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Virginia to Colleges: End Gay Protection

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

Virginia to Colleges: End Gay Protection
Just weeks after Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) refused to renew an executive order that would have protected gay and lesbian state workers from discrimination, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is asking the state’s colleges and universities “to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.


Sunday Talking Heads: March 7, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: March 7, 2010
Oscar Night tonight! Join Lisa for her annual Oscar party. It’s going to be quite the gathering, check out the guest list. (Boas optional.) And here are the bobblehead listings…

Oscar Wagon by grebo guru (flickr)

Oscar Night tonight!  Join Lisa for her annual Oscar party.  It’s going to be quite the gathering, check out the guest list.  (Boas  optional.)  And here are the bobblehead listings…

Washington Journal: 7:40am – Sheryl Gay Stolberg, NY Times, White House Correspondent.  7:45am – Ron Pollack, Families USA & Rick Scott, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights.  8:45am – Thomas Ricks, Center for a New American Security & Jane Arraf, Christian Science Monitor.  9:30am – Ralph Benko, Washington Examiner.

ABC’s This Week: Host Matthew DowdHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusSen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  Roundtable: George Will, Donna Brazile, Torie Clarke, Robert Reich.

Amanpour.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN); Sen. Lindsey Graham ( R-SC);  Dan Balz, The Washington Post, Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor, Politico.

Chris Matthews: Dan Rather, Katty Kay, Andrea Mitchell, Joe KleinTopics: Critical Care: Can President Obama Pass Health Care Reform By Easter?  Rove’s Rewrite: The Architect’s Plans To Rehab George W. Bush’s Reputation.

CNN’s State of the Union: Tom DeLay on “Washington from the outside.” Also, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA).

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:
Gen. David Petraeus.  Then, election day in Iraq with Iraq’s former Prime Minister, Ayad Allawai.

Fox News Sunday:
Mitt Romney. Then, Rep. John Adler (D-NJ) and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA). Fox News AllStars: Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Dana Perino, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusRoundtable: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Harold Ford Jr., E.J. Dionne, Rich Lowry.

Newsmakers: Karen Ignagni, Pres. & CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, gives the insurance industry’s perspective on health care reform and how it may be affected by legislation in Congress.

Q & A: Patricia (Pat) McGuire, President of Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. She has been president for over 20 years and is credited with saving the institution.

Religion & Ethics: Chile & Haiti – Disaster relief with Richard Stearns of World Vision. Parents Circle – It offers Israelis and Palestinians a way to share their pain.  Seminaries & Sex – Are seminaries preparing future ministers to deal with sexual issues?  Watching the Oscars – It’s been a year of movies about evil, war, apocalypse – and love.

60 Minutes: Pre-empted for “60 Minutes Presents: Blood Brothers,” the Spanish bullfighting brothers Francisco and Cayetano Rivera-Ordonez.

To The Contrary:
Topics: 1- Do laws protecting children from sex offenders reduce crime? 2- Outlawing illegal abortion; 3- Young couples living together and holding off on marriage.  Panelists: Patricia Sosa,Sam Bennett,l Karen Czarnecki, Nicole KurokawaWeb Extra: Surprise! You’re a Dad – Are sperm donors really anonymous anymore?

Univision’s Al Punto: Jorge Ramos Special Coverage from Santiago, Chile on the 8.8 Earthquake.  Jorge Edwards, Chilean Author and Diplomat; Carmen Aristegui, Mexican Journalist and Author; Javier Olivares, Chilean Radio Personality; Ralph De La Vega, President & CEO AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

Virtually Speaking: nyceve and digby.

C-Span’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Chat with James Bradley about his new book, The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War.  “In 1905, Roosevelt was bully-confident and made secret agreements that he though would secure America’s westward push into the Pacific. Instead, he lit the long fuse on the Asian firecrackers that would singe America’s hands for a century.”  Hosted by Senator Burt Cohen, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Chat with the film makers of the documentary, The People Speak, which “shows the rich history of dissent in our history, and explores why it is so relevant and urgent today.” 8pm ET.

Tags: bobbleheads, Sunday Talking Heads

Late Late Night FDL: Rabbit’s Feat
Rabbit’s Feat starring Bugs Bunny and Wile E Coyote. This Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon was released June 4, 1960.

Rabbit’s Feat starring Bugs Bunny and Wile E Coyote.  This Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon was released June 4, 1960.

Directed by Chuck Jones.  Produced by John Burton, Sr.  Film Editing by Treg Brown.  Animation by Ken Harris and Richard Thompson.  Backgrounds and Layouts by Philip DeGuard.  Vocal Talent by Mel Blanc and others.  Original Music by Milt Franklyn.

What’s on your mind?

Tags: Bugs Bunny, cartoon, Chuck Jones, late late nite firedoglake, Rabbit’s Feat, wile e coyote, YouTube


Mubarak’s Challenger Can’t Rely on a Fair Race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:45 am by HL

Mubarak’s Challenger Can’t Rely on a Fair Race
What keeps old men in power in Egypt? And what keeps middle-aged men wanting power in a country whose crippled society, increasing sectarianism, brutal police force and endemic corruption are only compounded by an electoral system widely regarded as a fraud?

El Baradei

By Robert Fisk

What keeps old men in power in Egypt? And what keeps middle-aged men wanting power in a country whose crippled society, increasing sectarianism, brutal police force and endemic corruption are only compounded by an electoral system widely regarded as a fraud?


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:44 am by HL

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Gay Club Manager: I Didn’t See Anti-Gay State Senator Here — It Was Latin Night

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:43 am by HL

Gay Club Manager: I Didn’t See Anti-Gay State Senator Here — It Was Latin Night
The manager of the night club where anti-gay California state Sen. Roy Ashburn was reportedly hanging out before his 2 a.m. DUI arrest Wednesday tells TPMmuckraker she didn’t see him at the club that night.


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Why the GOP is Still Going to Fail

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Why the GOP is Still Going to Fail


It Turns Out The Irish Are The “New Irishâ€

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

It Turns Out The Irish Are The “New Irishâ€
With millions of Irish immigrants in the U.S. – and tens of thousands undocumented – the Irish are stepping up and engaging seriously in the immigration reform debate.

With millions of Irish immigrants in the U.S. – and tens of thousands undocumented – the Irish are stepping up and engaging seriously in the immigration reform debate.


Bye bye, Cuckoo Marty Peretz

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Bye bye, Cuckoo Marty Peretz
I’ve long known that Marty Peretz, owner of The New Republic, was a bit nuts. But now he has raised the paranoid mutterings of a crazy old man to a new level. This is worth a read. Peretz’s subject is…


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GI Bill 2010: Quick Update
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Arab/Palestinian leaders okay indirect peace talks with Israel
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Gregg: Not ?A Lot Of People? Would ?Really Care? If Democrats Use Reconciliation To Finish Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Gregg: Not ?A Lot Of People? Would ?Really Care? If Democrats Use Reconciliation To Finish Health Care
For weeks now, Republicans have been grousing that, if Democrats use the budget reconciliation process to finish health care reform with a simple majority, it “would be unprecedented in scope.” “It would really be the end of the Senate as a protector of minority rights,” declared Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). It would “harm the future […]

For weeks now, Republicans have been grousing that, if Democrats use the budget reconciliation process to finish health care reform with a simple majority, it “would be unprecedented in scope.” “It would really be the end of the Senate as a protector of minority rights,” declared Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). It would “harm the future of our country,” said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). “They will lose their majority in Congress in November” if they use reconciliation, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) predicted.

On Fox News last week, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-AZ) declared that using reconciliation “to pass the most significant piece of public policy” of his lifetime would be “a railroading of the system”:

GREGG: We’re talking now about changing the entire way that health care is delivered in this country. We’re talking about taking the federal government and growing it from 20 percent of the economy to 25, 26 percent of the economy. We’re talking about changing the way that you and your doctor interact and you and your hospital — and your hospital treats you. These are huge public policy issues which really are way outside the reconciliation concept because they need debate. They need discussion. And they need to be subject to amendments on the floor of the Senate in order to do them correctly, or at least to have a proper airing of them and a fair treatment of them.

Watch it:

But this past week, the GOP has begun trying to downplay reconciliation in an effort to “scare House Democrats against voting for the health care plan, arguing that there’s no guarantee that the Senate approves a reconciliation package.” On CNBC, Gregg mused that “once they pass the great big bill, I wouldn’t be surprised if the White House didn’t care if reconciliation passed. I mean, why would they?” In an interview on Fred Thompson’s radio show, he even suggested that reconciliation was “almost irrelevant”

GREGG: But that’s what the game plan here is. Is to pass that bill, the big bill, and what they’re doing is they’re using this other bill, reconciliation, to basically buy off votes in the House from the more liberal members of the House who want to make this bill even bigger and more intrusive. And when they get those votes and they pass the big bill, that will go down to the president and it will be signed. And this side bill, which is called the reconciliation bill, will really become almost irrelevant. I mean, as a very practical matter, there isn’t really going to be a lot of people who really care whether it passes or not because they will have already gotten their massive bill through and it will be law.

Later in the interview, Gregg further contradicted his previous claims that reconciliation would be used as “an entire rewrite of the health care system of America.” “Even if they did something else, it would be at the margins. I mean it’s not going to dramatically impact what is this huge bill that will then be law,” said Gregg. Listen here:

Transcript:

THOMPSON: Let’s get right down to it. This reconciliation issue. It seems to me like there’s of course a lot of talk for a while there of reconciliation being so important and it’s obviously a cram down, it’s never been used in this way before. But now you’re having talk that well, it’s not all that important. The real issue is whether or not the House is going to pass the Senate bill, the one that the Senate has already passed. Which is bad news enough for those who are concerned about what the president’s trying to do. But that after they pass that bill, then they’ll try to do reconciliation, which will just be kind of odds and ends, so, reconciliation as such is not that important. Which one is it?

GREGG: Well, you’re absolutely right Fred. We don’t want to take our eye off the big enchillada so to say, which is this massive bill that passed the Senate, 2.5 trillion dollars of new government, a massive expansion of government into the health care area. Probably cause a lot of people to lose the health insurance they have today. If they like it, even if they do like it, it will raise the cost of small business a lot. And it will add two major new entitlements or expand one and add one to the federal register. So, we’ll end up with a lot of new bills going to our kids in the way of deficits and debt. It’s really a bad piece of fiscal policy. It’s a bad piece of health care policy. People were outraged about it when it passed the Senate and I think they should still be outraged about it. But that’s what the game plan here is. Is to pass that bill, the big bill, and what they’re doing is they’re using this other bill, reconciliation, to basically buy off votes in the House from the more liberal members of the House who want to make this bill even bigger and more intrusive. And when they get those votes and they pass the big bill, that will go down to the president and it will be signed. And this side bill, which is called the reconciliation bill, will really become almost irrelevant. I mean, as a very practical matter, there isn’t really going to be a lot of people who really care whether it passes or not because they will have already gotten their massive bill through and it will be law. The side bill is…

THOMPSON: The only…

GREGG: is coming back to the Senate to be voted on, but, and…

THOMPSON: People who will care, of course, will be those Democrats in the House that wanted through reconciliation to get some additional things done or taken out or what not. But for the American people it doesn’t matter whether or not those guys are disappointed, whether or not the Senate Democrat welch on their deal with their House brethern to do those things in reconciliation. I mean the Senate Democrats can just tell them to go fly a kite. We’ve got the major piece of legislation passed, so, you know, we indicated we might make you happy, but we decided not too and that would be the end of that, right?

GREGG: You’re absolutely right and that’s a perfect description of it. I mean, once you get this big bill through, this incredibly large piece of legislation, the biggest piece of legislation I’ve ever seen. Most intrusive 2,700 pages of new bureaucracy and news spending and new programs of government decisions on how you live your life. Once that’s through there isn’t going to be a whole lot of incentive for senators at least, on the other side of the aisle, my colleagues on the Democratic side to do anything else because they’ll have their bill. But even if they did something else, it would be at the margins. I mean it’s not going to dramatically impact what is this huge bill that will then be law. And remember once it becomes law, once the House of Representatives passes this thing, it’s going to be very hard to change it because even though we’ll do everything we can to repeal it and we’ll spend a lot of time talking about it and every Democrat who voted for it’s going to have to explain that for the next six months up to the election, we’re going to need two-thirds majorities to repeal it because that what it takes to override a presidential veto.


Democratic activists channel anger into Arkansas Senate race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

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