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Jul 31, 2014

1. WHY RIFT BETWEEN U.S., ISRAEL IS WIDENING

The White House has been making increasingly strong statements about Palestinian civilians dying in Israeli attacks in Gaza.

2. SENATE PREPARES TO UNVEIL PROBE INTO CIA INTERROGATIONS

The report does not draw the legal conclusion that the CIA's actions after the 9/11 attacks constituted torture, two people who have read document tell the AP.

3. HOUSE OKS SUIT AGAINST OBAMA

Republicans say the legal action will focus on the implementation of "Obamacare" and accuse the president of exceeding his constitutional authority.

4. HOW LATEST SANCTIONS OVER UKRAINE COULD IMPACT RUSSIA

If left in place, experts say the penalties imposed by the U.S. and EU will stifle development in the Russian economy and sap its financial sector.

5. PEACE CORPS EVACUATING VOLUNTEERS

The organization says it is pulling out of three West African countries amid the largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history.

6. WHAT'S BOOSTING U.S. ECONOMY

More spending by consumers is credited with helping the economy grow at a fast 4 percent annual rate last quarter.

7. ARGENTINA FACING SECOND DEFAULT IN 13 YEARS

Negotiations break down between the government and U.S. hedge funds demanding a $1.5 billion payment on outstanding Argentine bonds.

8. WHO PENNED BIO OF EX-PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH

Former President George W. Bush has quietly completed a biography of his father that's scheduled to be released in November.

9. GROWING TREND: GROUP SELFIES

With smartphone users capturing moments shared with other people, the usie (prounounced uss-ee, like fussy) now rivals the selfie.

10. PAULEY PAVILION TO HOST HOOPS, DESPITE DRENCHING

UCLA says the famed court — waterlogged after a water main break — will be refurbished or replaced, and the men's and women's basketball teams will play on it this fall.

Comments

Vladtheimp

#11. SMIDGEON OF EVIDENCE FOUND

"Hard Drive Lois Lerner called conservatives "crazies" and a**holes" in saved e-mails as she use the IRS to help Obama get elected.

"Former senior IRS official Lois Lerner had deeply held political biases while she was in a position of authority, according to Republican lawmakers who unveiled emails on Wednesday showing her referring to conservatives as 'crazies' and 'a**holes.'

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to demand what he called 'a serious investigation' – something he said has been lacking.

Camp wants Holder to appoint an outside special counsel to probe the culture of the IRS and explain why hundreds of conservative groups were subjected to intrusive questioning and years-long delays when they applied for nonprofit tax benefits – steps that were not taken against liberal organizations." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/...

12. WASHINGTON POST CONTRIBUTOR UNEARTHS SENATE BILL THAT AUTHORIZED SUBSIDIES ON FEDERAL EXCHANGES - IMPACT ON HALBIG DECISION

"Until a state becomes either an establishing or participating state, the residents of that state will not be eligible for premium credits.” (Premium credits are tax credits or subsidies. Remember this part, because it becomes important later.) Additionally, under the HELP Committee proposal, when the federal government set up fallback exchanges for states that had not set up their own, plans obtained on those federal exchanges would be eligible for subsidies. This is key: there was an explicit provision wherein subsidies were provided on the federal exchanges."

Ruh Roh

One of most fundamental rules of statutory interpretation used by courts when they are asked to discern legislative intent from ambiguous statutory language is this: if explicit language was in an earlier version of a bill but dropped from the final version, the court will treat that as proof it was removed on purpose. http://patterico.com/2014/07/29/...

This, like Lanivan's pronunciamentos on matters legal, is a wonderful example of The Dunning–Kruger effect

Unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude.

13. OBAMA'S TOUGH SPEECH (TOTUS ISSUE)

http://freebeacon.com/politics/o...

Lanivan

That's right, Vlad. Just keep on winning the battles and losing the war.....

Barry Soetoro

I'm becoming concerned of your word count of late...

Tri-cities realist

Vlad, I did note the lack of a reply to your comment about statutory interpretation, perhaps some are heeding their own advice not to make themselves look stupid.

Harry Kovaire

#3 Beyond political theatrics, I do not understand the point of this silliness. I hope the judiciary smacks Congress up the side of their heads to remind them that they are a co-equal branch of government - imbued with power (but apparently not the courage) to balance excesses of the executive.

Lanivan

Perhaps it's the fact that they (The House) don't stand a chance in Hades to drum up an actual case that would pass muster. Or that it would never pass the Senate, making it another impotent maneuver. Or the fact that the majority of Americans oppose the action, and are fed up with the incredibly irresponsible wasting of taxpayer money all this baseless chicanery has cost the country.

For example, the 50 votes to repeal Obamacare, for show only because the House knew if was a staged effort of futility and would get nowhere, cost the taxpayers:

$72.5 MILLION. To repeat: 50 votes to repeal the ACA = $72.5 MILLION.

"The law (Obamacare) isn't bankrupting the nation. In fact, it's reducing the deficit. What's more, it's actually boosting incomes and spending, thereby helping the economy.

On the other hand, House Republicans have cost the nation's taxpayers roughly $72.5 million on holding 50 repeal votes (based on calculations by CBS News back at repeal vote number 33), not to mention the opportunity cost of the House not doing anything at all productive."

Vladtheimp

Hmm - trying to undo a law that was passed using inappropriate Parliamentary procedures, bribes and kickbacks while being sold on the basis of a cascade of Presidential lies, a law that is hurting the economy, jobs, and the health care of millions of Americans isn't worth an alleged $72 million, but wasting over $350 million on a website that still isn't working and is costing more to fix as I write is a value? Take a look at the latest polling on the popularity of Obamacare.

Nice quote - it must come from an unimpeachable source if you don't even say who you are quoting.

Harry Kovaire

...an unimpeachable source:

Google search says DailyKos - figures.

Lanivan

1. "Inappropriate" is not an impeachable offense, no matter how you spin it or stand on your head to make it so.

2. Bribes and kickbacks? You mean meeting for a year with the health insurance industry, the entire medical industry, including but not limited to, hospitals, clinics, medical device manufacturers, medical teaching facilities, and dozens of health care experts, specialists and economists? All of whom gave their Seal of Approval on the ACA?

3. "..a law that is hurting the economy, jobs, and the health care of millions of Americans..". As you know, there is a wealth of information coming in daily that belies this statement. This sounds like a hollow opinion, imho.

4. A good deal of the polling on the popularity of Obamacare is made up of people who are po'd that Obama, back in 2010, tried mightily to engage intransigent Repubs in compromise rather than push Medicare for all, or single payer. As I've mentioned time and time again, Obamacare is based on a conservative proposal from 1989, was bally-hood and promoted by conservative Senators in 1993, was implemented by conservative Romney in 2006, and incorporates 161 Republican-drafted amendments. Sure doesn't sound like a guy trying to push something on the American people just to pith off Republicans.

5. I didn't go back and cut and paste the source of the quote due to time factors, and in fact chose to cut and paste what amounted to a more articulate quote than what I could produce in the time that was available to me - at the time. So sue me.

Tri-cities realist

$72.5 million? I'd like to see the breakdown. Regardless, if we could ensure that the congress would do nothing to encroach on our liberties by simply paying them $72.5 million a few times a year, what a bargain that would be.

bigdeal

1. Israel is the devil. USA is funding the devil, therefore we are his ally.

Harry Kovaire

We also fund the other guys.

We should SOOOOOO get tee-shirts made.

http://tshirtlegend.com/products...

Lanivan

I like Barry's better.

Vladtheimp

#10. Crack mainstream media reporters get to the bottom of the water main break https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

Harry Kovaire

The Fourth Estate at it's finest. "We're not sure if that last caller was legitimate or not."

Louis Slungpue - Hilarious

Tri-cities realist

Do the producers even listen to what people tell them? Slungpue? Just shows how brain dead some Californians are. Reminds me of "Sum Ting Wong," "Wi Tu Lo," "Ho Lee Fuk," and "Bang Ding Ow"

Lanivan

3.) Republicans now have Obama right where Obama wants them to.

So yes, the talk of impeachment is in part a plot by the White House. But they’re only exploiting the pressure that exists within the GOP — pressure that John Boehner and the rest of the party leadership helped create. And if you think you’ve seen Republicans squirming uncomfortably over the question up until now, just you wait.

At the beginning of Obama's second term The Heritage Foundation advised Congressional Republicans to ditch all the governing bullshit and stick to inventing scandals. All of those nothing burger scandals have FAILED to resonate with anyone outside the GOP echo chamber. Let's take a look at some of those failed GOP noise machine trumped up "Scandals".

IRS "scandal" = FAIL
#BENGHAZI!!1!!! = FAIL
Bundy Ranch = racist outburst + FAIL
Bergdahl = FAIL, fizzled out in a week
Obamacare won't help anyone = FAIL
and on and on it goes.

The GOP has tried to avoid governing as much as they can. But that lack of desire to do government stuff ran head first into the wall that the GOP wants to build on the Mexican border. http://heritageaction.wpengine.n...

But either Obama is the all time king of Presidential Rope-a-Dope, a tyrant of the beltway boxing arena, or the GOP is so amazingly incompetent that they have become a Sideshow Bob trapped in a field full of rakes that they have set their themselves.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

Vladtheimp

I see that you have taken it upon yourself to decide there is not a scintilla or smidgeon of evidence to support any of these scandals - unlike two federal judges in the case of the IRS scandal, and unlike the position of the American public with respect to IRS, Benghazi, Bergdahl and Obamacare - not to mention that you missed the latest scandal - enabling the invasion of the American homeland by hordes of illegal foreign invaders.

As far as avoiding governing, you seem to have overlooked the fact that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed in excess of THREE HUNDRED (300) bills that Harry Reid has not permitted a vote on to solely to protect vulnerable democrat Senators in the midterm elections. If the bills are so bad, one would think Dingy Harry would put them to a vote, they would be voted down with his democrat Senate majority, and then crow about the time and money wasted by the House (a la Lanivan) in passing these vile pieces of legislation. Nope - forget his duty to govern, simply don't allow votes - shameful!

Obama may be the king of Soap-on-a Rope but he is not a dope - he knows that the mainstream media, the low information voters, and zealots like some who comment here will obfuscate, lie, and defend everything he does - constitutional or not, legal or not, truthful or not, helpful to the economy or not, enhancing America's position in the world or not - so he does whatever he wants.

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