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Late, Late Night FDL: What You Are

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:49 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: What You Are
Dave Matthews Band – What you are, and, Vince Gill – What You Give Away

Dave Matthews Band – What you are (Lyrics)

After That Guy had sent me this next clip, I was inspired to find another soul searching clip…

Vince Gill – What You Give Away (Lyrics)

What’s your fave soul-searching tune…?

What’s on your mind tonite…?


Gadhafi ‘Pained’ at Tunisia Uprising

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:48 am by HL

Gadhafi ‘Pained’ at Tunisia Uprising
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is hurting. The ally of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali says he was “pained” at the fall of the leader, and that protesters were manipulated by cables written by “ambassadors in order to create chaos.” —JCL The Guardian: The Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has condemned the uprising in neighbouring Tunisia amid reports today of unrest on the streets of Libya. In a speech last night Gaddafi, an ally of the ousted president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, said he was “pained” by the fall of the Tunisian government. He claimed protesters had been led astray by WikiLeaks disclosures detailing the corruption in Ben Ali’s family and his repressive regime. The leaked cables were written by “ambassadors in order to create chaos”, Deutsche Press-Agentur reported Gaddafi as saying. Read more

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is hurting. The ally of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali says he was “pained” at the fall of the leader, and that protesters were manipulated by cables written by “ambassadors in order to create chaos.” —JCL

The Guardian:

The Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has condemned the uprising in neighbouring Tunisia amid reports today of unrest on the streets of Libya.

In a speech last night Gaddafi, an ally of the ousted president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, said he was “pained” by the fall of the Tunisian government. He claimed protesters had been led astray by WikiLeaks disclosures detailing the corruption in Ben Ali’s family and his repressive regime.

The leaked cables were written by “ambassadors in order to create chaos”, Deutsche Press-Agentur reported Gaddafi as saying.

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Swiss Banker to Give Bank Data to WikiLeaks
A former Swiss banker is set to hand over even more financial data to WikiLeaks. Rudolf Elmer, a former Julius Baer employee, claims he has data on how the mega-rich have used offshore accounts and institutional loopholes to avoid tax payments. Elmer is set to go on trial for breach of privacy in his home country of Switzerland on Wednesday. —JCL Reuters: A former Swiss private banker who was one of the first whistleblowers to use WikiLeaks by publishing internal bank documents on the site has pledged to hand over new data on offshore bank account holders on Monday, a newspaper said. Rudolf Elmer, who was fired from Julius Baer in 2002 and who goes on trial in Switzerland on Wednesday for breaching bank secrecy, will hand over more data to WikiLeaks at a news conference in London, Der Sonntag reported on Sunday. Elmer told the Swiss paper he would hand over two compact discs containing the names and account details of around 2,000 bank clients—including prominent business people, artists and around 40 politicians—who have parked their money offshore. Read more

A former Swiss banker is set to hand over even more financial data to WikiLeaks. Rudolf Elmer, a former Julius Baer employee, claims he has data on how the mega-rich have used offshore accounts and institutional loopholes to avoid tax payments.

Elmer is set to go on trial for breach of privacy in his home country of Switzerland on Wednesday. —JCL

Reuters:

A former Swiss private banker who was one of the first whistleblowers to use WikiLeaks by publishing internal bank documents on the site has pledged to hand over new data on offshore bank account holders on Monday, a newspaper said.

Rudolf Elmer, who was fired from Julius Baer in 2002 and who goes on trial in Switzerland on Wednesday for breaching bank secrecy, will hand over more data to WikiLeaks at a news conference in London, Der Sonntag reported on Sunday.

Elmer told the Swiss paper he would hand over two compact discs containing the names and account details of around 2,000 bank clients—including prominent business people, artists and around 40 politicians—who have parked their money offshore.

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Gabrielle Giffords’ Condition Improves

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:47 am by HL

Gabrielle Giffords’ Condition Improves
TUCSON, Ariz. — In yet another sign of significant recovery during a remarkable week, the gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was upgraded from critical…

Albert Raboteau: ‘The Least of These’ — Martin Luther King’s Advocacy For The Poor
As economic crisis threatens severe cutbacks to social services for the needy, we would do well to celebrate Martin Luther King Day by emulating his advocacy of the poor in our personal and political actions.

Sargent Shriver Hospitalized
BETHESDA, Md. — A medical center spokeswoman says former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver has been hospitalized outside Washington. Ronna Borenstein…

Danny Groner: Have Republicans Changed Their Minds About Obama’s Tucson Speech?
In the first days after Obama’s speech at the Tucson memorial on Wednesday, a good number of conservative politicians and pundits announced their support for…

Nation Ponders King In Wake Of Arizona Shootings
ATLANTA — The federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has taken on added meaning for most Americans this year, as they try to make…


Right-Wing Media Refuses To Concede That White House Wasn’t Responsible For “Branding” Of AZ Memorial

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:46 am by HL

Right-Wing Media Refuses To Concede That White House Wasn’t Responsible For “Branding” Of AZ Memorial

Despite numerous reports debunking the claim that the White House was responsible for distributing t-shirts with the slogan “Together We Thrive” at the memorial for victims of the shooting in Arizona, the right-wing media continues to push the claim, now citing a three-year-old post on the public blog of the Obama campaign’s Organizing for America website that made use of the phrase “together we thrive.”

Name, Logo, And T-Shirts At Event “Were Done Entirely By The University”

UA Spokesman: “The Name Of The Event And The Logo For The Event Were Done Entirely By The University.” According to a January 12 PolitiFact article debunking the claim that the White House “branded” the Arizona memorial:

The Drudge Report subsequently ran a headline atop its web page, “Political Theme, T-Shirts at Memorial?” It linked to an AP photo of “Together We Thrive” T-shirts draped over the back of chairs before the memorial service at McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus.

But officials at the University of Arizona said the White House had nothing to do with the name or the logo.

“The name of the event and the logo for the event were done entirely by the university,” said Johnny Cruz, a spokesman for the University of Arizona. “Branding of the event was not done in consultation with the White House, or any elected officials or political organization.”

The T-shirts were also the university’s doing, Cruz said.

“That was the university’s idea,” he said. “We wanted to give people something to remember, to symbolize the community spirit.”

The university bought the shirts without the use of taxpayer dollars, although he wasn’t sure if the cost was borne by donations.

“Almost everything was done by the university,” Cruz said, including selection of the location for the event and planning the agenda. Once the president accepted an invitation, he said, the White House helped coordinate some logistics, such as security, but that was the extent of the White House involvement.

And “Together We Thrive” was conceived by a University of Arizona student, he said. [PolitiFact.com, 1/12/11, emphasis added]

Right Wing Media Use Obscure OFA Blog Post To Link Obama To “Branding” Of AZ Memorial

Conservatives Highlight 2008 Posting Titled “Together We Thrive” On Organizing For America’s Community Blog. From a February 11, 2008, posting written by John Berry IV on Organizing for America’s Community Blogs:

Together We Thrive

By John Berry IV – Feb 11, 2008 12:49:37 AM ET

For too long Americans have been set one against the other, it is a side affect of a free market society.  How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work done for the lowest possible costs.  This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America.  It has become a part of the American Business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or todays migrant workers.  As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other.

What I see in Obama is a chance for a revolution.  A chance for every group to participate and be heard;  A chance to live the American dream that has been denied to so many.  Together we can and will change the world and return America to the shining beacon of Hope and Prosperity that we were and that we can be again.  Only when we work together do we accomplish feats that rival any ever accomplished in the history of mankind.  Diversity is our strength, that is what this campaign brings us a promise of.  For many this is a scary prospect and thought, getting to know someone different from myself.  We all want the same basic things for example a safe place to live, health and a quality education for our kids.

In a previous career, I was the global leader of Diversity for a global fortune 500 corporation, I have studied the affects of diverse groups working together and the results can not be denied.  Together we Thrive!!!!!!!!!!! [Organizing for America, John Berry IV’s Blog, 2/11/08]

RedState: “There Is Little Doubt That Whoever The White House’s Crisis Campaign Manager Was Who Picked The ‘Together We Thrive’ Theme Could Not Have Read The Posting Below The Title.” From a January 14 blog post by LaborUnionReport posted on RedState.com:

The Tucson event was billed as a memorial to those wounded and those slain on Saturday by a deranged Marx-reading madman. While the President appeared to do his best to set a tone of reconciliation to the divisiveness and rancor his supporters and the media had caused (and are still causing) throughout the week since the shooting, the origin of the “Together We Thrive!” slogan was revealed to be nothing more (and nothing less) than a theme stolen from the Obama for America 2008 campaign–and, more importantly, the message behind the posting was one of those Marxist, Collectivist dribblings that is the cause of so much criticism from the Right over the past two years.

[…]

Given that the theme was so easily identified as being part of the OFA blog back in 2008, there is little doubt that whoever the White House’s crisis campaign manager was who picked the “Together We Thrive” theme could not have read the posting below the title. This means that the White House is okey-dokey with the anti-free market message, as well as the references back to indentured servitude and slavery. There is nothing “healing” in that message. [RedState, 1/14/11]

Hoft: It Is “Utter Nonsense” That The White House Had Nothing To Do With Planning The “Tucson Pep Rally.” From a January 14 post by Jim Hoft on his blog, Gateway Pundit: “The White House wants you to believe that they had nothing to do with the planning of the Tucson pep rally this week even though the president, the First Lady and several top members of Congress attended the event. Of course, that’s utter nonsense. Every shooting memorial needs a special T-shirt.” Hoft then linked to John Berry IV’s 2008 OFA blog post titled “Together We Thrive.” [Gateway Pundit, 1/14/11]

Geller: “The Obama Pep Rally For The Dead Seems To Have Been Orchestrated By His Community Organizing Machine, OFA.” From a January 15 post by Pamela Geller on her blog Atlas Shrugs:

In what could only be called a new debased low even for the left, the Obama pep rally for the dead seems to have been orchestrated by his community organizing machine, OFA (Organizaing for America).

I started to liveblog it on Wednesday here: The Cheering in Arizona.

I am watching Obama give what appears to be a campaign speech in Arizona. Call me old fashioned, but the Arizona memorial event was more like a sporting event than a memorial service. The wolf whistles, the whooping and hollerin’ for Obama, Big Sis Napolitano, Holder (?) et al is making my skin crawl.

I stopped writing after that. I did not continue. I was repulsed and sickened at the spectacle of the political exploitation Obama and co. had manufactured, at a university, no less, where he could count on a generation of zombies whose brains have been marinated and pickled in a leftist primordial soup for the whole of their education/indoctrination.

Obama making his bones on the bones of the Arizona dead. [Atlas Shurgs, 1/15/11]

Geller later updated her post, linking to a blog post on Zilla of the Resistance that Geller claims provides “the O-history of the repulsive sloganeering.” The January 14 post claims that “Together We Thrive” was “a slogan from Obama’s 2008 campaign that was used on OfA’s website, prior to ‘Yes we can.'”

BigJournalism: The Slogan Originated “From President Obama’s Campaign Organization Organizing For America.” From a January 15 blog post on Andrew Breitbart’s BigJournalism written by Ken Larrey:

Did it seem odd to you that even the Fox all-star panel would have us believe that the President with the most micromanaged image in recent memory had no control or influence whatsoever over the preparation, format, and tenor etc. of the commercialized, pep rally memorial we witnessed this week, and that the White House can blame the embarrassment entirely on the University of Arizona? The entire event was about Captain Greek Columns – who gave a half hour speech – and his time to shine and show off his magical healing abilities.

“Togethere We Thrive” sure sounded a lot more campaign like than memorial like. Usually the themes for memorials – assuming they’re meant to feature those we’re supposedly remembering – are not about “thriving” or “prospering” or anything of that sort. It was a jarring oddity. Now we have an idea where it came from. Not only did the slogan for this Obama 2012 campaign kickoff, “Together We Thrive,” originate from President Obama’s campaign organization Organizing for America, but it was the title of a post calling for revolution:

[…]

But worst of all is that according to Judi McLeod of the Canada Free Press, at the bottom of the t-shirts is the DNC slogan “Rocking America and Rocking the Vote.”

Here’s what McLeod reports:

University of Arizona brass did not originate the “Together We Thrive” T-shirt. They merely recycled it for Obama–and recycled it in time for what should have been a dignified Memorial for the dead.

If you were a mourner who took home a “Together We Thrive” T-shirt have a look at the bottom of your shirt. “Rocking America and Rocking the Vote” is a common theme of the DNC, and it’s right there on your Memorial T-shirt memento.

Welcome to the era of Obama, where cheering and standing ovations, for the first time in history, became part of the Requiem for the Dead.

If that is true – and it should be easily verifiable as thousands of people now possess those shirts – I’m not sure how that will be explained; the University of Arizona distributed and reportedly purchased the shirts – but not without the knowledge or approval of the President’s team. They can’t simply be unused Obama campaign T-Shirts (though that would be bad enough) because they specifically say “Tucson and America” on them. I can’t wait to hear the explanation on this one, but at the very least, if it is true that those T-Shirts had that DNC “rocking the vote” slogan on them, don’t you dare try to blame this whole disgraceful event and the T-Shirts solely on the University. [BigJournalism, 1/15/11]

Rush: ‘Together We Thrive’ Theme “Was Obama Endorsed.” From the January 14 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: It turns out that Together We Thrive comes from the Organizing for America website, which is Obama’s website. It was written by John Berry, B-E-R-R-Y, the fourth, John Berry’s blog “Together We Thrive,” February 11, 2008. So they reheated — they reheated an old idea. They — the whole point of this was a pep rally or a political rally for Obama. And, anyway you go back and you looks at the speech again and he says all of these wonderful things followed by ‘but.’ ‘We shouldn’t blame…but and I think we have a great thing … but’ and so forth. He didn’t tie himself to anything.

“For too long Americans have been set one against the other. It is a side affect of a free market so–.” This is – this is from the BarackObama.com page, John Berry, this is the Organizing for America web site on February 11, 2008. Coming up on three years ago. Three years ago, they revived. “[…] How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work done for the lowest possible costs. This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America. It has become part of the American business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or today’s migrant workers. As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other. What I see -“

That, that, that’s on Organizing for America. This is from an Obama website during the campaign in 2008. “Fighting for the scraps that America has to offer.” This is Obama endorsed. “For too long Americans have been set one against the other. It is a side affect of a free market society.” And this was the pep rally theme for this brilliant oratory and really smart and articulate nothingness of a speech.

[…]

LIMBAUGH: So this guy, John Berry IV: “What I see in Obama is a chance for a revolution. A chance for every group to participate and be heard; A chance to live the American dream that has been denied to so many. Together we can and will change the world and return America to the shining beacon of Hope and Prosperity that we were and that we can be again. Only when we work together do we accomplish feats that rival any ever accomplished in the history of mankind. Diversity is our strength, that is what this campaign brings us a promise of. For many this is a scary prospect and thought, getting to know someone different from myself. We all want the same basic things for example a safe place to live, health and a quality education for our kids. In a previous career, I was the global leader of Diversity for a global fortune 500 corporation, I have studied the affects of diverse groups working together and the results can not be denied. Together we Thrive.” February 2008, Organizing for America.

So, don’t doubt me. The pep rally, complete with Medicine Man – we all know what the purpose of that was too, gotta have some religion in there, but let’s not go too far. That was brilliant too of Obama, don’t you think? So we have delaying for the polls and waiting for the t-shirts to get printed with the new logos. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 1/14/11, emphasis added]

Posts On OFA’s Community Blogs Are Not Endorsed By The Obama Campaign

Postings On Organizing For America’s Blogs Are Not “Endorsed Or Approved By The Campaign.” A disclaimer on Organizing For America’s Community Blogs homepage reads: “Content on blogs in My.BarackObama represents the opinions of community members and in no way should be interpreted as endorsed or approved by the campaign.” [Organizing For America, accessed 1/16/11]


Tucson Tea Party Leader: I Want Victim Who Threatened Me To Get Help

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Tucson Tea Party Leader: I Want Victim Who Threatened Me To Get Help
One of the 19 victims of last week’s shooting in Tucson was arrested yesterday after standing up during a town hall-style meeting and shouting, “You’re dead!” to the leader of the Tucson tea party. The victim, J. Eric Fuller, has…

NRA: Anti-High-Capacity Clip Bill Just A Scheme To Impose ‘Gun Ban’
Six days after a gunman attempted to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and killed six others in a mass shooting, the National Rifle Association (NRA) broke its silence, pledging to fight off any and all attempts to impose harsher regulations…



Big Media Unbalanced By False Equivalency

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Big Media Unbalanced By False Equivalency


Was Nixon Robbed?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Was Nixon Robbed?
Mark Feldstein notes that 50 years ago this week Richard Nixon “stood uncomfortably on the Capitol’s inaugural platform and watched his rival John F. Kennedy being sworn in as president.”

Said Nixon: “We won but they stole it from us.”

“Indeed, the dirty tricks that helped defeat Nixon were more devious than merely the ballot-stuffing of political lore. In one of the least-known chapters of 20th-century political history, Kennedy operatives secretly paid off an informant and set in motion a Watergate-like burglary that sabotaged Nixon’s campaign on the eve of the election.”


Darrell Issa’s Ominous Past & Twitter Avatar: Top 10 reasons Issa is the perfect Obama watchdog

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Darrell Issa’s Ominous Past & Twitter Avatar: Top 10 reasons Issa is the perfect Obama watchdog
Darrell Issa’s Ominous Past & Twitter Avatar: Top 10 reasons Issa is the perfect Obama watchdogDon’t let Darrell Issa’s verbal ineptitude or crime-ridden past fool you: The last person Obama wants investigating him is the cunning California?Don’t let Darrell Issa’s…


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Touting His Government Shutdown In 2005, Pawlenty Says GOP Lawmakers ?Should Not Raise The Debt Ceiling?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

Touting His Government Shutdown In 2005, Pawlenty Says GOP Lawmakers ?Should Not Raise The Debt Ceiling?

As an increasing number of Republicans clamor for a “showdown” over raising the U.S. debt limit, the more sober-minded among them warn of the looming economic disaster such a move would cause. Aware that the U.S. will hit its $14.3 trillion debt limit on March 31 this year, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned his party that “if we don’t raise the debt ceiling,” there will be “financial collapse and calamity throughout the world.” Conservative commentators Bill Kristol and George Will echoed his sentiment, calling such right-wing myopia “silly” and “suicidal.”

Former Governor and likely GOP 2012 presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty (MN), however, readily prescribed this economic kamikaze mission to the GOP today on Fox News Sunday. Pawlenty, whose failure to sign a state budget in 2005 forced 9,000 state employees to stop pubic services for nine days, told host Chris Wallace that GOP lawmakers “should not raise the debt ceiling” and should “take it one step further” by somehow “sequencing the pain of the bill” to prevent default:

WALLACE: Back in 2005, you allowed the government of Minnesota to shutdown for nine days because of a disagreement with a Democratic legislature about taxes and spending. Should congressional Republicans take the same tough stance when it comes to raising the debt limit and federal spending?

PAWLENTY: …I’m glad we had that showdown in Minnesota. As to the federal government, they should not raise the debt ceiling. I believe we should pass legislation, allow them to seek spending, as the revenue comes in to make sure they don’t default and have a debate about what other spending could be reduced.

WALLACE: You would say to Republicans up in the building behind me do not raise the debt limit?

PAWLENTY: That’s right. To avoid the default, I would take it one step further. Send the president a piece of legislation that authorizes the federal government to sequence the pain of the bill so we don’t default on the debt obligation and then have debate about how we reduce the other spending.

Watch it:

While Pawlenty heralds his 2005 shutdown as a way to force reduced spending, Wallace pointed out that he only ended the shutdown because he “blinked” by raising taxes, specifically a tax on cigarette packs which Pawlenty preferred to call “a health impact fee.” Admitting to the tax hike, Pawlenty said his tenure was still “transformational” in reforming spending and believes he “should’ve let the shutdown run longer” to secure more of his agenda. An agenda, Wallace notes, that will leave the state’s deficit even further in the hole.

Despite the devestating effect Pawlenty’s advice would have, at least eleven Republican lawmakers are signing on to freeze the debt limit and at least seven are prepared to shutdown the government to do so. Still a slew of others are readily threatening to vote against the debt ceiling unless specific, often regressive cuts are made. Joining Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Graham, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) reiterated that stance today on NBC’s Meet The Press. Insisting that the U.S. credit rating is threatened more by debt than by default, Coburn said he will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless spending cuts are made.

Of course, like Pawlenty, these lawmakers refuse take a lesson from history, namely the well-documented disaster that was former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 1995 government shutdown that “cost American taxpayers over $800 million.” But, if newly-elected Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) proves anything, that lesson won’t be learned anytime soon. When asked what would happen if the debt ceiling weren’t raised, Mulvaney voiced what appears to be the GOP lawmakers understanding of the issue: “Well I don’t know…No one seems to have the answer to that.”

After Promising To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obama’s Health Law, Republicans Have No Replacement

As the first major legislative act with their new majority, Republicans are planning to hold a futile vote next week to repeal President Obama’s health care law. The laughably named “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” has an equally laughable chance of becoming law, as the Democratic majority in the Senate will inevitably block it. President Obama has also confirmed that he’ll veto it.

Nonetheless, House Republicans are rushing headlong into inevitable defeat, insisting that their efforts aren’t doomed, and promising to “replace” Obama’s law with their own, better one. “Repeal and replace” has been a mantra for Republicans and their conservative allies since March of last year, though the repealers have been hazy on with what they would “replace” it with.

On Fox News Sunday today, conservative Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol could offer only the vaguest of promises about the replacement. When Fox News contributor Juan Williams challenged Kristol to explain “what are you going to replace it with?”, Kristol told Williams not to worry, because there would be hearings in a few months and Republicans would probably come up with something by then. Watch it:

It seems House Republican leaders fully understand the pointlessness of their effort. Just days away from the repeal vote, House leaders have no coherent plan to address health care if their repeal effort succeeds. The Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein reports that “according to GOP House leaders, senior aides and conservative health policy specialists, Republicans have not distilled their ideas into a coherent plan”:

On the cusp of undertaking this work, the GOP has a cupboard of health-care ideas, most going back a decade or more. They include tax credits to help Americans afford insurance, limiting awards in medical malpractice lawsuits and unfettering consumers from rules that require them to buy state-regulated insurance policies. In broad strokes, the approach favors the health-care marketplace over government programs and rules. […]

In the absence of a plan, Republican leaders nevertheless are eager to convey that they have ideas about health care – and are not merely trying to knock down those of the Democrats. As a result, they have drafted a resolution to accompany the repeal legislation. It lays out broad, long-held GOP health-care goals, but no specifics, and directs four House committees to develop proposals. […]

The range of current thinking in the House is not entirely clear, with 87 Republican freshmen and nearly half the members of the influential Ways and Means panel new this year.

The repeal ploy and the lack of real ideas suggest the new majority is uninterested in serious governing.


‘Speech or debate’ clause invoked in investigations of House members

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 17th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

‘Speech or debate’ clause invoked in investigations of House members
A constitutional clash over whether House members are immune from many forms of Justice Department scrutiny has helped derail or slow several recent corruption investigations of lawmakers, according to court documents and sources.

Winners and losers in the race for Republican Party chairman
The election of Reince Priebus as the new chairman of the Republican National Committee late last week was that rarest of events in modern politics: a dramatic series of votes in which the outcome was genuinely uncertain.


The Fix’s political roundup
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Tex.), commenting to National Journal on the influence of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) in the open Senate race in Cornyn’s home state. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) announced this week that she will not seek reelection, and DeMint …

Supreme Court justices are not laughing at you. They’re laughing with you.
Dear lawyers: Supreme Court justices are not laughing at you. They are laughing with you.

Giffords’s border district symbolizes the heat of Arizona politics
DOUGLAS, ARIZ. – The congresswoman’s grueling path to reelection took her from her Tucson base across the barren high desert, through an empty expanse of tumbleweed and mesquite trees, to this dusty town at the Mexican border that has come to symbolize the tinderbox of Arizona politics.