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Go Ahead and Sue

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

Go Ahead and Sue

The Supreme Court stood by that most American of rights Wednesday—the right to sue. By a 6-3 vote, the court decided that federal oversight and warning labels do not protect the pharmaceutical industry from lawsuits. The one-armed Vermont musician involved in the case was thrilled, and not just because she got to keep $6.7 million.

AP via Google:

Some people would give their right arm for $6 million. Diana Levine would prefer the arm.

The 63-year-old musician, who won a $6.7 million award after a botched injection led to the amputation of her right arm, won a legal victory Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the award against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Elated though she is, she’d still rather have her arm back — if only she could.

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

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Obama: The Great Divider?

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

Obama: The Great Divider?
I confess I did not believe Barack Obama entirely during the campaign when he bragged on working across the aisle and championing bipartisanship. You see, as in the case of any other politician, one must look to what he does–and has done–not what he says for election advantage. And in the case of Sen. Obama, in his nascent career in the Senate, he had already compiled the most partisan record of any Democratic Senator. He had attended religiously one of the most racially divisive and extremist churches in the country. His Chicago friends were not moderates. His campaigns for state legislature, the House and the Senate were hard-ball, no-prisoner affairs of personal destruction, even by Chicago standards. Campaign references to reparations, gun- and bible-clingers, and Rev. Wright’s wisdom were not words of healing.


Texas Paper On Cornyn and Sessions’ Stanford Ties: “What Were They Thinking?”

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

Texas Paper On Cornyn and Sessions’ Stanford Ties: “What Were They Thinking?”
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Obama Going Gray?

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

Obama Going Gray?
Just 44 days into the job and the New York Times notices President Obama has graying hair.

“For a guy who prides himself on projecting a stress-free demeanor, the changes above his temples are speckled evidence that perhaps the psychological and physical strains of the job — never mind the long process of winning it — are in fact taking something of a toll. (Experts say stress can contribute to whitening locks.)”


1/3 Of America Is Crazy: They Think Their Jobs Are Safe

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

1/3 Of America Is Crazy: They Think Their Jobs Are Safe
Thinking about this optimistic third of Americans, it’s hard not to reach one basic conclusion: They’re nuts.

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Jeff Goldberg, in Atlantic, Calls Me “Slander Expert” re Freeman

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

Jeff Goldberg, in Atlantic, Calls Me “Slander Expert” re Freeman
Jeff Goldberg, formerly of the New Yorker now at the Atlantic, is furious because I wrote here at TPM that the attacks on Chas Freeman are motivated by his views on Israel. But, of course, they are. No one paid…



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ThinkFast: March 4, 2009

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

ThinkFast: March 4, 2009
The fact that Rush Limbaugh has become the leader of the GOP means that Republicans missed the “unmistakable signal” of the 2008 election that “Americans wanted to turn the page on the politics of division and partisan pettiness,” writes Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. In another shot at Limbaugh’s GOP leadership, the DCCC released a […]

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The fact that Rush Limbaugh has become the leader of the GOP means that Republicans missed the “unmistakable signal” of the 2008 election that “Americans wanted to turn the page on the politics of division and partisan pettiness,” writes Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. In another shot at Limbaugh’s GOP leadership, the DCCC released a website yesterday that “allows visitors to create an apology to Limbaugh” on behalf of Republicans who have crossed him.

“[K]ey party leaders are worried that the GOP has made a costly mistake” in electing Michael Steele as their party chairman. One month into the job, Politico explains that Steele is “[s]teadily becoming a dependable punch line” and “does not have a chief of staff, a political director, a finance director or a communications director.”

A new WSJ/NBC poll has found a sharp jump in the proportion of Americans (41 percent) who say the nation is “generally headed in the right direction” since President Obama’s inauguration. That number is “up dramatically” from 26 percent in mid-January. Those “who say the country is on the ‘wrong track’ is still higher at 44%, but given the economic conditions, pollsters expected it to be much higher.”

Yesterday, President Obama nominated John Berry to head the Office of Personnel Management. If Berry, who is the current director of the National Zoo, is approved by Congress, he will become the highest-ranking openly gay appointee ever. Berry has previously worked at both the Treasury and Interior departments.

Obama said yesterday that he will nominate Julius Genachowski as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski previously served as chief legal counsel to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, served as a technology adviser on Obama’s campaign, attended law school with Obama. In part, he will be “charged with designing a plan to bring broadband Internet to rural and low-income areas within one year.”

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Yoo: I wouldn?t change the substance of my torture memos, but they do ?lack a certain polish.?
Yesterday, the Orange County Register released an interview with John Yoo, the former Bush Justice Department official who took the lead in crafting the legal justifications for the the former president’s torture policies. Despite the fact that Yoo’s “sloppy” memos were subsequently withdrawn by the Justice Department, Yoo told the Register that he doesn’t believe […]

Yesterday, the Orange County Register released an interview with John Yoo, the former Bush Justice Department official who took the lead in crafting the legal justifications for the the former president’s torture policies. Despite the fact that Yoo’s “sloppy” memos were subsequently withdrawn by the Justice Department, Yoo told the Register that he doesn’t believe that he would “have made the basic decisions differently.” His only regret, he said, was that the memos “lack a certain polish“:

yoo-jpeg.jpgQUESTION: Is there anything you would have done differently?

YOO: These memos I wrote were not for public consumption. They lack a certain polish, I think – would have been better to explain government policy rather than try to give unvarnished, straight-talk legal advice. I certainly would have done that differently, but I don’t think I would have made the basic decisions differently.

Later in the interview, Yoo told the Register that he doesn’t worry about his legacy because he has “the time to write books” defending himself. Asked about the Justice Department’s current inquieries into the legality of his work, Yoo remarked, “I wish they weren’t doing it, but I understand why they are.”


Two Maryland Law Enforcement Chiefs Present Opposite Views of Immigration Enforcement Program to Congress

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

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Focusing on Limbaugh Makes Obama Look Petty

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

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