September 19, 2013 at 8:40 am #96779
President Barack Obama on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 speaking to the Business Roundtable on budget and debt limit negotiations.
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And always, have a peaceful day.September 19, 2013 at 8:40 am #96780
Good Morning, EveryoneSeptember 19, 2013 at 8:56 am #96781
GOP can’t take its eyes off Benghazi
By Steve Benen
Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:32 PM EDT.
A government-shutdown deadline is 12 days away, and Congress also needs to tackle a debt-ceiling increase, the farm bill, immigration, and a series of other pending nominations and pieces of legislation. Naturally, then, House Republicans remain preoccupied with Benghazi questions that have already been answered.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) slammed the State Department Wednesday for not firing anyone in relation to the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
“We’re here today because, at the end of the day, nobody was held accountable,” Royce told Patrick Kennedy, the under secretary of State for management. “Reassignment just doesn’t cut it in terms of addressing that issue.”
Kennedy tried to explain that four State Department officials were already relieved of their senior positions, but Republicans’ enduring outrage remained unaffected.
Indeed, GOP lawmakers will be able to keep their focus on Benghazi — and presumably send out more fundraising letters about how they’re “keeping the ‘scandal’ alive” — because this was one of only three Benghazi hearings House Republicans have scheduled this week.
Imagine what would be possible if GOP lawmakers invested a small fraction of these energies in actual governing.September 19, 2013 at 8:56 am #96782
Rachel Maddow on the SCAM PART of Conservative Politics.September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am #96783
Obama is criticized for right result on Syria
By David Ignatius,
How did it happen that, less than a year after Barack Obama convincingly won reelection, his every move as president now draws hoots and catcalls from nearly every point on the political spectrum?
Perhaps his Syria policy really is a story of “epic incompetence,” as Charles Krauthammer opined last week. Maybe he has an “unbelievably small” presidency, as Marc Thiessen commented, or that no one is afraid of him, as Ruth Marcus argued. And that’s just a sampling of opinion from my colleagues at The Post.
What’s puzzling about this latest bout of Obama-phobia is that recent developments in Syria have generally been positive from the standpoint of U.S. interests.
Obama has accomplished goals that most Americans endorse, given the unpalatable menu of choices. Polls suggest that the public overwhelmingly backs the course Obama has chosen. APost-ABC News surveyasked Americans if they endorsed the U.S.-Russian plan to dismantle Syrian chemical weapons as an alternative to missile strikes; 79 percent were supportive.
Yet the opinion of elites is sharply negative.
Here’s what I see when I deconstruct the Syria story:September 19, 2013 at 9:03 am #96784
Homeless Boy Steals The Talent ShowSeptember 19, 2013 at 9:21 am #96785
September 18, 2013 02:45 PM
Chuck Todd: Not His Job to Point Out Lies About Obamacare
From this Wednesday’s Morning Joe, Chuck Todd finally said out loud what most of have known for a long time now. He doesn’t think it’s his job to make sure his audience knows when Republicans are lying to them.
Chuck Todd: It’s Not Media’s Job To Correct GOP’s Obamacare Falsehoods:
MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that when it comes to misinformation about the new federal health care law, don’t expect members of the media to correct the record.
During a segment on “Morning Joe,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) speculated that most opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been fed erroneous information about the law. Todd said that Republicans “have successfully messaged against it” but he disagrees with those who argue that the media should educate the public on the law. According to Todd, that’s President Barack Obama’s job.
“But more importantly, it would be stuff that Republicans have successfully messaged against it,” Todd told Rendell. “They don’t repeat the other stuff because they haven’t even heard the Democratic message. What I always love is people say, ‘Well, it’s you folks’ fault in the media.’ No, it’s the President of the United States’ fault for not selling it.”
The health care law has long been shrouded in misinformation, a point that Obama himself made in an interview Tuesday with Telemundo. A poll Tuesday showed that support for the law among Republicans was higher when called by the Affordable Care Act, its official title, rather than “Obamacare,” a term used derisively by Republicans that has gained widespread usage.September 19, 2013 at 10:16 am #96786
Wendell Pierce ✔ @WendellPierce
GOP have decided to extort the President of the United States with the threat of shutting down the government unless Obamacare is defunded
10:11 AM – 18 Sep 2013
Wendell Pierce ✔ @WendellPierce
Anyone trying to destroy the gov’t by shutting it down does not have the best interest of the United States at heart. This is thuggery.
10:17 AM – 18 Sep 2013
Wendell Pierce ✔ @WendellPierce
In 2 weeks, Health Care exchanges open. Uninsured can now buy inexpensive healthcare coverage because of free market competition. Obamacare
10:32 AM – 18 Sep 2013
Wendell Pierce ✔ @WendellPierce
Obamacare was an idea by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative “think tank”. Now conservatives want to disown it because Obama started it
10:34 AM – 18 Sep 2013September 19, 2013 at 10:16 am #96787September 19, 2013 at 10:20 am #96788
If we get a debt ceiling crisis, it’s because Republican voters want one
By Greg Sargent, Updated: September 18, 2013
If we are going to have a debt ceiling and default crisis — with all of the havoc it may well entail — it may well be because Republican voters want such a crisis, even if it causes serious economic harm.
No, really. That’s what a new poll shows.
The new Washington Post/ABC News poll on the debt ceiling tells us something remarkable: Among Republicans who believe that not raising the debt ceiling would cause serious harm to the economy, a majority of them wants Congress not to raise it anyway. By contrast, Americans overall see it in the opposite way.
This is a complicated one, but it’s worth it. The new WaPo poll asks two questions on the debt limit. It finds that 46 percent of Americans want Congress to raise the debt limit “so the government can keep paying its bills and obligations,” while 43 percent want Congress “not to raise the debt limit and let the government default on paying its bills and obligations.”
That’s roughly an even split; the debt limit tends to poll that way.
Meanwhile, the poll also finds that 73 percent think not raising the debt limit would “cause serious harm to the U.S. economy,” versus only 22 percent who say it wouldn’t. How to explain the divergence? It turns out it’s largely driven by Republicans.September 19, 2013 at 10:22 am #96789
Minorities, especially blacks, on the outside looking in at elected office in Worcester
It is the elephant in the room not everyone wants to talk about, but for the city’s African-American community it is impossible to ignore: elected offices in Worcester have long been the domain of whites. For minorities, in general, who have harbored the dream of winning a seat on City Council and School Committee, making it happen has been no easy chore. If you have two hands you can pretty much count the number of Latinos and African-Americans who have sat opposite the audience inside the Esther Howland Chamber in City Hall, where councilors and School Committee members carry out the business of the city’s two most powerful bodies.
Latinos broke through when Juan Gomez joined the council in 2000, after the city’s first-ever black female councilor, Stacey DeBoise Luster, who was elected in 1997 took a position in the school department. After Gomez, the next Latino councilor would not come on board until 2011, when District 4 Councilor Sarai Rivera pulled off an upset win over incumbent Barbara Haller. For African-Americans the time in between black councilors has been even greater. Before Luster, the last black councilor was Charles E. Scott – who died in 1938. A black man has not been called councilor since.September 19, 2013 at 10:24 am #96790
John Singleton: Can a White Director Make a Great Black Movie? (Guest Column)
6:00 AM PDT 9/19/2013 by John Singleton
42″ and “The Help” had white helmers; “The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave” didn’t. The Oscar-nominated director questions the studios’ motives in telling black stories with scant African-American input: “It’s as if the studios are saying, ‘We want it black, just not that black.’ ”
This story first appeared in the Sept. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Whenever a black-themed film comes out, I get the call. And even more stops on the street. “Yo, man. What did you think of that flick?” The truth is, I wish folks would ask me what I think of some general releases. (My two favorite movies of the summer were comedies: Seth Rogen’s This Is the End and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.) But, hey, I guess commenting on all things black is my lot in life, being that I’m a recognizable African-American face in an industry that isn’t exactly the gold standard when it comes to diversity.
Like everything else in Hollywood, though, black films tend to come in waves, and by some standards 2013 is turning into a banner year. Nearly a dozen black movies will be released before it’s over. And with awards season just around the corner, three indie flicks are right in the mix: Ryan Coogler’s remarkable and unquestionably authentic debut, Fruitvale Station; my friend Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which has drawn a diverse crowd and topped the box office three weeks in a row; and the film everyone is waiting for, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.
Hollywood’s black film community has always had a one-for-all-and-all-for-one attitude, openly cheering the success of any black-driven movie in the hope its box-office success will translate into more jobs and stories about people of color. But, at the same time, the success of black-themed movies like The Help and this year’s 42 points to a troubling trend: the hiring of white filmmakers to tell black stories with few African-Americans involved in the creative process.
The good news first: The Butler, a period drama inspired by a real-life White House butler, has grossed $100 million domestically to date. I’m sure more than a few studio execs checking Labor Day weekend grosses did a Buckwheat double take, like “What wuz dat?” — and that’s not racist, ’cause I’m black and I can say that.
While 12 Years a Slave doesn’t open until Oct. 18, I’ve seen it and can tell you it’s a work of art. McQueen, who is black and from the U.K., has created a raw, unflinching look at a black man’s descent into one of the darkest chapters of American history. It’s as authentic as it gets. And there should be Oscar nods for McQueen; screenwriter John Ridley; lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who gives the performance of a lifetime; and, hopefully, Michael Fassbender, who plays the most compelling big-screen villain this year. (It should be noted 12 Years a Slave would not have seen the light of day if not for Brad Pitt, who produced the film and has a small but crucial role in it. There are few stars as big-hearted as Pitt with an interest in exploring challenging subjects. More should definitely follow his bold example.)September 19, 2013 at 10:25 am #96791
’42′s’ Chadwick Boseman to Play James Brown in Biopic
5:49 PM PDT 8/26/2013 by Borys Kit
Tate Taylor, who helmed “The Help,” is directing the untitled story of the Godfather of Soul.
Chadwick Boseman, who starred as Jackie Robinson in 42, has closed a deal to portray James Brown in Universal and Imagine’s untitled biopic of the Godfather of Soul.
Tate Taylor, who helmed The Help, is directing and is also producing along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins.
Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman also producing under their Jagged Films banner. The deal may finally get the long-gestating movie project off the ground. Grazer has been working it since 2001 and at one point had Eddie Murphy attached to star. Wesely Snipes even circled as a potential lead, while Spike Lee was at one point attached to direct.September 19, 2013 at 10:27 am #96792
Obama to speak at Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner
by Lilly Workneh | September 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM
President Barack Obama is expected to deliver the keynote address during the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd annual legislative conference.September 19, 2013 at 10:28 am #96793
County board bans ‘Invisible Man’ from school libraries
By Kathi Keys
RAMSEUR — “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison is banned from the shelves of Randolph County Schools libraries.
By a 5-2 margin, the Randolph County Board of Education voted Monday night, at its regular meeting held at Eastern Randolph High School, to remove all copies of the book from school libraries.
The action stems from a Randleman High School parent’s complaint about the book. Committees at both the school and district levels recommended it not be removed.
Voting in favor of the ban were Board Chair Tommy McDonald and members Tracy Boyles, Gary Cook, Matthew Lambeth and Gary Mason. Voting against the action were Board Vice Chair Emily Coltrane and member Todd Cutler who both first introduced a motion to keep the book in the schools. This first motion was defeated by a 2-5 vote.
The book, originally published in 1952, addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans in the first half of the 20th century.
It was one of three books from which rising Randleman High School juniors could choose for summer reading for the 2013-14 school year. The others on the list were “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin and “Passing” by Nella Larsen; honors students had to choose two books.
There was little discussion after the board was presented with the Central Services Committee recommendation concerning the parent’s complaint about the book. All board members had been supplied with copies of the book last month to read.
McDonald asked if everyone had read the book, stating, “It was a hard read.”
Mason said, “I didn’t find any literary value.” He also objected to the language in the book. “I’m for not allowing it to be available.”
Cutler asked if there were other options to which Catherine Berry, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, replied that there were other choices. She also explained that the book is on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s list of suggested supplemental works for high school students.
It was at this point that Cutler made the original motion which was defeated. Lambeth then made the motion to ban the book which passed.
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