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November 9, 2013
I can tell you, without any exaggeration, we not only narrowed differences but we made significant progress. There’s no question in my mind that we are closer now.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry • Speaking on the status of negotiations with the Iranian government, aimed at preventing them from creating a nuclear weapon (Iran maintains their nuclear program is for civilian purposes). The talks went on for three days. and according to Kerry, they were encouraging, but the sides, representing Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom) and Germany ended their rendezvous in Geneva tonight with no deal in place. Negotiations are planned to resume November 20th. France, according to Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, is opposed to the current nature of a proposed deal, which he termed a “fool’s deal” — similar opposition to that voiced by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. source
20:46 // 11 months ago
November 5, 2013
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20:55 // 11 months ago
Mr. Paul has been a prolific op-ed writer in recent years, penning hundreds of pieces in The Times and other media outlets. But the body of his work is getting fresh attention from journalists as they uncover multiple cases of lifting other people’s work without giving them credit.
Jim McElhatton of The Washington Times • From the announcement that Rand Paul’s column, in conservative D.C. newspaper The Washington Times, is being cancelled amid widening plagiarism allegations against the Kentucky Senator. As we mentioned earlier today, Paul’s damage control strategy started to change, from duel threat to adviser-issued pseudo-admission. source
20:44 // 11 months ago
October 30, 2013
For the vast majority of people who have health insurance that works, you can keep it. For the fewer than five percent of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal. So anybody peddling the notion that insurers are canceling peoples’ plans without mentioning that almost all the insurers are encouraging people to join better plans with the same carrier and stronger benefits and stronger protections … you’re being grossly misleading. To say the least.
President Obama • Defending himself from recent criticism over cancellation notices for a small percentage of Americans’ existing health coverage plans, as a result of minimum standards contained in the Affordable Care Act. This is an understood consequence of the law — in mandating private health insurance coverage for the public, there needs to be some baseline level of what constitutes sufficient coverage. Republicans have lambasted Obama as having lied to the public in the lead-up to the ACA’s passage, when he assured that those satisfied with their present insurance plans would be able to keep them. source
20:41 // 11 months ago
October 29, 2013
Be faithful in small things, it is in them that your strength lies.
Not Mother Teresa • The Cleveland Browns of the NFL just opened up a shiny, refurbished training facility, at a price tag of $5 million, and as you might expect, the walls are plastered with derivative, pseudo-inspirational historical quotations, presumably to fire up the members of one of the league’s long-woeful franchises. A big problem with this — many of the quotes are completely butchered, misattributed, or wrong. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Red Auerbach are all given as the speakers of things they never verifiably said, with further errors in lines from Thomas Paine, and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. This is actually a little refreshing, in its own way — if you want to evoke comparisons as inane as the words of Mother Teresa as relates to a professional football game, why even bother making sure whe said them? The Browns have since responded to these embarrassing revelations, by insisting the quotes are legit. source
19:35 // 11 months ago
October 16, 2013
22:26 // 1 year ago
The Associated Press has called the special Senate race in New Jersey, and it appears that Cory Booker is Washington-bound. Booker was challenged by Republican opponent Steve Lonegan, who was at all times a clear-cut longshot to topple the highly-visible Newark mayor. Those odds weren’t helped by a top aide delivering a bizarre, sexist diatribe in the run-up to the election, but it really didn’t matter in the outcome — Cory Booker has been the hot pick to ascend to national Democratic politics for years now, and that transition is finally taking place. (Photo by veni markovski) source

The Associated Press has called the special Senate race in New Jersey, and it appears that Cory Booker is Washington-bound. Booker was challenged by Republican opponent Steve Lonegan, who was at all times a clear-cut longshot to topple the highly-visible Newark mayor. Those odds weren’t helped by a top aide delivering a bizarre, sexist diatribe in the run-up to the election, but it really didn’t matter in the outcome — Cory Booker has been the hot pick to ascend to national Democratic politics for years now, and that transition is finally taking place. (Photo by veni markovski) source

21:59 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2013
My partnership with The Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved. The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.
Glenn Greenwald • Explaining why, while still at the zenith of his journalistic career post-Edward Snowden, he’s deciding to leave The Guardian to launch his own new media outlet, reportedly with the substantial backing of a philanthropist. Greenwald indicated that it’ll be a more general venture than his particular field of expertise might suggest: “it’s going to have sports and entertainment and features. I’m working on the whole thing but the political journalism unit is my focus.” source
19:00 // 1 year ago

Treasury Department’s “extraordinary measures” are running out

  • $35Bcash on hand remaining for the U.S. Treasury Department, an amount they’ve been directing through so-called “extraordinary measures” (accounting tricks with government funds, essentially) to try to keep paying the bills. That maneuvering and wrangling is expected to run out of steam soon, however — the Treasury estimates they’ll run out of ways to pay on Thursday. source

18:56 // 1 year ago