**UPDATED BELOW** Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy So the Brotherhood would support the maintenance of a secular government? When the Muslim Brotherhood uses the word “secular,” it does not mean no religion — we are talking about what we call a “civilized state.” What if an Egyptian extremist [...]
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Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Progressives have been launching a very aggressive campaign on protesting Social Security and today some good news. Senator Reid, who won great praise for defending Social Security as a program that works, is solvent and must not be touched, today came out with a stronger statement. [...]
Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism of President Hosni Mubarak to preserve stability in the region. – Haaretz Al Jazeera is reporting that “Opposition movement calls for “march of millions” on Tuesday in a bid to topple president Hosni Mubarak.” While the [...]
… And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams. – Pres. Barack Obama So what else is new? In the middle of a jobs crisis, Speaker Boehner [...]
Pres. Mubarak shutting down Al Jazeera in Cairo is going directly against what Pres. Obama said needed to be done by the Egyptian President, which poses a real opportunity and thorny challenge for our President that didn’t need another one. Now, ElBaradei is part of the picture in a real way, the National Coalition for [...]
They also said that some members of the administration were influenced by Israel’s concern at losing a reliable peace partner. – Laura Rozen It’s the legacy of U.S. Middle East policy. All the settlements combined won’t get Israel out of the one they missed. And rightly or wrongly Pres. Obama is already being blamed. “You [...]
TM NOTE: Joyce Arnold brings activist commentary from the LGBT community. You probably know who Daniel Hernandez is — the college student, interning with Rep. Giffords, who was named a hero for his actions at the Tucson shooting. Did you also know he’s an “out” gay man, and was invited to be a guest of [...]
**UPDATED** Omar Suleiman, intelligence chief who was also a negotiator between the Israelis and Palestinians, has been named Egyptian VP. Mr. Mubarak has never appointed a vice president since he came into power in 1981. Will it be simply a transitional move when Mubarak steps down? We’ll have to wait and see. This is the [...]
TM NOTE: Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. This week in crazy is full of stuff. As folks in the media look at Glenn Beck and his comments post Rep. Giffords, one popped up that is really nuts. Ok, say it with me: The Jews did NOT kill Jesus. Got it Beck? [...]
EGYPT: Al Jazeera and White House Mixed Messaging in the Age of Wikileak Cables, Twitter and Facebook
**UPDATES BELOW** This has been an extraordinary week. What follows is a remarkable story I’ve done my best to unpack and requires a lot of investment on your part. I don’t claim this is perfectly packaged, but I’ve done the very best I can on a story I think is historic, including news late last [...]
It’s good to be a Republican in the era of Obama. So, just how did this happen? When Obama was elected everyone thought the conservative movement was dead. Then came the Tea Party explosion and the midterm “shellacking.” For the early part of the 2000s, Americans had a net-positive image of the Republican Party. That [...]
TM NOTE: Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. Former Senator Russ Feingold is speaking out after his tragic re-election loss for this past midterm. Known for being highly principled and progressive he courageously opposed the Patriot Act and Iraq War, and voted nay on both. His last famous nay vote was on [...]
Well, this was embarrassing. AL JAZEERA: “Has anyone in the Administration spoken to Pres. Mubarak?” P.J. Crowley: uh… hummena… hummena… hummena… Oh, but “We’re seeing a fascinating dynamic unfold in the Middle East.” This man needs a vacation. It’s as bad as Sect. Clinton’s first statement after the protests erupted, bolstering Mubarak against the people [...]
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c The Daily Show on Facebook The reviews of Pres. Obama’s State of the Union have now been digested and the oddest pairings are in agreement, while the LA Times and U.S. News are questioning whether his speechwriters are guilty of “plagiarism,” stealing from [...]
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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.
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.
“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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