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by msmolly

Over Easy: Friday Free for All

7:55 am in Uncategorized by msmolly

Eggs and Bacon Hors D'Oeuvre

Brunch Hors D'Oeuvre

Good morning, early risers. I have a very mixed bunch of breakfast goodies this morning!

Nobody is paying much attention to Nancy Lanza, the mother of the Newtown shooter. Media reports even routinely leave her out of the count of Sandy Hook victims. And when they do pay attention, it is to make the shooter’s first victim, shot four times in her bed, a scapegoat for the crime.

Ryan Grim makes it clear that the “Fiscal Cliff” we’re all supposed to go over next Tuesday is mostly a non-event like Y2K.

Congress and the president can have their public and private dramas, but the government officials responsible for carrying out their eventual orders have seen this movie before, and they know how it ends.

Here’s a really sad story about someone who merits a commutation of his sentence, but still is in prison because the Office of the Pardon Attorney has torpedoed his plea for Presidential mercy.

Sen. Jeff Merkley and a group of his fellow senators are battling to limit use of the filibuster. (h/t Teddy Partridge)

When Lyndon Johnson was majority leader, he only had to deal with one filibuster. But in the last six years, Harry Reid has faced 386 filibusters as majority leader. Frankly, it’s amazing that any legislation actually passes the Senate.

Department of “Oh, brother…” (insert big eyeroll) The DeeCee area Starbucks are printing “Come together” on cups. Starbucks hopes it will persuade lawmakers to reach a “fiscal cliff” deal. (Now stop that snickering!) Charlie Pierce had a similar reaction, calling it a Cup O’ Schmoe.

Quelle surprise! The Tea Party mindset still dominates the GOP.

Late addition: The Nation lists its Progressive Honor Roll of 2012.

I’m having scrambled eggs and bagels with my granddaughters this morning. What’s your pleasure?

by msmolly

Over Easy: Friday Free For All

7:43 am in Uncategorized by msmolly

Bacon and Eggs on a plate

Eggs over easy with bacon.

Raising the Medicare retirement age is awful policy and politics. Is Obama really considering it? How Many People Will Die If We Raise the Medicare Age to 67? This seems to be part of Obama’s negotiating strategy, and I worry that he will cave in, having shown no spine so far. Lotsa talk, no spine–yet. Last minute update: Dick Durbin says upping the Medicare age is “no longer on the table.” Can we believe it?

An essay by Dan Froomkin at HuffPo describes How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign. Longtime centrist Congress watchers Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein were virtually ignored by the press after their book exposing the “radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth.” I have read their book, and it is well worth your time. And as an aside, apparently Froomkin is no longer Senior Washington correspondent at HuffPo, but is working on launching a new accountability journalism project.

In Don’t Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out, Joe, Charlie Pierce says,

I have detected a great disturbance in The Force. There seems to be a distinct drop in the fundamental dickishness of the universe for which I cannot account.

No, wait. Now I get it. Joe Lieberman is leaving the Senate.

(Be sure to read the comments. Hilarious!)

Republican governors are under increasing pressure from conservatives to reject as much as they can of the Affordable Care Act. Conservatives Press the States to Keep Fighting “ObamaCare. “Resistance at the state level is the best tool that remains for Republican critics of the healthcare law since Obama’s reelection essentially guarantees that it will not be repealed.”

A big victory for torture: The military judge in the 9/11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others granted a government request to make all mention of alleged torture in the court classified. The defense called the ruling ‘shameful.’

I’m passing up the eggs this morning because I’m lunching with friends at a neat downtown spot. But there’s plenty to go around. What’s your pleasure?

(Pubic domain photo)