The temporary shutdown of the US government begins tonight. The immediate consequence will be the furloughing of federal government employees who are considered “non-essential”. Some government offices will be operated on shortened hours or closed altogether, as will the national parks. Defense and intelligence agencies will remain open, though perhaps with fewer staff. [...]
The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable and — despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured — it is undeniable…. This international norm cannot be violated without consequences.
- U.S. Secretary of State [...]
(More at What Would Jack Do?)
In a different time and place, I’d file this under “Too Stupid For Words”. Then I’d forgot about the drooling, knuckle-dragging numbskull behind this mind-numbingly ignorant screed, published as it was in World Nut Daily World Net Daily. WND is where the paranoid and heavily medicated get their conspiracy theories “news.”
Klayman, founder of Judicial [...]
People joke about President Obama’s abilities at eleven-dimensional chess. I think that Obama has a long-term strategy, more understandable than eleven-dimensional chess. I also think that it’s quite different from much of what passes for strategy in political Washington.
Obama came into office in January 2009 with an enormous number of problems facing the country. [...]
“This is not a complicated concept… . You don’t go out to dinner and eat all you want and then leave without paying the check.”
- President Barack Obama, breaking down the GOP-led debt ceiling debacle.
Related: Pobody’s nerfect.
Apparently the contracted services of Lanny Davis and apocalyptic clownshoes agit-prop of Billy Kristol and co. are the tip of a spear with no shaft. As Nathan Guttman of the JD Forward reports, organized Jewish opposition to President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary evaporated following yesterday’s announcement:
Most Jewish groups have made [...]
Actual legislative language of Senate-passed fiscal cliff deal. ow.ly/gsNPZ
— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) January 1, 2013
Because the payroll tax cut is expiring and the Make Work Pay tax cut is not coming back, most working Americans will also see a tax increase. The most galling thing is that 98 percent [...]
To Hamas and other Palestinian groups, the US president sent a strong condemnation, saying there is no justification for “the cowardly acts” of launching rockets into Israel.
To the Israeli prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, he sent a message of support and simply urged him to “avoid” civilian casualties.
[As of Friday] around two dozen [...]
Christopher de Bellaigue on why sanctions on Iran have thus far been, and will likely continue to be, a failure:
The assumption is that the more Iranians suffer, the more their leaders will feel the pressure and either change course or be overthrown in a popular uprising. And yet, there is no evidence to suggest [...]
Former CIA operative Robert Baer talks with Piers Morgan re: l’affaire de Petraeus:
I’m telling you there’s more to do than with sex. There’s something going on here which I can’t explain and I think we’re going to find out very soon.
h/t Michael J. Totten
When you’re this filthy fucking rich apparently you don’t need pesky contradictory facts getting in the way of your plans for a kick-ass post-victory fireworks display (h/t Kos):
Romney was stoic as he talked the president, an aide said, but his wife Ann cried. Running mate Paul Ryan seemed genuinely shocked, the adviser said. Ryan’s [...]
by Cas Mudde
(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)
What a difference two years make.After the congressional elections in November 2010, the Tea Party was the talk of the town. Both left-wing and right-wing media pundits declared “the” Tea Party to be the (only) winner, and all focus was on [...]
Amanda Marcotte re: the need for liberals to finally capitalize on the emerging progressive zeitgeist:
The road ahead, for liberals, is long and hard. Our social safety net and investment in ordinary working people who actually run this country is in tatters, decimated by years of Republican efforts and Democrats letting (or even making) it [...]
WaPo on the internal response to Mittens’ hasty, ill-conceived late night Libya presser:
By sunrise the next day, it was clear to Romney that they had acted too quickly. The campaign learned that four Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Even to [...]