Morning Must Reads: February 13

In the news: Obama administration beats monthly health insurance enrollment target for the first time; Snowden swiped password from NSA coworker; GOP Senate leaders avert debt limit crisis; Comcast to buy Time Warner; Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter to retire; what's prettier in print

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

    • “The Obama administration has beaten a monthly health insurance enrollment target for the first time, according to data released Wednesday showing that more than 1.14 million people signed up for health plans in January in the new insurance marketplace.” [WashPost]
      • “Hundreds of thousands of Americans in poorer counties have few choices of health insurers and face high premiums through the online exchanges created by the health-care law, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal of offerings in 36 states.” [WSJ]
      • “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in frequent contact with President Obama and senior White House aides before the disastrous launch of the federal ObamaCare exchange last year.” [Hill]
      • ObamaCare enrollment groups learn that the website won’t work on National Youth Enrollment Day. [BuzzFeed]
    • “A civilian NSA employee recently resigned after being stripped of his security clearance for allowing former agency contractor Edward Snowden to use his personal log-in credentials to access classified information…” [NBC]
    • G.O.P. Senate leaders avert debt ceiling crisis. [NYT]
    • Senate Conservatives Fund levels harshest attack yet on Mitch McConnell. [WashExaminer]
    • Hillary Clinton’s to-do list [Politico]
      • The rise of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker [Slate]
    • “Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, will announce a deal to buy Time Warner Cable in a blockbuster merger worth about $45 billion…” [TIME]
      • “Time Warner Cable shares jumped 11 percent to $150.65 in early U.S. trading. Comcast, based in Philadelphia, slipped 0.4 percent to $55.” [Bloomberg]
      • Why Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is the best dealmaker in media [Buzzfeed]
    • The greatest compliment we can givDerek Jeter, as he prepares to leave the grandest stage in baseball, is that he never let us down. He has made thousands of outs and hundreds of errors and finished most of his seasons without a championship. Yet he never disappointed us.” [NYT]
      • Pass the sick bag—Derek Jeter’s farewell tour [TIME]
    • Prettier in print
    • RIP Sid Caesar, Your Comic of Comics [TIME]
533 comments
notsacredh
notsacredh

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go. Have fun folks.

notsacredh
notsacredh

It's Valentine's Day folks. If you can't be with the one you love, watch tv, you'll thank me for the good advice.

notsacredh
notsacredh

It's 27 degrees out already. We'll be in the 50s next week!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout

I take your hate and anger as a compliment.

But the inescapable truth is that you have two choices:

Either behave or be content to be relegated to life on the margins here on Swampland. You can only come out at night to drink while us big boys enjoy life in the daylight.

Face it:

Wingers like you are now lurking on the edges of life, facing almost certain extinction in due course.

You've lost. Period.

...and America is ours.

notsacredh
notsacredh

It's MovieTime! 3D Frightnight. Goodnight folks.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The son-in-law of a retired couple killed by a package bomb has been arrested, authorities in Tennessee say.
 

fitty_three
fitty_three

Don't tell @collioure . and @ahandout. that they are carrying on their winger babblefest in a orphaned cyberspace bubble all their own.

Hell, that'll keep 'em busy...

fitty_three
fitty_three

Propaganda is neither dissent nor discourse.

It's poffable

notsacredh
notsacredh

From the article:

"To CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Cruz put his own agenda of appealing to the tea party right ahead of the GOP leadership's strategy.

She noted he did the same thing to cause last year's government shutdown by trying to link federal spending to efforts to dismantle Obama's signature health care reforms, which conservatives detest.

Republicans still smarting from that defeat "are looking at Ted Cruz today and going, 'Oh my God, didn't you learn the lesson of the government shutdown?'" Borger said, adding that "it's about him."

That's Ted Cruz folks. He'd tank the economy of the US and the rest of the world for personal political gain. It's all Ted all the time.

ahandout
ahandout

@fitty_three @ahandout I take your delusions as typical from a liberal who struggles to deal with the fact that they sold their country out for a few Obamabucks.

collioure
collioure

@ahandout  

in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and other members of the Soviet bloc 1945-1989 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

I seriously pray that they get this right this time. I'm going to by pretty upset if it isn't.

notsacredh
notsacredh

To show how much I love my wife, she's in the shower now and I'm not going to flush the toilet for laughs. I'm so vanilla anymore.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@fitty_three @collioure @ahandout I helped.  They're trapped in a static warp shell, like Beverly Crusher!!

notsacredh
notsacredh

@nflfoghorn, speaking of strange times...I told my wife we could watch anything she wanted to tonight. We're going to watch a 3D vampire movie. How romantic. ;  )

fitty_three
fitty_three

@hivemaster

They couldn't have made a better choice among the selection of different fates. I hope it's warm in there.

fitty_three
fitty_three

clreanup in aisle 5.

Please get your dog. He's peeing on the merchandise.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn

Wow. There's a red star with your name on it waiting for you;-)

I knew that there had to be some winger in there somewhere, just waiting to roam free!

fitty_three
fitty_three

You'll have to excuse my inner Sacred. He got out when my inner winger escaped;-)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Lucky as in Russian Police Choir lucky?

She's a sammich maker. Demand it (really, not, my inner winger made me say that)

KeillRandor
KeillRandor

@sacredh @nflfoghorn 

I think I saw that movie...


(Can't remember what it was called, though.)

notsacredh
notsacredh

@nflfoghorn, if she wears a cape and starts to say "I vant to suck your"....I'm interrupting!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Is 'don't nuke thy neighbor' going to be appended to the other 10 commandments?

ahandout
ahandout

@collioure @ahandout@fitty_three I think 53 is in violation of Time's Terms and Conditions, paragraph 8:


restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Web Site or the Web Site's services

 

collioure
collioure

@ahandout @fitty_three 

Well, they're getting rather desperate as Obamacare slides down the tubes revealing an Emperor with no clothes, a fast-talking empty suit who will have accomplished zero.