There is a remote possibility that House and Senate Democrats may be able to craft a bill that lowers cuts in the Food a Stamp Program. The cuts in the program would in essence be the result of an administrative fix. If the fix can be agreed, people would not lose current Food Stamp benefits. The negotiations are part of the discussions on the farm bill.
Obviously, the great limiting factor is the Republican Hose and Senate members. There would have to be enough Republican House votes to allow the bill to pass. There is a glimmer of hope that Food Stamp benefits would not suffer the expected loss associated with the previous Republican proposals.
It wasn't just that we could supply stuff, or that we had the factories or know-how or capital, it was that we created our own demand and started exporting that demand throughout the west. And the standard of living made it possible to manufacture stuff at an incredible rate and sell it.
And how did we do that? We did that by not giving in to either side. That was the new deal. That was the great society. That was all of that argument about collective bargaining and union wages and it was an argument that meant neither side gets to win. ...
Ultimately we abandoned that and believed in the idea of trickle-down and the idea of the market economy and the market knows best, to the point where...
Hillel is one of the rabbis in the Jewish tradition most associated with the spirit of questioning, argument, and debate. Indeed, so intense and multiple were his disagreements with Shammai that a saying emerged from their disputes: “The one law has become two.”
[.....] Mr. Jang’s purge was highly unusual for North Korea not only because its victim was a man long considered a core member of Mr. Kim’s inner circle but also because of the way the regime abandoned its customary secrecy about internal politics and publicized the purge — through front-page coverage in the North’s state-run newspapers and through the televised spectacle of party secretaries, some tearfully, attacking a man who was until recently the North’s second most powerful figure.
In an unusual and extended Sunday meeting of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee presided over by his nephew, Mr. Jang was condemned for womanizing, drug abuse, “...
Jacob Zuma will deliver keynote address in first leg of what has been described as the biggest funeral in history
By David Smith in Johannesburg and Monica Mark in Cape Town, The Guardian, 9 Dec., 2013
[.....] For dignitaries attending the memorial, not least Obama and Castro, a potential diplomatic minefield awaits. But Zelda la Grange, Mandela's personal assistant for more than a decade, told Reuters: "Tomorrow, people should all be honouring their relationship with Madiba. If it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, I would like to see that. That is what Nelson Mandela was and actually is – bringing people together despite their differences." [....]