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Cold and Wet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/25/2013 11:08:44

Good Morning.

I'm about to run out the door, and I remembered that I didn't open anything!

If you can believe it, they're actually talking about snow in some of the higher elevations through New England today.

So naturally I'm off to the pond for our annual kayaking certification. I have a wetsuit, but it's going to be freakin' cold anyway.

be back later!

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1 comments (Latest Comment: 05/26/2013 02:40:26 by livingonli)

The Art of Giving Up Power
Author: Raine    Date: 05/24/2013 13:43:47

Yesterday President Obama gave a powerful speach on his administration's approach to foriegn policy. It was somewhat overshadowed by a protester who ironically was calling on the President to do much of what he was spelling out in his speech such as closing GITMO.
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56 comments (Latest Comment: 05/24/2013 21:33:55 by Mondobubba)

More Brain Death from the 'Right'
Author: BobR    Date: 05/23/2013 12:54:47

Eating crow and/or one's own foot is something everyone has done. When a politician does it, it is recorded for posterity. When a right-wing politician, activist, or media personality says something stupid, it is often jaw-droppingly astonishing. Let's have a quick run through...
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114 comments (Latest Comment: 05/23/2013 20:05:41 by Raine)

Thin Issa
Author: Raine    Date: 05/22/2013 12:52:23

Darrell Issa - Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee - gave an interview last week regarding the IRS situation.
A Treasury Department official, Neal Wolin, was informed that the IG was looking into the situation this past summer, a revelation the media and GOP have seized on to suggest the White House may have covered up the scandal in the midst of a campaign.

(snip) "I know approximately what's in it," Issa told Bloomberg Businessweek on Monday when asked if he knew what would be in the report. "I knew what was approximately in it when we made the allegations about a year ago. This is one of those things where it's been, in a sense, an open secret, but you don't accuse the IRS until you've had a nonpartisan, deep look. That's what the IG has done. That's why the IGs in fact exist within government, is to find this kind of waste and fraud and abuse of power."

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63 comments (Latest Comment: 05/23/2013 01:37:29 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/21/2013 10:18:53

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,244th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,219
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,088

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$ 1, 440, 949, 100, 000. 00

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68 comments (Latest Comment: 05/21/2013 21:07:05 by Raine)

Building the Future
Author: BobR    Date: 05/20/2013 13:13:37

After the economic crash of 2008, there was an immediate clamor for "New Deal"-esque infrastructure rebuilding. With all types of "shovel-ready" projects lined up, the initial stimulus bill was passed. Most of these projects dealt with road and bridge repair. Very little, however, was allocated for Big projects, large infrastructure items that America has done in the past, like Hoover Dam. With dangerous bridges and an antiquated electrical grid, it seemed like we were poised to finally make that commitment for the future.
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72 comments (Latest Comment: 05/21/2013 02:26:41 by Will in Chicago)

Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/19/2013 14:29:03

Do we have enough investigations going on at the moment? I'm a bit worried that there might be some Republicans that don't own a piece of the investigation pie; and they'll go home hungry.

Let's see, we have Benghazi-gate, IRS-gate, Umbrella-gate, AP-phone-gate, Not-calling-Boston-Bombers-"terrorists"-quick-enough-gate and of course we have the old standby's which still need attention: Birth Certificate-gate and Muslim-gate. Though technically it is still not yet illegal to actually be a Muslim, so...
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 05/20/2013 13:11:10 by Scoopster)

Under my Umbrella...ella...ella..
Author: clintster    Date: 05/18/2013 17:33:01

Just when the Benghazi scandal was dying down, along came the controversies over the IRS investigating conservative groups and the Department of Justice obtaining the phone records of several AP reporters and editors. The former seems to have died down some with the resignation of the acting IRS commissioner (Why was there no formal commissioner? Ask Congress) and the AP scandal has likewise subsided.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 05/18/2013 20:01:58 by velveeta jones)

Author: wickedpam    Date: 05/17/2013 12:37:18

Until my brain kicks in to write something this morning

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48 comments (Latest Comment: 05/18/2013 12:29:54 by velveeta jones)

From the Mouths of Babes
Author: BobR    Date: 05/16/2013 13:06:03

Throughout our history, the federal budget has always been a focus of discussion and debate. How much is too much? Can we cancel or reduce programs that help the less fortunate (or in Republicans' eyes: lazy freeloaders)? Is austerity or stimulus spending the best way to get the economy moving, and why?

It was these incessant arguments to the point of dysfunction that led Congress to create the "trigger" and the "sequester", a "nuclear" warning to get things done. Things didn't get done, and this economy-killer went off. Congress has been trying to clean up the mess ever since. Many of the aforementioned safety net programs took a beating, including WIC, which provides food for families with children.
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57 comments (Latest Comment: 05/17/2013 02:09:38 by Raine)

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