To all the men and women serving our Armed Forces, but also the families who support them and do without, a grateful nation can never repay your sacrifice. picture via Huffington Post For those of you following the BP blowout catastrophe, I’ve got a post up on Huffington Post, which is worth a read. On [...]
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[...] The other possible reason is that the far rightwing government of Binyamin Netanyahu and his foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman gave a green light to the commandos to respond with excessive force. That is, the deaths and woundings may have been a brutally frank warning to any future Gaza aid activists that they are taking [...]
…He’s spending the holiday weekend in Chicago when he should be commemorating Memorial Day here with the families of troops killed in battle and with veterans at Arlington Cemetery. [...] … F.D.R. achieved greatness not by means of imposing his temperament and intellect on the world but by reacting to what the world threw at [...]
edited & updated version cross-posted at Huffington Post via Huffington Post We’re now all caught in a horror film entitled Waiting for BP. The whole problem with Pres. Obama’s continued reliance on BP is that it simply won’t get the job done, because contrary to the mantra coming from federal officials, BP simply cannot be [...]
…Clinton has become the “Michael Clayton” of the Obama White House, a roving, always on-call fixer who lends his political skills to help Obama and the Democrats in tough situations. Clinton is campaigning and raising money in places where Obama is less (or less than) welcome. And, as was revealed Friday, he has been an [...]
I wonder if the president knows what a disaster this is not only for him but for his political assumptions. His philosophy is that it is appropriate for the federal government to occupy a more burly, significant and powerful place in America—confronting its problems of need, injustice, inequality. But in a way, and inevitably, this [...]
–Sestak statement added below– Greg Sargent was the first to break the story. Bottom line: nothing here, put away the popcorn. Now, I’m a regular watcher of “Morning Joe.” So, I was cringing every time Scarborough began ranting about Sestak being offered the Sect. of Navy job. Chuck Todd did his best to keep Joe [...]
[...] Wars over ideology have given way to wars over religious, ethnic, and tribal identity; nuclear dangers have proliferated; inequality and economic instability have intensified; damage to our environment, food insecurity, and dangers to public health are increasingly shared; and the same tools that empower individuals to build enable them to destroy. … – Obama’s [...]
via Huffington Post This is nowhere near done, as the Republicans, led by John McCain, are looking for any excuse to turn this at Democrats in the 2010 elections. From the New York Times: … The House vote was 234 to 194, with 229 Democrats and 5 Republicans in favor, after an emotionally charged debate. [...]
Just wondering, but has anyone seen the EPA anywhere since BP’s blowout? We’ve got the head of the woman who “inherited” the mess at MMS, about which Pres. Obama didn’t even know the details when he did his press conference. However, the Environmental Protection Agency is MIA. For the Republicans this is mission accomplished. That [...]
Rand Paul, meet your political bookend, Sherry Angle. Who is she? She wants to be a Nevada senator, but she may instead help to re-elect Harry Reid. Angle’s idea of prison reform is for “female inmates to enter a drug rehabilitation program devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, an idea she still defends.” This [...]
Obama: ‘Where I was wrong is in my belief that the oil companies had their act together when it came to worst case scenarios.’
TM NOTE: Will be on the BBC’s World Today talking about Pres. Obama and the BP blowout later tonight. –updated– Full coverage at Huffington Post Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles from the leaking wellhead northeast toward [...]
BREAKING (10:29 am): First head rolls… Elizabeth Birnbaum fired as director of the U.S. Minerals Management Service, sources tell AP. –Updated: “Top kill” reportedly working– He blew it. Obama faces a meltdown akin to the unraveling of his predecessor, George W. Bush. A press conference and a visit to the region are simply too little [...]
In the heat of a rough primary campaign Joe Sestak said he was offered a job by the White House. Contrary to Joe Scarborough’s statements, Sestak never said specifically what job. But his primary political gamesmanship is now coming back to haunt him. No doubt Ed Rendell is enjoying this after his machine was humiliated [...]
The Obama administration, through Mr. Emanuel, is now working overtime to court Prime Minister Netanyahu. Via Haaretz: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington for talks with the U.S. President Obama on regional peace and security. “On behalf of the President I am happy to extend [...]
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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.
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“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.
“Rick Doblin has done a lot for the field, but he is more of a populist,” Grob says. “We need careful and controlled scientific studies showing the efficacy of these drugs so funding can continue.” Broader awareness of these sorts of end-of-life psychedelic studies could be good for everyone, the researchers say.
*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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