Dominique Strauss-Kahn Ensconced in $50,000/month TriBeCa Townhouse

By |May 26th, 2011|

It sure beats Rikers Island. From the New York Post we get a picture that won't do anything to neutralize a "jury of his peers," though where they're going to be found has not been answered. The uber-luxury, $50,000-a-month townhouse at 153 Franklin St. -- replete with a home theater, gym, spa, bar and rec [...]

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Senate Overwhelmingly Rejects Ryan’s Budget Scheme

By |May 26th, 2011|

While we were moving servers and doing the upgrade, which meant I couldn't write until we got squared away... From The Hill, the Senate treated Paul Ryan's Medicare voucher crap shoot like the plague it is: The 40-57 vote came one day after Republicans suffered an upset defeat in a special election in upstate New [...]

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Bill Clinton to Paul Ryan: Hochul Win No Excuse to Do Nothing

By |May 25th, 2011|

"So anyway, I told them before you got here, I said I'm glad we won this race in New York," Clinton told Ryan, when the two met backstage at a forum on the national debt held by the Pete Peterson Foundation. But he added, "I hope Democrats don't use this as an excuse to do [...]

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Ed Schultz Calls Laura Ingraham a ‘Right Wing Slut’

By |May 25th, 2011|

**UPDATED** "And what do the Republicans thinking about?" Schultz said. "They're not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They're just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they're talking about, like this right-wing slut, what's her name?, Laura Ingraham? [...]

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Obama Congratulates Hochul, While Debbie Wasserman Schultz Cites Medicare

By |May 25th, 2011|

"The voters of this district have sent me to Washington because I said I'm willing to fight for them on Medicare, make sure the lobbyists pay for their fair share and get our budget under control," she said. "Whatever happens nationally, I'm very focused on my new district. "The question is: Did I have the [...]

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Huffington Post Lawsuit Given Go by New York Judge

By |May 25th, 2011|

Daou and Boyce will get their day in court, which will begin with discovery. Via the Wall Street Journal, reporting by the AP: A judge in New York City has refused to throw out a lawsuit by two Democratic political consultants who allege that The Huffington Post's founders stole the idea for the popular website [...]

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First Lady Michelle Obama Stuns in Tom Ford ‘Goddess’ Gown

By |May 25th, 2011|

First Lady Michelle Obama in a stunning Tom Ford gown, complete with long white gloves to suit the formal occasion, as well as to die for earrings, though they are very hard to see in this photo. It was absolutely her most beautiful style moment yet, reminding me of the head to toe glamor of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy that once made history. Her president husband, however, ran into a little trouble with the toast. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO PARLIAMENT Westminster Hall London, United Kingdom 3:47 P.M. BST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, my lords, and members of the House of Commons: I have known few greater honors than the opportunity to address the Mother of Parliaments at Westminster Hall. I am told that the last three speakers here have been the Pope, Her Majesty the Queen, and Nelson Mandela — which is either a very high bar or the beginning of a very funny joke. (Laughter.) I come here today to reaffirm one of the oldest, one of the strongest alliances the world has ever known. It’s long been said that the United States and the United Kingdom share a special relationship. And since we also share an especially active press corps, that relationship is often analyzed and overanalyzed for the slightest hint of stress or strain. Of course, all relationships have their ups and downs. Admittedly, ours got off on the wrong foot with a small scrape about tea and taxes. (Laughter.) There may also have been some hurt feelings when the White House was set on fire during the War of 1812. (Laughter.) But fortunately, it’s been smooth sailing ever since. The reason for this close friendship doesn’t just have to do with our shared history, our shared heritage; our ties of language and culture; or even the strong partnership between our governments. Our relationship is special because of the values and beliefs that have united our people through the ages. Centuries ago, when kings, emperors, and warlords reigned over much of the world, it was the English who first spelled out the rights and liberties of man in the Magna Carta. It was here, in this very hall, where the rule of law first developed, courts were established, disputes were settled, and citizens came to petition their leaders. Over time, the people of this nation waged a long and sometimes bloody struggle to expand and secure their freedom from the crown. Propelled by the ideals of the Enlightenment, they would ultimately forge an English Bill of Rights, and invest the power to govern in an elected parliament that’s gathered here today. What began on this island would inspire millions throughout the continent of Europe and across the world. But perhaps no one drew greater inspiration from these notions of freedom than your rabble-rousing colonists on the other side of the Atlantic. As Winston Churchill said, the “”¦Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.” For both of our nations, living up to the ideals enshrined in these founding documents has sometimes been difficult, has always been a work in progress. The path has never been perfect. But through the struggles of slaves and immigrants, women and ethnic minorities, former colonies and persecuted religions, we have learned better than most that the longing for freedom and human dignity is not English or American or Western “”- it is universal, and it beats in every heart. Perhaps that’s why there are few nations that stand firmer, speak louder, and fight harder to defend democratic values around the world than the United States and the United Kingdom. We are the allies who landed at Omaha and Gold, who sacrificed side by side to free a continent from the march of tyranny, and help prosperity flourish from the ruins of war. And with the founding of NATO “”- a British idea “”- we joined a transatlantic alliance that has ensured our security for over half a century. Together with our allies, we forged a lasting peace from a cold war. When the Iron Curtain lifted, we expanded our alliance to include the nations of Central and Eastern Europe, and built new bridges to Russia and the former states of the Soviet Union. And when there was strife in the Balkans, we worked together to keep the peace. Today, after a difficult decade that began with war and ended in recession, our nations have arrived at a pivotal moment once more. A global economy that once stood on the brink of depression is now stable and recovering. After years of conflict, the United States has removed 100,000 troops from Iraq, the United Kingdom has removed its forces, and our combat mission there has ended. In Afghanistan, we’ve broken the Taliban’s momentum and will soon begin a transition to Afghan lead. And nearly 10 years after 9/11, we have disrupted terrorist networks and dealt al Qaeda a huge blow by killing its leader “”- Osama bin Laden. Together, we have met great challenges. But as we enter this new chapter in our shared history, profound challenges stretch before us. In a world where the prosperity of all nations is now inextricably linked, a new era of cooperation is required to ensure the growth and stability of the global economy. As new threats spread across borders and oceans, we must dismantle terrorist networks and stop the spread of nuclear weapons, confront climate change and combat famine and disease. And as a revolution races through the streets of the Middle East and North Africa, the entire world has a stake in the aspirations of a generation that longs to determine its own destiny. These challenges come at a time when the international order has already been reshaped for a new century. Countries like China, India, and Brazil are growing by leaps and bounds. We should welcome this development, for it has lifted hundreds of millions from poverty around the globe, and created new markets and opportunities for our own nations. […]

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And in This Corner, Sarah Palin

By |May 25th, 2011|

expanded cross-post at TMV The Real Clear Politics post starts simple enough. Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role... It accelerates quickly. Bannon intends to premiere the film in Iowa late next month before expanding the release to New Hampshire, South [...]

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NY-26 Special Election LiveBlog: Will Austerity Lose? **UPDATED** YES!

By |May 24th, 2011|

Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Democrats scored an upset in one of New York's most conservative Congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party's plan to overhaul Medicare. - Democrat Wins G.O.P. Seat; Rebuke Seen to Medicare Plan [...]

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Women Won’t Get Squat by Being Timid

By |May 24th, 2011|

At Blair House, the old boys club meeting has consisted of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), U.S. Senators John Kyl (R-AZ), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Max Baucus (D-MT), Reps. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who have convened for the budget negotiations with Vice President Biden, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Budget Director [...]

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