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Immigration Debate Finds Center In Phoenix

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:50 am by HL

Immigration Debate Finds Center In Phoenix
A huge rally will converge in Phoenix on Saturday with activists calling for federal action to address Arizona’s immigration problems. At the center of it all is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man accused of racial profiling in his notorious crusade against undocumented immigrants. Many see Arizona as ground zero in the ongoing national debate over illegal immigration and immigrants’ rights. —JCL USA Today: When activists from around the country rally for immigrants’ rights Saturday, it’s no coincidence that they’ll converge here. Arizona is the flash point of the immigration debate, a place where high levels of illegal immigration have led to state and local restrictions, most recently a law that requires government workers to report illegal immigrants seeking public benefits. Perhaps the most visible figure in Arizona’s immigration politics is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He has won praise and condemnation for having deputies swarm neighborhoods, stopping people in search of criminals and illegal immigrants. His department is under investigation by the Justice Department for allegations of racial profiling and discrimination based on national origin. Read more

A huge rally will converge in Phoenix on Saturday with activists calling for federal action to address Arizona’s immigration problems. At the center of it all is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man accused of racial profiling in his notorious crusade against undocumented immigrants.

Many see Arizona as ground zero in the ongoing national debate over illegal immigration and immigrants’ rights. —JCL

USA Today:

When activists from around the country rally for immigrants’ rights Saturday, it’s no coincidence that they’ll converge here.

Arizona is the flash point of the immigration debate, a place where high levels of illegal immigration have led to state and local restrictions, most recently a law that requires government workers to report illegal immigrants seeking public benefits.

Perhaps the most visible figure in Arizona’s immigration politics is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He has won praise and condemnation for having deputies swarm neighborhoods, stopping people in search of criminals and illegal immigrants.

His department is under investigation by the Justice Department for allegations of racial profiling and discrimination based on national origin.

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News Minute: Haiti, Health Care, Arenas’ Plea
In this brief news update, The Associated Press reports about the status of relief efforts in Haiti and the latest in the ongoing saga of health care reform in Washington. In other news from our nation’s capital, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to a felony gun charge.

Haiti report

In this brief news update, The Associated Press reports about the status of relief efforts in Haiti and the latest in the ongoing saga of health care reform in Washington. In other news from our nation’s capital, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to a felony gun charge.

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Bil Browning: Indiana State Senate to take action on marriage amendment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Bil Browning: Indiana State Senate to take action on marriage amendment
A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana has been re-introduced in the state senate and will be heard in committee next week. Similar…

John Odum: A Response to my Senator, Bernie Sanders, on Where We Go From Here
My Senator Bernie Sanders, whom I greatly admire (and even briefly worked for as an organizer during the 1996 campaign), has asked Huffington Post readers…

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan climbed in 2009 to their highest number since the fall of the Taliban, the United Nations says in a recent report….

Scott Brown Engaged In Culture Wars As Mass Pol
Years before he became a state senator — and many years before he became a fast-rising Republican candidate for United States Senate — Scott Brown…

Billy Hallowell: Hollywood’s Oxymoronic Definition of ‘Liberal Tolerance’
Why can’t people like Perez Hilton, Cher, and Madonna simply be good liberals and accept — as their self-professed doctrine would ask them to — that Americans have unique perspectives and life experiences?


Fox Nation, Hoft falsely claim Coakley said “Catholics” shouldn’t work “in emergency rooms”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

Fox Nation, Hoft falsely claim Coakley said “Catholics” shouldn’t work “in emergency rooms”

Fox Nation and Gateway Pundit blogger Jim Hoft have seized on comments made by Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley during a January 14 radio interview to falsely claim that Coakley said “devout Catholics” should not “work in emergency rooms.” In fact, as the context of Coakley’s remarks makes clear, she was discussing individuals who would refuse to provide certain emergency medical procedures and treatments — including emergency contraception — to patients on the grounds of their religious beliefs, not all “devout Catholics.”

Fox Nation, Hoft falsely declared Coakley said Catholics “shouldn’t work in the emergency room”

Gateway Pundit, Big Government posts: “Martha Coakley: Devout Catholics ‘Probably Shouldn’t Work in the Emergency Room.’ ” In a January 14 Gateway Pundit blog post, Hoft reported that “Democrat Martha Coakley was on with Ken Pittman from WBSM in Massachusetts today. Martha told Ken that if you object to abortion and are a devout Catholic then…You probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.” Hoft declared these remarks to be a “game-changer” in the Massachusetts Senate race. Hoft reposted this blog post on BigGovernment.com.

Fox Nation: “Coakley: Catholics Shouldn’t Work in the ER.” On January 15, Fox Nation linked to Hoft’s Gateway Pundit post. From Fox Nation:

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In fact, Coakley discussed those who would refuse to provide medical treatment — including emergency contraception — on religious grounds

Coakley referred to those who would “deny emergency contraception to a woman who came in who had been raped.” In the interview, WBSM’s Ken Pittman asked Coakley, who reportedly is Catholic, if she would “pass a health care bill that had conscientious objecter toward certain procedures, including abortion.” Coakley stated that she didn’t “believe that would be included in the health care bill,” and that she would oppose legislation that “say[s] that if people believed that they don’t want to provide services that are required under the law and under Roe vs. Wade that they can individually decide to not follow the law.” Referencing her Republican opponent, Coakley added: “And let’s be clear, because Scott Brown filed an amendment to a bill in Massachusetts that would say that hospital and emergency room personnel could deny emergency contraception to a woman who came in who had been raped.” Coakley’s statement prompted the following exchange with Pittman:

PITTMAN: Right, if you are a Catholic, and you believe what the Pope teaches, you know, that any form of birth control is a sin. And you don’t want to do that, that —

COAKLEY: No, but we have a seperation of church and state here, Ken, let’s be clear.

PITTMAN: Yeah, but in the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.

COAKLEY: The law says that people are allowed to have that. And so, then, if you — you can have religious freedom, you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.

PITTMAN: Wow. OK, so if you have religious conviction, stay out of the emergency room.

COAKLEY: Well, no, I’m not — look, you’re — you’re the one who brought the question up. I don’t believe that the law allows for that, and I know that we accommodate all kinds of differences all the time. I think Roe vs. Wade has made it clear that women have a right to choose, and in Massachusetts, particularly if someone has been the victim of a rape, an assault, and she goes to an emergency room to get contraception, someone else should say, “Oh, no, I don’t believe in this, so I’m going to affect your constitutional rights?”

PITTMAN: I agree that you’ve gotta have some balance there.

Hoft did not include transcript for the portions of the exchange in which Coakley made clear she was discussing those who would deny certain treatments — including emergency contraception — to patients because of their religious beliefs.


Tea Party Convention Organizer Used ‘Our Passion For The Movement To Build His Start-Up’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Tea Party Convention Organizer Used ‘Our Passion For The Movement To Build His Start-Up’
The organizer of the National Tea Party Convention used conservative activists’ willingness to work on behalf of the Tea Party cause in his bid to launch a money-making enterprise, according to one fellow Tea Partier.


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For Disaster Crap, It’s Pat!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:43 am by HL

For Disaster Crap, It’s Pat!


Solar Power Is Now an Option for Even the Most Cash-Strapped Suburbanites

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Solar Power Is Now an Option for Even the Most Cash-Strapped Suburbanites
Residential solar leases offer a no-money-down, low-monthly plan that makes solar electricity cheaper than the stuff we get by wire — and you don’t have to buy the panels.

Residential solar leases offer a no-money-down, low-monthly plan that makes solar electricity cheaper than the stuff we get by wire — and you don't have to buy the panels.

Regime Change in Iran? Don’t Bet on It … Yet
Many Westerners believe the dramatic images of protesters in Iran fearlessly facing the govt.’s brutal crowd control are a preamble to revolution, but we’re a long way off.

Many Westerners believe the dramatic images of protesters in Iran fearlessly facing the govt.'s brutal crowd control are a preamble to revolution, but we're a long way off.

Why It’s So Tricky for Atheists to Debate with Believers
Debates over faith often leave non-believers holding the bag: look like a jerk or leave the debate unfinished and apparently concede defeat.

Debates over faith often leave non-believers holding the bag: look like a jerk or leave the debate unfinished and apparently concede defeat.


Rep. Van Hollen to President Obama: We can create jobs right now by establishing a Green Bank

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Rep. Van Hollen to President Obama: We can create jobs right now by establishing a Green Bank
Yesterday Congressman Chris Van Hollen wrote President Obama asking that he put the Green Bank in the State of the Union and in the jobs bill. This move by the head of the DCCC signifies a shift in the politics…



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The Last Big Question: Will Health Care Reform Be Paid For By The Rich or the Middle Class?
There’s only one big remaining issue on health care reform: how to pay for it. The House wants a 5.4 percent surtax on couples earning at least $1 million in annual income. The Senate wants a 40 percent excise tax…


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Democrats Should Tax The Hell Out Of the Upcoming Wall Street Bonuses
This is from today’s New York Times. “Industry executives acknowledge that the numbers being tossed around — six-, seven- and even eight-figure sums for some chief executives and top producers — will probably stun the many Americans still hurting from…


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Beck: Obama is ?dividing the nation? by reacting ‘so rapidly to Haiti.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

Beck: Obama is ?dividing the nation? by reacting ‘so rapidly to Haiti.?
Right wing radio talker Rush Limbaugh has received considerable criticism for politicizing the earthquake in Haiti this week with a series of inflammatory remarks attacking President Obama. Limbaugh said the White House thinks it can use the disaster to boost its credibility with the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community” in the U.S. Defending his comments, […]

Right wing radio talker Rush Limbaugh has received considerable criticism for politicizing the earthquake in Haiti this week with a series of inflammatory remarks attacking President Obama. Limbaugh said the White House thinks it can use the disaster to boost its credibility with the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black community” in the U.S. Defending his comments, Limbaugh attacked Obama for speaking publicly about Haiti sooner than he had the failed Christmas Day terror attack. Today on his radio show, Fox News host Glenn Beck jumped on the bandwagon:

BECK: I also believe this is dividing the nation…to where the nation sees him react so rapidly on Haiti and yet he couldn’t react rapidly on Afghanistan. He couldn’t react rapidly on Ft. Hood. He couldn’t react rapidly on our own airplanes with an underwear bomber…it doesn’t make sense. […] Three different events and Haiti is the only one. I think personally that it deepens he divide to see him react this rapidly to Haiti.

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Yet Beck’s premise is fautly. Polling shows that majorities of Americans approved of Obama’s handling of the Christmas Day plot and that it didn’t divide the country. But also, even conservatives Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham took issue with the Limbaugh-Beck attack. “It’s good that he reacts quickly to Haiti,” O’Reilly said last night on Fox News, later asking Ingraham, “You have no problem with his quick response to Haiti?” “Yeah, no,” she replied.


Democrats seek quick deal on health-care bill

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Democrats seek quick deal on health-care bill
President Obama and congressional leaders raced Friday to strike a compromise on far-reaching health legislation, hoping to settle lingering disputes before Tuesday, when a special election in Massachusetts could hand Republicans their 41st vote in the Senate and the power to defeat Obama’s top…

Administration to allow Haitians in U.S. illegally to stay for 18 months
The Obama administration will allow 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians living in the United States illegally to stay for 18 months because of Tuesday’s earthquake but warned that Haitians who are newly caught trying to enter the country will be deported.

Democrats scramble in Massachusetts to retain Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat
BOSTON — Shaken by polls showing Republican Scott Brown surging in the Senate race that could decide the fate of President Obama’s agenda, Democrats on Friday scrambled to shore up the battered candidacy of Martha Coakley, the state attorney general whose once-commanding lead appeared to vanish in…

Justices to hear case on disclosure of names on a petition
The Supreme Court on Friday intervened for the second time this week in a question of whether those who oppose expanding gay rights face threats and harassment by public disclosure of their views.



New Storm Brewing On the Climate Front

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 16th, 2010 5:35 am by HL

New Storm Brewing On the Climate Front
Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones

Obama Pledges to Campaign for HC & Dems
Perry Bacon, Washington Post
With unemployment hovering in the double digits and House Democrats eager to move on to the politically crucial task of job creation, President Obama pledged Thursday to publicly champion the health-care legislation that in the past year has consumed much of their attention and often made them targets.Speaking at the House Democrats' annual retreat, Obama sought to reassure the lawmakers as they enter a political climate that has already inspired some Democrats to retire rather than seek reelection in November. “I'll be out there waging a great campaign from one end of the…

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A Colossal Miscalculation on Health Care
Charlie Cook, National Journal
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Let the Next Crisis Go to Waste
Will Wilkinson, The Week