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Archive for December 9th, 2008

Sen. Craig loses appeal in airport sex sting case

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 12:27 pm by HL

Exceprt:

MINNEAPOLIS Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has lost his latest attempt to withdraw his guilty plea in the Minneapolis airport men’s room sex sting that effectively ended his Senate career.A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected the Republican’s bid to toss out his disorderly conduct conviction.

Craig still has the option of appealing to the Minnesota Supreme Court, and he said Tuesday he was considering future options.

HL’s Take
Ah that brings to mind another era here at the HL when we used to do comic strips. This was one of the last ones and it is from August 30, 2007 Its called Larry Craig in “I’m Not Gay”

Larry Craig in the news again


Kennedy Odds Low in Replacing Clinton

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Kennedy Odds Low in Replacing Clinton
The odds of New York Gov. Paterson choosing Caroline Kennedy to replace soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the US Senate are no better than 20-1, according to the New York Post.

Said the source: “It looks to me like [Caroline’s cousin] Bobby Kennedy may be trying to push Caroline more than Caroline is pushing herself.”

Update: The AP notes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a big boost to Kennedy as a possible Senate candidate, saying she is experienced and “can do anything.”

He added: “Caroline Kennedy is a very experienced woman, she’s worked very hard for the city. I can just tell you she’s made an enormous difference in New York City,”


Late Late Nite FDL: Living For The City

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Living For The City
Ray Charles and Stevie WonderLiving For The City.

What’s on your mind tonight?

Ray Charles and Stevie WonderLiving For The City.

What’s on your mind tonight?


“Securitizing” Immigration Leads to Flagrant Human Rights Abuses in Mexico, U.S.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

“Securitizing” Immigration Leads to Flagrant Human Rights Abuses in Mexico, U.S.
The Mexican government (half-heartedly) complains about the way its emigrants are treated in the U.S., but its own record isn’t better.


Victim of US Rendition to Torture Should Be Allowed to Pursue Justice

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Victim of US Rendition to Torture Should Be Allowed to Pursue Justice
On December 9th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City will consider whether Bush Administration officials must answer for actions carried out against Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen. In September 2002, Mr. Arar…


Loaded Questions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

Loaded Questions
We dug into the internals on the latest Fox News poll, and some of the questions might surprise you (or might not, since it’s Fox). Example: Have you heard any of your friends and neighbors say there is something about…


Wolff: Murdoch brought in Obama to criticize Ailes for Fox?s coverage.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Wolff: Murdoch brought in Obama to criticize Ailes for Fox?s coverage.
Sometime last summer, Barack Obama reportedly met secretly with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and the network’s owner Rupert Murdoch in an attempt for both parties to “clear the air,” after Obama had received some unfavorable coverage from the network. Yesterday on CNN, Michael Wolff, author of a recent Murdoch biography — “The Man Who […]

Sometime last summer, Barack Obama reportedly met secretly with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and the network’s owner Rupert Murdoch in an attempt for both parties to “clear the air,” after Obama had received some unfavorable coverage from the network. Yesterday on CNN, Michael Wolff, author of a recent Murdoch biography — “The Man Who Owns The News” — said that Murdoch brought in Obama to criticize Ailes for Fox’s unfair coverage of Obama:

WOLFF: When he arranged for the summit between Murdoch and Obama, the first time that they met, he brought in — he brought Ailes to this exactly so that he could let Obama take on Ailes. Murdoch himself didn’t want to say, you know, change your coverage, you’re unfair here. He specifically brought Ailes into the room so that Obama could say, what are you doing?

Watch it:

Host Howie Kurtz appeared to be skeptical of Wolff’s reporting, noting that Murdoch “is not exactly shy about meddling with the journalistic operations of his properties.” But Wolff countered that Ailes is the one who is actually contractually in charge at Fox News and that Murdoch is “scared of him.”


Battle Deepens Over Plan to Ease Union Organizing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Battle Deepens Over Plan to Ease Union Organizing
Business and labor groups are intensifying their battle over a measure that would make it easier to organize unions, offering a preview of what is certain to be one of the earliest and hardest-fought legislative battles in the new Congress.


The Future of Journalism (And How to Start It)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 9th, 2008 5:28 am by HL

The Future of Journalism (And How to Start It)
On November 5, people across the country lined up at newsstands, convenience stores, and coffee shops to snag a copy of the morning paper, a keepsake from the 2008 election. But they didn’t need the paper to tell them who had won the presidency; the news of Barack Obama’s historic win had already been gathered, broadcast, beamed, and packet-switched around the globe countless times. In fact, almost every word in almost every paper had already been available for free online for hours. “You can’t put a computer screen into a scrapbook,” one woman told the Washington Post as she waited in line. Microsoft Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property Strategy Thomas C. Rubin sees a problem in that situation for the future of the newspaper industry, and rightly so. Physical sales of newspapers have been declining significantly as the combination of 24-hour news channels and the Internet has replaced the once-daily print edition of the local paper. As Rubin recently told the UK Association of Online Publishers, “It would be one thing if print editions were being replaced with vibrant and profitable online versions. But as we all know, that is just not happening. Today we are still searching for healthy symbiosis between newspapers and new technology.”

In Earmarks Lies Salvation?
In a deepening recession, what does the reasonable man do? Seeing friends laid off, he will get rid of all but essential credit cards, dine at home more often, terminate unnecessary trips to the mall, put off buying a new car, give up the idea of borrowing on the vanishing equity in his house. He will begin to save and start paying down debt. A company that has reached the limits of its credit and is staring at Chapter 11 will batten down the hatches, lay off nonessential workers, cut employee hours, put off expansion plans, cancel year-end bonuses and try to ride out the storm.