Friday 11/9/2012 Open Thread

Since it appears that Brent is still on the left coast, I figured I would do an open thread for today.

First up, the drug war ramifications of the election.

Mexico says marijuana legalization in U.S. could change anti-drug strategies

Should this be true, it’s a major vindication of the ballot initiative process as a way to end run around the two parties on specific issues.

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  1. just talked to a friend who does energy lobbying. layoffs to start immediately in the coal industry.

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  2. CBO report on the fiscal cliff:

    On the basis of its analysis, CBO concludes the following:

    Eliminating the automatic enforcement procedures established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 that are scheduled to reduce both discretionary and mandatory spending starting in January and maintaining Medicare’s payment rates for physicians’ services at the current level would boost real GDP by about three-quarters of a percent by the end of 2013.

    Extending all expiring tax provisions other than the cut in the payroll tax that has been in effect since January 2011—that is, extending the tax reductions originally enacted in 2001, 2003, and 2009 and extending all other expiring provisions, including those that expired at the end of 2011, except for the payroll tax cut—and indexing the alternative minimum tax (AMT) for inflation beginning in 2012 would boost real GDP by a little less than 1½ percent by the end of 2013.

    Making all of the changes described in the two preceding bullets—which captures all of the policies included in the first two years of CBO’s alternative fiscal scenario—would boost real GDP by about 2¼ percent by the end of 2013 (as CBO estimated in August). Thus, of the total difference in the projected growth of GDP next year under current law and under the alternative fiscal scenario, about two-thirds owes to changes in tax policies and about one-third owes to changes in spending policies.

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  3. Taibbi talking sense:

    “I searched the right-wing media landscape far and wide and tried to find even a hint of self-examination, self-criticism, and I didn’t find much. Then again, they didn’t lose the presidential vote by much, so they didn’t take the election result as a total repudiation of their belief system, as they probably shouldn’t have, anyway.

    But some introspection was probably in order, particularly with the question – soon to become the dominant question in American major party-politics – of what the Republicans have to do to do better with women and minorities. They dominated with white males, but lagged with almost all other groups.”

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/hey-rush-limbaugh-starting-an-abortion-industry-wont-win-you-female-voters-20121108

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  4. jnc:

    “lagged” as a verb in that sentence is too kind. Matt should have said something along the lines of “tanked”.

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  5. “lagged” and “tanked” are boring. I like “horsewhipped”

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  6. Starting to think we are going to go over the fiscal cliff, which pretty much guarantees a 2013 recession.

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  7. “horsewhipped” has both 19th century and porn connotations. . .

    or maybe I’m thinking of “buggywhipped”

    Brent: do you think so? I don’t know that Obama is willing to go there; 2014 mid-term elections and all.

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  8. Our 19th century asses got buggered.

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  9. Didn’t see this coming:

    “CIA Director David Petraeus resigns
    Posted by Rachel Weiner on November 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/11/09/cia-director-david-petraeus-resigns/?hpid=z1

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  10. rumor that circled town is that he had an affair — with an Elizabeth Warren staffer.

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  11. NoVA:

    No way!!!!

    Really?????

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  12. it’s can’t possibly be true — but that’s the talk that circled the beltway. but how a would a bunch of health policy guys would know? same story from 2 people “oh, i heard it from a guy on the Hill.” i’d bet against it.

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  13. No, it can’t possibly be true. Not in a million years.

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  14. Hmm, according to the NYT, his wife works at the CFPB.

    “Ms. Petraeus is the assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. ”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/10/us/citing-affair-petraeus-resigns-as-cia-director.html?hp

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  15. there’s your connection — that’s likely the source of the rumor.

    Too funny — “Hey, let me tell you about how I protect the public.”

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  16. Reading the news reports now. . . I’m betting that it’s not just an affair, but that he wants to get a divorce and remarry (or keep seeing the “other woman”).

    But an Elizabeth Warren staffer? That’s going out way, way on a limb.

    Probably some young redhead. Blond, I meant blond.

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  17. redhead. it’s always a redhead.

    [flashback to most chaotic and insane six months of my life]

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  18. Hey!!

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  19. oh, it was totally worth it.

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  20. His wife worked for Warren in the unfortunately named (as Wonkette puts it) Office of Servicemember Affairs, hence the possible source of the rumor.

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  21. Corked. I should refresh more often.

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  22. We are.

    Blonds are overrated.

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  23. amen to that. damn that girl could drink. and those boots. sorry. i’m somewhere else right now.

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  24. 🙂 Ha!

    And I do need to go get a couple of new pairs of boots.

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  25. and on that note, it’s time for me to go.

    bye!

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  26. For your amusement:

    “Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 11/09/2012
    Best of the Star Wars fiscal cliff
    By Alexandra Petri”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/post/best-of-the-star-wars-fiscal-cliff/2012/11/09/b94c0756-2a93-11e2-bab2-eda299503684_blog.html

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  27. Have a great weekend! I’ll be rooting for Notre Dame again!

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  28. Petraeus had his affair with Paula Broadwell, who was writing a biography of him. Brunette.

    Looks like she was under investigation for improperly accessing his email.

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  29. That’s one way to get the inside story.

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  30. Petraeus gets company in the resigning-because-of-an-affair doghouse.

    Bethesda-based contracting giant Lockheed Martin said incoming chief executive Christopher E. Kubasik has resigned because of a “close personal relationship with a subordinate employee” and Marillyn A. Hewson, who was in line to become president and chief operating officer, will become chief executive.

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  31. Mike:

    Your links send me to a weird “linx” site.

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  32. Hmm. Looks like paulabroadwell.com has been taken down. The other links should work though.

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  33. Paula Broadwell on The Daily Show.

    Her book “All In” has the most unintentionally ironic title since Jerry Sandusky’s “Touched”.

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  34. We do need to get over our prudery to the point where indiscretions between consenting adults are not career killing events.

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    • YJ, I am guessing he resigned b/c she had inappropriate access to his email, per the FBI.

      If he resigned for unspecified reasons the speculation would never end. If he resigned stating he gave his biographer access to his emails the trail would have led to this anyway. I give him some credit for forthrightness, and for deflecting from the actual security breach.

      Holly, by all accounts, has been a great advocate for military families at the Consumer Affairs thingie, and if she leaves it will be another sad consequence. Major Broadwell, another serious, accomplished, and smart woman, will now become the focus of super market checkout tabloids. Her husband, an M.D., will have to deal with constant BS, too. And both families have children. A trainwreck.

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  35. yello:

    Whole heartedly agree. The specific problem, in this case, is that it’s so disqualifying for the rank and file agents that there’s no way he could continue as director. Admitting to an affair automatically loses you your security clearance, no matter who you are. Not admitting to one is a felony. Rock, meet hard place.

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    • Thanks, Kelley. That really clarifies that. However, I think it was the FBI investigation of the email access that brought this to a head. In other words, I think Petraeus would have kept it buried, otherwise.

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  36. Mark: I think you’re right. And it’s a tragedy for the families.

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  37. On a humorous note:

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  38. Courtesy Shrink2: Bruce Bartlett explains Romney’s loss one year ago:

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2011/10/14/Why-Romney-Cant-Beat-Obama-in-2012.aspx#page1

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