April 6, 2017 6:00 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads – Thursday, April 6, 2017 Morning Reads – Thursday, April 6, 2017 By Jessica Szilagyi Politics 29 Comments On this date in 1917, Congress approved a declaration of war on Germany and entered World War I on the Allied side. Peaches Georgia: Home to just about every natural disaster Ossoff raises $8.3 million The John Paul Stevens Corporate Welfare Plan Georgia companies that wish to help build The Wall Pence adviser eyes run for Georgia Governor Albany legislators tout passage of OSD replacement bill Atlanta Magazine reviews Georgia’s 2016 execution record Jimmy Carter Mayor says no plan, no diploma for high schoolers need a plan or they can’t graduate FDA nominee: Ebola = opioid crisis Half of US families live paycheck to paycheck Trump supporters say they “keep their heads down” in California Homeland Security doesn’t envision a ‘solid wall’ Sweet Tea Guantanamo Bay? Guanta-MEOW Bay A space advocate for the Air Force? This parrot know more than many people Pop songs accelerate to keep up with distracted listeners Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 29 Comments xdog Braves win their first game, beating the Mets in 12 innings as Colon, Kemp, and the bullpen excel. April 6, 2017 8:33 AM Log in to Reply gcp O’Reilly is losing advertisers because FOX paid millions to settle sexual harassment cases. The show will stay on the air but O’Reilly’s credibility will continue to go downhill. Trump’s support of O’Reilly only makes things worse. https://www.buzzfeed.com/briannasacks/advertisers-are-revolting-against-bill-oreilly-but-it-might?utm_term=.uhY4ng51xM#.cgKevQ842D April 6, 2017 8:48 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse O’Reilly said allegations and payments are routine for those in his position, what with all the allegations and payouts associated with Bret Baier, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Brit Hume and everything. April 6, 2017 9:23 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 And yet according to the latest numbers his ratings have gotten even bigger! Egad!! April 6, 2017 9:33 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace viewers dont really matter when you dont have the advertising dollars. ratings ultimately only matter in terms of advertising (from a business standpoint.) April 6, 2017 10:28 AM Log in to Reply David C As someone in TV pointed out long ago: Advertisers are the client, viewers are the product. No clients, no money, no show. April 6, 2017 11:11 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ummm….no viewers, no advertisers. Why does a Super Bowl spot cost umpteen million bucks? Because of the numbers of viewers tuned in. You’re welcome. April 6, 2017 12:22 PM Log in to Reply David C No viewers, no advertisers. But also possible viewers, but no advertisers, because brands don’t want to associate themselves with a broadcast that, while it hits a certain niche viewing population, is toxic with the (purchasing) public at large. It’s what happened to Glen Beck before he went off and made his online media: He was still drawing in at Fox, but no serious advertiser wanted to be associated with his crazy quilt conspiracy nonsense. So no advertisers, no money for the network, no show. April 6, 2017 3:19 PM Dave Bearse Today’s Making America Great Again achievement: White nationalist Steve Bannon is leaving the principals committee National Security Council since he’s completed “de-operationalizing” of the NSC. We await the Trump administration’s response to Syria stepping over the line in gassing civilians including children. Who knew Syria was capable of such an atrocity? April 6, 2017 9:18 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 What should his ideal response be? April 6, 2017 9:34 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The ideal response should have been involvement the first time Assad used sarin gas on his own people. Obama sought Congressional authorization in 2013 and was turned away. American sentiment at the time was against military action in Syria. As for the present, Assad cannot stay in power. He’s not going to stop this until he snuffs out every last vestige of rebel groups fighting against his government. He will continue to target civilians, he will use chemical weapons again, he will continue striking hospitals. Despite this, the Russian government will continue propping him up and assisting the Syrian military. Given Russia’s veto power on the UNSC, the UN is not a viable route for responding to these atrocities. (The UN Security Council efforts to impose sanctions were vetoed by Russia and China) Unfortunately, rebel groups are too scattered and weak at this point to simply say “fund x group”: the US will need to directly involve itself. My thought, since Assad dropped the sarin gas out of planes, Syria doesn’t deserve an airforce. Set up and enforce a no-fly zone with the assistance of our NATO allies. Is it directly confrontational to Russia? Sure. But maybe Vladimir Putin should have to explain to the world why supporting a guy that gasses his own civilians is the morally right thing to do. April 6, 2017 9:53 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 So, you’re basically saying that Trump should act alone. I agree. I wonder why Obama never considered going that route? April 6, 2017 9:57 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace did you see where Congressional authorization was sought but denied? tell me, do you think they would approve this time around? and if so what has changed other than the letter behind the name of the person requesting it? April 6, 2017 10:08 AM gcp POTUS does not need congressional approval initially for a no-fly but it would be necessary and advisable to get congressional approval for anything beyond 60 days. April 6, 2017 10:25 AM Andrew C. Pope He did. But certain folks strongly encouraged him not to: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/us/politics/fact-check-trump-syria-obama.html?_r=0 As for people Obama would actually listen to, there was considerable opposition on both sides in Congress and the American people didn’t support it, despite Obama’s efforts to make the case for intervention. I think it’s easy to say “he should have ignored Congress and what Americans thought, and just moved forward,” but this was the spring of 2013, he was just starting his second term, and throwing American troops into another military action in the Middle East would have scuttled whatever hopes he had for a second-term legislative agenda. As for Trump he should coordinate with our NATO and regional allies to determine what shape a joint military action in Syria takes (no fly zones, targeted air strikes, etc.) seek Congressional approval, and make the case to the American people about why this is necessary. Regardless of your political affiliations, we shouldn’t want Presidents that just charge into military engagements without considering the sentiments of the American people and the opinions of Congress. April 6, 2017 10:13 AM Will Durant The “Blame Obama” for-everything-wrong message is wearing thin. I don’t think his sycophants and relatives have the courage to point out that in diminishing a former president he is also taking his own positions down a notch. Internal US politics should always take a backseat to foreign relations and to the rest of the world we should present a united front. Threatening to act unilaterally on Syria and North Korea is the antithesis of his “America First” rhetoric. April 6, 2017 10:43 AM gcp The blame game always gets old quickly as it did when Obama blamed Bush for everything. April 6, 2017 10:53 AM NoParty4Me Republicans blamed Obama for everything Bush did wrong. Obama had to defend himself by reminding them of Bush’s actions. Just like Republicans blame Democrats for obstruction now when they obstructed for the last 8 darn years. April 6, 2017 11:48 AM Will Durant The difference with this administration’s blame game is that it is not being done by proxy. The tweets that ostensibly come from the man himself have short circuited the more diplomatic channels utilized in the past. I hope Sean Spicer has a promise of a future role with Trump Properties. I doubt he gets a Stephanopoulos type gig after having to replace so many presidential divots with massive amounts of BS. April 6, 2017 1:07 PM gcp Obama liked to say he “inherited” the problem. Trump uses different wording. I am not partisan on this one. They both do it. April 6, 2017 2:03 PM Andrew C. Pope Blaming Obama without facts on your side and while wholly ignoring how you were publicly calling on Obama to do the exact thing you’re now blaming him for is just stupid. The growing problem for the Trump Administration is that no one knows what US foreign policy is. Trump’s opinions and beliefs change from moment to moment because he 1) isn’t rooted in a set of core personal beliefs regarding the US’ role in the world and 2) doesn’t know anything and is too reliant on the last person he speaks with. Sec. Tillerson doesn’t engage with the media, has been frequently sidelined by the Administration, and, like Trump, doesn’t know enough to articulate a definite and ascertainable policy. To boot, the Administration is woefully understaffed, the NSC is an absolute mess, and the communications teams at State, NSC, and the White House can’t (or won’t) get on the same page. What results is a vacuum in which states feel they can get away with certain activities (like launching a ballistic missile or using chemical weapons on its own citizens) because the US isn’t capable of responding. In other words, the raptors are testing the fences. April 6, 2017 11:29 AM Benevolus We have no business going in there alone. I agree the UN isn’t the mechanism, but a coalition must buy-in. Surely Germany, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UK, and others have similar enough values that they would join. And diplomacy with Russia- some arrangement would need to be made, which means our involvement would be something short of taking Assad out of power. At the same time, we should be talking to S. Korea and Japan and China about N. Korea. Too bad our SoS has zero experience at this sort of thing. He should be very busy right about now. April 6, 2017 12:01 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 The single biggest prize in individual sport is now underway. Coverage on ESPN at 3:00. April 6, 2017 9:24 AM Log in to Reply David C I generally would say that something you can win once a year (and that competes with 3 other Majors) isn’t the biggest prize in sport, but I’m curious what would be the real answer. Olympic Gold Medal is once every 4 yrs, but there’s a lot of ways to win an Olympic Gold Medal. Maybe a ‘Grand Slam’ in Tennis/Golf, but that’s more a unique feat than a regular contest. I suppose it used to be being Heavyweight Champion of the World, but Boxing’s just fallen off a cliff in popularity. Maybe being the ‘Fastest Man Alive’ by winning the 100m Gold at the Olympics? It’s an interesting question, though. April 6, 2017 11:20 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I would say the Olympic decathlon or the 100m, but track and field may have less popularity than boxing. I lean towards the Masters because, even though it’s one of 4 majors, it’s the only one played in the same place every single year, meaning you can make some comparisons between today and the past (yes the equipment, training, and the course itself have changed since the days of Arnold, but there’s a history to Augusta that the US Open or PGA Championship don’t have). April 6, 2017 11:34 AM Log in to Reply xdog “there’s a history to Augusta that the US Open or PGA Championship don’t have” Pardon? I love the Masters but they were playing the US Open before Bobby Jones or Cliff Roberts were born. The Masters is just up the road and I wish every tournament handled crowds and media the way they do, but the Open is harder to win, more prestigious, and will make you richer, which is why golfers want more to win it. April 6, 2017 12:24 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Again, interesting as hell discussion. I’ll debate the prestige part of The (British) Open. If won at St. Andrews, you have a point, but The Masters is…well…The Masters. And if polled, I’d bet more would want the Green Jacket. Anyway, just enjoy the next four days!! April 6, 2017 12:35 PM Noway2016 I’m going to self-defib myself! It seems that Drew and I may have actually stumbled onto kind of agreeing on something!!! I’m fixing to stick a knife blade into a socket. if I’m not here to respond to something outrageous that Drew says later in the day, know I’m probably slumped in a heap on my floor from the shock. Just an FYI… April 6, 2017 12:32 PM Log in to Reply davidmac HD 50 will be an open seat in 2018 or before, depending on when Raffensperger resigns. https://patch.com/georgia/johnscreek/raffensperger-run-georgia-secretary-state April 6, 2017 2:48 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.