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Finding Peace in the Culture Wars

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Finding Peace in the Culture Wars

If President Obama’s primary task is to restore economic growth, he has also been waging a quiet, long-term campaign to ease the nation’s divisions around religious and moral questions.

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French Photojournalist Gerald Holubowicz Captured Obama And America (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

French Photojournalist Gerald Holubowicz Captured Obama And America (VIDEO)
Zoom In Online (ZIO), in partnership with Adobe, presents a new hi def video series, Viewfinders. This episode features French photographer Gerald Holubowicz and his…

Senate Puts Off Vote On Huge Spending Bill
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, demanding the right to try to change a huge spending bill, forced Democrats on Thursday night to put off a final…

Arianna Huffington: Darkening Clouds… Silver Lining?
Day by day and depressing statistic by depressing statistic, you can see America’s already-frayed safety net ripping apart. That’s why it is so urgent to buttress the cash-strapped government programs and charitable groups struggling to provide resources to the growing pool of those in need. Service, volunteerism, and giving are absolutely central to our recovery as a nation — not questions of noblesse oblige. Indeed, while we are trying to move the economy to full capacity through the stimulus package, bailouts, etc., we also need to make sure that our communities are operating at full capacity. Our full capacity of giving. Our full capacity of service. Our full capacity of compassion. As America’s Misery Index soars, so must our Empathy Index.


Biden’s Speech to the AFL-CIO Executive Conference

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Biden’s Speech to the AFL-CIO Executive Conference
Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach, Florida 11:10 A.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Hey, thanks for the welcome. You make it believable. (Laughter.) I tell you what, it’s like visiting Jimmy Williams in Philadelphia. (Laughter.) Hey, it’s good to be — at least in my best comfort zone, man. The best place for me to be my whole career is surrounded by organized labor. And I know how to say “union.” (Applause.) And old joke, Mr. President, you know, you go home with them that brung you to the dance. Well, you all brought me to the dance a long time ago. And it’s time we start dancing, man. It’s time we start dancing. (Applause.)

Chipper on the Hill
WASHINGTON — For a politician who is caricatured as a San Francisco liberal and who is the target of increasing Republican ire, Nancy Pelosi is preternaturally chipper. Her eyes are animated, her ideas tumble forth. The House speaker clearly does not heed the warnings from the pundit chorus that says President Barack Obama has overloaded his agenda with too many big and contentious proposals, or that he risks failure in a Congress that likes to do things its own way, on its own timetable.


Cuomo Subpoenas More Of Merrill’s Top Earners

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Cuomo Subpoenas More Of Merrill’s Top Earners
Yesterday, we noted a report in the Wall Street Journal that Merrill Lynch’s top ten execs were each paid more than $10 million last year. The ten made slightly more than the top ten earners for 2007, despite the company’s…





Merrill’s Top Ten Earners Made More Last Year Than In 07
“While Merrill staggered, 11 top executives were paid more than $10 million in cash and stock last year, say people familiar with the situation,” reports the Wall Street Journal. Amazingly, the top ten earners at the company in 2008, according…

Pelosi: Rove Deal Is “Victory For The Constitution”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Judiciary chair Pat Leahy just released separate statements on the agreement to secure Karl Rove’s testimony. Pelosi: The agreement for Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to testify upholds a fundamental principle: no one is…






This Law’s for You: Home Brewers Score a Victory in Utah

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:33 am by HL

This Law’s for You: Home Brewers Score a Victory in Utah
The home brewers’ victory in Utah is one step to enabling the beer drinkers of the world to take back their brew from corporations.

If We Are in the Death Spiral of Capitalism, Can We Start Using the "S" Word?
The electroshock paddles of "stimulus" keep being applied, but the capitalist patient isn’t waking up. Is it now safe to talk about socialism?

Young Evangelicals Are Ditching the Christian Right’s Bigoted Agenda
Evangelical students have moved past their elders into more tolerant territory.


Confusion, Tunneling, And Looting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Confusion, Tunneling, And Looting
Emerging market crises are marked by an increase in tunneling – i.e., borderline legal/illegal smuggling of value out of businesses. As time horizons become shorter, employees have less incentive to protect shareholder value and are more inclined to help out…

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Fleischer: WH press secretary needs ?to be careful? about taking ?a slap at a political opponent.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Fleischer: WH press secretary needs ?to be careful? about taking ?a slap at a political opponent.?
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer condemned current Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for naming Rush Limbaugh the leader of the Republican Party, saying that he needs to realize “how much weight your words have”: FLEISCHER: You know, you really have to be careful when you stand at that podium cause you […]

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer condemned current Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for naming Rush Limbaugh the leader of the Republican Party, saying that he needs to realize “how much weight your words have”:

FLEISCHER: You know, you really have to be careful when you stand at that podium cause you don’t realize until you are in that unique job how much weight your words have. And when you previously as a senators secretary or a party’s secretary, press secretary, could dismiss or take a slap at a political opponent. When you do it from the White House, you’re bring the weight of the government on to that private person. So, you really have to be careful about it and do it with some grace. Going after Rush Limbaugh, it’s just to me, the usual nonsense.

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Fleischer’s warning of the need for carefulness shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that his words from the White House podium have brought down “the weight of the government” on a private citizen. In 2001, Fleischer was asked about a controversial comment in which Bill Maher said that the 9/11 terrorists weren’t “cowards.” Fleischer responded by saying that Americans like Maher needed “to watch what they say, watch what they do. This is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.”

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President Obama Holds Health Care Forum with Lawmakers, Health Care Professionals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:30 am by HL

President Obama Holds Health Care Forum with Lawmakers, Health Care Professionals
SPEAKER: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SEN. EDWARD M. KENNEDY, D-MASS. [*] OBAMA: To Sir Edward Kennedy… (APPLAUSE) That’s the kind of greeting a knight deserves. (LAUGHTER) It is thrilling to see you here, Teddy. We are so grateful for you taking the time to be here and the extraordinary work …

Europe Advises U.S. Officials on Climate
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CNN’s Gupta Decides Against Surgeon General Position, Cites ‘Timing’
Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, said last night that he will not leave his television career to become the U.S. surgeon general and urged whoever gets the job to raise its profile as the nation grapples with how to reform health care.

2010 Census Still Imperiled by Technical, Other Troubles, GAO Says
The accuracy of the 2010 Census remains threatened by computer problems and untested methods the Census Bureau plans to use for conducting the count, according to testimony yesterday from the Government Accountability Office.

Nominee for Solicitor General Revises Her Opinion on Opinions
Perhaps every nominee committed a dark, regrettable act in the past that he or she hopes will never see the light, but unfortunately for Elena Kagan, hers was discovered pretty quickly after she was nominated to be solicitor general:


Investments in Clean Energy Worth the Cost

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 6th, 2009 5:29 am by HL

Investments in Clean Energy Worth the Cost
Steven Chu, USA Today

The US Financial System is Effectively Insolvent
Nouriel Roubini, Forbes

An Electoral Class Experiment
Gary Andres, Weekly Standard

Putting Obama’s Approval Ratings in Perspective
Peter Wehner, NRO