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Archive for August 23rd, 2008

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Moves to Halt Torture at Guantanamo: Orders Medical Treatment and End to Abusive Inte

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Moves to Halt Torture at Guantanamo: Orders Medical Treatment and End to Abusive Inte
August 21, 2008, New York ??? Late yesterday afternoon, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued urgent precautionary measures to protect Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian citizen held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay for more than six years. Mr.

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Senate Republicans Fail in Fundraising Effort

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Senate Republicans Fail in Fundraising Effort
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), the head of the Senate Republicans’ campaign effort, said his colleagues “have not heeded his calls for contributions to contested races, threatening advertising on behalf of GOP candidates,” CQ Politics reports.

Said Ensign: “It has become clear that my call has gone largely unanswered. I have no control over the timing or content of (independent) ads, but I have had no choice but to decrease the total budget for our (independent expenditures) unit.

Quote of the Day
“She was never vetted. She was not asked for a single piece of paper. She and Senator Obama have never had a single conversation about it. How would he know if she’d take it?”

— A Democratic official on Sen. Hillary Clinton, quoted by Politico.


Late Late Nite FDL: Introducing Pirate DNC Radio

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:37 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Introducing Pirate DNC Radio
In the spirit of those of us who cannot attend the convention but have more than a few things we would like to say. Suzanne and I will be sharing a few songs during Late Late Nite which we would like to broadcast throughout the convention halls as if we were the DJ’s in Denver this week. Without further addo.

In the spirit of those of us who cannot attend the convention, but have more than a few things we would like to say, Suzanne and I will be sharing a few songs during Late Late Nite which we would like to broadcast throughout the convention halls as if we were the DJ’s in Denver this week.

Without further ado, let the arrival music begin. 

Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air  

The Dears – Ballad of Human Kindness 

What’s on your mind tonight?


Fresh Thread

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:36 am by HL

Fresh Thread
Enjoy.


Jerome Corsi: How a Racist, Conspiratorial Crank Became a Top GOP Anti-Obama Point Man

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:35 am by HL

Jerome Corsi: How a Racist, Conspiratorial Crank Became a Top GOP Anti-Obama Point Man
Corsi’s success represents the apotheosis of a long, strange trip from the furthest shores of the right into the national spotlight.

Same Sex Marriage Affects the Whole Country
How same-sex marriage in California affects the country — and the election.


ABC: Secret Service Headed To Biden’s House

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:34 am by HL

ABC: Secret Service Headed To Biden’s House
Now this could be something: ABC News reports that the Secret Service has been dispatched to Joe Biden’s house, seemingly a giveaway that he’s been picked to be Barack Obama’s running mate. If this report is true, then it would…


Obama Ad Links McCain to Reed, Abramoff

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Obama Ad Links McCain to Reed, Abramoff
Maybe there’s some truth to the reports that Barack Obama is finally planning to get tough on John McCain. According to the Altanta Journal-Constitution, the Obama campaign will tomorrow release in Atlanta this ad, which links McCain to disgraced former…


ThinkFast: August 22, 2008

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:32 am by HL

ThinkFast: August 22, 2008
“The United States has agreed to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by next June and from the rest of the country by the end of 2011 if conditions in Iraq remain relatively stable.” The draft agreement, which “has the support of the Bush administration,” still needs to be “approved by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal […]

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The United States has agreed to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by next June and from the rest of the country by the end of 2011 if conditions in Iraq remain relatively stable.” The draft agreement, which “has the support of the Bush administration,” still needs to be “approved by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders before it goes before Iraq’s fractious Parliament.”

The Shiite-run Iraqi government “is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols” that have allied with the U.S., known as the Awakening. “In restive Diyala Province, United States and Iraqi military officials say there were orders to arrest hundreds of members” of the Awakening “as part of large security operations by the Iraqi military.” “The state cannot accept the Awakening,” one Parliament member said.

A new Pew study finds that 50 percent of conservatives “think churches and other places of worship should stay out of social and political matters, up from 30 percent four years ago.” For the first time since Pew started this survey 12 years ago, a majority of Americans — 52 percent — also hold that view.

The Bush administration “proposed stronger job protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions because of religious or moral objections.” Jessica Arons of the Center for American Progress writes that the regulation could be used to block access to contraception.

On the trail today: Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain have any scheduled public events. (more…)


With Vast Agenda, Obama Must Say What Priorities Are

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2008 4:28 am by HL

With Vast Agenda, Obama Must Say What Priorities Are
At a time of raging federal budget deficits, one big question emerging from Sen. Barrack Obama’s (D-Ill.) expansive agenda is: what are his priorities? And, perhaps an even bigger question is: is Obama the anti-corporate populist he appears to be on the campaign trail or the “pro-growth” and “pro-market guy” he described in a recent interview with Fortune magazine? Some hint of answers to these questions may be heard at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. More likely, they’ll have to be teased out in presidential debates this fall.