October 26, 2013 at 12:32 am #98937
This week, the President announced his nominee for the next secretary of Homeland Security, spoke on the Affordable Care Act and Immigration Reform, and welcomed the Prime Minister of Pakistan and this year’s Sammy Award winners to the White House. That’s October 18th to October 24th or, “Saving Money as We Speak.”
As you spend this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
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And always, have a peaceful dayOctober 26, 2013 at 12:33 am #98938
Good Morning, EveryoneOctober 26, 2013 at 12:34 am #98939
John David Washington To Co-Star In HBO’s ‘Ballers’, Robert Hoffman In E!’s ‘Songbyrd’
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 4:36pm
Denzel Washington‘s son John David Washington is following in his father’s footsteps with his first major acting role, signing on as a regular in the HBO pilot Ballers toplined by Dwayne Johnson. Also cast in the half-hour dramedy, which chronicles the lives of several Miami-based athletes, is former Bruins player Donovan Carter. Washington will play Ricky, a highly competitive and highly spiritual pro athlete. Carter will play Vernon, a deeply family oriented pro athlete. Washington, whose only previous acting credit is a small part in his dad’s 1992 movie Malcolm X, played football in college and did a stint with NFL’s St. Louis Rams.October 26, 2013 at 12:49 am #98940
Joy Reid @TheReidReport
I’m flabbergasted by libertarians, left and right versions. They’d leave us totally defenseless.
8:20 PM – 25 Oct 2013October 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm #98944
In a Private Memo, GOP Strategist Explains Why The Republican Party is Dying
By: Sarah Jones
Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 2:41 pm
The Koch brothers’ dark money screwed Republicans again.
In California, an FPPC investigation into conservative groups funneling money into the 2012 state election turned a previously private GOP strategist’s memo public. The memo Republican consultant and fundraiser Jeff Miller wrote to his clients was meant to be private, but as part of the documents included in the investigation into the Koch brothers dark money, it is now public.
The state ended up levying $16 million in fines against conservative groups, which they probably won’t end up paying but a legislative point has been made.
Miller’s memo is a death knell for California Republicans, noting that the only way they are going to be able to hang on is to “to try and force the Democrats into making mistakes”. Miller has a strong reputation within the business community, so his words should carry some weight.
Miller also admitted that the Republicans’ traditional funding base is the corporate world. It’s important to note this because the Republican base seems to be blissfully unaware of this fact, and the Libertarians who think they stand for freedom but vote Republican also seem unaware of this. Miller also claimed that the corporate world doesn’t want to help California Republicans anymore because they prefer to work with dominant Democrats.
Miller is not new to pointing out the inevitable failure of the Republican Party’s current path. In 2011, he stepped down as finance chairman after warning the party that they were speaking to just 30 percent of the electorate.
Democrats the nation wide should note Miller’s concern that conservatives can only carry the day when there is ultra-low turnout. This is why Republicans work so hard to depress the morale of the Democratic base by constantly bashing Obama, bashing any policy of Obama’s, concern trolling under fake IDs as disenchanted liberals, and using the allegedly Libertarian left to loudly denounce Obama as a tyrant who is just like Bush.October 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm #98946
Texas Voter ID Law Prevents Women from Voting while Married
By: Adalia Woodbury
Friday, October 25th, 2013, 7:01 pm
If you’re a woman in Texas, getting married or divorced could cost you your vote, especially if you drive too. In fact, Republicans are counting on it.
Under Texas’ new voter ID law, Women who were married or divorced will have to update their voter ID to match their current legal name.
It means first, middle and surname on your voter ID must be your current legal name and must match with your voter registration card exactly. This is serious stuff. Some estimates suggest this law affects 34% of eligible women voters. It is complicated, as a Texas judge found out the hard way.October 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm #98947
Nina Turner @ninaturner
I was so honored to meet @FLOTUS Michelle Obama today! Such an inspiring force! #DNCwomen
5:53 PM – 25 Oct 2013October 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm #98948
The right’s realization: websites can be fixed
10/25/13 10:55 AM
By Steve Benen
The political establishment has obviously been deeply invested this week in exploring the technical problems associated with the Affordable Care Act’s website, and the glitches are now the core Republican message. But there’s always been a serious flaw with the GOP’s strategy.
For one thing, tech troubles don’t reflect on the underlying merits of “Obamacare” itself. For another, as some in the party are starting to realize, website glitches, no matter how severe or systemic, can be fixed (via Greg Sargent).
Privately, certain Republicans express concern with the party’s decision to focus so much attention on a website that could very well be fixed over the next few months, instead of calling attention to other potentially problematic aspects of the law. And polls show support for Republicans remains way down, while support for Obamacare is still ticking up.
I get the sense that GOP officials, feeling desperate after their party’s standing went into free fall after their government shutdown, saw website glitches as a life-preserver. Don’t ask too many questions, they said, just hold on before we sink even further.October 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm #98949
The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity
As conference committee talks begin, the GOP isn’t trying to cut $40 billion from SNAP just to save money. It wants to punish the poorest among us. By Michael Tomasky.
by Michael Tomasky Oct 26, 2013 5:45 AM EDT
What’s the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done? Tough one, I know
But spare me a moment here—plus a thousand words down the page—and I think maybe you’ll agree with me that the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done is try to push through a $40 billion cut to the food-stamps program. It’s just unspeakably cruel. They usually say publicly that it’s about saving money. But sometimes someone—one congressman in particular—lets slip the real reason: They want to punish poor people. The farm bill, which includes the food-stamp program, goes to conference committee next week. That’s where, the cliché has it, the two sides are supposed to “iron out their differences.” The only thing the Democrats on this committee should do with an iron is run it across the Republicans’ scowling faces.
The basic facts on the program. Its size fluctuates with the economy—when more people are working, the number of those on food stamps goes down. This, of course, isn’t one of those times. So right now the SNAP program, as it’s called, is serving nearly 48 million people in 23 million households. The average monthly individual benefit is $133, or about $4.50 a day. In 2011, 45 percent of recipients were children. Forty-one percent live in households where at least one person works. More than 900,000 are veterans. Large numbers are elderly or disabled or both.
It’s costing about $80 billion a year. Senate Democrats proposed a cut to the program. A small cut, but a cut all the same: $4 billion over 10 years. The Republicans in the House sought a cut of $20.5 billion over 10 years. But then the farm bill failed to pass. Remember that? When John Boehner didn’t have enough votes to pass his own bill? After that debacle, the House took the farm bill and split it into two parts—the subsidies for the large growers of rice and cotton and so forth, and the food-stamp program. Two separate bills. And this time, Eric Cantor doubled the cut: $40 billion over 10 years. This number, if it became law, would boot 3.8 million people—presumably, nearly half of them children—off the program in 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office.October 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm #98950
Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver in a half century to win on NASCAR’s national level with a victory in a trucks race at Martinsville Speedway.
Darrell Wallace Jr. has won a trucks race at Martinsville Speedway, becoming the first black driver in a half century to win on NASCAR’s national level.
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AP Photo/Steve HelberDarrell Wallace Jr. became the first black driver to win on NASCAR’s national level since Wendell Scott won a Cup race in 1963.
Wallace captured a Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, beating Jeb Burton into Turn 1 off a restart with five laps to go.
Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 1963 in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series, the highest of NASCAR’s three national levels.
“We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said in a statement.
The 20-year-old Wallace picks up the victory for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He was never below sixth place and led a race-high 96 laps but needed to survive a final restart. Wallace chose the inside line for the reset and quickly pulled away from Burton.
Brendan Gaughan finished second, followed by Burton. Championship leader Matt Crafton finished 17th and leads James Buescher by 51 points with three races remaining.
In 2010, Wallace was second in season points in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, winning rookie of the year honors. Last season, he became the first African-American driver to win the pole in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover. Wallace also won a truck series pole award at Dover in May.
“I had a chance to talk with Darrell and his father in Victory Lane today and we are just thrilled for him and his entire family on the win in Martinsville,” car owner Joe Gibbs said in a statement. “We obviously think a lot about Darrell. He has tremendous talent and we really believe he can have a huge impact on our sport.”
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