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Shooting Shit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Shooting Shit

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Larry King Reveals He’s Liberal In Autobiography

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Larry King Reveals He’s Liberal In Autobiography
Interviewer Larry King’s on-camera politics are inscrutable. But the CNN host comes clean about his lefty views in his autobiography, My Remarkable Journey, which landed…

Stewart Acuff: Take Action to Support Bakery Workers at Stella D’oro!
Our friends at BCTGM asked us to pass along info about this critical campaign, please take action. In the Bronx a group of bakery workers…

Ari Melber: Obama’s Cocaine, Clinton’s Pot and The Facebook Generation
The New York Times convened several tech experts this weekend to debate online privacy and the “overuse of social networking tools.” Professor Clay Shirky stole…

State Secrets Showdown: Judge Threatens To Penalize US In Wiretap Case
President Obama vowed last week to rein in the use of a legal privilege that allows the administration to discard lawsuits that involve “state secrets,”…

Craig Newmark: Doing more then just remembering war vets
Folks, it’s important to remember the fallen today, and then every day, follow through to help out the veterans among us.The folks at the…


NYT Editor On Changes To Front-Page Gitmo Story: No Biggie

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

NYT Editor On Changes To Front-Page Gitmo Story: No Biggie
Michael Calderone at Politico has gotten comment from the New York Times Washington bureau chief, Dean Baquet, about the paper’s changes — sans correction — to the online version of a story on freed Guantanamo detainees engaging in terrorism that…

NYT Reporter: Maybe 1 In 7 Detainees Didn’t “Return” To Terrorism
New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller is now casting doubt on the claim in her front page story today, pounced on by the right and quickly picked up on cable, that one in seven detainees released from Guantanamo “returned to…


Memorial Day 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Memorial Day 2009


Is France on the Verge of Banning Scientology?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Is France on the Verge of Banning Scientology?
The religious cult has been accused of "organized fraud" against two female members who were persuaded to part with $28,000.

Yes He Can, But Will He? Obama Hesitates to Make the Tough Calls
Obama doesn’t lack leadership or nerve, which makes his dithering on the financial crisis and straddling on torture all the more bewildering.

Foreclosure Crisis Hits Poor Renters Hard: Evicted Families Have to Fight to Live Together
With foreclosures and job losses dragging down the whole economy, low-income families of color are falling into an even deeper hole.

Is the Water Supply for 8 Million People in New York City at Risk?
A massive natural gas project could pollute fresh water supplies for New York, Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton, and other areas.


AIPAC’s pitch to student leaders – ‘you have leadership potential, and AIPAC can make that journey easy’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

AIPAC’s pitch to student leaders – ‘you have leadership potential, and AIPAC can make that journey easy’
One of the most impressive moments of the AIPAC conference was when they brought out 193 university student council presidents onto the stage. It seemed like a brilliant strategy to me; each of those presidents represented a relationship that AIPAC…

This Memorial Day, Honor the Fallen
Your weekend newspaper–assuming your town still has one–will be stuffed with pages of glossy advertisements for holiday sales. Your local TV news will do a story on the folks waiting in line in the dark for your local mall to…


Liz Cheney considering run for public office?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Liz Cheney considering run for public office?
The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen has been keeping a close watch on Liz Cheney, noting that the ubiquitous daughter of the former vice president “practically lives on cable news” these days. “She also lies routinely, accuses the president of helping terrorists, and is so mindless in her attacks on the nation’s elected leadership, she’s something […]

The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen has been keeping a close watch on Liz Cheney, noting that the ubiquitous daughter of the former vice president “practically lives on cable news” these days. “She also lies routinely, accuses the president of helping terrorists, and is so mindless in her attacks on the nation’s elected leadership, she’s something of a national embarrassment,” Benen writes. And according to close friends of hers, she may be the next Cheney to run for office:

“She’s awesome. Everyone wants her to run,” said a close friend. […]

“She’s a chip off the block!” said a longtime friend. […]

“It’s a two-fer. She comes off a bit better than he does sometimes,” a conservative consultant said.

Asked about the possibility that Liz Cheney might make a run for office, Republican operative Karl Rove responded, “She might!” Watch it:


President Obama Gives His First Memorial Day Address as Commander in Chief

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

President Obama Gives His First Memorial Day Address as Commander in Chief
Jason Dudley didn’t make it into the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, where a standing-room-only audience heard President Obama pay tribute to the nation’s fallen in his first Memorial Day address as commander in chief.


Allegations of Impropriety Surround the Little-Known U.S. Parole Commission
Like Washington’s most famous tale of intrigue, this one includes the surreptitious entry of an office on a weekend.


Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate
President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a “cyber czar,” a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect the nation’s government-run and private computer networks, according to people who have been briefed on the plan.


North Korean Nuclear Blast Tests Obama’s Engagement Policy
President Obama came into office saying he wanted to demonstrate that engagement with hostile nations is more effective than antagonism, but North Korea’s nuclear test now leaves the young administration with critical choices about its response.



Obama Cededs Ground on Torture to Cheney

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 26th, 2009 4:29 am by HL

Obama Cededs Ground on Torture to Cheney
Gary Younge, The Guardian

California, State of Paralysis
Paul Krugman, New York Times

Last Week’s Two Speeches
Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker

The Bankruptcies We Need
Robert Samuelson, Newsweek

Honoring the Dead