The House is voting right now on a temporary funding bill for DHS that will avoid a shutdown tonight and extend this whole temper tantrum on immigration for another three weeks -- but the vote is surprisingly tight. The consensus was Boehner had enough votes to get this through without Democratic help. Democratic leadership was actively whipping against it. But Boehner may now need Democrats to get this through. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dhs-continuing-resolution
Trouble In The House
Democrats just rescued House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) with the clock ticking down and averted a Homeland Security shutdown -- for a week. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/reset-the-clock
Aurin Squire has a fascinating piece up at The Slice today about his experience being gay, black, progressive, young...and celibate. By choice. He takes you through his journey from bedhopping in New York City; to a morning, 3 months into abstaining, when he woke up laughing with joy; to the moment when a Buddhist nun told him he might be taking it too far. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/celibacy-aurin-squire
Why Abstain From Sex in 2015 NYC?
And this will be a thumbnail history. So I'll leave out a lot of nuance and detail but hopefully leave no major errors. Israel's Arab minority has always had the vote. And there are minorities within the minority - particularly the Druze community - who play an outsized role in the country's politics and military relative to their numbers. But they're the exception. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/is-there-a-peace-bloc-for-israel
"I Have Been - And Shall Always Be - Your Friend"
My thought was to tell him that irony simply doesn't have the muscle mass to handle what's coming down the pike this week. Only snark and absurdism can manage it. But with all this one of the most significant developments has gone all but unmentioned. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/pants-on-fire
Nope. Not Ready.
For me, Nimoy is one of those people. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/i-have-been-and-shall-always-be-your-friend
Can An Israeli Government End the Occupation?
Last weekend I noted that the Rudy Giuliani flare up had revealed some critical ways in which Scott Walker may simply not be ready for the big leagues of a national campaign. In brief, a series of entirely avoidable, unforced errors during a period in the campaign that lacks even a chunk of the intensity that a presidential candidate faces when the game really gets underway. None of those missteps in themselves will end up hurting Walker. But they point to shortcomings as a candidate that could sink him later. Now we have another example, just a week later. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/nope-not-ready