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Help the Homeowners

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Help the Homeowners


Reid Will Keep Biden Out of Senate Meetings

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Reid Will Keep Biden Out of Senate Meetings
An advance look at tomorrow’s Las Vegas Sun:

“The new Congress will reassert its constitutional independence from the White House by barring the vice president from joining in internal Senate deliberations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in an interview with The Sun.

“The move is intended to restore checks and balances to a system that tilted heavily toward the White House in the Bush presidency. By giving Vice President Dick Cheney regular access to Senate Republican caucuses, at times with White House advisers in tow, party unity became more important to many Republicans than upholding their responsibilities to provide legislative oversight of the executive, experts say.

“Asked if Vice-President Joe Biden will be allowed to attend Senate Democratic caucus meetings, Reid said: ‘Absolutely not.'”


Late Late Nite FDL: Elliott BROOD

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Elliott BROOD
Ontario’s Elliott BROOD, has quite the penchant for outlaw and western style videos. If you like the first video, The Bridge, in tonight’s post, don’t miss their latest, Oh, Alberta, set to a Bonnie and Clyde theme. Top it all off with what must be a fan favorite encore song, The Valley Town.

The Bridge

The Valley Town

Ontario’s Elliott BROOD, has quite the penchant for outlaw and western style videos. If you like the first video, The Bridge, in tonight’s post, don’t miss their latest, Oh, Alberta, set to a Bonnie and Clyde theme. Top it all off with what must be a fan favorite encore song, The Valley Town.

 What’s on your mind tonight?


Of Financial Capital and Human Capital: Why We’re Bailing Out Wall Street While Allowing Our Schools to Get Clobbered

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

Of Financial Capital and Human Capital: Why We’re Bailing Out Wall Street While Allowing Our Schools to Get Clobbered
Our preoccupation with the immediate crisis of financial capital is causing us to overlook the bigger crisis in America’s human capital. While we commit hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to Wall Street, we’re slashing our outlays for public education….


Last Chance

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Last Chance
Today’s the deadline for applications for our Fall cycle TPM internship. Find all the details here….


Biden to break with Cheney vice presidency, plans to limit role in Congress.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Biden to break with Cheney vice presidency, plans to limit role in Congress.
In his effort to expand the powers of vice presidency to dangerous levels, Dick Cheney has met regularly with congressional Republicans. The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the new Congress “will reassert its constitutional independence from the White House by barring the vice president from joining in internal Senate deliberations.” Mike Allen reports that […]

In his effort to expand the powers of vice presidency to dangerous levels, Dick Cheney has met regularly with congressional Republicans. The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the new Congress “will reassert its constitutional independence from the White House by barring the vice president from joining in internal Senate deliberations.” Mike Allen reports that Vice President-elect Biden has readily agreed to limit his intervention in Congress:

The paper says that when [Senate Majority Leader] Reid was asked whether Biden will be allowed to attend Senate Democratic caucus meetings, Reid said: “Absolutely not.”

Elizabeth Alexander, spokesperson for the Vice President-elect, e-mailed in response: “Vice President-elect Biden had no intention of continuing the practice started by Vice President Cheneyof regularly attending internal legislative branch meetings — he firmly believes in restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role. He and Senator Reid see eye to eye on this.”

At the October vice presidential debate in St. Louis, Biden said, “Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history.”


Louisiana Voters Oust Rep. William Jefferson After 9 Terms, Indictment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 7th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

Louisiana Voters Oust Rep. William Jefferson After 9 Terms, Indictment
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 6 — A little-known Republican ousted nine-term Rep. William J. Jefferson (D) on Saturday, as New Orleans area voters elected the first Vietnamese American to Congress.