Thursday Open Thread | Soundtrack Composers | Mike Post

Today’s composer is Mike Post.

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Mr. Post wrote a lot of music for the tv of my youth.

I loved Mike Post so much that I bought a CD of his tv themes..LOL

Mike Post (born Leland Michael Postil, September 29, 1944, Berkeley, California) is an American multi-Grammy and Emmy Award winning composer best known for his TV theme songs for such primetime series as Law & Order, NYPD Blue, The Rockford Files, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I. and Hill Street Blues.

Early musical career[edit]

Post’s first credited work in music was cutting demos using two singing sisters, Terry and Carol Fischer. With Sally Gordon, they went on to become The Murmaids. Their first single, “Popsicles and Icicles” (written by David Gates), was a #3 hit song in January 1964.

Post also provided early guidance for the garage rock band the Outcasts while in basic training in San Antonio, Texas. He was the songwriter and producer for both songs on the band’s first single, released in 1965, and also arranged a local concert where they served as the back-up band.[1]

He won his first Grammy at age 23 for Best Instrumental Arrangement on Mason Williams’ “Classical Gas”, a #2 hit song in 1968. He is also credited as the producer for Williams’ LP that included this song, The Mason Williams Phonograph Record.

Billed as the Mike Post Coalition, their track “Afternoon of the Rhino” became a sought after Northern soul track.[2] The single peaked at #47 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1975.[3]

Post also worked with Kenny Rogers and produced the first three albums he recorded with his country/rock group the First Edition (between 1967 and 1969). Post also produced Dolly Parton’s hit album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs in 1981. Much later, in 1997, he produced Van Halen’s Van Halen III album.

Television theme music[edit]

One of his first jobs in television started when he was 24, as the musical director on The Andy Williams Show. Another early job was writing the theme music for the short-lived detective series Toma in 1973, but his big breakthrough (together with co-composer Pete Carpenter) came in the following year with his theme song for The Rockford Files, another series by producer Stephen J. Cannell. The theme also got cross-over Top 40 radio airplay and earned a second Grammy for Post.[4] Post subsequently won Grammys for Best Instrumental Composition for the themes for the television shows Hill Street Blues in 1981 and L.A. Law in 1988 as well as another Grammy in 1981 for Best Instrumental Performance for the Hill Street Blues theme.[4]

Post won an Emmy for his Murder One theme music, and had previously been nominated for NYPD Blue, among others. He has won BMI Awards for the music for L.A. Law, Hunter, and the various Law & Order series. The theme for The Greatest American Hero is one of the few television themes to reach as high as #2 as a single record on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

At the peak of his career, Post was the go-to composer for all of the series created by Steven Bochco, Stephen J. Cannell and Dick Wolf. Considering the considerable amount of music to be created, Post operated an office with multiple staff composers, all composing side by side in cubicles. Each would write music cues, to complement specific scenes from each show, in Post’s signature style. This practice is not uncommon for top composers in the TV and Film composing worlds.

Other TV music works include The A-Team, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Blossom, CHiPs, The Commish, Doogie Howser, M.D., Hardcastle & McCormick, Hooperman, Hunter, Magnum, P.I., NewsRadio, Profit, Quantum Leap, Renegade, Riptide, Silk Stalkings, Stingray, Tales of the Gold Monkey,Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, The White Shadow, Wiseguy, the BBC series Roughnecks, Law & Order, and Philly.

 

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35 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Soundtrack Composers | Mike Post

  1. rikyrah says:

    House Should Vote Down Stand-Alone Farm Bill
    July 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    For several decades, legislation to reauthorize farm programs and SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) have moved together. Now, the House Republican leadership is splitting the bills, moving a stand-alone farm bill today and planning to move a separate SNAP bill later.

    The reason is clear. Even though the farm bill the House defeated a few weeks ago contained more than $20 billion in SNAP cuts (nearly all of them in food assistance benefits) as well as an unprecedented measure allowing states to cut families off SNAP if a parent wants to work but can’t find a job and letting state politicians take half of the resulting savings and use them for any purpose, that wasn’t enough for many of the most conservative House Republicans. So the House leadership has dropped the SNAP provisions and plans to come back later with a still harsher SNAP bill designed to pass solely with Republican votes.

    This turn of events is deeply disturbing:

    Until now, farm/SNAP legislation has been one of the few remaining areas of bipartisan legislative activity. The House Republicans’ scorched-earth policy with respect to SNAP is ending that, turning farm and SNAP legislation into a bitter partisan battleground on the House floor.

    The likely result will be enactment of farm-only legislation, with SNAP being placed in a more tenuous position when its authorization expires on September 30. (The House very likely will later pass a severe SNAP-only authorization bill to which the Senate likely will not respond.) What happens then is unclear, with a decided risk of Republican threats and actions to short-change SNAP’s appropriation on the grounds that the program hasn’t been reauthorized.

    Tens of millions of Americans (including many who work for low wages) live in poverty, struggle to make ends meet, and often suffer significant hardships, but they can at least get basic nutritional assistance through SNAP. They ought not to be pawns in political maneuvers, and Congress should not jeopardize their chances of getting enough food to eat.

    Splitting the farm bill and paving the way for the House to pass a more draconian SNAP-only bill in coming weeks would be the latest demonstration of how dysfunctional the House is becoming.

    The way to prevent this is clear. House Members should reject the stand-alone farm bill coming to the House floor today and go back to producing legislation that not only covers agriculture and nutrition together, but also can pass the House because it is bipartisan and moderate (unlike the current bill and the one defeated a few weeks ago), not partisan and extreme.

    http://www.offthechartsblog.org/house-should-vote-down-stand-alone-farm-bill/

  2. rikyrah says:

    House Republicans finally pass a farm bill — with no money for food stamps

    By Brad Plumer, Published: July 11 at 4:18 pm

    After a failed attempt earlier, the House GOP has finally passed legislation to fund U.S. farm policy for the next five years. The only catch? This new legislation is missing the $743 billion for food stamps that had been in previous bills.

    Instead, House Republicans decided to focus solely on passing a package of subsidies for farmers and agribusinesses worth about $195 billion over the next 10 years. (The final vote was 216 to 208.)

    Unlike the Senate farm bill, the House version has no funding whatsoever for food stamps for the poor. The House leadership has said it will come back later this month and try to scrounge up money for food aid in a separate piece of legislation.

    So what happens now? There are a few possibilities:

    1) The House could try to reconcile its ag-only bill with the Senate’s broader farm bill. Note that the Senate has already passed its own farm legislation that will cost $955 billion over 10 years. About 80 percent of the money in the Senate version goes toward nutritional programs and food stamps to help low-income households pay for groceries. (The official name for this is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.)

    The Senate and House could try to reconcile their two very different bills in conference — and the final version could well include food-stamp money. But any reconciled bill would still need to pass the House again — and conservatives there don’t want to vote for the Senate’s food-stamp formula, which would cut spending by just $3.9 billion over the next 10 years.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/11/the-house-just-passed-a-farm-bill-with-no-money-for-food-stamps-what-does-that-mean/

  3. rikyrah says:

    A beatdown for GOP from Hispanic media?

    By Greg Sargent, Published: July 11 at 4:46 pm

    House Republicans claim they see no urgency whatsoever about acting this summer on immigration reform, and just might get around to it some time this fall. And it’s probably true, as many have already noted, that individual House Republicans — tucked away in safe conservative districts — won’t feel any pressure to act on reform.

    But there’s one potential downside for the party in this strategy: it could mean the GOP gets hammered in the Hispanic media for months.

    Democrats plan to closely monitor the Spanish-language media for signs of how the immigration debate is playing there, now that the House GOP appears to have cast its lot with delay and inaction. One Dem points to Tweets from major Hispanic media figures who have already signaled anger with Republicans. There’s Univision’s Jorge Ramos, who has been called the “Walter Cronkite of Hispanic news” and is hugely influential, who tweeted:

    Boehner uses words like “flawed”and “rushed”to describe the Senate’s immigration bill.Does he understand its something urgent and necessary?

    There’s also this one from Ramos (translated from Spanish):

    Very disconcerting position of Republicans on immigration. Seems to want to kill reform and his party…

    And this one from Ramos urging followers to call John Boehner and demand action. Meanwhile, influential radio host Fernando Espuelas is accusing Boehner of threatening to scuttle reform.

    The word is that House Republicans believe the GOP elite’s concerns about the need to repair relations among Latinos, and the potential consequences failure to do this could have for the party, are “overblown.”

    But Democrats are planning a concerted push to make Republicans pay for failure to support reform in the Latino media. Obama himself is planning a series of interviews with Spanish-language media, where he’ll no doubt call on Republicans to get behind comprehensive reform without delay.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/07/11/a-beatdown-for-gop-from-hispanic-media/

  4. rikyrah says:

    Do you know these 30 tv show themes?

  5. rikyrah says:

    Nuclear fallout: GOP vows no legislation will pass Senate
    By Alexander Bolton – 07/11/13 04:05 PM ET

    Senate Republicans vow no other legislation will pass the Senate until after the next election if Democrats trigger the nuclear option to change the chamber’s rules.

    Instead, Republicans say they will campaign against the Democrats’ “tyranny of the majority” in hopes of regaining control of the Senate in the 2014 election, when 21 Democrats face re-election.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/310543-nuclear-fallout-gop-vows-no-legislation-will-pass-senate#ixzz2YlsJmcn5

  6. rikyrah says:

    Harry Reid escalates nuclear threat in a big way

    By Greg Sargent, Published: July 11 at 11:56 am

    An important moment on the Senate floor just now: Harry Reid said he would be filing cloture today on a whole bunch of executive nominations, and challenged Republicans to act on them — a major escalation of the threat to change the Senate rules by simple majority, i.e, the “nuclear option.”

    “We’re going to file cloture on a bunch of nominations, and those votes will occur next week when we schedule them,” Reid said, adding later that if no movement occurred on them, “we know what’s going to happen.”

    According to a senior Senate Democratic aide, this means that Reid will file cloture on the following nominations today: Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Gina McCarthy as head of the Environmental Protection Agency; Obama’s picks to the National Labor Relations Board; and possibly Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/07/11/harry-reid-escalates-nuclear-threat-in-a-big-way/

  7. rikyrah says:

    Boehner opens door a crack to citizenship

    By Greg Sargent, Published: July 11 at 2:16 pm

    John Boehner held a presser today at which he was pressed on what he learned from that big meeting with House GOPers yesterday. It’s being reported on as grounds for still more pessimism about reform’s prospects. As the Associated Press put it: “Boehner refused to say whether he supports a pathway to citizenship or whether the House would ever agree to legal status for unauthorized immigrants.”

    But there was one key exchange at the presser that seemed to open the door a crack to House Republicans supporting a path to citizenship — maybe, possibly — even if they continue to adhere to that fictional “Hastert Rule” they keep treating as Holy writ.

    It started with a question that was specifically about legalization and/or citizenship, and the exchange continued as follows:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/07/11/boehner-opens-door-a-crack-to-citizenship/

  8. Ametia says:

    Rikyrah, THANK YOU, for holding it down on the open threads.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady

    Rand Paul pals around with and accepts money from Stormfront, but he’s not racist. Don’t be ridiculous.

    11:39 AM – 11 Jul 2013

    Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady

    Can you imagine if a political candidate were to accept $$$ from homophobes like NOM? But black folks are just supposed to accept this? No.

    11:40 AM – 11 Jul 2013

    Jeremy Jewitt @jeremyjewitt

    I wonder if there’s a separate, backdoor website black people can donate to Rand Paul at.

    8:44 AM – 11 Jul 2013

  10. rikyrah says:

    How not to play the blame game
    By Steve Benen

    Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:30 PM EDT

    Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) talked to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner yesterday and raised a point I hadn’t heard elsewhere about the politics of immigration reform.

    “Chuck Schumer said yesterday, for example, that any bill without a pathway to citizenship is dead in the Senate. So if Chuck Schumer’s not going to accept anything unless he gets 100 percent of what he wants, then he’s the one who’s killing immigration reform, he’s the one who’s seeing that 80 percent is not enough,” Labrador said.

    Wagner noted the fact that the Senate bill has broad, bipartisan support from Republican leaders and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, adding, “And you’re going to blame Democrats?” Labrador responded, “Yeah, if Chuck Schumer does not accept the solution from the House, if he says that 80 percent is not good enough for him because he wants 100 percent, then it is his fault.”

    There are a few angles to keep in mind here. The first is that Labrador, like many House Republicans, is confused about the nature of the Senate bill. Neither Schumer nor any other Democrat looked at the comprehensive legislation has “100 percent” of what they wanted — rather, it was a bipartisan compromise, written with several conservative Republicans. What Labrador is arguing is that Dems accept a compromise of a compromise, while the House GOP makes no concessions whatsoever. That’s plainly silly, whether he understands the debate well enough to realize these details or not.

    Second, Labrador seems to believe that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is just another provision that Democrats should be prepared to trade away for the sake of a deal. It’s not. Rather, this is the point of working on immigration reform.

    And finally, there’s just a hint of desperation here, which will matter quite a bit in the coming months.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/11/19417306-how-not-to-play-the-blame-game?lite

  11. rikyrah says:

    Tyler Perry returned to chat with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on the Tuesday, May 28, 2013, “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” about his two new TV series premiering on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Tyler called Oprah Winfrey on his phone to join the chat. And she did — in person! You have to see how Kelly and Michael reacted when Oprah greeted them — and what questions they got to ask! And don’t miss “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” weekday mornings — click here for local time and channel:

    http://youtu.be/n5y-1cVVuqw

  12. rikyrah says:

    Tyler Perry returned to chat with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on the Tuesday, May 28, 2013, “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” about his two new TV series premiering on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Tyler called Oprah Winfrey on his phone to join the chat. And she did — in person! You have to see how Kelly and Michael reacted when Oprah greeted them — and what questions they got to ask! And don’t miss “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” weekday mornings — click here for local time and channel:

    http://youtu.be/n5y-1cVVuqw

  13. rikyrah says:

    The Morning Plum: House GOP won’t cross citizenship Rubicon

    By Greg Sargent, Published: July 11 at 9:16 am

    There are reams of reporting out there on yesterday’s House GOP meeting about the way forward on immigration. But unless I’m missing something, one of the most basic questions about the debate still remains unanswered: Is there anything, under any circumstances, that can get House Republicans to embrace a path to citizenship later?

    The reporting tells us that Republicans agreed that they are unlikely to act on immigration reform until the fall. It tells us that Republicans remain in thrall to their own talking point that the Obamacare mandate delay shows Obama can’t be trusted to enforce border security. It tells us that the GOP leadership is “skeptical that there is backing for anything more drastic than border security and E-verify.” Some of the Twitter traffic meanwhile, suggests Republicans remain more focused on whether security triggers should precede the initial provisional legalization, with the citizenship question mostly remaining an afterthought of sorts.

    In other words, the reporting confirms what we already know: That House Republicans don’t currently support citizenship, and remain more focused on border security, on initial legalization, and on the general political need to appear to be doing something to fix the broken immigration system.

    But here’s what we still don’t know: Whether there are any conditions, ever, that could induce House Republicans to embrace citizenship at any point in this process.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/07/11/the-morning-plum-house-gop-wont-cross-citizenship-rubicon/

  14. rikyrah says:

    The GOP IN THE HOUSE Is about to vote on ELIMINATING FOOD STAMPS

  15. rikyrah says:

    Nancy Smash! (Immigration Edition)

    Posted by Tom Levenson at 10:36 am

    Jul112013

    Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi, discussing Boehner/GOP phaffing on immigration reform legislation, congresssplains the Constitution to her counterparts:

    The Constitution says a majority. It doesn’t say the Hastert rule, or sometimes the Hastert rule, or when I feel like it the Hastert rule. It says the majority. And there are ways to achieve the majority that I hope they will pursue.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/07/11/nancy-smash-immigration-edition/#comment-4528498

  16. rikyrah says:

    Why 20-week abortion bans matter
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:17 AM EDT

    As Republican policymakers nationwide push new restrictions on reproductive rights, it’s amazing how multi-faceted the crusade has become. We’re seeing trap laws intended to close health clinics and mandates for medically-unnecessary ultrasounds and requirements that doctors tell lies written by politicians to their patients and more.

    But it’s the 20-week abortion ban that seems to have become especially popular on the right. Of all the various measures, it’s the only one to generate attention at the state and federal level — the U.S. House already passed its version, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) reportedly intends to do the same in the U.S. Senate, though there’s some evidence he’s getting cold feet.

    I can imagine for some, this proposal may not seem as offensive as, say, mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasounds that women neither want nor need. After all, the argument goes, what’s the big deal if the cut-off point shifts from 24 weeks to 20 weeks?

    Andrew Rosenthal had a good piece answering that question.

    The way the Catholic Association mentions “late-term” abortions, you might think the only women who had them were lazy and callous, just waiting around until the last second for no good reason.

    But as Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, told me in an email, nearly 99 percent of abortions occur before 21 weeks; abortions later on often involve rare, severe fetal abnormalities and real threats to a woman’s health. In many cases, women are facing the need to terminate a desired pregnancy, not an unwanted one.

    Ms. Richards cited the case of a woman in Nebraska, Danielle Deaver, whose water broke at 22 weeks, depriving her baby of most of the amniotic fluid. “Her doctor told her that the fetus could not develop or survive,” Ms. Richards said. “Despite this, she was forced to live through 10 excruciating days waiting to give birth, because her doctors feared prosecution under her state’s 20-week abortion ban.”

    It’s exactly why medical associations consider these measures so dangerous.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/11/19415494-why-20-week-abortion-bans-matter?lite

  17. rikyrah says:

    ENDA’s opponents fall silent

    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:46 AM EDT.

    We talked yesterday about a key Senate committee easily approving the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Though the final vote was 15 to 7, the bill enjoyed bipartisan support.

    For those who support civil rights and oppose discrimination, the vote offered new hope that ENDA might have enough support to overcome a Republican filibuster on the Senate floor. But while we wait for that, Chris Geidner noted something interesting about the developments in committee yesterday.

    The opposition to LGBT rights, a regular part of politics in the not-so-distant past, was given no voice as a Senate committee voted 15-7 in favor of legislation that would ban anti-LGBT job discrimination by most employers across the country.

    There remain wide swaths of the country where virulent anti-LGBT attitudes control the dialogue, but the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee provided an unexpected view Wednesday into what the next phase of LGBT rights battle could look like.

    No one spoke in opposition to the bill….

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/11/19415129-endas-opponents-fall-silent?lite

  18. rikyrah says:

    The GOP Is Terrified Obamacare Could Be a Success

    Jul 11, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

    Why are Republicans so scared of Obamacare? Because, says Jon Favreau, they’re frightened that it might actually work.

    Has anyone else noticed how pathetically frightened the Republican Party is that Obamacare just might succeed?The Koch brothers really dislike Obamacare. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

    I know, we’re all supposed to think the End Is Nigh because the government has decided to give the 10 percent of large employers who don’t insure their workers another 365 days to do so before levying a small penalty. This could not possibly be a reasonable accommodation to protect jobs and businesses, because as everybody knows, this president hates jobs and businesses.

    No, this brief delay must be a sign that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is destined to result in abject failure. After all, that’s what every Congressional Republican with the ability to hit send on a press release has told us, over and over again, hoping that repeating their prediction enough times will somehow make it true.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/11/the-gop-is-terrified-obamacare-could-be-a-success.html

  19. rikyrah says:

    The Republican blitz to shut down abortion-providing clinics is a national story
    By Will Femia
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:47 AM EDT.

    The various state-level Republican battles in the national Republican war on women are typically regarded individually. Even among activists, the focus is on discrete instances: individual bills like Wisconsin’s recent #SB206, a spotlighted state like #StandwithTXwomen, or distinctive local features, like today’s #MotorcycleVagina from North Carolina.

    But taken collectively, the national significance of state-level Republican anti-abortion legislative activism is clear. Where American women nationally voted overwhelmingly (55% to 44%, with the largest gender gap in Gallup poll history) against the Republican candidate who said he would be “delighted” to sign a federal abortion ban into law, what American women in Republican controlled states are actually getting since the 2012 election is a drastic dismantling of their reproductive rights.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/11/19405906-the-republican-blitz-to-shut-down-abortion-providing-clinics-is-a-national-story?lite

  20. rikyrah says:

    House Republicans Use Bogus Scandal As an Excuse To Slash The IRS Budget

    By: Rmuse
    Jul. 10th, 2013

    As part of their aversion to taxation, and the Internal Revenue Service, House Republicans are planning on slashing $3 billion from the IRS’s already pathetically underfunded budget, and besides just hating the concept of taxation, there are several likely reasons for starving one of the most critical departments in government. For one thing, Republicans have made no secret underfunding the IRS is punitive for what they cite as “inappropriate actions” over the phony scandal when IRS employees performed their due diligence in scrutinizing political groups filing applications for 501(C)(3) “social welfare” tax exempt status to conceal dark money donors in political campaigns. In fact, slashing the IRS funding is part of a series of GOP bills to punish the IRS that includes withholding 10% of the agency’s enforcement budget until they stop investigating conservative political groups’ applications according to a so-called “taxpayer watchdog” group.

    The bad news for government revenue is part of a spending bill for fiscal 2014 released by Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Hal Rogers (R-KY), that allocates $4 billion less than President Obama’s budget called for and over $3 billion less than House Republicans allotted last year. However, there is more at stake than just crippling the IRS from collecting revenue to keep the government operating and providing for the general welfare. Republicans have panted for a means of blocking execution of the Affordable Care Act, and underfunding the agency effectively denies their request for 16,500 new IRS agents over the next decade to oversee implementation of the health law.

    Cutting the IRS budget, especially enforcement and collections, is starving the government of much needed revenue, especially when Republicans are in a debt and deficit cutting frenzy. In 2006 alone, the IRS was so pathetically underfunded, and understaffed, they left $385 billion in owed and uncollected taxes primarily from corporations and the rich. The Republicans’ deliberate underfunding serves more than just punishing the agency for doing its job policing phony “social welfare” applications and thwarting the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, they are letting their wealthy contributors off the hook for taxes they owe. Plus, as a value-added benefit, starving the government of funds is part and parcel of their oath to lobbyist Grover Norquist to assist him in cutting “government down to size where he can drown it in a bathtub.” What better way to underfund the government than neutering the agency responsible for executing House Republicans’ oath to “lay and collect taxes… to pay the debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States?”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/10/house-republicans-bogus-scandal-excuse-slash-irs-budget.html

  21. rikyrah says:

    Don’t Buy The Media Lie: Democrats Aren’t Why Student Loan Interest Rates Doubled

    By: Jason Easley
    Jul. 10th, 2013

    The media is blaming Senate Democrats for student loan interest rates doubling, but the truth is that 0 Senate Republicans voted to lower the student loan interest rate.

    The media is spinning the failure to pass a bill that would return student loan interest rates to previous levels as the fault of Senate Democrats. Time’s Swampland blog described the situation as, “The gridlock paralyzing the Democrat-controlled Senate springs from arguments between two factions, one bipartisan and one Democratic.” This story line of division among Senate Democrats has been repeated over and over again. Heck, even The Washington Post has been pushing this narrative.

    See if you can spot the Democratic division in the partisan breakdown of today’s vote to move forward on the student loans bill:

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/10/buy-media-lie-republicans-student-loan-interest-rates-doubled.html

  22. rikyrah says:

    House GOP pushes immigration reform to the brink
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:00 AM EDT

    House Republicans have found themselves in an awkward position on the signature policy dispute of this Congress. A bipartisan Senate coalition has approved a popular immigration reform bill that enjoys the enthusiastic backing of President Obama, business leaders, GOP strategists, leaders from the Latino community, and a clear majority of the country.

    The problem, of course, is that House Republicans, for reasons that range from mysterious to dumb, hate the bill and are eager to kill it.

    So, what’s a House majority caucus to do? GOP leaders and members met in a Capitol Hill basement yesterday afternoon for two-and-a-half hours in the hopes of figuring something out. They didn’t come up with much, but they did reach one firm conclusion: House Republicans have no intention of even considering comprehensive immigration reform.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/11/19413618-house-gop-pushes-immigration-reform-to-the-brink?lite

  23. rikyrah says:

    Eric Cantor Dreams Up A Shockingly Stupid Plan To Kill Obamacare

    By: Jason Easley
    Jul. 10th, 2013

    Majority Leader Eric Cantor has come up with a plan to kill Obamacare that is so full of holes that it takes Republican House stupidity to a brand new low.

    The National Review Online reported:

    Cantor urged his colleagues to use the White House’s delay of the employer mandate as a political battering ram against the administration’s prized law.

    “Seize the moment,” Cantor told them. The delay, he predicted, could “destabalize the coalition for Obamacare.”

    He then called on the House to pass a one-year delay of the individual mandate to go along with an employer-mandate delay.

    “After both bills pass we combine them into one bill to send to the Senate,” he said. “On the delay of the employer mandate, we will make the point that the president doesn’t have the authority to just ignore the law. It will also force Democrats into the position of supporting or opposing the president.”

    There are several problems with Cantor’s plan. There is the little fact that the White House has already announced the delay of the employer mandate. House action isn’t required. There is no reason for the House to be passing a bill. Secondly, so what if the House passes a bill delaying the individual mandate for a year? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can do the same thing to the House bill on the individual mandate that Speaker John Boehner and Eric Cantor are doing to the Senate immigration bill. Reid can ignore their bill, and toss into the pile with all of the other meaningless legislation that the Republican led House has passed that will never see the light of day. Democrats won’t be forced into a position on anything, because they will ignore the House bill.

    It is almost as if Majority Leader Cantor is living in some sort of alternate reality that prevents him from being able to see what is going on in the real world. Here is what will happen if the House follows through on Cantor’s knuckleheaded strategy. Democrats will use the House passed bill in their argument for why they should be given back the majority in 2014. Instead of passing jobs legislation, or dealing with any of the issues that the American people care about, House Republicans continue to dream up new and different ways to kill Obamacare. Democrats will argue that House Republicans refuses to pass any meaningful legislation, which is why they need to be shown the door.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/07/10/eric-cantor-dreams-shockingly-stupid-plan-kill-obamacare.html

  24. rikyrah says:

    Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor

    By Rebecca Leber on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people. According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth.

    On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media campaign in Wichita, Kansas, with a hint of expanding it elsewhere. It is the Kochs’ biggest media buy since they promised to do more to “persuade politicians” after suffering losses in the 2012 election.

    In an interview with the Wichita Eagle published Tuesday, Koch said that the minimum wage is one policy he is working against:

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/10/2280101/charles-koch-minimum-wage/

  25. rikyrah says:

    Boehner warns House GOP will be weaker without immigration reform

    By Russell Berman, Molly K. Hooper and Erik Wasson – 07/10/13 06:36 PM ET

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urged their House Republican colleagues to pass immigration reform legislation in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, with the Speaker arguing his conference would be “in a much weaker position” if it failed to act.

    A divided House Republican conference met for more than two hours in the basement of the Capitol to begin hashing out a response to the sweeping immigration bill the Senate passed last month.

    Boehner spoke at the outset of the meeting and reiterated his pledge that no immigration bill, including a final House-Senate conference report, would come to the floor without the support of a majority of the House GOP. But both he and Ryan, the House budget chief and the GOP’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, made the case that the House GOP should take action on immigration in a way that reflected the party’s principles, Republicans in the room said.

    Boehner “said we’d be in a much weaker position if we didn’t act,” according to Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). “He clearly wants to act, thinks something needs to get done. Frankly, our principles are probably closer to where the American people are, but it’s incumbent upon us to act.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/310259-boehner-gop-would-be-in-much-weaker-position-without-action-on-immigration#ixzz2Yk6sruMz
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  26. rikyrah says:

    House, Senate prepare new attacks on federal health care law
    By Steve Benen
    Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:15 AM EDT

    It was just two months ago that House Republicans voted for the 37th time to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act. Soon after, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters that Americans should expect more of the same from his party for the indefinite future. “We’re going to keep the focus on Obamacare,” he said.

    He really wasn’t kidding. Here’s what we saw from the House GOP yesterday…

    Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced Wednesday that the House will vote in July to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year, a move that comes in response to the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate for a year

    and here’s what we saw from the Senate GOP yesterday.

    Senate Republicans are launching another effort to defund parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law, including what their campaign chairman referred to Wednesday as “the death panel.”

    All 46 Republican senators signed on to a letter spearheaded by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., that calls for a permanent delay of the health care law.

    At a news conference unveiling the letter, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) said he and his far-right colleagues would push measures intended to block enforcement — apparently forever — of the employer and individual mandates. Moran added that he would “offer an amendment that will defund IPAB, the so-called death panel.”

    Yes, more than three years after the Affordable Care Act became law, we still have confused Republican senators making “death panel” references in public.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/11/19414756-house-senate-prepare-new-attacks-on-federal-health-care-law?lite

  27. rikyrah says:

    Republican filibuster derails student loan bill

    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:24 PM EDT

    Congress already missed its deadline last week on protecting student-loan interest rates from spiking, but Senate Democrats had a plan to keep the lower rates in place for another year while negotiations continued on a more permanent solution.

    That bill reached the floor this afternoon, and a majority of senators supported it. But in today’s Senate, we don’t count whether a bill has a majority — we count whether a bill can overcome a Republican filibuster.

    The Senate on Wednesday failed to advance a bill backed by Democratic leaders that would keep student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent for another year.

    In a 51-49 vote, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes necessary to break a filibuster and proceed with the bill.

    It would have been 52-48 but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had to switch his vote for procedural reasons. Regardless, literally every Republican in the chamber supported the filibuster, as did Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Angus King (I-Maine), who prefer a separate compromise bill that ties interest rates to the 10-year Treasury rate.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/10/19398627-republican-filibuster-derails-student-loan-bill?lite

  28. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Happy HUMP day! :-)

    Love the theme musicfrom The Rockford Files & Hill Street Blues. Great series this week, Rikyrah. Been listening to it in between watching the Zimmerman trial.

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