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Sunday Talking Heads: February 28, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: February 28, 2010
In January of 2009 the U.S. Government disappeared in the buildings on K Street in Washington D.C. while trying to reform heath care… A year later, it still hasn’t been found.

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by twolf1

In January of 2009 the U.S. Government disappeared in the buildings on K Street in Washington D.C. while trying to reform heath care…  A year later, it still hasn’t been found.

This week I’m adding listings for Virtually Speaking Sundays, Jay Ackroyd’s Second Life talk show.  Tonight’s guests are watertiger and Cliff Schecter.  Should be a good show, eh.  The show’s also available as a podcast, if you check the link you’ll find Marcy’s appearance from last week.

Oh, and the game starts at 3pm et, USA! USA!

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Thomas DeFrank, NY Daily News, & April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks.  8:45am – James Dobbins, RAND Corporation & Fmr. Special Envoy to Afghanistan.  9:15am – Larry Sabato, UVA Center for Politics, Director.

ABC’s This Week: Host Elizabeth Vargas.  The Health Care Summit. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), then Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).   Roundtable: George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, Paul Krugman. Topics: health care debate, the jobs package, Toyota.

Amanpour: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.  “Christiane asks him about Iran, the Mossad and revelations of the son of Hamas’ founder may have spied for Israel.”

CBS’ Face The Nation: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD); Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK); Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND); Jim VandeHei, Politico.

Chris Matthews:
David Ignatius; Kelly O’Donnell; Kathleen Parker; Michael DuffyTopics: Real Cost of Health Care: Is The Prize Worth The Pain for Obama?  Romney Off And Running: Does He Have The Right Stuff for 2012?

CNN’s State of the Union: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  Roundtable: Ceci Connolly, Amy Walter.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: George Soros on the economy, banker bonuses, and the administration.  And a roundtable: is Obama making a comeback?

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).  Then, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).  Fox News AllStars: Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney, Juan WilliamsPower Player of the Week: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Sen. John McCain.  Then, the Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, Nancy-Ann DeParle. Roundtable: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), National Urban League President Marc Morial, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Katty Kay; Ron Brownstein.

Newsmakers: Rep. George Miller (D-CA) on the debate on health care reform, job creation, and student loan bills.

Q & A: Photographer Kike Arnal, featuring his newest book “In the Shadow of Power,” Mr. Arnal originally came to Washington to do a photo project on Washington’s decaying library system. While he was here, he began to see a side of the Capital city much different than that seen in tourist photos.

Religion & Ethics: Egypt’s Coptic Tensions – Violence between Egypt’s Christians and Muslims.  Spiritual Directors – Their work is often described as “Holy Listening.” Orthodox Fasting – For Eastern Orthodox, Lent is the year’s longest season of fasting.  Religion and Government News Roundup.

60 Minutes: Stealing American Secrets – “60 Minutes” has obtained an FBI videotape showing a Defense Department employee selling secrets to a Chinese spy that offers a rare glimpse into the secretive world of espionage and illustrates how China’s spying may pose the biggest espionage threat to the U.S.  Battle Over History – The Armenian Holocaust – the 1915 forced deportation and massacre of more than a million ethnic Armenians by the Turks – an event that the Turks and our own government have refused to call genocide.  Kathryn Bigelow – Academy Award best-director nominee for “The Hurt Locker.”

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Female sailors on submarines; 2- Tweeting an abortion; 3- Advancing women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom.  Panelists: Tara Setmayer; Melinda Henneberger; Karen Czarnecki; Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeeverTTC web extra: Retirement Rules
The Vice President wants to revise 401(k) and IRA regulations.

Univision’s Al Punto: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA); Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Melinda French Gates, Co-Founder Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Cesar Conde, President Univision Networks; Ralph De La Vega, President and CEO AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

Virtually Speaking Sundays: Cliff Schecter and watertiger.  “Virtually Speaking With Jay Ackroyd is a weekly talk show entirely produced within the online virtual world Second Life. Visit www.secondlife.com and sign up for a FREE Second Life account and attend one of our shows in 3D virtual reality.”

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Chat with Moshe Adler about his new book, Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science that Makes Life Dismal, hosted by Max Fraad Wolff.  “With clarity, and in language any educated person can grasp, Adler shows how economics largely abandoned concern with how economic efficiency is affected by distribution of resources and equality in favor of precepts that favor concentration of wealth and income.”  5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: The story of the fight for The Barnes Art Collection  Don Aragott, director, and John Anderson, author, discuss their movie The Art of the Steal with host Lisa Derrick.  Monday, 8pm ET.

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Racializing Abortion in Georgia

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Racializing Abortion in Georgia
A Georgia anti-choice group has a “choice” strategy to cater to African-Americans in an effort to diversify its majority-white membership: launch a public outreach campaign that argues that abortion is a decades-old conspiracy to kill off black people. —JCL The New York Times: For years the largely white staff of Georgia Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, tried to tackle the disproportionately high number of black women who undergo abortions. But, staff members said, they found it difficult to make inroads with black audiences. So in 2009, the group took money that it normally used for advertising a pregnancy hot line and hired a black woman, Catherine Davis, to be its minority outreach coordinator. Ms. Davis traveled to black churches and colleges around the state, delivering the message that abortion is the primary tool in a decades-old conspiracy to kill off blacks. The idea resonated, said Nancy Smith, the executive director. Read more

A Georgia anti-choice group has a “choice” strategy to cater to African-Americans in an effort to diversify its majority-white membership: launch a public outreach campaign that argues that abortion is a decades-old conspiracy to kill off black people. —JCL

The New York Times:

For years the largely white staff of Georgia Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, tried to tackle the disproportionately high number of black women who undergo abortions. But, staff members said, they found it difficult to make inroads with black audiences.

So in 2009, the group took money that it normally used for advertising a pregnancy hot line and hired a black woman, Catherine Davis, to be its minority outreach coordinator.

Ms. Davis traveled to black churches and colleges around the state, delivering the message that abortion is the primary tool in a decades-old conspiracy to kill off blacks.

The idea resonated, said Nancy Smith, the executive director.

Read more

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Democrats, Republicans Still Can’t Agree On Remedy For Ailing Health Care System

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:43 am by HL

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Republican-Style HC Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

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Blogging GREAT Chile Quake/Tsunamis; Bachelet A Steady Leader; Japan Experiences Tsunami

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

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Conservatives Strive to Repel Jewish Support, Again

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

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Rubio raises Terri Schiavo case in an attack on Crist.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Rubio raises Terri Schiavo case in an attack on Crist.
Yesterday, TPM’s Eric Kleefeld noted that the gloves were coming off in the Florida GOP Senate primary. Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas provided a prime example of this yesterday when he reported that former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio had issued a release “whacking Charlie Crist for not being tough on social issues like abortion,” […]

Yesterday, TPM’s Eric Kleefeld noted that the gloves were coming off in the Florida GOP Senate primary. Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas provided a prime example of this yesterday when he reported that former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio had issued a release “whacking Charlie Crist for not being tough on social issues like abortion,” in which he invoked the infamous case of Terri Schiavo:

Marco Rubio’s campaign has put out a new release, whacking Charlie Crist for not being tough on social issues like abortion.

The release includes this mention of the Terri Schiavo case, “Crist also received criticism on the Terri Schiavo debate about where he really stood on a Congressional bill that would have let Terri’s parents take their lawsuit to save her life to federal courts.”

Thomas interprets the release as evidence that Rubio “seems to favor government intervention in this case.” According to a Nexis search, Rubio hasn’t explicitly commented on the Schiavo incident, in which conservatives brought a personal tragedy to national attention in 2005 to energize their pro-life base. The GOP tried to write legislation forcing doctors to reinsert Schiavo’s feeding tube and taking the “extraordinary step” of subpoenaing the critically brain-damaged woman to testify to Congress. Rubio did vote for the law giving then-Gov. Jeb Bush the authority “to issue a one-time stay to prevent the withholding of nutrition and hydration from” Schiavo. Crist was the attorney general of Florida at the time, but he refused to get involved in the case.


Dan Balz’s Sunday Take: The political divide over the health-care debate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 28th, 2010 5:36 am by HL

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