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Why We Must Stay in Afghanistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:48 am by HL

Why We Must Stay in Afghanistan
A slim majority now says the Afghanistan war isn’t worth fighting. This is alarming, and inexplicable. READ THE WHOLE ITEM By Marie Cocco

A slim majority now says the Afghanistan war isn’t worth fighting. This is alarming, and inexplicable.

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Art Levine: Listen to the Nurses: Up to 40% of Hospitals Not Ready for Swine Flu

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:47 am by HL

Art Levine: Listen to the Nurses: Up to 40% of Hospitals Not Ready for Swine Flu
Given the threat of the pandemic and the ongoing crisis in safe hospital care, it’s disturbing to see how widespread the lack of an effective response is in the nation’s front-line facilities.

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation with Former CIA Officer Robert Baer
I spoke with Baer on statements made Sunday by Dick Cheney regarding the investigation the treatment of terror suspects.

Huff TV: Arianna Discusses Ted Kennedy’s Potential Successors With Keith Olbermann (VIDEO)
Arianna appeared on “Countdown,” with Keith Olbermann, to discuss the potential successors to Ted Kennedy in the Senate and whether Massachusetts will alter its law…


Wash. Post claim that KSM “cooperated after waterboarding” undermined by reporting from same article

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:46 am by HL

Wash. Post claim that KSM “cooperated after waterboarding” undermined by reporting from same article

An August 29 Washington Post article charged that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed “cooperated” with the CIA “after waterboarding” and that this occurred “to an extraordinary extent, only when his spirit was broken in the month after his capture March 1, 2003, as the [CIA] inspector general’s report and other documents released this week indicate.” However, these claims are undermined by reporting elsewhere in the article, which notes that Mohammed gave false information during waterboarding and that the CIA inspector general who investigated the CIA’s interrogation programs could not “reach definitive conclusions about the effectiveness of particular interrogation methods.”

From the August 29 Washington Post report on “counterterrorism detention and interrogation activities,” page 100]

Recently released CIA memos don’t discuss EITs. Several media outlets have noted, as The New York Times did, that the partially declassified versions of two recently released CIA memos do not contain reference “to any specific interrogation methods and do not assess their effectiveness.” Newsweek reported that “the newly declassified material does not convincingly demonstrate” that “the agency’s use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ — including sleep deprivation, stress positions, violent physical contact, and waterboarding” was what “produced … useful information” that detainees provided. The article added that “though two of the newly released CIA reports offer examples of the kind of details that detainees surrendered, the reports do not say what information came as a result of harsh interrogation methods and what came from conventional questioning.”

Other media note that IG report is not conclusive of the effectiveness of controversial interrogation techniques

Bush terrorism adviser Frances Townsend: The report “doesn’t say that” the CIA obtained “the most critical information after techniques had been applied.” Townsend stated: “It’s very difficult to draw a cause and effect, because it’s not clear when techniques were applied vs. when that information was received. It’s implicit. It seems, when you read the report, that we got the … most critical information after techniques had been applied. But the report doesn’t say that.” [CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, 8/25/09]

ABC News: CIA documents do not “indicate” whether valuable “information was obtained as a result of controversial interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding. ” ABCNews.com reported that documents related to the 2004 CIA IG report “back up the Bush administration’s claims that intelligence gleaned from captured terror suspects had thwarted terrorist attacks, but the visible portions of the heavily redacted reports do not indicate whether such information was obtained as a result of controversial interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding.” [ABCNews.com, 8/25/09]

Los Angeles Times: Documents offer “little to support the argument that harsh or abusive methods played a key role.” The article reports that the CIA documents “are at best inconclusive” as to the EITs’ effectiveness and offer “little to support the argument that harsh or abusive methods played a key role.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/26/09]


Bonner Paid Productivity Bonus To Employee Who Forged Letter

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:45 am by HL

Bonner Paid Productivity Bonus To Employee Who Forged Letter
We’ve now obtained the letter to Congress from Bonner’s lawyer that we told you about earlier — in which Bonner hilariously claims that its client, a coal industry group, was the “victim of a fraud” stemming from the forged letters…

ACLU Lawyer: Torture Probe Too Narrowly Focused
Earlier today, Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU went on MSNBC, and made a crucial point about the decision to probe torture. The problem, argued Jaffer, is not that we’re investigating clear evidence of law-breaking — as Dick Cheney and countless…


Geronimo

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Geronimo


Two New Polls Show Christie Expanding Lead

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Two New Polls Show Christie Expanding Lead
A new Quinnipiac poll shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) trailing challenger Christopher Christie (R) by ten points, 47% to 37%, among likely voters, with independent Christopher Daggett running third with 9%.

The same poll in early August showed Christie leading by juts six points.

Meanwhile, a new Fairleigh Dickinson poll shows Christie leading Corzine by five points, 47% to 42% among likely voters. In this case, Daggett was not listed as one of the choices.

Last month’s FDU poll had Christie leading by juts four points.

The Austin-Boston Connection
Just published: The Austin-Boston Connection: Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership by Anthony Champagne, Douglas B. Harris, James W. Riddlesperger Jr. and Garrison Nelson.

“For the more than fifty years that Democrats controlled the U.S. House of Representatives, leadership was divided between Massachusetts and Texas. When the Speaker was from Texas (or nearby Oklahoma), the Majority Leader was from the Boston area, and when the Speaker was from Boston, the Majority Leader was from Texas.”


Sgt. Northcutt’s Post-Iraq Nightmare: Getting Arrested for Growing Pot

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Sgt. Northcutt’s Post-Iraq Nightmare: Getting Arrested for Growing Pot

Phillip Northcutt started legally cultivating medical marijuana to deal with PTSD from fighting in the Iraq. It wasn't long before the police and the courts caught up with him.

Bill Moyers: Money-Driven Medicine – The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much

Bill Moyers teams up with financial journalist Maggie Mahar and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney to bring you the truth about America's health-care system.

"We Hate the United States": Secessionists Rally at TX Capitol

"Sovereignty or Secession" rally in Austin draws a crowd, but GOP Gov. Rick Perry, who has encouraged the right-wing fringe, was nowhere to be found.


Sorry – no posting for a while…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Sorry – no posting for a while…
I broke my collarbone in a bicycle crash. Fannie and Freddie series to be continued……


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Obama’s Perfect Eulogy
President Obama has again demonstrated an uncanny ability to know the right way to approach difficult moments. He could have knocked the ball out of the park with an emphatic endorsement of the liberal agenda. He could have invoked (directly…


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My Mom’s Loving Relationship With Her Friend, Teddy
One day when I was working at the Senate my parents came to Washington on one of their rare visits. I met them in the cafeteria. We had lunch. Then we headed to the Senate subway to ride it back…


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Gingrich And Boehner Argue Stimulus Is A ?Failure? That Hasn?t Created ?A Single Job?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Gingrich And Boehner Argue Stimulus Is A ?Failure? That Hasn?t Created ?A Single Job?
House Republican Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has been one of the most vocal opponents of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. After rallying every single member of his caucus to vote against it earlier this year, Boehner has stubbornly refused to acknowledge the existence of the projects it has funded. In July, Boehner claimed there […]

House Republican Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has been one of the most vocal opponents of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. After rallying every single member of his caucus to vote against it earlier this year, Boehner has stubbornly refused to acknowledge the existence of the projects it has funded. In July, Boehner claimed there hadn’t been any stimulus related infrastructure contracts signed in all of Ohio. In reality, there had been 52 at the time of Boehner’s statement.

Last Friday, Boehner continued to press his case that the stimulus has been an utter failure. On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Boehner claimed the stimulus “didn’t create any jobs”:

BOEHNER: Well, I think it’s the American people who are winning this debate. They’ve looked up at this program, this giant government bureaucracy that the Democrats want to create in Washington, and said enough is enough. And while most of this is about health care, it’s really about a much bigger issue, and that is just the growth and size of government. You know, after the $1 trillion dollars stimulus bill that didn’t create any jobs, and the trillion dollars deficits for as far as the eye can see […]

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Echoing Boehner’s sentiment, Newt Gingrich blasted out a fundraising appeal for the right-wing group Citizens for the Republic today, attacking the stimulus as a “failure” that “hasn’t created a single job.” View it below:

Revisiting infrastructure, Boehner’s preferred type of stimulus spending, there have been 1,138 Ohio highway construction jobs in July alone fueled by the Recovery Act. And if Boehner continues to ignore Ohio officials on jobs figures, he could simply ask his own press secretary. In a little-noticed statement, Boehner’s press office praised the Obama administration for going forward with using stimulus dollars to fund “shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs.”

The Council of Economic Advisers, in a report released earlier this month, called the Recovery Act the “boldest countercyclical fiscal stimulus in American history” and concluded that the stimulus added nearly 500,000 jobs to the economy in the second quarter of 2009 that would not have been there without it. Unfortunately, people like Boehner and Gingrich are more interested in stoking opposition to Obama rather than grounding their arguments in the truth.

Al Gore: ?We have a moral duty to pass health care reform.?
Former Vice President Al Gore, who endorsed universal health care well before most other elected Democrats in 2002, told a meeting of Tennessee Democrats Sunday that the country has “a moral duty to pass health care reform this year.” Gore implore activists to mobilize to “give President Obama the victory our country needs”: “We have a […]

Former Vice President Al Gore, who endorsed universal health care well before most other elected Democrats in 2002, told a meeting of Tennessee Democrats Sunday that the country has “a moral duty to pass health care reform this year.” Gore implore activists to mobilize to “give President Obama the victory our country needs”:

“We have a lot of talk about liberal and conservative, and left and right, but when there are tens of millions of people in our country who can’t get access to health care, we need to pass health care reform this year. Build support for it. Let’s give President Obama the victory our country needs,” he said to a standing ovation.

Gore was also joined by former President Bill Clinton, who noted that the U.S. pays nearly $900 billion dollars more in health care costs every year than most other industrialized nations. “That 800 to 900 billion is going somewhere. And the ‘somewhere’ doesn’t want to give it up,” he said. Watch a compilation of local news clips:


Town Hall Talk: ‘Not the New Hampshire Way’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Town Hall Talk: ‘Not the New Hampshire Way’
Of the town hall meetings on health-care reform over the weekend, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s (D-N.H.) two events in New Hampshire on Saturday seemed to generate the most buzz. People of Portsmouth, N.H., started lining up as early as 8 a.m. in the rain for a 2 p.m. meeting, according to SeaCoast On…

Mass. Governor Sets Date for Senate Special Election
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) set Monday Jan. 19 as the date for a special election to fill the final three years of Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate term. Patrick also pleaded for the state legislature to allow him to appoint a replacement for Kennedy who would serve until that election.

U.N. Chief’s ‘Quiet’ Outreach To Autocrats Causing Discord
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has a message for despots and dictators: We can talk.