Monday Morning News Roundup

Monday Morning News Roundup

White House

The White House has decided to really and truly go after those who were standing in the way of a budget deal. The White House has released a breakdown of how the sequester will hurt states on a state-by-state basis.

It appears that a White House official has visited North Korea. I like the idea of talking with both our friends and our enemies.

Some Republicans simply cannot let vaginal ultrasounds go.

The father of a victim of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre sent his senators a letter. Both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake received letters that supported gun control. One would figure that they would get a letter written by a staffer and signed by the senator. If you thought that, you’d wrong. Tom Teves received a form letter. I remember years ago, when President Clinton was attempting healthcare reform, I sent a letter to the White House. I got a form letter back. Welcome to Washington. We really should expect and get more from our representatives.

Civil rights leader and representative of his district in Georgia John Lewis has written an op-ed in the Washington Post. The Voting Rights Act should stand. This op-ed is well worth the read.

It is kind of ironic that both Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson make their homes in Chicago. One family has risen to unprecedented political power for a Black man. The other family was held in high regard in the Black community. Both Jesse Jackson and his son, Jesse Jackson, Jr., have truly fallen far from grace.

Roman Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien has suddenly resigned from the Vatican and the Catholic Church. His resignation comes one day after a newspaper accused the Cardinal of “inappropriate acts”. Sad.

Austerity, Italian-style. It still doesn’t work.

Jennifer Lawrence fell at the Oscars

If you are one of those people who follows the Oscars and somehow, someway you haven’t found out who won what – you can find it here. I only saw two of the nominated films – Argo and Lincoln. I really liked Sally Field as Mary Lincoln. I also thought that Tommy Lee Jones was fabulous as Thaddeus Stevens. What do I know? :-)

Guess who is really upset that Argo was awarded the best picture? I’ll give you a hint. It’s a country. Yep, Iran is upset. Do you care?