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Washington’s Black Community Grapples with Gay Marriage Issue

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:49 am by HL

Washington’s Black Community Grapples with Gay Marriage Issue
Tuesday’s vote in favor of same-sex marriage at the District council in Washington, D.C., brought up some tensions among members of the local African-American community. Some have less trouble viewing the issue as a civil rights struggle than others, and generational differences appear to have something to do with it.  —KA The Washington Post: But perhaps the fiercest opposition to the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in the District has come from some members of the generation that led the fight for civil rights nearly half a century ago, many of whom believe that comparing gay rights to the battle blacks waged for equality is misguided, even insulting. “I reject the notion that gay rights is a civil rights question,” said Rev. Anthony Evans, 50, associate minister of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Northwest and head of the National Black Church Initiative. “The great human rights question is what we’re doing with the poor across the world.” When Catania introduced the bill, many of his most avid supporters turned out to be the children of those civil rights movement veterans, who see this cause as the natural continuation of their parents’ and grandparents’ struggle. Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) noted that although he supports same-sex marriage, seeing it as the next chapter in the fight for equality, his mother, a minister, is “totally against it.” Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

Tuesday’s vote in favor of same-sex marriage at the District council in Washington, D.C., brought up some tensions among members of the local African-American community. Some have less trouble viewing the issue as a civil rights struggle than others, and generational differences appear to have something to do with it.? —KA

The Washington Post:

But perhaps the fiercest opposition to the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in the District has come from some members of the generation that led the fight for civil rights nearly half a century ago, many of whom believe that comparing gay rights to the battle blacks waged for equality is misguided, even insulting.

“I reject the notion that gay rights is a civil rights question,” said Rev. Anthony Evans, 50, associate minister of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Northwest and head of the National Black Church Initiative. “The great human rights question is what we’re doing with the poor across the world.”

When Catania introduced the bill, many of his most avid supporters turned out to be the children of those civil rights movement veterans, who see this cause as the natural continuation of their parents’ and grandparents’ struggle.

Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) noted that although he supports same-sex marriage, seeing it as the next chapter in the fight for equality, his mother, a minister, is “totally against it.”

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Thank You for Not Sharing
Tiger Woods’ determined silence in the aftermath of his wee-hours encounter with a fire hydrant is a timely antidote to the too-much-information celebrity culture. READ THE WHOLE ITEM By Ruth Marcus

Tiger Woods’ determined silence in the aftermath of his wee-hours encounter with a fire hydrant is a timely antidote to the too-much-information celebrity culture.

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Ben Nelson Threatens To Oppose Health Reform Without Restrictive Abortion Provisions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:48 am by HL

Ben Nelson Threatens To Oppose Health Reform Without Restrictive Abortion Provisions
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Tuesday that he won’t vote for health care reform unless the bill contains the same sort of restrictive abortion provisions…

Greg Mitchell: Who’ll Be ‘The Last Soldier To Die for a Mistake’ in Afghanistan?
Who was the last soldier to die for the Vietnam mistake? And what can we learn from that example?

Tareq Slahi And Michaele Salahi Charity In Disaray: Land Rover America’s Polo Cup Owes $500,000
Tareq and Michaele Salahi’s signature social event, the annual Land Rover America’s Polo Cup, bills itself as the “world’s most prestigious and largest . ….

Scott Kurashige: The Struggle of Hope vs. Fear Continues
We ought to demand more from Obama than the tired trope that we can only achieve peace by waging war. This means we need to challenge ourselves.


Quick Fact: Baier distorts CBO report to claim premiums “will actually go up” under Senate bill

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:47 am by HL

Quick Fact: Baier distorts CBO report to claim premiums “will actually go up” under Senate bill

On Fox News’ Special Report, anchor Bret Baier misrepresented the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) analysis of the Senate health care bill’s effect on insurance premiums by claiming that “depending on how you read” the report, insurance “premiums for many people will actually go up” under the bill. In fact, CBO estimated that premiums would only increase for individuals purchasing insurance on their own — about 17 percent of the insurance market in 2016 — and that affordability credits would substantially lower costs for many of those individuals, a majority of whom would receive those subsidies through the exchanges.

Baier cites CBO to claim, under Senate health bill, insurance “premiums for many people will actually go up”

From the December 1 edition of Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier:

BAIER: The Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the Senate bill — in part, depending on how you read it — says that premiums for many people will actually go up and that costs will not be driven down. The White House says that’s not true. So what is the truth?

Fact: CBO found bill would actually result in lower premiums for most individual enrollees

Premiums will only rise for nongroup market — about 17 percent of the market in 2016. In a November 30 analysis, the nonpartisan CBO estimated that for premiums, the “largest effects would be seen in the nongroup market, which would grow in size under the proposal but would still account for only 17 percent of the overall insurance market in 2016. The effects on premiums would be much smaller in the small group and large group markets, which would make up 13 percent and 70 percent of the total insurance market, respectively.”

Federal subsidies will actually lower premiums from current costs for about 57 percent of the individual market. The CBO estimated that while the average premium per person in the nongroup market would be about 10 to 13 percent higher in 2016, “those figures indicate what enrollees would pay, on average, not accounting for the new federal subsidies. The majority of nongroup enrollees (about 57 percent) would receive subsidies via the new insurance exchanges, and those subsidies, on average, would cover nearly two-thirds of the total premium, CBO and JCT [Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate. Thus, the amount that subsidized enrollees would pay for nongroup coverage would be roughly 56 percent to 59 percent lower, on average, than the nongroup premiums charged under current law.”

Premiums would remain unchanged and could decrease for large and small group insurance markets. The CBO also estimated that for the large-group market, which it said would make up 70 percent of the total insurance market in 2016, “the legislation would yield an average premium per person that is zero to 3 percent lower in 2016 (relative to current law).” Further, in “the small group market, which consists of employers with 50 or fewer workers, CBO and JCT estimate that the change in the average premium per person resulting from the legislation could range from an increase of 1 percent to a reduction of 2 percent in 2016 (relative to current law).”

Major cost-saving measures kick in after 2016. The CBO analyzed the impact on premiums for 2016, but as Jonathan Cohn noted on The New Republic‘s health care blog, “many of the cost-saving measures in the bill aren’t expected to yield savings until after that date.” The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein similarly wrote:

CBO is looking at 2016, which is long before the delivery system reforms will have really begun working, or the excise tax will have started restraining the growth in premiums costs, or the Medicare Commission will be aggressively experimenting to bring down costs first in Medicare and then in the system more generally. These are the numbers, in other words, from a world in which none of the cost control efforts work. In that world, health-care reform still does an enormous amount to help 30 or 40 million people, and a bit to help tens of millions more.


Fineman: “I See Nothing Wrong” With Newsweek/Oil Lobby Panel

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:46 am by HL

Fineman: “I See Nothing Wrong” With Newsweek/Oil Lobby Panel
Howard Fineman says he sees nothing wrong with moderating a controversial panel on global warming to be jointly hosted by Newsweek and one of its major advertisers, an oil-industry lobby group. The event is to be held this afternoon.

Which Candidates Want Ensign To Campaign For Them? His Office Won’t Say
John Ensign said this morning that 2010 candidates want him to campaign for them, despite his personal problems. But his office won’t say which candidates he was referring to.

Supreme Court Throws Out Abused Detainee Photo Ruling
The Supreme Court has thrown out a ruling ordering the release of photographs of detainees being abused by American captors, citing a change in federal law that allows the defense secretary to withhold such pictures.


Chickenhawk Cheney Flies Again!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:42 am by HL

Chickenhawk Cheney Flies Again!


Atlanta Runoff Heads to Recount

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:41 am by HL

Atlanta Runoff Heads to Recount
Kasim Reed declared victory in the Atlanta mayoral runoff last night, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. However, Reed leads Mary Norwood by only 620 out of 84,000 votes, virtually guaranteeing that Norwood, who took first place in the general election on November 3, will request a recount.

In a speech to his supporters, Reed asked, “Guess who’s going to be the 59th mayor of Atlanta?”

With a recount looming, no one knows for sure just yet.

Nation Building at Home
Tom Friedman: “Let me start with the bottom line and then tell you how I got there: I can’t agree with President Obama’s decision to escalate in Afghanistan. I’d prefer a minimalist approach, working with tribal leaders the way we did to overthrow the Taliban regime in the first place. Given our need for nation-building at home right now, I am ready to live with a little less security and a little-less-perfect Afghanistan.”


The Most Urgent Threat to World Peace is … Canada

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:40 am by HL

The Most Urgent Threat to World Peace is … Canada
The harm this country could do in the next two weeks will outweigh all the good it has done in a century.

A Humanitarian Disaster in the Making Along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline — Who’s Watching?
The discovery of oil in Chad was supposed to allieviate poverty and human suffering, but it’s only enriched Western Oil companies and the local dictators.

Let’s Get Rolling on Unemployment — We Need a Direct Govt. Jobs Program
At a time when unemployment is expected to exceed 10 percent for the next several months, we should be talking about direct job funding by the government.

The Recession Is Taking a Bite Out of Meat Consumption
More than half of Americans have cut back on meat. Martha Stewart broadcasts a meatless Thanksgiving show. What gives?

Waiting with 45,000 People Afraid of Losing Their Homes — Ground Zero in America’s Mortgage Meltdown
The American home-owner’s dream is on life support: millions are suffering disastrous subprime mortgages or sky-high interest rates.


Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics
When we were just beginning work on our book, Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, we stumbled on a curious but compelling relationship. In a state level analysis, we found a very high correlation between favoring corporal punishment of children…



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Would Obama Appoint an “Anti-Israel Lobbyist” to Anti-Semitism Envoy?
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Protesters singing ?Immigration Rhapsody? cut short Arpaio?s Arizona State Unversity appearance.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Protesters singing ?Immigration Rhapsody? cut short Arpaio?s Arizona State Unversity appearance.
Yesterday, controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was at Arizona State University’s journalism school for “a public ‘Meet-the-Press’ style interview” with a panel of journalism professors. However, his appearance was cut short after about 45 minutes, when a group of protesters began to sing “Immigration Rhapsody.” From the lyrics of the song: How do you…just kill […]

Yesterday, controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was at Arizona State University’s journalism school for “a public ‘Meet-the-Press’ style interview” with a panel of journalism professors. However, his appearance was cut short after about 45 minutes, when a group of protesters began to sing “Immigration Rhapsody.” From the lyrics of the song:

How do you…just kill a man,
Let him wither on his route,
Criminalized and shut out,
How do you…detain someone,
Because you perceive a threat to your privilege?

At first, Arpaio jokingly placed a hat with a big stuffed wildcat (the mascot of rival University of Arizona) on his head. But when they didn’t stop singing, he became more frustrated and said to one of the moderators, “I thought this was going to be a situation not allowing this to go on.” After a couple more minutes, Arpaio declared, “You know what, this is ridiculous. I’m going to go,” and walked out. Watch it:

(HT: The Political Carnival)


House panel likely to pass final pieces of financial reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 2nd, 2009 5:37 am by HL

House panel likely to pass final pieces of financial reform
The final pieces of a package to overhaul the financial regulatory system are expected to win approval Wednesday from a key House committee with the support of black lawmakers who previously blocked the legislation to protest President Obama’s handling of the economy.

After police killings, Huckabee defends clemency for suspect
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on Tuesday defended his decision to commute the prison sentence years ago of the man who allegedly killed four police officers Sunday near Tacoma, Wash., saying the defendant had received an unfairly harsh sentence because he was young and black.

Analysis: With speech, Obama takes ownership of Afghan war
President Obama assumed full ownership of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night with a speech arguing that the fastest way out of the conflict is a rapid and significant escalation of it. But the muted response from key Democratic congressional leaders and the skepticism from Republicans about an…

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8:44 p.m. — Timeline for withdrawal “I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home. Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accel…