Morning Reads

Good morning and happy Friday! Here are some of the stories we’re reading at Moyers & Company HQ this AM…

Our Town working as usual –> Anna Palmer and Byron Tau report for Politico that K Street lobbyists are doing just fine despite the do-nothing Congress’ failure to get anything accomplished.

Watching the watchers –> WaPo’s Steven Rich and Barton Gellman report that the NSA is trying to build a super-computer that could crack most encryption.

New normal? –> Annie-Rose Strasser at ThinkProgress writes that a new FBI study finds that mass shootings have increased from an average of 5 per year between 2000 and 2008 to 16 per year since then.

Prioritizing climate –> At the NYT, Coral Davenport reports that John Kerry is prioritizing the completion of a climate change deal. ALSO: Using small words, MoJo’s Chris Mooney patiently explains to Donald Trump that winter freezes don’t conflict with the science of climate change.

Whither prosperity? –> Saket Soni writes at The Nation that in the future we may all face the kinds of jobs immigrants have long worked — with no security, low pay and scant benefits. ALSO: At The Atlantic, Peter Beinart offers the awkward observation that before his fall into disgrace, John Edwards’ focus on poverty set the stage for the new populism rising in the Democratic Party.

ER –> New study finds that increasing Medicaid enrollment leads to more, not fewer, trips to the emergency room for treatment. Sarah Kliff with the details at WaPo.

NRA with peace signs –> The SFChron’s Carla Marinucci reports on the growth of the Liberal Gun Club, whose members are otherwise progressive but just as reactionary as the NRA in their opposition to even modest gun safety laws

Fired –> The title of this fascinating Deadspin post by marriage equality activist Chris Kluwe says it all: “I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot”

Ohio civil war –> At the Daily Beast, David Freedlander looks at the simmering conflict between Republican Governor John Kasich and his erstwhile tea party supporters.

Let your crazy shine –> Local NC politician says he’s quitting to start a write-in candidacy against Senator Kay Hagan on the Constitution Party platform. The twist? He wrote his resignation in Klingon.

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  • Ted

    They know Gun Safety in the Gun Clubs, probably much better than the commentator here. What they don’t want is Gun Control. They are responsible citizens who are already under control of themselves, free and independent citizens. The issue does not lie here.

  • Jack Nextdoor

    We have modest gun safety laws right now. We’re opposing additional gun restrictions, on law-abiding gun owners, when we’ve got a constitutional right to self-defense, when existing laws are not enforced, and when we have not been convinced by any logic or evidence that new restrictions would make a difference. Would you criticize someone for “their opposition to even modest free speech limitations”?

  • shaktidurga

    Or their opposition to “even modest voting rights limitations” or “even modest reproductive rights limitations”?

  • Anonymous

    The issue of our lives is TarSands and the destruction of lives and our environment even before global warming is considered. Looked at comprehensively makes it a crime against humanity and key leaders giving in to S Leg a massive wrong and slide down the slippery slope of delay and deceit that keeps fueling global warming and no end in sight.

  • Black Bear

    “… but just as reactionary as the NRA in their opposition to even modest gun safety laws.”

    Where do you get this? Be specific please.

    I’m a member of the LGC. I would like to see focus on the root causes of violence, and what society can do to continue to reduce the incidence of violence. Violence (gun related and otherwise) has been steadily decreasing over the last two decades. I live in California, which already has fairly strict gun laws. We don’t need more gun laws, we need a better mental health system, better education and more economic opportunity. Let’s focus on solutions and not soundbites.

  • Alvin

    Evidence has been presented. But, America is full of groups who’ve been shown the evidence time and again but whose zealotry will not let them acknowledge that it’s evidence.

  • JAStone

    The 2nd Amendment states there is a right to form a “well-regulated militia.” That sounds like a States’ right, not an individual’s, and none of the language says anything about a “right to self-defense,” or a right to traditional hunting rites. I’ll willing to compromise and allow you to keep your gun if you’re willing to spend 4 days out of every 30 in safety training and military drill– marching in line, how to salute, that sort of thing.

  • JANK

    There are 10,000 murders every year because of firearms. What is interesting is that there are 20,000 ACCIDENTAL gun deaths at the hands of “responsible” gun owners. To operate a motor vehicle, you need some training, and a license to drive. What’s the difference for firearms? NO ONE in America needs a Bushmaster, or similar weapon. What exactly are owners of this type of hardware afraid of, exactly? Just curious.

  • Marlene

    More than half of those 20,000 deaths are suicides, which are not accidents. I’m trans. 41% of living trans people have attempted suicide at least once in their lives. That doesn’t count the many who were successful. Are you telling me that the reason my people are driven to suicide in such enormous numbers is that guns are too easy to get? That’s pretty insulting.
    Those 10,000 murders were committed with guns, but I’m pretty sure guns were the means not the motive. Maybe if we stop buying the window dressing of gun restriction, we can spend some time trying to do things about the factors that actually drive violent crime like poverty, lack of education, lack of a real social safety net. Those are all traditional liberal concerns that are treated as if the battle is already lost. We should just be content with the useless theatrics of gun control and just give up on those other things?

  • Anonymous

    Such as? The actual science done by criminologists funded by DoJ and not by gun control groups come to different conclusions. The National Academy Science did a study of all the studies done, and found that there is no evidence.

  • Anonymous

    I take it you didn’t get your info from CDC. CDC says accidental gun deaths in 2010 was 600. The 20K number is suicides. BTW, since you have little or no idea what a Bushmaster is, you don’t have any business telling those who do what anyone “needs”. To answer your question, the AR platform is now the standard among target competitions and some hunting rifles. You only need a license to operate on public roads. Using that analogy shows that you don’t know much about current federal gun regulations. If we regulated guns the same way we do cars, all of the current gun control laws would be repealed because they are regulated more than cars.

  • RevPhil Manke

    Aren’t guns for killing a living thing? All the competition and target buzz is for refining the ability to kill something. How do rapid and multi-fire guns support this. They seem based on the idea that someone angry enuff has a right to project the supposed cause of that anger onto someone else. An inability to express discontent is no reason to carry a firearm, but a reason to not. I like hunting, but I, or anyone I know, never needed more than a few shots.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care what they politically call themselves. They are nutz and probably shouldn’t have even plastic knives. Toys?