Morning Must Reads: January 27

In the news: the 2014 State of the Union; America's Afghanistan exit may hurt its drone mission; Turkey reacts to emerging market slide; House GOP set to push immigration reform; Britain's Conservatives push minimum wage hike; and the southern American Dream

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

  • Barack Obama will try to outrun history at 2014 State of the Union [TIME]
  • ” The risk that President Obama may be forced to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year has set off concerns inside the American intelligence agencies that they could lose their air bases used for drone strikes against Al Qaeda in Pakistan and for responding to a nuclear crisis in the region.” [NYT]
  • “Turkey’s central bank said it would hold an extraordinary interest-rate-setting meeting late Tuesday, jolting the lira sharply higher after yet another record-breaking slide and bringing a pause to selloffs in other struggling markets.” [WSJ]
  • House GOP sets new push to overhaul immigration [WSJ]
  • Military brass, behaving badly: Files detail a spate of misconduct dogging armed forces [WashPost]
  • Why is the American Dream dead in the South? [Atlantic]
  • De Blasio vs. Cuomo: The Next Round [NY Mag]
  • The minimum wage is set to rise in Britain. And Conservatives are all for it. [WashPost]
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sacredh
sacredh

@deconstructiva, John Lennon had hoped "Give Peace A Chance" would be his generation's "We Shall Overcome". One of the reason's I love music is that a song can make millions of people think.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

I wish there was an Overnight Must Reads. I'm guessing some regular commentariat hold 9-5 jobs and not have Sacred's awesome hours, but even for those retired, unemployed, or working off-hours, if only there were enough readers and reporters to do this. How many REAL Europeans read this blog? Alas, the non-regular readers' comments to JNS's latest post might make a case against late hour threads. 


sacredh
sacredh

@deconstructiva, me too. When I'm on 4-12s and get home at 12:15, I stay up for a few hours to unwind. There's nobody on here. I wind up reading or watching a movie before I go to sleep.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

The HP final chapter got me thinking: How many good/bad endings to TV shows/movie series do you remember?

Teh Fugitive was probably the most suspensful one.

M*A*S*H's wasn't bad.  AfterMASH was.

Seinfeld's was about nothing.  Literally.

I'd include 24 but, like a burrito in my gut, it's coming back.  Super Bowl prediction:Inside 2:00 of each half the Flox Box will tick the time off like the 24 tick-tock sound effect. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MementoMori @nflfoghorn I loved a show called "Leverage" (its show runner was John Rogers, he of the "and the other involved Orcs" quote fame). It ran for five seasons and had a perfect ending. The only thing wrong was that it, well, ended. :(

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn To keep a new generation sedated??

Favorite part: The robber confronts RC and utters a bunch of "f' ME!!" comments.  Then RC blows him up.

Second fav: The criminal gets eaten up un acid.  Eww.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn @Sue_N I don't know. Hubby and I watched the original again over the holidays, and I'd forgotten how good it was. And how prescient. They pretty much nailed privatized law enforcement.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn Also, RoboCop is coming back. Why? The first one still holds up!

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@nflfoghorn 

I liked the Breaking Bad ending, though I would've had Walt fake his own death from the final scene and do his own Vacuum Cleaner Man new identity to Belize with his remaining cash (don't give all of it to Gretchen and Elliot, use some to save his own a$s), while Jesse winds up in Alaska as he wanted.

And I agree with Sue about questioning the RoboCop remake. Why? The original is unbeatable, same with Dawn of the Dead. The remake was okay, but the original is still a shocker with biting satire. The real-world mall where Romero's original was filmed - Monroeville, outside Pittsburgh - still gets tourist traffic from the movie.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn 

Agree. Don't mess with the original (Dead of the Dead proved remakes are oten a bad idea). Unless there's a reboot (James Bond, Star Trek), why bother except to extract more money from audiences? I hate the Remake Industry that's embedded with Hollywood. What's next, a Gone with the Wind reboot? Granted, Scarlett Johansson might make a nice Scarlett O'Hara, but don't bother with the rest of the cast.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@nflfoghorn 

That last episode of Six Feet Under is the best finish of any series ever,

There, I said it.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@nflfoghorn The worst thing about modern movies is the whispering.  You turn up the volume to hear dialogue and then get hit with a sound bomb in the action scene.  Hate it !!!  

sacredh
sacredh

@roknsteve, it's also one of the reasons I dislike going to the theater to see a movie. You feel like filing assault charges because some scenes are so painfully loud.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, I loved the final episode of The Sopranos. My wife was going "WTF" and I was smiling ear to ear.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, I liked the final episode of Fringe. The final episode of Lost was a mixed bag.  

MementoMori
MementoMori

But despite the ease of his victory, Perry earned the vote of only one in five of the more than 13 million registered Texas voters in 2010, and only 15 percent of the state’s total voting age population. In the 2012 election, Texas ranked 48thout of the 50 states and District of Columbia for turnout among eligible voters, according to an analysis published in The Washington Post.

Battleground Texas energizing young voters

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@MementoMori  So Texans feel so fatalistic about how Republicals gummed up the works that, until hopefully now, they don't even bother to vote anymore??

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MementoMori This is one reason why the Davis/Van de Putte ticket terrifies the Texas GOP so. The three biggest non-voting groups in Texas the young people, women and Hispanics. And this ticket appeals to all three groups.

This also explains why college ID isn't acceptable under the state's Voter ID law.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn @MementoMori Pretty much. The attitude has been "Why bother?" Repubs run without any Dem opposition in so many races down here that whoever wins the primary wins the race. So people who don't vote in primaries see no reason to turn out.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Shocking news!  If this does nothing but to get more potheads to vote Lurch out of office, I'm for it.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn  (and what in God's name was he doing there?)

Shopping for hair product?

hivemaster
hivemaster

@Sue_N @hivemaster I'm not sure he can raise enough money if he can't even out-raise Abbot for the GOP governor's spot.  He got smoked, and this is a guy, I'm sure you know, that basically had a For Sale sign on his office for Big Business.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@hivemaster @Sue_N I don't think he'll last five minutes (that "oops" moment will be on an oppo ad in five seconds), but I think he's deciding to give it another shot. The man doesn't seem to realize how incompetent (and how much of a joke) he is.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@hivemaster I have no idea. What would Rick Perry be doing at Davos? The whole idea is just mind-boggling. And apparently he was speaking.

I tell you, the man is running in 2016.