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Archive for May 18th, 2010

Iran Agrees to Ship Uranium to Turkey

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:54 am by HL

Iran Agrees to Ship Uranium to Turkey
Iran agreed Monday to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap deal that could ease the international standoff over the country’s disputed nuclear program, just as pressure mounts for tougher sanctions. The deal was reached in talks with Brazil and Turkey, elevating a new group of mediators for the first time in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities. There was no immediate comment from the United States and the other world powers that have led earlier negotiations as to whether the new deal would satisfy them and stave off a fourth round of UN sanctions.


Late Late Night FDL: My Own Sinking Ship

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: My Own Sinking Ship
Featuring new videos by The Drive By Truckers and Good Old War.

Featuring new videos by The Drive By Truckers and Good Old War.

What’s on your mind tonight?


Facebook Privacy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Facebook Privacy

By Cam Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen

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Happy Days Aren’t Here Again
Don’t be fooled by newspaper reports claiming that higher unemployment is somehow good news—it isn’t.

By Moshe Adler

Don’t be fooled by newspaper reports claiming that higher unemployment is somehow good news—it isn’t.


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Primary Results In Kentucky, Arkansas, And Pennsylvania Will Have National Significance

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Primary Results In Kentucky, Arkansas, And Pennsylvania Will Have National Significance
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is not on the ballot in this week’s primaries, nor is Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican Senate leader….

Shannyn Moore: Sarah Palin’s New Low: Funeral Crasher
“I don’t give a damn about her.” -Wally Hickel 1919-2010 Half-Governor Sarah Palin crashed twice-Governor Wally Hickel’s funeral today. Trust me, if Sarah Palin was…

B. Jeffrey Madoff: A Referendum on Referendums
We have a new referendum on Obama’s Presidency, the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Depending on who you listen to, she is…

White House Oil Spill Commission To Be Created
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House plans to establish a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico along with…

Tar Balls Found Off Key West
KEY WEST, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard says 20 tar balls have been found off Key West, Fla., but the agency stopped short of…


The conservative media’s religious test

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

The conservative media’s religious test

Conservative media have invoked Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s Judaism in order to suggest that she may be a radical or that the court would not represent mainstream America if she is confirmed.

Constitution prohibits religious tests for judicial nominees

Constitution says that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office.” While it’s obviously not unconstitutional for conservative media to invoke Kagan’s Judaism while criticizing her nomination, such comments are particularly noteworthy in light of the tradition of religious tolerance in this country, as exemplified by the Constitution’s prohibition of religious tests for public office. Article VI of the Constitution stated: Pat Buchanan is a recidivist anti-Semite who never misses an opportunity to show his fangs. His remarks about the Jewish background of Elena Kagan and the religious makeup of the Supreme Court are bigoted and unacceptable in a pluralistic society such as ours.” He added, “Kagan’s nomination for the Supreme Court should be considered on its merits. She is a highly qualified candidate for the judiciary, an exemplary Solicitor General and a great legal mind.”

Sen. Lautenberg: Buchanan’s “outrageous” comments make it sound like he “longs for the days when religious quotas kept people out of high-ranking positions in government.” From Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) statement responding to Buchanan’s column:

“It is outrageous that Mr. Buchanan is using Elena Kagan’s religion as kindling to enflame opposition to her nomination to the Supreme Court,” stated Lautenberg. “Elena Kagan was chosen by President Obama because of her ability and knowledge, and Mr. Buchanan’s comments undermine her significant legal achievements. It sounds like Mr. Buchanan longs for the days when religious quotas kept people out of high-ranking positions in government.”


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

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Doctor Who Sent Racist Email Hosting Fundraiser For Black GOP Candidate
Florida neurosurgeon David McKalip — who was in hot water last year after we published an email he sent that showed President Obama dressed as a witch doctor — will host an event for an African-American GOP candidate for Congress. The candidate says he didn’t find the witch doctor image offensive.


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Mission Impossible: Obama Taps Crack Team Of Scientists To Do The Job BP Can’t
As BP’s high-priced industry experts flail, the president has turned to a rag-tag band of big-think scientific renegades, and sent them on a mission to somehow MacGyver a way to stop up the leak — before it’s too late.


The Tattlesnake – Goodbye Specters of Doom Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

The Tattlesnake – Goodbye Specters of Doom Edition
A Brief Breakdown of Today’s Most Notable Primaries Pennsylvania Democratic Primary: One of the best political ads I’ve seen in some time is Rep. Joe Sestak’s spot featuring Republican-turned-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter admitting he changed parties solely to get reelected. The old lizard practically hisses when he snarls the word “reelected” and you could easily imagine […]


What to Watch in Kentucky

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

What to Watch in Kentucky
In Kentucky, Jack Conway (D) and Dan Mongiardo (D) face off in what has turned out to be a very close Democratic Senate primary. Polls close across the state by 7 pm ET.

1. Jack Conway is from Louisville and is expected to do quite well there. Louisville has a tendency to report its results earlier in the evening, and Conway should lead early in the count. Dan Mongiardo is counting on a strong performance in the rural areas of Kentucky and should be able to close the gap with Conway as those results come in. If Mongiardo leads with 50% of the precincts reporting, he’ll likely win.

2. Will voters actually pull the lever for Darlene Price? This former US customs drug agent and Democratic candidate for US Senate has been pulling about 5% in recent polls. In polls, her vote tends to be among Conway’s constituency of liberals and females. If the support Price falters at the polls, Conway is likely to be the beneficiary and it may put him over the top.

3. Does anybody actually show-up? Most of the media attention in Kentucky (and nationally) has been focused on the Republican Senatorial primary between likely winner Rand Paul and Trey Grayson. The Secretary of State, who happens to be Trey Grayson, predicts only a 30% turnout statewide. Conway has vastly outspent Mongiardo on television and is likely to benefit from a large turnout. If more than 500,000 votes are cast statewide in the Democratic primary, Conway is likely to win.

— Guest contributor Harry Enten writes Margin of Error and is an intern for Pollster.com.

What to Watch in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) faces a tough primary challenge from Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) for the Democratic Senate nomination. Polls close at 8 pm ET.

1. The early returns will come from Philadelphia where Specter is widely seen as having an advantage. Specter started his political career as Philly’s district attorney and is counting on a large turnout among African-Americans. While polling differs on how well Specter and Sestak are doing in Philadelphia, Specter better jump out to a large lead early or his night will likely be a long one.

2. Speaking of the black vote, Specter’s fate may be tied to Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Anthony Williams. Williams, who is African-American, has, like Specter, been endorsed by most of the major politicians and political organizations in Philadelphia. While Williams is likely to lose to front-runner Dan Onorato, a strong Williams performance (20%+ statewide) probably indicates a high African-American turnout and is good for Specter.

3. Suffolk University pollsters have pegged York County as the “bellwether” county. That is, the county most likely to predict the results statewide. While Suffolk University does not always get the results right, the winner of their chosen bellwether county almost always wins statewide.

— Guest contributor Harry Enten writes Margin of Error and is an intern for Pollster.com.


Ex-Cop Goes Rogue on the Drug War, Tells Pot Smokers How to Outsmart the Police

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Ex-Cop Goes Rogue on the Drug War, Tells Pot Smokers How to Outsmart the Police
Police admired Barry Cooper when he lied to put drug dealers in prison. Then he flipped the game on them.

Police admired Barry Cooper when he lied to put drug dealers in prison. Then he flipped the game on them.

PG&E’s Audacious Attempt to Enshrine Its Energy Monopoly In the California Constitution
The rich and corporate are abusing CA’s initiative process to enforce their profits through the state’s constitution.

The rich and corporate are abusing CA's initiative process to enforce their profits through the state's constitution.

Nouriel Roubini: How to Break Up the Banks, Stop Massive Bonuses, and Rein in Wall Street Greed
The prominent economist explains why the model of the financial supermarket is a disaster, and why it’s so dangerous that Wall Street is back to business as usual.

The prominent economist explains why the model of the financial supermarket is a disaster, and why it's so dangerous that Wall Street is back to business as usual.


This Week in Bigotry

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 18th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

This Week in Bigotry
This Week in Bigotry In an attempt to “rebrand” Arizona, whose recent immigration law has been called racist, Governor Jan Brewer bans teaching ethnic studies. After smearing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan for having worked for civil rights icon Thurgood…

Why Elena Kagan Is A Terrific Choice
Massachusetts has been Elena Kagan’s adopted home, but it’s not for such home state boosterism, parochial reasons why I think she’s a terrific choice. No, it’s because I got to know her well not in Boston, but here in the…


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GOP Victory Mirage
Almost six months ago I suggested that the conventional Washington wisdom of a Republican sweep this November was fatally flawed. Now a new AP-Gfk poll shows that the Democrats are staging a major comeback. People want Democrats to control Congress…


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