“If you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, increase choice — tell America what you’d do differently. Let’s see if the numbers add up! But let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s helping Americans.”
PRESIDENT OBAMA, challenging Republicans to try and repeal the Affordable Care Act again.
We think they won’t.
BVT News Roundup 3 January 2014.
- SNOW JOB: The massive winter storm that pummelled the Northeast dumped almost two feet of snow in parts of Massachusetts, nearly a foot of snow in parts of New York and is blamed for at least 11 deaths. (AP)
- BECAUSE NATIONAL SECURITY: A federal appeals court rules that the Obama administration may continue to withhold releasing a memo justifying the release of phone records to the government without a subpoena. (NY Times)
- Meanwhile, the NSA wants to build a computer that, they hope, will be able to crack every encryption method ever because hey, without it how will they read your AOL messages? (WashPo)
- The Obama administration asks Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor to drop her stay, requested by a group of Colorado nuns, that would halt a key provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring organizations to provide contraceptive care. (Guardian)
- And Utah is also asking Justice Sotomayor to halt marriage equality in their state. (Reuters)
- GUNS: President Obama lays out possible executive actions that would strengthen gun background checks with a focus on mental health issues. ”LOL” says NRA. (CBS News)
- THE EATEN PATH? North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hoping to send a message, reportedly fed his “traitor” uncle and five other condemned government officials to a pack of dogs in a form of execution called “quan jue,” which roughly translates to “Jesus H. Christ, I’m a sick motherfucker.” (New York Post)
- Or did he? (Time)
- The U.S. evacuates embassy staff and advises all American citizens to leave as civil war threatens South Sudan. (WashPo)
- Eleven dead in Egypt anti-goverment protests; three shot dead in Cambodia during rally for higher wages. (Wall St. Journal)
- KICKER: The first snowstorm of 2014 has made for some beautiful photos, not the least of which is this lone equine subject in Boxford, Mass. Not seen: yellow snow. (NY Daily News)
(Photo: CJ Gunther / EPA via the NY Daily News)
Afternoon News Read 11 December 2013.
- MO ‘BAMACARE: Feds report a sharp rise in the number of people who have signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. (NY Times)
- HE’S A FAAAAKE: The alleged sign language interpreter, who stood next to President Obama and scores of other world leaders and dignitaries during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, was a fraud. (USA Today)
- Here’s an account of what happened on Air Force One en route to South Africa: among other things, George W. Bush showed Hillary Clinton his paintings. (NY Mag)
- PROGRESS, STILL SLOW IN COMING. On the same day that Lululemon’s misogynist founder stepped down GM named Mary Barra the first woman CEO of a major automotive manufacturer. (WashPo)
- Pope Francis is named Person of the Year. (Time)
- Here’s a look at that bipartisan federal budget deal that ends a two year-long stalemate between the GOP and Democrats and which the Tea Party promises to ruin like a bunch of petulant, shit-eating children. (CNN)
- "WITH BULLDOZERS AND BATONS": Police violently attack, then withdraw from protest camp set up in Kiev’s Maidan Square in the Ukraine, drawing E.U. and U.S. condemnation; here’s video of the confrontations. (Guardian / Reuters)
- The United States withdraws portion of “nonlethal aid” to Syrian rebels after Islamist factions seize supply warehouses manned by “Western-backed,” anti-Assad groups. (WSJ)
- Only four gunmen are now believed to have carried out that deadly Kenya mall attack — and they may have escaped alive. (CBS News)
- GUNS: Of the 1,500 pieces of state gun control legislation put forth in the year since the Newtown school massacre, only 178 passed one chamber of a state’s legislature; 109 of those actually became law; and only 39 of those actually tighten gun restrictions. The NRA rejoices. (NY Times)
- And finally… HIGH TIME: Uruguay becomes the first country to legalize and regulate marijuana, allowing for people to purchase it through pharmacies, clubs… or to cultivate their own home-grown cannabis. You can’t always get what you want — but in Uruguay, um, you get what you weed. (Newsweek)
(File photo: Baz Ratner / Reuters via Newsweek)
“You have Obamacare?”
Host JAY LENO, to former president George W. Bush, who had just remarked that he “wasn’t worried” about his recent heart problems, on The Tonight Show.
(via CBS News)
“I am the head of this team. We did fumble it badly. And I’m going to make sure this thing gets fixed.”
– PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the messy Healthcare.gov launch; he said that by the end of November “The majority of people who use it will see it operate the way it’s supposed to.”
Morning News Read 14 November 2013.
One of these things is actually the other. (Bottom image via)