Morning Must Reads: February 24

In the news: Ukraine issues arrest warrant for ousted president; Egypt's government resigns; El Chapo arrested; Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the army to its smallest force since pre-WWII

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

  • “The new government of Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych on Monday to face charges of ‘mass murder of peaceful civilians,’ a reference to the 88 Ukrainians killed by riot police and in street clashes over the last week.” [WashPost]
  • “Egypt’s government has resigned, the prime minister said on Monday, a step likely to pave the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife.” [Reuters]
  • What The Arrest Of ‘El Chapo’ Means For Mexico [TIME]
  • “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.” [NYT]
  • “When you go to all this trouble to cover the uninsured, is it really that unreasonable to ask how many uninsured people Obamacare has covered so far? The answer, apparently, is: Yes. It’s unreasonable.” [Politico]
  • “As members of Congress return Monday from their week-long President’s Day recess, their work is done. In the last two months, Congress has cleared the annual budget and debt ceiling hurdles. They’ve finally passed a farm bill and a defense reauthorization bill. There is no reason to expect anything more that is substantive until elections this November.” [TIME]
  • In the DeMint Era at Heritage, a Shift From Policy to Politics [NYT]
  • Supreme Court EPA Regulation Case Test Limits, Balance of Power [Roll Call]
  • “Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers, a landmark pact that could set a precedent for Netflix’s dealings with other broadband providers…” [WSJ]
  • “Jim Messina, the former campaign manager to President Barack Obama who spent two decades in politics out of the public eye, is increasingly stepping out from the shadows—and onto other Democrats’ toes.” [Politico]
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fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

Crist must be doing something right if the baggers are that spitting mad. Nice to see Bette Midler get a lick in, too.

outsider
outsider

@nflfoghorn  

The only things i know about florida is Scott sucks, it's hot, it's humid, there are alligators - and if you're white you can shoot a black person for no reason whatsoever. Legally. But even firing a warning shot from a black person is indictable for 20 years in prison. 


Is Crist a good politician, or is he just like everyone else, Foggy? I remember he used to be a Repub, then switched sides. That's about all i know of him.

collioure
collioure

@outsider  

You forgot the mosquitoes.

Crist is an opportunist.

Scott besides being weird IMO seems to be one of those politicians who seems to do whatever he pleases despite public opinion.  In an election that will lean heavily Republican he may get by.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@collioure @outsider   Off-year election or not, I don't think it'll lean that way.  There are way too many people who dislike this man.  He may have $ but he doesn't have the message.  His record is dismal.  He's doomed to failure.

Charlie is indeed an opportunist who may have found religion.  He wasn't that bad as a Republical but he took flap for hugging BO during the GOTP wave.  If he wins the Dem primary then he stands a wonderful chance of winning, as the Q poll you apparently decided to ignore  clearly shows.

collioure
collioure

@nflfoghorn @collioure@outsider 

I didn't ignore anything.

I don't have a dog in this fight. I don't like either of them.  At all!

If I lived in the South, I would probably be a Democrat.

sacredh
sacredh

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go (for almost 2 more years).

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91  The lobbyist does know that only members of Congress can introduce bills? Or was he home schooled?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91  But … but … free market? Government intrusion? Job-killing regulation?

What a maroon.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @mantisdragon91  

The 3 cornerstones of GOP, No gay, no abortion and no taxes. That's it. As far as ideas goes you can probably not find a more intellectually barren party.