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Edwards Rules Out Being on Ticket

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Edwards Rules Out Being on Ticket
John Edwards “has ruled out being” Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, according to interviews carried by two leading Spanish newspapers on Friday, the AP reports.

Said Edwards: “I already had the privilege of running for vice president in 2004, and I won’t do it again.”

Clinton Campaign Owes More Than $30 Million
Sen. Hillary Clinton will likely seek help from Sen. Barack Obama “in retiring her massive campaign debt, which has swollen to more than $30 million, including $11 million she lent the effort,” the AP reports.

The report cites unnamed advisers to Clinton.

“Clinton hosted a conference call Thursday with her national finance committee, urging them to shift gears and begin raising money for Obama and for the Democratic National Committee, which will be coordinating fundraising efforts with the Obama campaign.”


Late Late Nite FDL: Lykke Li

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Lykke Li
Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance

What’s on your mind tonight?


Spanish Newspapers: Edwards Say No To VP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

Spanish Newspapers: Edwards Say No To VP

John Edwards makes a Shermanesque statement about the VP slot:

John Edwards has ruled out being Barack Obama’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, according to interviews carried by two leading Spanish newspapers on Friday. “I already had the privilege of running for vice president in 2004, and I won’t do it again,” Edwards was quoted by El Mundo as saying. El Pais, the country’s other leading daily, carried similar comments.

Well, that is one less person who has to go through the vetting process.

By Big Tent Democrat


Morning Thread

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

Morning Thread
by Molly Ivors

Remember that dream where you show up to school and it’s the final exam and you haven’t been to class all semester? When you’re a parent away from the kids, that dream involves them showing up unexpectedly.


What Does Obama’s Victory Mean for Greens?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

What Does Obama’s Victory Mean for Greens?
Obama’s victory is the best thing that could have happened to greens, but perhaps not for the reasons you think.

Sex and Drugs — Are You Interested?
Want to know why enforcement of pot laws is finally easing up, and learn about the war on our sexual freedoms? Check out AlterNet’s coverage.


Obama Launches Two-Week Tour On The Economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Obama Launches Two-Week Tour On The Economy
With some polls showing that Obama holds a sizable advantage over McCain on the economy, the Obama campaign is moving to get the upper hand on the issue by announcing a two-week economic swing beginning Monday called the “Change that…


Gonzo Gets a Gig

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Gonzo Gets a Gig
Disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is hired as an assistant to a special master in a patent case in Texas….


Oh Yes, They Lied

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

Oh Yes, They Lied

Next time you’re arguing with a conservative whether the Bush administration lied about the intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, or whether it innocently had the same faulty intelligence from the prior administration and every other allied country, after the new Senate Intelligence Committee report you can say: they lied.

From MSNBC’s Countdown interview with former Bush & Clinton counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke:

OLBERMANN: I use the word lie. The [Senate] report does not use the word lie. Are there lies?

CLARKE: There certainly are and this is a big report. What it says is statements by the president were not substantiated by intelligence. And then it stays statements by the president were contradicted by available intelligence. In other words, they made things up. And they made them up and gave them to Colin Powell and others who believed them.

I think Colin Powell did not know he was lying, but he was. He was given intelligence that people in the intelligence community at the time knew were not true. This is not a case of 20/20 hindsight. This is a case of what was available then.

The National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction was read by seven senators before they voted to go to war. And one was the chairman of the intelligence committee, Bob Graham, who read it and went to the floor of the Senate and said, I read it. I’m chairman of the Intelligence Committee. It’s not persuasive. There’s not a good case here for this war.

So people had the opportunity at the time, if they were reading the intelligence that was available to them. And to say that this is only something that we could have known years later, it’s just not true.

OLBERMANN: We knew about Senator Graham’s doubts. We already knew about the dissident intel agencies, the doubts about the aluminum tubes were instantaneous, the doubts about the clandestine meetings in Germany that never happened. What are we to make now, in the light of the political realities of today, of Senator McCain’s undiminished enthusiasm for and defense of war, and specifically this remarkable claim that every intel assessment of the time was screaming WMD?

CLARKE: Senator McCain’s statements are contradicted by the facts too, the facts in a Senate report, the facts that Republican senators voted for. He is a big proponent of the war but he is also now justifying the intelligence claims of the president, which now we have the evidence, we have the proof, four years too late, that those statements were flat-out wrong. And these weren’t close calls. They made things up.


$45 trillion needed to fight warming

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:31 am by HL

$45 trillion needed to fight warming
One percent of economic growth needed to combat climate change.

Zakaria: Obama would be good for U.S.
NEW YORK (CNN) — CNN: There’s a huge international perception that Sen. Obama is going to be better for America’s image abroad if he were to win. What are your thoughts on Sen. Obama possibly winning the election?…


Rev. Wright dominated media?s presidential primary coverage.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 7th, 2008 4:30 am by HL

Rev. Wright dominated media?s presidential primary coverage.
The Project for Excellence in Journalism has officially crowned Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) relationship with his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “the dominant media story of the entire” presidential campaign, “by far.” Wright’s comments “received four times more coverage than any other theme or event throughout the campaign.” Reports of the superdelegate role and Obama’s […]

The Project for Excellence in Journalism has officially crowned Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) relationship with his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “the dominant media story of the entire” presidential campaign, “by far.” Wright’s comments “received four times more coverage than any other theme or event throughout the campaign.” Reports of the superdelegate role and Obama’s so-called “bitter” comments were the second and third most covered stories, respectively. However, “[n]o other story line came close to attracting as much coverage as the Wright-Obama association, and most of it was negative.”