News Desk: Chinese Media Confront Romney Over Policies

By |August 28th, 2012|

OVER ON Foreign Policy, Josh Rogin was the first to report this story. From China Daily: "By any standard, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's China policy, as outlined on his official campaign website, is an outdated manifestation of a Cold War mentality," read a commentary in Monday's China Daily. "It endorses the "˜China [...]

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News Desk: Obama Administration Announces Fuel Standards of 54.5 MPG by 2025

By |August 28th, 2012|

THE RELEASE from the White House, an excerpt: The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. When combined with previous standards set by this Administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles [...]

Government Refused to Allow James O’Keefe to Travel to Florida

By |August 28th, 2012|

...O'Keefe was not granted permission by the government to travel to Tampa. "He is currently on probation from some of his Louisiana investigation activities, and his travel permission was revoked," [communications director Tanja Clendinen] said. [Politico] STILL ON PROBATION for pleading guilty to illegal entry into Sen. Mary Landrieu's office, James O'Keefe cannot participate in [...]

Former Appalachian Trail Cheater Now Engaged to Lover

By |August 28th, 2012|

GETTING INVOLVED with a married man seldom ends happily. Unless you're in it for a good time and it's more friends with benefits than courtship it's a train wreck waiting to happen. Daily Beast chronicles a few high profile lovers who married the other woman. Former Gov. Mark Sanford, who got caught with his Appalachian [...]

Consumer Confidence at 9-month Low

By |August 28th, 2012|

THE REPORT quotes Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, who says, "Consumers were more apprehensive about business and employment prospects, but more optimistic about their financial prospects despite rising inflation expectations." U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly weakened in August to its lowest in nine months as Americans turned more pessimistic about the [...]

How Rachel Maddow Got Away with Smacking Around Ronald Reagan Without It Bothering Anyone

By |August 28th, 2012|

SHORTLY AFTER the narrative begins, Rachel Maddow offers a silly little piece of ancient text. Why in the world would anyone be interested in the 1973 moment when Congress set out to write "A Joint Resolution Concerning the War Powers of Congress and the President"? Directing that "to fulfill the intent of the framers of [...]

Another Republican Gets it Wrong on Rape, Equates it to Baby Out of Wedlock

By |August 27th, 2012|

TEA PARTY candidate Tom Smith, taking on Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, decided to go down the Todd Akin-Paul Ryan road today. It got bumpy very quickly. From Think Progress: SMITH: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock. SCOLFORO: That's similar to rape? SMITH: No, no, no, but"¦ put yourself in a father's situation, [...]

News Desk: Green-on-Blue, Afghan Killing Afghan, Massacre over “Music Party” in Afghanistan

By |August 27th, 2012|

An Afghan soldier killed two American troops Monday in the latest attack by Afghan security forces on coalition soldiers, authorities said. The killings occurred the same day 10 Afghan soldiers were killed when members of their own unit opened fire on them at an army post in southern Helmand province, according to provincial officials. - [...]

French Pres. Hollande Will Recognize Provisional Government in Syria As Soon As It’s Formed

By |August 27th, 2012|

In a speech to French diplomats, Mr. Hollande called for an "intensification of efforts for the political transition to take place quickly" and urged the Syrian opposition to form a "provisional, inclusive and representative" government. "France will recognize the provisional government of the new Syria as soon as it is formed," he said. [Globe and [...]

Kathleen Parker Asks “What the *#@% Is Wrong With Republicans?”

By |August 27th, 2012|

It's not just Akin. By pushing some of the most invasive state policies in modern history, the men of the GOP are driving their party off a cliff. - Kathleen Parker THE LAMENT from all quarters of the Republican Party as their convention gets underway would be sad if it weren't completely self-inflicted. The Todd [...]