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The Obama Morning News || December 9, 2014

White House: No sanctions against Israel . . . White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that reports the U.S. governing is considering economic sanctions against Israel are “completely unfounded and without merit.” Earnest provided no further details about any internal discussions on sanctions against Israel. Washington Examiner

Gruber in the hot seat . . . One of the architects of ObamaCare is in the hot seat Tuesday as Republicans call him before Congress to explain his controversial statements boasting how the law’s authors took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.” Gruber, an MIT economist, recently apologized for saying Americans’ “stupidity” was vital to passing the health law in 2010. Fox News

I’ve got a live stream going of the hearing here.

Leaving so soon? . . . When Ron Klain leaves his post as the White House’s “Ebola response coordinator,” or czar, sometime early next year, don’t expect a big send-off from President Obama, much less a declaration of mission accomplished. The Atlantic 

Bishops condemn Obama gender regs . . . The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) condemned new regulations to implement President Obama’s July 21 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating “on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” CNS News

Profiling guidelines slammed from the Left . . . The Justice Department on Monday announced new “stricter policies” forbidding the use of profiling by federal law enforcement officers, but the guidelines — which don’t apply to local police departments — were immediately criticized by civil rights advocates as being overly broad and riddled with loopholes. Washington Times

McConnell likely to back Rand Paul for president . . . “Well, I’m a big fan of his,” Sen. Mitch McConnell R-Ky., said of his fellow Kentuckian. I mean we started off on opposite paths, but we’ve become great allies. I’m a big fan of his. I think he’s a very, very smart, capable guy.” Daily Caller

Government demands end to cookie dough eating . . . The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an order that millions of Americans will likely find impossible to carry out: stop eating raw cookie dough. “Avoid raw or partially cooked eggs or foods containing raw eggs, such as cookie dough,” USDA advised. The Blaze

40 Responses to The Obama Morning News || December 9, 2014

  1. I’ve known for years not to eat raw cookie dough, but by golly, I’m tempted to whip up a batch and eat some just to be a bad girl today.

      • I’d worn my seat-belt long before it became a law. The day the law went into effect in Washington, I didn’t buckle up. I got about a block before I realized I was doing nothing but endangering myself.

      • Kimbly – way to “stick it to the man”

        My effort today to “stick it to the man” will be to not read the number of calories in my Big Mac has posted on the menu. Take that!

    • I still don’t understand what happened to the eggs, and dough.
      Growing up and years later, I didn’t not have to wash my hands 50 times while cooking meatloaf. I was also able to take a bite of th dough.

      • I’m a stickler with food preparation. I make my salad or slaw before anything else, and before I do that, I wipe my counters, faucet, knives and cutting board with Clorox wipes and let them dry. When I’m done preparing raw meat or poultry, I do the same thing. plus I hit the sink with Clorox spray.

          • I admire this in people. I do what I consider to be basic. I think because of all the countries I have lived in and all the food I have eaten in less than “clean” conditions that I have built up some immunities. I have what most people call a “garbage” gut. I do not say this with pride — but I do fall short of people who clean and prep like you do Mandy. I have friends and family who do the same — smart.

            I share your dubious take on “pre washed” Julie. By whom and with what water source?

  2. I am a law-abiding black woman; my question is, what would make agitators happy…..different laws for black and hispanics? No police presence in minority communities? Cops looking the other way when crime is committed? Only minority cops in minority communities? So far there have been protests, complaints and vacuous pontificating by the President and others, but the only solution being posited is “sensitivity” and body cams”.

    • My opinion is that nothing would make them happy. This is a combo of agitators with different causes rallying behind “racist” and pig cops out to get the black guys and caught up in the protesting and die ins and invasions and looting of public property for sport.

      The “solutions” such as body cams etc are nothing more than in roads to establish more federal concerns.The true concerns and injustices will never be addressed — sadly.

      And therein lies the great loss to the nation — what Barack Obama could have done to move us forward.

    • I don’t trust McConnell (to say the least). I know the establishment Republicans are trying to rally around one establishment candidate for the 2016 field. Who is to say that they are also not trying to limit the conservative field by settling on Paul? I know that’s sounds paranoid, but so be it.

  3. Cookie dough — “demands”, “issues an order”. That’s what’s coming. For now it is “advisory”. This will go the way of Mooch’s school lunch program.

  4. Feinstein said that this involved over 119 people. Some acts could be considered torture.
    She said there may never be the right time but this is to important.
    The report is now being released. Held up a thick book of pages.
    6,000 pages.
    My words give me no pleasure. Many CIA workers will condone what she is saying.
    I feel that this is a bad time for this to be released.
    She said the CIA actions are a stain. America is big enough to admit when it is wrong.

  5. Yet, you can still get that raw ground meat dish in certain restaurants.
    Health food cafes in the 70’s always had a protein drink with raw egg, usually bought by the big bulky weight lifters.

        • Now that I think about it, I could be wrong about it. I seem to recall reading something a while back that the bacteria can get into the egg while the shell is growing.

          But, I won’t let my son make or drink a protein drink that has raw egg in it. And, since he’s seen the way I clean when handling and cooking eggs, he realizes that the stupidest person in the world just might know a thing or two about life.

          • This reminds me of when my daughter was an infant. When she popped out her pacifier, we used to wash it and put it back. After a week or so of this, we just put it back–and said, “More antibodies.” She is 32 and still going strong.

  6. Listening to the Committee quizing Gruber on C-Span radio. Yep, he’s a weasel. “I can’t remember.” “I don’t recollect”. “I would have to ask my counsel”. Cannot give a yes or no answer. Flat responses. Slippery. Doesn’t know how much money he’s made off ObamaCare. Clearly not used to be asked specific questions by people expecting clear answers.