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‘Twilight’ Star Hates Vaginas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

‘Twilight’ Star Hates Vaginas
He may be all the rage with young women, but “Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson is not a fan of their private parts. The actor recently told Details magazine, “I really hate vaginas. I’m allergic to vagina.” Everyone’s a critic.

He may be all the rage with young women, but “Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson is not a fan of their private parts. The actor recently told Details magazine, “I really hate vaginas. I’m allergic to vagina.” Everyone’s a critic.

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Luge Snuff Video: What Were the Networks Thinking?
Days after the luge accident that killed a Georgian Olympian, we still can’t shake the disturbing images and sound of his body flying off the track at 90 mph and striking a steel pole. That trauma was delivered in full high definition by the three major networks, which all reached the same appalling decision to air the footage. The father of the dead athlete has said he will not watch the video, but why should anyone have? Unlike the wilds of the Internet, the networks are expected to filter out content this morbid and exploitative. One can make the argument that network news ought to be more unfiltered in some cases, such as war. But this is different. This is a snuff film. Worse, they all did it. Not one of the big three had the decency to uphold the most basic of standards. This is what television has become. Spare us Janet Jackson’s tit, but if someone’s head collides with a steel pole, give it to us with surround sound, again and again.  —PZS Sources: Washington Post, ABC News

Days after the luge accident that killed a Georgian Olympian, we still can’t shake the disturbing images and sound of his body flying off the track at 90 mph and striking a steel pole. That trauma was delivered in full high definition by the three major networks, which all reached the same appalling decision to air the footage.

The father of the dead athlete has said he will not watch the video, but why should anyone have? Unlike the wilds of the Internet, the networks are expected to filter out content this morbid and exploitative. One can make the argument that network news ought to be more unfiltered in some cases, such as war. But this is different. This is a snuff film.

Worse, they all did it. Not one of the big three had the decency to uphold the most basic of standards. This is what television has become. Spare us Janet Jackson’s tit, but if someone’s head collides with a steel pole, give it to us with surround sound, again and again.? —PZS

Sources: Washington Post, ABC News

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Chrissie Brodigan: Leveraging Love and Tech to Organize on Valentine’s Day: Online Tools for Progressive Clergy to Advocate for LGBT Community

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Chrissie Brodigan: Leveraging Love and Tech to Organize on Valentine’s Day: Online Tools for Progressive Clergy to Advocate for LGBT Community
Perhaps no other single community has caused a larger divide in collective clergy-driven support than that of the LGBT community fighting for marriage equality.

Joe The Plumber: McCain ‘Screwed Up My Life’
Joe the Plumber is no longer a fan of either Sarah Palin or John McCain, it seems. Joe, also known as Sam Wurzelbacher, told an…

Robert Kuttner: Progressive Hardball
House Blue Dogs and pro-Wall Street “New Democrats” in the House, as well as individual turncoats in the Senate like Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Max Baucus, and Tim Johnson, have demonstrated that they can play hardball. Progressive Democrats are actually a majority of the Democratic caucus in both houses. It’s time they played a little hardball, too. If Democrats can start sounding like Democrats again, they’ll have a better shot at holding onto their majority in Congress next November.


Wallace says he “stud[ied] up” for climate change discussion — then repeats tired falsehoods

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Wallace says he “stud[ied] up” for climate change discussion — then repeats tired falsehoods

After claiming that he had been “studying up” for a discussion on climate change, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace repeated the false accusation that emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia show “climate change advocates were suppressing opposition” and asked, “Hasn’t a lot of the science turned out to be somewhat sketchy?” In fact, the East Anglia emails did not demonstrate an attempt to “suppress opposition,” and the scientific consensus on the reality of climate change continues to be unchanged.

Wallace claims “climate change advocates were suppressing opposition”

From the February 14 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace:

WALLACE: But, Liz, on the other hand, there’s an awful lot of the, quote, “science” that keeps being challenged. We had those email reports that were leaked out of East Anglia that seemed to indicate that some of the climate change advocates were suppressing opposition. Now we have this 2007 report by the U.N.’s international panel on climate change. One thing that I was studying up for this segment — that there was a claim that the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 — wasn’t an academic study. It was one expert who says he was misquoted. Hasn’t a lot of the science turned out to be somewhat sketchy?

CRU emails did not show attempt to “suppress opposition”

Mann email proposing boycott of Climate Research cited specific paper. Critics have frequently pointed to a March 11, 2003, email in which Penn State University professor Michael Mann wrote that a paper by Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas (of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) “couldn’t have cleared a ‘legitimate’ peer review process anywhere. That leaves only one possibility — that the peer-review process at Climate Research has been hijacked by a few skeptics on the editorial board.” Mann further stated, “I think we have to stop considering ‘Climate Research’ as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board …”

Wallace has repeatedly used CRU emails to make false accusations about climate change

Wallace has previously attacked CRU emails. Claiming that the emails “were either leaked or hacked” from CRU, Wallace said the messages discussed an attempt to “hide the decline in temperatures,” and he also called climate scientists “fudgers” who “tried to suppress the opposition.”

Global consensus on climate change is unaffected by the release of the emails

NASA scientist: Emails show “no manipulation.” Wired‘s Threat Level blog reported on November 20, 2009, that Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said: “There’s nothing in the e-mails that shows that global warming is a hoax. … There’s no funding by nefarious groups. There’s no politics in any of these things; nobody from the [United Nations] telling people what to do. There’s nothing hidden, no manipulation. It’s just scientists talking about science, and they’re talking relatively openly as people in private e-mails generally are freer with their thoughts than they would be in a public forum. The few quotes that are being pulled out [are out] of context. People are using language used in science and interpreting it in a completely different way.” Schmidt is a contributor to the RealClimate blog, which has stated that some of the reportedly stolen CRU emails “involve people” at RealClimate. Moreover, RealClimate’s staff has refuted the distortion of an email that has been repeatedly cited by critics to claim that the emails undermine global warming science, noting that the terms “trick” and “hide the decline” that appeared in a 1999 email represent an “example” of “instances of cherry-picked and poorly-worded ‘gotcha’ phrases [being] pulled out of context.” RealClimate explained that “[s]cientists often use the term ‘trick’ to refer to a ‘a good way to deal with a problem’, rather than something that is ‘secret’, and so there is nothing problematic in this at all,” and noted that “hiding the decline” refers to a method that is “completely appropriate.”

Scientists note that data sets from other research centers show the same climate trends. An October 14, 2009, Greenwire article said that Tom Karl, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, “noted that the conclusions of the IPCC reports are based on several data sets in addition to the CRU, including data from NOAA, NASA and the United Kingdom Met Office. Each of those data sets basically show identical multi-decadal trends, Karl said.” The article also said that Ben Santer, a climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, “said CRU’s major findings were replicated by other groups, including the NOAA climatic data center, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and also in Russia.”

FactCheck.org: Emails “have been misrepresented by global-warming skeptics,” “don’t change scientific consensus on global warming.” FactCheck.org has stated that while the emails “show a few scientists in a bad light, being rude or dismissive,” “there’s still plenty of evidence that the earth is getting warmer and that humans are largely responsible.” In addition, FactCheck noted that “many of the e-mails that are being held up as ‘smoking guns’ have been misrepresented by global-warming skeptics eager to find evidence of a conspiracy.”

AP: Emails “don’t support claims that the science of global warming was faked.” The Associated Press reported that after “stud[ying] all the e-mails for context, with five reporters reading and rereading them” and submitting “summaries of the e-mails that raised issues from the potential manipulation of data to intensely personal attacks … to seven experts in research ethics, climate science and science policy,” it concluded that “the exchanges don’t undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.”

Scientists reaffirm that global warming is real. Following the emails’ release, more than 1,700 scientists from the United Kingdom signed a statement responding “to the ongoing questioning of core climate science and methods.” The statement said: “We, members of the UK science community, have the utmost confidence in the observational evidence for global warming and the scientific basis for concluding that it is due primarily to human activities.” Furthermore, in a December 4, 2009, letter to Congress, 29 prominent scientists, including 11 members of the National Academy of Scientists, stated, “The body of evidence that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming is overwhelming. The content of the stolen emails has no impact whatsoever on our overall understanding that human activity is driving dangerous levels of global warming.” Additionally, a December 3, 2009, editorial in the journal Nature stated: “Nothing in the e-mails undermines the scientific case that global warming is real — or that human activities are almost certainly the cause,” and that claims to the contrary by “the climate-change-denialist fringe” are “laughable.” The American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Union of Concerned Scientists have all reaffirmed their position that human-caused global warming is real.

Climate emails have been repeatedly misrepresented to cast doubt on global warming. As Media Matters for America has noted, the media have repeatedly misrepresented the contents of the reportedly stolen emails in order to claim that they cast doubt on the scientific basis for the consensus that human-caused global warming is real.

Scientists’ studies show glaciers throughout the world are melting rapidly

World Glacier Monitoring Service data show that glaciers are thinning. The World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) in coordination with the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) — issued a report in March 2008 showing that, according to a UNEP press release, “Data from close to 30 reference glaciers in nine mountain ranges indicate that between the years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 the average rate of melting and thinning more than doubled.” The study looked at 30 glaciers in the Alps, the Andes, the Cascade Mountains, Svalbard, Alaska, Scandinavia, Altai, Caucasus, and Tien Shan. WGMS later updated its data for 2007-2008 and asserted that the “new data continues the global trend in strong ice loss over the past few decades.”

2009 study shows Swiss glaciers melted by 12 percent over the past decade. Scientists at the ETH Zurich university reportedly issued a study in 2009 showing that Swiss glaciers had retreated by 12 percent over the past decade. A Reuters article quoted Daniel Farinotti, research assistant at the ETH, as saying, “The trend is definitely that glaciers are melting faster now. Since the end of the 1980s, they have lost more and more mass more quickly.” The article also noted that “Swiss glaciers have lost 9 cubic km of ice since 1999, the warmest period of the past 150 years, with the most dramatic decline coming in 2003 when they shrunk by 3.5 percent in 2003.”

Ohio State glaciologist Lonnie Thompson says glaciers all over the world are melting. According to a January 20 Guardian article, “Lonnie Thompson, a glaciologist at Ohio State University, said there is strong evidence from a variety of sources of significant melting of glaciers — from the area around Kilimanjaro in Africa to the Alps, the Andes, and the icefields of Antarctica because of a warming climate. Ice is also disappearing at a faster rate in recent decades, he said.” From the article:

From the Alps to the Andes, the world’s glaciers are retreating at an accelerated pace — despite the recent controversy over claims by the United Nations’ body of experts, leading climate scientists said today.

Lonnie Thompson, a glaciologist at Ohio State University, said there is strong evidence from a variety of sources of significant melting of glaciers – from the area around Kilimanjaro in Africa to the Alps, the Andes, and the icefields of Antarctica because of a warming climate. Ice is also disappearing at a faster rate in recent decades, he said.

“It is not any single glacier,” he said. “It is very clear that these glaciers are behaving in a similar fashion.”

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But there was evidence gathered from a variety of sources that there has been significant melting of glaciers – from the area around Kilimanjaro in Africa to the Alps, the Andes and the icefields of Antarctica – and that the rate of ice loss was accelerating.

“Those changes — the acceleration of the retreat of the glaciers and the fact that it is a global response — is the concerning part of all this. It is not any single glacier,” he said

Scientists now had evidence collected over a long period of that decline from samples of the ice core and even collections of plants from mountains that were left ice-free for the first time in more than 5,000 years, Thompson said.

The World Glacier Monitoring Service shows a similar picture. In a 2005 survey of 442 glaciers, 398 — or 90% — were retreating, 18 were stationary and 26 were advancing.

“Glacier expert” Michael Zemp: “Glaciers are the best proof that climate change is happening.” According to a CNN.com article, glacier expert Michael Zemp said he “believes that the errors shouldn’t shake people’s belief in climate science.” It quoted him as saying, “Glaciers are the best proof that climate change is happening. This is happening on a global scale. They can translate very small changes in the climate into a visible signal.”


Lawyer For Alleged Phone-Tamperer: I’m Trying To Resolve Case With Feds

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:44 am by HL

Lawyer For Alleged Phone-Tamperer: I’m Trying To Resolve Case With Feds
An attorney for one of the four men charged in the Landrieu phone-tampering case tells the AP that he met with the U.S. Attorney’s office to try to come to a resolution out of court.

‘Warning: Tea Party In Danger’: Leader Slams Palin As ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’
A prominent Tea Party leader from Texas is warning that the movement “is becoming nothing more than a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party” and slamming Sarah Palin as representing “a growing insider’s attack to the heart of the Tea Party.”

Leahy And Feinstein: Try Terrorists In Federal Courts
More than a month after Republicans started attacking President Obama for prosecuting the attempted Christmas bombing suspect in federal court, two top Senate Dems have finally come out to back Obama in strong terms.


Just Ask

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

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Waiter, There’s an Endangered Rat Snake in My Soup! Snooping into the Bloody Black Market for Wild Meat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Waiter, There’s an Endangered Rat Snake in My Soup! Snooping into the Bloody Black Market for Wild Meat
Millions of fork-twirling gourmands — many of them in the U.S. — are eating endangered wildlife trafficked by international criminal networks.

Millions of fork-twirling gourmands — many of them in the U.S. — are eating endangered wildlife trafficked by international criminal networks.

Dick Cheney Admits to Torture Conspiracy
If the U.S. had a functioning criminal justice system for the powerful, former Vice President Dick Cheney would have just convicted himself with his Sunday comments.

If the U.S. had a functioning criminal justice system for the powerful, former Vice President Dick Cheney would have just convicted himself with his Sunday comments.

More Americans Favor Eliminating the Filibuster

This post was originally published on Think Progress.

One of the greatest obstacles to passing progressive legislation in Congress has been the use of the filibuster in the Senate. With upwards of “40 cloture votes since the start of the 111th Congress in January, this Senate is on pace to record the second-largest number of filibuster roll calls,” transforming what was intended to be a seldom-used procedural tactic into an all-out tool for obstructionism. Now, a new CBS/New York Times poll finds that more Americans support ending the filibuster and requiring legislation to pass by a simple majority:

As you may know, the Senate operates under procedures that effectively require 60 votes, out of 100, for most legislation to pass, allowing a minority of as few as 41 senators to block a majority. Do you think this procedure should remain in place, or do you think it should be changed so that legislation is passed with a simple majority?

Should remain 44
Should be changed 50
[Don’t Know] 6

Changing the filibuster would not be without precedent. In 1975, the filibuster threshold was lowered from 67 to 60. Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have introduced legislation that would “change Senate procedure to create a four-step process that would eventually allow a majority of 51 votes, rather than 60, for cloture ? ending debate and moving to a final vote on passage of a bill.” Yet Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has “dismissed the effort” as unlikely to succeed. OpenLeft’s Chris Bowers has an ongoing whip count for the effort to pass Harkin’s reforms here.

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Get Serious About Cutting the Bloated Military Budget

This post was originally published on the Booman Tribune.

I think one of the central tenets of progressivism is that the United States government spends too much on the military. This isn’t necessarily a critique of having the largest, best equipped military in the world, nor is it at all a criticism of how much soldiers are payed or how veterans are cared for. Some progressives would like to see America start rolling back our forward-leaning foreign military basing strategy. Others are even more demanding in their desire to see a demilitarization of our foreign policy. Opinions on the left vary, but one thing that is consistent is a suspicion that when it comes time to make hard decisions on our long-term structural budget deficits that people’s Social Security and Medicare deficits will be cut, while the Pentagon’s budget will go untouched. Part of the progressive frustration with the health care debate is that we spend so much more on the military than other countries and then are told that we can’t afford the kind of universal systems of health care enjoyed by every other industrialized nation. Progressives don’t want deficit spending except as a scientifically applied short-term stimulus. With an ever diminishing discretionary budget, the last thing we need is more debt to service that is wasted money.

So, it’s understandable that Obama is announcing some serious efforts to rein in the budget, and it’s good politics at a time that we’re raising the debt ceiling. And it’s bad politics to announce cutting military spending on a day that we’ve launched a major offensive in Afghanistan. I understand that. But the military’s budget absolutely has to be part of the conversation for any commission that looks at our budget problems, and our wars in Asia should not be exempt from PAYGO.

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Pentagon Quietly Explores De-Citizenship of US Citizen Terrorists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Pentagon Quietly Explores De-Citizenship of US Citizen Terrorists
At the highest levels of the US military, a quiet discussion is going on about putting in place a legal framework that would permit the US government to strip American citizenship from terrorists. The case of Las Cruces, New Mexico…


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What Tea Partiers Do — and What They Should Do
I don’t see why Tea Party Patriots in Nashville paid Sarah Palin $100,000 for a keynote last week when, for no more than the love of country, they could have honored me, a living witness to the Boston Tea Party…


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Inevitable: New Republic Calls Former Editor Andrew Sullivan An Anti-Semite
I knew that Andrew Sullivan’s abandonment of the hard right position on Israel was driving his old buds at the New Republic crazy. Andrew was once TNR’s wunderkind, the youngest editor in its history. Smart, cool, Oxford educated and a…


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Cheney endorses effort to repeal DADT: ?It strikes me that it?s time to reconsider the policy.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:36 am by HL

Cheney endorses effort to repeal DADT: ?It strikes me that it?s time to reconsider the policy.?
On ABC’s This Week today, former Vice President Cheney threw his support behind President Obama’s efforts to change the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, saying that “things have changed significantly” since the discriminatory policy was first put in place. Cheney said that it’s “time to reconsider the policy”: KARL: And you think that’s a good […]

On ABC’s This Week today, former Vice President Cheney threw his support behind President Obama’s efforts to change the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, saying that “things have changed significantly” since the discriminatory policy was first put in place. Cheney said that it’s “time to reconsider the policy”:

KARL: And you think that’s a good thing? I mean, is it time to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military?

CHENEY: Well, I think the society has moved on. I think it’s partly a generational question. I say I’m reluctant to second-guess the military in this regard because they’re the ones who have got to make the judgment about how these policies affect the military capability of our, of our units. And that first requirement that you have to look at all the time is whether they’re still capable of achieving their mission and does the policy change i.e. putting gays in the force, affect their ability to perform their mission. When the chiefs come forward and say we think we can do it, then it strikes me that it’s time to reconsider the policy. And I think Admiral Mullen’s said that.

Watch it:

Cheney’s argument that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen’s statement that repealing the policy is “the right thing to do” because it is an expression from the military leadership that they “can do it” puts him in stark contrast with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). After Mullen announced his personal support for repeal, McCain insisted that the opinion of the top uniformed officer in the military’s doesn’t represent “the views of military leaders.” Additionally, Cheney’s endorsement of the policy change isn’t entirely surprising. After the Bush administration left office, Cheney revealed that he supported same-sex marriage on the state level.

Despite Opposing Withdrawal From Iraq, Cheney Takes Credit For Withdrawal Success
Vice President Biden, appearing on Larry King earlier this week, stated, “I am very optimistic about Iraq. I think it’s going to be one of the great achievements of this administration.” This statement has been widely distorted, with claims from conservatives that the Obama administration is trying to take credit for the surge. Biden’s comments […]

Vice President Biden, appearing on Larry King earlier this week, stated, “I am very optimistic about Iraq. I think it’s going to be one of the great achievements of this administration.” This statement has been widely distorted, with claims from conservatives that the Obama administration is trying to take credit for the surge.

Biden’s comments do no such thing; instead they note that the withdrawal of American troops — something that conservatives for years have said would be a disaster — has gone very well. In February, President Obama announced a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq — an issue that he campaigned on and was vigorously opposed by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who advocated keeping U.S. troops in Iraq indefinitely. Biden was pointing out that conservatives were wrong that withdrawal would, as Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol argued, “likely lead to carnage on a scale that would dwarf what is now occurring in Iraq.”

On ABC’s This Week today, former Vice President Cheney further distorted Biden’s comments and took credit for a withdrawal plan he opposed, saying that Biden should be “thanking George Bush.” Biden, however, pushed back against Cheney’s distortions on Meet the Press and Face the Nation, maintaining that the Iraq war “wasn’t worth it.” Biden argued that the Obama administration has managed the drawdown “very very well,” noting that the administration has acted as a “catalyst” for political reconciliation, which was the source of violence and the primary obstacle to a successful withdrawal. He also pointed out that in January 2009, the Bush administration had no political plan for Iraq. Watch Cheney and Biden:

Cheney’s attempt to take credit for the withdrawal represents a total turnaround. Just last summer, Cheney worried that Iraq withdrawal will “waste all the tremendous sacrifice” of US troops. Cheney has long fear-mongered on the implication of U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. During the 2008 campaign, he even called the demands from Democrats in Congress for a timetable for withdrawal an act of “betrayal.”


Cheney criticizes Obama on national security policy, and Biden fires back

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:35 am by HL

Cheney criticizes Obama on national security policy, and Biden fires back
Vice President Biden and his predecessor, Richard B. Cheney, engaged in a virtual debate Sunday that highlighted how little progress has been made over the past year — and across consecutive administrations — in resolving the central national security questions raised by the attacks of Sept. 11…

Liberia’s Charles Taylor, now facing trial, was no stranger to Washington
UNITED NATIONS — Charles Taylor, the former Liberian warlord and president on trial in The Hague on war crimes charges, saw the value of purchasing a good reputation in Washington.

Christmas Day bomb suspect was read Miranda rights nine hours after arrest
The 23-year-old Nigerian man accused of attempting to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day was read his Miranda rights nine hours after his arrest, according to a detailed chronology released Sunday by senior administration officials.



Signs of GOP Resurgence in N.E. Districts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 15th, 2010 5:31 am by HL

Signs of GOP Resurgence in N.E. Districts
Brian Mooney, Boston Globe
It was another week, another telltale of the turbulence besetting New England Democrats.One of the party’s biggest names, US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island, announced he will not seek reelection, 37 days after Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut did the same. In between, a little-known Republican, Scott Brown, knocked Washington off-kilter by winning the Massachusetts Senate seat of Kennedy’s late father, Edward M. Kennedy.In some of the most reliably Democratic states in the nation, well-known Democrats are suddenly vulnerable. And the GOP,…

US Debt to Keep Growing Even with Recovery
Tom Raum, Associated Press
It's bad enough that Greece's debt problems have rattled global financial markets. In the world's largest economic and military power, there's a far more serious debt dilemma.For the U.S., the crushing weight of its debt threatens to overwhelm everything the federal government does, even in the short-term, best-case financial scenario “" a full recovery and a return to prerecession employment levels.The government already has made so many promises to so many expanding “mandatory” programs. Just keeping these commitments, without major changes in…

Obama Should Reverse Course on Terrorists
Michael Goodwin, NY Post

Tea Parties Are Right-Wing Reactionary Movement