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Archive for January 9th, 2009

Homeland Security USA: The Outtakes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Homeland Security USA: The Outtakes

By G.W. Schulz, Center for Investigative Reporting

The inaugural episode of ABC’s newest reality television series did exactly as producer Arnold Shapiro told viewers it would: unabashedly celebrated the Department of Homeland Security. It also failed in every conceivable way to critically examine the largest reorganization of the federal government since World War II.

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Scritti Politti: January 8, 2007

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Scritti Politti: January 8, 2007
So, I understand that actress Anne Hathaway has a bone to pick with the President-Elect: “I expect him to explain that choice of Rick Warren…I…

Biggest Donors To Inauguration: Wall Street Execs
WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has banned corporations and big donors from funding his Jan. 20 inauguration. But 90% of donations received so far have…

Friction Looms Between Obama And Business Community Over Environment
Rarely has a president — to say nothing of a Democratic president — been thrown into the arms of the business community on his way…

What Joe The Plumber Should Know Before He Heads To A War Zone
No matter how the whole “war correspondent” thing goes, Joe The Plumber will have his chance to test his mettle in the shtetl.

Bill Scher: Missing From Obama’s Speech: Business Tax Cuts
In President-elect Barack Obama’s major economic address today, he laid out one dozen key planks of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, including initiatives to:…


Obama Shouldn’t Cave to the Right on Tax Cuts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Obama Shouldn’t Cave to the Right on Tax Cuts
WASHINGTON — Of all the ailments sapping the U.S. economy, failure to cut taxes isn’t one of them. The Bush administration has been an extravagant orgy of tax-cutting. Taxes were cut in 2001 by $1.35 trillion over 10 years. In 2003 they were reduced by another $350 billion. Tax cuts came again in 2004 ($146 billion) and, for good measure, in 2006 ($142 billion).


Obama Getting Serious About Financial Re-Regulation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

Obama Getting Serious About Financial Re-Regulation
We’ve heard talk from various quarters in recent weeks about the pressing need to re-regulate the financial markets, in response to the SEC’s failure in the Bernard Madoff case, and to the broader financial crisis. And in his interview yesterday…

Reid: Free Ted Stevens!
Former senator Ted Stevens (yes, now actually former) is keeping up the fight against his guilty verdict — and now Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has lent him a hand. Reid told Politico that he believes Stevens shouldn’t serve jail…

Madoff Had Signed Checks To Employees In Desk At Time Of Arrest
The Wall Street Journal is reporting on its homepage that, according to prosecutors, Bernard Madoff had $173 million in signed checks made out to his friends and employees in his office desk at the time of his arrest. News reports…






CCR Condemns Israeli Massacre in Gaza and Calls for Just and Lasting Ceasefire

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:33 am by HL

CCR Condemns Israeli Massacre in Gaza and Calls for Just and Lasting Ceasefire

New York, NY –  In response to the ongoing atrocities in Gaza, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement:

For over 40 years the Center for Constitutional Rights has made it a point to apply an international law analysis to events at home and abroad.  In that spirit, CCR condemns the Israeli war crimes against Palestinian civilians in Gaza, which have killed nearly 700 Gazans since December 27, 2008.

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Defeating the Multinationals Is Just the Start of the Problem for Anti-Globalization Movements

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Defeating the Multinationals Is Just the Start of the Problem for Anti-Globalization Movements
Bolivia ignited anti-globalization supporters by ousting the company that controlled its water. But that was just the beginning of its problems.

How You Can Start a Farm in Heart of the City
Sick of flavorless, genetically modified, pesticide-drenched frankenvegetables? It’s time to start growing food in your back yard.

By the People, For the People: AlterNet Readers Send Their Messages to Obama
Here are some of the best essays submitted by members of the AlterNet community in our "100 Words for 100 Days" project.

Defeating the Multinationals Is Just the Start of the Problem for Anti-Globalization Movements
Bolivia ignited anti-globalization supporters by ousting the company that controlled its water. But that was just the beginning of its problems.


Wasteland Redux

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Wasteland Redux
Sorry to ruffle Caroline’s feathers with my reference to Milorganite, which keeps the deer away from my shrubs. Perhaps the deer have been reading her posts. But I am glad we’re finally getting into some big numbers, like $200…

Gaza: Even After This, The Silence Is Deafening But You Can Help Here
This is hard to read but the footage, which is the whole world is watching is even worse. FROM TODAY’S INDEPENDENT. Four small starving children too weak to stand were found next to the bodies of their dead mothers by…






ThinkFast: January 8, 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:30 am by HL

ThinkFast: January 8, 2009
Anti-American Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr yesterday called for “revenge operations” against U.S. forces to protest Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Sadr also “urged that Palestinian flags be raised on mosques, churches and other buildings in Iraq and that all countries shut down Israel’s embassies.” Three rockets fired from Lebanon into Northern Israel today “raised concern […]

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Anti-American Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr yesterday called for “revenge operations” against U.S. forces to protest Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Sadr also “urged that Palestinian flags be raised on mosques, churches and other buildings in Iraq and that all countries shut down Israel’s embassies.”

Three rockets fired from Lebanon into Northern Israel today “raised concern that they could presage a second front in the conflict that would complicate peace efforts.” The Israeli military, however, dismissed the rockets as “a minor event” while Israeli negotiators arrived in Cairo, Egypt to begin cease-fire negotiations.

In a speech set to be delivered today at George Mason University, President-elect Obama says that the nation’s recession could “linger for years” unless Congress acts to pass a new $800 billion stimulus package. Obama adds that “[a] bad situation could become dramatically worse,” warning of double-digit unemployment and a loss of $1 trillion in economic activity.

A new poll commissioned by the AFL-CIO finds that “73 percent of adults said that they supported the Employee Free Choice Act when read the union’s descriptions of the bill’s three main provisions.” Seventy-eight percent said that they favored legislation to “make it easier for workers to bargain with their employers for better wages, benefits and working conditions.”

President-elect Obama is prepared to scrap Bush’s homeland security office and appoint longtime CIA official John Brennan head of a counter-terrorism unit to be folded into the National Security Council. Brennan would not require Senate confirmation. “The idea of merging the two councils has been recommended by a number of reports, most notably in November by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and by Third Way.” More ?

Debunking the top 10 conservative myths about health care reform.
Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is holding confirmation hearings for former senator Tom Daschle, President-elect Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services. In advance of the confirmation, conservatives have been actively filling the nation’s leading newspapers with editorials attacking Daschle and misrepresenting the consequences and implications […]

daschleglasses.jpgToday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is holding confirmation hearings for former senator Tom Daschle, President-elect Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services. In advance of the confirmation, conservatives have been actively filling the nation’s leading newspapers with editorials attacking Daschle and misrepresenting the consequences and implications of expanding access to affordable health care coverage. In a new report released today, the Wonk Room identifies and debunks the right-wing’s most widely-circulated myths about reform:

MYTH: The government will ration care. “The Left’s idea of limiting Medicare spending is to have bureaucrats tell Mom she cannot have the cancer treatment she wants. [Washington Times, 12/28/2008]

REALITY: Progressive proposals will allow Mom and her doctor to choose the best treatment for her cancer. Research into the comparative effectiveness of treatments can identify the procedures that provide the best results at the lowest cost. Currently, at least one-third of medical procedures have questionable benefits, according to the Rand Corporation. [Rand Corporation, 1998]

The Wonk Room will be blogging Daschle’s confirmation hearing that started at 10 am.


Treasury Must Divulge Details on Bailout, Panel Says

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 9th, 2009 5:29 am by HL

Treasury Must Divulge Details on Bailout, Panel Says
The congressional panel overseeing the administration’s financial rescue program plans to release a report today repeating questions it first posed to the Treasury Department in mid-December and harshly criticizing it for failing to provide satisfactory answers.

Daschle Treated Gently in Confirmation Hearing
In a session that resembled a homecoming more than a congressional grilling, former senator Thomas A. Daschle yesterday glided through the first of two Senate confirmation hearings to be secretary of health and human services.

Congress Makes Obama Election Official With Pompousness and Circumstance
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Obama Names Virginia Governor as Democratic National Committee Chairman
Barack Obama formally named Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine chairman of the Democratic National Committee yesterday, making him the guardian of the valuable political brand that grew up around the president-elect during the 2008 campaign.