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Sunday Talking Heads: June 5, 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: June 5, 2011
Good Morning! Isn’t that tree swallow a cutie? Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin‘s the FDL Book Salon selection for today (5pm ET), with Mudflats and Shannyn Moore. Lisa Derrick offers up Save the Farm, revisiting the eviction of growers from LA’s South Central Farm, Monday at 8pm ET. Please join us. Oh, and nyceve and McJoan will be Virtually Speaking tonight, 9pm ET. Now, behold the talking heads! (if Chris Wallace doesn’t call out Palin on her most ignorant revision of Paul Revere’s ride, why I’ll . . .)

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Good Morning! Isn’t that tree swallow a cutie?

Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin‘s the FDL Book Salon selection for today (5pm ET), with Mudflats and Shannyn Moore. Lisa Derrick offers up Save the Farm, revisiting the eviction of growers from LA’s South Central Farm, Monday at 8pm ET.  Please join us.

Oh, and nyceve and McJoan will be Virtually Speaking tonight, 9pm ET.

Now, behold the talking heads! (if Chris Wallace doesn’t call out Palin on her most ignorant revision of Paul Revere’s ride, why I’ll . . .)

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: “New unemployment numbers released Friday reveal significantly less growth than many economists predicted, leaving the White House to defend its economic recovery plan to a weary nation.” Presidential advisor Austan GoolsbeeEconomic Roundtable: 2008 Nobel Prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman of The New York Times, chief economist of the Chamber of Commerce Martin Regalia and Chrystia Freeland of Thomson Reuters. 2012 Roundtable: Mark McKinnon, Jonathan Karl, Dee Dee Myers, Herman Cain. Then, Marwan Muasher, the former Foreign Minister of Jordan, on the unrest in the Middle East.

CBS’ Face The Nation: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS).

CNN State of the Union: “A dismal May jobs report paints a bleak economic picture for a president in search of re-election.” Presidential advisor Austan Goolsbee.  Then, former director of the Office of Management and Budget, Alice Rivlin, and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Holtz-Eakin.  Next, Ron Paul. Finally, Anita Dunn and Ed Gillespie.

Chris Matthews: He won the White House as the insurgent, so how will Barack Obama win again as the incumbent? Can Republicans run for President while running from interviews?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Economists Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, and Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard. “What to do about U.S. debt? How will a disappointing job market affect growth?” Then, Egypt with Essam El Erian, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Finally, Nathan Myhrvold on, among other things, “his plans to create a safer, cleaner nuclear plant for the future.”

Fox News Sunday: Sarah PalinRoundtable: Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Kimberly Strassel, Jon Podesta.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Pre-empted by the French Open.

Newsmakers: Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI). On the news that the monthly jobs report showed that the economy added a mere 54,000 jobs last month, Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, expressed concern about the sluggish recovery, but dismissed concerns about a double-dip recession…

Q & A: James Grant, author of the new biography of Thomas Reed, Speaker of the House from 1889 to 1891 and again from 1895 to 1899. During that time he increased the power of the Speaker and, according to Grant, “changed forever the way the House of Representatives does its business.” He did this by establishing the power of majority rule instead of allowing the minority to hold up consideration or passage of legislation…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: The Speed Traders – A rare look inside the secretive world “high-frequency trading,” a controversial technique the SEC is scrutinizing in which computers can make thousands of stock trades in less than a second. City of David – Lesley Stahl reports from under the city of Jerusalem from a controversial archeological dig that has become a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lady Gaga – With her outrageous costumes and mega hit dance songs, Lady Gaga has become the world’s most talked about entertainer.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Do anti-obesity laws create a nanny state? 2- Will Sarah Palin change how campaigns are run in the future? 3- Kah Walla–Cameroon Female Presidential Candidate. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Lara Brown, Linda Chavez, Wendy Wright.

Univision’s Al PuntoBill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico and Antonio Saca, Former President of El Salvador, Special Guests to the OAS International Observers Delegation; Cesar Gaviria, Former President of Colombia; Guillermo Chacon, Latino Commission on AIDS and Daniel Leyva, AIDS Patient.

Virtually Speaking: Joan McCarter & Eve Gittleson. McJoan and nyceve discuss health care and the US Congress, 9pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV: In-Depth with Eric Posner.

FDL Book Salon: Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years. “This explosive, up-close view of Sarah Palin comes from an inner-circle confidant who shares surprising information about how Sarah dealt with staff and perceived ‘enemies,’ and the discrepancy between what she said and what she did.” Come chat with Jeanne Devon “Mudflats” about her new book. Hosted by Shannyn Moore, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Save the Farm with guest Michael Kuehnert. “June 13, 2011 marks the five-year “anniversary” of the eviction of the farmers from the South Central Farm in downtown Los Angeles, and was the subject of one of our first Movie Night discussions. Now FDL Movie Night presents the follow up: Award-winning documentary short film Save The Farm.”


House Presses Obama on Libya

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

House Presses Obama on Libya
Though it stopped short of demanding that President Obama pull American forces out of the NATO operation against Libya immediately, the House passed a resolution that gives him 14 days to argue for continued military involvement in the effort to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. The U.S. has been part of the mission since March 19, with leaders initially guaranteeing success within days or weeks. After more than two months, Congress has become impatient. In addition to the Republican-sponsored resolution that passed on a 268-145 vote Friday, there was a second, more drastic measure offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich that called for total military withdrawal from Libyan operations; the Kucinich resolution failed 148-265. With roughly 60 percent of the House in favor of reining in Obama’s ability to wage war against Gadhafi, it seems Congress has finally had more war than it can stomach. It’s a wonder it took this long.  —KDG The New York Times: The House of Representatives voted Friday to rebuke President Obama for continuing to maintain an American role in NATO operations in Libya without the express consent of Congress, and directed the administration to provide detailed information about the cost and objectives of the American role in the conflict. The resolution, which passed 268 to 145, was offered by Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, to siphon off swelling Republican support for a measure sponsored by Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, which calls for a withdrawal of the United States military from the air and naval operations in and around Libya. Read more

Though it stopped short of demanding that President Obama pull American forces out of the NATO operation against Libya immediately, the House passed a resolution that gives him 14 days to argue for continued military involvement in the effort to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. The U.S. has been part of the mission since March 19, with leaders initially guaranteeing success within days or weeks. After more than two months, Congress has become impatient. In addition to the Republican-sponsored resolution that passed on a 268-145 vote Friday, there was a second, more drastic measure offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich that called for total military withdrawal from Libyan operations; the Kucinich resolution failed 148-265. With roughly 60 percent of the House in favor of reining in Obama’s ability to wage war against Gadhafi, it seems Congress has finally had more war than it can stomach. It’s a wonder it took this long.? —KDG

The New York Times:

The House of Representatives voted Friday to rebuke President Obama for continuing to maintain an American role in NATO operations in Libya without the express consent of Congress, and directed the administration to provide detailed information about the cost and objectives of the American role in the conflict.

The resolution, which passed 268 to 145, was offered by Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, to siphon off swelling Republican support for a measure sponsored by Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, which calls for a withdrawal of the United States military from the air and naval operations in and around Libya.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

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‘Sovereign Citizen’ Opens Fire On Store Because It Ran Out Of Crawfish

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

‘Sovereign Citizen’ Opens Fire On Store Because It Ran Out Of Crawfish
A ‘sovereign citizen’ in Pensacola, Florida allegedly opened fire at a seafood market after learning that they had run out of crawfish.

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Dead: My safe and secure future

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Dead: My safe and secure future
I just went camping up near Yosemite and nearly froze my [bottom] off there, spending three whole days huddled under multiple sleeping bags and madly wishing that I was back home. “This has been the worst winter that I can ever remember,” said one old-timer we met up near Groveland. “Snowdrifts piled up higher than the […]


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

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The Stimulus Did Not Create Jobs: The 35,496th Try
Yes, they are back again. We have another paper claiming that the stimulus did not create jobs. Timothy Conley and Bill Dupor, professors at Western Ontario University and Ohio State respectively, have a new study of state level employment that…



Pawlenty?s Flirtation With Universal Health Care: Supported SCHIP Expansion In 2007

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

Pawlenty?s Flirtation With Universal Health Care: Supported SCHIP Expansion In 2007
The Washington Examiner’s Phil Klein reports that Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty may have an SCHIP problem: Back in 2007, the newly-elected Democratic majority was in a pitched battle with the Bush White House over the renewal and expansion of SCHIP. Democrats saw it as a down payment on universal health care, but President Bush […]

The Washington Examiner’s Phil Klein reports that Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty may have an SCHIP problem:

Back in 2007, the newly-elected Democratic majority was in a pitched battle with the Bush White House over the renewal and expansion of SCHIP. Democrats saw it as a down payment on universal health care, but President Bush eventually vetoed the legislation, which raised tobacco taxes and expanded coverage to children from families with household incomes of up to $82,600.

As chairman of the National Governor’s Association at the time, Pawlenty came out in favor of the renewal and expansion of the law. His public statements at the time show a politician who was trying to thread the needle as governor of a liberal state who had future ambitions within the GOP. Though he endorsed the renewal and expansion, he didn’t say how big of an expansion he supported and didn’t specify the funding mechanism. Nor did he explicitly come out against President Bush’s veto.

Klein speculates that Pawlenty will likely argue that he was presenting the position of the NGA and did not endorse a specific funding mechanism (i.e. the tobacco tax) or any other details about how the expansion should occur.

That may be true, but Pawlenty hasn’t exactly shied away from expanding the government’s role in the health care system. In November of 2006 — at the beginning of his second gubernatorial term — Pawlenty said his administration has been “studying very diligently the Massachusetts model about how that would apply to Minnesota,” suggested expanding the state’s Medicaid program, and pledged to “move in stages” toward “universal coverage.” “Everyone should be in a health plan of some sort…but I think as a goal we should start with covering all kids,” he said.

Conservatives are already taking shots at his health care record. On Thursday, fellow Minnesotan Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) told radio host Laura Ingraham that Pawlenty’s health record “will concern the voters.” “We need to have people who have enough foresight and common sense to know these programs aren’t going to work,”she said.


New program encourages county employees to come up with cost savings

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:34 am by HL

New program encourages county employees to come up with cost savings

David Rivas pays attention to details. So when the bespectacled government mechanic heard something that didn’t add up in a recent class on bus maintenance, he dug into the three-inch-thick troubleshooting manual.

And there it was: Montgomery County, he figured out, had for years been changing transmission fluid twice as often as it should.

It was more than a passing revelation for Rivas, a father of three whose wife lost her job as the family was saving up to buy a house.

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After more than 30 years, Metro map is being redesigned by creator Lance Wyman

More than three decades ago, Lance Wyman designed the Metro map’s iconic interlocking colored lines, which have become the symbol of the transit system for millions of Washington commuters and tourists. Now he’s been hired to give it a makeover.

It is a challenge for the 73-year-old graphic designer. He has to find a way to add the new rail line to Dulles International Airport and integrate other changes to the map without ruining the classic, clean look.

“I get nervous,” Wyman said when he considered everything he’s been asked to accomplish. “We did that original one almost 40 years ago. It is amazing that it stuck.”

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Gates, in Kabul, urges Afghans to ‘step up’

KABUL — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Kabul on Saturday with a message that Afghans must assume more responsibility for their security because the international commitment to Afghanistan is “not infinite, in either time or resources.”

Gates, on his last of 12 trips to Afghanistan in his four-year tenure as secretary of defense, stressed that the U.S. commitment to supporting Afghanistan’s government and training its security forces will be robust, but added that for the transition to be successful, “the Afghan government and security forces must be willing to step up and take more and more responsibility for governing and defending their own territory.”

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Biden, Ford’s Theatre to honor Julie Andrews, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lincoln Medal

WASHINGTON — Ford’s Theatre in Washington is honoring Julie Andrews and basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for their contributions that exemplify President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy.

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the Ford’s Theatre Gala on Sunday evening. Andrews and Abdul-Jabbar each will receive the Lincoln Medal for their commitments to education, understanding and equality.

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The Obama Economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 5th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

The Obama Economy
Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard
The Obama administration is 0-for-3 in meeting economic expectations. In 2009, President Obama and his advisers believed the bountiful stimulus package would give the economy a strong jolt. It didn’t, and still hasn’t. In 2010, Obama declared Recovery Summer and predicted a surge in employment. The economy lost 283,000 jobs over the summer. This year, Obama expected a significant ratcheting up of jobs and growth. There’s been a ratcheting down.

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Killer Cellphones? Don’t Believe the WHO Hype
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The Bullish Case for the U.S. Economy
James Freeman, Wall St. Journal
It's been a dreary week for economic news: slow job creation, falling home prices, lagging auto and consumer sales, and a sell-off in stocks. So it seems like a good moment to check in with one of Wall Street's leading perma-optimists, BlackRock Chief Equity Strategist Bob Doll, to see if he's still bullish on America.To my considerable relief, he doesn't disappoint. “Credit markets are sound. Money growth is good,” says Mr. Doll, whose optimism has been the right market call since March 9, 2009, when stocks hit their post-crisis lows. The Dow has since risen…