President Obama has his first chance to shape the Supreme Court. Via NPR: … Souter is expected to remain on the bench until a successor has been chosen and confirmed, which may or may not be accomplished before the court reconvenes in October. … Now, according to reliable sources, he has decided to take the [...]
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There are a couple of just plain weird posts up about how Democrats could lose everything by overextending ourselves. That if we get to implement our fine ideas that are good for this country, people will grow, I don’t know, sick of them, annoyed at the progress, or something to that affect, so they’ll welcome [...]
Meanwhile, Gates and Clinton ask for more money, amidst questions about Iraq violence. All of this comes as the first real test to the US-Iraq security pact becomes real. Maliki has called a recent U.S. raid a “crime,” saying he wants U.S. soldiers turned over. Immunity was a big sticking point to the security agreement [...]
As if on cue, today I get an answer to my piece yesterday, with the revelations in David Ignatius scoop sure to send chills down the neoconservatives over in Netanyahu land. Jones is an activist on the Palestinian issue, which he lists as a top priority for the new administration. He wants the United States [...]
Well, there is blood in their veins, and according to The Hill, it’s boiling. After a stupendously stupid promise to Sen. Specter, which has him moving ahead of die hard Democrats on committee seating, some are not being quiet about Reid’s sell out. One senior Democratic lawmaker told The Hill that the Democratic Conference will [...]
–Transcript here– 8:05:08 PM: BO: H1N1 virus alert: 1.5b to fight it. Takes budget pass lap. 8:10:38 PM: AP on closing border. BO: “Akin to closing the barn door…” Horses out, farm answer to dumb ? 8:13:27 PM: BO now playing dad. Wash your hands, cover your mouth. Gives Bush a nod on drugs. Not [...]
President Obama speaks tonight, but Fox didn’t give him time. It’s not a coincidence that at their expense, as well as the wingnuts who’d rather hold up tea bags and whine, that both were the brunt of his Missouri straight shot. Via Think Progress: OBAMA: So, you know, when you see, you know, those of [...]
It’s not “Swine flu.” It’s “H1N1 virus.” Got that? Who comes up with these names? Where’s your “Mad Men” who you need them? That seemed to be Tom Vilsack’s main message on Andrea Mitchell’s show today, as he pushed hard on the Administration’s efforts to save the hog industry. “Swine flu” is a killer in [...]
This day is going to be interminably long. It’s going to be redundant on so many levels. It’s also going to be gratifying for Democrats, while only adding to Republican depression. The one real issue in question being Obama’s resolve and his willingness to confront. One review says the window is the auto crisis. I [...]
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“The extraordinary rendition program is well known throughout the world,” said Steven Watt, a staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Program. “The only place it hasn’t been discussed is where it most cries out for examination – in a U.S. court of law. Allowing this case to go forward is an important step toward [...]
“The (Republican) party has shifted pretty far to the right.” – Arlen Specter” Specter says his stimulus vote was the tipping point to his decision to change parties, but listening to his smackdown on the Club for Growth it’s clear that the efforts to “purify the party” is not just political business to Specter, it’s [...]
–updated– Happy first 100 Days, Mr. President. This is just breaking on CNN and MSNBC. First, Cillizza: “I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,” said Specter in a statement. “I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a [...]
If this ends up working it could revolutionize unions and (save?) the U.S. auto industry. What compromise and solution look like when desperation is seen as opportunity: The United Auto Workers union will own 55% of a restructured Chrysler LLC and its retiree health care trust will get a seat on the board if union [...]
“I am certain it is possible and certainly necessary to act with all our might to achieve peace even before I turn 70, which will be in three years,” said Defense Minister Ehud Barak in his first extensive interview since joining the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. – Via Haaretz We simply cannot fall [...]
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