The debt ceiling & the individual mandate: how you know GOP negotiators were NEVER serious

With Mitch McConnell’s declaration earlier this year that his main political goal is ensuring that Barack Obama is a one-term president, everything else that has happened since makes sense. But there’s something that happened in the negotiations between the White House, Congressional Democrats and Congressional Republicans that tells you, beyond a doubt and without any room for argument, that the GOP “leaders” were never serious about reaching a compromise package on raising the debt ceiling and comprehensive deficit reduction.

From Talking Points Memo:

But talks broke down along three major differences: the two sides were $400 billion apart on taxes, Obama rejected a last minute demand from the GOP that the deal include a repeal of the individual mandate in healthcare reform, and the two sides were still haggling over a difference of $40 billion in cuts to Medicaid, according to the White House.…
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President Adult

It’s pretty hard to argue that President Obama and his negotiating team are not the only adults at the negotiating table. If the press doesn’t report on yesterday’s debt ceiling press conference and point that out, they will have failed us tremendously once again.

Full press conference from yesterday:

My favorite two spots came at about 18 minutes and 27 minutes (ish).

I’ve gone out of my way to say that both parties have to make compromises. I think this whole episode has indicated the degree to which at least a Democratic president has been willing to make some tough compromises.…
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Another Obama pony delivered. This one has rainbows, too.

Thank Goddess this man is president.

The ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military will end in 60 days, President Barack Obama said on Friday after notifying Congress that all the requirements to repeal it have been met.

The armed forces are ready to set aside the 18-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that forced gay recruits to keep their sexual orientation secret, Obama said in a statement.

“As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country. Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian,” he said.

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SAVE THE DATE: Townhall on repeal of Emergency Mgr Law next Monday in Ypsilanti

In case you missed the first Repeal P.A. 4 townhall in Ann Arbor, there is a second one this Monday night in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Date: Monday, July 25, 2011
Location: Metropolitan Memorial Full Gospel Baptist Church – 431 Hawkins St.,
Time: 6:45-8:45.

This event is an informational townhall meeting on the effort to repeal Public Act 4 (aka “the Financial Martial Law Act”) recently passed by the Republicans in Michigan’s legislature.
Speakers include Chris Savage from Eclectablog (me), Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson, President & CEO of Michigan Forward Brandon Jessup, and President of the Ann Arbor Education Association Brit Satchwell.…

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I’ll gladly condemn you today for a capitulation you might (or might not) do Tuesday



At some point yesterday afternoon, a legislative aide leaked that the White House was caving — CAVING I tellzya! — and was going to give up everything to the Republicans on raising of the debt ceiling. According to this very serious source, the deal between House Speaker Boehner and President Obama was all but a done deal.

A Congressional aide briefed on ongoing negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama says the two principals may be nearing a “grand bargain” to raise the debt limit which would contain large, set-in-stone spending cuts but only the possibility of future revenue increases.…
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Cybertyposquatting: Adam Green and the PCCC riding Stephen Colbert’s coat tails

Well, it’s probably not illegal. But any shred of credibility Adam Green and the so-called “Bold Progressives” had is now officially gone.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Treasurer Adam Green purchased the URL ColberSuperPAC.com, omitting the t in Stephen Colbert’s name, and then redirected that URL to his own PAC web site in an apparent attempt to steal critical membership and donations away from Colbert’s PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Colbert announced Friday night on his show, The Colbert Report, more than 100,000 previous ABTT members need to sign up a second time because the organization is now a super-PAC.…
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“You’ll never work in this blogosphere again!” – Signed, Firedoglake

Last week I posted a piece called “Why I will never post another word at My.Firedoglake.com“. It was posted here at my own blog as well as at Angry Black Lady Chronicles and at Daily Kos. The next day I got a nastygram from the editor of the My.FDL site (a public site like Daily Kos where anyone can post diaries.) As I reported in my follow-up piece (“Liberal rule #1: Thou shall not cross Jane Hamsher“), they were none too happy and basically threatened me with FDL retribution.

The chances of you becoming a paid front pager somewhere have dropped significantly … Jane will never forget and she will bad mouth you to the major blog owners if your name comes up.
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Pete Hoekstra is baaaa-aaaack!

After he lost his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor in Michigan in 2010, we didn’t hear a great deal from Pete Hoekstra until, in April of this year, he sent out a press release saying he was NOT going to run for Debbie Stabenow’s Senate seat.

After serious consideration and many discussions with friends and supporters, Diane and I have made the decision that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2012. This was an extremely difficult decision for us to make as we saw strong points both for and against running. However, in our final analysis, we agreed that it was not in the best interest of our family at this time to enter the race.…
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