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The Obama Morning News || December 16, 2013

Saudi prince slams Obama . . . New York Times
Issa: HHS pressuring contractors . . . Politico
Poll: Obamacare blamed for rising costs . . . Washington Times
Backlog of 50-60,000 paper applications . . . Daily Caller
The GOP answer to Obamacare . . Norquist and Gleason
Budget deal’s secret gift to Democrats . . . The Hill
Testimony: No Benghazi stand down order . . .  Associated Press
Rice seeks Israel’s blessing on Iran . . . Reuters
Paul Ryan tops Iowa poll . . . Des Moines Register
George P. Bush: I’m like Gingrich, not dad . . . Associated Press
Ambassador Kennedy: A star is born . . . Politico

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43 Responses to The Obama Morning News || December 16, 2013

  1. Watched Elijah Cummings on Morning Joe this morning talking the budget deal.
    Hypocrisy was oozing out my flat screen.
    He was all “oh the humanity” over 1.1 million not having long term unemployment benefits included in the deal.
    Funny, I don’t recall such concern over the now almost SIX MILLION who are now without health insurance thanks to his “uncaring” President and the Mt. Olympus ego that won’t allow him to do the right thing and scrap this monstrosity and start over with real reforms.

    (I know, I know, Morning Joe? But SOMEBDOY’s gotta watch, how else are we to know the White House/DNC talking points for the day?)

  2. Vanity Fair, and especially that loathsome editor Graydon Carter, is usually anti-Republican, pro-Obama and GW Bush-hating. Therefor I was surprised to read in that trendy magazine that GWB has gained new popularity among young people. “Bush has gently and wholly ingeniously refashioned himself into an Internet friendly, cat-loving, ironic hat wearing, painter-cum-Instagram savant. Lately, GWB, is a hipster icon and the Internet is totally buying it “. I have always liked GWB and his sweet wife ( not that they care what a magazine like this writes ) and I am glad for them. Maybe young people has learned to see when a person is for real and when he is a total fake ? Because I don´t think ( hope I am right there ) that Barry is considered cool anymore, at least not among white people.
    I also read on Drudge Report that the Obama rodeo clown leads voting for town´s “person of the year” award. A nice kick on the behind of many pc cowards. The people has spoken, we want to joke about whatever we like, we want our free speech back.

    • That’s great news, swedishlady! Obama’s unprecedented demonization of his predecessor showed the world what an ill-bred, un-American, cowardly hypocrite he is. He isn’t worthy of shining Bush’s boots! I hope history will reflect that fact.

    • Graydon Carter is only topped in loathsomeness by someone named Brian Beutler at Salon Magazine. BTW, your description of ‘Potemkin coulisses’ has found depiction in a cartoon on National Review Online today which shows a figure of Potemkin as the Navigator in Chief of Obamacare.

        • If you hit the Drudge link on the left here, you can hit a National Review or NRO link on Drudge too. It’s cartoon of the day. Also, not just for Swedishlady but for everyone: look at the end of today’s Michelle Obama’s Mirror. It has the South African signer doing a few Christmas carols. “What Child Is This”–LOL!

  3. “Paul Ryan tops Iowa poll” – Now the establishment is going to try to push this sellout on us? Not gonna happen. Paul Ryan wasn’t even a blip on the radar of the Rasmussen influential world leader poll. Ted Cruz, the junior Senator from the great State of Texas – soon to be senior when Steve Stockman sends Cornyn packing – creamed all his Republican opponents in the poll.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/poll-ted-cruz-3rd-most-influential-world-leader-behind-pope-obama/article/2540748

        • I guess he does try for things that work, pragmatic–and yes, this can get pretty slippery–but we need to get someone who can run and win. We need to win above all! That is my eternal pt–but I guess I could state it less.

          • Thank you for the party line, Star. I’m tired of the ‘elections have consequences’ line which Ryan used. Who has lost elections? Not the grassroots but the party. That line is an admission of the GOP’s failure.

          • Sadly, amnesty looks like a fait accompli, Susan. Remember in 2004 ( think that was the year) when grass roots organizations burned up the phone lines at the WH over McCain/Graham amnesty? They dropped it like a hot potato.
            Today, there is barely a whimper.

          • Because with all the failures of Obamacare, they haven’t really geared up for a House fight on immigration yet. Don’t lose heart because the public opposition to amnesty is still out there. If the GOP chooses to ignore it, they guarantee another loss in 2016. Amnesty is a ‘line in the sand’ for me. If the GOP and its candidate support it, there would be no difference between them and the supposed Democratic nominee. Then I would be forced to go third party.

          • Sorry, I didn’t mean to make that sound like I am some special bellwether. I just think my views on this mirrors those of millions of others.

          • It’s the line in the sand for me too, Julie/Susan. Amnesty and Obamacare – the end of the line for this country.
            Boehner is all too eager to get started – chopping it up into little pieces. And that little twit, Rence Pribus (sp), is already ‘hispandering’.

            Hispanics are not going to vote “R” regardless of what happens. They need to understand that we are (or were) a nation of laws. If they don’t like it – tough!

          • I think Hillary could win…we will see who’s right in the fullness of time, I guess. But I am not up for the trash and bash on every Republican that doesn’t pass every litmus test.

          • That’s why I support the Whacko Birds. I, too, am tired of politicians who are only in it to win it. Country before Party.

            The silver lining of the bipartisan budget deal is that Obama won’t get to hang back from Hawaii for a few more days in DC playing the martyred Prezzy :D

          • Well, I want someone who can win–and I don’t think a whole list of “acceptable to people on this site” positions would win. Someone won who had no principles or positions. But because someone wins does not mean they have no principles or positions–this is the flawed syllogism again. Yes, I want someone who stands for something–for intelligent framing of issues (no straw men), for compromising, for working things out, for governing, for planning, for looping in the American people, for keeping them informed, for loving the country, for protecting it.

    • Obama is on that list solely because of the historical clout of the US Presidency. Those who answered that poll, or more likely those who framed the poll and couldn’t exclude the American President, could not possibly give any examples or reasons for his influence. He lost his influence, and America’s, abroad, and he’s lost it in spades here at home.

      Second point: it’s a name recognition poll. And, hee hee, I don’t see Hillary Clinton on that list.

    • Bored or he has ADHD.

      Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits.

  4. Here’s my entry for news of the day. EPA / Entirely Polluted Apparatchiks

    The EPA’s highest-paid employee and top expert on climate change engaged in “crime of massive proportions” by pretending to be working as an undercover agent for the CIA so he could avoid doing his real job for years, according to federal prosecutors and the agency’s top investigator on the case.

    In a memorandum filed days before his sentencing in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, prosecutors asked that John C. Beale, 65, be sent to federal prison for at least 30 months for bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, and said his “historic” lies are “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.

    In September, Beale, who served as a “senior policy adviser” in the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, pled guilty to defrauding the U.S. government out of nearly $900,000 since 2000. Beale perpetrated his fraud largely by failing to show up at the EPA for months at a time, including one 18-month stretch starting in June 2011 when he did “absolutely no work,” as Kern, Beale’s lawyer, acknowledged in his court filing.

    I wonder if Beale gets to collect his comfy pension and perks after 2 1/2 years?!
    http://www.jammiewf.com