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Clinton Speeches Still Lucrative

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 4th, 2008 4:55 am by HL

Clinton Speeches Still Lucrative
“Bill Clinton earned $10 million last year giving speeches at business gatherings and motivational seminars while his wife was running for the Democratic presidential nomination,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hillary Clinton loaned her campaign more than $13 million of her own money during 2008. An accounting of Bill Clinton’s income in 2008 isn’t due until next year.

Forecasting Models Predict Obama Win
“Economic models that have correctly predicted the winner of almost all post-war U.S. presidential elections say recession fears will secure a victory for Barack Obama in November,” according to Reuters.

“Three separate studies showed the Democratic presidential hopeful winning between 52 and 55 percent of the popular vote on November 4, based on current gloomy economic estimates.”


When bizarro worlds collide

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 4th, 2008 4:53 am by HL

When bizarro worlds collide
The day 527s took over the National Football League.

For those of you who follow professional football, I give you the bizarre story that just gets more bizarre.

Brett Favre, the guy who would be the Mario Cuomo of professional sports — if dozens of boxers hadn’t pre-dated the “I retire, I unretire” act, is back with the Green Bay Packers.

At least for now.

And then it gets strange.

Holy Lombardi! The Packers have hired Ari Fleischer as a consultant. That’s right, that Ari Fleischer.

The Green Bay Packers have apparently decided they need a little help on the public relations front when it comes to handling the ongoing Brett Favre saga.

FOXSports.com has learned that the Packers will employ former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer for one month as a consultant.

Why? I have no frickin’ idea. I thought Ari Fleischer was busy this Summer heading groups slandering Obama — but I guess since the McCain campaign decided to cut out the middle-man on such things and do it themselves he has time on his hands.

This just in, the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions are the new axis-of-evil.

Sadly, Matt Millen of the Lions just hired Scott McClellan.


Overnight

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 4th, 2008 4:51 am by HL

Overnight
Rock on.

Sunday Evening
Rock on.


Can Obama Turn the Democratic Party Upside Down with the Biggest Voter Mobilization Drive in History?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 4th, 2008 4:49 am by HL

Can Obama Turn the Democratic Party Upside Down with the Biggest Voter Mobilization Drive in History?
Thousands of grassroots organizers will lead an effort to register millions of new voters and build momentum for political reform.

It’s Time for Obama to Get Tough
Americans are angry. They want and need a president who can channel their frustration and fight hard for himself and the American people.


Anthrax and the Homeland Security Complex

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 4th, 2008 4:48 am by HL

Anthrax and the Homeland Security Complex
In September of 2001, Bruce Ivins was just an unappreciated bio terror researcher in a lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland. He lived just off the base and many days walked to work. Though we now know he was probably suffering…


Gramps/Grumps

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 4th, 2008 4:46 am by HL

Gramps/Grumps
From the ChiTrib … Ed Rollins, a longtime Republican strategist, said McCain sometimes appears frustrated and angry when he talks about Obama, especially when complaining that the press does not treat him fairly. “John needs to be the deliberate, experienced…


Canada bus attacker ate victim’s flesh

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 4th, 2008 4:43 am by HL

Canada bus attacker ate victim’s flesh
Police tape: He is ‘at the back of the bus, hacking off pieces and eating it.’

Bill would end Bush secret orders
The President will no longer be able to change published executive orders in secret if a bill introduced to the Senate Thursday becomes law…


Graham: McCain would consider a tax increase on Social Security as ?part of a comprehensive approach.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 4th, 2008 4:42 am by HL

Graham: McCain would consider a tax increase on Social Security as ?part of a comprehensive approach.?
On Fox News Sunday today, host Chris Wallace asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a top McCain surrogate, about Sen. John McCain’s “doozy” of a flip-flop this past week on whether he would consider raising taxes as part of a Social Security fix. Despite the McCain campaign’s backtracking assertion this week that raising taxes is “absolutely […]

On Fox News Sunday today, host Chris Wallace asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a top McCain surrogate, about Sen. John McCain’s “doozy” of a flip-flop this past week on whether he would consider raising taxes as part of a Social Security fix. Despite the McCain campaign’s backtracking assertion this week that raising taxes is “absolutely out of the question,” Graham said McCain could support it “if it’s part of a comprehensive approach.” Watch it:

Following Graham’s comments, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle remarked that, “we don’t know what we’re going to get with John McCain. The more he talks, the less certain we are about any of the positions he’s taken.”


A Slate To Revive The Senate

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

A Slate To Revive The Senate
WASHINGTON — Senators are great glad-handers, not just with their constituents but with each other. Every time a vote is called, they mill around in front of the rostrum, grabbing hands and shoulders, or patting each other’s back. But, as my colleague Dana Milbank noted, it was a poignant moment last week when Ted Stevens of Alaska, newly indicted for accepting unreported favors from an oilman friend, walked over to Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who uses a wheelchair because of age and illness, in search of support and consolation.

Nixon’s Mastery of Change Explains His Durability
YORBA LINDA, Calif. — The house was built from a kit, like so many in that time and in this place, and Frank Nixon, who was handy and ambitious, added a fireplace to the plan. There was a piano in the parlor — Frank’s son would tickle the keys as a child and later into adulthood — and all around the house stood lemon and orange trees, watered from the Santa Ana River. These were humble enough beginnings — most of our Republican presidents, apart from Theodore Roosevelt and the Bushes, grew up in circumstances like these — and, whether in the White House or at the summit in Moscow or Peking, Richard Nixon would not forget that his roots were in citrus country, and in a hardscrabble part of the country he would spend a lifetime striving to lead.