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Archive for January 23rd, 2009

Obama’s Salvage Operation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 23rd, 2009 5:42 am by HL

Obama’s Salvage Operation

Repairing the damage that George W. Bush did to the nation’s values, honor and pride will be complicated and, at times, politically inconvenient. But nothing is more urgent, and nothing will ultimately reap more benefits at home and abroad.

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Kirsten Gillibrand: New York’s Next Senator

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 23rd, 2009 5:41 am by HL

Kirsten Gillibrand: New York’s Next Senator
A source close to a rival candidate for the Senate seat tells the Huffington Post that Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand has indeed been picked, as was…

Obama Meets More GOP Resistance On Stimulus Plan
Just days after taking office vowing to end the political era of “petty grievances,” President Obama ran into mounting GOP opposition yesterday to an economic…

Obama Ally Giannoulias Considering Burris Challenge
One of President Obama’s close friends and basketball buddies is considering a campaign against Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) in the Democratic primary. Illinois State Treasurer…

Frederick Yang, Top Democratic Consultant, Caught On FBI’s Blagojevich Tapes
CHICAGO — A partner in a prominent, Washington-based political consulting firm is among those secretly recorded discussing ways Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich can cash in…


Congress Will Test Obama’s New Tone

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 23rd, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Congress Will Test Obama’s New Tone
President Barack Obama has called for an end to “the petty grievances” and “recriminations” of Washington. John Conyers intends to find out if the new president really means it. Mr. Conyers, the powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has spent years gearing up for a Bush administration witch hunt. Backed by a mob of congressional liberals, outside groups, and the New York Times, he’s counting on this new president to play along with payback. Consider it the first test of Mr. Obama’s promise of a new civility. Mr. Conyers’s own notion of civility has included holding no less than 70 hearings into Bush programs. Last year, he and 55 House Democrats demanded the Justice Department appoint a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation into Bush interrogation policies. This year, they expect the incoming administration to finally give them satisfaction. Mr. Conyers also just introduced legislation to establish a Soviet-style “truth commission” to investigate (for starters) interrogations, wiretapping, Valerie Plame, Iraq intelligence, and the firing of U.S. attorneys. The body would be vested with a big budget and subpoena power. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with no hint of a smirk, explained her party had a duty to the “truth.”


Bailout Overseer To Ask Banks To Track Funds

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 23rd, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Bailout Overseer To Ask Banks To Track Funds
Could we finally be headed for a whole new level of transparency and oversight over the bailout funds? Neal Barofsky, the inspector general for the TARP program, today sent a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the…

Fired US Attorney To Prosecute Gitmo Cases
David Iglesias — the former US Attorney who was fired in 2006 for failing to prosecute politically motivated cases as aggressively as the Bush administration and its allies wanted — has a new job. Iglesias, a member of the US…






Momentum Gathers for Truly Universal Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 23rd, 2009 5:35 am by HL

Momentum Gathers for Truly Universal Health Care
A new campaign was launched to make clear to policy-makers that the moment is right to embrace truly universal health care.

An Atheist’s Perspective on the Inauguration: Enough With all the God Stuff
Why do the prayers of a church belong in the single most important ceremony of our state? Obama is not God’s servant, he’s ours.

Resistance to Housing Foreclosures Spread Across the Land
Community-based movements to halt the flood of foreclosures have been building across the country. And they’re not the usual suspects.

Is the American Southwest Running Dry?
Filmmaker Jim Thebaut talks about the precarious future of the Southwest and the call for a national water plan.


The Hundred Days: What Worked, What Didn’t, What Never Happened

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 23rd, 2009 5:34 am by HL

The Hundred Days: What Worked, What Didn’t, What Never Happened
The phrase “hundred days” came to mind so easily in 1933 because it already had been used to refer to the period after Napoleon’s triumphal return from Elba. Alas, that ended with Waterloo. Franklin Roosevelt’s hundred days still appear…





Why Obama Needs His BlackBerry
Just a short post. I’ve had more than my say on the 100 days. I’m an admirer of Anthony Barger’s book, which does an excellent job illuminating the longer term consequences of New Deal legislation. I try to do…

Bubbles We Still Need to Burst
Once in a blue moon a magazine essay explains immediate crises so well that it also lights up broader challenges and horizons. Jonathan Schell does it this week in The Nation by reckoning with our country’s converging crises and prospects.This…


maf54 is on Facebook.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 23rd, 2009 5:33 am by HL

maf54 is on Facebook.
In 2006, Florida Republican Mark Foley resigned from Congress in disgrace after a series of e-mails and instant messages emerged between him and underage male congressional pages. Despite this debacle, it looks like he’s still active on the Internet with a LinkedIn profile and now a Facebook page: Click here to friend him.

In 2006, Florida Republican Mark Foley resigned from Congress in disgrace after a series of e-mails and instant messages emerged between him and underage male congressional pages. Despite this debacle, it looks like he’s still active on the Internet with a LinkedIn profile and now a Facebook page:

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Click here to friend him.


Stimulus Plan Meets More GOP Resistance

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 23rd, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Stimulus Plan Meets More GOP Resistance
Just days after taking office vowing to end the political era of “petty grievances,” President Obama ran into mounting GOP opposition yesterday to an economic stimulus plan that he had hoped would receive broad bipartisan support.

A Lovely Consolation Prize for Ms. Kennedy?
C aroline Kennedy didn’t get that Senate seat from New York, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of fine government jobs she would be perfect for, jobs right there in Manhattan. Take, for example, some excellent possibilities at the United Nations.

Senate Gets Reacquainted With McCain the Maverick
A joke made its way around the Capitol yesterday: How do you know the 2008 election is really over? Because John McCain is causing trouble for Republicans again.

Report Faults Financial Oversight
The U.S. financial regulatory system is seriously outdated and needs urgent reform to avoid a further worsening of the economic crisis, concludes a report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office.

Intelligence Pick Calls Torture Immoral, Ineffective
Retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair, President Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. intelligence community, told Congress yesterday that torture “is not moral, legal or effective” and that “there will not be any waterboarding on my watch.”