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Cantor Scuttles Stock Act

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Cantor Scuttles Stock Act
The Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge, or STOCK Act, would prohibit Members of Congress and their aids from profiting from inside information they might obtain through their official duties. But the House Financial Services Committee, which appeared to be set to fast track the bill, abruptly canceled plans to vote on it. “We were taken completely by surprise…stunned is more like it,” Slaughter told WGRZ-TV. The bill was pulled at the behest of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.



Sunday Talking Heads: December 11, 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:44 am by HL

Sunday Talking Heads: December 11, 2011
Daytime fireworks, a novel idea, I mean the video. (H/T HuffPo) Scarecrow says: Good grief. That must be the worst concentration of stupid, mean, and dishonest ever assembled for national television. Our only hope is a Chinese cyber attack on the entire grid. Everyone go out and buy candles and batteries. To which Eli replies: […]

Daytime fireworks, a novel idea, I mean the video. (H/T HuffPo)

Scarecrow says: Good grief. That must be the worst concentration of stupid, mean, and dishonest ever assembled for national television. Our only hope is a Chinese cyber attack on the entire grid. Everyone go out and buy candles and batteries.

To which Eli replies: “Since last week, at least.”

Her are the listings:

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: ABC’s Republican debate recap with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. Also too, Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, and John Berman.  Then Jon HuntsmanRoundtable: George Will, Donna Brazile, Leslie Sanchez in Washington, DC, with Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich in Iowa.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Steve King. Roundtable: John Dickerson, Norah O’Donnell.

CNN’s State of the Union: Rick Santorum. Then, former US Congressman Bob Walker, a Gingrichian, and former NH Governor John Sununu, Romnian.  Plus, Anita Dunn and Tom Davis on the end of the year in the House and Senate. Finally, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

Chris Hayes: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and others.

Chris Matthews: dunno.

Fareed Zakaria- GPS: Jon Huntsman.

Fox News Sunday: Gov. Rick Perry. Sen. Mitch McConnellRoundtable: Paul Gigot, Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet the Press: Rep. Ron Paul.  Then Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on congressional machinations. Roundtable: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), Ted Koppel, NBC’s Senior Investigative Correspondent, who covered Capitol Hill during Gingrich’s tenure as speaker, Lisa  Myers, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, and Chuck Todd.

Newsmakers: Freshman Sen.Mark Kirk (R-IL) spoke about his opposition to an extension of the payroll tax cut. “The legislation undermines social security,” he said. The payroll tax funds Social Security and the loss would be paid back over the next ten years. Senator Kirk denied the charges by Democrats that he would be raising taxes because it was a “temporary gimmick,” he said. Congress reduced the payroll tax for one year from 6.2% to 4.2%. It is set to expire at the end of the year but Democrats and some Republicans want to extend it and expand it to 3.1%, but Senator Kirk is among the opposition. “The Republican conference is divided,” he said…

Q & A: Major General Marcia Anderson discusses her life and her career as the highest ranking female African American in the history of the United States Army. Anderson describes growing up in impoverished East Saint Louis, Illinois…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: President Obama – Steve Kroft questions the president on a wide range of critical topics, including his performance in office, the U.S. economy and unemployment, and the budget woes in Washington. Howard Buffett – Legendary investor Warren Buffett has chosen his son Howard to succeed him as head of his multibillion dollar holding company. But as Lesley Stahl reports, “Howie” – a farmer – is no chip off the old block.

To the Contrary: Topics: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks on LBGT equality and her remarks on the rights of women in Egypt. Then Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to not put emergency contraception on the shelves, despite the FDA’s recommendations. And then, breast cancer screenings can save women’s lives. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood; Judge and Former Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.

Univision’s Al Punto: Alejandra Sota, Spokesperson for Mexican President Felipe Calderon; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Johns Hopkins’s Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery & Oncology Neuroscience and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, and Director of the Brain Tumor Surgery and Pituitary Surgery Programs.

Virtually Speaking: Dahlia Lithwick and Culture of Truth discuss developments of the week, highlighting recent sessions of the Supreme Court, drawing from their work of the prior week including the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations.  Listen live and later on BTR.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon: The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. “In this penetrating new study, Harvard University’s Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson go beyond images of protesters in Colonial costumes to provide a nuanced portrait of the Tea Party. What they find is sometimes surprising. Drawing on grassroots interviews and visits to local meetings in several regions, they find that older, middle-class Tea Partiers mostly approve of Social Security, Medicare, and generous benefits for military veterans. Their opposition to “big government” entails reluctance to pay taxes to help people viewed as undeserving “freeloaders” – including immigrants, lower income earners, and the young.” Come chat with Vanessa Williamson about her new book with host Paul Street, 5pm ET. Teddy has more.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Addiction Incorporated, “In the 1980s, DeNoble was a research scientist at a major tobacco company, where he was tasked with finding a substitute for nicotine that would not cause heart attacks. He succeeded- but in the process, he proved something that the industry had been denying for years: that cigarettes were addictive. He also uncovered a new addictive ingredient- setting off a chain of events that still reverberates even today.” Join Director Charles Evans Jr., Scientist / Whistleblower Victor DeNoble and host Lisa Derrick, 8pm ET Monday.



Occupy Our Homes Makes a Move

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:43 am by HL

Occupy Our Homes Makes a Move
The Occupy Our Homes campaign kicked off last Tuesday when hundreds of people, including activists, neighborhood residents and a couple of City Council members, marched through a neglected Brooklyn neighborhood to open a foreclosed house to a homeless family.

The Occupy Our Homes campaign kicked off last Tuesday when hundreds of people, including activists, neighborhood residents and a couple of City Council members, marched through a neglected Brooklyn neighborhood to open a foreclosed house to a homeless family.

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Gingrich Stands By Controversial Comment About Palestinians

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:42 am by HL

Gingrich Stands By Controversial Comment About Palestinians
By DANIEL ESTRIN and THOMAS BEAUMONT, ASSOCIATED PRESS DES MOINES, Iowa â?? Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said he supports a peace agreement between Israel…

Joseph Ward III: Rick Perry: If You Don’t Support LGBT Human Rights, Don’t Run For President
It’s unconscionable how out of touch you are with the values of equality, freedom and justice. Not only have you alienated Christians across the United States who unconditionally welcome and affirm the LGBT community; you’ve alienated many across the world.

Newt Stands His Ground On ‘Invented People’ Remarks
At Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich went back and forth over Gingrich’s comment that the Palestinians are an “invented people.”…

Gingrich Targeted At Lively GOP Debate
By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press Attacked as a lifelong Washington insider, newly minted Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich parried criticism from Mitt Romney in campaign debate…

Chris Castle: Let’s Play Fair on SOPA and Copyright
Investors may be losing confidence in whether Google can support the legality of its revenues — and for good reason. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire and it smells like a fire in the house of Google.


Holder Squares Off With House Republicans At Fast And Furious Hearing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:41 am by HL

Holder Squares Off With House Republicans At Fast And Furious Hearing
Attorney General Eric Holder went toe-to-toe with House Republicans on Thursday over the Justice Department’s handling of Operation Fast and Furious, the program which allowed weapons to flow over the border into Mexico.

Holder, Chaffetz Get Into Heated Exchange Over Fast And Furious (VIDEO)
One of the most heated exchanges of Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday was between Holder and Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who accused Holder of being “oblivious and disengaged” from guns walking during Operation Fast and Furious.


Birther Who Tried To Indict Obama For Treason Arrested For Stealing Court Documents
A birther in Tennessee, previously seen trying to indict President Obama for treason, was arrested and charged with tampering with government documents for allegedly stealing confidential paperwork from his local courthouse.


A Future Toon: How Romney Lost the GOP Nomination

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:37 am by HL

A Future Toon: How Romney Lost the GOP Nomination


Republican Foreign Policy Debate, Ugh

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Republican Foreign Policy Debate, Ugh
If nothing else, devoting an entire GOP campaign forum to national security and foreign policy — the CBS News / National Journal organizers called it the “Commander in Chief Debate” — helps accentuate the preparation and seriousness the candidates have…


Crony Capitalism in the Air
After trying to push it through as part of the debt ceiling debacle, then in the super committee, Republicans are now trying to attach spectrum auction provisions to the payroll tax holiday bill. Their bill is about as clear an…


Open Thread Plus Toles Climate Cartoon

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:35 am by HL

Open Thread Plus Toles Climate Cartoon
A cyber-penny for your thoughts.

A cyber-penny for your thoughts.

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BREAKING: Police Raid Occupy Boston
Following an eviction notice issued by the City of Boston and the corporate Greenway Conservancy on Thursday, Boston police began evicting the members of Occupy Boston in Dewey Square at 5 am today. Livestreams of the eviction are available here and here.

Following an eviction notice issued by the City of Boston and the corporate Greenway Conservancy on Thursday, Boston police began evicting the members of Occupy Boston in Dewey Square at 5 am today. Livestreams of the eviction are available here and here.


Pentagon program to limit the threat of roadside bombs faces budget cut

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:34 am by HL

Pentagon program to limit the threat of roadside bombs faces budget cut

Budget hawks may cut back a five-year-old Pentagon program aimed at curbing casualties from the crude roadside bombs known as IEDs, a leading threat to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed trimming $265 million from the Pentagon’s $3.2 billion budget for the program. The Government Accountability Office and some think tanks have said it’s duplicative, raising questions about the long-term viability of the program.

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Gingrich comes under attack in GOP debate

DES MOINES —Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich came under sharp and repeated attack here Saturday night, accused by his rivals of being a career politician who has profited by being a Washington insider, a serial hypocrite who has often changed his views and a leader whose intemperate rhetoric can hurt the United States internationally.

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Iowa ABC/Yahoo Republican debate: The live blog

If you’re like us, you’re spending your Saturday night at home. And glad to be there.

That’s because six Republican presidential candidates will take the debate stage at Drake University in Des Moines tonight at 9 p.m. for their thirteenth (!) debate of the 2012 race.

And, we’ll be live-blogging every minute of it! Never participated in one of our live-blogs before? It’s like watching the debate with your nerdiest (and biggest wise-cracking) friends.

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An upbeat Romney pops in on Des Moines campaign staff

DES MOINES – Mitt Romney, peppy and even silly, popped up unannounced Saturday at his campaign headquarters here, where he rallied volunteers by telling light-hearted stories about his family and even offering to autograph his supporters’ bare arms.

“Just undo your shirt and we’ll sign your arm,” Romney joked.

Romney is a habitually upbeat presidential candidate, but he seemed particularly so Saturday, just hours before taking the stage at Drake University here for his first debate since former House speaker Newt Gingrich surged past him to a commanding lead in the polls.

On Friday night, following a few hours of debate preparation here with his top advisers, Romney said he relaxed by retiring to his hotel room with his wife, Ann, and their 35-year-old son, Josh. Romney told reporters they watched “The Help,” which he said he picked up at RedBox, and called the film about black maids in 1960s Mississippi “very powerful.”

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Iowa Republican debate: Winners and losers

It’s all over but the spinning at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where six Republican presidential candidates duked it out earlier this evening.

We live-blogged the debate but also managed to come up with some of the winners — and losers — from the night that was. Our picks are below. Have some of your own? The comments section awaits.

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Europe’s Latest Try

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 11th, 2011 5:31 am by HL

Europe’s Latest Try

The Band of Brothers Takes to the Gridiron
Lucas Tomlinson, WSJ
For the 112th time in their illustrious history, Army and Navy—the cadets of West Point and the midshipmen of Annapolis—face off on the football field Saturday. For the 11th straight year, those on both sides know they are preparing for military service in a time of war.Players on the field today represent a special breed of men. Where else will you find athletes who turned down college scholarships to attend institutions in which the first order of business is to endure “beast barracks” or “plebe summers,” periods of basic training for incoming cadets…

Britain Saves Itself From Europe
Niall Ferguson, The Daily Beast
To listen to some conservative commentary in London on Friday, you would think the British Prime Minister David Cameron just morphed into Winston Churchill, valiantly upholding England’s ancient liberties against German aggression. In fact, what happened in Europe this week was nothing so grandiose. David Cameron’s refusal to back a Franco-German plan to revise the European Union treaty was the culmination of a consistent Conservative policy, dating back to Margaret Thatcher and continued under John Major. That policy has been to resist any steps taken in the name of…

Kristof’s Dinner With Islamists
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary
The New York Times"‹ has a long history of publishing disingenuous articles and columns that whitewashed totalitarians and tyrants. It’s not easy to top Walter Duranty"‹’s Pulitzer Prize-winning lies about Stalin and the terror famine in the Ukraine which took the lives of millions; Herbert Mathews’s portrayal of Fidel Castro"‹ as a democrat freedom-fighter; or, more recently, Roger Cohen"‹’s attempt to depict the Islamist regime in Iran as unthreatening philo-Semites who were not oppressing that country’s…

Newt’s Nastiness Comes Back to Haunt Him
Dana Milbank, Wash Post
The campaign of Mitt Romney, the Rip Van Winkle of presidential politics, finally awakened this week with a savage counterattack against Newt Gingrich, the man who against all odds is threatening to wrest the Republican nomination from Romney.In a conference call Thursday sponsored by Romney’s campaign, two surrogates of the former Massachusetts governor let fly with a barrage against Gingrich that was shockingly harsh even by today’s caustic standards.