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Archive for December 13th, 2009

Scientology: Coming to Your Neighborhood?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:44 am by HL

Scientology: Coming to Your Neighborhood?
Nancy Cartwright, the face behind the voice of Bart Simpson, is here to tell you in her non-cartoon voice about the excitement of recruiting new members for the Church of Scientology, which has long counted her among its members. There’s a “crusade” afoot in 2010, according to Cartwright … (continued)  READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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Nancy Cartwright, the face behind the voice of Bart Simpson, is here to tell you in her non-cartoon voice about the excitement of recruiting new members for the Church of Scientology, which has long counted her among its members. There’s a “crusade” afoot in 2010, according to Cartwright … (continued)?

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Annise Parker: Openly Gay Mayor Elected In Houston, Texas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:43 am by HL

Annise Parker: Openly Gay Mayor Elected In Houston, Texas
Annise Parker has an unbeatable lead over Gene Locke in Houston’s hotly contested mayoral election, meaning she will become the city’s first openly gay mayor….

Dawn Teo: Sheriff Arpaio Indicts Political Opponents While Feds Investigate Arpaio
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Annise Parker: Houston Voters May Elect Openly Gay Mayor
HOUSTON — Annise Parker has an unbeatable lead over Gene Locke in Houston’s hotly contested mayoral election, meaning she will become the city’s first openly…


How Easy Is It For The Police To Get GPS Data From Your Phone?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:42 am by HL

How Easy Is It For The Police To Get GPS Data From Your Phone?
Police can in some cases track cell phone location by merely telling a court that the information is relevant to an investigation, a legal expert tells TPM — a fact that may partly explain how law enforcement racked up 8…

Party Favors: House Staffers’ Event Planning Biz Specializes In Bashes For Top Dem Rep
A party planning side business run by three current and former congressional staffers raked in over $20,000 last year from lobbyists holding events to honor Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) — whose own communications director is co-founder of the firm.


Oil Lobby Photo Altered To Present Racially Diverse Image
A promotional photo for an oil lobby group was doctored in order to present a more racially diverse image, with two white men turned into non-whites.



Astroturfers Fight Creeping Socialism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Astroturfers Fight Creeping Socialism


How a Few Private Health Insurers Are on the Way to Controlling Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

How a Few Private Health Insurers Are on the Way to Controlling Health Care
If you think an expanded Medicare makes up for the lack of a public option in the Senate bill, you’re smoking medical marijuana.

If you think an expanded Medicare makes up for the lack of a public option in the Senate bill, you're smoking medical marijuana.


Obama and the Contradictions of Oslo

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Obama and the Contradictions of Oslo
On one level I have to give him credit. In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, President Obama confronted the world as it is — and his policies as they are — not as we wish they would be. That represented…


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The Year in Tiny Ideas
I hate to beat up on the beleaguered NYT, which is buying-out and laying-off staffers to beat the band. If it’s still the best newspaper in the world–and it probably is–this is in no small part because the race to…


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White House issues statement ‘strongly? condemning Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

White House issues statement ‘strongly? condemning Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
On Friday, the White House issued a statement to the Advocate, condemning the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently being considered by the Ugandan parliament: The President strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in Uganda, that would criminalize homosexuality and move against the tide of history. As the Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld notes, this statement is the […]

On Friday, the White House issued a statement to the Advocate, condemning the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently being considered by the Ugandan parliament:

The President strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in Uganda, that would criminalize homosexuality and move against the tide of history.

As the Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld notes, this statement is the strongest yet issued by the Obama administration. On the eve of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT community worldwide,” but didn’t directly name the Ugandan measure. Later in the week, the State Department issued “guidance” condemning the bill, and it had reportedly been raising the issue privately with Ugandan officials. As far back as October, a State Department spokesman had also said that the bill was “a significant step backwards for human rights in Uganda.”


The Talk Shows

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

The Talk Shows
Guests to be interviewed Sunday on major television talk shows:


Polls say Perry leads Hutchison in Texas showdown
AUSTIN — Rick Perry, the state’s swashbuckling Republican governor, says his opponent spends tax dollars too freely. She’s too liberal. She’s too Washington. She doesn’t get what he calls “Texas values.”

D.C. AIDS funding shifted from needy neighborhoods
They are cheering and clapping and calling his name, but the boy in the corner won’t budge.


Republicans Aren’t Serious on Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Republicans Aren’t Serious on Health Care
Jacob Weisberg, Slate
GOP Sens. Charles Grassley and Orrin Hatch Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate finance committee, has emerged as one of the harshest critics of what the right likes to call “Obamacare.” After spending the first half of the year working with Democrats to find a bipartisan compromise, Grassley has spent the second half trying to prevent one. He attacks the bill now being debated on the Senate floor as an indefensible new entitlement. He complains that it expands the deficit, threatens Medicare, and does too little to restrain health care inflation. At a town…

First the Good News…
Larry Kudlow, RealClearPolitics
First the good news on the economic recovery that everybody loves to hate:Retail sales totally beat Wall Street estimates with a huge 1.3 percent gain in November. Core retail sales have increased 5.6 percent at an annual rate over the past three months. Family net wealth has rebounded $5 trillion over the past six months. Jobless claims keep trending lower. Business sales, up 1.1 percent in October (the latest data), have jumped 10.1 percent annually over the past three months. And business inventories, led by manufacturing, also rose in October. Receive news alertsThe data suggest that…

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