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Sunday Talking Heads: July 11, 2010

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: July 11, 2010
The business for today is economics, jobs and immigration. The pleasure is Ferenc Cakó’s sand animation, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Summer.

The business for today is economics, jobs and immigration.  The pleasure is Ferenc Cakó’s sand animation, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Summer.

Washington Journal: 7:45am – Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), National Governors Association, Vice Chairman.  8:30am – Ali Allawi, Former Iraqi Minister of Trade, Defense & Finance.  9am – Leslie Sanchez, Resurgent Republic, Board Member.

ABC’s This Week: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod.  Then immigration with Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).  Roundtable: Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post, The National Review’s Reihan Salam, Ron Brownstein of the National Journal, George Will.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Attorney General Eric Holder.

Chris Matthews: Joe Klein TIME, Katty Kay BBC, Trish Regan CNBC, Clarence Page Chicago Tribune.  Topics: Is the Frozen Recovery Setting Up a GOP Tidal Wave In November?  Why Sarah Palin Looks Like a Strong 2012 Candidate.

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod.  Then immigration with Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).  Plus Kenneth Feinberg on the BP Oil Spill Fund.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.  Also a British jihadist, plus the British Royal Navy and World Cup soccer.

Fox News Sunday: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Plus, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ).

NBC’s Meet The Press: Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary.  Roundtable: David Brooks. Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) Chair, Democratic Leadership Council.  Ed Gillespie Chairman, Republican State Leadership Committee.  Rachel Maddow.

Newsmakers: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week reacted on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers to the Justice Department’s suit challenging Arizona’s new immigration law. When asked whose responsibility it is to address immigration issues, Issa said: “I think the states should work cooperatively with the Federal government.” Issa also commented on Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, saying, “I feel very strongly that he is not my leader, he does not make policy for me.” Steele has recently been scrutinized from both parties on his recent comments made on the war in Afghanistan.

Q & A: Jorge Ramos. Since 1986, Mr. Ramos has anchored Noticiero Univision, a nightly news program. He also hosts a Sunday news program called “Al Punto.” Univision is a Spanish language television network in the United States. He is the author of ten books. The most recent is “A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto.”

Religion & Ethics: Gulf Oil Spill Ethics – The environmental disaster on the Gulf Coast is an ethical tragedy. Lincoln Electric – This manufacturing company is run by the Golden Rule. Patrick McDonnell – He says his comic strips are “little prayers to the universe.” Anecdotes of the Spirit – Some see the Divine in the art of Mark Royko.  Others see God’s absence.

60 Minutes: The Lost Children of Haiti – The most vulnerable victims of Haiti’s earthquake, children who not only face hunger, disease and sexual assault, but a form of slavery that is legal in the Caribbean country.  Kathryn Bigelow – About her award-winning film, “The Hurt Locker,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Director.  White Hot – U.S. snowboarder Shaun White shows some of the tricks he used to win gold in Vancouver.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- The federal government and Arizona spar over immigration; 2- Why parents hate parenting; 3- No Impact Man- How and why one dad convinced his family to live off the grid for a year.  Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Genevieve Wood, Amy Siskind, Nicole Kurokawa Online exclusive: Facebook Fanatics – Thanks to women, Facebook and other social networking sites are thriving.

Univision’s Al Punto: Magdalena Schwartz, Community Activist in Arizona; Marcos Sendon, President, “South Florida Conservative”; Ana Reyes, Deported Immigrant; Julie Quiroz, Reyes’s daughter; Henry Cruz, Family Attorney; and Rubén Blades, Panamanian Musician and Politician.

Virtually Speaking: Chris Kendrick andAdam Lambert.  Chris is a prominent diarist at DailyKos. Adam (no not THAT one) blogs at Blue Jersey. They will discuss this week’s political news, and this week’s edition of the morning talk shows misrepresent it.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Chat with Eric Pooley about his new book, Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Eleventh-Hour Fight to Save the Earth. Hosted by Eli Kintisch.


Late Late Night FDL: Goons From The Moon
Mighty MouseGoons From The Moon. This TerryToons cartoon was released on April 1, 1951 and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Mighty MouseGoons From The Moon.  This TerryToons cartoon was released on April 1, 1951 and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Directed by Connie Rasinski.  Produced by Paul Terry.  Story by Tom Morrison. Voices by Tom Morrison (Mighty Mouse).  Music by Philip A. Scheib.

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‘Dirty War’ Dictator Goes on Trial

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

‘Dirty War’ Dictator Goes on Trial
A former military dictator of Argentina is on trial again. Gen. Jorge Videla, who helped lead the country’s “Dirty War” of state terror in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is one of more than 20 defendants being tried for the 1976 murders of 31 jailed dissidents. Argentina’s “Dirty War” saw an estimated 30,000 people murdered under the military junta that ruled the country for more than half a decade. —JCL Los Angeles Times: The aging former military dictator of Argentina is facing criminal charges for the killings of 31 jailed dissidents during the country’s “Dirty War.” The trial of Jorge Videla, now 84 and with prostate cancer, opened last week in a court in Cordoba. The shooting deaths occurred in the central city shortly after the 1976 coup that brought the military junta to power in Argentina. The military said at the time that the jailed dissidents were trying to escape. Videla is being tried alongside more than 20 other defendants, including former general Luciano Menendez, reports in Argentina said. Videla also faces a trial set for September for charges that he stole 33 infants from political opponents. Read more

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A former military dictator of Argentina is on trial again. Gen. Jorge Videla, who helped lead the country’s “Dirty War” of state terror in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is one of more than 20 defendants being tried for the 1976 murders of 31 jailed dissidents.

Argentina’s “Dirty War” saw an estimated 30,000 people murdered under the military junta that ruled the country for more than half a decade. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

The aging former military dictator of Argentina is facing criminal charges for the killings of 31 jailed dissidents during the country’s “Dirty War.” The trial of Jorge Videla, now 84 and with prostate cancer, opened last week in a court in Cordoba.

The shooting deaths occurred in the central city shortly after the 1976 coup that brought the military junta to power in Argentina. The military said at the time that the jailed dissidents were trying to escape.
Videla is being tried alongside more than 20 other defendants, including former general Luciano Menendez, reports in Argentina said. Videla also faces a trial set for September for charges that he stole 33 infants from political opponents.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

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Anadarko To BP: We’re Not Paying That Bill

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

Anadarko To BP: We’re Not Paying That Bill
Anadarko, the Texas-based oil company that has a 25 percent stake in the leaking Gulf oil well, has told BP that it won’t pay its share of the response costs, totaling more than $272 million.



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Fisheries Plans To Revisit Opinion On Gulf Oil Spill Effects On Endangered Species
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7 Cops And An FBI Agent Charged In Florida Mortgage Fraud Ring
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Lindsey Graham: In Today’s Republican Party, Reagan Wouldn’t Make It As A Republican

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Lindsey Graham: In Today’s Republican Party, Reagan Wouldn’t Make It As A Republican
The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz profiles reactions to Tea-Partyism today and notes that Senator Lindsey Graham, who once told me that his favorite film was Seven Days in May and that one of his biggest fears for the country was…


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Liberal-Libertarian Breakthrough
I’ve been writing for a while on the possibility of a Liberal-Libertarian coalition on issues like our imperial overstretch, This morning Reps. Barney Frank and Ron Paul have written a very strong piece in the Huffington Post on this very…


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WI GOP congressman supporting Ron Johnson surprised that Johnson supports Great Lakes oil drilling.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

WI GOP congressman supporting Ron Johnson surprised that Johnson supports Great Lakes oil drilling.
Ron Johnson, a wealthy business executive and leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin this year, is beginning to receive scrutiny for his far right views. He has been criticized recently for opposing an anti-sex offenders bill, the Child Victim Act, and for saying that he is “glad there’s global warming.” Last month, when […]

Ron Johnson, a wealthy business executive and leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin this year, is beginning to receive scrutiny for his far right views. He has been criticized recently for opposing an anti-sex offenders bill, the Child Victim Act, and for saying that he is “glad there’s global warming.” Last month, when asked if he would support drilling for oil in the Great Lakes, Johnson — who owns more than $100,000 in BP stock — replied, “I think we have to, get the oil where it is.” At a town hall on Wednesday in Howards Grove, Wisconsin, ThinkProgress asked Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) — who was sporting a Ron Johnson for Senate bumper sticker — if he agreed with Johnson’s support for Great Lakes oil drilling. Petri said he personally hasn’t supported Great Lakes drilling, but seemed genuinely baffled by Johnson’s radical views, and refused to comment:

TP: Ron Johnson, the Senate candidate here in Wisconsin, says he opposes the drilling moratorium and he even goes as far as saying he wants drilling everywhere, even possibly the Great Lakes. Would you support that kind of position?

PETRI: Well I haven’t but I don’t know the details of what exactly is being talked about and I sort of hate to respond to someone else’s characterization of an individual’s position without knowing what they actually said myself.

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Major BP Shareholder Rep. Sensenbrenner Says BP Doesn?t ?Deserve Any Type Of Executive Bonuses?
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In June, the AP reported that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) owns hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of BP stock, according to financial disclosures. Shortly after the spill, Sensenbrenner focused his criticism on President Obama, attacking him for “publicly chastising and threatening BP” when BP “likely wants this resolved more than anyone.”

At a town hall in Saukville, Wisconsin on Tuesday, Sensenbrenner told ThinkProgress that he would not recuse himself from BP-related votes, despite his financial ties to the company. However, Sensenbrenner said BP executives “don’t deserve any type of executive bonuses,” and if he were on the BP corporate board, he would vote against using shareholder money for bonuses this year:

TP: Do you think BP should suspend dividend payments and executive bonuses until the spill is cleaned up? And also, do you think the U.S. government should repeal the special tax breaks given to BP, like the $4 billion in special subsidies that was reported last weekend.

SENSENBRENNER: Well let me say number one, the determination whether to suspend dividend payments or executive bonuses is going to have to be made by the BP board of directors. However BP is a corporation that is not organized by the laws of any state in the United States of America and is a British corporation subject to British corporate law. The point that I would make for issues such as this, there are a lot of pension funds in the United States and elsewhere that have heavily invested in BP stock even though the BP stock has gone down by 50%. […] If I were on the board of directors of BP, which I am not, you know the bonus depends on how well they do, basically how the bottom line is. The bottom line has tanked so I don’t think they deserve any type of executive bonus. But again, this is the shareholders’ money.

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As a laissez faire conservative, Sensenbrenner is unwilling to bring legal pressure to bear on BP, hoping instead that the BP board does the right thing on bonuses. Another major BP shareholder in Congress, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), has criticized President Obama’s deepwater drilling moratorium.

Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) has called on BP to suspend its payment of bonuses and instead use that money to help Gulf Coast families who have been victimized by the oil spill.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

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The un-routine sets apart Sotomayor’s first term
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Advocacy Masquerading as Journalism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2010 4:33 am by HL

Advocacy Masquerading as Journalism
Michael Walsh, Big Journalism
The David Weigel saga continues to stagger on, becoming ever more intellectually incoherent. Not only has Weigel written yet another story about himself, this time for Esquire, but Ezra Klein of the Washington Post — the man who recommended Weigel for his short-lived job there — has also come out with another piece, largely argued along juvenile tu quoque lines that wouldn’t pass muster in a first-year logic class. If Weigel and Klein are the best young talent the Post can find, then things are even worse with MSM journalism than we thought.More seriously, over…

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