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Strange Days Indeed

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Man sets himself on fire at National Mall

Woman killed in Washington car chase had post-partum depression, family says

President Obama Cancels Trip To Asia As Government Shutdown Enters 4th Day

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Shutdown? What Shutdown?

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This shutdown situation sucks. There will be hardships everywhere. And recalling the 1995 shutdown, the hardships will come in places people least expect. The 1995 shutdown ended with Republicans having to buckle under the public outcry.

But when you think about it, plenty of government will remain operational during this shutdown. This CNN Travel article gives us a hint:

While essential air security and traffic control operations won’t be impeded, travelers visiting the country’s national parks and other government-run tourist attractions will find the gates shuttered and the doors locked.

Translation: In order to fly to that national park that you won’t be able to get into, some federal agencies need to remain open.

“Government shutdown” doesn’t mean what I think it means. Republicans would have a little less shutdown-geist if we really shut down the government.

  • All US military operations stop.
  • Veterans services and payments stop.
  • All passenger jet travel stops.
  • Social Security, Medicare payments stop.
  • All federal food inspection stops.
  • No National Weather Service.
  • No US Mail Service.
  • No CIA, NSA, FBI, Homeland.
  • Federal prisons un-staff, unlock.

Of course we will have some essential level of all these essential things. And there are things I’m leaving out. If only Republicans had to explain to the public why repealing Obamacare was more essential than all these essential things, the government might just still be open. Maybe.

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GOP Athwart History

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[h/t John Aravosis]

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Syria: We’ve Been Here Before

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Once again, very serious people are warning Americans that it would embolden our enemies if the United States doesn’t make some foreign rubble dance. Syrian rubble this time. Seems like just yesterday they were debating whether leaving Iraq would embolden our enemies. It’s a phrase that if you don’t think too hard sounds like common sense, end of discussion. That’s why it’s flung around so freely — to shut down debate.

Somehow, every time a foreign military conflict arises, bombing something seems to be the Washington cocktail circuit’s default position. We don’t want to attack, of course. Our enemies force our hand. Because if we don’t intervene, bad guys will be emboldened. Thus, the Ledeen Doctrine (for neocon pundit Michael Ledeen): “Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.”

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The Content Of His Character

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Barack Obama’s speech today:

The following is a transcript of remarks made by President Obama to the White House press corps on Friday 19 July 2013:

The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week: the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gavea preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.

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Two Speeches

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It occurred to me tonight to juxtapose two speeches. I was reminded of the first by Digby, who posted The Day of Affirmation speech by Robert Kennedy, from 1966. That led me to remember the second, the famous “Yes We Can” speech by President Obama which was his message upon coming in second in the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Clinton early in 2008. Read More→

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This is my second experience with misleading headlines today. The first was the headline on my letter on the opinion page. Then this.

Politico: Poll: 54 percent against Obamacare

Fifty-four percent of Americans oppose President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, according to a CNN poll released Monday, while 43 percent support the law.

But that headline is misleading, which the reader finds out a few paragraphs later. From the CNN poll:

According to the poll, 43% of the public says it supports the health care law, a figure that’s mostly unchanged in CNN polling since the measure was passed in 2010 by a Congress then controlled by Democrats and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they oppose the law, also relatively unchanged since 2010.

But wait! There’s more. A minor detail someone finally decided to ask [emphasis added]:

The survey indicates that 35% oppose the health care law because it’s too liberal, with 16% saying they oppose the measure because it isn’t liberal enough.

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Organizations Representing Tens of Millions of Americans to Deliver Over 2 Million Petition Signatures Directly to the White House Rejecting Cuts to Social Security Benefits

Will Be Joined By U.S. Senator Who Vows to Block Benefit Cuts


Coalition Includes AFL-CIO,, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, CREDO, National Organization for Women, Social Security Works, Alliance for Retired Americans, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Democracy For America, Campaign for America’s Future, The Other 98%, Progressives United, Blue America, Rebuild the Dream, Center for Community Change, Health Care for America Now and Others


(Washington, DC)  Senator Bernie Sanders and Reps. Mark Takano and Rick Nolan will join organizations representing tens of millions of Americans to deliver more than two million petition signatures opposing cuts to Social Security benefits to the White House on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Friday Open Thread

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Obama destroys the economy (again): Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 236,000 in February. Unemployment rate drops to 7.7%. Dow hits all-time high (again). Simpson-Bowles and the Austerians (Hey, great band name!) order their priests to throw poor people into the volcano to appease the Market gods.

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NC Democrats newly in the legislative minority had better learn what Ezra Klein just learned via Twitter: Republicans won’t take yes for an answer. Give them what they want and they’ll just demand more.

Klein had suggested that if only congressional Republicans knew how much President Obama was willing to offer, they might be willing to settle on a budget deal. He cites a recent background briefing with a prominent Republican legislator to illustrate:

Would it matter, one reporter asked the veteran [unnamed] legislator, if the president were to put chained-CPI — a policy that reconfigures the way the government measures inflation and thus slows the growth of Social Security benefits — on the table?

“Absolutely,” the legislator said. “That’s serious.”

But Obama has, another reporter injects. (It’s on the White House website in bold type.)

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