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Bill Maher Is Hoping for a Little More Audacity

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Bill Maher Is Hoping for a Little More Audacity

The “Real Time” host has some harsh words for the president, who, he says, is caving to insurance companies, banks and polluters: “This is not getting the job done. And this is not what I voted for.”

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Patrick Disney: On Iran, the Power of Obama’s Silence

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Patrick Disney: On Iran, the Power of Obama’s Silence
Before we Americans come rushing onto the scene with an offer of help for the process of democratization in Iran, we need to be certain that it won’t in fact do more harm than good.

Scott Mendelson: Bill Maher on Barack Obama: “Hoping for a Bit More Audacity.”
Just remember… this stuff, it’s more important than reelection. Scott Mendelson…

Huff TV: Arianna Discusses Iranian Presidential Election, Sarah Palin On CNN (VIDEO)
Arianna appeared on CNN along with conservative columnist Tony Blankley to discuss the turbulent Iranian presidential election and the recent events surrounding Governor Sarah Palin….


McLaughlin Group further crops NY Times clip of Sotomayor’s affirmative action comments

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

McLaughlin Group further crops NY Times clip of Sotomayor’s affirmative action comments

On June 14, The McLaughlin Group aired portions of a New York Times video package that cropped remarks Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made about affirmative action during a panel discussion with female judges in the early 1990s. The Times‘ cropped video featured the following remarks by Sotomayor, but omitted the portion in italics: “I am a product of affirmative action. I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am a Puerto Rican, born and raised in the South Bronx, and from what is traditionally described as a socio-economically poor background. My test scores were not comparable to that of my colleagues at Princeton or Yale — not so far off the mark that I wasn’t able to succeed at those institutions” (42:00). In addition to omitting Sotomayor’s reference to her “socio-economically poor background,” The McLaughlin Group clip also omitted Sotomayor’s statement that her test scores were “not so far off the mark that I wasn’t able to succeed at those institutions.

As Media Matters for America previously noted, the cropping of Sotomayor’s comments in this way allows conservatives like Sean Hannity to distort Sotomayor’s remarks by suggesting that she said her ethnicity was the only reason she was admitted to Princeton and Yale.

From the June 14 edition of The McLaughlin Group:

JOHN McLAUGHLIN (host): Issue two: Sotomayor or Soto-Supreme? Sonia Sotomayor is a judge on the federal court of appeals in New York. President Obama nominated her late last month to the Supreme Court. Eight years ago, she gave a long lecture at Berkeley Law School in California, and said this, quote, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” unquote. This week, new videos surfaced in which Sotomayor describes her experience with affirmative action.

SOTOMAYOR : I am a product of affirmative action. I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am a Puerto Rican, born and raised in the South Bronx. … My test scores were not comparable to that of my colleagues at Princeton or Yale.

McLAUGHLIN: Question: Does Judge Sotomayor have a problem? Especially in view of the polling that says a majority of Americans, 55 percent, want affirmative action abolished.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

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Did Von Brunn See Significance In The Number 88?
Is there a significance to the fact that James Von Brunn allegedly carried out this shooting at the Holocaust Museum at the age of 88? Eighty-eight is a number with particular significance in Neo-Nazi circles. The eighth letter of the…

Lawsuit: Wells Fargo Targeted Blacks For Subprime Loans
In the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, the unsavory and sometimes illegal business practices of the mortgage lenders at the vanguard of the subprime trend have slowly been coming to light. But new claims in a lawsuit filed against…


Not A Citizen

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Not A Citizen


Previewing Obama’s Health Care Speech

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Previewing Obama’s Health Care Speech
President Obama will speak to the American Medical Association in Chicago today to push his plan for health care overhaul. The speech is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET.

Playbook: “This is a speech people will remember. The president is going to make an irrefutable case for why the status quo can no longer be tolerated. And he will paint a powerful picture of how health care can be improved in the future. This is an important moment where the president makes the overall case, which is something only he can do and generate serious attention. The opposition has no leader to drive a counter-message.”


Legal Pot in California in 2010? "Oaksterdam" Provides the Model

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Legal Pot in California in 2010? "Oaksterdam" Provides the Model
Pot entrepreneur Richard Lee envisions a professional marijuana industry much like the one that exists in Amsterdam.

Obama Must Take On the Giant Lobbyists Blocking Health Care Reform
This is one of those battles that define the state of American democracy.

Iran’s Stolen Election Has Sparked an Uprising — What Should the U.S. Do?
Can the United States speed the process for greater freedom in Iran? Yes. By staying out of the way as much as possible.

Why I Plan to Emulate Dr. George Tiller
As a future OB/GYN, I dream of delivering healthy babies. But as part of my practice, I also plan to provide abortions to women who need them.


Neocons Using Iran Election To Push For War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Neocons Using Iran Election To Push For War
It helps that the neocons in both the United States and Israel made emphatically clear how much they wanted Ahmedinejad re-elected. If they had kept their mouths shut — and pretended that they preferred the moderate Moussavi — they would…

Netanyahu emphasizes Israel’s God-given right to the ‘Land of Israel’
Haven’t seen the speech transcript yet. AP says that Netanyahu broke new ground by offering a limited Palestinian state. A flag and currency– sounds like. A friend who has seen it writes that the speech was red meat to the…

Bibi’s Speech-Nothing Worth Waiting For
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had a choice: President Obama or Benny Begin. He chose Benny Begin, the right wing member of Bibi’s Likud Party. Rather than joining the international consensus and leading Israel to peace, the Israeli PM chose to…


Hatch bristles over criticisms that he?s at fault for problems of the Bush years: ?Don?t you believe that B.S.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Hatch bristles over criticisms that he?s at fault for problems of the Bush years: ?Don?t you believe that B.S.?
Yesterday at Utah’s GOP convention, the state’s two U.S. senators — Orrin Hatch (R) and Bob Bennett (R) received only “polite receptions,” compared to the boisterous applause received by some of the state’s representatives. From the Deseret News: Hatch, at one point in his speech, appeared upset when some delegates applauded as a way […]

hatchbush Yesterday at Utah’s GOP convention, the state’s two U.S. senators — Orrin Hatch (R) and Bob Bennett (R) received only “polite receptions,” compared to the boisterous applause received by some of the state’s representatives. From the Deseret News:

Hatch, at one point in his speech, appeared upset when some delegates applauded as a way of blaming national Republicans, himself included, for the deficit and other problems of the Bush years.

“Don’t you believe that B.S.,” Hatch said loudly. But some of the 1,800 delegates clearly did.

While many delegates stood and applauded the longtime incumbents (Hatch 33 years, Bennett 15 years), others sat on their hands — not booing, but showing their disapproval through silence.

Many attendees also expressed displeasure with Gov. John Huntsman (R), who has agreed to become President Obama’s ambassador to China. GOP party chair Jude Law said that Huntman’s endorsement of civil unions “mocks God.” (HT: Huffington Post)


Democrats Struggling for Consensus on Climate, Energy Bills

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 15th, 2009 4:31 am by HL

Democrats Struggling for Consensus on Climate, Energy Bills
Democratic allies remain at odds over provisions of a House climate bill and a Senate energy bill, even as congressional leaders and Obama administration officials are pressing to complete work on the legislation.


Uncertainty Over Election in Iran Leaves U.S. Balancing Diplomacy, Democracy
The confused aftermath of Iran’s presidential election is complicating the Obama administration’s planned outreach to the Islamic republic and underscoring the challenges facing the president’s new approach to the Middle East based on shared values and common interests.

Justice Department Turning Attention Toward Native American Crime Issues
Justice Department leaders, responding to pleas from lawmakers and community groups, are training their attention on efforts to reduce crime and substance abuse on land controlled by the nation’s roughly 560 Native American tribes.

Obama Under Pressure to Push Unpopular Tax on Health Benefits
The White House is caught in a battle within its own party over how to finance a comprehensive overhaul of America’s health-care system , as key Democrats advocate a tax plan that could require President Obama to break his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class .

White House Rides Herd on Diverse and Zealous Group of Sotomayor Supporters
Word went out from the White House even before the first rhetorical shots had been taken at Sonia Sotomayor : Keep your powder dry.