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White House Juices the Job Count

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

White House Juices the Job Count
The White House will now count all jobs funded by stimulus money, not just those that were created or saved. The job market is still hemorrhaging and the administration might be looking to do a little inflation. Or it might honestly be trying to simplify a confusing and highly criticized formula for counting jobs. ProPublica: Part of the problem is that there’s no accepted standard for counting jobs, said Mary Foelster of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. “It’s not so much calculating jobs; it’s trying to have evidence that a job was retained,” she said. “What is the client going to point to to say, ‘I was going to lay someone off, but now I’m not?’ ” Read more

The White House will now count all jobs funded by stimulus money, not just those that were created or saved. The job market is still hemorrhaging and the administration might be looking to do a little inflation. Or it might honestly be trying to simplify a confusing and highly criticized formula for counting jobs.

ProPublica:

Part of the problem is that there’s no accepted standard for counting jobs, said Mary Foelster of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

“It’s not so much calculating jobs; it’s trying to have evidence that a job was retained,” she said. “What is the client going to point to to say, ‘I was going to lay someone off, but now I’m not?’?”

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Huff TV: Ratigan Makes The Case Against Geithner, Arianna Warns About Midterm Elections (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

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Quick Fact: Beck again falsely claims FDR, Sunstein were “pushing” to amend Constitution with “Second Bill of Rights”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Quick Fact: Beck again falsely claims FDR, Sunstein were “pushing” to amend Constitution with “Second Bill of Rights”

On his Fox News program, Glenn Beck again falsely claimed that Franklin Roosevelt, in support of a “Second Bill of Rights,” “was pushing for a change to the Constitution.” Beck added that “progressives” like Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Director Cass Sunstein have “been pushing for the Second Bill of Rights since FDR,” and cited this as evidence that such progressives “know” that health care reform is “unconstitutional.”

From the January 11 broadcast of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

BECK: [Franklin D. Roosevelt] was pushing for a change to the Constitution that included those things. Regulatory czar Cass Sunstein tried to resurrect that failed attempt at creating the ultimate government control in his book, The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’s Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It. Again, the progressives know this is unconstitutional. That’s why they’ve been pushing for the Second Bill of Rights since FDR.

Fact: Sunstein said he (and FDR) “didn’t want to change the text of the Constitution”

Sunstein: “Roosevelt didn’t want to change the text of the Constitution,” but to create “a declaration which isn’t part of our legally binding text.” As Media Matters for America previously 9/8/04]

Sunstein said he shared Roosevelt’s view and was “nervous” about altering the Constitution. Sunstein also stated that Roosevelt’s “view of the Second Bill of Rights, which I share, is that what we should think of this as, is very much like Jefferson’s Declaration. Part of what we’re committed to, part of what defines our self-understandings, but we’re going to keep the judges out of it.” Further, Sunstein commented that “[i]f, if we are excited about judicial protection of individual rights, then we might want the Second Bill of Rights in our Constitution. I, myself, am nervous about that, because I’m nervous about the judges” and that “I’d much prefer that we recover this aspect of our history.”


Ex-FEMA Worker Charged With Stealing Katrina Relief Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:44 am by HL

Ex-FEMA Worker Charged With Stealing Katrina Relief Money
A former FEMA worker and her cousin have been charged in Mississippi with stealing $721,000 in disaster relief money, including allegedly diverting $58,000 directly from three victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Frank Supports Hearings On Fed-AIG Emails
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Giuliani “forgets” 9/11; hilarity ensues

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

Giuliani “forgets” 9/11; hilarity ensues
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Father and Son Ticket

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Father and Son Ticket
As if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “didn’t have enough problems, say hello to Rory Reid, his eldest son. Looks just like him. He’s running for governor of Nevada,” the Washington Post reports.

“It will be Reid and Reid atop the November ballot in this state, the father running for his sixth term, the son making his first bid at statewide office. So far, this double bill is not going so great. Each candidate is dragging down the other, to look at the polls and listen to the Silver State’s political oddsmakers. And neither is mentioning the other’s campaign.”


10 Good Reasons You Should Hate Oprah Winfrey

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

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Heilemann: Palin ?regularly? said that ?that Saddam Hussein had been behind 9/11.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:36 am by HL

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The Fix: Is Harry Reid the next Chris Dodd?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 12th, 2010 5:35 am by HL

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