10 things you need to know today: June 27, 2014

The Week Obama makes his first request to train and equip Syrian rebels, the U.S. advances in the World Cup, and more 1. Obama requests $500 million in military aid for Syrian rebels President Obama on Thursday asked Congress for $500 million to “train and equip” Syrian opposition fighters — his first request for such… More 10 things you need to know today: June 27, 2014

Kos’ Sunday Talk: Keep it in perspective

Sunday Kos This week, the first official Obamacare enrollment numbers were released, and it was a big fucking deal.”How big was it?“… you asked him knowingly. So big that it made Hurricane Katrina look like a day at the beach—and yet, so small. Only 26,794 lucky duckies were able to navigate around healthcare.gov; another 79,391 got coverage through state-based exchanges; and 444,000 others found safety via Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “That’s not so bad, all… More Kos’ Sunday Talk: Keep it in perspective

Massachusetts Special Election Results: Ed Markey Beats Gabriel Gomez

Well, there’s some good news today after all… The Huffington Post Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) defeated Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special election, projects The Associated Press. The result has been predictable, as Markey has had a solid lead in the polls since winning the April 30 primary and Gomez has struggled to gain much… More Massachusetts Special Election Results: Ed Markey Beats Gabriel Gomez

Bystanders wrongly pegged by New York Post as Boston ‘Bag Men’ file suit

Here’s hoping the two get a large pile of Murdoch money in exchange for this mess. A very, very large pile of money ~ Daily Kos on Facebook Daily Kos Here’s hoping the two get a large pile of Murdoch money in exchange for this mess. A very, very large pile of money. I’m only… More Bystanders wrongly pegged by New York Post as Boston ‘Bag Men’ file suit

Guns in the home proving deadly for kids

USA Today While efforts at gun control are still being fought, children’s advocates are urging parents and communities to take their own steps to protect kids. He didn’t know the gun was loaded. The 14-year-old Massachusetts boy had recently found his mother’s handgun, which she kept hidden under her mattress for protection. “Promise me you’ll… More Guns in the home proving deadly for kids

Elizabeth Warren Grills Financial Regulators: ‘People Want to Know’ (Video)

Senator Elizabeth Warren is seriously kicking financial regulators’ butt.. AATTP Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, grilled two financial regulators this Thursday as to why the men were favoring big banks over families that are struggling. The questioning took place during a Senate Banking Committee hearing where Warren took aim at Daniel P. Stipano… More Elizabeth Warren Grills Financial Regulators: ‘People Want to Know’ (Video)

Elizabeth Warren’s First Senate Banking Committee Hearing

Democratic Underground Senator Warren: ‘Why aren’t more bank execs in jail?’ The Senator says, “I’m just concerned that too big to fail has become too big for trial.” “Too big for trial,” that’s a powerful tagline to hit the Goldman Sachs crowd with. It’s a brilliant turn of phrase. Related articles “Too big to fail has… More Elizabeth Warren’s First Senate Banking Committee Hearing

Barney Frank Would Welcome Interim Appointment To Fill Kerry’s Senate Seat

I saw former Rep. Barney Frank talking about this on Morning Joe today.  I think it’s a great idea given the looming fiscal talks which will  take place in a few weeks. The comments from this TPM’s article are pretty good… What do you think? TPMLiveWire Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), whose 32 year career… More Barney Frank Would Welcome Interim Appointment To Fill Kerry’s Senate Seat

Meningitis outbreak: Massachusetts agencies ‘failed to enforce regulations’ on big pharma

There seems to be little doubt in my mind that the Massachusetts agencies in question have a lot of explaining to do but my focus is on the corporations who have resisted regulatory oversight for a very long time. One of the more vociferous  GOP talking points is less government intrusion and regulations on corporations. Yet,… More Meningitis outbreak: Massachusetts agencies ‘failed to enforce regulations’ on big pharma