Morning News and Stuff

Apr 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

President Barack Obama today called John Boehner into his office to talk shop, sports (“how about them Reds?”) and presumably the $12 billion Boehner wants to immediately cut from the budget and the imminent government shutdown that “liberals are clearly responsible for,” according to Rep. Joe Wilson, (R-S.C.). But a government shutdown would “jeopardize our economic recovery,” according to President Obama. Republicans leaders are upset that the Democrats refused to discuss Republican priorities such as stripping funding for EPA enforcement, federal money for Planned Parenthood and for the president’s socialistic ideologies healthcare law. Democratic leaders have insisted that the talks are progressing normally and that the Republicans are just striking a pose for the Tea Partiers who are demanding big cuts.—-

Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has told Boehner to sack up regarding the budget cuts. Reports yesterday say Boehner has confidentially agreed to a spending cut number and is biding his time before going back to tell the Tea Partiers that he’s caved. "We take it for granted that because of the intense political pressure being applied by the Tea Party, the Speaker needs to play an outside game as well as an inside game. As long as he continues to negotiate, it's OK by us if he needs to strike a different pose publicly," Schumer said to reporters.

Forty-one senators have vowed to oppose any amendment that would strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood in a letter sent yesterday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) asking them to “stand with us against extreme proposals by some members of the House to eliminate support for women’s health and family planning programs and providers that service millions of women and families.”

Mitt Romney, one of the Republicans who recently came out in favor of the GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, back in 1994 attended a fundraiser for the health practice. A photo obtained by the press shows Romney at a PlannedParenthood fundraiser and reception in Massachusetts where Romney reportedly made a $150 contribution to the group. During a 2002 debate, Romney said, “I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts' pro-choice laws." Romney’s flip-flop act, like that of Newt Gingrich’s flip-flop on the conflict in Libya, may damage his chances of being a 2012 Presidential election contender.

Florida Pastor Terry Jones on March 20 burned the Quran in front of his congregation of 30 and has since vowed to put the prophet Mohammed on trial next after calling his book-burning stunt, “a success.” Gen. David Petraeus has said that Jones’ stunt poses new threats to the security of U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan while Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked the White House to punish Jones. Jones first became famous when he planned to burn the Quran on last year’s 9/11 anniversary but cancelled after many, including President Obama, urged him not to do that shit. Last Friday, a discernibly pissed-off group of Afghanis overran a United Nations mission in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing at least 24, including seven U.N. workers and injuring more than 80 people. Last night Bill O’Reilly called Jones an “insane Christian” who has “blood on his hands” regarding the attacks.