A grand bargain for middle-class jobs
Obama to offer tax cuts in exchange for investment in jobs
Of course, some things don't change: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/30/19774639-first-thoughts-obama-to-make-an-offer-he-hopes-gop-cant-refuse
Obama to make an offer he hopes GOP can't refuse
Obama offers another bargain for House GOP to refuse
Republicans Reject Obama Tax Proposal Sight Unseen
Republicans quickly denounced Obama's idea as a new collection of old ideas . .
Why would the GOP balk at a corporate tax cut?
At this point it goes without saying that anything Obama proposes is DOA. So he can’t get that done. But he can get something else done: Pry the nutso GOP away from its traditional constituencies one by one, so that all they’re left with is the Tea Party lunatic fringe. . . .
Yesterday’s proposal was as follows: Obama offered to lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent (from the current 35 percent) in exchange for some infrastructure investments. Republicans have been clamoring for a lower corporate rate since forever. Even many Democrats support this—the U.S. corporate rate is among the developed world’s highest, and the idea that the rate should be lowered in exchange for closing some capacious corporate loopholes has long been an idea that a lot of Democrats are fine with. But fundamentally, it should be something that gets Republicans’ juices flowing. They’re the party of corporate America, right? . . . [read on]
On other fronts, Obama has more latitude
Obama reassures civil rights leaders his administration will keep fighting racist voting laws
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gets busy
Conservatives Concede Defeat In Obamacare Shutdown Fight
A new peace initiative in the Middle East -- does it have any chance?
Do conservatives really want to prevent poor people from getting health insurance via Obamacare?
When Reuters reported last week that Republicans and their allies "are mobilizing ... to dissuade uninsured Americans from obtaining health coverage," it caused a bit of a stir. After all, what kind of people would invest time and energy into convincing struggling families to turn down access to affordable health care? Who would be so callous as to put partisan spite over the basic health care needs of their community?
This is what happens when the entire wing of a party is virtually guaranteed re-election
Will unlimited campaign donations outweigh demographic problems for the Repubs?
Shift in either branch of Congress in 2014?
Bob McDonnell (R), fighting for his life in Virginia
Virginia's McDonnell vows to return gifts from benefactor
I said "life," not "wife": http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/mcdonnell-says-wife-organized-governors-mansion-event-for
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said in a live radio interview on Tuesday that his wife's office organized a 2011 event at the executive mansion for a company run by a donor whose relationship with McDonnell is now under investigation. . . . [read on]
The Bradley Manning verdict, and what it means
Bradley Manning found not guilty of aiding the enemy
More comment: http://www.salon.com/2013/07/30/manning_verdict_what_you_need_to_know/
Bonus item: "Meltdown" is a good word for it
Weiner’s Campaign Manager Quits After Latest Revelations
Weiner Dodges Question on Whether He's Still Sexting
Weiner has dropped from first place, and 26 percent, in Quinnipiac’s previous survey, to fourth place and 16 percent.. . .
Sydney Leathers, still milking her fifteen minutes in the spotlight for everything it's worth, called her former cyber-lover a "needy little bitch" on Howard Stern's radio show, and announced that she's "planning to do a photo shoot" outside Weiner's apartment soon. Weiner continued to resist calls to drop out of the mayoral race — including, reportedly, from the Clintons . . .
How many falsehoods can you utter in eight minutes? If you’re Anthony Weiner, at least 68.. . .
Now this: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/07/top-weiner-aide-trashes-intern.php
The campaign staff awoke to see their former intern, Olivia Nuzzi, on the front cover of the Daily News. Inside the paper was an article bylined by Nuzzi in which she told a rather unflattering tale of her experience working on Anthony Weiner’s mayoral bid.
Now, Team Weiner is firing back. TPM called Weiner’s communications director Barbara Morgan to discuss an unrelated story Tuesday and she went off on a curse-filled rant about Nuzzi, describing her as a fame hungry “bitch” who “sucked” at her job. Morgan also called Nuzzi a “slutbag,” “twat,” and “cunt” while threatening to sue her. . . .
[Nuzzi] My reasons for joining Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign were not complicated. . . Since high school, I had interned for political campaigns in New Jersey. One morning, several of my friends sent me links to the same online ad for the Weiner campaign, seeking applications for internships. .. . Their hope was to make a connection with Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, and thus forge a potential connection to her longtime boss, Hillary Clinton, to get an inside track for a campaign position if she ran for president in 2016. . . .
"In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation," Morgan said in a statement. "It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize."
TPM editor and publisher Josh Marshall writes via e-mail: "The conversation was definitely on the record. And I can tell you with certainty that the phrase 'between us' was never spoken during the entirety of the conversation."
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