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ThinkFast: April 2, 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 3rd, 2009 4:32 am by HL

ThinkFast: April 2, 2009
MSNBC announced that it has hired liberal radio host Ed Schultz to anchor its 6 pm hour starting on Monday. The current anchor, David Shuster, will co-host the 3 pm and 4 pm hours with Tamron Hall and substitute as host of Countdown With Keith Olbermann. Working with the public relations firm that was responsible for […]

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MSNBC announced that it has hired liberal radio host Ed Schultz to anchor its 6 pm hour starting on Monday. The current anchor, David Shuster, will co-host the 3 pm and 4 pm hours with Tamron Hall and substitute as host of Countdown With Keith Olbermann.

Working with the public relations firm that was responsible for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign, wealthy conservative Rick Scott is crusading against health care reform. However, as the former head of Columbia/HCA, Scott was at the center of “the nation’s biggest health care fraud scandal.” “He hopes people don’t Google his name,” said John E. Hartwig, a former deputy inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Israel’s new “hawkish nationalist” foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, declared yesterday that Israel “would not be bound by a U.S.-backed understanding to work toward establishing a Palestinian state.” In a “blunt and belligerent” speech, Lieberman said “those who think that through concessions they will gain respect and peace are wrong, it is the other way around; it will lead to more wars.”

Gen. David Petraeus said yesterday that “American commanders have requested the deployment of an additional 10,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year” and that he is awaiting President Obama’s final decision. Petraeus acknowledged that the troops-to-population ratio is “significantly lower than the 20 troops per 1,000 people prescribed by the Army counterinsurgency manual he helped write.”

9: Number of American troops killed in Iraq during March, the lowest monthly total since the war began, according to icasualities.org.

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With charges dropped against Stevens, Alaska GOP now calling on Begich to resign.
Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that he was asking a judge to drop all charges against former Alaska senator Ted Stevens because of prosecutorial misconduct by Justice Department lawyers. In response, the Alaska Republican party today sent out a press release hailing the announcement and calling for the resignation of Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), […]

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that he was asking a judge to drop all charges against former Alaska senator Ted Stevens because of prosecutorial misconduct by Justice Department lawyers. In response, the Alaska Republican party today sent out a press release hailing the announcement and calling for the resignation of Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), who defeated Stevens this past November:

The Alaska Republican Party further believes that current Senator Mark Begich should resign his position to allow for a new, special election, so Alaskans may have the chance to vote for a Senator without the improper influence of the corrupt Department of Justice.

The only reason Mark Begich won the election in November is because a few thousand Alaskans thought that Senator Ted Stevens was guilty of seven felonies. Senator Stevens has maintained his innocence and now, even the Department of Justice acknowedges it’s [sic] wrong doing.

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