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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Morning News: Obama Fights for Vets, Judges Keep Striking Down Gay-Marriage Bans

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Obama Steps Out to Deal With the Veterans Hospital Scandal: President Obama met with Eric Shinseki, the secretary of veterans’ affairs, today in the Oval Office to address the growing controversy over records that may have been falsified to downplay the long waits and bad service at veterans hospitals.
“I will not stand for it,” Obama told reporters in a press conference afterward. “Not as commander-in-chief, but also not as an American. None of us should.” Meanwhile, he is deploying top aides to investigate, and the New York Times unpacks the political implications of inaction:

The White House fought on Tuesday to contain the growing political furor over allegations of misconduct at the nation’s veterans hospitals as Republicans, eager to use the issue in the midterm elections, seized on the reports as new evidence that President Obama is unable to govern effectively.

Rob Nabors, the president’s deputy chief of staff, will fly to the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix on Wednesday to assess the most damning reports — that government workers falsified data or created secret waiting lists to hide the long delays veterans faced before seeing doctors.

Last Night's Primary Was Good for the GOP: Several establishment Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, beat their Tea Party challengers. "Democrats were left disappointed," the WaPo explains. "GOP Senate candidates prone to making controversial statements lost to better-financed, more disciplined rivals with the potential to capi­tal­ize on Obama’s unpopularity and the troubles with his signature health-care law."

Why the US Sanctions on Russia Mean Little: In the context of a global economy, our country's sanctions to punish Russia for overtaking Crimea are a drop in the swimming pool when you consider that China just signed a three-decade, $400 billion contract to buy Russia's natural gas.

We're Having a Very Gay Week A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage yesterday. Your heart just breaks for anti-gay Jesus clown Rick Santorum, who endorsed the judge, does it not? With marriage equality batting 12-0 in federal court rulings on states with marriage bans—that's after a federal judge nixed Oregon's ban Monday—the Daily Beast asks, "Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?" The problem, the article explains, is the patchwork of logic applied to these decisions could make for tricky case when one (or more) of them reaches the US Supreme Court:

EBay Passwords Breached: Who knew EBay was still around?

It Was Legal to Kill Him but We Can't Tell You Why: The mysterious legal memo that the Obama administration used to justify the drone killing of an American suspected of terrorism will finally be released. After being redacted, of course.

What an Animal! "A convicted cocaine-runner and unapologetic advocate of zoophilia — sex between humans and animals — has been sent back to federal prison for again refusing to obey court orders that he stay away from animals and off the Internet."

In More Acceptable Forms of Animal Love: "Stuck duck rescued from backstop netting.


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What exactly are these "problems with the president's health care law" to which people keep referring? More Americans have coverage, at lower rates, with increased benefits & no exemptions for pre-existing conditions. So, how is this a problem - unless you're an executive for an insurer (and even then, you're still making bank because of the larger pool of insured) or a member of the GOP who continues to claim the plan is a failure in spite of all the evidence to the contrary?
Posted by COMTE on May 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM · Report this
venomlash 2
@1: It's making people's rates go up and their plans get cancelled, as far as most Republicans know.
Man, the issues with the website are so last-year.
Posted by venomlash on May 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Dr. Z 3
@1: in case you haven't noticed, large insurers have not been leading the opposition to the ACA. The main opposition has been coming from the Tea Party.
Posted by Dr. Z on May 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM · Report this

Here come the we need eggs.

Hyundai's First Mass-Produced Tucson Fuel Cell CUVs Arrive In Southern California

Today, at a port near Los Angeles, Hyundai's Tucson Fuel Cell CUVs began rolling onto U.S. soil, marking the first delivery of a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle for the U.S. market.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 5
Posted by Max Solomon on May 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM · Report this
Wait, is it hip to hate on ebay now? I didn't get the memo.
Posted by MRM on May 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 7
I think it's cruelty to humans to jail them. And I think it's absurd to jail them for having sex with animals.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM · Report this
It's "eBay," and "who knew" is pretty out of touch for this blog.
Posted by The CHZA on May 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM · Report this
AFinch 9
Every time one of these decisions comes down, I wonder if Scalia takes net pleasure from correctly predicting the future in his dissent or net pain from the arrival of that future?
Posted by AFinch on May 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 10
What the hell is your beef with eBay? Man, sometimes I just can't figure you out. Are you really that fucked-up on drugs?
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on May 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM · Report this
raindrop 11
@1: The back end isn't completed - the govt. is just paying insurer's estimates.
- If someone's income increases and they underreport it, or forget to add a bonus or promotion, the IRS will levy strong fines against the taxpayer placing that citizen in a criminal status.
- The premiums are okay for younger folks, but if you're above 50 you're looking at premiums as high as COBRA used to be.
- If the government ran health care as it should be, we wouldn't be having the VA problems spanning multiple administrations.
- There are fewer doctors and fewer hospitals participating in the networks. For example, Children's Hospital in Seattle.

No you're more than welcome that these are just glitches and will be fixed, and Obamacare is God's gift to Earth and I won't argue back because I know how important your savior is to you.
Posted by raindrop on May 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM · Report this
venomlash 12
@4: I'm terrified to wonder what the "eggs" are in your metaphor. Hargoblem etc.
Posted by venomlash on May 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
Recently out company did a force reduction so we looked into the cost of Obama care vs Cobra in case we were affected and Obama care was WAY cheaper. And we're closer to 60 than 50.
Posted by Cobra is NOT cheaper! on May 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Sean Kinney 14
Dominic: WTF? The Seahawks are at the Big House today. No mention?
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on May 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM · Report this
I know it's supposed to be hip and funny to say, "Who know [whatever] was still around?" But we're talking about the site with the 11th-highest traffic in the country. Makes you look pretty silly and out of touch.
Posted by bigyaz on May 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM · Report this
rob! 16
Gish Gallop alert @11.

Raindrop, you were almost reasonable and interesting for a while over the last few weeks, but then you floor the swell pedal on the right-wing crazytown theatre organ.

Pulling @13 above the Unregistered muck:
Recently out company did a force reduction so we looked into the cost of Obama care vs Cobra in case we were affected and Obama care was WAY cheaper. And we're closer to 60 than 50. —Cobra is NOT cheaper!
Yes, anecdotes≠data, blah blah. Physician, heal thyself.
Posted by rob! on May 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 17
@11: Nothing you said there is true (other than the fact that lying on your taxes is illegal, I guess), and the rest is baseless opinion.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM · Report this


Since you asked ... or rather, mused aloud.

Toyota ‘Bullish’ on Hydrogen Amid California Station Plans

Plans by the U.S. state to provide about $47 million for 28 new stations selling hydrogen for fuel-cell cars, along with 10 already in operation and 16 more in development, will be enough to support at least 10,000 vehicles in California, Toyota’s Jim Lentz said in an interview yesterday at a Fortune conference in Laguna Niguel, California. He declined to give a price or volume goal for the sedan Toyota is bringing to market.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM · Report this
sperifera 19
@ GayDudeForRaindrop - My rates went down (by quite a bit) when the ACA went into effect. I was born under Eisenhower. You do the math.
Posted by sperifera on May 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM · Report this
ɥsɐןɯouǝʌ 20
@18: So the "chickens" are the cars and the "eggs" are the fueling stations. Are you suggesting that chickens consume their own eggs?
Posted by ɥsɐןɯouǝʌ on May 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM · Report this
Well, Dom, speaking of ongoing problems at the VA under Obama's watch:…

(dated memos to follow, as they always do, a few days later, as in this was probably first mentioned back in 2010, etc.)

Next, regarding your intelligent comment on Putin and sanctions: Russia has also been dumpint US Treasuries like crazy, and buying up gold in their place.

It appears there is an ongoing movement in the de-dollarization process, or removing the US dollars as the global reserve currency.
Posted by sgt_doom on May 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM · Report this
another obama "too little too late" - i know his presidency is essentially done, but will this motherfucker ever do anything progressive? do anything progressive before the media (weak as it is) pushes first.

nope. he will be a corporate shill, droning innocent people until the end of his term.
Posted by hydrol on May 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM · Report this

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