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Late, Late Night FDL: Roll Away Your Stone

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:45 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Roll Away Your Stone
Mumford and Sons – Roll Away Your Stone

Mumford and Sons – Roll Away Your Stone

What’s on your mind tonite…?


Anti-American Groups Gather in Pakistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:44 am by HL

Anti-American Groups Gather in Pakistan
Members of al-Qaida, the Taliban and militant groups from Afghanistan and Pakistan met up twice late last year in an effort to combine forces against America’s diminished presence in Pakistan—one common target on which they might agree to focus.  —KA The Telegraph: The meetings were held in Pakistan’s tribal region in November and December at the request of the Afghan Taliban’s leadership council. They could indicate the militants are struggling in Afghanistan, or conversely, that they want to make sure they hit US forces hard as the Americans accelerate their withdrawal this year. That could give the Taliban additional leverage in any peace negotiations. “For God’s sake, forget all your differences and give us fighters to boost the battle against America in Afghanistan,” senior al-Qaeda commander Abu Yahya al-Libi told Pakistani fighters at a meeting on Dec 11, according to a militant who attended. Pakistani militants have long been split over where they should focus their fighting. The Pakistani Taliban have concentrated on toppling their own government, although they have sent some fighters to Afghanistan. Other Pakistani groups based in the tribal region have almost exclusively directed their attacks against foreign forces in Afghanistan. Read more

Members of al-Qaida, the Taliban and militant groups from Afghanistan and Pakistan met up twice late last year in an effort to combine forces against America’s diminished presence in Pakistan—one common target on which they might agree to focus.? —KA

The Telegraph:

The meetings were held in Pakistan’s tribal region in November and December at the request of the Afghan Taliban’s leadership council.

They could indicate the militants are struggling in Afghanistan, or conversely, that they want to make sure they hit US forces hard as the Americans accelerate their withdrawal this year. That could give the Taliban additional leverage in any peace negotiations.

“For God’s sake, forget all your differences and give us fighters to boost the battle against America in Afghanistan,” senior al-Qaeda commander Abu Yahya al-Libi told Pakistani fighters at a meeting on Dec 11, according to a militant who attended.

Pakistani militants have long been split over where they should focus their fighting. The Pakistani Taliban have concentrated on toppling their own government, although they have sent some fighters to Afghanistan. Other Pakistani groups based in the tribal region have almost exclusively directed their attacks against foreign forces in Afghanistan.

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Rupert Murdoch Is on Twitter and It’s Weird
During his first few days on the social network, the mogul promoted “We Bought a Zoo,” told Iowans to consider Rick Santorum, praised President Obama (“decision on terrorist detention very courageous – and dead right!”) and called education America’s “absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.” Murdoch also reviewed the Steve Jobs biography (“interesting but unfair. Family must hate”), called Michael Bloomberg the best New York mayor in memory, and said the city is “cold and empty, even central park. Nice!” Once more for posterity: “cold and empty. Nice!” There’s something about a man who could stand in for Mr. Burns dropping terse, staccato tweets complete with exclamation marks, like he’s some kind of teenager who is super pumped about the Wall Street Journal, that is just … odd. It’s also a great opportunity to pester the man. Rupert, consider yourself followed.  —PZS

During his first few days on the social network, the mogul promoted “We Bought a Zoo,” told Iowans to consider Rick Santorum, praised President Obama (“decision on terrorist detention very courageous – and dead right!”) and called education America’s “absolute biggest crisis. No read, no write, no jobs.”

Murdoch also reviewed the Steve Jobs biography (“interesting but unfair. Family must hate”), called Michael Bloomberg the best New York mayor in memory, and said the city is “cold and empty, even central park. Nice!”

Once more for posterity: “cold and empty. Nice!”

There’s something about a man who could stand in for Mr. Burns dropping terse, staccato tweets complete with exclamation marks, like he’s some kind of teenager who is super pumped about the Wall Street Journal, that is just … odd.

It’s also a great opportunity to pester the man. Rupert, consider yourself followed.? —PZS

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Murdoch Tweets Support For Santorum

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:43 am by HL

Murdoch Tweets Support For Santorum
Rupert Murdoch made waves Monday evening when he tweeted his support of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, just a day before the Iowa caucuses. It…

Richard Geldard: The Middle Class and Election 2012
A Left-leaning agenda is progressive in human relationships, attentive to the environment and determined in opportunity for everyone. Nothing less will succeed, and we certainly cannot go back to some Tea Party longing for the past. Nostalgia is not an option.

Romney Wraps Up Week-Long Iowa Bus Tour By Ripping Into President Obama
MARION, Iowa — Mitt Romney hit the gas Monday on his effort to try to win Iowa and put himself in position to clinch the…

Craig Crawford: Top 10 Reasons to Ignore Iowa
Why Iowa shouldn’t matter: 1. Caucuses don’t even pick binding convention delegates. 2. The winner’s raw vote total would fill one fourth of an NFL…

Richard (RJ) Eskow: For a Sane Economy in 2012, How About a Little Shame?
The other day I was asked what one single thing could do the most to save our economy. What one idea or tool might help us create a more just society? My answer was “shame.”


CAIR Points To Anti-Muslim Postings In Wake Of Mosque Attacks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:42 am by HL

CAIR Points To Anti-Muslim Postings In Wake Of Mosque Attacks
An Islamic group is pointing to online posts encouraging individuals to toss Molotov cocktails into mosques in the wake of a wave of attacks in Queens that appeared to be aimed at Muslims on Sunday night.

Right-Wing, Fox & Friends Warn Girl Scouts Promote ‘Liberal Agenda’
Right-wing bloggers and Fox News have managed to squeeze in one more liberal conspiracy theory before the end of 2011….


ATF Head Could Recommend Terminations, Suspensions Following Fast And Furious IG Report
B. Todd Jones, the U.S. Attorney the Obama administration put in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the wake of the Fast and Furious scandal, told the Los Angeles Times that he would be making some termination or suspension recommendations to the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responibility once an Inspector General report is issued on the botched anti-gun trafficking program.


“I can’t do this any more”: Homeless people in America are dying

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:40 am by HL

“I can’t do this any more”: Homeless people in America are dying
As I was walking down Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley yesterday, I passed a homeless man huddled against the cold at a bus stop bench near the corner of Shattuck and Channing — and the man was talking to himself. “I just can’t do this any more,” he was saying. “I just can’t.” I felt so bad […]


Caucus Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:39 am by HL

Caucus Day
Iowans head to local caucuses tonight — across 1,774 precincts — to pick their candidates for president.

The caucuses begin at 8 pm ET with first results expected about a half hour later. Four years ago, Barack Obama’s victory in Iowa was declared by the television networks at about 9:25 pm ET.

Make your predictions in the comments below.


Is Privacy Act Violated as Voting War’s GOP Hit Man is Fed Leaks By Justice Department Mole?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:38 am by HL

Is Privacy Act Violated as Voting War’s GOP Hit Man is Fed Leaks By Justice Department Mole?
Will the DOJ investigate leaks in attacks on Voting Section employees and major voting rights decisions?

Why Rick Santorum’s Entirely Predictable Brief Success in Iowa Still Means He’ll be Back to Wingnut Welfare Soon
Whether Santorum finishes second, third or even first on Tuesday, he’s already had his best week ever. This campaign can’t go national.

How Christian Right-Wing Voters in Iowa Make Abortion a Central Issue in the Caucuses
To really understand Iowa, you need to understand the primacy of abortion as an issue to the Christian right.


Crony Capitalism in the Air

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:37 am by HL

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…

Obama in Kansas
I’m ready to wager that when the campaign of 2012 is all over, President Obama’s speech yesterday in Osawatomie, Kansas will be seen as the turning point that led to his victory in November 2012. Readers of this blog know…

Republican Foreign Policy Mad Libs
It’s the holiday season, a serviceable pretext time for good clean nonsense. Last year I offered my misheard lyrics video for the epic Clash song “Safe European Home” (fairly suitable for work, but funny mainly for Clash fans). Today’s frivolous…


REPORT: The Republican Candidates? Economic Agenda For The 1 Percent

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:36 am by HL

REPORT: The Republican Candidates? Economic Agenda For The 1 Percent
This Tuesday, Iowans will officially kick off the process to nominate the Republican candidate for president.  A close examination of all of the GOP candidates’ records and policy positions reveals that Mitt Romney is not the only candidate who “represents the one percent.” All of the Republican candidates share at least one thing in common: […]

This Tuesday, Iowans will officially kick off the process to nominate the Republican candidate for president.  A close examination of all of the GOP candidates’ records and policy positions reveals that Mitt Romney is not the only candidate who “represents the one percent.” All of the Republican candidates share at least one thing in common: an economic agenda that will benefit the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans at the expense of the other 99 percent.

Each and every Republican candidate has called for trillions of dollars in new tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and corporations — all while calling for ending Medicare as we know it and dramatic cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and countless other programs and services that Americans depend on each day.

All of the candidates would take us back to the Bush-era policies that increased income inequality, resulted in the worst job growth in decades, exploded the deficit and national debt, and ultimately crashed the economy.  Indeed, the policies proposed by the candidates would not only embrace this failed economic agenda, they would take it even further.

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Sources

Supports new tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans

Bachmann: MicheleBachmann.com, accessed 12/27/2011; ThinkProgress, 6/11/2011

Gingrich: Newt.org, accessed 12/27/2011; ThinkProgress, 12/12/2011

Huntsman: ThinkProgress, 8/31/2011

Paul: Yahoo News, 12/21/2011

Perry: ThinkProgress, 12/10/2011, New York Times, 10/25/2011

Romney: Center for American Progress Action Fund, 12/9/2011

Santorum: Quad City Times, 12/14/2011

Supports new tax cuts for corporations

Bachmann: ThinkProgress, 8/29/2011; ThinkProgress, 6/11/2011MicheleBachmann.com, accessed 12/27/2011

Gingrich: Newt.org, accessed 12/27/2011; ThinkProgress, 7/14/2011

Huntsman: MarketPlace, 11/28/2011

Paul: Yahoo News, 12/21/2011

Perry: ThinkProgress, 8/17/2011;

Romney: Center for American Progress Action Fund, 12/9/2011; ThinkProgress, 3/11/2011

Santorum: Quad City Times, 12/14/2011

Supports ending Medicare as we know it

Bachmann: House Roll Call Vote #277, 4/15/2011; ThinkProgress, 2/8/2010Bloomberg News, 8/13/2011

Gingrich: New York Times, 7/20/1996ThinkProgress, 12/15/2011; The Hill, 12/6/2011

Huntsman: ABC News, 5/20/2011

Paul: ThinkProgress, 5/15/2011MSNBC, 4/27/2011

Perry: RickPerry.org, accessed 12/27/2011; ThinkProgress, 10/26/2011

Romney: Washington Post, 12/8/2011; ThinkProgress, 12/7/2011; ThinkProgress, 11/7/2011

Santorum: ThinkProgress, 10/31/2011; MSNBC First Read, 5/26/2011; ThinkProgress, 4/15/2011

Supports cuts to Social Security

Bachmann: ThinkProgress, 2/8/2010; Bloomberg News, 8/13/2011

Gingrich: ThinkProgress, 9/11/2010; Fiscal Times, 12/8/2011

Huntsman: CNN, 9/16/2011; ThinkProgress, 8/31/2011

Paul: RonPaul2012.com, accessed 12/27/2011; MSNBC, 4/27/2011

Perry: RickPerry.org, accessed 12/27/2011

Romney: Center for American Progress Action Fund, 12/9/2011; ThinkProgress, 9/8/2011; MittRomney.com, accessed 12/27/2011

Santorum: ThinkProgress, 6/6/2011; ThinkProgress, 6/9/2011; Raw Story, 9/13/2011

Supports repealing Wall Street Reform Law (Dodd-Frank)

Bachmann: MicheleBachmann.com, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 9/13/2011

Gingrich: Newt.org, accessed 12/27/2011; ThinkProgress, 8/19/2011

Huntsman: Jon2012.com; accessed 12/272011; ThinkProgress, 9/13/2011

Paul: RonPaul2012.com, accessed 12/27/2011

Perry: RickPerry.org, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 9/13/2011

Romney: MittRomney.com, accessed 12/27/2011ThinkProgress, 7/6/2011ThinkProgress, 8/25/2011;

Santorum: RickSantorum.com, accessed 12/27/2011; ThinkProgress, 9/27/2011

Opposes “Buffett Rule” to make sure millionaires pay at least the same tax rate as middle class workers

Bachmann: Washington Times, 9/19/2011

Gingrich: Political Correction, 12/12/2011; ThinkProgress, 12/15/2011

Huntsman: Fox News Channel Debate; 9/22/2011

Paul: Washington Times, 9/19/2011

Perry: ThinkProgress, 10/27/2011; Houston Chronicle, 9/29/2011

Romney: ThinkProgress, 10/13/2011; ThinkProgress, 10/20/2011; Washington Times, 9/19/2011

Santorum: Boston Globe, 9/18/2011

Opposes ending tax breaks for Big Oil

Bachmann: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer; House Roll Call Vote #153, 3/1/2011

Gingrich: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer; ThinkProgress, 5/16/2011

Paul: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signerHouse Roll Call Vote #153, 3/1/2011

Perry: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer. Perry’s plan would merely eliminate energy subsidies as they come up for expiration — over a period as long as 20 years.  Most of the billions of dollars in annual tax subsidies for oil and gas companies — unlike those for clean energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner vehicles — are written permanently into the tax code (including some that have persisted for nearly a century). Eliminating these provisions would fall outside the scope of the Perry plan, as they would require an affirmative action to repeal and would thus violate the Grover Norquist ATR pledge.

Romney: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer; ThinkProgress, 10/26/2011; ThinkProgress, 5/2/2011

Santorum: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer

Opposes ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas

Bachmann: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer

Gingrich: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer

Paul: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer

Perry: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer

Romney: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer

Santorum: Grover Norquist Americans for Tax Reform pledge signer


She the People: our predictions for Iowa

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2012 5:35 am by HL

She the People: our predictions for Iowa

Welcome to the Post’s new politics and culture blog, “She the People: The World as Women See It.” Though dedicated to the proposition that politics properly understood encompasses just about everything, I thought we’d start with some predictions about Tuesday’s caucuses in Iowa, where a bunch of our writers rang in the new year with Republicans.

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Santorum: Ron Paul belongs to ‘Dennis Kucinich wing of the Democratic Party’

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum (R) is swinging hard at Rep. Ron Paul as the Iowa caucuses loom, arguing that the Texas Republican’s views on foreign policy are more in line with liberal anti-war Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich than with the Republican Party.

“Would you be able to campaign and embrace Ron Paul as the Republican nominee, given his positions on foreign policy and disengagement?” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Santorum in an interview at the Indianola, Iowa, Public Library that aired Monday night.

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The secret of Mitt Romney’s Iowa success? Electability.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ’s rise to the top of the polls in Iowa is built almost exclusively on a single word: electability.

Look inside the Des Moines Register poll, which showed Romney leading the way with 24 percent of the vote, and it’s clear that the former Massachusetts governor’s “head” appeal (we need to nominate someone who can beat President Obama next fall) is winning out over the doubts many voters in the state still have about his conservative bona fides and ability to relate to average Iowans.

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Defense Secretary Panetta faces tough choices on national security in 2012

When it comes to national security issues in 2012, the person who faces the toughest choices is Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.

Look at what’s on his plate: the Pentagon’s budget crunch, the war in Afghanistan, the postwar period in Iraq, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Israeli issues, U.S.-Pakistan relations, China’s growing military and the biggest challenge of all — Congress.

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