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Sunday Talking Heads: February 27, 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 27th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: February 27, 2011
Beyond the networks we do have our intrepid Madison reporter dday paired with digby on Virtually Speaking this evening, 9pm ET. And Book Salon does Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, 5pm ET. Movie Night Monday’s a musical treat, Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, Lisa has some special guests for you, 8pm ET. Oo and don’t forget, tonight is Oscar Night, get glam and be here this evening for the festivities, see you on the red carpet.

Well it looks like David Gregory tacked Richard Trumka onto his Meet The Press roundtable, so we do get to hear from ONE –count ‘em– (1) labor leader this weekend. Huzzah! Also, special exclusive appearances by Joe Lieberman and John McCain!!1! Scarecrow reacted to the lineup thusly: “America’s most clueless anchors interview the nation’s most irrelevant or dishonest hacks and demagogues, then ask for discussion by panels containing only one rational person for each four. Do these people have even the slightest clue how insulting they are?”

But, beyond the networks we do have our intrepid Madison reporter dday paired with digby on Virtually Speaking this evening, 9pm ET. And Book Salon does Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, 5pm ET. Movie Night Monday’s a musical treat, Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, Lisa has some special guests for you, 8pm ET.

Oo and don’t forget, tonight is Oscar Night, get glam and be here this evening for the festivities, see you on the red carpet.

Now on to the listings:

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Amanpour reports live from Tripoli, Libya, on the uprising there and others across the Middle East. Roundtable: discussion with exclusive appearances by Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA), Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), to discuss the federal and state budget crises and constituent responses to the shortages, Jake Tapper hosts.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ).

Chris Matthews: Is “Cuts” — Not “Jobs” — The New Winning Four-Letter Word? Will Oil-Fueled Inflation Ruin Obama’s Economic Recovery?

CNN’s State of the Union: Libya: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Then, the national budget battle. with Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND); followed by Gov. Rick Scott R-FL) and Gov. Dan Malloy (D -CT).  Finally, Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics and Douglas Holtz-Eakin on the effecty of the turmoil in the Middle East on oil prices.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Paul Wolfowitz, “an architect of the Iraq War weighs in why he thinks both the Obama administration and one of the administrations he was a part of — George W. Bush’s — have bungled Libya. He also talks about the broader events in the Middle East and just what role the United States needs to play.”  Then the specter of rising food prices.  Also, author Michael Lewis looking back on the financial crisis, “[w]hat’s the landscape here in the U.S. two years later? And why was America able to stay afloat while countries like Greece and Ireland are sinking.”   And more.

Fox News Sunday: Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN). Mike HuckabeeRoundtableBill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Dana Perino, Juan WilliamsPower Player: Kambiz Hosseini, host of Iranian political satire show “Parazit.”

NBC’s Meet The Press: Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI). Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), exclusive.  RoundtableGov. Haley Barbour (R-MS); chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO); Lawrence O’Donnell; president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka; and editorial board member and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Kim Strassel.

Newsmakers: Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) expressed his confidence that Republicans would push through many of their budget cut proposals while the House debated the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government…

Q & A: Winslow Wheeler, the Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information. Mr. Wheeler studies and writes about the military, its costs, and its programs. He recently wrote two of the ten essays in “The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It.”…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: 21st Century Snake Oil – “60 Minutes” hidden cameras expose medical conmen who prey on dying victims by using pitches that capitalize on the promise of stem cells to cure almost any disease. Stealing America’s Secrets – “60 Minutes” has obtained an FBI videotape showing a Defense Department employee selling secrets to a Chinese spy that offers a rare glimpse into the secretive world of espionage and illustrates how China’s spying may pose the biggest espionage threat to the U.S.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- The Obama Administration, gay rights, and the 2012 election; 2- Do Republican budget cuts target women? 3-Former ABC News Anchor Carole Simpson on racism and sexism in America’s newsrooms. Panelists: Blogger Danielle Belton; the Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood; Conservative Commentator Dana White; and Voto Latino Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar.

Univison’s Al Punto: Nancy Pelosi, House of Representatives Minority Leader; Alonzo Peña, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations for U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Leftist Leader and Former Mexican Presidential Candidate (PRD); and Ana Tijoux, French-Chilean Musician.

Virtually Speaking: David Dayen FireDogLake News Desk and digby Hullaballoo talk about national politics, and maybe some California politics.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. “A groundbreaking work that identifies the real culprit behind one of the great economic crimes of our time— the growing inequality of incomes between the vast majority of Americans and the richest of the rich.” Chat with Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson about their new book, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter traces Carole King, James Taylor and the singer/songwriter scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film also interweaves the intriguing story of the ‘world famous’ Troubadour club that cemented their musical legacy.”  Come talk music with Morgan Neville and Eddie Schmidt, hosted by Lisa Derrick, Monday 8pm.


Late Late Night FDL: A Pizza Tweety Pie
A Pizza Tweety Pie starring Tweety, Sylvester, and Granny. This Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon was released on February 22, 1958.

A Pizza Tweety Pie starring Tweety, Sylvester, and Granny.  This Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon was released on February 22, 1958.

Directed by Friz Freleng.  Story by Warren Foster.  Animation by Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Davis (as Art Davis), and Virgil Ross.  Backgrounds by Tom O’Loughlin (as Tom O’Laughlin).  Layouts by Hawley Pratt.  Film Editing by Treg Brown.  Voices by Mel Blanc (Sylvester, Tweety, Spaghetti Bird), Daws Butler (Spaghetti Bird) (uncredited), and June Foray (Granny, Spaghetti Bird) (uncredited).  Original Music by Milt Franklyn.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please.  This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?


Merkel Said to Berate Israeli PM

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 27th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

Merkel Said to Berate Israeli PM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly strongly rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone call between the two leaders, claiming that Netanyahu “hasn’t made a single step to advance peace,” echoing a larger European sentiment that Israel is stalling or impeding progress. Merkel has been a leading voice in condemning Israeli settlement activity. —JCL The Guardian: The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has sternly rebuked the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in an unusually fractious telephone call, according to media reports. Netanyahu had done nothing to advance the peace process, Merkel said in a conversation this week, reported in the Israeli daily Haaretz. The Israeli prime minister telephoned Merkel on Monday to say he was disappointed that Germany had voted for a UN security council resolution condemning settlements that was vetoed by the US. Read more

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly strongly rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone call between the two leaders, claiming that Netanyahu “hasn’t made a single step to advance peace,” echoing a larger European sentiment that Israel is stalling or impeding progress.

Merkel has been a leading voice in condemning Israeli settlement activity. —JCL

The Guardian:

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has sternly rebuked the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in an unusually fractious telephone call, according to media reports.

Netanyahu had done nothing to advance the peace process, Merkel said in a conversation this week, reported in the Israeli daily Haaretz.

The Israeli prime minister telephoned Merkel on Monday to say he was disappointed that Germany had voted for a UN security council resolution condemning settlements that was vetoed by the US.

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Solidarity Protests Draw Thousands Across U.S.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 27th, 2011 5:34 am by HL

Solidarity Protests Draw Thousands Across U.S.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States on Saturday to express solidarity with Wisconsin public sector unions…

Terrance Heath: Wisconsin and the GOP’s War on the Middle Class
In a post about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s bid to strip public employee unions of collective bargainingVan Jones wrote: If a foreign power conspired…

Nancy Snow: Pentagon, Inc.: How to Sell an Unpopular War
Call this episode “The Men Who Stare at Senators.” We’ve been down this road before, that is, the U.S. military pulling out all the stops…


Saudi Man Who Allegedly Plotted Attack On Bush Bought Supplies On Amazon.com

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 27th, 2011 5:33 am by HL

Saudi Man Who Allegedly Plotted Attack On Bush Bought Supplies On Amazon.com
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, the 20-year-old who allegedly plotted to target the home of former President George W. Bush and attack other locations in the U.S. with improvised explosive devices led a seemingly lonely life in Texas after he arrived from Saudi Arabia in 2008. But the criminal complaint reveals that he may have compensated, in part, by starting a blog — and that his alleged online activities had a decidedly darker side.

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Leave it to the Boy Beaver

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 27th, 2011 5:32 am by HL

Leave it to the Boy Beaver


Time to Break Addiction to Foreign Oil

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 27th, 2011 5:30 am by HL

Time to Break Addiction to Foreign Oil
Derrick Jackson, Boston Globe
UNREST CONTINUES to spread, from the Middle East to the Middle West to . . . the gas pump.The democracy uprisings against repressive regimes, many of which America propped up, has also fanned fears for the flow of oil. In response, Big Oil has jacked up its prices and gasoline is back up to $3.20 a gallon for unleaded in Massachusetts and is reportedly headed to $3.50 nationally. As the Obama administration tiptoes between popular protests and potentates who turn on our oil spigot, Americans are concerned about prices at the gas pump.

Wisconsin Democrats Need to Get Back to Work

Governors Shift Political Power, Focus to States
Peter Hamby, CNN
The battle over union rights in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana has dramatically shifted the budget debate from Capitol Hill to the states, almost overshadowing the threat of a government shutdown in Washington next week.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker garnered national attention as one of a handful of Republican governors emboldened by the midterm elections who now are trying to enact ambitious but controversial cost-cutting measures.