Steven Spielberg: “Gov. Chris Christie was a Hero for Me”

By |December 19th, 2012|

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER talks to Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis. Here's an excerpt: Spielberg: I got a chance to meet him. Mandela has always been a hero. And Bill Clinton is a hero for me today. THR: Your colleague David Geffen turned against him. Spielberg: Well, we all have different points of view about politics [...]

Bill Kristol is Leading Chuck Hagel Swiftboating, Launches Cable Ad Campaign [Video]

By |December 19th, 2012|

What I will say is this: Kristol is offensive, wrong, and this kind of swiftboating must stop, now. I know Chuck Hagel, and consider him a friend. I'm also Jewish. I know who Senator Hagel is, and what he stands for. I also know anti-Semitism when I see it, and for William Kristol to use [...]

The New Found Interest in Mental Health Care

By |December 19th, 2012|

For the many people who have worked for decades (and thanks and power to every person doing that) to get even sort of adequate funding for mental health care, this moment (related, of course, to the Sandy Hook murders) must be a mixture of "opportunity to educate" and "where the hell where all you people [...]

News Desk: Adm. Mullen Comments, as 3 State Dept. Officials Resign After Benghazi Report Released

By |December 19th, 2012|

THREE STATE Department officials have resigned following the report on Benghazi that was made public today, according to the Associated Press, quoted in the New York Times. The A.P., quoting an unidentified administration official, said Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy [...]

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State Department Inquiry on Benghazi Finds “Grossly Inadequate” Security, No Video Protest

By |December 19th, 2012|

Finally, the report blamed two major State Department bureaus "“ Diplomatic Security and Near Eastern Affairs "“ for failing to coordinate and plan adequate security. The panel also determined that a number of officials had shown poor leadership, but they were not identified in the unclassified version of the report that was released. "Systemic failures [...]

Time’s Marketing Stunt and Who The Person of the Year Should Have Been

By |December 19th, 2012|

Of the 79 insider attacks from May 2007 to September 2012, military investigators found that 38 percent were likely to have been triggered by personal motives; 6 percent were suspected cases of enemy infiltration; and 14 percent were attributed to co-option, in which insurgents persuaded a member of the security forces to help carry out [...]

Adam Lanza’s Guns and N.R.A.’s Promise of a “Meaningful Contribution”

By |December 19th, 2012|

Lanza, 20, carried "many high-capacity clips" for the lightweight military-style rifle, Lt. Paul Vance, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, told The Huffington Post in an email. [Huffington Post] SINCE THERE have been many questions coming my way on the weapons Adam Lanza had access to, I thought it would be helpful to post [...]

Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst Group Silent Before Michigan’s Governor Snyder Vetoes Concealed Carry Permit Law

By |December 19th, 2012|

Although [Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst] group takes no public position on the measure, StudentsFirst's allies in Michigan politics have no problem with concealed carry in schools. Indeed, the vast majority of the Michigan legislators whom StudentsFirst recently endorsed voted in favor of the legislation. Of 22 legislators who received election endorsements from StudentsFirst, 14 supported the [...]

President Obama’s House Poodle, Nancy Pelosi, Puts Her Party Over Middle Class and Seniors

By |December 18th, 2012|

"Yes, I do... I believe the President has shown great leadership in what he put forth..." Pelosi, adding, "Yes, the Democrats will stick with the president -- and maybe not every single one of them." [Huffington Post] WHAT WILL the rest of the congressional Democrats and progressives do? As for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, she can [...]

Freedom of the Press Foundation Launched to ‘Block US Government Attacks’

By |December 18th, 2012|

Glenn Greewald writes, about the new Freedom of the Press Foundation, at The Guardian (emphasis added throughout post): Nothing is more vital than enabling true transparency and adversarial journalism, and preventing further assaults on them. Greenwald is a member of the Board of Directors of the new organization, who signed the announcement about the group, [...]