Morning Reads for Tuesday, July 18

Good morning! I survived ten days in the Cascadian Subduction Zone, yay!

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xdog
xdog

Jeff Sessions would like a word with Connecticut about civil forfeiture.
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“With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime”.
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Don’t bother Sessions with niceties about indictment and conviction. The meat is, if they weren’t guilty they never would have been arrested, right?

Will Durant
Will Durant

I had the same thought when I saw that one after reading Sessions’ comments yesterday. This guy is almost as scary as his boss.

xdog
xdog

Darrell Issa stands up to Sessions and maybe for the first time I can get behind something he says.
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“This is a troubling decision for the due process protections afforded to us under the Fourth Amendment as well as the growing consensus we’ve seen nationwide on this issue.”
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“Ramping up adoptive forfeitures would circumvent much of the progress state legislatures have made to curb forfeiture abuse.”
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“Criminals shouldn’t be able to keep the proceeds of their crime but innocent Americans shouldn’t lose their right to due process, or their private property rights, in order to make that happen.”
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http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342636-gop-lawmaker-blasts-sessions-over-asset-forfeiture

chefdavid
chefdavid
Baker
Baker

Two years ago, a Kid Rock candidacy might’ve been amusing. Now, it’s lost its humor. And it’s sad.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I don’t think the term “entertaining” has been used to describe Kid Rock since Bawitdaba was released in 1999.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The Trump Presidency will be at least one-eighth over two days from now. A check on the “Dealmakers” achievements to date…. . Trump has yet to deliver anything other than instilling fear in immigrants and his own celebrity to GOP rubes. Trump left it up to McConnell to get Trumpcare through Congress, and it doesn’t appear that will happen. Good luck cutting taxes for the rich using reconciliation….. . Where deals have been made in foreign policy there have been no achievements. What has the US received in exchange for Trump abdicating US leadership of the free world? Glee in… Read more »

xdog
xdog

A few more successes like those and it will be time to send the Marines to Venezuela.

Benevolus
Benevolus

One more thing about Tybee- it’s $500 fine if you leave your dog alone in the car.
I think it’s at least a $300 fine for having your dog on the beach.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Cindy Zeldin is a very smart and sensible person. She is already an excellent public servant and bringing her talent to government service would make government better.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

After 7 years of barking, the dog finally caught the car… and was subsequently run over. Starting to wonder when House Republicans wake up to the reality that Paul Ryan is a complete fraud. Dude couldn’t run a student council meeting, let alone the House of Representatives.

The Eiger
The Eiger

You realize that Paul Ryan has done his job so far and passed a bill out of the House. It is the failure of the Senate. Your continued obsession with everything Paul Ryan is misguided, but I know you know that and don’t care.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The flaws that doomed BCRA were a direct result of Paul Ryan’s decision to base the GOP replacement on the existing framework of ACA. Rand Paul was right when he called AHCA and BCRA “Obamacare Lite.” The GOP’s approach to replacing Obamacare was to, in essence, keep Obamacare but spend less on it. It kept the concept of an individual mandate. It kept the concept of subsidies. When you do that, you’re inevitably going to wind up with a bill that is too much like Obamacare to appeal to conservatives. You’re also going to wind up with a bill that… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

You can’t entirely blame Paul Ryan for the bread of that sandwich, which was one slice for “repeal” one slice for “replace”.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The baker was Mitch, the bread made wwwaaayyyy back in 2010 during an off the cuff speech in the Senate lobby and then proofed and pounded by the tea party before it fully raised and was bake in the oven of the 2010 national election. And sliced by incoming GOP of 112th Congress on January 3rd , 2011. Some pretty stale slices that no amount of fixings ( did you noticed they forgot to put any meat in the thing), mustard or mayo that can make the lingering taste of the now moldy ideas growing on it go away long… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

… and yet, only one guy brought a bill up for a vote after cutting deals to make it less popular, thereby putting his caucus members’ support for this terrible legislation on the record. To top it off, he went and held a party on the White House lawn just so opposition ad makers would have some images to work with when crafting 2018 campaign ads. If McConnell wanted to pass BCRA, he could have bought off Murkowski, Capito, Portman, etc. with carve-outs while cutting protections enough to satisfy Cruz, Lee, and the conservative wing. Unlike Ryan, McConnell isn’t an… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s easy to pass something bad when you know someone else down the line will have to reject it.

Ellynn
Ellynn
The Eiger
The Eiger

I wonder if they would have supported Karen Handel. Honest question.

Ellynn
Ellynn

From what I have read about the women who founded this, the organization is nonpartisan, and is not meant to be a group that backs a person directly or their political point of view. The goal is to show a woman how to run for an office. They are teaching women how to show what they want to portray to voters, the skills to focus on “why” they should run, and sometimes what the office/job really is. Most (although not all) women like to know the in and outs of something before they commit to something. I also think women… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I think Ellynn should do morning reads once a week…I like her links more.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I LOVE Terri’s links. And Will’s. And Ed’s. And Jessica’s. And Ginny’s too. Plus I can pop in links to every thing. I’m far to opinionated for just one day. Ask my younger sibling if you don’t believe me. But I thank you for the thought…

bethebalance
bethebalance

Republicans should see the path forward on health care as a win (in fact, it’s a win-win), assuming an effective bipartisan solution is crafted (a big if, sure). But most ppl would see Congress working together as an improvement, and something they want. If it’s working, they will likely reward the status quo in 2018 (as much as you can in mid-terms). To those voters who complain to the Congresspeople that they’re not doing their job good enough or fast enough, the Congresspeople need to have the courage to tell them to be patient, and focus on getting things done… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Here are some ways to fix traffic (great video and one of my favorite channels on YouTube)

Ellynn
Ellynn

And over in Texas…
https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/17/ibm-ups-ante-fight-against-texas-bathroom-bill/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axioslogin&stream=top-stories

States are technically going to economical war against themselves over the concept of union sex bathrooms. They have been around like, forever people. Who has ever seen women’s and men’s outhouse? Now a days, you go to a concert with porta potties, do you see little sex symbols on the individual units? Maybe the fancy ones that arrive on their own trailers and have steel stairs with cute company names like “Royal Flush”. But the ones lining parade routes or outdoor tournaments… all gender neutral. Bet Texas puts a stop to that too.