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Sunday Talking Heads: June 6, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: June 6, 2010
BP Oil Disaster, The Flotilla

This video shows the Coast Guard’s SMART  Team [Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technologies] out on the Gulf of Mexico collecting oiled water samples for analysis.  Earlier this week, a panel of fifty experts assembled by NOAA declared the use of Corexit “the lesser of two evils.” I hope they are right.

A whole lot of BP Oil Disaster coverage this morning, Adm. Thad Allen makes the rounds.  The other main topic is the Flotilla and Israel.  Interesting roundtable on ABC’s This Week — and don’t forget, watertiger’s on Virtually Speaking.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University, School of Public Policy Associate Professor.  8:30am – Juliet Moringiello, Widener Law, Professor. 9:15am – Michael Daulton, Audubon Society, Government Relations Senior Director.

ABC’s This Week: BP oiI disaster with National Incident Commander, Adm. Thad Allen.  Then Oil, Israel and Gaza with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn. Roundtable: George Will, Markos Moulitsas, Arianna Huffington, Liz Cheney.

CBS’ Face The Nation: BP oil disaster with National Incident Commander, Adm. Thad Allen. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).  Sharyl Attkisson, Dan Balz, Jan Crawford.

Chris Matthews: Howard Fineman Newsweek, Michele Norris NPR, Andrea Mitchell NBC News, Bill Plante CBS News.  Topics: A Look Back At The Moments in TV and Politics Which Changed American History.  The Good, The Bad and The Unforgettable.

CNN’s State of the Union: BP oil disaster with National Incident Commander, Adm. Thad AllenSen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: The Flotilla.  Afghanistan.  Nuclear power.  “And finally, what a volcano does to let off some steam.”

Fox News Sunday: BP oil disaster with National Incident Commander, Adm. Thad AllenGov. Haley Barbour (R-MS).  Flotilla with Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the US. Fox News AllStars: Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Dana Perino, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Preempted by tennis.

Newsmakers: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Newsmakers from Des Moines, IA to discuss the Obama Administration’s Rural Tour and how the public response will affect the 2012 Farm Bill.

Q & A: Brody Mullins, Investigative Reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Over the past year, Mr. Mullins has written a series of articles on aspects of official congressional travel.

Religions & Ethics: Cairo Speech Anniversary.  Aravind Eye Hospital.  Wilderness Spirituality.  Moral Wounds of War.

60 Minutes: The Swindler – To understand how Bernard Madoff could have done what he did, listen to so-called “mini-Madoff” Ponzi schemer Marc Dreier tell Steve Kroft how he scammed $400 million.  The Case Against Nada Prouty – Former FBI and CIA terrorism fighter Nada Prouty was herself accused of aiding terrorism, but in her first interview, she denies she was anything other than a patriot.  The Sharkman – Anderson Cooper dives unprotected with great white sharks and the South African who’s spent more time up close with the ocean’s most feared predator than anyone else.

To The Contrary: Topics:  1- Employment rights for domestic workers; 2- Women’s groups lobby for free birth control; 3- A virtual museum for American women’s history. Panelists: National Council of Negro Women’s Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever; Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill; and Former Labor Dept. Official Karen CzarneckiWebextra: To Drill or Not to Drill Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is renewing her call to ‘drill baby, drill.’

Univison’s Al Punto: Preempted for World Cup Soccer.

Virtually Speaking: Culture of Truth and watertiger. CoT is the producer of the Bobblespeak Translations, hilarious and frighteningly accurate interpretations of the Sabbath Gasbags. Watertiger is a writer, blogger and comedian who worries about John McCain.

C-SPAN’s Book TV. This month’s In Depth features Martha Nussbaum, her books include “Women and Human Development,” “Frontiers of Justice,” and  ”Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality.”

FDL Book Salon: Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate. “‘Filibustering’ explains how and why obstruction has been institutionalized in the U.S. Senate over the last fifty years, and how this transformation affects politics and policy making.”  Chat with author Gregory Koger, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: “Guerilla filmmaker Brendan Toller unleashes “I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store,” a documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade.”  Join the discussion with Brendan Toller, Director, Writer, Editor; Mike Watt, Musician; and host Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET


Late Late Night FDL: Swats The Matter
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy — Swats The Matter.  This Hanna Barbera cartoon was released on February 23, 1960. Produced and Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Animation by Carlo Vinci.  Layouts by Paul Sommers.  Backgrounds by  Robert Gentle.  Titles by Lawrence Goble.  Story Sketches by Dan Gordon.  Production Supervision by Howard Hanson.  Written by […]

Augie Doggie and Doggie DaddySwats The Matter.  This Hanna Barbera cartoon was released on February 23, 1960.

Produced and Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Animation by Carlo Vinci.  Layouts by Paul Sommers.  Backgrounds by  Robert Gentle.  Titles by Lawrence Goble.  Story Sketches by Dan Gordon.  Production Supervision by Howard Hanson.  Written by Michael Maltese.  Vocal Talent by Daws Butler (Augie Doggie) and Doug Young (Doggie Daddy).  Music by John Seely.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: BP and BHO; Israel-Gaza; the Gores

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

‘Left, Right & Center’: BP and BHO; Israel-Gaza; the Gores
It was the Week of the Flotilla, and the controversy over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound convoy was ongoing as “Left, Right & Center” commentators Robert Scheer, David Frum and Matt Miller took to the airwaves in the latest show.

Left, Right & Center

It was the Week of the Flotilla, and the controversy over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound convoy was ongoing as “Left, Right & Center” commentators Robert Scheer, David Frum and Matt Miller took to the airwaves in the latest show.

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Don’t Count on Us
In the face of the stereotypical image of Americans as free-spending consumers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has told his international finance colleagues that G20 countries should not rely on American buyers for their products as they travel the road to economy recovery. Recessionary pressures have boosted saving rates in the U.S. and caused Americans to tighten up on spending. —JCL The New York Times: Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner of the United States told his counterparts at a Group of 20 conference on Saturday that they should not rely on spending by American consumers for their economic recovery, and he urged Japan, Germany and China to boost domestic demand. “We discussed how the ongoing shift toward higher saving in the United States needs to be complemented by stronger domestic demand growth in Japan and in the European surplus countries, and by sustained growth in private demand, together with a more flexible exchange rate policy in China,” Mr. Geithner said. He spoke at the end of a two-day conference of finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s 20 leading economies. The officials gathered in this port city in southern South Korea to discuss ways of shoring up a fragile global recovery in the face of the euro zone debt crisis. Read more

In the face of the stereotypical image of Americans as free-spending consumers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has told his international finance colleagues that G20 countries should not rely on American buyers for their products as they travel the road to economy recovery.

Recessionary pressures have boosted saving rates in the U.S. and caused Americans to tighten up on spending. —JCL

The New York Times:

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner of the United States told his counterparts at a Group of 20 conference on Saturday that they should not rely on spending by American consumers for their economic recovery, and he urged Japan, Germany and China to boost domestic demand.

“We discussed how the ongoing shift toward higher saving in the United States needs to be complemented by stronger domestic demand growth in Japan and in the European surplus countries, and by sustained growth in private demand, together with a more flexible exchange rate policy in China,” Mr. Geithner said.

He spoke at the end of a two-day conference of finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s 20 leading economies. The officials gathered in this port city in southern South Korea to discuss ways of shoring up a fragile global recovery in the face of the euro zone debt crisis.

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Gretchen Morgenson: Banks Bilking Taxpayers By Refusing To Buy Back Toxic Loans They Sold To Fannie And Freddie

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

Gretchen Morgenson: Banks Bilking Taxpayers By Refusing To Buy Back Toxic Loans They Sold To Fannie And Freddie
From the earliest days of the credit crisis, the nation’s big financial institutions have been less than forthcoming about ballooning loan losses buried inside their…

Morris Davis: Support a Patriot: Confirm Jim Clapper
I spent my entire adult life serving as a military officer where I was precluded from direct involvement in partisan political activity. I retired from…

Republicans Push Again For DOJ Investigation Of White House Deals
WASHINGTON — Rebuffed before, Republicans are renewing demands for a Justice Department investigation into White House dealmaking in two Senate races. The Obama administration says…

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup
Isn’t it interesting how so many Gulf state Republicans are anti-big government — until they need its help? It’s “big government for me, but not for thee.” You know what they say: a Republican is just a Democrat who hasn’t been the victim of a catastrophic oil spill yet. The BP disaster is the inevitable result of the Bush-era habit of filling regulatory agencies with industry lobbyists and cronies. So this is a teachable moment. Just as Reagan put forth his grand, unifying theory that government is the problem, not the solution, Obama needs to seize this opportunity to reframe the debate and show how Corporations Gone Wild are the real problem. What we have now isn’t free market capitalism, it’s corrupt third world cronyism. Tony Hayward would like his life back. Well, Americans would like our democracy back.

Alvin McEwen: McCollum overruled staff warnings, concerns about Rekers
According to the Miami Herald, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum’s staff tried to warn him against hiring the now disgraced George Rekers as an…


Reporter: ‘There Wasn’t Outrage’ After Knotts Called Haley A ‘Raghead’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Reporter: ‘There Wasn’t Outrage’ After Knotts Called Haley A ‘Raghead’
Last night, South Carolina State Sen. Jake Knotts (R) called Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley a “f—— raghead,” and bizarrely suggested that she’s some kind of Sikh Manchurian candidate. Corey Hutchins, a reporter for Free Times, the alt weekly in…


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Jenny Sanford Comes Out In Support Of Nikki Haley
Jenny Sanford, who knows a thing or two about South Carolina sex scandals, has come out in support of South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who’s been fighting off claims of affairs by two GOP operatives.


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Is America Waking Up to Big Oil’s P.R. Routine?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Is America Waking Up to Big Oil’s P.R. Routine?


Marijuana Delivery Services Evade Bans on Dispensaries, Spread Across California

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Marijuana Delivery Services Evade Bans on Dispensaries, Spread Across California
A flourishing and unregulated industry of pot delivery services is circumventing bans on storefront dispensaries and bringing medical marijuana directly to Californians’ homes.

A flourishing and unregulated industry of pot delivery services is circumventing bans on storefront dispensaries and bringing medical marijuana directly to Californians' homes.


WHAT ISRAEL SHOULD DO NOW

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

WHAT ISRAEL SHOULD DO NOW
The disastrous situation emerging from the flotilla mishap highlights Israel’s global isolation and the complete lack of regard of the current Israeli government for diplomacy as a means to an end. Will it learn from this disaster? That is the…


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Obama Gets Serious on Inside and Outside Effort to Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
Recently I had the opportunity to connect with some national security wonks and Obama team members in the White House Roosevelt Room. I was invited to meet some “senior administration officials” regarding the contours of the recently released “National Security…


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Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Votes Against Stimulus, Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Stimulus-Funded Project

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Votes Against Stimulus, Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Stimulus-Funded Project
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) joined Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday a “ribbon cutting” ceremony for a “green cement plant” in St. Genevieve, Missouri. The plant resulted in more than 2,500 jobs during its construction and currently employs 250 jobs for its operation.Emerson tweeted that it was a “great grand opening event,” but she didn’t […]

Jo_Ann_EmersonRep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) joined Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday a “ribbon cutting” ceremony for a “green cement plant” in St. Genevieve, Missouri. The plant resulted in more than 2,500 jobs during its construction and currently employs 250 jobs for its operation.Emerson tweeted that it was a “great grand opening event,” but she didn’t acknowledge how the plant was funded.

Michael Bersin at the liberal Missouri blog Show Me Progress points out that Emerson voted against the stimulus back in January 2009. Not only did Emerson register a nay vote, but she also continued to bash the Recovery Act as recently as March:

I opposed the stimulus for two reasons: the spending was irresponsibly high, and I saw no way this money could be spent accountably by the federal government.

In a March 26, 2010 press release, Emerson declares, “Stimulus Has Grown Government, Not Economy.” Speaking on the House floor in December, Emerson lamented that the stimulus had done nothing to create jobs, specifically citing the experience “in my congressional district.”

Earlier this year, President Obama told the House Republican Caucus that “a lot of you have gone to appear at ribbon cuttings for the same projects that you voted against.” Indeed, Emerson was appearing with Obama’s own Transportation Secretary at an administration event that the White House press office advertised in a press release. (See the release here.)

ThinkProgress has been keeping a close eye on stimulus hypocrites. Check out our full report.


TALK SHOWS

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

TALK SHOWS
Guests to be interviewed Sunday on major television talk shows:


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Sunday Take: California’s possible solution to partisan politics
California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado (R) minced no words when he talked about changing the polarized politics that he said are killing his state. “The system we have today is taking our Golden State to its knees,” he said. “It’s frankly embarrassing.”


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Democrats reenergize drive for voters
The visual reminders of 2008 were in place: The volunteers bustling around sorting voter lists. The caps emblazoned with the familiar, round Obama logo. The young people in “Yes We Can” T-shirts toting boxes of fliers.



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The Difference Between U.S. & Europe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 6th, 2010 4:34 am by HL

The Difference Between U.S. & Europe
Arthur Brooks, Wall Street Journal
Our friends across the Atlantic are fond of saying that Europeans work to live while Americans live to work. According to the data, they are basically right. Statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development show that while the average Italian, for example, enjoys 42 days of vacation per year, the average American has 16.A predictable corollary: Many Europeans also expect others to work so they can live. The International Social Survey Programme asked Americans and Europeans whether they believe “It is the responsibility of the government to reduce the differences…

Praising Blanche Lincoln’s Derivatives Proposal
Lee Sheppard, Forbes
Sen. Blanche Lincoln's derivatives proposal, usually referred to as the divestiture or “push down” requirement, is the only worthwhile proposal in the Senate financial regulation bill. The rest of the derivatives regulation component of both the House and Senate bills is meaningless filler. The Lincoln proposal would encourage financial intermediaries regulated as commercial banks–including former investment banks Goldman Sachs ( GS – news – people ) and Morgan Stanley ( MS – news – people )–to…

China’s Existential Angst
Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek
Last week Tony Blair appeared before the Chilcot Inquiry "” a public hearing launched by Gordon Brown with the seemingly innocuous purpose of learning the lessons of the Iraq war. Is this a rare example of a party being transparent and turning a critical eye inward on itself "” and doing it in front of rolling cameras unlike the U.S. Senate's health care debate? Certainly not.The protesters outside the inquiry held signs condemning Blair as a war criminal. A casket was carried by "pallbearers" with bloody hands wearing blood soaked…

Forget the PIIGS, U.S. Debt Is Out of Control
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Poll Finds Federal Debt, Terrorism Top U.S. Threats
Lydia Saad, Gallup
PRINCETON, NJ — Terrorism and federal government debt tie as the most worrisome issues to Americans when they consider threats to the future wellbeing of the U.S. Four in 10 Americans call each an “extremely serious” threat, with healthcare costs ranking a close third.On a broader basis, a majority of Americans consider all but 1 of the 10 issues rated in the May 24-25 USA Today/Gallup poll as either “extremely serious” or “very serious” threats. Discrimination against minority groups is the sole exception, with 46% calling it extremely or very serious.Partisans…