A tale of headlines and backdrops. The Atlantic: Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran—Or I Will. Even the Weekly Standard‘s Michael Goldfarb judges that Mr. Netanyahu “hypes the threat” in the interview while concluding: If Netanyahu thinks a nuclear-armed Iran is really that bad, then he must do everything in his power to prevent the country [...]
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Andrea Mitchell had a hell of a show today, talking to Secretary Clinton on Iran, but also Russia. One aspect of the Iran issue was the human side that could be a point of interaction where we begin to have some dialogue with the Iranians outside the geopolitics of it all, something Clinton stressed. “… [...]
You’d think the guy would be more concerned about the GOP’s alternative budget. But no. Evidently, SAMHSA’s new “Getting Through Tough Economic Times” has Drudge in a tizzy, after breaking the news first, of course. Stressed out by the economy? The U.S. government is offering an online emotional rescue kit. The “Getting Through Tough Economic [...]
There is a terrific article in The Jewish Week by James Besser on “Bashing J Street” that comes at almost the one-year anniversary of the pro-peace, pro-Israel group that’s meant to push back against the behemoth stealth power of AIPAC. So why J Street? Why all this fury? More to the point, why do so [...]
If anything reveals Secretary Clinton’s confidence, it’s her comfort in being candid on her trips abroad. This current journey is as important as it is serious for President Obama’s foreign policy, due to the recent deep commitment he’s made towards the Af-Pak region. But also because it’s not going to be easy to get others [...]
Are they kidding with this segment? Who are your current enemies?, flirts Walters. Given Glenn Beck’s rise on the Fox News channel, you’d think it would be him. But it isn’t. Love him or hate him, Bill O’Reilly has been ranting for a long time. It wasn’t until recently that he took a page from [...]
Dawn has one harrowing account, with the actua tally of wounded and killed still unconfirmed and uncertain, with ranges from 13 dead, 52 policemen wounded, and as many as 400 held hostage. The Christian Science Monitor has an excellent media round up of the deadly Police school gunbattle in Pakistan, as the unraveling continues: Elite [...]
Over the weekend the Awakening contingent ran into Iraq’s Shiite government over the arrest of their leader. I see storm clouds: …As Apache helicopter gunships cruised above Baghdad’s Fadhil neighborhood, former Sunni insurgents fought from rooftops and street corners against American and Iraqi forces, according to witnesses, the Iraqi military and police. At least 15 [...]
This isn’t our parents’ capitalism: The White House’s insistence that Wagoner step down is an extraordinary intervention of the federal government into the management of a private company. A senior administration official said Wagoner’s resignation was required because the company needs a “clean sheet.” “We felt that having a change of leadership would be consistent [...]
There are innumerable opinions and analysis available on President Obama’s strategy going forward in Afghanistan. This is another; one that takes into account realities no one else is talking about. For one, that Vice President Joe Biden’s influence and expertise greatly influenced President Obama to take a more modest approach, for which everyone should be [...]
Well, I guess if the Congress of the United States doesn’t have the sense of purpose to honor the rule of law, we can always depend on… Spain? Via Scott Horton: Spain’s national newspapers, El País and Público reported that the Spanish national security court has opened a criminal probe focusing on Bush Administration lawyers [...]
Today kicks off the 2009 Cherry Blossom season, which will peak next week. For anyone who enjoys flowering trees, nature, birds, as well as the bursting of spring, this is the week. The Washington Post has a wonderful guide and map, filled with all sorts of information that I’m finding incredibly useful. Those nowhere near [...]
Cocktails, a little jazz, and an extra dose of relaxation. I’m having a big glass of deep, rich Cabernet. I’m also going to splurge big time… a bit of luscious chocolate as a sweet treat. After all it is Friday night. Salut! …and remember, all are welcome, politics is always on tap, but all topics [...]
Blue Dog Bayh isn’t the only one taking the incoming personally. So is Harry Reid, who made his feelings known in a briefing with the Christian Science Monitor: “I think it’s very unwise and not helpful,” Reid said Friday morning. “These groups should leave them alone. It’s not helpful to me. It’s not helpful to [...]
Interesting development in Coleman v. Franken: The former finance chief of a Texas company controlled by Nasser Kazeminy, a close friend of former Sen. Norm Coleman, said in a deposition last week that Kazeminy ordered $100,000 in fees be paid to a Minneapolis insurance agency where Coleman’s wife was employed. B.J. Thomas, who was chief [...]
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IN AN amazing interview with the Guardian on Sunday titled, appropriately, “Michael Douglas on Liberace, Cannes, cancer and cunnilingus,” the movie star does the biggest public service message for HPV and sexually transmitted diseases that’s been done in a generation. The Internet exploded with shock at what was taken as a revelation. It’s like thinking giving head to a man infected with HIV won’t leave its mark, too, though that’s more commonly talked about.
But your individual circumstances and mine should not hide the fact that there is an ideal and optimal family arrangement whether we in our own lives can meet it. – Erick Erickson, in “The Truth May Hurt, But Is Not Mean” AFTER BEING blasted for his patriarchal grunt, Erick Erickson now gets very defensive. How can you tell?
Ms Garraway, 46, is fronting a campaign to encourage young women to think about fertility and giving birth much younger than “her generation”. As part of the campaign, Ms Garraway spent a day being transformed into a heavily pregnant 70 year-old by Adrian Rigby, a prosthetic make-up artist, to “shock and provoke debate about how old is too old to have a baby”. [UK Telegraph] LOOKING at relationships, I find it telling that casual writers on the subject give marriage advice that hinges on bringing back the feminine mystique years and suggesting marrying younger would solve the problems that only better and smarter choices can conquer.
“Having mom as primary bread winner is bad for kids and bad for marriage.” – Erick Erickson IT HAS become a conservative chant lately, the latest from Erick Erickson. “War on men” from Suzanne Venker, Megan McArdle saying women should marry younger, they’re all attempting to resurrect Freud’s biology is destiny.
THE 21st century world offers ways to tweak your appearance, or alter it altogether, with women finally able to combat directly the comparison that’s always been around. Men look distinguished as they age, while women look old, unattractive, or to use Rush Limbaugh’s favorite comment, who wants to look at a woman with wrinkles? The 2012 plastic surgery statistics are out and the American Society of Plastic Surgery tells the story.
The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there.
“Norma Rae is a survivor and for the first time in her life she’s got a chance to become something more… a winner.” – Promo for “Norma Rae” CRITICS like Anne-Marie Slaughter, but especially Maureen I-Love-My-Pearls Dowd, and others [most of whom didn't read the book or do their homework] who are blaming Sheryl Sandberg for being a billionaire Ivy League graduate, while accusing her of letting corporations and government off the hook, are missing a major point.
Great sex doesn’t always just happen. Sometimes, it takes a little planning, especially if — like many Americans — you’ve been in a bit of a sex rut. Do some prep work by turning your bedroom into a love nest: Make the bed (with new, or at least clean, sheets), tidy up, light a candle or two, and queue up a sexy playlist on your iPod.
“You Don’t Own Me” PSA -Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo. WHO DOESN’T know the song “You Don’t Own Me,” sung by Leslie Gore? The movie First Wives Club helped to reignite the relevancy of the song.
“Last night I interviewed Jill Stein the presidential candidate for the Green Party on this show. And I confess right now, I should have asked her to just get out of the race.” – Jennifer Granholm, “The War Room” [Current TV] THE ARGUMENT Jennifer Granholm makes above is a tactic that no longer fits the times.
“With that drum magazine, he could have gotten off 50, 60 rounds, even if it was semiautomatic, within one minute,” Chief Oates said. [New York Times] IN THE GAPING MAW of our leadership vacuum stands Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, whose resolve, vulnerability and humility inside the vortex of a man made hell revealed what nobody in Congress or either political party has shown in decades. Leadership without regard to anything but his own duty to the people, which included the cops in the eye of volcanic carnage.
*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
“If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off.” – Sect. Hillary Clinton Women can do it, too.
The interview with Obama by George Stephanopoulos wasn’t nearly as contentious as the interview with the Edwardses. No Republican talking points from Stephanopoulos yesterday, like when he accused Edwards of abandoning the troops with this beauty: “Do you think the Democrats should be saddled with the idea of completely cutting off funding for the troops?” Or this one: “You know, a lot of Democrats still in the Senate think that your position here is cynical political theater.
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