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Archive for December 28th, 2008

Israel Offers Tidings, Lifts Blockade

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 28th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Israel Offers Tidings, Lifts Blockade

Israel has discovered the holiday spirit and decided that its blockade of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip should be lifted, allowing trucks of medicine, food and other supplies to enter the occupied territory beginning Friday.


The BBC:

Israel has reopened crossings into the Gaza Strip to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Israeli officials said Defence Minister Ehud Barak took the decision after talks with security chiefs and requests from the international community.

About 80 trucks with supplies such as medicine, food and other goods are expected to cross on Friday.

The move comes despite Israeli warnings to Palestinian militants in Gaza to stop their rocket attacks on Israel.

On Friday, two Palestinian sisters – aged five and 12 – were killed when a mortar, apparently fired by Palestinian gunmen targeting Israel, hit their home in northern Gaza.

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British Playwright Harold Pinter Dies at 78

Harold Pinter

The theater world lost one of its brightest lights on Christmas Eve with the death of playwright Harold Pinter. The 78-year-old British Nobel Prize winner, whose best-known plays included “The Homecoming” and “The Birthday Party,” succumbed to throat cancer on Wednesday.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Bush’s Farewell Tour

The 43rd president is going home with less remorse and fewer regrets than my grandchildren express for spilling their cereal.

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Politics Is No Longer Local: It’s Viral

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 28th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Politics Is No Longer Local: It’s Viral
Around this time last year, I was driving through the snow-covered flatlands of the Hawkeye State, headed to a bowling alley where a dozen college…

Fitzgerald Asks Blago Impeachment Panel Not To Subpoena Obama Aides
CHICAGO — The Illinois House committee investigating a possible impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich won’t subpoena two incoming White House advisers, a spokesman said Saturday,…

Daniel Kurtzman: 2008’s Most Laughable Political Antics
In a story about potential vice presidential picks, the AP referred to Joe Lieberman as “the Democratic vice presidential prick in 2000.”

Frank Rich Scolds Obama Over Rick Warren: ‘You’re Likable Enough, Gay People’
IN his first press conference after his re-election in 2004, President Bush memorably declared, “I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I…


Tale of Two Presidential Workout Fanatics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 28th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Tale of Two Presidential Workout Fanatics
Ah, the perks of media affection. On Christmas Day, the Washington Post delivered a front-page paean to Barack Obama’s workout habits. The 1,233-word ode to O’s physical fitness read more like a Harlequin romance novel than an A-1 news article. Sighed smitten reporter Eli Zaslow, “The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.” Drool cup to the newsroom, stat.


Results Of DOJ Probe Into Siegelman Prosecution To Be Released In ‘Near Future’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 28th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Results Of DOJ Probe Into Siegelman Prosecution To Be Released In ‘Near Future’
We may be getting some answers in the saga of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman sooner rather than later. DOJ’s Office Of Professional Responsibility expects “in the near future” to complete its probe into allegations of politicized prosecution in the…

The Daily Muck
In an interview with the Washington Post, the outgoing head of the Securities and Exchange Commission denies any responsibility for scandals that took place during his tenure. Chris Cox told the paper that his agency doesn’t prevent banks from going…

With Bailout Money At Stake, It’s Hip To Be A Bank
Maybe TPMmuckraker will reorganize as a bank to get our hands on some taxpayer money. After all, everyone’s doing it. The Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a good-government group, last week sent a letter to Congressional leaders identifying eight financial…


Alternative Ownership Approaches for Corporate Accountability

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 28th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Alternative Ownership Approaches for Corporate Accountability
In yesterday’s thread, there was some good discussion on corporate accountability, but I want to more explicitly emphasize that not only are alternatives to traditional private shareholder ownership possible, but that they regularly are used in our economy and in…





Bush Era Investment Strategy
Classic investment theory says that investors should pay a premium for safety and command extra compensation for taking risk. But the above chart of the last eight years shows that we have been living in a financial version of…


RNC Rivals Discuss Racial Song

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 28th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

RNC Rivals Discuss Racial Song
Republicans who are vying to lead the national party offered a mix of reactions yesterday to the decision by one candidate for the job to mail out a music CD including the song “Barack the Magic Negro.”

The Talk Shows
Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: