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Report: Senate Democrats Would Block Larry Summers From Fed Chair

Source: Breaking News Usa

Report: Senate Democrats Would Block Larry Summers From Fed Chair

By Breaking News USA | 05 September 2013 8:33 pm EST Updated 5 September 2013 8:33 pm EST
Topics: Federal Reserve, Larry Summers, US Senate

Three Senate Democrats are prepared to oppose Larry Summers if he is nominated for chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sens. Jeff Merkley, Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren are prepared to vote “no” on Summers in the Senate Banking Committee if he is nominated by President Obama.

If the Democrats stick to their guns, Summers would need support from Republicans in order to get a full vote in the U.S. Senate.

Summers’ cozy ties to Wall Street have raised concerns among progressives and Democrats, though the Obama administration appears inclined to support his nomination.

Read more: http://breakingnewsusa.com/2013/09/report-senate-democrats-block-larry-summers-fed-chair/


Grayson on Syria WAR Resolution: "I am confident it will be defeated"

Grayson said:

I am confident it will be defeated in the House. That’s not to say we can defeat it by doing nothing. The administration is trying to dominate the discourse here. They’ve scheduled four meetings with Democratic members this week, and they are basically seeing to it that skeptics or opponents don't get any time in front of other members. They feel if they just repeat themselves often enough, they'll be able to prove their case. I don't think it's going to work based on what I’m hearing.


Obamacare: Cheaper Than Expected

Via ThinkProgress:

The most comprehensive study on Obamacare to date finds that Americans’ insurance premiums under the health law will be “lower than expected.” Many Americans will pay even less than the top-line rates after factoring in government subsidies for their health coverage, with some paying nothing at all for crucial medical coverage.


Come on, Toto! I just know we'll get it right this time!


"The Complete Picture Of The U.S. Mainstream News Media" (Mr. Fish)

Mr. Fish
All the News That’s Shit to Print


Alan Grayson Tweets: Member does phone town hall with 2000 voters-only 3 speak up for pro position

Rep. Alan Grayson ‏@AlanGrayson 1h
I hear that one member did a telephone town hall on #Syria with 2000 voters...

Rep. Alan Grayson ‏@AlanGrayson 1h
.. and set up format to have pro and con speakers alternate. After 3 pro speakers no on was left to speak up for the pro position.


Finally, someone gets Syria right

EmptyWheel's Extremely Disconcerting, Factual Chronology On U.S. Involvement In Syria

beginning here:

Why is Obama Changing the Date and Size of First CIA Death Squads to Enter Syria?
Posted on September 4, 2013 by Jim White

There is a very interesting point thrown in as a small tidbit in Monday’s New York Times story on Barack Obama securing the support of John McCain for a military strike on Syria:

Officials said that in the same conversation, which included Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, Mr. Obama indicated that a covert effort by the United States to arm and train Syrian rebels was beginning to yield results: the first 50-man cell of fighters, who have been trained by the C.I.A., was beginning to sneak into Syria.

Taken at face value, this version of the story would have us believe that the first group of 50 trained by the CIA was presumably still in the process of “sneaking” into Syria on Monday. But the timeline of US training for these fighters is much more complex than that. Some foul-mouthed blogger http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/05/11/petraeus-revenge/ noted back in May that this training program had already been underway for some time and the LA Times http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/21/world/la-fg-cia-syria-20130622 caught up with her in June, disclosing that the program began at least as far back as November 2012 on US bases in Jordan and Turkey.

(too many links, just go here & read it all, take your time....):


UPDATE (6:30 PM EDT, 9-4-13):
Worthy of republishing, IMHO, from the comments in this post....

Interesting opening paragraphs from the linked
... Jerusalem Post piece:

Guerrilla fighters trained by the West began moving towards Damascus in mid-August, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Thursday.

Le Figaro reported that this is the reason behind the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus on Wednesday morning, as UN inspectors were allowed into the country to investigate allegations of WMD use.

Now contrast that with what White wrote (end of (1+ / 0-)

Okay, now this gets interesting. Obama claimed only the first group of 50 were entering, while Le Figaro claimed there were two groups, with the first one being 300 and the second one not specified by size. Further, note the dates and location: they entered on August 17 and 19 and they passed through Ghouta. The large number of deaths from a suspected chemical warfare agent occurred on August 21 in Ghouta...

In other words, White insinuates that these CIA-trained fighters were the ones who may have launched the chemical weapons attacks shortly after arriving in Ghouta, while the Jerusalem Post story he cites (which cites the Le Figaro story) claims that the Syrian government launched the chemical attack specifically to kill these CIA-trained fighters who had just entered Ghouta.

by Bob Johnson on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:17:32 PM EDT


and, of course (tons more info & links):

I saw the McCain amendment and the word democracy is there. We never learn.

That doesn't sound like "limited," "tailored" strikes.

The first amendment adds language that "absent decisive change to the present military balance of power on the ground in Syria, sufficient incentives do not yet exist" to topple Assad.

The second amendment adds two paragraphs to the resolution:


(a) It is the policy of the United States to change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria so as to create favorable conditions for a negotiated settlement that ends the conflict and leads to a democratic government in Syria.

(b) A comprehensive US strategy in Syria should aim, as part of a coordinated international effort, to degrade the capabilities of the Assad regime to use weapons of mass destruction while upgrading the lethal and non-lethal military capabilities of vetted elements of Syrian opposition forces, including the Free Syrian Army.


NSA probably hasn't broken strong crypto

NSA probably hasn't broken strong crypto
(Image: A Stick Figure Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) )

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