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Archive for March 1st, 2009

Jindal’s Tall Katrina Tale

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 1st, 2009 5:41 am by HL

Jindal’s Tall Katrina Tale

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If Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal could have one career do-over, he might opt to use it on the speech he gave Tuesday. Not only did his performance induce cringes on both sides of the aisle, but now, according to TPMMuckraker, it looks as if the part of his speech about Hurricane Katrina (to many the most baffling part) wasn’t exactly true.

TPMMuckraker:

Jindal had described being in the office of Sheriff Harry Lee “during Katrina,” and hearing him yelling into the phone at a government bureaucrat who was refusing to let him send volunteer boats out to rescue stranded storm victims, because they didn’t have the necessary permits. Jindal said he told Lee, “that’s ridiculous,” prompting Lee to tell the bureaucrat that the rescue effort would go ahead and he or she could arrest both Lee and Jindal.

But now, a Jindal spokeswoman has admitted to Politico that in reality, Jindal overheard Lee talking about the episode to someone else by phone “days later.” The spokeswoman said she thought Lee, who died in 2007, was being interviewed about the incident at the time.

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Obama Calls Bush About Iraq

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Before he made his announcement Friday about withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, President Barack Obama called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as well as his predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush. The White House described the call to Bush as a courtesy.

The Swamp:

Obama called al-Maliki from Air Force One en route to Camp Lejuene, according to the White House, and he called Bush from the base in North Carolina shortly before stepping on stage to spell out his plans.

It was a courtesy call, the White House said.

“Next month will mark the sixth anniversary of the war in Iraq,’’ Obama told the Marines. “By any measure, this has already been a long war.”

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John Mirisch: Down and Dirty in Beverly Hills

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 1st, 2009 5:40 am by HL

John Mirisch: Down and Dirty in Beverly Hills
I’m one of the 11 candidates running for 3 seats on the Beverly Hills City Council, a basically non-paying gig, and I have become a lightning rod for the full force of anonymous sleaze attacks and dirty tricks.

Lee Stranahan: Why Limbaugh Is Right to Oppose Obama’s Economic Policies
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh wants Barack Obama’s econimic policies to fail. He said it, he said it again, and he said it again…

Ailing GOP Risks Losing A Generation: New York Times
Republicans have their work cut out for them. Americans identifying themselves as Democrats outnumber those who say they are Republicans by 10 percentage points, the…

Shepard Smith: ‘This Is America; You Do Not Get To Hold People For 5 Years Without’ Charges (VIDEO)
Today, a federal grand jury formally charged Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri — the only “enemy combatant” held inside the United States — “with two counts…

Omid Memarian: Is Dennis Ross Iran’s Real Envoy?
As expected among the foreign policy community, Dennis Ross was appointed Iran’s “special advisor” and curiously not the “special envoy”– which begs the question of…


Class Warfare: Bring It On!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 1st, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Class Warfare: Bring It On!
LOS ANGELES — “We seem to be going back to class warfare,” said a Republican congressman from Ohio, Steven LaTourette, after looking at President Obama’s first budget. Really? I had not noticed that class struggle had ended. Well, maybe it had, but if it did, the rich guys won 30 years ago. It is not surprising that they do not want to have to fight now to hold their very substantial gains as wealth flowed their way when Ronald Reagan became president.


Report: Goss Knew Of Foggo’s Shady Past

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 1st, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Report: Goss Knew Of Foggo’s Shady Past
A great nugget from Laura Rozen… Source said that Goss lied in his testimony, that he was not aware about the problems with Foggo when he hired him for executive director. He said that a major fight had broken out…





Jindal Admits Katrina Story Was False
digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/politics/Jindal_Admits_Katrina_Story_Was_False’; Looks like the game is up. Remember that story Bobby Jindal told in his big speech Tuesday night — about how during Katrina, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a local sheriff who was battling government red tape…


Obama Rebuffs Neocons, Appoints Freeman

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 1st, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Obama Rebuffs Neocons, Appoints Freeman
It’s a new day. For the first time in years, a President has rebuffed the neocon/rightwing lobby on an issue dear to their hearts. He informed the Senate that he will make Charles Freeman head of the National Intelligence Council…

Fun With the Banks
We had Citigroup Rescue III today, in which the taxpayers got another bad deal as we somehow managed to exchange a substantial portion of $45 billion of preferred stock for less than $3 billion in common stock. (I don’t have…


Santorum At CPAC: ?Absolutely We Hope That? Obama Fails, ?I Believe His Policies Will Fail?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 1st, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Santorum At CPAC: ?Absolutely We Hope That? Obama Fails, ?I Believe His Policies Will Fail?
Just before President Obama was inaugurated, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh declared, “I hope he fails.” Though some Republicans have distanced themselves from Limbaugh’s sentiment, conservatives at CPAC have fully embraced it. In an interview with ThinkProgress today, radio host Mark Levin and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) added their voices to the chorus of conservatives […]

Just before President Obama was inaugurated, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh declared, “I hope he fails.” Though some Republicans have distanced themselves from Limbaugh’s sentiment, conservatives at CPAC have fully embraced it.

In an interview with ThinkProgress today, radio host Mark Levin and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) added their voices to the chorus of conservatives hoping for Obama’s failure:

TP: What do you think about what Rush said about, I mean, do you hope, should we hope that President Obama fails?

LEVIN: Yes.

TP: Yes?

SANTORUM: If…absolutely we hope that his policies fail.

“I believe his policies will fail, I don’t know, but I hope they fail,” added Santorum. Watch it:

On his radio show yesterday, Limbaugh announced that its is a “dirty little secret” that “every Republican in this country wants Obama to fail, but none of them have the guts to say so.” “I am willing to say it,” added Limbaugh.

At CPAC at least, more and more conservatives are “willing to say it.” Appropriately, Limbaugh will be the closing speaker at the conference tonight.

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Clinton to Visit Middle East Amid Calls for Radically New Peace Strategy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 1st, 2009 5:35 am by HL

Clinton to Visit Middle East Amid Calls for Radically New Peace Strategy
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week will make her first foray into Middle East diplomacy, attending a high-level conference on humanitarian assistance to Gaza and making the rounds of Israeli and Palestinian officials, at a time when a growing chorus of voices in the United States…

Gillibrand, Clinton’s Successor in Senate, Has No Shortage of Critics
It’s 10 minutes into the interview, and New York’s junior senator hasn’t stopped talking. She is gesturing eagerly in the Senate dining room and the table is shaking, water splashing from the glasses, as she argues that she is misunderstood.

The Conservatives’ ‘Cleansing’ Moment
Same old hotel on the park, same ballrooms, same long lines down the corridor to hear the big-name speakers, but otherwise the landscape looks radically different for this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, which wrapped up yesterday afternoon at the Omni Shoreham. The conservatives…

Battle Lines Quickly Set Over Planned Policy Shifts
Battle lines are rapidly hardening over the broad policy shifts, massive deficits and tax increases President Obama unveiled last week in his first budget request, a 10-year spending plan thick with political friction points.


Take on the Drug Cartels

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 1st, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Take on the Drug Cartels

The Infuriating Story of A.I.G.
Joe Nocera, New York Times

Israel and Peace in Middle East
Benjamin Netanyahu, Washington Post

Obama to America: The Iraq War Is Over
Fred Kaplan, Slate

Congress vs. the Constitution