In A Surprise Send-Off, Obama Awards Biden Presidential Medal Of Freedom

From NPR:

President Obama awarded outgoing Vice President Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday afternoon.

Calling the former longtime Delaware senator “the best vice president America’s ever had” and a “lion of American history,” Obama gave his White House partner the surprise award in an emotional ceremony, initially billed as a farewell.
#MemeoftheWeek: The Best Of The Obama-Biden ‘BROTUS’
#MemeoftheWeek: The Best Of The Obama-Biden ‘BROTUS’

After extolling the job that Biden has done, Obama ended it with the unexpected news that he was giving the vice president the nation’s highest civilian honor, with distinction — a designation previously given only to President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Gen. Colin Powell.

“To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully,” Obama said.

Overcome with tears and completely caught off guard by the award, Biden praised the president as “remarkable man who did remarkable things for this country” who had truly treated him like an equal partner in governance.

Steve Harvey under fire for mocking Asian men

Steve Harvey is still a terrible person:

Steve Harvey is facing backlash for comments he made mocking Asian men on his daytime talk show.

During his recent monologue on the “Steve Harvey Show,” the 59-year-old comedian made fun of several dating advice books, including one titled, “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”

“That’s one page, too. ‘Excuse me, do you like Asian men?’ No,” he says, joking about being asked the question. “Thank you.”

He then joked about another book title, “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”

“Same thing,” he said. ” ‘You like Asian men?’ ”

“I don’t even like Chinese food,” he said, apparently impersonating a black woman. “It don’t stay with you no time. I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.”

Senate Takes Major Step Toward Repealing Obamacare

From Talking Points Memo:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate early Thursday passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans and President-elect Trump grapple with what to replace it with.

The nearly party-line 51-48 vote early Thursday came on a nonbinding Republican-backed budget measure that eases the way for action on subsequent repeal legislation as soon as next month.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against the measure, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was not present for the vote.

“We must act quickly to bring relief to the American people,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The House is slated to vote on the measure on Friday, though some Republicans there have misgivings about setting the repeal effort in motion without a better idea of the replacement plan.

Thursday’s Senate procedural vote will set up special budget rules that will allow the repeal vote to take place with a simple majority in the 100-member Senate, instead of the 60 votes required to move most legislation.

That means Republicans, who control 52 seats, can push through repeal legislation without Democratic cooperation. They’re also discussing whether there are some elements of a replacement bill that could get through at the same time with a simple majority. But for many elements of a new health care law, Republicans are likely to need 60 votes and Democratic support, and at this point the two parties aren’t even talking.

Congressman Who Compared Obama to Hitler Wants Reporter Fired for Being Disrespectful to Trump

We have at least two years of this kind of jaw dropping chutzpah to look forward to.

A day after Donald Trump shouted down CNN reporter Jim Acosta at his first “press conference” since July and accused his network of providing “fake news,” a Republican Congressman is demanding that Acosta be fired.

Two years ago to the day, Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) made national news for a tweet comparing the president of the United States?—?unfavorably?—?to Hitler. He later apologized for his observation that “Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons,” and deleted the tweet.

He never removed a January 2014 tweet in which he called Obama “Kommandant-In-Chef”… the Socialistic dictator,” nor others suggesting POTUS stood for “Poor Obama Trashed U.S.”

But now, apparently, Weber has decided that being rude to the president is an offense worthy of firing.

Question of the Day

How will you be impacted when the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, it’s the same fucking thing) is repealed?

I receive healthcare insurance through my employer. Of course, if I lose my job, I’ll lose that coverage. I am a resident of Massachusetts which had passed a version of Obamacare before Obama was President thanks to Mitt Romney (which was extremely strange during his presidential run when he was against Obamacare despite already implementing it in his state but politics). I’m not sure what the impact will be on MA residents if Obamacare is repealed.

There are just too many questions out there for the long term.