinking hard sell in a recession!

Ahyuh! Ahyuh!

MementoMori
MementoMori

Republican Mike Huckabee Actually Said This About Women Today

During a meeting with Republican National Committee members today, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made some really stupid comments about women.

Huckabee, who served two full terms as Arkansas governor, said women who use birth control “cannot control their libidos” without the help of “Uncle Sugar” and “Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless.”

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

I cooked myself the ultimate "White Trash" Dinner tonight, Bacon Hamburger Helper with Garlic Bread..It was Y-U-M-M-Y!! Was going to finish reading My Booky Wook, but I think I will watch Duck Dynasty instead..If I only owned camouflage pajamas...Sigh..

TyPollard
TyPollard

@Diecash1 

d0uchebagggery is THE defining characteristic of the current right wing.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@fitty_three 

Someone remind me again why we need immigration reform again, when we have millions of Americans out of work? Is there that much lettuce and apples that need picking? Minorities are struggling to keep pace in this horrific economy, and yet, we have big business and their drones in Washington pushing for the legalization of millions of illegal aliens, and that's going to drive wages down into the sewer. When big business and government is on the same page, it can't be good for the rest of us.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@TerryClifton02 It just hurts my heart that he will have to pay half of his 22 million dollar a year salary in taxes.


Maybe with a tight budget he will be able to squeak through paying for housing and food and not have to rely on CHIP and subsidized housing.


He has truly been screwed by the American system.


/s

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn

I'm thinking that she is going to announce an Obamacare initiative aimed right in the front yards of those red states that are keeping people from enrolling in Obamacare in their states.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@nflfoghorn Maybe she's going to put Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in charge of running Obamacare - which since it's already law, they'd legally have no choice but to enforce it. If that doesn't make the righties turn against them and destroy their presidential hopes, nothing will.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@La_Randy

It brings us to one of those truly rare, difficult moments in life when one is torn between two truly great examples of people in great need:

A baseball multimillionaire who has had literally half of his contract (Libertarians frequently fudge math, it isn't half, it's actually 39.6%, but hey, it does add to the poigniency of it)

literally ripped from his hands by big gubmint, or,

The 100,000 people who otherwise couldn't get health care for lack of 155,000,000 dollars.

I think I'll go with the 100,000 or so people who work like hell but can't afford rent and health care in a red state.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@forgottenlord@TerryClifton02 

It was actually a joke, but there's a few people in here that are soooooooo literal..I found Russell Brand's Booky Wook at the thrift store that I'm actually reading. I rarely watch television, and reality shows are probably cancer causing agents, lol. 

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@deconstructiva 

Maybe then they could fix the website to make those who sign up safe from hackers. I read today that a white hat hacker was in under 4 minutes and had access to over 70,000 personal records..


But when has Team Obama ever cared about our privacy? Never!!!!

Diecash1
Diecash1

@TerryClifton02@fitty_three@mantisdragon91You're ignoring the issue, as per usual.  Right-wingers (and libertarians) like to say how the private sector will fill the gap via charity, which in reality cannot fill such a large void.  This is yet another example but, as we come to know, right-wingers just don't learn the lesson.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@deconstructiva 

Waiting for him to take his smelly mattresses inside and pull down the noose over his planter.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@TerryClifton02@mantisdragon91And neither do I. The difference is that my line of work puts me in front of a computer for hours at a time frequently with not much to do. Therefore I have more free time to kill.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@mantisdragon91@TerryClifton02 

Now that's interesting. But, seriously dude, this thread is a great waste of time on a cold day, but I get up from here and go back to my life without giving any read or written a second thought. My political beliefs and ideas for a better society is all I put on here, I try not to make it personal and throw barbs at people unless they go down that road first..All I'm saying is that this thread is fun for me, I enjoy kicking stuff around..Let's agree to disagree without the personal crap, that's all. Peace to you.. 

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@mantisdragon91@hivemaster@TerryClifton02 

Really? That's coming from the swamps biggest drone. Don't you have some revisionist history to post or something? Some of in here, disagree and bat it around, but guys like you really drink the kool-aid, much too much. It's only politics, it's not like what we kick around is going to change a damn thing..So make you when the pill cart come around tonight, you get in line. 

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@deconstructiva@TerryClifton02@nflfoghorn 

Would you trust putting your private information in the hands of those in charge of the website. Target and Neiman-Marcus who have much better protocols in place for customer privacy just get hit, but you think a dime store website like Obamacare is safe, really?