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‘Left, Right & Center’: Pelosi Waffles, Obama Falters

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

‘Left, Right & Center’: Pelosi Waffles, Obama Falters

Left, Right & Center

Will Nancy Pelosi survive the onslaught of scrutiny and criticism in the wake of recent CIA torture-briefing revelations with her House speaker status intact? Is President Obama in over his head, what with all the hubbub over torture photos and military tribunals?

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Cheney’s Chains to Torture

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As new information leaks out on the Bush administration’s torture program and as Dick Cheney pumps up his role as the poster child for waterboarding, we can slowly start connecting the dots on the previous administration’s criminal practices. Rachel Maddow and guest author Jane Mayer break down the shaky legal justifications behind the invasion of Iraq and the use of waterboarding—a method now known to produce false confessions—to try to force detainees to reveal a link between al-Qaida and Iraq.

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Karla Bell: Solutions to the Draft Waxman Bill Expose Design Flaw in U.S. ETS

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Karla Bell: Solutions to the Draft Waxman Bill Expose Design Flaw in U.S. ETS
Proposed subsidies to less well off Americans waste money that should be going into making all American homes energy efficient and creating green jobs.

Bill Press: Obama Wins One For the Gipper
Obama changed what protesters tried to make an ugly scene about abortion into a triumphant message about faith-based politics.

Julie Menin: Are We a Pro-life Nation?
A new Gallup poll released this week found that a majority of Americans identify themselves as “pro-life.” Specifically, 51% of Americans identify themselves as pro-life…

Notre Dame Protester’s Shouts Included In Official White House Speech Transcript
President Obama told Americans that he would be pushing for more transparency in government. Today his administration really took on that call by including a…


NPR’s Horsley falsely conflates observant white Catholics with all observant Catholics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

NPR’s Horsley falsely conflates observant white Catholics with all observant Catholics

On the May 17 edition of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley falsely claimed that, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll, “only a little over a third” of “Catholics who attend Mass weekly” “thought it was right for Notre Dame to honor Mr. Obama.” In fact, the April 30 Pew poll found that 37 percent of “White non-Hispanic Catholics” who attend Mass weekly thought it was right for Notre Dame to invite President Obama to speak [emphasis added], and Pew did not present results for all Catholics who attend Mass weekly. By contrast, a Quinnipiac University poll conducted April 21-27 found that 49 percent of  “[o]bservant Catholic voters who attend religious services about once a week” said that Notre Dame should not “rescind its invitation to President Obama to give this year’s commencement address.”

Media Matters for America senior fellow Jamison Foser has repeatedly highlighted other instances of media conflating religious Americans with religious white Americans.

Horsley asserted: “But there is some new polling data that came out of the Pew Research Center that found a big gap between attitudes of Catholics in general, who support Notre Dame’s invitation, and the most devout Catholics who attend Mass weekly. In that group, only a little over a third thought it was right for Notre Dame to honor Mr. Obama.” Similarly, in a May 17 NPR online article about the controversy surrounding Obama’s speech, Horsley wrote:

Although most Catholics approve of the president’s visit, those who attend Mass regularly are more skeptical. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, just 37 percent of those who attend Mass once a week or more say Notre Dame was right to invite the President, while 45 percent say the school was wrong.

From the Pew poll:

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From the May 17 edition of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday:

LIANE HANSEN (host): The president continues to enjoy strong support from Catholics. Do you think this is likely to undermine that?

HORSLEY: Well, you know, the Catholic position has not been monolithic here. There have been some Catholics who have defended Mr. Obama and also defended Notre Dame as an academic institution where all sorts of voices should be heard. Of course, President Obama won the Catholic vote last November. He also won Indiana, a traditionally red state where Notre Dame’s located, so it’s no accident he’s back there. But there is some new polling data that came out of the Pew Research Center that found a big gap between attitudes of Catholics in general, who support Notre Dame’s invitation, and the most devout Catholics who attend Mass weekly. In that group, only a little over a third thought it was right for Notre Dame to honor Mr. Obama, and so those weekly Mass-goers are really more like evangelical Protestants. It seems like when it comes to politics, how often one goes to church may be a bigger factor than which church you go to.

HANSEN: NPR’s White House correspondent Scott Horsley. Scott, thanks.

HORSLEY: My pleasure, Liane.


Congress Probing Charlie Millard’s Quixotic “North Star” Strategy For “Insuring” Pensions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Congress Probing Charlie Millard’s Quixotic “North Star” Strategy For “Insuring” Pensions
Even later update — Earlier posts read as though Millard’s investment plan had been entirely implemented, which we don’t believe to be the case. A Congressional staffer said the PGBC had refused to say how much of the fund had…

Focus Shifting To Evidence Bushies Ordered Torture To Boost Case For Iraq War
At last, the torture debate looks to be heading toward what’s been the big question lurking in the background all along: was the Bush administration using torture in large part to make a political case for the invasion of Iraq?…


Yes We Cantor! GOP: No We Can’t!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Yes We Cantor! GOP: No We Can’t!


Don’t Let Georgia Execute an Innocent Man: Join the Global Day of Action for Troy Davis

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Don’t Let Georgia Execute an Innocent Man: Join the Global Day of Action for Troy Davis
Troy Davis has faced execution three times in two years despite damning proof of his innocence. We can’t allow this injustice to continue.

3 Good Reasons (and 1 Bad One) Why I Don’t Buy Into Your Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy theories often pre-empt substantive analysis of the real political structures that shape our society.

Around the World, the Workers Are Fighting Back
There’s an international wave of pushback against corporate malfeasance and greed.

Teen Sex Panic: Media Still Freaking Out About "Sexting"
Rather than focusing on how harmful and dangerous sexting is, we should be talking to young people about healthy sexual behaviors.


Dueling Congressional Letters: Choose Between Obama or Netanyahu

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Dueling Congressional Letters: Choose Between Obama or Netanyahu
The status quo lobby (SQL) is getting worried. Very worried. It knew that President Barack Obama was determined to move aggressively on his Middle East peace agenda but never imagined that he would be this bold. He telephoned the Israeli,…

Wage Theft Demands Corporate Culture Shift
Thanks for all the insightful comments this week on wage theft. Everywhere I speak I have folks, like T.A. Frank did, admit that they too were victims of wage theft. Three radio interviewers live on-air said, “Hey, I’m paid…





The Latest Excuse for Torture
As the usual rationalizations for U.S. torture (it works, it’s not so bad, we didn’t do it anyway) have come under increasing attack in recent days, a relatively new defense has emerged, from GOP members of congress, columnist Charles Krauthammer,…


Obama: ?One of the biggest mistakes?is this notion you have to dumb things down for the public.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Obama: ?One of the biggest mistakes?is this notion you have to dumb things down for the public.?
In a 30-minute interview with Newsweek this past week, President Obama answers a wide array of questions dealing with the challenges he’s had to confront in office. The president points to his decision to send 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan as the hardest thing he’s had to do so far. Obama also argues that Americans […]

slah-horizontal_optIn a 30-minute interview with Newsweek this past week, President Obama answers a wide array of questions dealing with the challenges he’s had to confront in office. The president points to his decision to send 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan as the hardest thing he’s had to do so far. Obama also argues that Americans appreciate a president who is willing to candidly discuss difficult and complex problems:

But one of the things I’ve actually been encouraged by—and I learned during the campaign—was the American people, I think, not only have a toleration but also a hunger for explanation and complexity, and a willingness to acknowledge hard problems. I think one of the biggest mistakes that is made in Washington is this notion you have to dumb things down for the public.

Also during the interview, Obama defended his efforts to reach out to Iran. “I think that there is the ability of an Islamic Republic of Iran to maintain its Islamic character while, at the same time, being a member in good standing of the international community and not a threat to its neighbors. … If it doesn’t work, the fact that we have tried will strengthen our position in mobilizing the international community, and Iran will have isolated itself, as opposed to a perception that it seeks to advance that somehow it’s being victimized by a U.S. government that doesn’t respect Iran’s sovereignty.”


Pelosi Should Present Evidence CIA Misled Her, Boehner Says

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:31 am by HL

Pelosi Should Present Evidence CIA Misled Her, Boehner Says
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “ought to either present the evidence or apologize'” in the wake of her comments that CIA officials misled her about the use of controversial interrogation techniques on terrorist suspects.


At Geithner’s Treasury, Key Decisions on Hold
Seven weeks after the Treasury Department announced that it was ousting General Motors chief G. Richard Wagoner Jr. in the federal bailout of the company, he is still technically on GM’s payroll.


Israel’s Netanyahu Arrives in Washington for First Meeting With Obama
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, worried by U.S. overtures to Iran and Syria and under pressure to support a Palestinian state, arrived in Washington yesterday for his first visit with President Obama.



Obama Canâ??t Turn the Page on Bush

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2009 4:29 am by HL

Obama Canâ??t Turn the Page on Bush
Frank Rich, New York Times

The Next Crisis Is On The Way
Clive Crook, National Journal

A Flawed Pitch to Netanyahu
Michael Goodwin, New York Daily News

The End of Civil Rights
Richard Thompson Ford, Boston Globe

Stop the Drone Attacks in Pakistan
David Kilcullen & Andrew Exum, NYT