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Yoo’s Views Make Philly News

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Yoo’s Views Make Philly News

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of that city’s two major daily newspapers, is in the news itself these days after hiring controversial former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo as a monthly columnist.

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Joe Barton, GOP Congressman, Explains Why CO2 Is Harmless: “It’s In Your Coca-Cola” (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Joe Barton, GOP Congressman, Explains Why CO2 Is Harmless: “It’s In Your Coca-Cola” (VIDEO)
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Having Daughters Rather Than Sons Makes You More Liberal: Study
Andrew J. Oswald and Nattavudh Powdthavee write: “In remarkable research, the sociologist Rebecca Warner and the economist Ebonya Washington have shown that the gender of…


Kelly claimed Alito’s wife was “crying hysterically after Ted Kennedy made her cry”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Kelly claimed Alito’s wife was “crying hysterically after Ted Kennedy made her cry”

During the May 19 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, co-host Megyn Kelly claimed that during Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s confirmation hearing, his wife, Martha-Ann, was “crying hysterically after [Sen.] Ted Kennedy [D-MA] made her cry, because he was suggesting Sam Alito … is a racist.” Kelly also said, “I’ll never forget Mrs. Alito crying. It was a terrible moment. It was a new low in the Senate Judiciary Committee.” In fact, as Media Matters for America has noted, during the hearing, Democrats questioned Alito about his membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton, a now-defunct organization that opposed the school’s increased admission of women and minorities; but it was during comments by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) that Martha-Ann Alito broke down in tears.

Martha-Ann Alito’s emotional response came immediately after this exchange:

GRAHAM: If you don’t mind the suspicious nature that I have — it’s that you may be saying that because you want to get on the Supreme Court; that you’re disavowing this now because it doesn’t look good. And really, what I would look at to believe you’re not — and I’m going to be very honest with you — is: How have you lived your life? Are you really a closet bigot?

ALITO: I’m not any kind of a bigot. I’m not.

GRAHAM: No, sir, you’re not. And you know why I believe that? Not because you just said it — but that’s a good enough reason — because you seem to be a decent, honorable man. … Judge Alito, I am sorry that you’ve had to go through this. I am sorry that your family has had to sit here and listen to this.

Martha-Ann Alito left the hearing room. Despite the fact that her emotional response came not during the Democrats’ questioning, but during Graham’s characterization of the Democrats’ questioning, numerous media outlets pounced on the incident to raise the question of whether Democrats on the committee — by asking Alito about his membership in CAP — “took this a step too far.”

Founded amid the first enrollment of women to the school, CAP, according to People for the American Way, circulated a fundraising letter in 1973 that claimed that “a student population of approximately 40 percent women and minorities will largely vitiate the alumni body of the future.” Alito listed his membership in the group on the “Personal Qualifications Statements” part of his 1985 application for the position of deputy assistant attorney general with the Reagan administration.

During the third day of hearings, preceding Graham’s series of questions and comments, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Kennedy, and then-Sen. Joe Biden each questioned Alito about his membership in CAP.

From the May 19 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom:

KELLY: Shannon, who, in their right mind, would go through this process? Who, in their right mind? Remember Mrs. Alito, crying hysterically —

SHANNON BREAM (Fox News Supreme Court reporter): I know.

KELLY: — after Ted Kennedy made her cry, because he was suggesting Sam Alito, our latest Supreme Court justice, is a racist? Who —

BREAM: Yeah. It’s —

KELLY: — who would put themselves through this?

BREAM: It is a brutal —

KELLY: Are good people bowing out?

BREAM: Yeah. I mean, I have actually heard that there are people — last time around under the Bush administration and this time as well — there are people who are saying it would be the honor of a lifetime, but I don’t want to go through this, and I don’t want to put my name in there. I don’t want to drag my family through this, either.

You only have to think of a Bork situation or even Justice Clarence Thomas. You mentioned, more recently, Justice Alito and his family.

KELLY: Right.

BREAM: But, listen, the White House has already got someone in place, Stephanie Cutter, who’s been a counselor to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. She is going to be the person, kind of the point-person, to shepherd this person through Capitol Hill, through the nomination process, through the confirmation. She is already been the person that’s assigned. So, we don’t have a nominee yet, but we know the person who will be guiding the nominee through this process, which, as you know, can get very rough, Megyn.

KELLY: Well, she — I already feel sorry for the nominee, whoever it is. I really do.

BREAM: I do, too.

KELLY: I’ll never forget Mrs. Alito crying. It was a terrible moment.

BREAM: It’s tough.

KELLY: It was a new low in the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Another Lawmaker Points To An Error In CIA Briefings Doc

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Another Lawmaker Points To An Error In CIA Briefings Doc
Here’s yet more evidence — as if it were needed — that that CIA briefing document that Republicans are trying to hang around Nancy Pelosi’s neck is hardly a reliable source of information. Rep. David Obey, who chairs the appropriations…

CIA: Like We Said Before, Briefing Document Could Be Wrong
The CIA has given another indication that the briefing document with which Republicans are trying to attack Nancy Pelosi is unreliable. Yesterday, Rep. David Obey sent a letter to CIA director Leon Panetta pointing out yet another apparent error in…


Silence of the Lambs (Redux)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Silence of the Lambs (Redux)
[Note:  This posting may contain trace elements of sarcasm.] Rev. Billy Graham has been a spiritual adviser for Presidents for over a half century.  Is he accusing America of war crimes? Surely the new Pope would know Nazi methodology if he saw it.  Is he speaking out against waterboarding? Are any of the people who are still alive […]


Newt Gingrich Is a GOP Nobody from the ’90s — Why Is He Quoted Like the Gospel?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Newt Gingrich Is a GOP Nobody from the ’90s — Why Is He Quoted Like the Gospel?
Every time Gingrich opens his mouth, the media clings on his every word. There’s no reason this man should be listened to.

Why the Nation’s Biggest Environmental Distaster May Be About to Get Worse
Scientists fear that the TVA’s plan for cleaning up its toxic sludge spill in Tennessee may do more harm than good.

"My Son Is a Murderer" — The Gut-Wrenching Realities Facing Military Moms
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Wall St. and the Media Are Trying to Make Us Forget Who Started the Financial Crash
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A Truly Glorious Monday

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

A Truly Glorious Monday
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Steele: ?Change?is being delivered in a tea bag. And that?s a wonderful thing.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Steele: ?Change?is being delivered in a tea bag. And that?s a wonderful thing.?
In a speech in Maryland today, RNC Chairman Michael Steele boasted about the renewed “energy” of the conservative movement. “The energy of our base,” he said, “is strong, it is real, and it is hungry for success.” “You can feel” this grassroots energy, Steele said, proudly touting the lobbyist-organized tea bag movement: STEELE: Those of […]

In a speech in Maryland today, RNC Chairman Michael Steele boasted about the renewed “energy” of the conservative movement. “The energy of our base,” he said, “is strong, it is real, and it is hungry for success.” “You can feel” this grassroots energy, Steele said, proudly touting the lobbyist-organized tea bag movement:

STEELE: Those of you who live outside of Washington know what I’m talking about. Those of you who actually attend Lincoln Day dinners and county party events. Those of you who toll in the vineyards, spending time in communities in diners, barbershops, and coffee shops, where real, everyday, hardworking Americans can be found. You know it’s real. You can see it, and you can feel it. This change, my friends, is being delivered in a tea bag. And that’s a wonderful thing.

The tea bag line was immediately greeted by loud applause. Watch it:

Scarborough issues a torture challenge: ?If you have any evidence that it is not effective, let me know right now!?
This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough launched — yet again — into an angry defense of torture. When MSNBC’s Carlos Watson explained that waterboarding is ineffective, Scarborough lashed out at him, nearly kicking him off the set: SCARBOROUGH: I’ve got to stop you right there. How do you dare come on this set […]

This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough launched — yet again — into an angry defense of torture. When MSNBC’s Carlos Watson explained that waterboarding is ineffective, Scarborough lashed out at him, nearly kicking him off the set:

SCARBOROUGH: I’ve got to stop you right there. How do you dare come on this set and say that’s [waterboarding] not effective? That’s just not the truth! And if you have any evidence that it is not effective, let me know right now!

Watch it:

ThinkProgress has taken up Scarborough’s challenge, with this comprehensive document explaining why Bush’s enhanced interrogation tactics were a failure.


Democrats Defend Pelosi in CIA Interrogation Briefing Controversy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Democrats Defend Pelosi in CIA Interrogation Briefing Controversy
House Democrats have rushed to the defense of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her public battle with the CIA, a reflection of the enormous loyalty the California Democrat enjoys in her caucus despite a month-long effort by Republicans to use the dispute to weaken her standing.


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Prosecute Sins of Bush-Cheney Era

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 20th, 2009 4:29 am by HL

Prosecute Sins of Bush-Cheney Era
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The GOPâ??s Paranoid Foreign Policy
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