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Archive for January 2nd, 2009

Let’s Pledge to Stop Being Stupid About Teen Sex

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Let’s Pledge to Stop Being Stupid About Teen Sex

“Virginity pledges” are one of the ways that government officials measure whether abstinence-only education is “working.” They count the pledges as proof that teens will abstain. It turns out that this is like counting New Year’s resolutions as proof that you lost 10 pounds.

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Karin Kloosterman: A Minnesota College Newspaper Editor on Israel-Hamas Conflict, from Tel Aviv

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Karin Kloosterman: A Minnesota College Newspaper Editor on Israel-Hamas Conflict, from Tel Aviv
There are 6 sets of parents in America right now who might be wishing that their kids weren’t college newspaper editors. I’d met the group…

NY Assembly Speaker Says He Will Support Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy appears to have cleared a big hurdle in her quest to replace outgoing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon…

As Israel Pounds Gaza, Egyptians Get Angry At Their Own Government
SHEIKH ZOWAYED, Egypt — In north Sinai, Egyptians angrily watched a scorching air offensive by the Israeli Air Force against Hamas, as well as…


In Cut and Paste Job, Treasury Admits It Still Doesn’t Know What Banks Are Doing With Bailout Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2009 5:36 am by HL

In Cut and Paste Job, Treasury Admits It Still Doesn’t Know What Banks Are Doing With Bailout Money
Earlier this month, as we noted at the time, the congressional oversight panel for the financial bailout released a report on how the Treasury is spending the $700 billion in taxpayer money Congress gave them. In its report, the panel,…





The Daily Muck
The Federal Election Commission has deadlocked on a recommendation by its counsel to fine a group for illegal spending practices in the 2004 presidential election. The commission’s 3 GOP members all voted against penalizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for…

In Ironic Twist, Taxpayers May Be On The Hook For Some Madoff Losses, Via AIG
Looks like another victim of the Bernard Madoff mess — albeit a very minor one — is the US taxpayer. In September, as part of its bailout effort, the Treasury Department made an $85 billion loan to insurance giant AIG,…






The Paradox of Israel: Regional Super Power and the Largest Jewish Ghetto Ever Created

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2009 5:34 am by HL

The Paradox of Israel: Regional Super Power and the Largest Jewish Ghetto Ever Created
Israelis keep saying they only want security, while they go on electing leaders whose policies make them less secure.

Are Blagojevich and Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Money Dealings with Chicago’s Indian Community Tied to the Corruption Charges?
Clues emerge in the possible connection between Jesse Jackson Jr., Blagojevich, and the money for Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

Adding Up Bush’s Damage
Bush’s catalog of his transgressions against the nation’s interests would keep him in a confessional for the rest of his life.


Challenging Group Thinking Economists on Budget Deficits and the Dollar

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2009 5:33 am by HL

Challenging Group Thinking Economists on Budget Deficits and the Dollar
Virtually the whole economics profession somehow managed to overlook the largest housing bubble in the history of the world. Remarkably, few, if any, economists were fired or even demoted for their extraordinary incompetence. Unlike dishwashers and factory workers, economists are…

Pro-Gaza War Media Blitz In Overdrive
James Besser, a veteran (and outstanding) reporter for the New York Jewish Week looks at the lobby’s unprecedented media blitz supporting the Gaza war. It’s not enough to sell the war as a defensive reaction by Israel to years of…

Five Girls In One Family Killed In Gaza & AIPAC Speaks Up
This story needs no comnmentary from me. It speaks for itself. This is the Gaza war. And this is AIPAC’s take: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Josh Block (202) 997-4614 December 29, 2008 AIPAC URGES CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION TO SUPPORT…


2008: Bush?s Last Year By The Numbers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2009 5:32 am by HL

2008: Bush?s Last Year By The Numbers
President Bush issued a statement yesterday in which he heralded New Year’s day as “an opportunity to remember the events of the past and look forward with hope to the year ahead.” But as Bush looks forward to leaving office, the nation is stuck with the results of many of the Bush administration’s failed policies. […]

bushhatwave.jpgPresident Bush issued a statement yesterday in which he heralded New Year’s day as “an opportunity to remember the events of the past and look forward with hope to the year ahead.” But as Bush looks forward to leaving office, the nation is stuck with the results of many of the Bush administration’s failed policies.

To mark the passing of Bush’s last full year in office, ThinkProgress rounded up statistics on some of the most significant effects of Bush rule in 2008:

Number Of U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq: 322.
Number Of U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan: 151.
Number Of Jobs Lost: 1.9 million.
Number Of Banks Federal Government Now Owns Stock In: 206.
Number Of Uninsured Americans: 47.5 million.

Change In Housing Prices: declined 18 percent.
Change In Health Insurance Premiums: increased 5 percent.
Change In Number Of Delinquent Mortgages: increased 75 percent.
Change In Use Of Food Stamps: increased 17 percent.
Change In Dow Jones Industrial Average: declined 35 percent.
Change In Bush Approval Rating: declined 9 percent to 29 percent.

Paul Krugman noted recently that the Bush administration’s failings have often been obscured in the short-run because the White House was particularly effective at inventing an alternate reality that it then “impressed on the public.” In 2008, however, despite its repeated attempts to wish it away, the reality of its domestic policy failures caught up with Bush administration and the nation.


End of the Year Brings A Burst of Settlements With Justice Department

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 2nd, 2009 5:31 am by HL

End of the Year Brings A Burst of Settlements With Justice Department
The Justice Department has reached more than a dozen business-related settlements since the presidential election, with more in the pipeline for January, prompting lawyers and interest groups to assert that companies are seeking more favorable terms before the new administration arrives.

Some Conservatives Fear Obama Advisers Lean Too Far Left
To some staunch conservatives watching President Bush relinquish the reins of power to President-elect Barack Obama, a few too many ardent liberals are now crashing the gates.

Two Advisers Reflect on Eight Years With Bush
White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten and national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley remember conferring with President Bush during the darkest days of the Iraq war, in 2005 and 2006, when violence was out of control. In daily 7 a.m. meetings in the Oval Office, Bush reviewed “blue sheets”…