Drones: In the U.S. Counterterrorism ‘Playbook’ and Under UN Investigation

By |January 25th, 2013|

The use of drones, domestically and internationally, continues to rise. Two recent developments caught my attention, both focused on the international arena. First, from the Washington Post: The Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual that is designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations but leaves open a major exemption for [...]

A Brit’s View: Who Wants a Referendum?

By |January 25th, 2013|

TM NOTE: AA Birch, who began posting at TM last week, will be writing periodically about British politics, as well as sports. On hearing British Prime Minister David Cameron almost, but not totally, declare a kind of weird, small war on the European Union this week, I couldn't help but thinking "here we go again". [...]

John Kerry on Climate Change: “A Life-Threating Issue,” But Hedges on Keystone XL Pipeline [Video – Full Remarks]

By |January 25th, 2013|

"I will be a passionate advocate for this," he added, "not based on ideology but facts." [Boston Globe] OBAMA'S NOMINEE to succeed Secretary Clinton, John Kerry, put climate change in stark emphasis in his remarks yesterday. He has a history of being an advocate for addressing climate change. What will this mean for the future [...]

Katie Couric’s Solid Interview with Manti Te’o, While Questions Remain on Notre Dame [Videos]

By |January 25th, 2013|

Hoax mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, posing as the mysterious Lennay Kekua, was the falsetto voice on the other end of the all-night phone calls with the Notre Dame star, the scammer's lawyer said. The Heisman Trophy finalist "thought it was a female he was talking with," lawyer Milton Grimes acknowledged to the Daily News. "It was [...]

Republican Election-Rigging in Virginia and Beyond

By |January 25th, 2013|

from Think Progress NATIONAL REPUBLICANS who continue to be frustrated that the American voter won't reward their extremism with handing them the national popular vote have started systematically to take voters out of the equation. It's been making the news for days in Virginia. American Progress has released a document titled Grand Theft [...]

Obama Nailed Paul “Straw Man” Ryan, Jon Stewart Explains [Video]

By |January 25th, 2013|

The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook "Right now about 60 percent of the American people get more benefits in dollar value from the federal government than they pay back in taxes," Ryan said. "So we're going to a majority of takers versus [...]

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To Combat Clinton, Fox News Channel Turns to Lies

By |January 25th, 2013|

The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook THE PUNDITS on Fox News Channel, from Bill O'Reilly to Sean Hannity and beyond, could only lie about Secretary Clinton's testimony, taking her most electrifying quote, but then cutting the following statement she made in order [...]

Obama and Clinton to Appear in Joint “60 Minutes” Interview Sunday

By |January 25th, 2013|

Official White House photo: Pete Souza The president and Clinton, who is expected to leave the State Department within days, will tape the interview Friday at the White House with "60 Minutes" anchor Steve Kroft. It will be the president's first dual interview with anyone other than First Lady Michelle Obama. [Politico] IT [...]

Harry Reid Defines Leadership Downward

By |January 24th, 2013|

"I'm not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold." - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid THIS MAY not be the most pathetic statement on what the twisting of the meaning of filibuster has done to the meaning of "majority" in the Senate, but it comes close. Reid goes on to [...]

Queer Talk: Rhode Island House Passes Marriage Equality Bill

By |January 24th, 2013|

At The New Civil Rights Movement: The Rhode Island House of Representatives this afternoon, after a 16-year journey, passed a same-sex marriage equality bill by a vote of 51-19. The bill was fully expected to pass, and now heads to the Rhode Island Senate, where passage will be a battle. If the Senate does pass [...]