Cruz urges GOP to use debt ceiling fight for Obamacare changes – CBS News

ThinkProgressCruz urges GOP to use debt ceiling fight for Obamacare changesCBS NewsCruz said that in addition to dismantling Obamacare, Republicans should also look for a "significant" plan to reduce new spending and avoid new taxes. He pointed out that past debt ceiling authorizations included changes ... fueled by disagreements ...Republican Congressman Says GOP To Blame For … [Read more...]

NFL Week 5 open thread

Spectacular. First, the good news: I can confidently predict that the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t lose today. The bad news: They’re not going to win, either. The Steelers got an early bye in week 5, and they may be the team most in need of it.  They’re one of two 0-fer teams in this week’s byes (Tampa […] Read this post … [Read more...]

Poll: Shutdown Hurting Republicans in Battleground Districts – National Journal

Poll: Shutdown Hurting Republicans in Battleground DistrictsNational JournalThe government shutdown is already hurting the GOP in battleground congressional districts, according to new polling in two dozen districts currently controlled by Republicans. The surveys, commissioned by the liberal group Political Action ...and more … [Read more...]

Obama: Yeah, I’d think about changing the Redskins’ name if I owned the team

Correctness Having solved all other problems facing the nation and the world, the Man of the People turns his attention to the root cause of America’s ills. President Barack Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would “think about changing” the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many […] Read this post … [Read more...]

Sticker Shock: Californians suddenly discover why all the Republican shouting over #Obamacare.

And BOOM goes the dynamite. Meet Tom Waschura, Californian, father of two – oh, and right: Obama supporter. Just got a letter from his healthcare provider telling him that his private health insurance just went up by ten grand a year: “I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the … [Read more...]

GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension – CNN (blog)

GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extensionCNN (blog)... agreed to speak with CNN on the condition of anonymity. The GOP lawmaker said a committee could then be set up to negotiate the fiscal issues dividing the two parties and negotiate a plan to keep the government funded for the rest of the year ...GOP floats restarting government funding, hiking debt ceiling for 6 weeksFox 59all 12 … [Read more...]

GOP In Grave Danger Of Losing House In 2014, PPP Polls Show – Huffington Post

GOP In Grave Danger Of Losing House In 2014, PPP Polls ShowHuffington PostThree districts saw GOP incumbents maintain their hold over their Democratic challengers, even after hearing their elected officials' views on the shutdown, including CA-21, NV-03 and OH-06. ... Democrats and Republicans are still at a stalemate on ...and more … [Read more...]

Swiss look to go all in on socialism, assure income to everyone even without working

What could possibly go wrong? If it happens, this story should certainly prove to be interesting and one to watch in both the short and long term future. The Swiss have a rather populist vision of government in place which will look oddly similar to California in at least one important way. The citizens are able to move pretty much […] Read this post … [Read more...]

Tech at Night: FCC leaves the lights on. Snowden and Greenwald want us to stop trying to break Tor.

This is a really late Friday tech. Enjoy anyway. There's not a lot of government policy stuff going on right now in DC, thanks to the shutdown, but at least we're spending money keeping the lights on all night at the FCC. A cell of Anonymous anarchists tried to "pay back' Hollywood for getting The Pirate Bay, but it is they who are paying the price. Ruining your life because you want to download … [Read more...]

Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

Pressure. Your reward for suffering through a week’s worth of shutdown talking points from both sides is a Sunday morning packed with shutdown talking points from both sides. Ted Cruz will be on CNN, Rand Paul will be on NBC, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will be everywhere — all five shows, to hammer the Democrats’ […] Read this post … [Read more...]

State GOP convention exposes intraparty rifts – Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)State GOP convention exposes intraparty riftsLos Angeles TimesAssemblyman Tim Donnelly, a former Minuteman border patrol leader, emerged as the tea party favorite, touting his candidacy through a bullhorn outside an Anaheim hotel where hundreds of Republicans convened for a state party convention. Donnelly, a ...GOP 2014 gov candidate Abel Maldonado relaunch: pro-gay … [Read more...]

Lockmart 1 – Obama 0

You know who is currently winning the Govt. Shutdown? It's not the Democrats, it's not the Republicans and it sure isn't anyone in the Civil Service. Jim Gareghty suggested nobody will win at all. This would persumably be fine with House Speaker John Boehner who has quite vocally announced that "This Isn't some d--- game!" The White House doesn't see things this way and has announced that they … [Read more...]

Some longtime Republican donors are unnerved by the GOP’s shutdown strategy – Washington Post

Washington PostSome longtime Republican donors are unnerved by the GOP's shutdown strategyWashington PostVeteran Republican fundraisers are increasingly alarmed by the defiant stance of hard-line conservatives amid the federal government shutdown, prompting fears that many key donors may be restrained in their giving going into the 2014 midterms.and more … [Read more...]

GOP, Democrats slow to budge on strategies to overcome shutdown – Washington Post

GOP, Democrats slow to budge on strategies to overcome shutdownWashington PostA group of leading House Republicans donned lab coats this week and took to a Capitol Hill news conference to plead for passage of a bill that would restore funding for the National Institutes of Health amid the government shutdown. “Whether it's ...McMorris Rodgers: GOP won't back down on budget fightThe … [Read more...]

Quotes of the day

Unity. It was the week in which the US government shut down for the first time in 17 years – and the subterranean fault-lines of the American Right burst into the open… While Republican elders in Washington fear a repeat of the 1995-96 shutdown, when the party led by Newt Gingrich took the blame and revived […] Read this post … [Read more...]

SEALs strike again! al Shabaab target taken in Somalia. Update: Not confirmed. Bonus: Abu Anas el-Liby captured or killed in Libya also?

Boom This story is just coming out on the national wires this afternoon, so early details are few and hopefully we’ll have some more updates as we go. But the early indications are that when things are falling to pieces anywhere in the world, our SEAL teams are still ready to step up. Following the mass […] Read this post … [Read more...]

China employs more than 2 million people… just to monitor the Internet

Dayum. While we are all too familiar with the many pitfalls that plague our own expansive and convoluted bureaucracy currently staffing our republic, just imagine the opportunity costs, inefficiencies, and abuses that must be inherent in coordinating the jingoistic statism that is the governing method of choice for China’s communist-yet-plutocratic regime. Glorious communist utopias … [Read more...]

Harvard says “thanks but no thanks” to fossil fuel divestment

It's a lot of Benjamins There has been a movement afoot for some time now to have the nation’s richest and most storied universities put their money where their mouths are (or, more accurately, to take their money away) and divest their endowments from any involvement in the dirty, nasty field of “fossil fuels.” Makes sense, right? I mean, Big […] Read this post … [Read more...]