**UPDATED** Poll Finds Wariness About Cutting Entitlements is the headline. Does anyone believe Pres. Obama or Rep. Paul Ryan will support it through policy? The austerity play is a wrap, the opposition player now cast. It remains to be seen who will speak for the American people. Pres. Obama didn’t do it on health care [...]
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Italy’s Foreign Minister Frattini called the Wikileaks release the “Sept. 11 of world diplomacy.” Republicans are jumping on the leak, as expected, because transparency scares the bejeezus out of the Right. Rep. Pete Hoekstra using hyperbole to say what allies might ask, “‘Can the United States be trusted? Can the United States keep a secret?’” [...]
The story that’s all the talk today I’m not interested in. The Sarah Palin kerfuffle over her verbal slip on North Korea, which everyone is jumping on as some monumental gaffe. I just don’t hear that in the clip, so I’ll let others get all wee-wee’d up about it. Though I will note that John [...]
NEWS NOW: Levy Calls Israel North Korea, Another Blumenthal Quote, Bill for Blanche, and An Act of War
[...] When the prime minister doesn’t immediately apologize and invite Chomsky back to the country, we can be sad. When Israel closes its gates to anyone who doesn’t fall in line with our official positions, we are quickly becoming similar to North Korea. When right-wing parties increase their number of anti-democratic bills, and from all [...]
–updated– “The nuclear security summit is supposed to be about dealing with the danger of nuclear terror,” the official said. “Israel is a part of that effort and has responded positively to President Obama’s invitation to the conference.” The official added: “But that said, in the last few days we have received reports about the [...]
“NO NUKES: EVEN IN SELF-DEFENSE!” – Drudge squealed. Honestly, conservative cowardice is only outmatched by their inability to grasp national security reality. As if any United States president would not retaliate if seriously provoked with all means necessary. The conservative idiocy is simply astounding. Pres. Obama has delivered a policy that matches his speech in [...]
–updated below – bumped– “President Clinton helped create a model for individual responsibility and collective action through the Clinton Global Initiative and it is a model that all of us are going to be studying for a very long time.” — Barack Obama, President, United States of America As the Clinton Global Initiative kicks off, [...]
via Washington Post Clinton has been in Africa all week, her tour eventually taking her across seven countries, talking about trade, but also Somalia, that sliver on the “horn of Africa” you see on the map to the left, where it isn’t safe for Clinton to venture. What some are calling Obama’s Afghanistan. While the [...]
This week’s podcast is up, also available through RSS and ITunes (and also the direct link). Great audio clips this week, helping to tell a wonderful tale of rescue and happy endings. Including Chris Matthews, who actually gave Bill Clinton his due (thus the flying pig). Went through the hot news, starting with Sotomayor, then [...]
–updated below– Originally posted at Huffington Post Yesterday was a pretty big day. The lives of two amazing journalists were saved, their families spared more emotional agony. It all started, as the New York Times reported it, after being arrested on March 17 near the North Korean border with China while reporting on human trafficking [...]
“I want to thank President Bill Clinton — I had a chance to talk to him — for the extraordinary humanitarian effort that resulted in the release of the two journalists.” – Pres. Obama “Thirty hours ago, Una Lee and I were prisoners in North Korea. We feared that at any moment we could be [...]
–updated– “President Clinton has safely left North Korea with Laura Ling and Euna Lee.” – Clinton’s spokesperson Breaking news from multiple news sources that both U.S. journalists (video at the link) will leave with former President Clinton tonight. The pardons were announced by North Korea’s state-run news agency, The Associated Press reported. … .. The [...]
–updated– TM UPDATE 4.4 @ 10:10: Nobody commands more respect around the globe than former President Bill Clinton, especially in North Korea. This is being proven out by the developing story that the North Koreans reportedly contacted the relatives of the girls to tell them they’d surrender the journalists to Bill Clinton, something that’s been [...]
Hillary Clinton has broken into the news lately, today it’s surrounding the latest trading of insults salvo between the Secretary and North Korea’s Foreign Minister, which is rather amusing. At a meeting of southeast Asian nations in Phuket, Thailand, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman blasted Clinton for what he called a “spate of vulgar [...]
While Sanford was weeping, some other things passed through the information key hole. Elliott Abrams speaks, tagging Hillary as “wrong on settlements.” A rule of thumb I always use on Mr. Abrams is the more emphatic he is about something the more skeptical we should all be of it. This goes double on settlements. Read [...]
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