Washington Post: Doing the same thing over and over again — and expecting a different result — is supposed to be the definition of insanity. On Thursday, it is the only thing on the calendar for the House of Representatives.
Since Republicans took over in 2011, the House has voted five times to repeal President Obama’s health-care law. It has also voted 31 other times to repeal individual pieces of the law or to strip away its funding.
Still, on Thursday the House will do it all once more — voting on a new bill to repeal the law. It will pass again. Then it will die in the Senate, again.
Joy-Ann Reid: Amid the uproar, and calls for investigations, over IRS employees using inappropriate criteria and questions to vet applications for 501(c)4 non-profit status by tea party groups, a few facts are falling through the cracks. Among them: tea party groups weren’t the only ones subjected to unfair scrutiny. And while none of the dozens of tea party groups who complained of bias had their applications denied, in the case of at least one Democratic leaning organization, the IRS said “no” to their request to be declared tax exempt.
Original jerk tweet.
On first read, #Benghazi emails very bad for Carney, State Dept, Clinton, Jake Sullivan, Victoria Nuland. Not good for WH, CIA. Good- Rhodes—
Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) May 15, 2013
Much better tweet.
Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) May 16, 2013
Rachel Maddow on Benghazi: “The president was right and ABC was wrong and ABC should apologize; and I don’t say that lightly”
#iGetAnnoyedWhenPeople: 1. Steal an election 2. Lie about war 3. Invade the wrong country 4. Kill the economy 5. Get a presidential library—
Eric Wolfson (@ericwolfson) May 16, 2013
GOP had WH emails on Benghazi for months, yet let lies about them go on & on. And media wonders why President doesn't schmooze with them—
Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) May 16, 2013
Ed Kilgore: Well, it doesn’t get much more official than this: an VandeHei/Allen “Behind the Curtain” column announcing that D.C. (“the town”) is “turning on” Barack Obama, and there will be nothing but venom coming from any direction for the foreseeable future
Too bad, voters, and all those who have an interest in their federal government doing something constructive; Obama has to have his spanking from “D.C. stakeholders,” so enjoy it or look the other way.
What amazes me the most about this column is the forthright announcement that the MSM are going to make explicit common cause with the GOP
There is no evidence of a grand conspiracy to invent a #Benghazi cover story in the email dump.—
Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 16, 2013
Who thought the protests in Cairo inspired the Benghazi attacks? The CIA. In every draft of the talking points.—
Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 16, 2013
Kevin Drum: There’s no question that the “Innocence of Muslims” video played a big role in outbreaks of violence across the Middle East during the week of September 11—including the protests in Cairo—and the CIA talking points suggested from the very beginning that the violence in Benghazi was “spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.” So when Susan Rice suggested that the video had played a role in sparking the Benghazi attacks, she was repeating something that, at the time, was disputed by no one in the intelligence community.
It’s also true that the entire alleged motivation for downplaying terrorism has never made any sense. Vietor is precisely correct when he says that although the Obama administration “talked about how al Qaeda core in Afghanistan and Pakistan had been decimated,” they were also very clear “that there was a growing threat from AQAP and other affiliates.” The idea that, somehow, downplaying the terror angle would help Obama’s election chances never made any sense from the start. It’s just partisan nitwittery.
Ladies and gentlemen, from now on, AG Holder will be going by the title Attorney General Eric “HoneyBadger” Holder
Paul Waldman: Every administration has its scandals, but what’s different about what’s happening to the Obama administration is the confluence of two separate scandalish stories converging at the same time. Or maybe two and a half; were it not for the timing, the Justice Department’s pursuit of the Associated Press over leaks of information related to terrorist activity would never be called a “scandal,”
Republicans may have their differences, but one thing they can all agree on is their hatred for Barack Obama. As Greg Sargent noted yesterday, one of the effects of scandal-mania is to put the Republican rebranding effort on hold indefinitely. You can’t bothered to spend time reaching out to young and minority voters when you’re plotting strategy to get the president impeached. And the scandals could make everyone in the GOP caucus even less likely to sign on to anything Obama supports, particularly immigration reform, where the stakes for the Republican party are very high. If they kill it at the same time that they’re whipping themselves into a frenzy and talking about impeachment, you’ll likely see their approval in the public, and particularly among Latino voters, plunge even further.
Fox News: The Dumb Person’s Channel Of Choice.
The Hill: The federal Health department announced a new initiative to bring down healthcare costs and improve care delivery through $1 billion in grants and evaluations.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the second round of Healthcare Innovation Awards will target new areas for improvement, including care for special needs populations.
The awards are also meant to reduce costs for Medicare and Medicaid patients in outpatient hospital settings, test new care and financial models for specific provider groups, and ensure care delivery accounts for preventive and population health.
Sara Kliff: The Senate did something it has not done in nearly a decade: It confirmed a leader for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Obama nominee Marilyn Tavenner received a 91 to 7 vote on the Senate floor to run an agency that, since 2006, has been without a confirmed leader. Her position, overseeing a $1 trillion agency that administers health benefits to millions, has long been considered too politically volatile to fill.
Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)
9:50AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey
12:00PM: Pres. Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan hold a joint press conference
1:30PM: VP Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Sec. Kerry host a lunch in honor of Prime Minister Erdogan at the State Department
4:30PM: Pres. Obama meets with senior advisors
5:15PM: VP Biden delivers remarks at an event with Prime Minister Erdogan at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
6:30PM: Pres. Obama hosts a working dinner with Prime Minister Erdogan
This Day In 2010: President Barack Obama attempts to block a shot by personal aide Reggie Love during a basketball game at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. , Sunday, May 16, 2010. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, left, watches the play. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This Day In 2012: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, outside the Oval Office prior to a Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Specialist Sabo, May 16, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Kathleen Starkey, sister-in-law; Rose Sabo-Brown, widow; Frances Buccelli, mother-in-law. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama greets family who lost a loved one at National Peace Officers Memorial Service yesterday (Photo: Pete Souza)
Have A Baracktastic Day!