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Archive for January 11th, 2009

Mosaic: Two Weeks of War in Gaza

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Mosaic: Two Weeks of War in Gaza

Gaza report

This week’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report” takes stock of various reports about the current Gaza crisis from Middle Eastern media outlets as the conflict reached the 14-day mark. Needless to say, we’re not likely to hear all these voices on CNN.

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Why Do They Hate the West So Much, We Will Ask

Gaza Casualties

So once again, Israel has opened the gates of hell to the Palestinians. Forty civilian refugees dead in a United Nations school, three more in another. Not bad for a night’s work in Gaza by the army that believes in “purity of arms”. But why should we be surprised?

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Lifting veil of privacy, friends discuss Kennedy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

Lifting veil of privacy, friends discuss Kennedy
NEW YORK — When community groups and the Board of Education were caught in an acrimonious dispute over an arts program, education officials brought in…

David Sirota: Bush’s Last Month Sees Unemployment Hit 22%, According to Wingnuttia’s Math
Per the discussion of the right-wing’s new efforts to slander Franklin Roosevelt, note that though the Bureau of Labor Statistics today reports that the unemployment…

GOP Sees Franken As Public Enemy Number 1
With only a longshot court appeal standing in the way of Democrat Al Franken’s election to the Senate, Republicans are gritting their teeth and bracing…


Election Review: Moving Beyond “Permanent Majorities”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Election Review: Moving Beyond “Permanent Majorities”
Michael Barone’s latest column is an important one. Its central thesis is that in a diverse country with a long tradition of competitive two-party elections, trying to build a permanent majority is a fool’s errand. This is a point worth amplifying – as it relates to our ongoing series on the election. The classic view of realignments is that they occur in roughly 30-year intervals. Under this framework, the elections of 1800, 1828, 1860, 1896, and 1932 represent realignments, or sharp breaks with the elections that preceded them, resulting in the birth of new, lasting majority coalitions. The popularity of realignment theory has spilled over to the general punditry. Hundreds of blog posts and columns have already been written on the question of whether 2008 is a realigning election or not.


Warren On Tracking Bailout Funds: “This Isn’t Rocket Science”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2009 5:33 am by HL

Warren On Tracking Bailout Funds: “This Isn’t Rocket Science”
During her interview on CNN, Elizabeth Warren got to spend a little less time dealing with inane knee-jerk responses from anchors, and a little more time explaining the crux of the issue: that the Treasury Department isn’t tracking its bailout…

The Daily Muck
Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration have taken the unusual step of writing a letter to the Obama transition team to complain about misconduct at the agency. The group of nine scientists claim that agency managers have used intimidation…

Warren To Kudlow: No, Tracking Bailout Funds Isn’t “Central Planning”
Here’s Elizabeth Warren’s interview with CNBC about her report on the TARP spending. It’s notable mainly for her setting one network anchor straight about the fact that, even though, “money is fungible” it would still be possible to track for…






Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2009 5:32 am by HL


A Response To Chris Peot

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

A Response To Chris Peot
In contrast to Chris Peot who is paid to promote biosolids and can afford GAP clothes, I live on a retirement income and have no conflict of interest when commenting and researching the use of sewage sludge. I have…





Crackpot Realism
A Reuters dispatch on p. A12 of the NYT reports that a Pentagon commission headed by former defense secretary James Schlesinger is worried that the U. S. (in the words of the headline) is “Inattentive to Deterring Nuclear War.” In…


Bush library and ?Freedom Institute? to be housed in same building.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2009 5:30 am by HL

Bush library and ?Freedom Institute? to be housed in same building.
President Bush has repeatedly insisted that his think tank, or “Freedom Institute,” “won’t be used to promote a whitewashed perspective on his presidency.” Original plan, in fact, had his library and Freedom Institute as two separate buildings at Southern Methodist University. However, today the Dallas Morning News reports that they will actually be housed in […]

President Bush has repeatedly insisted that his think tank, or “Freedom Institute,” “won’t be used to promote a whitewashed perspective on his presidency.” Original plan, in fact, had his library and Freedom Institute as two separate buildings at Southern Methodist University. However, today the Dallas Morning News reports that they will actually be housed in the same building:

But in a White House interview this week, Laura Bush said the library design committee she chairs has moved away from its original plan.

She said the lone building will probably have separate wings and design elements to make the functions “distinct from each other.” […]

“It will be cool-looking,” President Bush said.

This announcement reinforces concerns that the Freedom Institute will “celebrate” Bush, rather than promote “dispassionate inquiry.”

(ThinkProgress has been keeping a close eye on developments with the Bush library, and we will continue to do so. Read our related posts here.)


Obama Stresses Plan’s Job Potential

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 11th, 2009 5:29 am by HL

Obama Stresses Plan’s Job Potential
Facing increased skepticism from both parties about the details of his economic stimulus proposal, President-elect Barack Obama and his team yesterday laid out new claims regarding the $775 billion package, saying that 90 percent of the jobs produced would be in the private sector, including…

Obama Says Stimulus Will Redound to Private Sector
President-elect Barack Obama, seeking to quiet concerns that his economic stimulus package would lead to an unsustainable expansion of the public workforce, said today that 90 percent of the 3 to 4 million jobs created or saved by his plan would be in the private sector.

Democratic Congress Shows Signs It Will Not Bow to Obama
Even before taking office, President-elect Barack Obama has endured a baptism by friendly fire.