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  •  Am I the only one... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...who is disappointed that today's roundup was 100% about the Christie scandal.  Really, other things are going on, and the fixation with Christie is beginning to remind me of the Republican obsession with Benghazi.  

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 06:21:22 AM PST

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    •  TPP and Fast Track!!! nt (3+ / 0-)

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 06:23:07 AM PST

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    •  It is a BFD (7+ / 0-)

      given that he is the head of the Republican Governors' Association and the likely frontrunner for the 2016 nomination. And I'd much rather we be obsessing about overreach and bullying by a GOP leader, than have the spotlight on the next GOP talking point on why the ACA is a failure (not).

      It's also fun to watch the Congressional Republicans have not one word to say about this scandal. Where is Darrel Issa when we really need him?

      •  Congressional Republicans are busy (6+ / 0-)

        trying to get a bill passed in the House"securing" the healthcare.gov website information against hackers.  The bill wasn't reviewed by the appropriate committee (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions), and Democrats were not included in the drafting of the bill; the bill does nothing to secure the state websites, and would severely inhibit law enforcement efforts to investigate cases of suspected identity theft.  Etc., etc.

        Another wasted day in congress-land.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 06:55:02 AM PST

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    •  No, there is a lot more going on. Roundup may just (1+ / 0-)
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      reflect our navel gazing society and media's obsessions as well. Out of eight "headlines" on the Washington Post page under Opinions only two deal with something else, one by Krauthammer (Who maybe once a year or more comes close to leaving his right wing dream island) and another by Gerson. So, it is 75% Christie! "out there too.

      Our national interests are pretty much on the People magazine when not down at the National Enquirer level. As a result most of our citizens follow the juicy personal stuff while remaining rather clueless about substance. Things that may have serious repercussions on our national and international position, including economic, are often ignored or result in uninformed and downright silly public reactions as a result. Kind of like the city watching the big game (politics) despite early hints of earthquake.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 07:04:27 AM PST

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      •  this isn't juicy personal stuff (1+ / 0-)
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        This is about the people Christie has hired, and the fact that he has created an environment where his employees can think this is a great idea.

        And there is, of course, the question of what Christie knew and when he knew it.

        We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

        by Samer on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 08:05:02 AM PST

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        •  No it has substance, but it is still our political (1+ / 0-)
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          navel gazing while even more important stuff is going on both here and the world. Even whether Christie's career is now DOA or not is just a "juicy" U.S. political story when placed against some stuff our citizens are apparently completely disinterested and clueless about. It is another "BREAKING NEWS" diversion for most who will never look at longer term issues.

          As I said, "like the city watching the big game (politics) despite early hints of earthquake"—and who is up and who is down, who is involved in a scandal and who is not really is far less important than some fundamentals about our system, economy and environment that are ignored in the press this daily piece tracks and on the site in general for the most part.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 08:20:17 AM PST

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