October 17, 2013 at 8:46 am #98440
As you make it through the day, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.October 17, 2013 at 8:47 am #98441
Good Morning, EveryoneOctober 17, 2013 at 8:56 am #98442
How the Budget Deal Smashes GOP Hopes to Derail the Obamacare Exchanges
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | Posted by Spandan C at 5:50 PM
You know how Indiana is going to court to try to make sure that their citizens can’t get health insurance subsidies, because their citizens getting those subsidies apparently hurt the state’s legal right not to establish an exchange? Today’s total Republican cave on reopening the government and withdrawing their threat of default may have just nipped that lawsuit at the bud.
We have already discussed here at TPV why arguments like Indiana’s are already wholly without merit, but with the actual language of today’s deal makes things much worse for them. In what is generally thought to be the only “victory” for the Republicans in this deal is actually the language that slaughters those challenges. The only thing Republicans got included is a requirement to verify eligibility for those who get a subsidy in the exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act.
What am I talking about? Follow me here.
The lawsuits are based on a bizarre theory that the ACA only authorizes the subsidies for exchanges established by a state, and are therefore inoperative for exchanges established by the federal government for a state that does not establish its own. As I mentioned before, we have already debunked that theory within the contours of the ACA. But now the GOP cave, formally known as the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014, includes this language:October 17, 2013 at 9:00 am #98443
Will the GOP learn from its failures?
10/17/13 08:00 AM
By Steve Benen
For now, the crisis that has gripped the political world for weeks is over. The federal government is re-opening; the Treasury will be able to pay the nation’s bills; federal workers are heading back to their jobs; and officials are already turning their attention to what they’ll try to accomplish next.
But there’s a nagging realization lingering in the background: our collective relief is temporary. It’s possible congressional Republicans will try this again in early 2014. Whether they spare Americans from a sequel depends on largely on what lessons they’ve learned from this experience.
Common sense suggests this should be easy, even for GOP lawmakers. After creating a crisis for reasons that are still unclear, and seeing their popularity plummet, one would like to assume Republicans would be saying to themselves, “Well, let’s never do that again!”
But Dave Weigel talked to several House Republicans yesterday afternoon, and that’s not quite the sentiment they shared.October 17, 2013 at 9:03 am #98444
Open Thread: Dick Armey’s Prediction
Posted by Anne Laurie at 5:48 am .
Last weekend, NYMag published an interview with Repub Dick Armey, who was the House majority leader during the 1995/96 shutdown. Nobody ever accused Dick Armey of being a Great Mind, but apparently he was capable of learning from experience:
… Take me back to 1995. Why did Republican leadership think a government shutdown would be an effective tactic?
We had reason to believe we might be able to pull it off. Remember, we had had a lot of success that year. We were riding pretty high after the 100 days, and we felt that we were going to bring the Democrats to heel on our budget numbers. Newt insisted that presidents get blamed for shutdowns and that therefore we ought to develop a strategy that would take us to a shutdown. My position was that Republicans get blamed for shutdowns, because it’s incongruous to the public to think that the Democrats — who they perceive as people who love the government — would shut down the government. But Newt was just certain that he would outwit Clinton…
So how will it end?
I will predict this: When they agree on a spending bill, it will speak not at all to Obamacare and it will be at budgetary numbers higher than the sequestration level. And so in the end, the Republican conference will lose ground on the budget, they will lose ground on health care, they will lose ground politically, and they’ll be in a worse position than where Boehner had them going into this process. And they’ll all blame Boehner, bless his heart.October 17, 2013 at 9:15 am #98445October 17, 2013 at 9:18 am #98446
Breaking black: The right-wing plot to split a school board
10/17/13 12:15 AM
On a warm Friday night in early September, a crowd gathered at the gleaming high-school football stadium in Beaumont, Texas, to see West Brook take on Central. The 10,600-seat facility filled to near capacity and the pageantry of Texas high-school football was on full display.
That night, the three-year-old, $47-million stadium seemed to bring Beaumont together. But the building is also a reminder of the growing racial tensions that have threatened to tear the city apart.
Alleging mismanagement and cronyism stemming from the stadium project, a group of white conservatives has used a series of audacious political and legal maneuvers to try to seize control of the board from its black majority. The attempted power grab is just one flash-point in a bitter and racially-charged feud over control of the school board.
The local courts, and many white residents of Beaumont, have made it easy for the conservatives. And they have been helped by developments more than 1,000 miles away in Washington.October 17, 2013 at 9:21 am #98447
Sebelius Stands Firm Despite Calls to Resign
By ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, has no intention of bowing to Republican demands that she resign after the troubled rollout of President Obama’s health care law, people close to her said Wednesday. And the White House expressed “full confidence” in her.
In the last week, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, a longtime friend of the Sebelius family, said she should take responsibility for the technical problems that have thwarted millions of people eager to buy insurance through the federal exchange that opened on Oct. 1. He accused Ms. Sebelius of “gross incompetence,” saying, “We need new leadership.”
Representative John Fleming, Republican of Louisiana, said Ms. Sebelius should resign or be fired. “Taxpayers should not have to tolerate this kind of waste and incompetence,” he said.October 17, 2013 at 9:27 am #98448
Mr. President, do you think this is going to happen again in a few months?
POTUS: NO.October 17, 2013 at 9:45 am #98449
Yesterday at 8:15 AM
Stop Fretting: The Debt-Ceiling Crisis Is Over! [Updated]
By Jonathan Chait
If you’re reading the newspapers just now to get caught up on the debt-ceiling crisis, you may have the impression that events are now spinning utterly out of control. “A day that was supposed to bring Washington to the edge of resolving the fiscal showdown instead seemed to bring chaos and retrenching,” reports the New York Times. “A campaign to persuade House Republicans to lift the federal debt limit collapsed in humiliating failure Tuesday, leaving Washington careering toward a critical deadline just two days away, with no clear plan for avoiding a government default,” warns the Washington Post.
This is the opposite of what is going on. In fact, the events of yesterday amounted to utter success. The debt ceiling will be lifted, the crisis is over, and so, too, may be the larger Constitutional struggle it unleashed.
The mistaken impression of chaos and collapse was left by the collapse of the House Republican plan. But the House Republicans are the hostage-takers. It’s good that their plan collapsed. Their plan was to insist on winning at least some concession from President Obama, testing his resolve not to be extorted, and, at least, pushing the crisis until the last moment.
The House bill failed because it relied entirely on Republican votes, which requires near-unanimity from the Republican caucus. A small number of Republicans so fanatical they refuse to even work within existing political constraints, and therefore regularly undermine the right’s leverage, refused to support any bill. Having spent the day trying to cobble together even a tiny ransom demand, House GOP leaders simply gave up. “It’s all over. We’ll take the Senate deal,” a senior Republican aide told National Review’s Jonathan Strong.
[Update: per multiple sources, the House leadership has agreed to bring the Senate bill to a vote first, expediting its passage.]
The Senate bill is a deal to lift the debt ceiling and reopen the government, without a ransom payment. That agreement is set to be announced, but the contours, which were described to me by an aide, will satisfy the Democratic demand not to make concessions for raising the debt ceiling or reopening the government. The House leadership, as everybody on Capitol Hill now expects, will quickly take up the Senate bill and put this debacle behind them. Rounding up the votes should not be a problem. The entire Democratic caucus will support it if needed, leaving Republicans to find just a handful of votes, well within the number that never wanted to shut down the government to begin with.October 17, 2013 at 9:46 am #98450
Zeke Miller ✔ @ZekeJMiller
Pool: VPOTUS is greeting federal employees returning to work this morning at the EPA headquarters on 12th Street
8:28 AM – 17 Oct 2013October 17, 2013 at 10:19 am #98451
Cory Booker makes history as he defeats Steve Lonegan in U.S. Senate election
By David Giambusso and Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger
NEWARK — Cory Booker’s star-quality and his skill at surviving the roughhouse politics of New Jersey’s biggest city took him from the mayor’s office to the U.S. Senate today in a hard-fought victory over Republican iconoclast Steve Lonegan.
With his special-election win, Booker will become the first African-American to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, and is the first Newark mayor to win higher office in more than a century. He also extended the Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate race winning streak to 14 elections in New Jersey, dating back to 1976.
The Newark mayor will serve the remaining 15 months of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term after a two-month campaign marked by bizarre turns, wild accusations, erratic polling numbers and blistering attacks.
Booker won by double digits, but it wasn’t the landslide many had predicted at the beginning of the campaign. With 94 percent of the precincts reporting, he had about
55 percent of the vote to Lonegan’s 44 percent.
From the outset, the 44-year-old, two-term mayor had one advantage his conservative firebrand opponent could never hope to match: name recognition. From city hall to the morning talk shows, Booker’s good looks, big smile and his championing of his beleaguered city won him plenty of big name fans — and evidently the approval of Jersey voters who elected him in a rare October election with light turnout.October 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm #98463
David Nakamura @DavidNakamura24m
Obama gets smug: “You don’t like a particular president? …Go out there and win an election.”
Jon Favreau @jonfavs23m
@DavidNakamura How on Earth is that smug? He’s advocating the normal democratic-process over hostage-taking.
David Nakamura @DavidNakamura22m
@jonfavs yes, but rest of his implied sentence is “… like I did twice.”
but but but…..
POTUS DID WIN TWICE!October 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm #98464
Shorter PBO: You don’t like me, go win your own election. Now, go sit down somewhere.
10:30 AM – 17 Oct 2013October 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm #98473
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