Wednesday Open Thread

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree  is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca 9-30776.

Although Decca released it in both 1958 and again in 1959, it did not sell well until Lee became a popular star in 1960; that Christmas season, it hit #14 on the Billboard pop chart and turned into a perennial holiday favorite. It continued to sell well during the holiday season, hitting #5 on the Christmas chart as late as 1984. Brenda Lee’s recording still receives a great deal of airplay. Despite the song’s title, its instrumentation also fits the Country genre which Brenda Lee more fully embraced as her career evolved. Despite her mature-sounding voice, she recorded this song when she was only 14 years old. The recording featured Hank Garland’s ringing guitar. For decades, Brenda Lee’s recording was the only notable version of the song. Radio stations ranging from Top 40 to Adult Contemporary to Country Music to Oldies to even Adult Standards played this version.

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46 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread

  1. The New Code Word in Dog-Whistle Politics: “URBAN”

    Wait for the dog-whistle:

    “Figure this out, Madame Speaker: We have a very, very urban Senator, Barack Obama, who has decided he’s going to run for president, and what does he do?” King said. “He introduces legislation to create a whole new Pigford claim.”

    “Very, very URBAN“? W-T-H did King mean by “URBAN”?

    You might as well said: “Consider, Madame Speaker: we have a Nigger in the White House who used his position as a U. S. Senator to make sure his fellow Niggers got paid for being ripped off and discriminated against by our Government.”

    Come on, when you heard “URBAN”, that was but another dog-whistle for calling the POTUS a Nigger.

    I’ve already said in a post well over a year ago, these mofos should just go ahead and call the man a Nigger already and get it over with, because I’m getting sick and tired of the “code words” you force yourselves to use in the name of being “politically correct”.

    To morons like Steve King, discrimination was a preferred way of life for their asses, until we Negroes started agitating for our Civil Rights which had been due to us from the time Lincoln, their hero, signed the Emancipation Proclaimation and freed us; the people who were BROUGHT HERE AGAINST OUR WILL, to do the labor their asses were too lazy to perform and made them filthy rich.


    Dear Steve King,

    You are the most despicable man on the face of the earth & have no business in Congress where laws are made. The Black Farmers won their lawsuit because they were discriminated against by the government. Black people have suffered enough of your klan hate.

    Furthermore…The American people are tired of your racist views and dog whistles. Get over your insecurities about a black man being in the White House. He is President of the United States. Learn to deal with it or get yourself some therapy. There is help available to help you deal with your timid insecurities & penis envy.

  2. Ametia says:

    Nigeria to Charge Dick Cheney in Pipeline Bribery Case
    December 01, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo

    (Updates with Eni comment in seventh paragraph.)

    Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — Nigeria will file charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and officials from five foreign companies including Halliburton Co. over a $180 million bribery scandal, a prosecutor at the anti-graft agency said.

    Indictments will be lodged in a Nigerian court “in the next three days,” Godwin Obla, prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said in an interview today at his office in Abuja, the capital. An arrest warrant for Cheney “will be issued and transmitted through Interpol,” the world’s biggest international police organization, he said.

    Peter Long, Cheney’s spokesman, said he couldn’t immediately comment when contacted today and said he would respond later to an e-mailed request for comment.

    Obla said charges will be filed against current and former chief executive officers of Halliburton, including Cheney, who was CEO from 1995 to 2000, and its former unit KBR Inc., based in Houston, Texas; Technip SA, Europe’s second-largest oilfield- services provider; Eni SpA, Italy’s biggest oil company; and Saipem Construction Co., a unit of Eni. Obla didn’t identify the former officials whom he said held office when the alleged bribes were paid.

    Last week, Nigeria arrested at least 23 officials from companies including Halliburton, Saipem, Technip and a former subsidiary of Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG in connection with alleged illegal payments to Nigerian officials. Those detained were all freed on bail on Nov. 29.

  3. Supreme Court: Government Is ‘Torturing FOIA’ To Keep Docs Secret

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the government’s broad use of an exemption in the federal Freedom of Information Act to withhold documents from the public.

    The justices heard argument in an appeal from Glen Milner, a Washington state resident who sued under FOIA for maps showing the extent of damage expected from an explosion at the Navy’s main West Coast ammunition dump on an island near Port Townsend in western Washington.

    The Obama administration is defending the decision to deny Milner the maps under a provision of FOIA that exempts from disclosure documents “related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency.”

    Chief Justice John Roberts said the administration was asking the court “to torture the language in FOIA” to keep the documents from being made public. Roberts also noted the public’s frustration with FOIA, even when the government is willing to turn over material. “It takes forever to get the documents,” he said.

    Several other justices indicated that they also thought the government and several appeals courts that have dealt with FOIA lawsuits have interpreted the exception too broadly.

    John Roberts, bite me!!!!!!!!!

  4. Death Penalty May Be Ruled Unconstitutional In Texas

    WASHINGTON — At a hearing scheduled for Monday, December 6, a district court in Texas will decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional in the state based on the disproportionately high risk of wrongful convictions in Texas. This is the first time in the state’s history that a court will examine the problem of innocent people being executed in a Texas capital trial.

    John Edward Green, Jr., the defendant in Texas v. Green, is charged in the fatal shooting of a 34-year-old Houston woman during a 2008 robbery. According to legal documents obtained by HuffPost, Green’s defense attorneys will be arguing on Monday that a number of factors in Texas’s legal system increase the risk of wrongful executions there, including a lack of safeguards to protect against mistaken eyewitness identification, faulty forensic evidence, incompetent lawyers at the appellate level, failures to guard against false confessions and a history of racial discrimination in jury selection.

    The death penalty in Texas came under fire earlier this month when a DNA test conducted on a single hair undermined the evidence that convicted a Texas man of capital murder over ten years ago. The hair had been the only piece of evidence linking Claude Jones to the crime scene, but the new test results revealed that the hair likely belonged to the murder victim instead of Jones.

  5. Margaret Cho: Sarah Palin Forced Bristol To Do ‘Dancing’

    How did Bristol Palin end up on ‘Dancing With the Stars’? Sarah once said that the show’s producers’ first choice was Todd but they took Bristol instead–and now Bristol’s fellow contestant Margaret Cho says Sarah forced her daughter to do the show as payback for her ill-timed pregnancy.

    Margaret writes on her blog:

    I heard from someone who really should know (really should seriously know the dirt really really) that the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS so that “America would fall in love with her again” and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way. Instead of being supposedly “handicapped” by the presence of her teen mom daughter, now Bristol is going to be an “asset” – a celebrity beloved for her dancing. I am sure the show wasn’t in on this (but who knows anything really).
    Margaret goes on to criticize people for making fun of Bristol’s weight and praise Bristol’s dance moves.

    ‘Dancing’ producers are reportedly trying once again to get Todd Palin to sign on for next season, which may coincide with the 2012 presidential campaign.

    Why don’t the Palins go away, got d*mmit!

  6. Ametia says:

    Record-Breaking Cyber Monday Surpasses $1 Billion In U.S. Online Spending
    Online retailers rejoice! According to comScore’s latest stats, U.S. online spending surpassed $1 billion on CyberMonday (the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday), up 16 percent versus year ago. The day also marked the the heaviest online spending day in history and the first day to surpass a billion dollars in spending.

    As comScore reported over the weekend, U.S. online shoppers spent $648 million in online sales on Black Friday, which was a 9 percent increase from last year and also set records for the heaviest spending day in e-commerce history. For the holiday season-to-date, the company reports that $13.55 billion has been spent online, which is a 13 percent increase comapared to the same period last year.

    comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni said in a statement that the “early strength in consumer spending is almost certainly the result of retailers’ heavier-than-normal promotional and discounting activity at this early point in the season.” It should be interesting to see of retailers continue to promote discounts and sales as we near the holidays.

    The record-breaking billion dollar day was primarily attributed to an increase in the average spending per buyer (up 12 percent) as opposed to the number of buyers which only grew by 4 percent to 9 million. The average spending per transaction grew 10 percent to $60.05, while the total number of transactions increased 6 percent to 17.1 million.

  7. Ametia says:

    NAW, son, you’re not playing the hand that PBO’s been dealt, so how the fuck you gonna say he’s playing bad poker? PBO’s setting up those GOP suckers!

    Posted at 4:06 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010
    Obama’s bad poker
    By Ezra Klein

    On page 116 of “The Promise,” Jonathan Alter describes President Obama’s approach to the stimulus as “bad poker.” “Instead of holding his cards close, and then sweetening the pot for Republicans with tax cuts in the final negotiations, [Obama] offered nearly $300 billion in tax cuts at the front-end of the process. … It was a big bargaining chip left off the table.”

    Obama has since admitted as much. “It might have been better for us not to include tax cuts in the original package, let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts, and then say, O.K., you know, we’ll compromise and give you your tax cuts,” he told Peter Baker. So why does he keep including the tax cuts?

    Annoyed congressional staffers and baffled strategists rattle the list of concessions the White House has unilaterally made to Republicans from memory. There were the $300 billion in tax cuts, of course. The non-security discretionary spending freeze, a longtime Republican demand that the Obama administration simply announced during the 2010 State of the Union (Republicans responded by demanding discretionary spending cuts back to 2008 levels). During the climate-change debate, the administration gave away an expansion of offshore drilling, loan guarantees for nuclear power plants and delay of EPA regulations until 2011 — all Republican demands that Lindsey Graham, John Kerry and Joe Lieberman were hoping to trade for GOP support. “Obama had served the dessert before the children even promised to eat their spinach,” reported Ryan Lizza. “Graham was the only Republican negotiating on the climate bill, and now he had virtually nothing left to take to his Republican colleagues.” And most recently, there’s the two-year freeze in federal pay.

    Different parts of the White House give different answers when asked about this strategy. Some argue that these decisions were simply good policy, and the president is right not to treat them as bargaining chips. The whole theory of legislative politics as some sort of negotiation is wrong, they say. The Republicans were never going to negotiate, and so holding these as chips would’ve simply meant never doing them. Better to do them unilaterally and get the credit. Some will defend certain policies but not others. The tax cuts were done unilaterally because the administration was committed to a particular design that it thought would do more for the economy, though this doesn’t get mentioned much because it makes them look less bipartisan. And some staffers just laugh ruefully when you use the word “strategy.”

    “The best negotiator I ever came across was [former Reagan and Bush chief of staff] Jim Baker,” says Paul Begala, who served as an adviser to President Clinton. “He began every negotiation with this sentence: ‘Nothing is agreed to till everything is agreed to.’ So no one can pocket anything, and no one suffers for making the first move.” To many Democrats, Republicans have simply proven the wisdom of Baker’s strategy: They keep pocketing these gains without giving the White House any credit, while both the Democrats and Obama take lashings from their base for being insufficiently principled and tactically incompetent.

    “You don’t go out and say you’re going to freeze federal pay on your own,” says one angry Hill staffer. “You go sit across a table from someone, say, ‘I’m willing to do this, but this is what you’ve got to give me.’ That’s how this works.”

    The going theory — which you hear both inside and outside the White House — is that this is what happens when a president who wants to be bipartisan gets stuck in a partisan moment. Obama remains intent on proving his interest in working across the aisle but impatient with negotiations that will go nowhere and produce nothing. It’s worth sitting down with drug companies because concessions might buy their support. It’s not worth doing it with Republicans because concessions don’t attract their support, as the Gang of Six, among other negotiations, proved.

    But the White House’s critics think the proof is in the election. Democrats just got “shellacked.” Obama gained absolutely nothing by seeming more reasonable than his opponents. In fact, the Republicans ran some notably unreasonable candidates and still won the election. The question, they say, isn’t why Obama wants this strategy to work. It’s when he’ll admit that it’s failed.

  8. Dick Cheney Lines Up Behind Likely Steele Challenger Maria Cino

    Dick Cheney and other GOP heavyweights are setting up a fundraiser for Maria Cino, a former Bush Commerce Department official and Deputy Transportation Secretary who may soon be announcing her intent to challenge Michael Steele for the RNC chair position.

    According to CNN the event will be held at GOP strategist Mary Matalin’s Virginia home and feature guests such as Ed Gillespie, former New York Rep. Bill Paxon and former Bush aides Melissa Bennett and Emily Lampkin. It is reportedly designed to channel donations into Cino’s recently created 527 group.

    According to CNN’s report:

    But as the fundraiser makes clear, Cino is all but certain to jump in the race and could formally announce her bid at the end of next week. She is slated to participate in a closed-door interview session Thursday with the bloc of RNC conservatives.
    The lining up of powerful Bush-era officials, including the administration’s vice president, against Michael Steele is the latest sign of bad news for the RNC Chairman, who was recently hit with a poll that suggested Republican voters were strongly supportive of his departure. And that was before he was tripped up yet again by news that he’d allegedly showered large amounts of RNC money on a longtime aide.

    Saul Anuzis, former GOP chairman of Michigan, has already officially announced his plans to take on Steele for the RNC leadership role, as has former Luxembourg ambassador Anne Wagner. More challengers are still expected to throw their hats into the ring in the lead-up to the mid-January selection process.

    Bye, Steele!

    • Ametia says:

      LOL! With Darth Vader Cheney steering the wheel of this takedown, Steele should just put his head between his legs, and kiss his black ass bye, bye NOW!

  9. Ametia says:

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper calmly destroys birther logic
    By David Edwards
    Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 — 11:56 am

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper came prepared Monday to an interview with a Republican Texas state representative who questions President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

    Rep. Leo Berman has introduced a bill that would require any candidate for president or vice president of the United States to provide his or her birth certificate to the Texas secretary of state.

    “This bill is necessary because we have a president whom the American people don’t know whether he was born in Kenya or some other place,” Leo Berman, who has represented the 6th District of Texas since 1999, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

    “I don’t know anything about President Obama,” Berman told Cooper Monday.

    “There’s a certificate of live birth, which is what the state of Hawaii sends out,” Cooper explained. “Why isn’t that good enough?”

    “Well, because it’s not an original birth certificate. It doesn’t show the parents’ place of birth. And, also, we know for certain that President Obama’s father was born in Kenya. Since he was born in Kenya, in — that was a British protectorate. President Obama was born in 1961. And with his father being a British citizen, at least, President Obama, we think, holds dual citizenship,” Berman replied.

  10. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: Administration to maintain offshore drilling ban in key areas, sources say
    December 1, 2010 10:48:17 AM

    Obama administration officials will announce this afternoon that they will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, according to sources briefed on the plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March. During that announcement — less than a month before the BP oil spill — Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said they would open up the eastern Gulf and parts of the Atlantic, including off the coast of Virginia, to offshore oil and gas exploration.

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  11. Ametia says:

    press release
    Dec. 1, 2010, 8:15 a.m. EST

    U.S. Private Sector Employment Increased by 93,000 Jobs in November, According to ADP National Employment Report
    ROSELAND, NJ, Dec 01, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Private-sector employment increased by 93,000 from October to November on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report(R) released today. The ADP National Employment Report, created by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP(R)), in partnership with Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC, is derived from actual payroll data and measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month.

  12. opulent2 says:

    Ametia….Huckabee sounds like you!! Maybe he reads 3 chics!

    “Mike Huckabee said the person who provided thousands of secret State Department cables deserves to be executed.

    Said Huckabee: “Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.”

  13. opulent2 says:

    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is expected to be elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association in Washington today, the Baltimore Sun reports, “a position that would give him a turn in the national spotlight.”

    OOOhhhhh…now we see why the Gov of that real special state TX, is being touted as a Presidential candidate, he on the money train as Pres. of GOP Govs!


    “As chairman, O’Malley could fatten his list of donors with names from other states, deepen relationships with a network of emerging Democratic leaders and recruit new faces to the party. It would also afford an opportunity to install loyal staffers in key national positions.”

    O’Malley’s counterpart will be Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who was recently named chairman of the Republican Governors Association.”

  14. opulent2 says:

    These 2 faced GOP always talking about cut taxes, cut spending…but they ALWAYS gung-ho about spending Trillions for war. War, war, war, kill, kill, kill…unless it is a woman’s right to choose…they all of a sudden life is precious!! This hypocrisy is just nauseating.

    “A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds that just 20% of Americans agree with President Obama’s 2014 timetable for pulling out all troops from Afghanistan, one of the president’s lowest levels of support on any policy position.

    But he’s caught in a tough place: 38%, including half of Democrats, say troops should be withdrawn sooner than he proposes while 40%, including 61% of Republicans, say the U.S. should be prepared to keep combat forces there as long as it takes. “

  15. opulent2 says:

    “A presidential panel released a plan to cut government spending and raise taxes to cut the national debt. But getting the 14 of 18 votes needed to move it to Congress will not be easy and the final vote of the panel was delayed until Friday.

    Wall Street Journal: “The proposals are likely to trigger widespread resistance from the interest groups that would be directly affected, such as seniors and home builders, but the panel’s co-chairmen said the tough decisions must be made to put the country on a more fiscally sustainable path.”

    New York Times: “Republicans generally oppose the chairmen’s draft plan because of its tax increases for upper-income Americans. The elected Republicans on the panel are Senators Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Michael D. Crapo of Idaho, and Representatives Dave Camp of Michigan, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Jeb Hensarling of Texas. The elected Democrats on the commission are resisting the scale of proposed reductions from future health care and Social Security programs, according to people familiar with the discussions. Those Democrats are Senators Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Max Baucus of Montana and Kent Conrad of North Dakota, and Representatives Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Xavier Becerra of California, and John M. Spratt Jr. of South Carolina.”

    • Ametia says:

      I’m not quite sure what to make of this panel’s plans. Feeling a little uneasy about the higher retirement age. And of course I HATE the RETHUGS for their stuck in the groove mantra for tax CUTS!!!!!

  16. Hat tip Jack and Jill Politics:

    Spankin’ Sarah Palin: A clown short of a circus

    I have already called Sarah Palin a pith-headed bimbo from the back of beyond, in this column. I shall now go one step further. By attacking the democratically elected President of the United States of America at a sensitive time in her country’s history, she shows the tact of a boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral.

    If Sarah Palin is not some kind of a massive political joke in the USA, wheeled out to liven up the political scene from time to time with nonsensical and pastiche (one hopes) displays of sheer and utter ignorance, then it is worrying. It is even more so if anyone other than a manic depressive suffering from a chronic lack of lithium takes this…female…seriously.

    Hockey Mum Sarah ex-Governess of Alaska is famous for her shrill shrieking style, displaying a pitifully shallow persona which one hopes is stage-managed to give the rest of the world a good chuckle at the Americans’ ability and unique quality to make fun of themselves, a real-life female version of Homer Simpson-cum-Belching Barney at Mo’s, giving us ever-more hilarious soundbites as she sets herself up as the dumbest woman on Earth.

    Just occasionally, one encounters a bar-room idiot whose party piece is belching loudly before falling backwards off his stool, bouncing off the floor on his backside with a background provided by guffaws of laughter, yet who winks knowingly as he is carried out with his feet scraping along the ground and says “Don’t worry son, most of it is an act”.

    The act. It reminds one of Marilyn Monroe putting on the act of the dumb blonde. But an act it was, a character projected by a shrewd, intelligent and charismatic woman with the ability to invent a persona. Sarah Palin, however, is the real-life thing. And it is becoming patently obvious that it isn’t an act.

    Sarah Palin, the one famous for ludicrous statements such as “I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree”; she is after all someone who “must have lived such a doggoned sheltered life”, Sarah “We’re all Arizonans now” Palin, cracking down on immigrants when the US of A is after all a country formed by…whom?

    And now she turns not only against the fibre and backbone of her country, but against its democratically-elected President, accusing him of being incompetent for not stopping Wikileaks. Where was she and where was her GOP before and during the 9/11 attacks? She accuses President Obama of not taking “steps” to assure the leaks were not published. What “steps”?

    Oh! Oh!

    Ka Pow!

    • opulent2 says:

      Oooooo….Palin ..had finally hit the nerves of the powers that be…they see the potential for her to destroy decades of foreign policy diplomacy.


      Long as it was just the blackmanintheWH…they didn’t care…but she has gone global now …and the movers&shakers are gonna take her down…she messing in the wrong powermoney pool now.

      Witness..Scarborough’s attack recently….hahahahaah..they gunning for her now.

      They used her like a cheap slut, ran a train on her ..and now they are about to dump her in the nearest dumpster like the trash she always was.

  17. Ametia says:

    F.C.C. Chairman Outlines Broadband FrameworkBy EDWARD WYATT
    Published: December 1, 2010
    WASHINGTON — Thwarted by the courts, by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and by some of his fellow commissioners, the Federal Communications Commission chairman will try again on Wednesday to devise a new strategy for regulating broadband Internet service providers.

    In a speech he plans to give Wednesday in Washington, Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman, will outline a framework for broadband Internet service that forbids both wired and wireless Internet service providers from blocking lawful content. But the proposal would allow broadband providers to charge consumers different rates for different levels of service, according to a text of the speech provided to The New York Times.

  18. Ametia says:

    Co-host spittin’ mad over Spitzer
    Co-host spittin’ mad over SpitzBy TARA PALMERI

    Last Updated: 4:24 AM, December 1, 2010

    Eliot Spitzer’s TV sidekick is so fed up with playing second fiddle to the hooker-loving ex-gov that she’s threatening to walk, sources told The Post yesterday.

    Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker actually stormed off the set of the “Parker Spitzer” show during a pre-taping a few weeks ago — furious that her co-host is continually allowed to take charge of their nightly CNN chat-fest, the insiders said.

    Although still fuming, Parker did return to wrap up the segment, they said.

    But she’s angry that the show’s producers are allegedly doing nothing to play up her strengths on the ailing show, the sources said.

    Some staffers said Spitzer — the hard-charging, former state attorney general who resigned as governor in 2008 after admitting to patronizing prostitutes — thrust himself up front and center right out of the gate, leaving Parker without a chance.

    But other insiders said the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parker has only herself to blame.

  19. Ametia says:

    Senate GOP letter calls for blocking most bills
    By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent

    Associated Press November 30, 2010 07:25 PM Copyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Senate Republicans intend to block action on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation unrelated to tax cuts and government spending in the current postelection session of Congress, officials said Tuesday, adding that the leadership has quietly collected signatures on a letter pledging to carry out the strategy.

    If carried out, it would doom Democratic-backed attempts to end the Pentagon’s practice of discharging openly gay members of the military service and give legal status to young illegal immigrants who join the military or attend college.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made both measures a priority as Democrats attempt to enact legislation long sought by groups that supported them in the recent midterm elections.

    A nuclear arms treaty with Russia that President Barack Obama wants ratified would not be affected, since any debate would take place under different rules than those that apply to legislation. Even so, its passage is not assured as Republicans are seeking concessions from the White House.

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