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Interesting? * Obama called Boehner first on election night

* Obama called Boehner first on election night: Folks on the right were widely up in arms to hear that Obama called DCCC chair Steve Israel on election night, which was held up as proof of Obama’s preference for partisanship over governing. But check out this tidbit from the New York Times report on yesterday’s meeting:

GOP Rep. JamesLankford asked the president why on election night he had called the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Representative Steve Israel of New York, to congratulate him on their victories before he had called Speaker John A. Boehner. The president corrected Mr. Lankford, noting that he had called Mr. Boehner first but that the speaker was asleep.

Mr. Boehner laughed and confirmed that indeed he was sleeping when the call came.

Do tell! So the Republican House Speaker has now confirmed that Obama called him before he called either Pelosi or Israel. Can we drop this one now? Thanks.


How Chris Hayes' Show Differs From Other Shows In One Chart

How Chris Hayes' Show Differs From Other Sunday Shows In One Chart
New MSNBC Evening Host's Show Has Provided Much-Needed Diversity

MSNBC is giving Chris Hayes the network's 8 p.m. primetime weekday slot beginning in April. Hayes' current program, Up with Chris Hayes, has provided a beacon of diversity compared to the Sunday morning political talk shows on other major broadcast and cable networks, which overwhelmingly feature white men.



Wow. I can't wait to hear what Elizabeth Warren has to say about this:

Since the mortgage meltdown, the FDIC has opted to settle cases while helping banks avoid bad press, rather than trumpeting punitive actions as a deterrent to others.

FDIC Secretly Settling Bank Cases For Years With 'No Press Release' Clause: Report


At the request of rule-breaking bankers, a top U.S. regulator has for years settled bank cases in secret, raising the bar on just how far regulators are willing to go to help the industry they regulate.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which insures bank deposits in the U.S. and shuts down failing banks, has since 2007 repeatedly settled charges of banker wrongdoing by agreeing to "no press release" clauses that keep the settlements a secret, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In one particularly glaring example, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $54 million to quietly settle charges that its New York mortgage-banking subsidiary, MortgageIT, sold bad loans to another mortgage bank, Independent National Mortgage Corporation, a/k/a "IndyMac." IndyMac collapsed under the weight of bad mortgage loans in July 2008, a notable milestone in the financial crisis.

In exchange for the settlement, the FDIC agreed not to announce the deal unless it was asked about it, the LAT writes. That was just one of "scores" of such settlements the LAT discovered through a Freedom of Information Act request that turned up 1,600 pages of documents.



Scalia Voting Rights Act


March 11, 2013, 9:13 am15 Comments

OK, I’m an evil person — and my scheming has paid off.

On Friday I started hearing from friends about a fake story making the rounds about my allegedly filing for personal bankruptcy; I even got asked about the story by a reporter from Russian television, who was very embarrassed when I told him it was fake. But I decided not to post anything about it; instead, I wanted to wait and see which right-wing media outlets would fall for the hoax.

And Breitbart.com came through!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go give a lavishly paid speech to Friends of Hamas.


Nicely Drawn Boehner

OBAMA: "nothing says "not a threat" like showing up at somebody's house with guys with machine guns"

Obama Makes Light Of Woodward Spat At Gridiron Dinner

Obama continued, per the White House transcript:

Now I know that some folks think we responded to Woodward too aggressively. But hey, when has -- can anybody tell me when an administration has ever regretted picking a fight with Bob Woodward? (Laughter.) What’s the worst that could happen? (Laughter and applause.)

But don’t worry. We’re all friends again in the spirit of that wonderful song. As you may have heard, Bob invited Gene over to his place. And Bob says he actually thinks that I should make it too. And I might take him up on the offer. I mean, nothing says "not a threat" like showing up at somebody's house with guys with machine guns.


KRUGMAN: Fiscal Fear-mongering Major Industry Among Those Looking To Dismantle Medicare, Medicaid &

Dwindling Deficit Disorder
Published: March 10, 2013


............all we need is a deficit small enough that debt grows more slowly than the economy.

Right now, a sustainable deficit would be around $460 billion. The actual deficit is bigger than that. But according to new estimates by the budget office, half of our current deficit reflects the effects of a still-depressed economy. The “cyclically adjusted” deficit — what the deficit would be if we were near full employment — is only about $423 billion, which puts it in the sustainable range; next year the budget office expects that number to fall to just $172 billion. And that’s why budget office projections show the nation’s debt position more or less stable over the next decade.

So we do not, repeat do not, face any kind of deficit crisis either now or for years to come.

Fiscal fearmongering is a major industry inside the Beltway, especially among those looking for excuses to do what they really want, namely dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

They don't want the data to undermine the arguments they are pushing, and may even resort to using bogus or irrelevant numbers in an attempt to persuade us that we are still in a fiscal crisis.



Former Newark Airport TSA screener says job does little to keep fliers safe (job is a complete joke)

Source: New York Post

Former Newark Airport TSA screener says the job does little to keep fliers safe
Last Updated: 2:14 PM, March 10, 2013
Posted: 1:14 AM, March 10, 2013

A LOT of what we do is make-believe.


Because the cameras are recording our every move, we have to do something. If someone isn’t checked or even screened properly, the entire terminal would shut down, as this constitutes a security breach.

But since most TSA supervisors are too daft to actually supervise, bending the rules is easy to do.


Most TSA screeners know their job is a complete joke. Their goal is to use this as a stepping stone to another government agency.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/confessions_of_tsa_agent_we_re_bunch_OhxHeGd0RR9UVGzfypjnLO

Just so

SUN MAR 10, 2013 AT 08:01 AM PDT
Just so


Clean this, toss that, recycle this, donate that.

Get it in order.

Get it all in order.

There's too much fucking chaos. I need everything to be just so.

Just so.

Just so I can sit down and relax.

Maybe not worry for a night. Maybe read a book.

Maybe be happy.


(this is incredible writing - description of depression, painful but beautiful - how can that be?
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