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Premature Nobel

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:46 am by HL

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Tomek Gross: Bill Clinton: India Can Outgrow China (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:45 am by HL

Tomek Gross: Bill Clinton: India Can Outgrow China (VIDEO)
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Paula Gordon: Thanksgiving(?) Again
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Musician: Rehberg Didn’t Seem Drunk On Night Of Boat Crash

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:44 am by HL

Musician: Rehberg Didn’t Seem Drunk On Night Of Boat Crash
A musician who says he saw Rep. Denny Rehberg in Lakeside, MT, shortly before a boat crash that left five injured has come forward to say that Rehberg did not seem drunk that night.

Top Tea Partier, Husband, Owed IRS Half A Million Dollars
A co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots filed for bankruptcy last year along with her husband, according to filings examined by TPMmuckraker. The couple owed the IRS over half a million dollars.

Corporate Money In, No Money Out: What’s Going On At Rep. Buyer-Linked Foundation?
A foundation closely linked to Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) has collected over $800,000 in donations, much of it from industry sources with stakes in legislation moving through Buyer’s committees, but has given out just $10,500 in six years and spent a whopping $258,136 in operating expenses.


America’s Health Care Nightmare

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

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Why Republicans Are in the Grip of an Apocalyptic Rapture Cult Centered on Revenge and Vindication

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Why Republicans Are in the Grip of an Apocalyptic Rapture Cult Centered on Revenge and Vindication

An excerpt from Schaeffer's soon-to-be released book, "Patience with God," gets to the root of why millions are praying for End Times.

Dick Gephardt’s Fall: How a Progressive Stalwart Turned into a Spectacular Political Sellout

As a politician, he was a champion of progressive reform. Now he lobbies for its enemies.

Why I Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Body Better Than Jennifer’s

Has a new horror film about a murderous cheerleader subverted the mythos of woman as the source of evil or just the opposite?

Really Sick: If Your Partner Beats You, Insurance Companies Don’t Have to Give You Coverage

Domestic abuse victims are twice-abused when insurance companies refuse them coverage.

Obama, If You Get Afghanistan Wrong, It Could Derail Your Presidency — Here’s How to Get It Right

The U.S. can't defeat the Taliban by employing overwhelming military power.


Israeli Ambassador Loses It — Bashes Goldstone And All Critics of Israel’s Gaza War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Israeli Ambassador Loses It — Bashes Goldstone And All Critics of Israel’s Gaza War
I have to wonder if Israel’s new ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, is just trying to impress his boss, Prime Minister Netanyahu. I mean, it is just not possible that he honestly believes the hysterical nonsense he published…


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Empty Hands on the Climate, and What Obama Needs to Do
On Friday, Denmark’s climate and energy minister, Connie Hedegaard, who will be chairing U.N.-sponsored climate talks in December in Copenhagen, said President Obama needs to do more on climate. “It is hard to imagine that he will be receiving…


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Obama’s ‘Unclenched Fist’ Won the Prize
Below follows the lead from a piece I just wrote for CNN on Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. An interesting tidbit that I learned from a TWN reader — though I’m not sure it’s accurate — is that…


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Harwood: Anonymous WH adviser says bloggers need to ?take off the pjs, get dressed,? and stop criticizing us.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Harwood: Anonymous WH adviser says bloggers need to ?take off the pjs, get dressed,? and stop criticizing us.
Yesterday, CNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood said that the Obama White House doesn’t view dissatisfaction amongst LGBT advocates — tens of thousands of whom marched in Washington, DC yesterday — as a “serious problem” because officials feel “that if they take care of the big issues — health care, energy, the economy — he’s […]

Yesterday, CNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood said that the Obama White House doesn’t view dissatisfaction amongst LGBT advocates — tens of thousands of whom marched in Washington, DC yesterday — as a “serious problem” because officials feel “that if they take care of the big issues — health care, energy, the economy — he’s [Obama] going to be just fine with this group.” As evidence, Harwood cited an anonymous “adviser” who bashed bloggers and dismissed critics as part of the “Internet left fringe”:

HOLT: But in general when you look at the left as a whole, have there been conversations about some things they thought would have been done but haven’t?

HARWOOD: Sure, but if you look at the polling, Barack Obama is doing well with 90 percent or more of Democrats so the White House views this opposition as really part of the “Internet left fringe,” Lester. And for a sign of how seriously the White House does or doesn’t take this opposition, one adviser told me today those bloggers need to take off the pajamas, get dressed and realize that governing a closely divided country is complicated and difficult.

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On Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner, Obama sent a far different message. “I’m here with a simple message: I’m here with you in that fight,” said the President, candidly adding, “I also appreciate that many of you don’t believe that progress has come fast enough. I want to be honest about that. Because it’s important to be honest amongst friends.”

Lou Dobbs heading to Fox Business?
The New York Times’ Brian Stetler reports that Fox News is relishing its position as the leading voice of partisan opposition to Obama. Fox’s senior vice president for programming, Bill Shine, says of the criticism from the White House, “Every time they do it, our ratings go up.” Stetler reports that Fox is trying to […]

dobbsThe New York Times’ Brian Stetler reports that Fox News is relishing its position as the leading voice of partisan opposition to Obama. Fox’s senior vice president for programming, Bill Shine, says of the criticism from the White House, “Every time they do it, our ratings go up.” Stetler reports that Fox is trying to bolster its oppositional forces by adding CNN’s Lou Dobbs to its roster:

Certainly, Fox continues to aggressively bolster its on-air talent, most recently with the hiring of John Stossel, the libertarian investigative journalist from ABC News, for its spin-off channel, Fox Business. The business channel is also keen on another administration critic, Lou Dobbs, who met for dinner with Mr. Ailes last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

Dobbs would of course be a natural fit for the Fox News network. He has given inordinate airtime to the “birther” conspiracies and mused about whether President Obama himself is “undocumented.” CNN might be content to part with Dobbs, given that he has become a “publicity nightmare” for the network.


Under Obama, Regulatory Agencies Step Up Enforcement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Under Obama, Regulatory Agencies Step Up Enforcement
The Obama administration is taking on Cheerios. And popular cold remedies and swimming pool drains and rhinestones on children’s clothing.

44: Hillary Clinton Bids Presidential Hopes Adieu
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first competitive female candidate for the American presidency who famously cracked but did not shatter the ultimate political glass ceiling, said over the weekend she will not run for president again.

As Panel Votes Today, Democrats Look Ahead
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a landmark vote on health-care reform legislation Tuesday that is expected to underscore the deep partisan divisions that have emerged and hardened over five months of debate.

Clinton Says No to Another Presidential Bid
A year and a half after the end of her historic presidential campaign, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday for the first time that she will not run for the job again, firmly setting aside a question that has followed her for most of the past decade.



Justifying His Nobel Prize Will Be a Very Hard Task

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Justifying His Nobel Prize Will Be a Very Hard Task

Time for Decisiveness on Afghanistan
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Praise Obama, And Pass the Hopium
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