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Archive for December 16th, 2008

Supreme Court Sends Guantanamo Torture Case Back to Lower Court

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:43 am by HL

Supreme Court Sends Guantanamo Torture Case Back to Lower Court
December 15, 2008, Washington, D.C. –  In Rasul v. Myers, the first case to challenge torture and violations of religious freedom at Guantánamo, the U.S. Supreme Court today granted certiorari, vacated the underlying opinion and remanded the case for reconsideration in light of its opinion in Boumediene v. Bush, which earlier this year recognized the constitutional right of Guantanamo detainees to challenge detention through habeas corpus.

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More Campaigns Raise Big Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:42 am by HL

More Campaigns Raise Big Money
USA Today: “Nearly half of the nation’s House and Senate candidates raised $1 million or more in contributions for the 2008 election, about two-thirds more than a decade ago.”

Key findings:

  • Fifty-five Senate candidates and 364 House candidates toppled the $1 million mark, up 63% from 1998 and 8% from last year.
  • The median cost of a congressional campaign increased from under $690,000 in 1998 to just over $1 million in 2008.
  • Democrats, who added 21 House and seven Senate seats to their majorities, raised 27% more campaign money than Republicans in the 2008 election cycle.


Late Late Nite FDL: Fake Empire

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:41 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Fake Empire
Tonight we have Brooklyn’s, The National, performing Fake Empire; followed by a Chicago’s Andrew Bird, with Dianogoh, performing Lull, from the Daytrotter Sessions.

The National “Fake Empire”

Andrew Bird “Lull”

 Tonight we have Brooklyn’s, The National, performing Fake Empire; followed by a Chicago’s Andrew Bird, with Dianogoh, performing Lull, from the Daytrotter Sessions.

What’s on your mind tonight?


Human Traffickers’ Assets to Be Seized

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

Human Traffickers’ Assets to Be Seized
Spanish plan includes the seizure of assets owned by pimps, managers or owners of any facilities where sexual exploitation activities are detected.


Pentagon Report Confirms Failure Of Iraq Reconstruction Effort

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Pentagon Report Confirms Failure Of Iraq Reconstruction Effort
The New York Times and Pro Publica got an advanced look at a report on the American reconstruction of Iraq — and it’s not pretty. The report concludes, in the words of the Times and Pro Publica, that even now,…






Once Again Duncan Black is Absolutely Right!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Once Again Duncan Black is Absolutely Right!
So says Eschaton: “Lucky that few understood the potential and didn’t try to legislate or regulate it out of existence before it took off. Imagine telling senators in 1992 that soon every 13 year old would have a porn machine…






Heartening

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:35 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….


Beck: No one is talking about ?real issues? like Sarah Palin?s church being burned down.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

Beck: No one is talking about ?real issues? like Sarah Palin?s church being burned down.
On his radio show today, conservative talker Glenn Beck complained that the media is not talking about the “real issues.” To make his point, Beck wondered allowed about why the media isn’t “leading every news cast” with the apparent arson incident at Gov. Sarah Palin’s church. He concluded with a plug for his new network, […]

On his radio show today, conservative talker Glenn Beck complained that the media is not talking about the “real issues.” To make his point, Beck wondered allowed about why the media isn’t “leading every news cast” with the apparent arson incident at Gov. Sarah Palin’s church. He concluded with a plug for his new network, Fox News Channel, saying that in comparison to other morning news shows, Fox and Friends is like a “think tank.” Listen here:

Mr. Beck, we know think tanks…and Fox News is no “think tank.”


Illinois Panel to Explore Ouster of Blagojevich

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Illinois Panel to Explore Ouster of Blagojevich
CHICAGO, Dec. 15 — Illinois lawmakers will take the first steps toward the potential removal of Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) on Tuesday, when a bipartisan impeachment committee meets to seek evidence of official misconduct.


Beyond Iraq

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 16th, 2008 5:28 am by HL

Beyond Iraq
Note: This essay appears in the January/February 2009 edition of Foreign Affairs. On taking office, U.S. President Barack Obama will face a series of critical, complex, and interrelated challenges in the Middle East demanding urgent attention: an Iraq experiencing a fragile lull in violence that is nonetheless straining the U.S. military, an Iran approaching the nuclear threshold, a faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process, weak governments in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories challenged by strong militant Islamist groups, and a U.S. position weakened by years of failure and drift. He will also discover that time is working against him. For six years, U.S. policy in the Middle East has been dominated by Iraq. This need not, and should not, continue. The Obama administration will be able to gradually reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, limit their combat role, and increasingly shift responsibility to Iraqi forces. The drawdown will have to be executed carefully and deliberately, however, so as not to risk undoing recent progress. The improved situation in Iraq will allow the new administration to shift its focus to Iran, where the clock is ticking on a dangerous and destabilizing nuclear program. Obama should offer direct official engagement with the Iranian government, without preconditions, along with other incentives in an attempt to turn Tehran away from developing the capacity to rapidly produce substantial amounts of nuclear-weapons-grade fuel. At the same time, he should lay the groundwork for an international effort to impose harsher sanctions on Iran if it proves unwilling to change course.

An Obama Gift for K Street
WASHINGTON — We here in Washington are anticipating a stampede of lobbyists, influence peddlers, media consultants, paid “experts” and self-styled crusaders. Who brought us this onslaught of special pleaders? Why, it’s Barack Obama, the man who vowed to “change” how Washington works and banish from the political arena all those “special interests” that were depicted as a form of low-life devoid of all respectability. This is one Obama promise doomed to fail. The only way to eliminate lobbying and special interests is to eliminate government. The more powerful government becomes, the more lobbying there will be. So, paradoxically, Obama’s ambitions for more expansive government will promote special pleading. You need only watch the response to the expected “economic stimulus” plan — totaling perhaps $700 billion — to verify this eternal truth. “A Lobbying Frenzy for Federal Funds,” headlined a Washington Post story.