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Will: Obama Breaking War Powers Law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:47 am by HL

Will: Obama Breaking War Powers Law
George Will: The U.S. intervention in Libya’s civil war, intervention that began with a surplus of confusion about capabilities and a shortage of candor about objectives, is now taking a toll on the rule of law. In a bipartisan cascade of hypocrisies, a liberal president, with the collaborative silence of most congressional conservatives, is traducing the War Powers Resolution. Enacted in 1973 over President Nixon’s veto, the WPR may or may not be wise. It is, however, unquestionably a law, and Barack Obama certainly is violating it.



Late Late Night FDL: Summer

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Summer
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Joe HisaishiSummer.

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The Horse and Her Senator

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

The Horse and Her Senator
This shocking (satirical) footage takes a common refrain parroted by opponents of same-sex marriage—that it would stretch the legal and moral boundaries of matrimony to include all kinds of societal no-nos—and gallops with it. Tallyho, senator.

This shocking (satirical) footage takes a common refrain parroted by opponents of same-sex marriage—that it would stretch the legal and moral boundaries of matrimony to include all kinds of societal no-nos—and gallops with it. Tallyho, senator.

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Poll Shows How Lewd Photo Scandal May Affect Weiner’s Odds At Political Survival

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Poll Shows How Lewd Photo Scandal May Affect Weiner’s Odds At Political Survival
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Fox’s Carlson Falsely Claims 35% Of CA Students Paying In-State Tuition “Were Illegals”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Fox’s Carlson Falsely Claims 35% Of CA Students Paying In-State Tuition “Were Illegals”

On The O’Reilly Factor, Gretchen Carlson falsely claimed that “about 35 percent of the in-state tuition people or students” at University of California schools “were illegals.” In fact, students receiving the discount account for only 0.34 percent of undergraduates in the University of California system.

Carlson Inflates Proportion Of Undocumented Immigrants Receiving Discount; Graphic Falsely Suggests “Free Tuition for Illegals”

Carlson: “In 2009, About 35 Percent Of The In-State Tuition People Or Students Were Illegals.” From the June 9 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor:

CARLSON: So, at University of California schools — just to get this in.

O’REILLY: Right.

CARLSON: In 2009, about 35 percent of the in-state tuition people or students were illegals.

O’REILLY: Really? That’s an interesting stat, Carlson. [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 6/9/11]

On-Screen Graphic Uses Loaded Term “Illegals,” Falsely Suggests They Receive “Free Tuition.” From The O’Reilly Factor:

[Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 6/9/11]

In Fact, Undocumented Immigrants Account For Less Than 1 Percent Of UC Undergraduates Paying In-State Rates

To Normally Qualify For Residency And In-State Rate, UC Students “Must Be A U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, Other Immigrant, Or Eligible Alien.” From the University of California Los Angeles website:

To establish California residence, an adult student at least 18 years of age must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, other immigrant, or eligible alien who meets all of the following requirements:

  • has been physically present in the state for 366 days prior to the residence determination date (RDD) of the term for which he or she wishes to be considered a resident
  • has the intent to make California his or her home (as opposed to coming to California for the purpose of attending school)
  • is financially independent (see note) if his or her parents are not California residents as defined by UC. [UCLA.edu, accessed 6/9/11]

University Of California: 2001 Law Exempts Students Who Attended CA High School For At Least Three Years And Graduated From Nonresident Tuition. From the most recent University of California report on the 2001 law, AB 540:

California Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) was signed into law in October 2001 and provides that students meeting all of the following requirements are exempt from paying nonresident tuition at California public colleges and universities:

1. The student attended a high school in California for three or more years.

2. The student graduated from a California high school, received a High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the California State General Education Development (GED) Office, or received a Certificate of Proficiency resulting from the California High School Proficiency Examination. Note that, beginning in 2006, graduation from a California public high school requires that students pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

3. The student does not hold any of the following non-immigrant visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, TN, TD and V, and TROV and NATO.

The third provision above limits eligibility to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, students with immigrant visas (including approved petitioners), and students with no legal immigration status (“undocumented” students). AB 540 requires undocumented students who meet the other eligibility requirements to certify they are taking steps to legalize their immigration status or will do so as soon as they are eligible. [University of California, Annual Report on AB 540 Tuition Exemptions 2008-09 Academic Year, 9/21/10]

University Of California Data: In 2008-2009, 554 Undergraduates Who Were Potentially Undocumented Received Discount. According to the University of California, 766 undergraduates were potentially undocumented in the 2008-2009 academic year. Of these, 554 received tuition discounts under AB 540. [University of California, Annual Report on AB 540 Tuition Exemptions 2008-09 Academic Year, 9/21/10]

University of California Data: In Fall 2008, 162,586 Undergraduate UC Students Were California Residents. According to the University of California, 162,586 undergraduate students in Fall 2008 were California residents. The 554 potentially undocumented students account for 0.34 percent of this population. [University of California, Summary of Students and Staff, Fall 2009]


FEC Chair: ‘We Can Be Doing More On Disclosure’ After Citizens United

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

FEC Chair: ‘We Can Be Doing More On Disclosure’ After Citizens United
The chair of the Federal Election Commission said Thursday that the agency could and should be doing a better job of regulating the disclosure of money into federal elections. “From my personal perspective, I think we can be doing more…

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Admits ‘Exceeding Authorized Use Of A Computer’ In Leak Case
In a major concession for the Justice Department, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Thomas Drake pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of “exceeding authorized use of a computer.”



News Flash! It’s a MIRACLE!

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

News Flash! It’s a MIRACLE!
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Ranking the GOP Field

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Ranking the GOP Field
Larry Sabato takes a close look at the current Republican presidential field and provides a must-read ranking that includes just a handful of candidates that have not yet officially declared an interest in running.

Highlights: “Leading the first tier of contenders is former Gov. Mitt Romney (MA), who is an exceptionally weak frontrunner, perhaps the weakest GOP frontrunner since 1964… Nipping at his heels is the only other front-line contender, ex- Gov. Tim Pawlenty (MN). Pawlenty has been on the trail for months and months, despite only officially announcing his campaign recently… Iowa is where a fellow Minnesotan, Rep. Michele Bachmann, could torpedo Pawlenty’s chances… If Bachmann is Pawlenty’s kryptonite, then former Gov. Jon Huntsman (UT) could be Romney’s.”

Beshear Way Ahead in Re-Election Bid
A new cn|2 poll in Kentucky finds Gov. Steve Beshear (D) with a 21-point lead over challenger David Williams (R), 51% to 30%.

“Nearly 30% of respondents didn’t have an opinion of Williams, indicating that he still can define himself for a large chunk of voters. But the numbers also show that at least for this snapshot in time, Beshear has accrued goodwill among likely voters.”

Huntsman’s New Hampshire Gamble
Jon Huntsman has publicly declared that he won’t compete in the Iowa caucuses and now he seems on course to scuttle his bid at the New Hampshire primary as well, according to Politico.

“Huntsman’s decision to skip the first New Hampshire presidential debate on Monday has Republicans in the state confused — and predicting that he’ll suffer politically for it… Huntsman’s aides say the decision not to participate was simple: He’s not yet a declared candidate… The other argument: It’s a long campaign, and many voters still aren’t tuned in… But the media are already paying attention — and by skipping an event sponsored by state ABC affiliate WMUR and, more critically, the Union Leader newspaper — Huntsman could risk angering the paper’s powerful publisher, Joe McQuaid, and the paper’s editorial page editor, Andrew Cline.”


As Women Lose Ground in Latest Round of Jobs Numbers, Can We Stop Talking About the "Mancession"?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

As Women Lose Ground in Latest Round of Jobs Numbers, Can We Stop Talking About the "Mancession"?
The recent jobs report shows an uptick for female unemployment. So much for the ‘mancession’!

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Sderot: Nostalgia For The Future

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 10th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

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