Morning Reads — America Lost.

Our nation lost. Not just on Sunday but also that we have only one decent tennis player anymore. 

“Providence” by Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy. 

  1. $8 billion for MARTA rail?
  2. Harold Jones: make pot possession a misdemeanor. 
  3. Long-blighted areas being redeveloped. 
  4. Coke’s balm: smaller cans?
  5. Immigrants save Atlanta business. 
  6. Atlanta Archdiocese providing spiritual relief at Atlanta airport. 
  7. The Autry state pen seems like a very poorly run establishment. 
  8. Clearly more people with guns were needed to prevent deaths in gun store shooting. 
  9. Steve Kilbey listens to Triple J’s Hottest 100 So You Don’t Have To.
  10. So uh, Abe Vigoda is actually dead. 

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John Vestal
John Vestal

Georgia SG Britt Grant (on behalf of AG Sam Olens) has signed on to an application for stay to the SCOTUS to block the Fed’s new “Clean Power Plan”, arguing that the over-reaching goal of the plan is to shut down all remaining fossil fuel-burning plants (as well as turn the EPA into an energy “czar”).

Commentary here from SCOTUSbolg’s Lyle Denniston. The full application (docket 15A773) is here (pdf).

H/T SCOTUSblog.com

Bart
Bart

Surprised there is no mention of the huge debate news yesterday and the ongoing discussion about who will show up – http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/dem-primaries/267120-dnc-will-not-sanction-additional-debates

On the other side, minor news about the leading candidate deciding not to participate in a debate hosted by his arch nemesis posing as a journalist – http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/perry-joins-cruz-trail-rally-iowa-conservatives-36524405

auh2o
auh2o

You got that right! Where Have You Gone, Connors, Mac, Sampras, Agassi and Courier?

auh2o
auh2o

Thoughts on Trump pulling out of the debate? Does it hurt him? In normal times, sure, but today, hellifiknow!

davidmac
davidmac

Trump’s supporters don’t care if he debates or not, he’s right regardless. No one’s on the fence about him anymore.

Teri
Teri

The way I read his refusal to participate is that he’s a whiny baby who is incapable of facing someone who hurt his precious special snowflake feelings. So, yeah, he’ll be super at facing down adversarial world leaders.

(And my $1 is on him showing up anyway.)

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think the person it hurts most is ol’ Rafael Cruz. Without Trump on stage, Sen. Cruz becomes the biggest target on stage. His poll numbers are already sagging, I can’t imagine a few hours of being pilloried by the rest of the field are going to be helpful to him. Trump and others have really been driving the “Cruz is a probable sociopath with no friends, no moral compass, and the willingness to say anything to get elected” angle for the past week and a half. Meanwhile, Cruz has struggled when asked to explain his flips on ethanol subsidies… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

He’s beginning to crack!

Will Durant
Will Durant

Beginning?

The Eiger
The Eiger

So Donald Trump has decided not to participate in the next debate because he thinks Meghan Kelly and FOX news will not treat him fairly. Did he treat the elderly lady he had removed from her home to build a parking lot fairly? I would say no. If Trump becomes president he will be the ultimate Whiner in Chief. For a man who seems so tough on the surface he is very easy to anger over not being treated fairly. Just yesterday he got all pissy because a reporter dared to use his own words when asking Trump about his… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m going to have to take a shower after defending Trump, but here goes: Why should he have to subject himself to another debate? We’ve had six debates so far, including one just two weeks ago. There is nothing new left to cover. What are Iowa voters going to gain by watching the GOP field discuss issues that have been discussed ad nauseum over the course of 6 prior debates? Plus, the only reason people watch these debates is to see whether or not Trump will say something outlandish. What is the point in giving a boost to a network… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

I’m not necessarily upset he’s missing the debate. You are correct in that it might turn out to be the best political move for him. I flat out do not like the guy because he isn’t a conservative and he is one of the biggest whiners to ever run for president. He continuously talks about being treated fairly yet has made a living from screwing people.

Calypso
Calypso

Don’t forget to wash behind your ears.

Teri
Teri

I’d like to see a Republican candidate town hall using the same format as the Democratic town hall the other night. The consensus at our house is that it was downright pleasant to watch and you could actually hear the candidates give substantive support to their campaign platform. There are many more Republican candidates, but part of the reason that there have been six debates with nothing new is because DJT is sucking all the life out of any real discussion.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Teri, don’t forget that for the first three debates, there were 10 or more candidates on stage. Since they’ve narrowed it to 8. If the GOP was serious about giving candidates time to articulate their platforms, they would have created smaller debate fields. There just isn’t enough time for substantive discussion when you have that many participants. Were they to do a “town hall” they’d have to significantly cut the time allotted for each candidate in order to squeeze in the 12 remaining members of the GOP field. The Democrats benefit from having only 2 candidates and 1 Martin O’Malley.… Read more »

Teri
Teri

This is the first election that our son (age 11) has been truly interested in and we’ve let him watch the first hour or so of several of the debates and I am afraid they might not be the best examples of political dialogue because, like you said, the field is so wide that the debate is really just a shouty word salad.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I hear ya. When the candidates spent the first hour of the last debate arguing over who would bomb Iran the fastest, my wife turned and told me “we’re all going to die, aren’t we?”

Will Durant
Will Durant

At the risk of sounding like a nostalgic old fart I really do long for presidential debates that were conducted on a higher plane. Eisenhower vs. Stevenson were the first ones I remember listening to and reading about. Two candidates that mostly spoke their own minds and weren’t afraid to show they possessed an intellect. Hell, even Nixon and McGovern look like mental giants compared to most of the current offerings, especially after the current ones allow their handlers to buffer the pap. I’m not saying that there hasn’t been mudslinging (Goldwater/Johnson) or other less savory pursuits but the current… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

If required to choose the lesser evil, Trump is preferable to the China unconditional trade candidates (Hillary if you pump enough into her Foundation and friends, China can steal all they want) or Bloomberg (philosophically for free trade, ok for China to steal a bit off the top if we can sell to them too).

I’d like to slap tariffs on the goods of those that don’t play nice.