September 27, 2013 at 8:32 am #97163
Obama: ‘The affordable care act is here to stay’
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Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful daySeptember 27, 2013 at 8:34 am #97164
Good Morning, EveryoneSeptember 27, 2013 at 8:42 am #97165
Black female programmers unite for Focus 100, Google-sponsored NYC hackathon and tech bootcamp
by Alexis Garrett Stodghill | September 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM
Google and more giant tech brands are joining forces to encourage black women programmers and technology entrepreneurs to hone their skills and acquire venture capital investment.
Seeking to change the face of the tech sector — which is overwhelmingly young, male and white — the coming Focus 100 symposium, soon to be held in New York City, will bring together brilliant minds of all backgrounds.
Organized by Digital Undivided, Focus 100 bills itself as “The Most Diverse Tech Conference on the Planet,” according to its web site. Major corporations in addition to important venture capital firms such as Andreesen Horowitz are behind this effort to bring more black female talent to the digital space.
Eighty percent of the speakers at the October 4-6 symposium will be comprised of women and people of color, a complete reversal of the typical depiction of the technology field.
Typical tech conferences are often described as homogeneously white, male and hostile towards those outside this demographic.September 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm #97177
“Obama is one of those who mistake their good luck for genius.”
-George Will in the Washington ComPost.
It’s just not possible that the black guy could ever be smarter or savvier than his opponents, who have been trying to bring him down for 5-years now. He’s just so darned lucky.
Otherwise, guys like George Will would have to question everything they were ever taught about white supremacy
I’ll say it today, tomorrow, and for the next 30 years..
Barack Hussein Obama II is a Black Man that was ELECTED
President of the United States.
That he’s smarter than 99 people in a room of 100, is FUCKING GIVEN.September 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm #97178
Tiger Named PGA Player Of The Year
Friday 27 September 2013
World number one Tiger Woods has been named PGA Tour Player of the Year for a record 11th time.
Despite not adding to his tally of 14 majors in 2013, Woods enjoyed an excellent time on the PGA Tour with five victories from the 16 events he started.
Those wins – at the Farmers Insurance Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Cadillac Championship, Players Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – were enough to give Woods the nod over major winners Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson as well as FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson.September 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm #97179
Pelosi: Impossible To Negotiate With House GOP
Dylan Scott – September 27, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sought Friday to lay the blame for a possible government shutdown on congressional Republicans, saying that they refused to negotiate on the issue.
Pelosi pointed to the GOP’s inability to reconcile their competing factions as the reason that the federal government is a few days away from shutting down.
“It’s impossible for Democrats to negotiate with House Republicans when they can’t negotiate with themselves,” Pelosi told reporters. “We don’t know what we’re going to vote on from one minute to the next because I don’t think they know what they’re going to vote on.”
“I don’t know that they even know what they’re doing,” she added.September 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm #97180
CNN’s Diversity Council Changing Leadership
Will the network dissolve the group under Jeff Zucker’s leadership?
The leadership of CNN’s Diversity Council is changing, with Johnita P. Due, its longtime chair, stepping down and Maria Ebrahimji, its vice chair, leaving the network, a CNN spokeswoman said on Thursday.
The change at the council, coupled with criticism of CNN’s diversity record since Jeff Zucker became CNN president last year, led to a report that Zucker had disbanded the group. Scott Jones, of the blog ftvlive.com reported Thursday, “EXCLUSIVE: Zucker Pulls Plug on CNN’s Diversity Council.”
Christal Jones, a CNN spokeswoman, said that report was incorrect. Due, who is assistant general counsel and chief diversity adviser at CNN Worldwide, is “transitioning out” of the council role, Jones said, and Ebrahimji is “leaving the network to pursue other opportunities.”
The council will become “even more prominent” with a “new chief diversity council adviser,” Jones said. She said Due had been in the role for eight years and decided to step down.
In 2008, Due won the Ida B. Wells Award, then bestowed by the National Association of Black Journalists, the Medill School at Northwestern University and the National Conference of Editorial Writers (now the Association of Opinion Journalists), for her diversity work.
“Under Ms. Due’s charge, the Council has embarked upon many initiatives designed to make the corporate culture at CNN more inclusive and to expand the network’s coverage of minority communities. Those efforts have ranged from convening a summit for senior management devoted to including more diverse guests and perspectives on air to crafting presentations and leading diversity video screenings and discussions with staff that underscore the business case for diversity and to highlight how to be more inclusive in every day coverage,” the Wells jurors said at the time.September 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm #97181
Blunt: Don’t reject health exchanges
Senator says opposition to Obamacare shouldn’t lead Missourians to go without insurance
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said Thursday that Missourians should not boycott the new health care exchanges just because they don’t like Obamacare.
Blunt’s comments put him at odds with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who is discouraging Missourians from signing up for insurance through the new online marketplaces created under the health reform law.
Blunt is a leading critic of the health care law, and he predicted the exchanges and other elements of the law will not work as the Obama administration has promised. But that doesn’t mean people should go without insurance, he said.
The exchanges, which are scheduled to open Tuesday, are websites where consumers can comparison shop for health insurance plans and see if they are eligible for federal tax credits to help cover the cost of premiums.September 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm #97196
September 26, 2013
Where the G.O.P.’s Suicide Caucus Lives
Posted by Ryan Lizza
On August 21st, Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to John Boehner. Meadows is a former restaurant owner and Sunday-school Bible teacher from North Carolina. He’s been in Congress for eight months. Boehner, who has served in Congress for twenty-two years, is the Speaker of the House and second in the line of succession if anything happened to the President.
Meadows was not pleased with how Boehner and his fellow Republican leaders in the House were approaching the September fight over spending. The annual appropriations to fund the government were scheduled to run out on October 1st, and much of it would stop operating unless Congress passed a new law. Meadows wanted Boehner to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare, a course Boehner had publicly ruled out.
Back home in Meadows’s congressional district, the idea was quite popular. North Carolina’s Eleventh District had been gerrymandered after the 2010 census to become the most Republican district in his state. Meadows won his election last November by fifteen points. The Presidential contest there was an even bigger blowout. Romney won the district by twenty-three points, sixty-one per cent to thirty-eight per cent. While the big story of the 2012 election was about demographics and a growing non-white population that is increasingly Democratic, that was not the story in the Meadows race. His district is eighty-seven per cent white, five per cent Latino, and three per cent black.
Before Meadows sent off his letter to Boehner, he circulated it among his colleagues, and with the help of the conservative group FreedomWorks, as well as some heavy campaigning by Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee, seventy-nine like-minded House Republicans from districts very similar to Meadows’s added their signatures.September 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm #97197
The Morning Plum: The GOP’s Obamacare problem, in one sentence
By Greg Sargent, Published: September 27 at 9:21 am
So the Senate is set to vote to send a “clean CR” funding the government at sequester levels back to House Republicans. Multiple reports this morning portray House GOP leaders in a state of confusion as they ponder what’s next.
One option: Attach a measure to the Senate bill that would eliminate Obamacare subsidies for members of Congress and aides – which conservatives would see as a symbolic victory — and send it back to the Senate. Meanwhile, House Republicans are looking to pass a proposal that ties a debt ceiling hike to a grab bag of conservative goodies, including an Obamacare delay. But that may not be able to attract enough Republican support to pass. Ultimately, though, when you strip away all the noise, all of this comes down to one problem, which was best summarized by Jeremy Peters:
It is unclear what the Republicans want, other than a complete repeal of the health law.
Bingo. The thing Republicans want most — the guiding principle around which much of today’s GOP, particularly its conservative wing, is organized — is the thing they can’t have.
Much of the chaos we’re now seeing flows directly from this fact. The comical conservative wish list Republicans want in exchange for the debt limit hike — including the Obamacare delay — is meant to mollify conservatives who are upset that GOP leaders are going to have to fund the government while not defunding (and completely doing away with) Obamacare. More broadly, the GOP leadership’s continued quest to use this fall’s fiscal confrontations to undermine Obamacare — through a government shutdown, the debt limit, or whatever — represents a larger refusal to let go of the need to placate the wing of the party that is committed to a Total War posture against the law. This precludes GOP leaders from pursuing the obvious course: Admitting that the law will not be eliminated through non-electoral means, and passing measures keeping the government open and averting economic catastrophe with a lot of Democrats.September 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm #97198
Dems hope to jam John Boehner as Senate conservatives keep stabbing him in back
By Greg Sargent, Published: September 27 at 3:11 pm
Two key votes in the Senate today put us back where we always knew we would be after Ted Cruz’s noisy stunt faded away: House Republicans are still stuck deciding between stiff-arming the Tea Party and taking the blame for a government shutdown.
First, the Senate voted by 79-19 to end debate on the House bill defunding Obamacare, defying Senate conservatives. Ted Cruz: We are the 19 percent! And second, the Senate voted on party lines, 54-44, on final passage of the measure after stripping it of the defunding, sending it back to the House.
Perhaps the most interesting wrinkle in today’s voting — at least in terms of what it will mean for the big picture — is that Senate Dems amended the bill to move up the expiration date of the government funding under the ”continuing resolution” from December 15th to November 15th. That means Dems are pushing for the next confrontation over funding the government to start a month earlier.September 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm #97199
The Flailing Continues
Fri Sep 27th, 2013 at 05:13:04 PM EST
The president went before the cameras and microphones again this afternoon and reiterated that he will make no concessions surrounding the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, Harry Reid told the House Republicans to get over their fantasy about delaying ObamaCare and to “get a life.” He went to say that the Senate has no intention of taking any further action to prevent a government shutdown and that Boehner’s only choice is to pass the Senate’s legislation. Nonetheless, the House Republicans announced their intention to ask for a one year postponement of ObamaCare.
I guess it is pretty clear that the Democrats have exactly zero fear of a government shutdown. I am reminded of the story of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby. Also, “please proceed, Speaker Boehner.”September 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm #97200
Michael Lester – September 27, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT
Fox News went in to full defensive mode after President Obama warned Americans this week not to look to the network for helpful information on the Affordable Care ActSeptember 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm #97201
Why Democrats Aren’t Falling for the GOP’s Obamacare Pitch
Because it’s a trap! They know that delaying implementation carries many more risks than rewards.
It sounds like the most reasonable thing in the world—like life insurance, or rustproofing. Republicans say all it will take to avoid the calamity of a government shutdown is for an itty-bitty delay of President Obama’s health care law. What’s the big deal? He’s already pushed off the mandate for employers to provide coverage by a year, and 22 House Democrats even voted for a similar stay of the individual mandate.
“The president knows this law’s not ready; that’s why he delayed it for big business,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, at a press conference last week. “Everyone knows this thing is not ready.” Certainly, Democrats could be persuaded that the rollout could use a little more time to iron out the kinks—maybe give the public more opportunity to rally around the law. Win-win, right?
“Absolutely, positively not,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on CNN later when asked whether a delay would be negotiable. Democrats aren’t stupid. They know what happens when you give a mouse a cookie.
Any delay to Obamacare—whether it’s pushing back the individual mandate or stripping funding for a year—would only open the door to devastating consequences for the law. Once Obama shows he is willing to negotiate on his signature piece of legislation—and, by implication, signaling that the law may have deep, fundamental problems—there will be no end of trying to tear it down, with opponents perhaps garnering another 41 House votes to defund it in the process.
“It’s not worth discussing, because it’s not going to happen,” Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland told National Journal. “We’re more than happy to work with Republicans to fix some of the glitches. But they’re not interested in making adjustments; they’re simply trying to wipe it out completely.”
This is no secret. For Republicans to even imply that a delay would be good for the White House (“I actually believe the president wants to delay Obamacare, because it’s such a mess,” said conservative Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho. “It’s just not working for them.”) is specious. The GOP wants to kill this law, and tranquilizing it is just an attempt to put it down in hopes that it never wakes up. Secure a postponement to next year, and maybe if the Senate flips, the dynamic changes. Delay it long enough, and eventually a Republican president might be able to help finish it off for good.September 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm #97202
How Many Decades Do Republicans Get To Jerk Us Around On Health Care?
Josh Barro Sep. 26, 2013, 11:48 AM
Ross Douthat thinks I’m too pessimistic when I say Republicans will never support constructive proposals on health policy.
Given plenty of time and patience, he says they might enact a positive health care agenda.
Of course, that’s also what they say about monkeys and typewriters and Shakespeare.
Republicans have been able to see their way clear to defend the pre-Obamacare status quo, in which 50% of health spending in the U.S. comes from the government, and in which we spend about twice as much as peer countries on health care with similar outcomes. And they have often launched their attacks on Obamacare from the left—based on the campaign theme choices Republicans have made in the last two cycles, the sort of “disruption” Republican voters are most afraid of is that Medicare might be cut.
It’s hard to see why a system where the government incurs 60% of health spending instead of 50% of it is likely to shock them into sincere interest in policy. Besides which, given the slowing trend in medical inflation, we’re probably not even going to see the higher premiums that Ross thinks will motivate Republicans toward reform.
But beyond that, here’s my problem with Ross’ take: How long are we supposed to wait while Republicans jerk us around on health policy in the vain hope that, some day, they’ll stop being full of crap? How many decades do you have to spend being completely insincere on a policy issue before people stop taking you seriously when you talk about it?
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