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Archive for November 28th, 2011

Will Moderates Defeat Moderation?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Will Moderates Defeat Moderation?
Some of my middle-of-the-road columnist friends keep ascribing our difficulties to structural problems in our politics. But the problem we face isn’t about structures or the party system. It’s about ideology.

By E.J. Dionne, Jr.

Some of my middle-of-the-road columnist friends keep ascribing our difficulties to structural problems in our politics. But the problem we face isn’t about structures or the party system. It’s about ideology.


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Romney Still Waiting for GOP Love
Maybe Jon Huntsman will be the next candidate to see a meteoric rise and fall in his poll numbers. Pretty soon, though, we’re going to run out of meteors.

By Eugene Robinson

Maybe Jon Huntsman will be the next candidate to see a meteoric rise and fall in his poll numbers. Pretty soon, though, we’re going to run out of meteors.


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Scarlett Johansson Talks Poverty & Unemployment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Scarlett Johansson Talks Poverty & Unemployment
Scarlett Johansson may be a major movie star with a multitude of big films to her name, but the 27-year-old actress does some of her…

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Rogue’s Gallery: CNN’s Ideologically Rigid, Scandal-Tainted, Ethics-Investigation-Haunted GOP Debate ‘Panel’
David Addington. Paul Wolfowitz. Ed Meese. It’s a Rogue’s Gallery of government officials gone wild, a motley crew of the short-sighted, the benighted, and the nearly-indicted. Or, as CNN calls them, “experts.”

NH-2012 Primary: 42% Romney, 15% Gingrich, 12% Paul, 8% Huntsman (UNH/WMUR 11/15-20)
University of New Hampshire / WMUR Granite State Poll 11/15-20/11; 415 likely Republican primary voters, 4.8% margin of error 665 adults, 3.8% margin of…

High Stakes For U.N. Climate Talks In Durban
DURBAN, South Africa — The U.N.’s top climate official said she expects governments to make a long-delayed decision on whether industrial countries should make further…


FEC To Tell Mike Lee He Can’t Form His Very Own Super PAC

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

FEC To Tell Mike Lee He Can’t Form His Very Own Super PAC
The Federal Election Commission is set to tell Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a member of the Tea Party Caucus, that he can’t become the first politician in the country to form his very own “super PAC” during their public meeting next week.


Watch A Historian Mock GOP Rep. Don Young For Going To Community College
Historian and Professor Doug Brinkley made Alaska Rep. Don Young (R) really really mad during a heated exchange at a House hearing, when Brinkley mocked Young for going to community college.

Obama Justice Department Sues Utah Over Immigration Law
Add Utah to the list of states the federal government has sued over their controversial immigration laws.



Anti-Romney Effort in Iowa Stalls

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Anti-Romney Effort in Iowa Stalls
“An apparent effort to craft a unified Republican caucus endorsement among several of Iowa’s social-conservative advocacy groups and evangelical pastors began last Monday, but its prospects already appear uncertain,” the Des Moines Register reports.

“A follow-up meeting initially scheduled for today has been postponed, with no indication of when it will be rescheduled, according to a meeting participant.”

Arizona’s Controversial Sheriff to Endorse Perry
NBC News has confirmed that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, will endorse Rick Perry this week.

The Arizona sheriff is known as a vehement backer of tough immigration laws and was a vocal supporter of his own state’s controversial enforcement laws.

Which Senate Election Records Will Be Broken in 2012?
The Hotline: “Senate Democrats are clearly more exposed than Republicans this cycle, but it’s easy to forget how historic some of these GOP pick-ups would have to be. For instance, Republicans haven’t controlled both Nebraska Senate seats since 1976, nor both in North Dakota since 1960, nor both in Wisconsin since Joe McCarthydied in 1957. On the other hand, no Democratic senator has been successfully re-elected in Missouri since 1980 or Pennsylvania since 1962. How many of these records will be broken next year?”

An Endorsement That Keeps Giving
While the yesterday’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich by the New Hampshire Union Leader made no mention of Mitt Romney and allowed that Gingrich was not perfect, publisher Joe McQuaid told Politico that they “would reprise their tradition of near-daily editorials that reiterate full-throated support for their favored candidate and equally robust opposition toward his challengers.”

Said McQuaid: “I think we will be sticking with our traditional approach.”


Government Crackdown on Free Speech: Are They Firing Employees for Exercising Their Rights?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:38 am by HL

Government Crackdown on Free Speech: Are They Firing Employees for Exercising Their Rights?
A lawsuit being heard this month will likely define the free speech rights of federal employees and so determine the quality of people who will make up our government.

How Creepy Conservative Christian Modesty Doctrines Harm Young Women
When you argue that what’s modest and what isn’t is a valid concern for women, you tell them that their appearance matters most.

Can an Occupation Movement Survive if it No Longer Occupies a Space? Lessons from Across the Land
Protesters around the country have been cleared out of their occupied public spaces, but some of the smaller occupations could hold lessons for next steps.


UNESCO: Boycott For Boycott?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

UNESCO: Boycott For Boycott?
The admission of the Palestinian Authority into UNESCO has occasioned a fuss about the American response, the automatic cutting of $70 million in funding to the organization, triggered by existing, AIPAC-inspired Congressional legislation. (M.J. Rosenberg’s good column on the subject…


The Return of ‘The Right’
I surprise nobody by remarking what a difficult time this is for Israelis and Palestinians. In many ways, the sides are closer than ever to sensing what a modus vivendi?feels like, as the institutions and economy of a Palestinian state…



Occupy Wall Street Humor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Occupy Wall Street Humor
Great to see Horsey throw in an environmental message.  The first of the cartoons below also does: h/t Selfdeprecate.com Related Post: Top Ten Occupy Wall Street Cartoons

Big Government - Occupy Cartoon

Great to see Horsey throw in an environmental message.  The first of the cartoons below also does:

Occupy Hippies - Political Cartoon

Bankers - Occupy Cartoon

Tea Party - Occupy Wall Street Cartoon

h/t Selfdeprecate.com

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In the nation’s capital, underground is where it’s at

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

In the nation’s capital, underground is where it’s at

For the moment, let’s say we’re not buying the official, nothing-to-see-here story the White House is dishing about the gaping hole being ripped into the lawn outside the Oval Office.

Let’s say we suspect the construction crews that have been dipping their backhoes into the most secure soil in the free world are doing something more complex than mere utility work.

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‘Passback Day’ is a key date in the federal budget process

For hundreds of federal budget analysts, the Monday after Thanksgiving is a day to step back, take a deep breath and prepare for a stressful holiday season, marked less by parties and gift-giving and more by complex political maneuvering and tricky math.

“Passback Day,” as the last Monday of November is known in budget circles, is when the White House and the Office of Management and Budget literally pass back drafts of proposed budgets for the next fiscal year to agencies and departments and begin a series of negotiations in hopes of completing a final budget proposal for President Obama by January.

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New Jersey nurses charge religious discrimination over hospital abortion policy

A dozen nurses in New Jersey have rekindled the contentious debate over when health-care workers can refuse to play a role in caring for women getting abortions.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court Oct. 31, 12 nurses charge that the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey violated state and federal laws by abruptly announcing in September that nurses would have to help with abortion patients before and after the procedure, reversing a long-standing policy exempting employees who refuse based on religious or moral objections.

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Will they stay or will they go? Occupy LA faces test of peaceful relationship with city

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of Occupy Los Angeles protesters showed no sign they planned to move Sunday ahead of a city-imposed midnight deadline to abandon their encampment, saying they would instead hold an “eviction block party.”

Although city officials have told demonstrators they must leave the weeks-old protest site and take their nearly 500 tents with them by 12:01 a.m. Monday, just a handful were seen packing up Sunday.

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Team Obama Gears Up for 2012

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 28th, 2011 5:31 am by HL

Team Obama Gears Up for 2012
Jim Rutenberg, New York Times
AS North Carolina Republicans tell it, the Obama for America volunteers stole in under cover of night and stayed, undetected — noticed belatedly only because of election results across the state.“It was very scary,” said Chris Sinclair, a strategist for Billie Redmond, the Republican candidate for mayor in Raleigh. “You don’t know what’s going on until you wake up after Election Day and go, ‘Oh my gosh, what happened?’ ”

SS Spendaholic Sailing Into Abyss
Mark Steyn, Orange County Register
I see Andrea True died earlier this month. The late disco diva enjoyed a brief moment of global celebrity in 1976 with her ubiquitous glitterball favorite:”More, More, MoreHow do you like it? How do you like it? More, More, More How do you like it?How do you like it?”

Climategate 2.0
James Delingpole, Wall Street Journal
Last week, 5,000 files of private email correspondence among several of the world's top climate scientists were anonymously leaked onto the Internet. Like the first “climategate” leak of 2009, the latest release shows top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully and silence opponents, and displaying far less certainty about the reliability of anthropogenic global warming theory in private than they ever admit in public.The scientists include men like Michael Mann of Penn State University and Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia, both of whose reports…

A Step Forward on Immigration Reform

Will Demographic Shifts Save Obama?
Dan Balz, Washington Post
The 2008 election was a reminder of the demographic forces that are changing America and potentially the political balance in the country. The most diverse electorate in the nation’s history added to the favorable winds that pushed President Obama to victory. He will need the assistance of those shifts even more in 2012 if he is to avoid defeat.Much has been made of the president’s unusual coalition in 2008 — huge turnout and overwhelming support from African Americans, the backing of Latinos, the energy of younger voters, the help from college-educated Americans…