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Archive for July 11th, 2011

Late, Late Night FDL: Good Life

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Good Life
OneRepublic–Good Life and Allison Krauss & Union Station – Another Day, Another Doller

OneRepublic–Good Life

A little something new for ya’ll, and, now something older…

Allison Krauss & Union Station – Another Day, Another Doller

What’s on your mind tonite…?


USA Hits the Debt Ceiling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

USA Hits the Debt Ceiling

By RJ Matson, Cagle Cartoons, The St. Louis Post Dispatch

Mr. Fish's Cartoon

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Papandreou Among the Ruins

By Taylor Jones, Cagle Cartoons, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico

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Sarah Palin: ‘Do People Not Understand Why McCain Picked Me?’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Sarah Palin: ‘Do People Not Understand Why McCain Picked Me?’
It is an abiding source of annoyance to Palin that her success story as Alaska’s governor vanished overnight in 2008. “Do people not understand why…

Debt Ceiling Meeting Ends With Little Progress
WASHINGTON — The rare Sunday evening White House meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders has ended with many plans but little progress on…

HuffPost Radio: Both Sides Now: Debating Debt, DSK & Gay Marriage
Mary Matalin and Hilary Rosen debate debt ceiling posturing and the issues of sexual abuse (DSK) and sexual orientation (marriage) in New York. Then: Murdoch, McDonald’s, Shuttle & Santorum.


‘PACMEN’ Fight Against Corporate Involvement In Elections

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

‘PACMEN’ Fight Against Corporate Involvement In Elections
Turns out a there’s a political action committee that fights against the influence of political action committees and doesn’t rake in the corporate donations.

Paul Ryan’s $700-Wine-Sipping Buddies: Hedge Fund Manager And University Of Chicago Economist
Mystery Solved. The two economists who dined with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), sipping pricey $350 Pinot Noir, Wednesday evening are Cliff Asness, a hedge-fund manager and angry opponent of President Obama’s fiscal policies, and John Cochrane, a University of Chicago professor and free-market advocate.

Rail Industry Carts In Big Lobbying Dollars To Fight Regulation
As the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee drafts major legislation to overhaul government regulations on the transportation industry, railroad companies are speeding up their lobbying efforts to rollback regulations on the business.



DeMint Names Names in New Book

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

DeMint Names Names in New Book
A preview of Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) new book The Great American Awakening by McClatchy reveals that the fierce conservative “casts tough judgments on various politicians he describes as friends.”

“He suggests that former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, an Upstate neighbor and an early political ally, deserved his defeat in last year’s GOP primary — to now-Rep. Trey Gowdy — because he’d strayed from conservative tenets… Among other prominent Republicans he calls friends but skewers on ideological grounds are former Sens. Arlen Specter (now a Democrat) of Pennsylvania and Bob Bennett of Utah; Sens. Dan Coats of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas; and former Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware.”

Obama Continues Push for Big Deal on Debt
President Obama will hold an 11am ET press conference this morning to provide an update on the status of debt ceiling negotiations.

The Wall Street Journal reports President Obama is still pushing for “the largest possible package, some $4 trillion over 10 years. Republicans, however, made a pitch for a scaled-down plan of roughly $2 trillion over 10 years that doesn’t include about $1 trillion in tax increases the White House is seeking.”

The Washington Post says both sides appeared to “dig further into their positions, leaving the talks deadlocked.”

Mark Halperin: “As the president’s advisers have pointed out, the politics of getting a $2 trillion deal are just as tougher (and in some ways tougher) than the politics of getting a $4 trillion deal. But continuing to press for the bigger bargain (assuming the House Republicans are dug in) risks burning up valuable time. The White House rhetoric suggests it thinks the public would prefer a grander bargain, but it is hard to see public pressure or polls moving Boehner/Cantor/etal off of their current posture.”

Bachmann the Tax Collector
While Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) frequently touts her work as a “federal tax litigation attorney” on the campaign trail as a defining experience in her career, the Wall Street Journal notes another name for the position: “tax collector.”

“In stump speeches and interviews, Ms. Bachmann said her tax work helped lead her to the conclusion that the U.S. should “deep-six” the tax code… According to numerous tax lawyers, both in an out of government, IRS lawyers in Ms. Bachmann’s former job typically represent the government against delinquent taxpayers. The majority of these cases result in settlements.”


Why Rupert Murdoch Love$ God: World’s Biggest Sleaze Mogul Also Getting Rich from Christian Moralizers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Why Rupert Murdoch Love$ God: World’s Biggest Sleaze Mogul Also Getting Rich from Christian Moralizers
In addition to being a phone-hacking Darth Vader, Rupert Murdoch is also one of the leading religion publishers in the world.


ABOVE ALL, ACT

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

ABOVE ALL, ACT
In wake of Friday’s dismal jobs data, it is past time to stick into any Congressional vehicle moving at any speed at all the following authorization: The Treasury shall auction the right to repatriate one trillion dollars of offshore profits,…

Obama Nuclear Arms Reduction Blamed for Proliferation Threat
The world faces mounting threats of nuclear proliferation in Iran, North Korea, and potentially Saudi Arabia. Do you want to know why? Well according to Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation, one major cause is the US administration’s own nuclear…



Iraq Will Decide On U.S. Troop Extension In Two Weeks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Iraq Will Decide On U.S. Troop Extension In Two Weeks
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said yesterday that Iraq’s fractious political blocs will decide within two weeks whether to ask the United States for a continued troop presence beyond the withdrawal deadline at the end of this year. “We agreed that our brothers in the political parties are to consult their parties and come back again […]

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said yesterday that Iraq’s fractious political blocs will decide within two weeks whether to ask the United States for a continued troop presence beyond the withdrawal deadline at the end of this year. “We agreed that our brothers in the political parties are to consult their parties and come back again after two weeks with a final stand,” he said. Talibani’s chief of staff said the issue will be delayed until all political parties agree on who will fill the vacant interior and defense minister posts.


U.S. withholding military aid to Pakistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

U.S. withholding military aid to Pakistan

The Obama administration has delayed payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in promised military aid and reimbursement to Pakistan to reflect its displeasure with that country’s lagging security cooperation, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.

The decision to withhold the aid follows Pakistan’s cancellation of visas for more than 100 U.S. Special Operations trainers working with that country’s Frontier Corps, along with its refusal to issue visas for equipment technicians, after long-escalating bilateral tensions culminated in the cross-border U.S. raid in May that killed Osama bin Laden.

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Finding good homes for lighthouses

For sale: Historic waterfront property with a spectacular, 50-foot-high view of Lake Michigan. Featuring solid, century-old cast-iron construction, painted distinctive red. Comes with its own Fresnel lens for signaling ships.

If that sounds attractive, act now: the Kenosha North Pierhead Lighthouse in Wisconsin is up for auction by the U.S. General Services Administration, but bids are due by Wednesday afternoon. If you miss the deadline, there’s still the Conneaut Harbor West Breakwater Light in Ohio, which is open for bidding until July 20.

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2012 Republican presidential campaign: Who will Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll make, break?

For the next month, the 2012 Republican presidential race is all about Ames.

As in Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State University and one of the quadrennial rites of passage for any Republican presidential contest: the Ames Straw Poll.

The poll, which will be held on Aug. 13, amounts to a fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party. But since 1979 it has also been regarded as a key early test of strength in the Hawkeye State.

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Delayed payments in 1979 offer glimpse of default consequences

The Sunday airwaves brimmed once again with talk of what would – or would not – happen if lawmakers fail to meet the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the nation’s legal limit on borrowing. Unmentioned by either side was an obscure bit of budgetary history in which the country did default on some of its bills, and wound up paying the consequences.

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that inaction “would be catastrophic for the economy” and added that “no responsible leader would say the United States of America, for the first time in its history, should not pay its bills, meet its obligations.”

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Flake a case study in Hill survival

Spectacularly lurid personal falls of American politicians — most recently Anthony Weiner, John Ensign and John Edwards — tend to obscure the quiet stories of unlikely political comebacks in Washington, those devoid of titillation. Jeff Flake’s story serves as a reminder that Washington is rife with second acts.

In 2006, Flake (R-Ariz.) was politically pummeled and left for dead over his persistent criticism of other House Republicans for supporting pork-barrel spending projects. Party members, including current House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, subjected Flake to public humiliation: They stripped him of his seat on the House Judiciary Committee.

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Budget Cuts Will Hurt the Economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

Budget Cuts Will Hurt the Economy

Obama Is Not Providing the Leadership Needed

The End of the “Man-Cession”
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
Some of us called it the man-cession. In the deep recession that lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, many more men than women lost their jobs. The imbalance was huge. The Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a decline of 5.4 million jobs for men versus 2.1 million for women. So 71 percent of job losses were absorbed by men.If the numbers had been the other way around, you surely would have seen a lot of newspaper and magazine stories about women as the victims of the recession — the kind of stories with headlines reading “Women,…