Senator Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat and the majority leader, scheduled a vote early Sunday morning to break the blockade, but House Republicans said that they planned to hold a symbolic vote on Saturday afternoon to reject the Senate plan pre-emptively.
Earlier this year, Iraq had delayed the purchase of F-16 jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp, after putting $900 million of allocated funds into its national food program to reduce the pressure from Iraqis staging demonstrations in protest against poor basic services.
WASHINGTON—With lawmakers still at an impasse over increasing the debt ceiling, a special team of 40 eighth-grade civics teachers was air-dropped into Washington earlier today in a last-ditch effort to teach congressional leaders how the government’s legislative process works....
The President did everything in his power to own this debacle but I think Boehner saved Obama from himself not so much by taking more of the blame for the breakdown in negotiations but by making it impossible for him to take a Greatest Deal in History Grand Bargain victory lap. Considering what's probably going to come of all this, the greater distance from the results the better.
A sample of what the Web 2.0 version of the bully pulpit looks like...
Carlson goes on to explain that the dirty pics on Flickr are creating some problems for the photo site's parent company, Yahoo: advertisers are getting upset about their ads showing up next to pictures of naked girls or feet or whatever.
(Reuters) - Several major automakers on Friday embraced the Obama administration's proposal to push the industry further away from once-dominant gas guzzlers to more lean and efficient vehicles.
The proposal, which is the result of months of negotiations between the Obama administration and automakers, would require automakers to reach an average fuel efficiency across their fleets of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
(Reuters) - With four days left before the United States hits its debt limit, Republicans pressed ahead with a deficit plan that cannot pass Congress and President Barack Obama told lawmakers to stop wasting time and find a way "out of this mess."
Or how about "Cut that out or I'll send you both to your rooms." Or, "Don't make me come up there."
None of which would work, of course, but at least they would be more fun to yell than "Stop wasting time."
Repeat after me: The federal deficit is not the nation’s biggest problem. The anemic recovery, huge unemployment, falling wages, and declining home prices are bigger problems. We don’t have a budget crisis. We have a jobs and growth crisis.
A strong report on jobs sent Wall Street slightly higher on Thursday even as the stalemate continued in Washington over the debt ceiling.
This so-called strong report was that there were only 400,000 new applications for unemployment insurance last month, which I would call a really, really generous definition of good under the circumstances. But apparently all this screeching about the end of the world! and Republicans! and yikes we're broke! hasn't got the wizards of Wall Street too concerned yet.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) may have won the contest for the worst analogy of the entire debt ceiling debate....
"When someone is overextended and broke.... they don’t continue paying for country club dues, they drop out of the country club.”
PS. Someone should explain to the Congressman the United States is not broke. Broke is when you don't have any money. Believe me. The United States has bazillions of money, and it can print more.
In the midst of this prole-crushing economic emergency engineered by wealthy speculators and their political puppets, we now find ourselves watching those same modern-day Marie Antoinettes at once celebrating their station and begging for sympathy as if they were the real casualties of the decade-long economic slowdown they created.
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Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December....
[But Walsh's lawyer says] “Joe Walsh hasn’t been a big-time wage-earner politician until recently....”
So that explains it then.
Biblical ignorance is so pervasive that it even reaches groups of people who should know better, says Steve Bouma-Prediger, a religion professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
“In my college religion classes, I sometimes quote 2 Hesitations 4:3 (‘There are no internal combustion engines in heaven’),” Bouma-Prediger says. “I wait to see if anyone realizes that there is no such book in the Bible and therefore no such verse.
“Only a few catch on.”
Even I know better than that.
Oh, and that internal-combustion-engine thing sounds just a little suspicious too.
(CNN) – If you think voters are in cranky mood over politics, a new poll suggests that some of the dissatisfaction may run deeper....
Only 52 percent of Americans approve of God’s job performance, the survey found, though just 9 percent disapprove.
Being a vegetarian may actually be bad for your brain, according to a study published in the Sept. 9 issue of Neurology, The Sun reported.
Yeah. OK. That's not what the article says, at all. And even if the article did say that it wouldn't necessarily be true. It does come from Fox News, you will notice. So maybe veggies don't actually shrink your brain.
We might have more of Spillane in time, but for now it's I the Jury on the reading list.
Bachmann has missed nearly 40% of House votes since she began her campaign!
A California hospital chain has boosted its profits by transferring an unusually high number of patients from its emergency rooms to its hospital beds, gaining hundreds of millions of dollars by targeting people with Medicare, a California Watch investigation has found.
Make cheats like this pay it back. All of it. Every penny. With interest. Now.
Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.
–Sue Fondre, Oshkosh, WI
(Reuters) - Many airlines raised fares in recent days to take advantage of a lapse in ticket tax collection after Congress failed last week to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration budget, but passengers will likely not notice any price difference....
"Friday evening we adjusted prices so the bottom line price of a ticket remains the same as it was before prior to the expiration of federal excise taxes, etc.," American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith for AMR Corp's American Airlines said by email.
The markets did pretty much as analysts expected as the debt ceiling debate still grinds away in Washington, D.C.: stock markets fell and gold hit a record high this morning. From The Wall Street Journal: "The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 72 points in recent action, or 0.6%, to 12609, though the measure was off the lows it hit in volatile early trading that sent the blue-chip index down by as much as 145 points."
Of course I would never imagine that somebody could possibly be a U.S. Congresscritter.
Well, OK, maybe.
On Thursday, the [New York Times] company announced that after just four months, 224,000 users were paying for access to the paper’s website. Combined with the 57,000 Kindle and Nook readers who were paying for subscriptions and the roughly 100,000 users whose digital access was sponsored by Ford’s Lincoln division, that meant the paper had monetized close to 400,000 online users.
Or not. If you pay attention. But that's neither here nor there.
In the meantime, as much as I like the Times (and I've been reading it for half a century), there are other very good newspapers in the U.S., including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, and lots more, and that's just in the U.S. So if you don't want to be monitized by the Times one way to avoid that is just read something else.
"Banks and their Congressional allies are pushing back hard, determined to weaken the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau]. It is not clear how much political capital President Obama is willing to spend to stop that from happening."
FoxNews.com was scored highest in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) rankings of Internet news and information sites for a second straight year, earning 82 points on a 100 point scale.
"If you're the leader of the free world, would you please come to microphone and quit hiding in the basement about your proposals, and come on up and address the American people? Is he chicken?"
(Reuters) - U.S. airlines are fighting the prospect of sharply higher passenger security fees that could be part of any deficit-reduction plan.
We'd have something called the Gettysburg Compromise.
Budget cutting means that the federal fund for helping needy Americans pay higher electric bills in the winter and summer had already run out of cash before the current heat wave hit.
The danger of calling murderers anything other than murderers is that it blinds us to the ultimate enemy.
Once upon a time on the south side of Chicago there was a beer distributorship owned by a guy named Jack (not his real name), a big guy with a big cigar (back in the day, boys and girls, America's bigshots were big, big guys who smoked cigars and drank whiskey and ate prime rib and baked potatoes, not like today when the bigshots are all skinny, jog, and eat lettuce—littleshots, really—but I digress) and on the back wall of the waiting room inside the main entrance to his warehouse Jack had this sign, a big banner sign:
Make Money for Jack!
I think of Jack whenever I hear politicians talk about making America competitive.