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GOP Can’t Find Votes to Pass Its Own DHS Bill

Republican leaders in the House tried to prevent the midnight shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security by passing a stopgap bill that would fund the department for three weeks, leaving time for both parties to debate what should be in the final budget. It didn't work.

The final vote was 203 to 224, with many conservative and tea party Republicans voting nay, as well as most of the Democrats in the minority. Conservative Republicans want to include a provision defunding President Obama's executive order on immigration, while House Democrats want to vote on the bill that would fund DHS through the year, which has already passed in the Senate. With only a few hours left to go before the end of the day, options for avoiding shutdown are running out. Representatives were warned that additional votes tonight and this weekend may be necessary. 

Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Reported Dead

Russian news outlets have reported that Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin and prominent critic of Russian President Vladmir Putin, was shot in the streets of Moscow, near the Kremlin, on Friday night. One of Nemtsov's fellow opposition leaders, Illya Yashin, told one Russian news website, "Unfortunately I can see the corpse of Boris Nemtsov in front of me now. At the Bolshoy Zamoskvoretsky Bridge. I see the body and lots of police around it."

The politician, who led several opposition parties over the course of his career, was scheduled to help lead a march on Sunday. 

The Guardian notes that it has been a decade since the last assassination of a politician in Moscow. 

How Net Neutrality, Unloved by Very Powerful People, Made It

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission approved new net-neutrality rules, and, as you'd expect, everyone on the internet is now wondering what it all means

But seeing as the rules still need to survive bureaucratic lethargy, Congress, and litigation threats, who knows exactly what the change could mean, and if consumers will even notice. (The New York Times reports that the Netherlands still exists despite similar regulations having been in place there for two years.)

The question of why net-neutrality rules were approved yesterday despite massive protest from powerful broadband companies with armies of lobbyists and the Republican majority in Congress, as well as the fact that the FCC is currently chaired by someone many pro-net-neutrality advocates have been skeptical about, is a slightly easier thing to unpack.

The chain of events leading to yesterday's vote began when a federal appeals court in D.C. struck down existing net-neutrality rules in 2014 and the FCC began to consider whether broadband companies should be able to charge websites for better access, among other changes coveted by that industry.

The FCC opened up the debate over these possible changes to the public, and the agency was flooded with millions of public comments being filed — taking the telecommunications outrage record from those who complained about Janet Jackson's Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction in 2004. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed the comments and found that a majority seemed to support net neutrality.

After the commenting period closed, President Obama — who is on the record in support of net neutrality since at least 2007 — weighed in with a pro-net neutrality statement and mentioned that the FCC should listen to what the public was telling them. On Thursday, he tweeted about the FCC’s decision, again calling attention to the activists: “That's the power of millions making their voices heard.” He also sent a note to Reddit congratulating the efforts of its users: "Earlier today, the FCC voted to protect a free and open internet — the kind of internet that allows entrepreneurs to thrive and debates over duck-sized horses and horse-sized ducks to persist." White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest noted yesterday that the new rules were "in line and consistent with the position that the President had articulated last November."

If there’s anything we’ve learned about the president during his career and campaigns, it’s that he loves nothing more than being able to #humblebrag about his grassroots support. And after the electoral losses that occurred right before Obama's big net-neutrality announcement, the White House was a bit hungry for some love from its base.

7 Actually Good Things That Happened This Week

February is the cruelest month. It was bitterly cold, everyone kept getting a stomach virus, and my horoscope — which promised everything from professional acclaim to a romantic getaway — was even more wrong than Inhofe is about climate change. But it's the last Friday of the month, which means we're almost free of February's dastardly clutches. And Spring is only 21 days away! Here are seven good things to kick off your weekend.


Kristol: Netanyahu Loves America More Than Obama Does

The endless ethno-nationalist conflict in American politics has, of late, revolved around two related dramas. One is a debate over President Obama’s patriotism, or Christianity, or alleged lack thereof. Another is a debate over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress. Neoconservative activist and intellectual William Kristol brings the two episodes together in a fit of inadvertent insight, arguing in the same column that “Giuliani had struck a nerve,” and that Netanyahu is “more of an America-lover than Barack Obama.” Yes, that’s right. Kristol is simultaneously impugning the patriotism of the president of the United States and comparing him unfavorably to a foreign leader. Because the tension between these two beliefs has not even occurred to him, Kristol has brought together two arguments conservatives needed to keep apart.


Oldest Investor on Wall Street Dies at 109

Irving Kahn, the oldest active investor on Wall Street, died at the age of 109 on Tuesday. According to the New York Times, he was also "the last surviving member of what had been described as the oldest living sibling quartet." New York Magazine profiled Kahn in 2011. He began working on Wall Street in 1928, and continued going into the office three days a week up until last year for a short workday that "often include[d] a nice bowl of soup." Reporter Jesse Green wrote, “'I don’t worry about dying,' he says, assuming it will happen in his sleep. Instead he worries about staying mentally agile, which is why he reads three newspapers daily and watches all the C-Spans. 'I know people collect postage stamps, but that’s just one thing. It’s about having multiple interests.'”

Republicans Realize Obamacare Lawsuit Would Destroy Them, Not Obamacare

Liberals have spent months freaking out about King v. Burwell, a right-wing lawsuit that they believe would cripple or even destroy Obamacare. I argued recently it would do no such thing, one reason being that Republicans would pay a heavy political price for standing by and doing nothing as 11.5 million mostly middle-class Americans immediately lose their insurance.

My argument was based on assessing the political calculus from the outside. We now have a lot of information about what Republicans think from the inside. And the case looks even stronger than I initially suspected.


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