Archive for May 16th, 2013

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May
13

Night Owl Chat – David Bowie Edition

Really, what can be said of the Thin White Duke which hasn’t been said before? His ability to remold himself for different times and tastes is nothing short of amazing, all the while remaining true to his own artistic vision. If you haven’t listened to his new album, please do so; you won’t regret it. So, for you night owls, some Bowie.

Prime 80s Bowie – “Let’s Dance”

Glam Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”

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16
May
13

This and That

President Obama checks to see if he still needs the umbrella held by a U.S. Marine during a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 16

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First Lady Michelle Obama with Emine Erdoğan, wife of Turkish PM, May 16. Photo by Lawrence Jackson

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@PeteSouza: POTUS has dinner with PM Erdogan of Turkey in Red Room at WH

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Washington Post: Since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, the House has voted 36 times to repeal either all, or part, of President Obama’s health-care law.

On Thursday, the House is scheduled to do it again, taking up another bill that would repeal the health care law in full.

With number 37 on the way, here are the details of the first 36 votes….

Read here

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Steve Benen: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was asked yesterday about House Republicans, once again, voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even though House Republicans realize this is pointless. Noting the insanity of doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results, Reid said they have “truly lost their minds.”

That’s not an unfair assessment….

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Did pigs just fly? Did a reporter just speak the truth…..

TPM: Wow, This is Pretty Epic

Generally, once partisan, tendentious sources leak information that turns out to be wrong, nothing’s ever done about it. That’s for many reasons, some good or somewhat understandable, mostly bad. But on CBS Evening News tonight, Major Garrett did something I don’t feel like I’ve seen in a really long time or maybe ever on a network news cast. He basically said straight out: Republicans told us these were the quotes, that wasn’t true….

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16
May
13

OMG

For the first time since January 2009, I’m seriously angry with the White House – you won’t believe this: they re-tweeted a Chelsea fan.

Now, that is a flippin’ scandal.

If I recover, and that’s unlikely, I’ll have a This & That soon-ish.

16
May
13

Tweets Reveal Truths

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16
May
13

The Beltway Media Is A Joke

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16
May
13

Chat Away

Lindsey Graham reacts to news ‘Susan Rice likely to be tapped as next National Security Advisor’:

TPM

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Up next:

12:0: President Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan hold a joint press conference

White House live

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Thank you UT for a ridiculously brilliant (and Chelsea-free) R&S

16
May
13

Rise and Shine

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Washington Post: Doing the same thing over and over again — and expecting a different result — is supposed to be the definition of insanity. On Thursday, it is the only thing on the calendar for the House of Representatives.

Since Republicans took over in 2011, the House has voted five times to repeal President Obama’s health-care law. It has also voted 31 other times to repeal individual pieces of the law or to strip away its funding.

Still, on Thursday the House will do it all once more — voting on a new bill to repeal the law. It will pass again. Then it will die in the Senate, again.

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Joy-Ann Reid: Amid the uproar, and calls for investigations, over IRS employees using inappropriate criteria and questions to vet applications for 501(c)4 non-profit status by tea party groups, a few facts are falling through the cracks. Among them: tea party groups weren’t the only ones subjected to unfair scrutiny. And while none of the dozens of tea party groups who complained of bias had their applications denied, in the case of at least one Democratic leaning organization, the IRS said “no” to their request to be declared tax exempt.

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Original jerk tweet.

Much better tweet. 😀

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Rachel Maddow on Benghazi: “The president was right and ABC was wrong and ABC should apologize; and I don’t say that lightly”

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Ed Kilgore: Well, it doesn’t get much more official than this: an VandeHei/Allen “Behind the Curtain” column announcing that D.C. (“the town”) is “turning on” Barack Obama, and there will be nothing but venom coming from any direction for the foreseeable future

Too bad, voters, and all those who have an interest in their federal government doing something constructive; Obama has to have his spanking from “D.C. stakeholders,” so enjoy it or look the other way.

What amazes me the most about this column is the forthright announcement that the MSM are going to make explicit common cause with the GOP

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