Pres. Obama: ‘I think history will end up… in the situation in Egypt we were on the right side of history.’

By |February 15th, 2011|

NBC's Chuck Todd got under Pres. Obama's skin when he asked "What was the point of the fiscal commission...?" Obama was visibly annoyed: "Still provides a framework for a conversation... You guys are pretty impatient." "I definitely feel folks pain," Obama said in response to tough budget cuts. "It's frustrating." On Egypt: "... I think [...]

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When Obama Loyalists Blow

By |February 15th, 2011|

A former community organizer in Chicago, Obama proposed a 50-percent cut to a $700-million community-service block grant program. A former lawyer who touted his work to improve living conditions for the poor, Obama proposed a sharp cut in energy assistance for low-income families. A graduate-school alumnus who only recently, and quite publicly, was able to [...]

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Egyptian Revolution Inspired by Liberalism

By |February 13th, 2011|

"He gave me a lesson in democracy and said: 'We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that's the fate of the Middle East,'" Ben-Eliezer said. "'They may be talking about democracy but they don't know what they're talking about and the result will be extremism and [...]

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Huffington Post Catches ‘No Labels’ Fever

By |February 13th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Bumped from Friday night (2.11 - 6:30 pm). But -- and here comes a major but -- ditching the bogus left-right frame is not about moving reflexively to the center. It is rather a rejection of the very concept that left, right and center are a good way to map the crucial debates of [...]

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Paul Wins CPAC (again), So What?

By |February 12th, 2011|

Rep. Ron Paul ended up the darling of CPAC with 30% of the vote, Romney getting 23%. Ann Coulter decided to weigh in and actually delivered some sense. From The Hill: Asked in a Q&A session after a bombastic speech at CPAC what she thought of the 2012 field of hopefuls, Coulter initially hesitated, but [...]

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Queer Talk: Some Feel Good News

By |February 12th, 2011|

Sometimes I need a break from hard political realities. Several recent stories fill that role very well. In fact, they fill the "makes you feel good and gives you hope" role. Here's the first story, from the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center's CEO Lorri L. Jean: "What we found in our mailbox has everyone [...]

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ARMY TAKES OVER – MUBARAK STEPS DOWN

By |February 11th, 2011|

The Supreme Council for the Armed Forces has taken power from the Egyptian President. The Pharaoh has been toppled. From Al Jazeera, who played such an essential role in this story. Watch it live, it's really chilling. The lump in my throat is keeping back the tears. What an incredible moment for the Egyptian people, [...]

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Cheney Called ‘War Criminal’ at CPAC

By |February 11th, 2011|

Amidst wild applause, Ron Paul supporters got rowdy. When it got quiet, a shout of "war criminal" could be heard. When Donald Rumsfeld started speaking, as recipient of the "Defender of the Constitution" award, a laughable honor to bestow on this man, according TPMDC and other reports, some in the Paul contingent walked out. "Uh, [...]

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Lost in Translation, Mubarak Edition

By |February 10th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Egypt Ambassador to the U.S. Sameh Shoukray speaking on CNN says that Pres. Mubarak has no actual power and that "Suleiman is now the de-facto President of Egypt." Mubarak has "delegated the authority of the presidency to the vice president," according to Amb. Shoukray. He said this has been "verified to him that this [...]

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Mubarak Digs In

By |February 10th, 2011|

**UPDATED** President Hosni Mubarak addressed an expectant Egypt on Thursday, saying that he had delegated his powers to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but would not leave the country, according to NBC News translation. - MSNBC Pres. Mubarak redefined out of touch today in his speech to Egypt. Transferring some powers to V.P. Suleiman, Mubarak [...]

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