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Archive for January 21st, 2009

Mrs. Biden’s Oops Moment on ‘Oprah’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2009 5:41 am by HL

Mrs. Biden’s Oops Moment on ‘Oprah’

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One of the cardinal rules for any politician or spouse thereof must be: Don’t ever ad-lib on “Oprah.” Jill Biden found this out during a taping of Winfrey’s show on Monday when she let it slip that Barack Obama initially offered Joe Biden either the vice president position or that of secretary of state.

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A Long Train Ride

Barack Obama rode to Washington, D.C., for his presidential inauguration on a whistle-stop tour, which was compared to the train ride taken by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. The train holds a deeper symbolism, though, that undergirds Obama’s historic ascension to the White House.

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Craig Crawford: Impeach John Roberts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2009 5:40 am by HL

Craig Crawford: Impeach John Roberts
There is simply no excuse for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts bungling the presidential oath of office to such an extent that…

Obama Halts All Pending Bush Regulations
Acting only hours after his inauguration, President Barack Obama has ordered a freeze on new or proposed regulations at all government agencies and departments. In…

RJ Eskow: “The Lines of Tribe Shall Soon Dissolve”
Of the many noteworthy lines in President Obama’s Inaugural speech, here’s one that especially struck me: “We cannot help but believe that the old hatreds…


Economic Crapshoot Ahead

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Economic Crapshoot Ahead
Finding wisdom on the question of economic stimulus may be Washington’s most important task in generations — short of major war decisions. President Barack Obama currently is proposing to spend about $850 billion over two years that he asserts is intended to stimulate the economy and thereby add 3-4 million jobs that otherwise would not exist. It is generally expected that Obama is lowballing it and that after Congress is finished, the level will be closer to $1.2 trillion. Without such efforts, it is asserted, we would face something on the dimensions of the Great Depression (during which America endured up to 24 percent unemployment and up to 13 percent contraction of gross domestic product in a single year). With the stimulus and other legislative and executive actions, people close to Obama hope that unemployment would top out at less than 10 percent and GDP contraction at about 5 percent.

Cynics Can’t Overlook History
The poignancy and historical importance of the moment cannot be overlooked – the inauguration of the first Black president. Slavery and Jim Crow have been America’s deepest scar, a sharp rebuke to our founding principles. For this reason, I have long regarded Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday was fittingly celebrated just the day before Barack Obama’s inauguration, as one of three indispensible Americans.


Jury Still Out On Wiretapping Verdict’s Significance

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Jury Still Out On Wiretapping Verdict’s Significance
Yesterday we noted the news that a secret court had ruled that a law passed by Congress empowering the president to eavesdrop without a warrant was constitutional. But there was debate over the broader implications of the ruling. The New…

The Daily Muck
An employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is accused of running a prostitution ring from her work computer in the agency’s Kansas City office. Laurie Lynn McConnell, a 26-year-old statistician, allegedly ran the ring in three states with the…






Reactions to Obama’s Historic Moment From Around the Globe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Reactions to Obama’s Historic Moment From Around the Globe
A roundup of reactions to this historic changing of the guard from newspaper editorial pages around the world.

What Lies Ahead for Obama — And the Rest of the World
When the dust settles, Obama will begin the most difficult of tasks. Hope may not be enough.

Obama’s Promise of Change Comes Wrapped in Red, White and Blue
Obama’s speech shows that there’s no reason to let the right monopolize the powerful language of traditional American values.

If America Lands Hard in the Ditch, What’s the Best Way Out of It?
We’ve got to ditch the narcolepsy-inducing distractions of our timeand put our shoulders to the wheel to haul this nation into a plausible future.

Amy Goodman: Alice Walker and Bob Moses Reflect on an Obama Presidency and the Struggle for African Americans to Vote
Pulitzer Prize-winner Walker and civil rights hero Moses on the struggles that paved the way for Obama’s success.


Getting real about liberty and security (will take a little while)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2009 5:33 am by HL

Getting real about liberty and security (will take a little while)
Hello, all. I’m very happy to be joining the conversation on the greatest public day of my life so far. I’ll say more about that when I anchor the Wednesday discussion on Community. For the Liberty topic: The reforms…

An Era of Shared Responsibility
My first impression of President (yes, President!) Obama’s first speech is that it was more sober, less inspirational than it could have been. But my favorite parts were about how we shouldn’t debate over big government or small government, but…

Looking Toward the Mountaintop
We have overcome. We have reached the mountaintop. We have entered a post-racial era. We are witnessing a racial thaw. For many Americans–especially whites–the Obama inauguration is a moment of self-congratulation. That 43 percent of white voters pulled the…


Obama to overturn global gag rule ?in one of his first acts.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Obama to overturn global gag rule ?in one of his first acts.?
“In one of his first acts as president, Barack Obama is planning to lift a rule” that bars federal money from going to international family planning groups that counsel women on abortion or perform the procedure. The so-called “global gag rule” (also referred to as the “Mexico City policy”) was created by the Reagan administration, […]

“In one of his first acts as president, Barack Obama is planning to lift a rule” that bars federal money from going to international family planning groups that counsel women on abortion or perform the procedure. The so-called “global gag rule” (also referred to as the “Mexico City policy”) was created by the Reagan administration, then overturned by President Clinton, and was later re-instituted by President Bush as his first act in office.


Ceremonial Duties Completed, the Bushes Depart

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 21st, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Ceremonial Duties Completed, the Bushes Depart
With a blown kiss out the window of the presidential limousine, George W. Bush departed the White House yesterday, closing out a presidency that spanned the height of popularity and the depths of public disdain.

Senate Confirms 7 Obama Cabinet Picks, but Clinton Is Kept on Hold
The Senate approved seven of President Obama’s Cabinet-level appointees yesterday but delayed a planned vote on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s confirmation to be secretary of state because of objections from a Republican member.

Obama Asks Nation to Rise to the Challenge of His Words
In the inaugural address launching his presidency, Barack Obama today drew on his sense of history and the needs of the moment — the same strengths that shaped the speeches that propelled him from obscurity to the White House in four years.

‘I, Barack Hussein Obama . . .’
Left hand resting on an ancient, sacred text, right hand raised to write a new chapter of the American story, Barack Obama stood on a platform at the Capitol, poised to recite the presidential oath of office. He turned his face toward the slanting, winter sun.

Kennedy Recovering After Having Seizure at Obama Luncheon
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) was awake and “feeling well” yesterday evening after suffering a seizure during a post-inaugural luncheon in honor of President Obama, said a physician who treated him.