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Archive for November 20th, 2008

GOP Looking for a Bailout

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

GOP Looking for a Bailout


Napolitano Picked for Homeland Security

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Napolitano Picked for Homeland Security
CNN reports that President-elect Obama has chosen Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) to be Secretary of Homeland Security pending further vetting by the transition team.


LLN FDL: Don’t Think Twice

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

LLN FDL: Don’t Think Twice
Susan TedeschiDon’t Think Twice It’s Alright, live from Austin City Limits, June 17, 2003.

What’s on your mind tonight?

Susan TedeschiDon’t Think Twice It’s Alright, live from Austin City Limits, June 17, 2003.

What’s on your mind tonight?


How Our Gutless Media Helped Trigger the Credit Crisis

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

How Our Gutless Media Helped Trigger the Credit Crisis
Government and greedy bankers aren’t the only ones to blame.


Potemkin Washington

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Potemkin Washington
My opinion of Angler has become more favorable during the course of this discussion as I see some of the paths Bart didn’t take. Before I fall into the tank completely, I should post some of my promised criticism…


Heartening

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

Heartening
According to this post by Matt Stoller at OpenLeft, every major Democratic senate challenger this year (judged by very expansive criteria) supports Net Neutrality….


?Kristol Ball? Breaks: Stevens Will ?Hang On In Alaska,? McCain Will Conquer The ?Path To The Presidency?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

?Kristol Ball? Breaks: Stevens Will ?Hang On In Alaska,? McCain Will Conquer The ?Path To The Presidency?
Yesterday, Anchorage mayor Mark Begich was declared the winner in Alaska’s tight U.S. Senate race, defeating Ted Stevens’s hopes of coming back for a seventh term. Stevens conceded earlier today. A big part of Stevens’s downfall was his conviction in October on seven felony charges for making false statements. This is a loss for Stevens, […]

Yesterday, Anchorage mayor Mark Begich was declared the winner in Alaska’s tight U.S. Senate race, defeating Ted Stevens’s hopes of coming back for a seventh term. Stevens conceded earlier today. A big part of Stevens’s downfall was his conviction in October on seven felony charges for making false statements.

This is a loss for Stevens, but it is also a loss for Fox’s beloved Kristol Ball. On election night, Bill Kristol bravely predicted not only would Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) win the presidency, but Stevens would win re-election to the Senate. He also dismissed Stevens’s ethics violations, calling them “seven counts of something-or-other”:

WALLACE: Bill? Your surprise for Election Night.

KRISTOL: Ted Stevens, the 40-year incumbent in Alaska, recently convicted of seven counts of something-or-other, hangs on in Alaska. The voters of Alaska are loyal to their man. They don’t believe some D.C. grand jury. (Laughter.) Stevens hangs on, which helps Republicans keep the Democratic margin in the Senate reasonable.

And of course, since John McCain is going to take that narrow path to the presidency, let me add, he’ll be there to stop that Democratic Congress with overwhelming majorities from doing all the damage –

Kristol acknowledged that Stevens was “behind a lot in the polls,” but said, “I just sense that the Alaskans might want to not take the word of a D.C. grand jury.” Watch it:

The Kristol Ball of course, has had a lessthanperfect record during this campaign season. Perhaps that’s because the man behind it is still trying to perfect a more elementary skill: fact-checking.

Transcript: More ?


Obama Inherits a Neglected Housing Department

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Obama Inherits a Neglected Housing Department
The Obama administration will soon inherit a $35 billion federal housing agency that was a weak backbencher during the housing crisis and moved too late to do much to keep millions of families from going into foreclosure.


Obama Should Keep the BlackBerry

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 20th, 2008 5:28 am by HL

Obama Should Keep the BlackBerry
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, poor guy, would just like to go out for a walk. One of the most poignant moments in his interview with “60 Minutes” came when Steve Kroft asked the president-elect how his life had changed since Election Day. “There’s still some things we’re not adjusted to,” Obama said.

GOP Tancredo-ing Its Way to Defeat
SAN DIEGO — Some Republicans are saying the party was on a fool’s errand trying to win over Hispanics. In this election, most Hispanics voted for the Democratic nominee for president just as they have in every presidential election since they helped elect John Kennedy in 1960. There have been elections where Democrats ran away with the Hispanic vote (i.e., Bill Clinton), and others where they were barely able to gain a majority (i.e., John Kerry). When it comes to winning over Hispanics, Obama is no Bill Clinton. The former Illinois senator received 67 percent of the Hispanic vote while Clinton got 72 percent in his 1996 re-election bid. Still, it was an impressive showing for the president-elect.