Morning Must Reads: January 28

In the news: Obama to give 2014 State of the Union; congressional negotiators reach an agreement on a farm bill; House Republican leadership will call for a path to legal status for illegal immigrants; Obama to raise minimum wage for federal contractors; folk legend Pete Seeger dies at the age of 94

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

  • “Democrats consider President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday a launching point for a year of sustained assault on Republicans over a populist economic agenda, part of an effort to focus more on bread-and-butter issues and less on ­income inequality.” [WashPost]
    • “President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors be paid at least $10.10 an hour, using his own power to enact a more limited version of a policy that he has yet to push through Congress.” [NYT]
    • “On eve of Obama’s State of the Union address, I’m going with the conventional wisdom: Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble.” [New Republic]
    • “Unless the situation changes in the last hours before President Barack Obama arrives at the Capitol on Tuesday, spotting crossover seatmates in the House chamber looks to be a genuinely difficult task this year.” [Roll Call]
  • “House-Senate negotiators reached agreement and filed a new farm bill late Monday, a nearly 960-page measure that combines a landmark rewrite of commodity programs together with bipartisan reforms and savings from food stamps.” [Politico]
    • How Republicans lost the farm [Atlantic]
  • “The House Republican leadership’s broad framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws will call this week for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to aides who have seen the party’s statement of principles. For immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children, the Republicans would offer a path to citizenship.” [NYT]
  • A Republican plan to replace ObamaCare, cover pre-existing conditions and lower costs [Fox]
  • “President Hamid Karzai has frequently lashed out at the U.S. military for causing civilian casualties in its raids. But behind the scenes, he has been building a far broader case against the Americans, suggesting that they may have aided or conducted shadowy insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government…” [WashPost]
  • Pete Seeger, Folk Legend, Dead at 94 [Rolling Stone]
634 comments
fitty_three
fitty_three

Wow.  Did that all happen while I was gone?

Heysoos!

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

Well I'm off to catch up on some paperwork. I wish everyone a safe and warm evening. To those I have offended, none was ever intended, except those in power, and none of them would give us the time of day. When I leave the swamp, I forget all that's been written or read. Goodnight..Last one out tonight, don't forget to turn off the lights..

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Dem's love life: fair game

Tea Partier's special needs child: Don't you smear her!



 

sacredh
sacredh

I know it's against type, But it's MOvietime!. I got the blu-ray of The Ten Commandments and I'm going to watch it tonight. Naked. Drinking a mudslide, smoking cigarettes and taking pain pills. (my back is sore). I'm nothing if not classy. Goodnight folks.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@nflfoghorn 

I'll take criticisms of a politicians personal life seriously when they're presented by someone who is an immaculate human being.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Oh, man, I love that movie! No one slunk around like Anne Baxter.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@mantisdragon91 

Bull Hockey!!! Even they danced around the fact that their "mother" took care of them. They lived there for one semester and then they went back to live with their father. "It doesn't matter who paid for my mom's education to Harvard" that's laughable.. 

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, Charlton Heston as Moses is just too funny.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, I watch it every year or two. I love Biblical epics. Ben Hur is the other movie on the blu-ray.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, if hair was reeds, I'd trip up the Egyptian chariots.  Run Jews, run.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@TerryClifton02@mantisdragon91And it doesn't. Did she do well in Harvard that is all that should matter? Between this and your out of nowhere Elena Kagan crack you sure seem to have an issue with strong liberal women? Whats the matter did you get turned down by a few?

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, remember Heston's butt in Planet of the Apes? I'm straight but HOLY MOSES!!!! He could crack walnuts between those cheeks!! Is it hot in here or am I still sick?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @Sue_N I always wait for him to whip out a gun and just shoot Yul Brynner.

I really love Edward G. Robinson as Dathan.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I don't think they were invented yet.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@yogi @sacredh 

1922 Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks is worth seeing for the stunts. 

no nets, no wires.

yogi
yogi

@sacredh

If you ever get the chance, watch the 1925 version of Ben Hur for the chariot scene alone, true it was pretty much recreated shot for shot in the Charlton Heston one, but there is something just amazing about it.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@TyPollard@Sue_N@sacredh 

If he actually existed, which I seriously doubt. He was tripping acid, talking to bushes and parting waters..No wonder you Christians are so f**ked up, you believe anything..

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, Wal-Mart has the blu-ray with both movies on it for $7. Too much of a bargain to pass up.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @Sue_N At our house, Ten Commandments is an Easter tradition.

It occurs to me that I need Gone with the Wind on blu-ray. I do so love that movie!

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@Sue_N@TerryClifton02 

If they acted like her, you betcha!!! A hack is a hack no matter their gender. Anthony Weiner comes to mind..So does Mark Sanford..Both pigs..

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@TerryClifton02@mantisdragon91@collioureSeeing as I am in PA she is hardly my girl. We have a bagger governor who is ruining our economy and selling our water and air standards to the highest bidder. On and he helped cover up the Sandusky investigation for years as well.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@collioure @mantisdragon91 Why, because it's her daughters and not the men of the GOP talking about her? Who would know her better than her daughters?

Oh, wait, they're women, too. Clearly their opinions don't matter.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@TerryClifton02 Are you this nuts over men who attend college and leave raising the kids to the wife? Or are women not allowed to do that?

You've got a serious double standard going here, and it makes you look like you have a problem with women.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@mantisdragon91@collioure  

I can tell you that my mom was a remarkable mother and continues to be so to this day. She was there on my first day of school and my last, and so many days in between. She never missed a school performance or a parent-teacher
conference. Even if that meant she had to miss something else important. My sister and I were always her first priority. She was there when I needed her and even when I thought I didn't. My mom was my Brownie Troop leader. I still remember camping out in the backyard with my troop after our trip was cancelled because of bad weather. She was also my field hockey team mom during my senior year of high school, not to mention that she went with me to every single field hockey camp, tryout, program that I ever had. She helped me sort through college possibilities, helped me with my applications and visited colleges with me. 

Meanwhile Wendy Davis's clone was attending Harvard for 4 years..
While the Real Wendy Davis was winning "mother" of the year awards..

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@mantisdragon91@collioure  

My mom had my sister at 19 and although she was technically married for a short period of time, she was handling almost everything on her own. She was working 2 jobs regularly and going to school. She met my dad when Amber was still very young. They had an amazing love that I witnessed for many years. Unfortunately, it didn't last, like so many love stories don't. 

Cause your mother cheated on your father..It's called adultery..End of love story