Morning Reads on 3-22-17

I’m so glad I’m livin’ in the U.S.A. Anything you want, we got right here in the U.S.A.

“Back in the USA” by Chuck Berry. 

  1. Hall County teachers trying to re-create Breaking Bad but with cocaine, heroin. 
  2. Why isn’t Atlanta the Nashville of hip-hop?
  3. Because Atlanta is the Atlanta of hip-hop.
  4. Memorial Drive’s Greenway final plan unveiled and it should be awesome(And permanently price me out of the neighborhood).
  5. “Safe harbor” vs. “sanctuary” debate at Emory gets national attention. 
  6. Marketplace also reports on the dire future for Georgia’s rural hospitals and the even more dire future for the citizens they serve. 
  7. Eats: A true Atlanta treasure. 
  8. If you had to guess the one evening newscast experiencing growth you wouldn’t have guessed PBS’s “NewsHour.”
  9. PEN/Faulkner Award finalists announced. 
  10. Man Booker Prize longlist announced. 

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Indypendant
Indypendant

At least Gwen Ifill doesn’t have to report on the current shitshow.

Teri
Teri

Dude. Too soon.

John Vestal
John Vestal

↑ this

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Jack Kingston said he read a report that the CBO in 1964 said Medicare would cost $9B ten years later and it was already over $100B at that point.

Too bad the CBO didn’t begin operating until 1975. The prediction by a Congressional Committee, not adjusting for inflation, was $9B in 1990. Inflation calculators adjust that to $38B, 45% less than $67B, but it was a 35 year prediction.

Kingston has the credibility of a Trump, except that he reads, and admitted he made a mistake.

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Not a single nomination or appointment or executive order should go forward until the FBI investigation is complete. The entire White House is tainted. And now Ivanka moves in as First Daughter (?). Still has her business as well.
Ethics be damned. Patriotism be damned.
I fear for our future.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I don’t share the concern for other than Judicial nominations. ~60 days in office, ~135 days since the election, and 90% of the appointments requiring Senate confirmation haven’t even been made. Given the doozies resulting from Trump’s extreme vetting, planned vacancies may be better than appointments. Give him the rope.

xdog
xdog

Today is World Water Day. Take that, Florida.

Did you know that 64 percent of US dams are privately held? How about that 70 percent were built pre-1970, or that one-sixth pose a potentially “high hazard” to the economy, environment, and human life if they were to fail?

Other intriguing water facts here.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I have a theory that Ed wants to be in building design and urban laning when he grows up… Thus I give you this link.

http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/12451-how-trumps-budget-impacts-architects

Benevolus
Benevolus

Nunes, the transition team member who is investigating the transition team, says he has seen intelligence reports (that the Dems apparently have not seen) that indicate Pres. Trumps communications were “collected”. He says “This appears to be all legally collected” but then he also says “What I’ve read bothers me, and I think it should bother the President himself”. What the heck is that about?

xdog
xdog

Well, we could wait for Nunes to elaborate but what I’ve read earlier indicates conversations by administration people could have been collected while another person was targeted. Kind of like Flynn’s convos getting taped because he was chatting up the Russian ambassador. If that’s the tale, I don’t see it as vindication for Trump or anyone else.

davidmac
davidmac

Nunes didn’t brief Schiff (D-CA, ranking member of the Intelligence committee) before running off to the White House to tell Trump.
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/844613438919917571

There’s a lot of smoke now. Think there just might be a fire somewhere?

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m having trouble believing this. This is way off the rails. The head of the committee goes to talk to the subject of the investigation about new info? At that point it’s not really an investigation is it?

xdog
xdog

I don’t blame Nunes for wanting a little extra in his bowl but by scurrying over to the WH before briefing the rest of the committee he’s giving up any pretense of impartiality. Still, he needs to hold another press conference, his third of the day, to come clean with what he’s got and how he got it.

xdog
xdog

Schiff is rightfully pissed: “The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both.”

Maybe not but he can sure try.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Not only that, but the Chair and Vice-Chair generally have a close working relationship (hence why the senior minority member is called “vice-chair” and not “ranking member”)

For anyone that has worked with House Intel this is super super super weird. I’ve got no clue what Nunes’ goal was, but he cast significant doubt over the committee’s ability to conduct this investigation.

xdog
xdog

My guess is that Nunes got a raw intelligence feed of some sort and that he’s dim enough not to care about legislative and constitutional norms and needy enough to want his belly scratched by the Trump people that he went right to the WH, although I’ve read he went to Ryan first who presumably told him to go ahead. I doubt we ever find out the exact nature of the intel Nunes claims to have but if we believe his statement that the subject matter didn’t relate to Russia and campaign meddling or Russia and Trump then there was/is… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Emory, sanctuary vs. safe harbor reads like illegal immigrant vs. undocumented immigrant. Time to pull any public funding so they can enjoy their privacy.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Salty, we also need to take back correct terminology. The uscis.gov states: “Alien – Any person not a citizen or national of the United States. “Foreign national” is a synonym for “alien” and used outside of statutes when referring to non-citizens of the U.S. ” The word “immigrant” is not even a defined term in federal law or the Constitution. The only place it is found is in the IRS regulations, which state: “Alien – An individual who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. national. Immigrant – An alien who has been granted the right by the USCIS to… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

The only question left is “What did Obama know, and when did he know it?” Felonies were committed on his watch, each punishable by 5 years in prison. The people who unmasked and leaked what we now know were several citizens have made Americans fair game. The Intel Committee should subpoena him to testify, answer questions under oath, and get to the bottom of this.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Multiple felonies? Which ones? If Trump and/or campaign staff were collected as part of FISA surveillance, that’s not illegal. If their names were unmasked, that’s not illegal. Only one name appears to have been leaked while the Obama Administration was in office.

I love that you’re still complaining about the fire alarm.

Noway2016
Noway2016

The unmasking and the leaking are felonies. Somebody here be going to jail.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The unmasking is not a felony and is perfectly legal and normal within the context of an ongoing counterintel investigation. The leaking would be, but the only name “leaked” at this point is that of Mike Flynn.

xdog
xdog

“The Intel Committee should subpoena him to testify, answer questions under oath, and get to the bottom of this.”

You don’t want that, gop leadership doesn’t want it, even dim Devin doesn’t want it.

On second thought, given your certainty about felonies, maybe we should just start locking up some donks. More efficient that way, eliminate any chance of miscues in hearings. Would you start with Obama or Hillary?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Funny you should mention Hilly. How soon do you figure before she’s indicted?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As soon at Trump Vodka stops tasting like rubbing alcohol.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Hmmm, my date is by Labor Day. Do you think she’ll be assigned kitchen duty or laundry?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Let’s bring in a person who is smarter than us and immensely more popular than us for a rigorous questioning based upon a series of unfounded tweets by a notoriously dishonest President, that won’t backfire at all!

xdog
xdog

Nunes could ask Chaffetz how far alt-facts and and a wish for self-promotion gets you with the likes of HRC and Cecile Richards.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And it does appear Trump was, indeed, surveilled. Ruhhhh-rohhhh! He seems to always be a coupla steps ahead.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Coupla steps ahead of what? Trump stated that his own wires were “tapp”ed, that he was personally targeted for surveillance, that the surveillance was illegal, that the surveillance took place “during the campaign,” and that the surveillance was personally ordered by President Obama.

Nunes said that communications from Trump transition members were incidentally intercepted during the course of ongoing, legal, foreign surveillance by the NSA or FBI. Nothing in Nunes’ statements support or confirm Trump’s Quaalude addled allegations.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Wire tapping is ordinary people speak for listening to phone or electronic conversations. Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to. Everybody understands what he’s talking about, except people who don’t want to understand. And whatever happened, everything before noon on Jan. 20th belongs to Prez Obama. So, if definitive answers cannot be found anywhere else, it may well come down to his having to testify. Remember the old “Buck Stops Here” sign in the pictures of Harry Trumans’ desk? What a mess the alt-left has stirred up with all their childish displays, accusations and attacks on their opponents, most particularly the person elected President. I… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It’s also a technical term. But you’re right, Trump is a man of the people and we should afford him the benefit of the doubt that he had no clue what he was actually talking about. Again, Trump said, definitively, that President Obama personally ordered the direct wiretapping of himself and Trump Tower during the campaign. This has been refuted over and over and over and over again, including by Devin Nunes. The only thing Nunes mentioned today was incidental collection which, again, is not even close to what Trump has alleged. I feel kind of bad for Trump’s team… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Maybe we should all be reading Napolitano then.