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PREPARE FOR A FLOOR FIGHT — The Senate has scheduled a cloture vote this afternoon to advance a two-year, $109 billion surface transportation bill. The bill is expected to move forward, but not before Republicans push for a bevy of amendments, possibly including language that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote is scheduled for 2 p.m., but between now and then, get the need-to-know details from Morning Transportation’s Burgess Everett and Adam Snider: http://politi.co/oS7pzW.
POLL: 53% of Catholics say the Conference of Bishops' position makes no difference in their view of health law: wapo.st/yIrWWe— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 09, 2012
I’m sorry, Chips. I’ll keep on trying with the articles.
No worries at all rikyrah, I make the same mistake all the time in my posts. Thanks for all the links you bring here, they make my posting life waaaaaaaaay easier
MAKING A CHANGE — EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Tuesday signed a pair of rules revising some allocations of state emissions budgets in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Taken together, the two rules increase emission budgets in 17 states and ease limits on market-based compliance options. The rules’ fates are tied to EPA’s broader cross-state rule, which is designed to limit emissions that blow across state lines but is currently stayed during review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The two rules: http://1.usa.gov/y2CYEq and http://1.usa.gov/xbjxMp.
VP Biden now: http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4
News you can’t use-
[DISCRETION IS THE BETTER PART OF VALOR] — A federal judge in San Diego has dismissed a PETA lawsuit aimed at forcing SeaWorld to release its resident orcas. The judge rejected PETA’s attempt to apply the 13th Amendment — which bans slavery — to the orcas, saying the rights only applies to humans. San Diego 10News.com: http://bit.ly/wnboJ6.
- TSA expands the PreCheck program to the busiest airports, including BWI, IAD and DCA. TSA: http://1.usa.gov/wl3MMA
- California contracts applaud HSR effort. Sac Bee: http://bit.ly/yf2hdb
Some background on the Eastwood Chrysler commercial. It appears Mr. Eastwood helped to write the script.
Michelle’s event in Iowa http://www.desmoinesregister.com/livestream/article/20120209/NEWS/302090018/Live-video-Michelle-Obama-s-anti-obesity-tour-stops-DM
HOLD THAT STORY! The Florida Political Press says (http://bit.ly/AkXHcn) sources indicate Mica will stay in the 7th District of Florida, which has been newly redrawn. Under that scenario, Mica would face GOP freshman Rep. Sandy Adams, who has publicly announced she will be running in the Central Florida district, major chunks of which she currently represents. Adams told MT it’s too early for a “Mica vs. Adams, R vs. R” headline. “I’ve seen what’s been written but he hasn’t said anything or admitted it, so we’ll wait and see.” Asked if she would change districts to avoid running against Mica, Adams said, “I think it’s way too early to say something like that.”
MEANWHILE, THERE’S AN EXPECTATION among those who deal with nuclear policy that Obama’s budget will include larger cuts to the nation’s nuclear arsenal than previously advertised after a White House review of nuclear deterrence.
THIS HAS ALREADY PROVOKED A REACTION in Congress. Rep. Michael Turner, the HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee chairman, tells us he’ll try again on legislation designed to force Obama to honor his commitment to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Last year, Turner was able to write his proposals into the House-passed defense policy bill, but they were stripped out in conference.
DEMOCRAT ED MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS meanwhile says he’ll introduce legislation to force $100 billion in cuts to nuclear weapons over the next 10 years.
9 Feb 2012 10:12 AM
“Culture Warrior Mitt”
by Maisie Allison
As Santorum basks in the resurgence of the culture wars, Steve Benen marks the sudden return of “Culture Warrior Mitt.” Alec MacGillis points out that this is treacherous ground for Romney:
[D]oes Romney really want to spend much of the months ahead pounding the lectern on religious liberty? That’s Santorum’s wheelhouse. But for Romney, it cannot help but remind voters that he hails from a religion that, not so long ago, was invoking religious liberty to defend practices that are now deemed utterly unacceptable — polygamy, a century ago, (his own great-grandfather led the way in establishing a Mormon outpost in Mexico to avoid a federal crackdown on polygamy) and more recently the banning of African-Americans from positions of leadership.
Similarly, on yesterday’s appeals court ruling against Proposition 8 in California, Romney decried the decision as stridently as anyone, going so far as to imply that the ruling was biased because of a judge’s sexual orientation. But if he keeps talking about Prop 8, surely that will mean more attention to the fact that members of his church, to which he has given millions of dollars over the years, spent an estimated $20 million to help pass Prop 8.
DOD IS EXPECTED TODAY TO PROPOSE to Congress that women be allowed to serve closer to the front lines at the battalion level. The Associated Press, which obtained a copy of the long-awaited report, says it recognizes the reality of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, where women have fought – and died – on the front lines. The story by Lolita Baldor is here: http://bit.ly/xh3m9W
Here come the culture wars:
“Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick santorum are intent on fanning any ember of cultural anxiety, fear, or resentment that can be found. The more the economy shows signs of life—however slight, however deceptive in many ways–the more the Republicans, and their media champions are likely to resort to the kind of battles outlined in Bill O’Reilly’s 2006 book, “Culture Warrior”, which posited a country divided between decent, hard-working people of faith and pernicious secular liberals….”
Betty White on the Prez “He made my birthday”
I love her!
I know its Thursday in many countries right now… but its FRIDAY here… Me and my Twin are sharing our Birthday today *will ask hubby if I have any added white hair and wrinkles showing* lol….. I am looking forward to a Summer Kiwi BBQ, Middle Eastern food (in-law is from Lebanon), Polynesian food (Father is mixed heritage), Native Maori food (Mother is mixed heritage) and Asian food (in-law is from China)…… then some Cake & Liquor lol Its “Two of Everything Twin Day” Wooohoooo!!! Who needs a buffet or a restaurant when family members can cook their treats for us to wine and dine on right? lmao
Have a wonderful day beautiful people!!!
Happy Birthday. May you be blessed with many many more!
Happy birthday, NZ. Your family sounds like a lot of fun!!
Happy B-day to you. May you share many more with us here at TOD
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday (one for your twin). You are so lucky to have such a International theme smoorgsbard of delightful good eats and people to help you celebrate. Have fun and I am taking the day off today for your birthdays :).
Happy Birthday, NZ. You might want to let your husband off the hook with that question – how exactly is he supposed to answer that! Hope you have a lovely day.
happy birthday, and enjoy your family. and happy friday, too!
Happy birthday to you and your twin, NZ.
Happy Birthday, you are a wonderfully modern mixture of awesome DNA groups! Have a grand time celebrating!
“If you’re a big oil exec/lobbyist, donate to me & I’ll protect your billions in subsidies despite historic profits.” #RomneyWebOfInfluence
Is Barnicle going to side with the Bishops?
Most old Catholic white men will.
Did these old white Catholic men side with the bishops when the light was shown about the child molesting scandal.?
New post everyone:
Fmr. Rep. Wexler says President Obama has Upheld an Unshakable Bond Btw US and Israel sunsent.nl/wuUaZ4— Ben LaBolt (@BenLaBolt) February 08, 2012
Wexler has always been on the Presidents side, very loyal friend!
Once you pay someone a salary, the money belongs to them, and you no longer have a say in (or responsibility for) how that money spent. Your employees are free to do what they want with their money (even things you might disapprove of), but your conscience is clear. No one would argue with this.
Likewise, if you provide a health care plan as a benefit, you do it in lieu of paying a higher salary. You pay for a BASIC HEALTH CARE PLAN, not individual treatments. Once you, the employer, pay the premium, the benefit belongs to your employee, and the employee is free to do what they want with it (even things you might disapprove of), but your conscience is clear. Why are we arguing about this?
If religious employers can manage to wash their hands of the matter when employees use their salaries to obtain contraception, they have no leg to stand on when employees use their own health care plans for the same thing. Conversely, if religious employers absolutely cannot in good conscience “subsidize” contraception with their dollars via health plan coverage, they cannot in good conscience pay a salary to any employee who might use that money for the same thing.
LOD was actually adding something to the contraception debate on MSNBC just now, and then he went into his diatribe about how many people get no health care under ACA.
Let’s have that particular discussion in 2013, you jackass.
He did bring up some points that we should probably discuss: there is a difference in polling between Catholic VOTERS and American Catholics in general on the specifc issue of whether or not to exempt these ‘affiliates’ — 45% are against any exemption and 53% are for the exemption. He then quite reasonably stated the political issue: who are these Catholic voters and in which states do they live? According to him, these were the issues raised by Bill Daley and VP Biden. I think this is a rational discussion we need to have.
He did say, however, that he believed ‘probably not’ that those Catholics would make this a single-issue vote that could sway the election.
Is it something in the water they drink at MSNBC? O’Donnell is acting like Chris Matthews. Being a jackass if you ask me. If the catholic churches are exempt, but we are talking about places like hospital, universities, then what is the problem here? Twenty eight states already require this, so where is the controversy? Please explain it to me. I sense the bishops playing politics. And they are not above that either.
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