The Champion Barack Obama: How Black America talks to the White House (Ta-Nahisi Coates) from the Atlantic
"When Barack Obama steps into a room and attacks people for presumably using poverty or bigotry as an excuse to not parent, he is channeling a feeling deep in the heart of all black people, a frustration, a rage at ourselves for letting this happened, for allowing our community to descend into the basement of America, and dwell there seemingly forever."
Millions to Go Uninsured ... to Spite Obama? (Markos Moulitsas) from Daily Kos
"38% say they are more likely to pay the fine the government will assess most Americans who lack health insurance. That 38 percent generally approximates the conservative fringe of America, you know, the ones who clung to George W. Bush to the bitter end, the ones who believe Obama was born in Kenya, the ones sickened by America's creeping communism."
Avoiding Obamacare Financially Difficult for Employers from the Pittsburgh Business Times
"It doesn’t make sense for employers to try and get out of the health care business completely in order to cut down on the costs that will come with the Affordable Care Act, said panelists in a discussion on the topic Thursday morning."
GOP is Melting Down: The Real SOTU Story (Joan Walsh) from Salon
"To work with Republicans Obama would need actual Republican leaders, and instead he’s dealing with hundreds of freelance potentates and kooks. The GOP is splintering in real time, and that’s a bigger story than anything the president said in his 70-minute address."
Civil War Cometh: GOP Prepares For Explosive Immigration Debate from Talking Points Memo
"Republicans are preparing for an explosive debate over immigration that appears likely to spark a civil war within the party. House GOP leaders are preparing to unveil a set of "principles" for reform as early as Thursday after discussing it with their members at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Maryland. The imperatives: No Senate bill -- or even negotiations on it. Enhance border security. Overhaul legal immigration. No "amnesty" -- however they choose to define it. And the most explosive part: legal status of some sort for the 11 million people living in the country illegally, a politically necessary component of reform."
How Pressure Mounted for Development in Hoboken from the New York Times
"... according to newly obtained emails sent among the participants, the first topic of discussion on the agenda was “review of concepts for flood control measures at Rockefeller property,” a reference to a billion-dollar office complex proposed at the north end of town. The developer, the Rockefeller Group, which had long been trying to gain approval from local officials, sent two executives, two lobbyists and an engineer to the meeting."
BUSTED: Chris Christie Appointee Wildstein Says Governor Knew About Bridge Closings from Raw Story
"David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who ordered the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, said Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) approved of what was happening. Wildstein claimed in a letter released by his lawyer that the lane closures were “the Christie administration’s order,” the New York Times reported."
Chris Christie Falls Apart (Joan Walsh) from Salon
"As a new report finds him looking at '16 general election, he loses a top promoter and polls show him fading fast."
Christie Scapegoat Fights Back (Joan Walsh) from Salon
Walsh gets a three-fer today!
"David Wildstein says "evidence exists" that Christie knew about Bridgegate, says he can prove Governor lied."
Stick a Fork in Chris Christie (Josh Kraushaar) from National Journal
"If Chris Christie knew, his presidential ambitions are kaput. ... Friday's allegation that Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures, coming from the lawyer for his Port Authority official, David Wildstein, suggests he was lying during his epic two-hour press conference by claiming no knowledge of the situation."
Jeb Bush Still Undecided On 2016 Presidential Run from CBS Local [in Miami]
"Bush continued, “I’m deferring the decision to the right time which is later this year and the decision will be based on, can I do it joyfully, because I think we need to have candidates lift our spirits. It’s a pretty pessimistic country right now; and, is it right for my family? So I don’t even want to think about that till it’s the right time and that’s later on.”"
This early in the game, this is exactly what someone says when they are clear they actually are running.
Why Jeb Bush is the Single Biggest Question Mark in the 2016 Sweepstakes (Sean Sullivan) from the Washington Post
"There are a great many unanswered questions about the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. But at this point, none are as big as this one: Will Jeb Bush run?"
FINALLY! A pundit asking the right question about the GOP race!
Climate Scientist’s Lawsuit Could Wipe Out Conservative National Review Magazine from Raw Story
"The National Review magazine, longstanding house news organ of the establishment right, is facing a lawsuit that could shutter the publication permanently. According to The Week, a suit by a climate scientist threatens to bankrupt the already financially shaky publication and its website, the National Review Online (NRO)."
How Richard Nixon Would Deter China (Zachary Keck) from The Diplomat
"By using the “madman theory,” the U.S. and its allies could inject a degree of risk into China’s strategic calculus."
ANCIENT EGYPT NUGGET!!
Ancient Egyptian ruins unearthed of a once bustling barracks and port unearthed next to the Giza Pyramids from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"Researchers have been excavating remains near the city of Giza since 1988. Last year they found a cemetery believed to contain pyramid builders. Yet, a large basin found nearby suggests the region may have been a port. There is also evidence of barracks just south of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Therefore the site may have been used by troops or sailors visiting the port."
From Michelle Kwan as a political wife to Nancy Kerrigan as a TV commentator: The surprising careers that famous Olympic figure skaters chose after winning gold from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"Post-Olympics, though, the question often becomes – what do the figure skaters do now?"