July 15, 2013 at 8:44 am #92721
As you begin a new week, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate.
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And always, have a peaceful day.July 15, 2013 at 8:45 am #92722
Good Morning, Everyone.July 15, 2013 at 9:05 am #92723
McCrory to sign motorcycle-turned-abortion bill
By Steve Benen
Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:02 PM EDT
With remarkable speed this week, Republicans in the North Carolina state legislature amended a bill on motorcycle safety, included new restrictions on reproductive health, and got to work passing it. Would the state’s freshman Republican governor, Pat McCrory, go along with this?
As it turns out, yes.
North Carolina’s governor says he will sign a new version of a bill that raises standards for abortion clinics into law if it reaches his desk.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced his decision Friday, two days after he threatened to veto the previous legislation for how it addressed raising standards for abortion clinics through rules similar to outpatient surgery centers. The House changed the language to satisfy McCrory’s health and human services department.
McCrory says the version that passed the House on Thursday will ensure women’s safety and not limit their access to abortion.
Keep in mind, as a gubernatorial candidate just last year, McCrory was asked what changes to the state’s abortion laws he would support. His answer, which helped him get elected, was unambiguous: “None.” As in, if elected, McCrory wouldn’t support any changes to the state’s abortion laws.July 15, 2013 at 9:08 am #92724
Only one way to know if House could pass immigration bill
By Steve Benen
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:32 AM EDT.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was asked yesterday whether he expects the House to act on comprehensive immigration reform. “Yes,” he replied. “They will act. They have to. This is something that the vast, vast majority of the Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support. And John Boehner should let the House vote. That’s all he has to do. If the House voted, it would pass overwhelmingly.”
In an unexpected public appeal, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch soon after announced his agreement, saying on Twitter that Reid is “right” and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “should allow” the House to vote. “Lead,” Murdoch said to the Ohio Republican, for the “country’s sake.”
But is Reid correct about support for the bipartisan Senate bill? If Boehner allowed a vote, would it pass? On ABC yesterday, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) repeated the prediction that the House considered the Senate bill, “there would be enough House Republicans that would vote for it.” It led to this exchange between George Stephanopoulos and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.).July 15, 2013 at 9:10 am #92725
If at first you don’t succeed, fail and fail again
By Steve Benen
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.
It was just a month ago when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), his party’s most recent vice presidential nominee, shared his theory on why he and his ticket came up short in 2012: it was the Affordable Care Act’s fault. Republicans had to “argue against the promise” of “Obamacare,” Ryan argued, and it was too tough to overcome.
Exactly a month later, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) yesterday made a very different kind of argument on “Meet the Press.”
For those who can’t watch clips online, McConnell, asked about the health care, said:
“Look, this is a big, controversial issue. It’s not going away. It’s, in all likelihood, going to be the premiere issue in the 2014 election. The American people dislike it even more now than they did when it was passed. And they hope that the Congress will respond to their desire to stop this train wreck before it happens.”
To recap, in 2012, Republicans made repealing the Affordable Care Act one of the premiere issues of the election cycle. The strategy failed — GOP candidates lost the presidential race and lost seats in both the House and Senate. So in 2014, Republican intend to make repealing the Affordable Care Act one of the premiere issues of the election cycle.July 15, 2013 at 9:11 am #92726
Monday Morning Open Thread: No Place At the Table
Posted by Anne Laurie at 4:35 am
Via Corby Kummer at the Atlantic, who says that after “House Republicans split food stamps off the main package, it’s time to revisit a devastating documentary about hunger in America“:
… The idea of the split makes intuitive sense. Anyone who looks at the farm bill for a few minutes–or, like Dan Imhoff, devotes a book to it, or, like Marion Nestle, an entire semester’s course to it–sees what a chimera or, more to the point, a monster it is. It has next to nothing to do with the farms most people think of–the ones growing mixed crops, the ones that supply farmer’s markets. It doesn’t mention environmental protection or land conservation, though some of the country’s most important safeguards are in it. And it doesn’t mention nutrition assistance or hunger, though fully four-fifths of it are food stamps. Why not keep the agricultural parts, even if they benefit only industrial agriculture, in what’s called the farm bill, and call the food-assistance portion what it is? That would get the farm bill back on the rails, and stop letting SNAP debates hijack every vote.
Here’s why not: because that means, as anyone in the anti-hunger community recognizes, pushing the 47 million Americans on food stamps onto an ice floe. The last time Republicans tried to saw off food stamps from the bill, as Jerry Hagstrom recounts in an excellent overview of the most recent farm bill failure, it set back food assistance efforts for more than a decade…
I met Bradley in May at a leadership conference of Share Our Strength, the country’s leading anti-hunger organization certainly as it involves cooks and members of the restaurant community. The official star speaker of the conference was Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, who resoundingly reminded the audience, and the Republicans who weren’t listening, that 92 percent of the 47 million on SNAP are children, the elderly, and the disabled. “If people understood just how vulnerable this population is at a time of economic struggle,” Billy Shore, the founder with his sister Debbie of SOS, told me this morning, “people would understand [that separating off SNAP from the farm bill] makes no sense. This is politics at the expense of kids.”
But the real star was Bradley, who was ostensibly there to speak about her work teaching children how to cook as part of Cooking Matters, a national education program SOS runs. What silenced the crowd was her talking about her educated, proud family needing food stamps, and what that was like for her. It’s quick, and sincere, and un-self-pitying. Watch the short clip and see what you think of Cantor’s victory.July 15, 2013 at 9:18 am #92727
“@levarburton One hug at a time! MT @OnPointCelebz: @levarburton How do we teach our young black youth that their life is meaningful?
12:20 AM – 15 Jul 2013July 15, 2013 at 9:29 am #92728
Snowden and the potential for the USA’s ‘worst nightmare’
By Steve Benen
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:22 AM EDT.
The controversy surrounding former NSA contractor Edward Snowden took an unexpected twist over the weekend, with provocative comments from the one journalist who’s been at the heart of the story from the beginning.
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government should be careful in its pursuit of the former computer analyst.
“Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had,” Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinean daily La Nacion.
“The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare.”July 15, 2013 at 10:06 am #92732
We imprison a larger percentage of our black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. http://thkpr.gs/13c5jyrJuly 15, 2013 at 10:07 am #92733
Ry Cooper @kingpin76661m
Had to eplain Trayvon Martin to my daughter, 17 year old cousin, and Nephew. My daughter asked “I’m not allowed to fight off a stranger?”July 15, 2013 at 10:13 am #92734
What Athletes’ Response To The Zimmerman Verdict Says About Race And Class In America
By Travis Waldron on Jul 15, 2013 at 9:54 am
The Miami Heat wore hoodies to protest Trayvon Martin’s killing last March.Athletes were quick to react when a jury acquitted George Zimmerman on all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Saturday night, with many questioning both the ruling and the American justice system.
“How do I explain this to my young boys???” Miami Heat star Dwyane Wadetweeted after the verdict was read. “These tears right now in my eyes are for Trayvon’s family, for my nephews for my unborn son (God willing) this is so hard to bare!” the Chicago Sky’s Swin Cash posted. Former heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis ended a series of tweets with, “Some act like America is colorblind. The reality is its NOT. My son also looks like Trayvon and we also have a home in FLA.”July 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm #92756
Journalist Martin Bashir spits some REAL truths and facts about the Trayvon Martin outcome! I applaud him for his honesty despite the “professional” backlash he may receive.July 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm #92757
This Team Zimmerman media tour, wow. You literally got away with murder, why can’t you just be happy with that and get on with your life? No, you have to get in front of any and all cameras and portray Trayvon as sum who deserved nothing less than being wiped off the face of the Earth. To Trayvon’s family that has to feel like he is being murdered again Every. Single. Day. But their tears are like sweet nectar to you, and that you can cash in on book deals, speaking engagements, and piles of money, well golly gee that’s the absolute cherry on top. Another dead nigger and you get top turn a profit, win-win.
My anger has not subsided, in fact I think these actions just intensified it x1000. I should be appalled by the utter lack of humanity, but it’s not surprising because that is how they have rolled from the beginning.July 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm #92760
@NAACP @BenJealous would be amazing if your petition included a call to donate $5 to the http://TrayvonMartinFoundation… . why doesn’t it???July 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm #92761
— ☺Charlie Peach
A “White Supremacist Mind” killed Trayvon Martin & “White Privileged System” set his MURDERER free… #NoJustice #Trayvon #NoJusticeNoPeace
– -☺Charlie Peach
It took 45 days 4 Sanford 2 be forced 2 arrest GZ & only 16 hrs 4 their bias jury 2 find him NOT guilty. #NoJusticeNOPeace #Trayvon –
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