Borowitz Report · Chris Christie

CHRISTIE ASKS FOR PUBLIC’S PATIENCE WHILE HE COMES UP WITH NEW STORY (Satire)

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The Borowitz Report

Responding to fresh charges that he knew about the controversial lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last fall, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today asked for the public’s patience while he makes up a new story.

“Today you have heard some allegations that are shocking and explosive,” he told reporters at a hastily called press conference. “All I ask is that the people of the great state of New Jersey give me sufficient time to invent a new story that explains my way out of this.”

Governor Christie said that he had spent the past few hours in closed-door meetings trying to come up with a new narrative that absolves him of any guilt in the bridge scandal, but while he was definitely denying the allegations, “so far, we don’t have a winner.”

“We’ve been tossing around everything from my not remembering events correctly to my having a bad reaction to medication,” he said. “We even floated the idea of my being under too much pressure and having to ‘blow off steam.’ As I said, we don’t have a winner yet. But I want to reassure the people of New Jersey that I am working very hard on this.”

The Governor said he understood that “things don’t look very good for me right now,” but he urged the public against rushing to judgment, adding, “I will get back to you with a well-crafted and plausible story as soon as possible.”

GOP Overreach · Impeachment · President Barack Obama

President Obama’s Message To House Republicans Talking Impeachment: Bring It On

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Ha!  Harvard Law School grad v Tea Party knuckle-draggers.  I’m with the POTUS…bring it on!

PoliticusUSA

During his CNN interview President Obama not only shrugged off Republican claims of an imperial presidency, but he appeared to challenge the Republicans who are talking lawsuits and impeachment to bring it on.

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Transcript:

TAPPER: And let’s talk about House Republicans, because – and – and Senate Republicans. There has been a large contingency of Republicans critical of your new approach. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who might run for president, calls this the imperial presidency. And in the House, there is this thing, as you know, called The Stop Act. They want to rein in what you’re trying to do.
How do you respond to that?

OBAMA: Well, I don’t think that’s very serious. I mean, the truth of the matter is, is that every president engages in executive actions. In fact, we’ve been very disciplined and sparing in terms of the executive actions that we have taken. We make sure that we’re doing it within the authority that we have under statute. But I am not going to make an apology for saying that if I can help middle class families and folks who are working hard to try to get in the middle class do a little bit better, then I’m going to do it.

And, you know, I think it’s – it’s a tough argument for the other side to make that not only are they willing to do an – not do anything, but they also want me not to do anything in which case I think the American people who’s, right now, estimation of Congress is already pretty low might might have an even lower opinion.

TAPPER: The Stop Act is not something you take seriously?

OBAMA: I – I am not particularly worried about it.

Yesterday, Paul Ryan appeared to be laying the groundwork for impeachment by claiming that President Obama routinely violates the Constitution by exercising powers that he doesn’t have.

The president’s point was that House Republicans can pass their little legislation. They can cry about imperial powers all they want, but he is not going to apologize or back off because he is trying to help people who are working hard and getting the short end of the economic stick.

President Obama is calling the GOP’s bluff. He seems to be coming from a belief that that this is all just election year hot air from the GOP, but if they want to sue him, pass legislation to stop him for helping the American people, or talk impeachment, he isn’t afraid. This president isn’t going to fall for the Republican bully routine and back down.

Obama is treating the Republicans like they are irrelevant, because that is what they have earned through their obstructionist behavior. The president knows that they aren’t going to pass anything, or lift a finger to help the American people, so he is doing what he can by himself.

If Republicans don’t like it, they should do something about it. If they are too scared to do something about it, then they need to shut up and get out of the way.

U.S. Politics

Rubio connects immigration, Benghazi

Marco Rubio Discusses US Anti-Poverty Programs

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) played a prominent role in shaping the Senate’s bipartisan immigration-reform bill, and after hedging more than once, the Floridian ended up voting for the popular legislation. His follow-through, however, has been a little spotty.
In October, for example, Rubio predicted congressional Republicans would kill immigration reform because President Obama hurt GOP lawmakers’ feelings when they shut down the government. Three months later, it’s still not clear how or why that was supposed to make sense.
This week, Rubio presented a new reason why Republicans may decide to kill the reform effort.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a major player on immigration policy, said Wednesday that there was no chance now of passing a broad overhaul because Republicans have lost trust in President Barack Obama. […]
Rubio said the Obama administration has lost credibility as a result of how it handled the 2012 attack against a U.S. outpost in Libya and accusations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups.
The senator specifically said he’s talked to Republican lawmakers who “pointed to the IRS scandal and the Benghazi stuff” as reasons to oppose immigration reform. As the argument goes, these controversies provide “evidence” that “undermines” GOP confidence.
There are two main problems with this.
 
The first is that the argument itself is predicated on a bogus premise: that President Obama routinely ignores laws he doesn’t like, so Republicans are disinclined to pass anything at all.
The argument first made the rounds last July, when it was thoroughly discredited.
The second angle has to do with the “scandals” Republicans claim to be outraged by. There is, of course, no IRS scandal and the allegations raised by conservatives have been proven to be wrong. Likewise, “the Benghazi stuff” refers to conspiracy theories unsupported by reality.
Indeed, I’m especially interested in the timeline. The deadly attack on the Benghazi outpost was in September 2012. A few months later, despite the far-right conspiracy theories, congressional Republicans began working with Democrats on immigration reform. Eventually, they reached a compromise agreement, and last summer, it passed the Senate. This week, House Republicans sketched out some reform ideas of their own.
Rubio, however, believes the effort will fail because of conspiracy theories from a year and a half ago? Because of an attack that occurred before he started working with Democrats on a reform package?
U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: January 31, 2014

Campaign pledge fulfilled. 
NY Mayor Bill de Blasio – Campaign pledge fulfilled. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The Week

The Justice Department seeks the death penalty for Tsarnaev, New York makes a deal on reforming stop-and-frisk, and more

1. Prosecutors ask for the death penalty for Tsarnaev
Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty forDzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect. Three people died and 260 were injured in twin explosions of two homemade bombs allegedly planted by Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police. Tsarnaev, 20, also faces state charges for the murder of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, whom authorities say the brothers murdered while fleeing. [The Boston Globe]
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2. New York says it is dropping its stop-and-frisk appeal
New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced a deal Thursday to drop an appeal of ajudge’s ruling calling for major reforms in the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk crime-reduction policy, which civil rights lawyers have said violates minorities’ rights. De Blasio said the city had agreed to the appointment of a monitor to end the program’s “overuse,” delivering on one of his key campaign promises. The move, he said, would ensure that “everyone’s rights are protected.” [Newsday]
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3. Facebook stock soars
Facebook stock shot up by 16 percent on Thursday after a strong quarterly earnings report that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. Ad revenue was up by 76 percent year-over-year to $2.34 billion. The biggest gains came in mobile ads, which accounted for the majority of the social network’s ad revenue for the first time. Facebook is also nearing one billion active users. The jump in the share price increased CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune by $3 billion (to $29.7 billion) before the day ended. [MashableNBC News]
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4 Amanda Knox’s murder conviction reinstated
An Italian court on Thursday found Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty of the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. The ruling reinstated a 2009 guilty verdict that was overturned on appeal. Knox was sentenced to 28 years and six months. She did not return to Italy for the trial after returning home when she won the first appeal. Knox said she was “frightened and saddened” by the verdict. Sollecito’s lawyer vowed an appeal to Italy’s highest court. [Reuters]
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5. Obama finds corporate help for the long-term unemployed
President Obama told CNN that 300 companies, including industry leaders such as Walmart, Apple, and Ford, have agreed to participate in a plan to find jobs for some of the nation’s long-term unemployed, many of whom lost benefits at the start of the year. Obama said that many people who lost jobs in the recession have been out of work so long that employers are seeing the gaps in their resumes and “weeding them out” without even interviewing them. Obama said he would formally announce the plan on Friday. [CNN]
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6. Economic growth picked up in late 2013
The American economy grew at a strong annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday. That’s slower than the summer’s pace, but still better than the first half of the year, when tax increases and federal spending cuts slowed down the recovery. “What’s encouraging is that consumer spending and business investment improved, showing healthier underlying growth in the economy,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Michelle Meyer said. [The New York Times]
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7. Syria is stalling on chemical arms dismantlement, US says
The U.S. is accusing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using stalling tactics to delay the destruction of its chemical weapon stockpile. The dismantling of Syria’s arsenal “has seriously languished and stalled,” Robert Mikulak, the U.S. representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. The criticism marked an escalation in international skepticism that Assad was committed to surrendering his chemical arms. [Associated Press]
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8. Governor says Georgia wasn’t prepared for winter storm
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) apologized on Thursday for the gridlock that left thousands of people stranded in cars and buildings as they tried to get home before a deadly, rare blast of snow and ice hit the Deep South this week. “The buck stops with me,” he said. “We didn’t respond fast enough. Our preparation was not adequate.” Deal said he was ordering a review of state agencies involved in the response to the storm, which killed two people and caused 1,200 accidents in the state. [TIMEThe Wall Street Journal]
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9. Obama selects the next head of the NSA
President Obama has picked Vice Admiral Michael Rogers to be the next head of the National Security Agency, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday. Rogers, a cryptologist and head of the Navy’s cyber warfare arm, will also lead the U.S. cyber command. Rogers’ selection comes as the NSA faces widespread criticism for data mining tactics exposed in secret documents leaked by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. He will replace Director Gen. Keith Alexander, who’s leaving in March. [USA Today]
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10. Researchers say climate change is threatening baby penguins
Penguin chicks are dying at increasing rates off the coast of Argentina, and a new study blamesclimate change. Researchers at the University of Washington on Seattle monitored a colony of 400,000 Magellanic penguins from 1983 through 2010 — the longest record of a single penguin colony ever. They found that, while starvation and predators are usually the biggest killers, hypothermia claims the most chicks in years with heavy rainstorms, which are becoming increasingly common. [The Christian Science Monitor]

MSNBC · RNC Chairman

Boycott or Not, MSNBC Can’t Have It Both Ways (Updated)

 

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I totally agree with the author of this article…

Daily Banter

Updated Below

Maybe you’ve heard but MSNBC is once again taking crap for something it said. This morning, impossibly named RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced that the GOP would begin a boycott of the network in response to a tweet fired off from its official Twitter account yesterday. The offending tweet suggested that conservatives would dislike a new Cheerios ad that features a biracial family. And that’s putting it mildly. It’s since been deleted — as if that ever works — but it read as follows:

Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family. http://t.co/SpB4rQDoAR.

Priebus, immediately sensing something he could feign self-righteous outrage over, demanded an apology from MSNBC — and of course MSNBC, being what it is, complied without hesitation. That’s not good enough for Priebus, though — not when there’s mileage to be gained from a horseshit controversy that once again stokes the right’s perpetually inflamed persecution gland. He’s demanding a personal apology from Phil Griffin and says he’ll discourage Republican leaders, personalities and strategists from making appearances on the network until he gets one.

We can have our political disagreements with MSNBC, but using biracial families to launch petty and ridiculous political attacks is low, even by MSNBC’s standards. It only coarsens our political discourse.

MSNBC hosts—including Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, and Ronan Farrow just to name a few—have had a troubling streak in the last several weeks of making comments that belittle and demean Americans without furthering any thoughtful dialogue. Perhaps it’s time for the executives at MSNBC to consider whether their network is upholding a meaningful journalistic mission.

This is more than just a tweet or an offhand comment. This is part of a pattern of behavior that has gotten markedly worse, and until Phil Griffin personally apologizes and takes corrective action, we cannot be part of this network’s toxic programming.

I am confident that he will want to “lean forward” and prove to the American people that he does not condone this behavior. I look forward to his apology and corrective action.

And so we do this stupid, tiresome dance again, with the right pretending to be hurt and angry, its fragile sensibilities having been offended, and the left being shamed into submission with staggering ease.

Here was MSNBC’s tweeted apologia:

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It would be easy to run down the dozens and dozens and dozens of times that Fox News, the media arm of the Republican party, has voiced or written something undeniably offensive and has done so with a schoolyard bully’s expectation of impunity. It would also be easy to demonstrate the ways in which MSNBC’s tweet might be perceived as correct. But the more interesting story here is what MSNBC’s constant need to express remorse for even flirting with the same kind of language you regularly find at Fox News says about the network.

The issue is that MS is trying to have it both ways. It’s trying to engage in a street fight with Fox News and conservatives while also keeping its hands unbloodied. It wants to take a side but still remain true to the tenets of honest journalism, which are antithetical to taking a side. The problem is something I’ve written about before, which is that despite its occasionally combative progressive tone and urge to meet its enemies on their own terms, MSNBC still has to answer to the NBC mothership, which is insistent on balance and objectivity to a fault. NBC is so dedicated to the notion of being unbiased that it will proudly behave as if all political stories have two equal sides, essentially turning its journalists into little more than stenographers dutifully reporting the conventional wisdom of whichever side of the aisle they happen to be assigned to — and despite going way out on a limb over the past couple of years MSNBC has had to at least nominally toe that company line because to not do so would hurt NBC News’s reputation as a whole.

MSNBC is a subsidiary of NBC; Fox News is a subsidiary of Roger Ailes, and he’s a ruthless, unscrupulous son-of-a-bitch who isn’t bound in any way by the rules and morals that govern MS. That’s why MS can’t go up against him and the right unless it’s prepared to stop bringing a knife to a gunfight. It’s like Colonel Kurtz at the end of Apocalypse Now, where he speaks with both revulsion and awe of the willingness of the enemy to cut off the arms of children to achieve its goals. “It’s judgment that defeats us,” he says. Exactly. It’s judgment that defeats the left and MSNBC over and over again. A desire to be both vicious and moral.

Guys like Reince Priebus and Roger Ailes will continue to get the better of MSNBC as long as MS continues to pretend that it isn’t what it claims to and wants so badly to be: a ferocious and truthful adversary of conservatives and their media bullhorns. This isn’t even to say that it’s necessarily a good idea for MSNBC to take this tack and to be that kind of news outlet; I’ve said before that I’m not sure that’s where MSNBC should be headed. But one thing is for sure: As long as MSNBC keeps backing down when it gets called out by people who can score political points by doing so, it’s always going to lose. It’s always going to look weak.

Update: And, right on schedule, MSNBC has fired the person who sent the tweet and Phil Griffin has groveled before Priebus.

“We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet. I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At MSNBC we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.”

The “S” in MSNBC apparently stands for “suckers.”

Affordable Care Act · GOP Hubris

GOP Senator Admits His Obamacare Alternative Would Burden The Elderly

MSNBC Host, Chuck Tod and Sen. Orin Hatch | CREDIT: MSNBC

I saw the segment this morning and I was rather surprised at Senator Hatch’s total disconnect on the issue…

Think Progress

At the beginning of this week, three GOP senators unveiled their alternative to Obamacare — a set of conservative policies that would essentially dismantle the health law’s core consumer protections, and give insurers an opening to deny coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions. And on Thursday, in an interview with one of the primary architects of the proposal, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), MSNBC host Chuck Todd exposed another consequence of the GOP measure. It would actually serve to raise premiums for vulnerable Americans, like elderly people with debilitating health issues.

The Republican proposal promises to allow younger Americans to pay lower premiums for their health plans, and loosens some of the regulations that prevent insurance companies from setting their rates based on factors like health or gender. Todd pointed out that could ultimately result in older people, particularly those who are dealing with the health consequences of aging, paying much more for their care.

Hatch didn’t dispute that, acknowledging that “somebody has to pay for these things”:

CHUCK TODD: One of the assumed benefits in your new plan would allow for cheaper policies for young folks. At the same time, you would allow insurers to sell insurance at varying rates. So if you allow for a cheaper policy for younger, healthier people, right, this has been among the issues, the translation is you’re going to see — how do you prevent a spike for older Americans who, maybe just by default of genetics, are starting with a lot of health care problems, and because of that, end up getting charged more? How do you prevent that spike in rates for them?

ORRIN HATCH: Well, we have a formula in there that it can’t go beyond a certain position. But the fact of the matter is, somebody has to pay for these things. And the Obamacare bill doesn’t pay for things, they pushed them into — into Medicaid, which is non-functioning and not doing what it should do right now.

Watch it:

The two went on to discuss a 25-year-old unmarried man who will be able to get a cheaper policy under the GOP’s plan, since he won’t be required to purchase one that includes maternity coverage. But Todd pointed out that means a woman who needs that type of gender-specific coverage will ultimately have to pay more for it. “Aren’t you essentially shifting the costs to the health insurance user?” he noted. “Somebody is paying here.”

Republicans have maintained that their alternative to the Affordable Care Act will “reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care.” But doing away with the consumer protections that intend to regulate the insurance market for Americans who are older, sicker, and poorer will ultimately end up encouraging a shift toward requiring those individuals to shoulder a higher portion of their insurance costs.

In 1993, Hatch co-sponsored a much more moderate health reform proposal that would have established a minimum benefits package for American consumers. That measure also included a version of the individual mandate, which Hatch later decried as an unconstitutional policy during the fight to pass Obamacare.

Child Hunger in America

Utah kids in tears after school seizes and tosses out 40 lunches over debt

Utah kids in tears after school seizes and tosses out 40 lunches over debt (via Raw Story )

Children at a Utah elementary school were in tears on Wednesday after a district nutrition manager seized the lunches of up to 40 students over negative account balances. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the children had already received their lunches…

Continue reading “Utah kids in tears after school seizes and tosses out 40 lunches over debt”

U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: January 30, 2014

Atlanta's "Spaghetti Junction" is sprinkled with snow. 
Atlanta’s “Spaghetti Junction” is sprinkled with snow. (David Tulis/AP PHOTO)

The Week

Snow and ice strand thousands in Atlanta, the Fed’s tapering drags down stocks, and more

1. Arctic blast paralyzes Atlanta
At least 12 deaths were blamed Wednesday on the freak snow and ice storm that created chaos in the Deep South. Elected officials in Georgia criticized the National Weather Service for inadequate warnings about the storm, which paralyzed Atlanta. More than 10,000 children had to stay overnight in schools and 239 slept on their school buses before finally making it home Wednesday. An undetermined number of motorists were stranded, too, when evacuating crowds got stuck on highways that clog even during normal rush hours. [USA TodayAssociated Press]
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2. Fed latest taper weighs on stocks
Emerging market stocks hit two-and-a-half-month lows on Thursday following the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would continue tapering its economy-boosting bond purchases. Major U.S. indexes dropped by one percent on Wednesday. At outgoing Chairman Ben Bernanke’s last policy meeting, the Fed decided improvement in the economy justified buying $65 billion monthly, down from $75 billion in January and $85 billion monthly in 2013. Investors had hoped the Fed would pause to calm the markets. [Reuters]
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3. Justices lift stay that delayed Missouri killer’s execution
The Supreme Court refused a last-minute appeal filed on behalf of a Missouri death-row inmate, Herbert Smulls, whose lawyers argued there was no way to know whether the state’s lethal injection drugs caused undue suffering, because the state won’t say who makes one of the components. The high court briefly delayed the execution, originally scheduled for Tuesday night so it could have more time to review the case. Smulls, 56, was convicted of killing a jewelry store owner in a 1991 robbery. [CNN]
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4. California Assembly pushes restrictions on the use of drones
California lawmakers have approved a bill limiting how law enforcement and public agencies can use aerial drones in their state. The bill, if approved by the state Senate, would require agencies to destroy any data collected by unmanned aircraft within six months, and forbid arming them. The bill also would require law enforcement agencies to get a warrant before using surveillance drones, but Assembly member Jeff Gorell (R) opposed an outright ban, saying such technology “is the future.” [Los Angeles Times]
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5. Snowden is up for a Nobel Peace Prize
Two Norwegian politicians have nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize for leaking secret documents on the National Security Agency’s mining of phone and email records. Snowden, a former NSA contractor, is now hiding out in Russia evading espionage charges back home. Socialists Baard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen, who nominated him, said he probably damaged some nations’ security, but that his leaks would help make the world more peaceful by igniting a debate on threats against civil liberties. [Voice of America]
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6. Times journalist pushed out by China’s leaders
On Thursday, China expelled New York Times journalist Austin Ramzy, the paper’s second reporter forced to leave mainland China in 13 months. Ramzy left on the day his visa expired because he was not issued a new one. The move, however, is seen as an attempt by the country’s new leadership to squelch reporting on the tremendous wealth amassed by top Chinese leaders and their relatives. [USA Today]
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7. Ship arrives home early after hundreds fall ill
Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas returned to port Wednesday after cutting short a Caribbean cruise because 700 out of 3,050 passengers fell ill. The suspected culprit: Novovirus. If confirmed, it would be the biggest novovirus outbreak in 20 years. Travelers said people were getting sick everywhere. “They were throwing up in buckets and bags,” said Briton Kim Waite, 50, who fell ill on a trip she took to celebrate ending her cancer treatments. “I’ve never wanted to go home so much in my life.” [Associated Press]
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8. Google sells Motorola Mobility to Lenovo
Lenovo has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. Google bought the company for $12.5 billion just three years ago, but has already recovered some of the money by selling off its cable-box division for $2.4 billion. Motorola Mobility’s performance has been a disappointment since it was sold off by Motorola. It lost $248 million in the last quarter, and $192 million in the year-ago quarter, notes Matt Burns at TechCrunch, “so the trend here isn’t positive.” [TechCrunch]
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9. All-Star switch-hitter Lance Berkman retires
Six-time All-Star slugger Lance Berkman, who played for the Texas Rangers last year, announced his retirement Wednesday after 15 Major League seasons. Berkman, 37, had a .293 batting average with 366 home runs. His on-base percentage, .406, was fifth best among active players. That combined ability to get on base and swat extra-base hits made him one of the best switch-hitters of his era. He drove in a career 1,234 runs over 1,879 games for the Astros, Yankees, Cardinals and Rangers. [NBC Sports]
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10. Bieber’s legal troubles keep mounting
Justin Bieber, fresh off a DUI charge in Miami Beach, turned himself in at a police station in his native Canada on Wednesday night to face an assault charge. As he pulled into the station, his SUV was mobbed by screaming fans and a swarm of reporters and photographers. The case stems from an alleged confrontation Bieber had with a limo driver a month ago. The 19-year-old pop star is also under investigation in connection with the egging of his neighbor’s house in California. [CNN]

Gallup Polls

Gallup Poll Finds Democrats More Compassionate; Republicans More Psychopathic

According to Gallup, these are not the traits of a Conservatives…

No doubt most Progressives already knew this, but a Gallup poll makes it official…

The Huffington Post

Gallup headlined on 28 January 2014, “Democrats and Republicans Differ on Top Priorities,” and reported that the biggest difference between supporters of the two Parties concerned “The environment,” where 71% of Democrats said it’s important to them, versus only 32% of Republicans who did: a whopping difference of 39%, between the two Parties, considered that issue to be important. The second-biggest difference was on “The distribution of income and wealth”: 72% of Democrats, versus only 38% of Republicans – a 34% difference. Third came “Poverty and homelessness”: 82% of Democrats, versus 53% of Republicans – a 29% difference. Fourth came “Education”: 91% of Democrats, versus 70% of Republicans – a 21% difference.

Here were the four issues on the conservative end, the four issues where Republicans scored the largest amount higher (more concerned) than Democrats: First, “The military and national defense”: 76% of Republicans, versus 61% of Democrats – a 15% difference – considered that issue to be important. Second, “Taxes”: 69% of Republicans, versus 56% of Democrats – a 13% difference. Third, “Terrorism”: 77% of Republicans, versus 68% of Democrats – a 9% difference. Fourth, “Government surveillance of U.S. citizens”: 45% of Republicans, versus 37% of Democrats – an 8% difference (but if the President had been a Republican, Democrats might have been more concerned about that issue than Republicans would have been).

Clearly, selfish fears swept concerns on the Republican side, whereas concerns for others (and especially the weak) swept concerns on the Democratic side.

One can therefore reasonably infer from this survey that the main difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between compassion versus psychopathy.

If these findings are accurate, then one will expect that in political primary elections, where candidates make their appeals to members of their own Party, Democratic candidates will compete with one another mainly on the basis of their proposals for improving things for everyone but especially for the most vulnerable; whereas Republican candidates will compete with one another mainly on the basis of their proposals for improving things for their individual voters. And, in the general election, one will expect that the Democratic nominee will have been chosen on the basis of his concern for everyone, while the Republican nominee will have been chosen on the basis of his concern for Republicans.

State Of The Union

Here’s what Obama said that made Republicans sit on their hands

Daily Kos

Most people were pretty happy with President Obama’s State of the Union speech, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact that it made Republicans—specifically, congressional Republicans—very sad. So sad, in fact, that his words forced them to sit on their hands throughout nearly the entire speech.

Here’s a video showing everything that President Obama said that made them stay silent:

To recap, when President Obama said these things…

  • That it’s a good thing that after 12 long years the war in Afghanistan is finally coming to an end
  • That Congress shouldn’t shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States
  • That Congress should pass legislation to put more Americans to work in the tech manufacturing sector
  • That he’ll protect natural lands with his executive power
  • That Congress should repeal tax breaks for Big Oil
  • That Congress should restore unemployment insurance that it let expire at the end of the year
  • That women deserve equal pay for equal work
  • That nobody who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty, so Congress should raise the minimum wage to $10.10
  • That Congress shouldn’t have another 40+ votes to repeal Obamacare
  • That votes, not money, should drive democracy
  • That he’ll work to prevent more tragedies like Sandy Hook

…Republicans couldn’t bring themselves to applaud. And if you can’t understand why in the world they’d be against all that stuff, then you definitely should be voting Democratic in November.