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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 7th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

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Why Do So Few Speak Up for Gaza?

Gaza rubble

Why is it that there is such widespread acceptance, beginning with the apologetic arguments of President Bush, that whatever Israel does is always justified as necessary to the survival of the Jewish state? It is not.

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Steve Clemons: Joe Biden’s CODEL to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Working All the Angles. . .Like He Should!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 7th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Steve Clemons: Joe Biden’s CODEL to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Working All the Angles. . .Like He Should!
Biden’s bipartisan trip of national security heavyweights in the US Senate is an important step in reestablishing some trust and common purpose in US foreign policy across party lines.

Replacing Rahm: Feigenholtz, Fritchey, Geoghegan Enter Fray, Daley Staying Neutral (VIDEO)
Mayor Daley announced his intention to stay neutral in the crowded Congressional race to succeed incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the Tribune…

Obama To Have Lunch With Bush, Three Living Former Presidents
Talk about a power lunch. President Bush, President-elect Barack Obama and three living former presidents will meet in the Oval Office for a private gathering…

Emma Ruby-Sachs: Repealing DOMA Will Ease the Warren Sting
On inauguration day many gay Americans will have the small comfort of knowing Tammy Baldwin is one of fifteen ceremonial co-chairs while Rick Warren…


The Mortgage Thieves Return

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 7th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

The Mortgage Thieves Return
First come the shady operators, then comes the collapse, then comes the bailout, then come the shady operators. That, too often, is the sad history of financial meltdowns and their cleanups. The closing days of the Bush administration offer the familiar spectacle of bad actors descending on a government program fat with new money and starved of oversight. The object of plunder this time is a Federal Housing Administration program recently empowered to extend an additional $300 billion in loan guarantees, so reports BusinessWeek.

A Question for My Friend Alan Dershowitz
Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is that rare individual who is both a highly respected academic and well known to the general population. But in another regard he is even rarer. He regards himself as a man of the left, yet on one of the defining moral issues of our time, attitudes toward Israel, he has nothing in common with the left. He is not only one of Israel’s staunchest supporters, he spends much of his time defending Israel. He has written innumerable articles and four books defending Israel: “The Case against Israel’s Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace,” “The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can Be Resolved,” “The Case for Israel,” and “What Israel Means to Me: By 80 Prominent Writers, Performers, Scholars, Politicians, and Journalists.”


Obama Announces Top DOJ Picks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 7th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Obama Announces Top DOJ Picks
The process of rebuilding the Department of Justice after eight years of unprecedented politicization under President Bush continues apace. President-elect Barack Obama today announced, in a press release, his nominees to fill four key posts under Eric Holder, his pick…

Madoff Whistleblower Cancels Congressional Testimony
When the House committee that will hold hearings today on Bernard Madoff and the role of the SEC announced its witness list, one of the most interesting names was that of Harry Markopolos. The former rival investor to Bernard Madoff,…

SEC IG Can’t Compel Testimony From Key Madoff Witnesses
Yesterday we noted that, based on his testimony before Congress, SEC Inspector General David Kotz appears to be conducting an aggressive investigation of the agency’s failures in connection with the Bernard Madoff case. But on one crucial point, Kotz’s tetimony…






This Looks Like the Start of a Second

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 7th, 2009 5:32 am by HL

This Looks Like the Start of a Second Great Depression
Will we act swiftly and boldly enough to stop it from happening?

Could the Media Derail Health Care Reform?
Right now, health care reform is an abstract goal that everyone wants. But that doesn’t mean the media are ready to cover it properly.


George Orwell Tells Us Everything We Need To Know About Liberals and Gaza

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 7th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

George Orwell Tells Us Everything We Need To Know About Liberals and Gaza
“All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad,…

Chutzpah Alert
On the chutzpah scale this one is off the charts. John Yoo, the author of the infamous torture memo and John Bolton, chief advocate of nuking Iran, have chosen to give the nation a lecture on the Constitutionthis morning. They…


Timber company backs out of controversial road deal with Forest Service.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 7th, 2009 5:30 am by HL

Timber company backs out of controversial road deal with Forest Service.
Last week, ThinkProgress noted that Forest Service chief Mark E. Rey, who is a former lobbyist for the timber industry, was trying to “push through a change in U.S. Forest Service agreements that would make it far easier for mountain forests to be converted to housing subdivisions.” The last-minute rule change would primarily have benefited […]

Last week, ThinkProgress noted that Forest Service chief Mark E. Rey, who is a former lobbyist for the timber industry, was trying to “push through a change in U.S. Forest Service agreements that would make it far easier for mountain forests to be converted to housing subdivisions.” The last-minute rule change would primarily have benefited Plum Creek Timber, the largest private landowner in the United States. But now the company has decided that it will no longer pursue the changes “given the lack of receptivity” to the idea. Rey claimed the company’s decision was “not good news for the federal government or the public at large.”


Obama Is Under Fire Over Panetta Selection

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 7th, 2009 5:29 am by HL

Obama Is Under Fire Over Panetta Selection
President-elect Barack Obama said yesterday that he has selected a “top-notch intelligence team” that would provide the “unvarnished” information his administration needs, rather than “what they think the president wants to hear.”

Obama Predicts Years of Deficits Over $1 Trillion
Slowing tax revenues and a historic bailout of the U.S. financial system will send the budget deficit soaring toward $1 trillion this year, President-elect Barack Obama said yesterday, and the red ink stands to get substantially deeper if Obama wins approval of a massive economic stimulus plan.

Donor to Richardson Also Gave To Obama
The president of a California financial firm, whose political donations sparked an investigation that prompted New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) to drop out of the incoming Obama administration, also gave generously to the Democratic Party and the president-elect.

Jeb Bush Says He Won’t Run For Open Senate Seat in 2010
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced Tuesday that he would not run for the Senate in 2010, an early setback for Republican recruiters seeking to mount a comeback in the chamber.

Richardson Debacle Points Up Perils of the Vetting Process
Bill Richardson’s unexpected withdrawal from the Senate confirmation process for commerce secretary underscores a simple fact about the presidential appointment process: It is up to the vetters to get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth out of appointees.