March 25, 2016 7:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday, March 25, 2016 Morning Reads for Friday, March 25, 2016 By Ginny Morning Reads 20 Comments Notable birthdays today: Sometime Atlantan, Sir Elton John, born in 1947 and Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, in 1942. What he said. Do these people summer in Claxton? Is everyone moving down to Claxton? He who would cross the Bridge of Death, Must answer me These questions three, Ere the other side he see. Did your favorite bill make it to the finish line? Sneaky. (Un?)Intended consequences. Boom. Wwhhhaa? Keep telling yourself that. Is that a water pistol in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? RIP Joe Garagiola. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 20 Comments Dave Bearse Leave it to the Daily Signal to complain that health care costs increasing at 5% annually isn’t an improvement over increases that were 50% greater than that prior to Obamacare, or that 2015 Medicare costs increased the most since 2007, prior to President Blackenstein’s term of office. If only Congress had a GOP majority so that it could enact Tom Price’s superior thoroughly vetted alternative health care improvement plan….. March 25, 2016 8:40 AM Log in to Reply The Dixie Cheetomonger All of those $6,500 deductible plans are working. Now that people finally have some financial skin in the game, they’re not willing to go to the doctor, so he can run his pen all willy nilly around test order sheets, and doing no good other than running up healthcare costs. If the insurance industry was serious about driving down healthcare costs, we’d have $150 copays and $35,000 deductibles. Because even with a $6,500 deductible, there are still some people who can afford their temptation to go to the doctor and contribute to the raise in healthcare costs. March 25, 2016 8:55 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Nate Silver taking a look at what The Dried Out Cheeto Currently Masquerading as a Political Candidate’s primary numbers mean for the general election: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-will-have-a-hard-time-turning-blue-states-red-in-november/ March 25, 2016 8:49 AM Log in to Reply xdog Similarly, Josh Marshall considers how many white working class voters Trump will pull in the general election who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, and concludes, not many. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-reshuffling-the-deck March 25, 2016 9:28 AM Log in to Reply davidmac Ted Cruz’ ground game is far superior to Trump’s in the only race that matters – actual delegate selection. http://www.wsj.com/articles/ted-cruzs-stealth-delegate-hunt-1458604788 http://www.wsj.com/articles/ted-cruz-gains-in-louisiana-after-loss-there-to-donald-trump-1458861959 March 25, 2016 9:09 AM Log in to Reply John Konop Looks like big scandal is breaking against Cruz. March 25, 2016 9:37 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 What are you seeing, John? Checked Drudge, didn’t see anything. March 25, 2016 9:45 AM Log in to Reply davidmac http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/03/24/the-national-enquirer-runs-story-of-multiple-ted-cruz-affairs/ March 25, 2016 9:47 AM Log in to Reply John Konop I think this is why Cruz went so crazy about the Trump tweets……Now it makes sense. March 25, 2016 9:52 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I have a very hard time believing that at least six women were willing to have a sexual relationship with Ted Cruz. March 25, 2016 10:07 AM Log in to Reply Three Jack Ted ‘Tiger’ Cruz has a binder full of gals. This campaign just keeps getting better. March 25, 2016 9:59 AM Log in to Reply John Konop Ted Cruz could get Hillary to defend him the way she defended Bill when he got caught. Hillary is very good at blaming the victim. March 25, 2016 12:13 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope She doesn’t need to defend him because the story is not believable enough to warrant a response. Have you seen Ted Cruz? Blind women feel his face and go “yikes.” Blind women without hands are probably turned off by the sound of his weasel-like voice. Blind and deaf women without hands are probably turned off by the general air of his personality. There is simply no way that 6 human women were capable of swallowing their shame for the amount of time necessary to sleep with Ted Cruz. March 25, 2016 1:24 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant During Clinton’s Hummergate era Chris Rock’s routine included a bit about Newt Gingrich not having to worry about a sex scandal. I believe he compared him to the Pillsbury Doughboy. Well guess what? Money and power trump looks every time, at least with certain types of women. It’s all a moot point anyway. Cruz can’t beat Hillary. Trump can’t beat Hillary. March 25, 2016 2:29 PM John Konop This is a real smoking gun, no real explanation at this point. ………Another of Cruz’s purported lovers outed by the Internet is Sarah Isgur Flores, who worked for former Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO briefly challenged Trump for the lead in the race, but she dropped out of the campaign in February. Last July, a Cruz-affiliated super PAC donated $500,000 to Fiorina’s campaign, without explanation — a highly unusual move that is being reexamined in light of the Enquirer’s report about Cruz’s indiscretions. And Fiorina made a highly publicized last-minute endorsement of Cruz in the final days before the Florida primary, helping him come in a respectable second to Trump and keeping his White House hopes alive. Trump’s campaign has yet to make official statements about the allegations. The senator, who has been married to Goldman Sachs executive Heidi Cruz for 15 years and has two young children with her, has made his devout Christianity a centerpiece of his campaign…….. http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-03-25/ted-cruz-sex-scandal-story-just-the-latest-bombshell-in-a-bizarre-campaign March 25, 2016 4:59 PM Andrew C. Pope You’re better than this John. You honestly think that Trump, a guy with a long-standing relationship with the editior of the Enquirer; a history of peddling crass, baseless, muck; and a demonstrated lack of moral compass, is completely unrelated to this? Are you really so naive that you’ll buy the “well gee, I hope it isn’t true but other people are saying it” defense? The same one His Orangeness rolled out when stoking the birtherism BS against Cruz four months ago? Defending Ted Cruz makes me want to go play in traffic, but this is the type of politics that is beneath the office of President. March 25, 2016 5:22 PM John Konop This is from US NEWS? Why would the Cruz campaign donate 500k to Fiorina? That is a very legit question! March 25, 2016 5:46 PM Ellynn The folks in Cobb think they can start that bridge in APRIL? The 7 to 37 day stretch from now April? On behalf of us who do government approved and funded contracts – HAHAHAHA! There is the legal condemning process, then you have to do legal title transfer and monitory exchange, demo permitting, The actual demo, soil testing on areas concealed prior to demo… that doesn’t even consider law suits, unforseeable concealed conditions, change orders and any required surcharging. March 25, 2016 10:14 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Elynn, there was a typo. They meant April 2061. March 25, 2016 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Three Jack Amidst all the bad news coming from Europe where another terrorist attack resulted in too many deaths and more injuries comes this about our effort to stop the muslim thugs – http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/isis-second-command-haji-imam-killed-raid-defense-officials Based on past history, getting a #2 usually only serves to open a door for #3 to be promoted. But if we keep knocking off ISIL leaders maybe the replacements will start to wonder about accepting the battlefield promotions. Either way, a salute to the armed forces who continue our battle against terrorists throughout the world. They are the best! March 25, 2016 11:34 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.