Meanwhile, Today in Egypt

By |January 25th, 2011|

**UPDATED** The big news around the sphere is Pres. Obama's State of the Union speech tonight. But not around here, as something serious is brewing in Egypt... and so far no one is covering it, but that won't last long. Just a few moments ago (6:45 pm EST)... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Protests have brought Cairo to a [...]

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The State of Pres. Obama’s Reelection Launch

By |January 25th, 2011|

"The left understands that the choice in 2012 will be Obama or somebody far worse," the official said. "They will have no choice, no matter what Obama says in the State of the Union address. No matter how much we complain, he knows that at the end of the day, we will be supporting him [...]

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Hey Obama! Listen to Clinton’s “Save Social Security First” SOTU.

By |January 24th, 2011|

TM NOTE: Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Obama's much anticipated State of the Union, yet another speech on which a frustrated and desperate people await for some word of hope and action, has progressives on edge. So on edge Democratic members of Congress have written a letter asking he not touch [...]

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Eric Cantor Wants to Start Over On Health Care

By |January 24th, 2011|

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Rep. Cantor wouldn't call the birthers and others questioning Obama's citizenship as engaging in "crazy talk," as David Gregory urged, but he did manage to laugh nervously like a little girl before replying. It's really unseemly when a supposed "leader" won't take to [...]

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Al Jazeera Meets Wikileaks

By |January 24th, 2011|

The Palestinian Authority proposed an unprecedented land swap to the Israeli government, offering to annex virtually all of the illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. - The "napkin map" revealed If old media wasn't screwed after Wikileaks they are now. It's also weird to be reading headlines talking about the end of the peace talks. [...]

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Mitt Romney Kicks Sarah Palin’s.. (ahem)… in New Hampshire

By |January 23rd, 2011|

It's not February, but I wonder if Mr. Milbank will write about it? Declaring February "Palin-free month," Milbank would never pull this stunt with a male politician. Reading Dana "mad bitch beer" Milbank writing about women is always an exercise in wading through crap from the insider boys' club, with the Washington Post helping him [...]

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Hey Keith, You’ve Been TMZ’d.

By |January 22nd, 2011|

I can't imagine anything Keith Olbermann would hate more than being TMZ'd. The juicy tabloid outfit has earned it's verb status. Segue to... TMZ's take. Here's how it went down. Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Olbermann's agent recently went to NBC complaining that Keith -- who has the most popular show on [...]

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Queer Talk: Obama on DOMA – Evolving Fierce Advocacy?

By |January 22nd, 2011|

I’ll start by answering my own question. No, I don’t think President Obama’s actions in the White House have shown him to be the “fierce advocate” for LGBT rights he claimed to be. That really wasn’t a surprise, given what sounded to me, in primary days, like quite moderate, “pragmatic” polcies in general, not just regarding LGBT equality. About the “evolving” part on the Defense of Marriage Act – Obama recently told Kerry Eleveld that his “attitudes are evolving on this,” on marriage for lesbian couples and gay couples, that he’s “wrestling with” the issue. His statements about his view of marriage of lesbian couples and gay couples have certainly changed, from support for marriage equality to support for civil unions. To me, the direction of that change sounds more devolutionary the evolutionary. And exhibits a distinct lack of fierceness. Still, in the interview with Eleveld, the implication seems to be that he’s re-re-rethinking. So maybe that’s a move toward fierceness. Certainly it’s something to be encouraged. But then, very shortly after that interview, along comes another DOJ defense of DOMA. The concerns with possible court decisions helped push movement on DADT repeal. In the case of DOMA, the judicial concerns include several decision in support of marriage equality, as various cases move through the system, no doubt with one or more eventually getting to the Supreme Court, where Justice Kennedy will likely provide the deciding vote. But unlike DADT, DOMA would not have a Democratic majority in the House, though I’m not at all certain the House minority, the Senate majority, nor the White House, would favor repeal of DOMA, or more accurately, are willing to risk what they’d see as the potential political costs. The Department of Justice announced last October that they would appeal the July 2010 rulings against DOMA. It wasn’t a surprise, as Chris Geidner reported , when on January 13 of this year the DOJ filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals a “single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States. This past July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section Three of DOMA — which sets a federal definition for “˜marriage’ and “˜spouse’ — is unconstitutional.” Geidner summarizes the DOJ arguments for the continued validity of DOMA: 1. Congress Could Have Rationally Concluded That DOMA Promotes A Legitimate Interest in Preserving a National Status Quo at the Federal Level While States Engage in a Period of Evaluation of and Experience with Opening Marriage to Same-Sex Couples. 2. Congress Could Reasonably Conclude That DOMA Serves a Legitimate Federal Interest in Uniform Application of Federal Law Within and Across States During a Period When Important State Laws Differ. 3. Congress Could Reasonably Have Believed That by Maintaining the Status Quo, DOMA Serves the General Federal Interest of Respecting Policy Development among the States While Preserving the Authority of Each Sovereign to Choose its Own Course. As observed by Geidner and others, the arguments seem to come down to: DOMA makes sense because the states haven’t “reached a uniform decision,” and so must preserve the “status quo” until a consensus (no doubt we can expect that any decade now) is reached. However, as Nancy Goldstein argues : […]

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Keith Olbermann Abruptly Signs Off, Out at MSNBC

By |January 22nd, 2011|

**UPDATED** (Originally posted at 10 pm EST 1.21) For the last several weeks, Mr. Olbermann and the network have been in negotiations to end his successful run on MSNBC, according to executives involved in the talks who requested anonymity because the talks were confidential. The deal was completed on Friday, and Mr. Olbermann made the [...]

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This Week in Crazy: Tea Party the New Jews

By |January 21st, 2011|

TM NOTE: Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. In this week in crazy, two items stand out from the Right that are making the rounds. One is Limbaugh’s remarks that apparently the Tea Party is now the persecuted Jew of Europe. That is the new meme on the Right. We saw it with Palin and “blood libel,” and saw it with references popping up in WSJ and elsewhere that the Tea Party is subject to “pogroms.” The other is that apparently the ring leader of these poor persecuted new Jews, Glenn Beck, shouted clearly that Democrats are Marxist enemies of America who hate George Washington and thus they must “be shot in the head.” Yikes. What set Rush off were some over the top remarks from Jewish Congressman Cohen (D) of Tennessee calling the GOP smears on the healthcare law very much like that of Nazi propaganda. Cohen immediately apologized but do not fear Rush one upped him. Here is fair and imbalanced Rush on the bitter persecution his Tea Party has had to endure: … Who are the new Jews Congressman Cohen? It’s not the Democrats. It’s the Tea Party. Beck on June 10 2010 made some rather insightful comments which, after Giffords, are getting new attention. Not funny stuff, Mr. Beck. Here is the clip and then the full transcript of what he said. As Fox News would say, You Decide. […]

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