While a missile retaliation against Israel would be virtually certain, according to these assessments, Iran would also be likely to try to calibrate its response against American targets so as not to give the United States a rationale for taking military action that could permanently cripple Tehran’s nuclear program. “The Iranians have been pretty good [...]
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Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Earlier today Taylor wrote about the Democracy Alliance decision that dropped certain progressive groups. It so happened that I’d focused on the same thing today. We do that occasionally. Maybe it’s a liberal thing. Anyway, check out Taylor’s piece. You can see the breaking story [...]
What a bone-headed campaign Rick Santorum is running. When I looked at the CNN exit poll numbers it confirmed it. Romney won Catholics in Michigan 44% to Santorum’s 37%. Extremists highlight Santorum’s chances, with 60% of his supporters in Michigan believing abortion should “always be illegal.” All I have to do is look at my [...]
It doesn’t get any more inside political baseball than this, but it’s a hard hit for movement progressives and activists, some of whom have been serious movers and shakers. Ryan Grimm reporting: The groups dropped by the Democracy Alliance tend to be those that work outside the party’s structure. Groups with closer ties to the [...]
“Mitt Romney winning closely in his home state is like Charlie Sheen barely winning a primary in a Hooters.” – Paul Begala (via CBS “Morning Show”) The day of Mitt Romney’s Michigan squeaker, Olympia Snowe gives Republicans another huge headache. Here’s part of her statement that set off Jonathan Chait to wondering whether Ms. Snowe [...]
**updated below** CNN Projects Romney Wins Michigan The Dow hit 13,000 today. That’s not good for the Republicans, but listening to Ari Fleischer talk tonight on CNN about a “down economy” you’d never know it even happened. It’s not as bad as Alex Castellanos talking about sex being something people kind of like, so that’s [...]
Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. This will probably dismay some, Occupiers and critics / observers alike. It will please others. Anonymous and some Occupy groups have joined forces to promote “Our Polls.” Most of the Occupy / 99% movement works outside the electoral system. But of course, it’s entirely possible [...]
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“I wish I had that particular line back,” Santorum said Tuesday on Laura Ingraham’s radio show. – The Hill People who are ready and equipped for the national spotlight, but also understand America, not just their besotted base, know intuitively what things crossing their mind should not be uttered. Rick Santorum saying reading John F. [...]
Worst of all, there is no clear end in sight for what has become, in the eyes of many Republicans, a joyless and prolonged nomination fight. Even Romney victories in Michigan and Arizona, the two states voting Tuesday, have little chance of forcing his aggrieved opponents out of the race. With a vast personal fortune [...]
Michigan Democratic strategist Joe DiSano has taken it upon himself to become a leading mischief maker. DiSano says he targeted nearly 50,000 Democratic voters in Michigan through email and a robo call to their homes, asking them to go to the polls Tuesday to vote for Rick Santorum in attempt to hurt Romney. – Democratic [...]
“Tonight, enjoy yourselves, because nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.” – Billy Crystal The problems with Oscar have nothing to do with the producers having to bring back Billy Crystal to do the impossible, try to rescue them from irrelevancy. It [...]
Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. The headline is the title of a recently released book by Media Matters, written by David Brock (also MM founder) and Ari Rabin-Havt. FOX is not amused. Their responses are a good indication of much of the news “analysis” they provide. It’s important to understand [...]
From The Hill: TransCanada Corp. said Monday it plans to begin building a major portion of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline despite the Obama administration’s decision to reject a key permit for the project. The company told the State Department in a letter Monday that it will begin construction of a section of the [...]
Rick Santorum has a car with his name on it. Mitt Romney has great friends who are “team owners.” Perhaps that’s the tale of the GOP nomination at this point. But we do need to find a new term for gaffe, aka Michael Kinsleyism, when it comes to Mitt Romney. It’s reaching critical mass. Democrats [...]
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