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Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin: Reuters/Ipsos poll

(Reuters) - Americans back last weekend's nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The findings were rare good news in the polls for President Barack Obama, whose approval ratings have dropped in recent weeks because of the botched rollout of his signature healthcare reform law.

According to the Reuters/Ipsos survey, 44 percent of Americans support the interim deal reached between Iran and six world powers in Geneva, and 22 percent oppose it.

While indicating little trust among Americans toward Iranian intentions, the survey also underscored a strong desire to avoid new U.S. military entanglements after long, costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


If Republicans Are This Upset Over Obama Agreeing To Temporary Nuclear Deal With Iran IMAGINE This:


Reid Laughs at GOP:"I'm sorry to—smile—as you can't see on radio—More disfunction? I mean, gee whiz"

"We had to take action, drastic action, to respond to the American people looking at Congress as they do," he said in an interview with WAMU's "The Diane Rehm Show."

When Rehm asked if the filibuster change would make "bipartisanship" and "comity" in the Senate even more difficult, the Democratic leader laughed out loud.

"I'm sorry to—smile—as you can't see on radio," he said. "More disfunction? I mean, gee whiz. When you have constitutionally necessary posts like judges who they refuse to put in office?"


School superintendent, others indicted in Steubenville rape case

School superintendent, others indicted in Steubenville rape case
Posted on: 10:08 am, November 25, 2013, by CNN Wire, updated on: 11:50am, November 25, 2013

(CNN) – A grand jury investigating the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, has indicted four more people in the case, including the school superintendent, two other educators and an assistant football coach, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Monday.

This brings to six the number of people the grand jury has indicted after two students were convicted in March of rape, DeWine said.

Superintendent Michael McVey was the only one of the four to be charged Monday with felonies: a count of tampering with evidence and two counts of obstructing justice. He also is charged with two misdemeanors: making a false statement and obstructing official business.

In March, Steubenville High School football players Ma’lik Richmond and Trenton Mays were convicted of the rape, which authorities said took place at a party in August 2012. Photos and videos of the incident made their way onto social media and attracted national attention.


a moment in time...

The Long Shadow Of Iran Contra - By Charles P. Pierce

NOV 25, 2013
The Long Shadow Of Iran Contra
By Charles P. Pierce at 9:00am

I am a simple man. Years ago, I made it a policy of mine that I would approve of any deal with Iran so long as it didn't involve selling missiles to the mullahs. I developed this policy in January of 1981, when I was in Washington covering the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, and the Iranians, in one last attempt to stick it to Jimmy Carter, refused to release the remaining American hostages until Reagan had taken office. Almost immediately, the propagandists in the employ of the new president started floating to a credulous media that the Iranians had done so because they were terrified of the awesome awesomeness of Ronald Reagan. Turns out, of course, that they did it in exchange for Reagan's unfreezing their American assets and also because Reagan's people opened up a yard sale at the Pentagon where the Iranians could get good deals on TOW missiles. Ronald Reagan, as we all know, would never negotiate with -- let alone sell weapons to -- nations that sponsored terrorism. That is why Ronald Reagan was a great man who has many large and ugly buildings named after him.


Consequently, I am very happy with the deal struck over the weekend between certain western powers and Iran as regards the latter's nuclear programs. Nobody is selling weapons to a country that sponsored the killing of our Marines. (Also, nobody is flying around the world acting like a jackass carrying a Bible and a cake shaped like a key. Bonus!) To me, this makes this a good deal, but the bar is obviously set pretty low. Call it the Ollie North Meridian. Also, consequently, I am less than saddened by the howling of the Republicans, especially those who were old enough to have been around when Reagan and his people sold those missiles and who never have purged their party's foreign-policy establishment of the people who thought it was a swell idea. (The Bush State Department, especially the parts of it that dealt with Central America and the Middle East, was like an Iran-Contra Old-Timers Game. Recall especially that the egregious "minority report" of the congressional Iran-Contra investigation -- the report that pretty much argued that Reagan could've sold the missiles to Khomeini personally -- was written by a rising young authoritarian lycanthrope named Richard Cheney.) Nor am I particularly saddened by the various Democrats -- Chuck Schumer, come on down! -- who are posturing for the cameras. Suffice it to say I never really cared what Bibi Netanyahu's opinion was on anything.

Iran is what we still had for a Soviet Union after the wall fell. We had "terrorism," but that was a vague notion. We were fighting a tactic. We had "radical Islamic fundamentalism," but then we always needed the Saudis, so we looked a little silly, even after the attacks of September 11. What was left was Iran, which already had committed an act of war by seizing our embassy. Because we have been on something of a martial footing as a nation one way or another since we decided we were a World Power at the end of the 19th century, we always needed a potential enemy, a war in prospect. Iran was our war in prospect for almost 30 years. Which is why the monumental hypocrisy and double-dealing between elements of the United States government and Iran was such an offense against democratic self-government. We were being ginned up for a war in prospect while Nixon and Kissinger were arming both sides in the bloody Iran-Iraq War, and while the Reaganauts were selling armaments to our "sworn enemies," and while all sorts of backroom deals were being cut with all sorts of backroom operators -- The fact that the name Manuchar Ghorbanifar has yet to surface in connection with this deal is the upset of the decade -- all of whom had their own interests, and not the interests of the United States, at heart. In fact, there is a kind of king irony in the fact that it was Secretary of State John Kerry who played such a major role in brokering this deal. It was Kerry who, as a senator, led several investigations into the dark money that financed this foolishness -- most notably, the activities of the Bank Of Credit and Commerce International, which was a probe that endeared Kerry to almost nobody in official Washington.

To me, the unsatisfactory denouement to Iran-Contra remains the great lost opportunity a) to rein in the executive branch's ability to conduct off-the-books imperial adventurism, and b) to break the power of the neoconservative intelligentsia in matters of foreign policy, especially in west Asia. A few criminal complaints that stuck -- and an impeachment inquiry into both the president and vice-president -- would have done the job nicely. Alas, the very serious people of the day assumed we were all made of spun sugar and far too delicate to know precisely how criminal our leaders had become. This treaty represents a new paradigm, a rejection of what had become the old norms, some of which were downright idiotic. It is possible that this treaty, and what may or may not come after it, signals an end to that long era of covert adventurism and criminal mischief. If that is the case, then this deal is more than worth the inevitable caterwauling that already has erupted. At least, Kerry didn't get on the plane with TOW missiles and a cake.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/iran-nuclear-programs-deal-112513

Living In Poverty: "It's best not to hope. You just take what you can get as you spot it."

Poverty is bleak and cuts off your long-term brain. It's why you see people with four different babydaddies instead of one. You grab a bit of connection wherever you can to survive. You have no idea how strong the pull to feel worthwhile is. It's more basic than food. You go to these people who make you feel lovely for an hour that one time, and that's all you get. You're probably not compatible with them for anything long-term, but right this minute they can make you feel powerful and valuable. It does not matter what will happen in a month. Whatever happens in a month is probably going to be just about as indifferent as whatever happened today or last week. None of it matters. We don't plan long-term because if we do we'll just get our hearts broken. It's best not to hope. You just take what you can get as you spot it.


New Thanksgiving: Billionaires Gorge as Many in America Near Starvation

A Dumpster Diving Thanksgiving for Many Americans
1. Scrounging to Survive and Heartlessness

Beverly is a middle-aged homeless woman who survives day-by-day on the streets of Chicago. I learned about her from my friend Joe, an advocate for the homeless and a volunteer at a community kitchen on the city's north side. He first noticed Beverly huddled in a theater exitway on a frigid November morning, cup in hand, a pair of crutches leaning against the door behind her. He gave her a little money, and she responded with a smile and a quiet "thank you." They talked a little bit; she seemed eager to share a few minutes of conversation. She mentioned that she hadn't eaten that day. Since they were too far from, and it was too early for, the community kitchen, Joe offered to buy her a meal. Her favorite was chili, at a lunch spot around the corner.

Charles and David Koch are both members of the .00001%. That's a group of twenty individuals who have a total net worth of over a half-trillion dollars, about $26 billion each. One of David's residences is at 740 Park Avenue, in the most exclusive area of Manhattan. The doorman at the 740 building had this to say about David Koch: "We would load up his trucks - two vans, usually - every weekend, for the Hamptons...multiple guys, in and out, in and out, heavy bags. We would never get a tip from Mr. Koch. We would never get a smile from Mr. Koch. Fifty-dollar check for Christmas."


Obama just launched single-payer in America

SUN NOV 24, 2013 AT 03:36 PM PST
Obama just launched single-payer in America
by Willinois

Did you notice? Did you see what happened when everyone was complaining about a website? Single-payer got started in America.

Vermont is using authority granted under the Affordable Care Act to start a single-payer system. Most Americans still don't know what the phrase "single-payer" even means. It had little support in Congress in 2009 and Senate "Democrats" like Nelson and Lieberman even killed the public option. But, ACA had this sweet little provision that allowed states to set up a single-payer system and now people will see it in action. You know what that means.

As Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) opines, "The quickest route toward a national health care program will be when individual states go forward and demonstrate that universal and non-profit health care works, and that it is the cost-effective and moral thing to do.”

Oh I know this is hard to swallow. Obama is third-way! He's dismantling the safetynet! A corporatist! He killed the public option!

Whatever else he is, Obama is a President who acts in a thoughtful, deliberate way that the chicken little headlines of the day often miss. As many predicted, ACA is already leading to the kind of transformative progressive change Obama promised. The progressive movement will be responsible for showing the nation how well single-payer works after the Vermont system goes into effect. When public and non-profit insurance becomes the national norm, we'll know where it began.


The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.

The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.

This system will provide an instant boost the state economy. This system will provide an instant boost the state economy. On the one side, you have workers that no longer have to worry about paying medical costs or a monthly premium and are able to use that money for other things. On the other side, you have the burden of paying insurance taken off of the employers side, who will be able to use the saved money to provide a better wage and/or reinvest in their company through updated infrastructure and added jobs. It is a win-win solution.


The Turkey Is In The Oven.

Yikes, Wolf Blitzer.

Yikes, Wolf Blitzer.

The CNN host was reporting on the Iran nuclear deal on Saturday night when he made an unfortunate transition to the next program:

"I'm Wolf Blitzer, reporting from Washington. The assassination of President Kennedy begins right now."

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