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Archive for May 8th, 2014

‘Check Your Privilege’ Means ‘Shut Your Mouth’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

‘Check Your Privilege’ Means ‘Shut Your Mouth’
R. Ponnuru, Bloomberg
We’ve all known forever that Princeton University is a place of many privileges. It has recently gotten a new one: Starting an argument from there, filled with conservative sentiments and anecdotes, is now a surefire way to command the attention of the Internet.

Monica’s Emancipation Proclamation
Debra Saunders, SF Chronicle
“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” Monica Lewinsky, now 40, writes in a Vanity Fair essay due for digital release today. All I can say is: You go, girl.The 1998 revelation of L’Affaire Lewinsky and its fallout should have made one thing clear to American women.Forget “You’ve come a long way, baby.” When husbands cheat, the other woman usually ends up the odd man out.Bill Clinton’s presidency and poll ratings survived his self-serving definition of sex. Hillary Clinton had to live with her husband’s betrayal, but the scandal helped boost her career from first lady who…

Weathermen as Props: An Old Messaging Trick
Martha Joynt Kumar, RCP
To some observers, it seemed that President Obama did something new and radically different Tuesday by bringing eight weather forecasters to the White House to talk about climate change, but such a move was not a novel presidential ploy. Seventeen years ago, President Clinton reached out to a similar group — to deliver a similar message about the dangers of global climate conditions.On Oct. 1, 1997, Clinton met with 110 weather forecasters who came to the White House for meetings with scientists from NOAA and the National Science Foundation as well as the president and vice president. White…


John Boehner: New Benghazi committee will be “serious investigation”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 10:42 pm by HL

John Boehner: New Benghazi committee will be “serious investigation”
Asked why Republicans are fundraising off the new Benghazi probe, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defends the committee as a genuine effort to get to the truth.

Veterans Affairs chief orders nationwide review of VA Medical Centers
The audit comes in wake of reports that veterans died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA clinic

Chris Christie campaigns for Maine Gov. Paul LePage
In Maine to help GOP Gov. Paul LePage with his reelection bid, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., says he and LePage both “say what we think — we’re very direct.”


Putin going to France for D-Day’s 70th anniversary

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 10:32 pm by HL

Putin going to France for D-Day’s 70th anniversary
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin is planning to go to France to attend events on June 6 marking the 70th anniversary of the allied landing in Normandy.

Investors to Supreme Court: Deny Argentine do-over
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s opponents have filed their last arguments with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging justices to deny the South American government’s appeal of a $1.4 billion debt ruling because President Cristina Fernandez has repeatedly vowed not to honor any decision that goes against her.


Gowdy’s History Of Using A Committee Hearing To Deceive Media

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 10:23 pm by HL

Gowdy’s History Of Using A Committee Hearing To Deceive Media

Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has a history of deceiving media by misrepresenting evidence at a congressional hearing, a worrying past given his new role as the leader of the House select committee investigating the Benghazi attacks.

Gowdy was chosen on May 5 to run the new select committee into the Obama administration’s handling of the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya, and was described by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as “dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come.  His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel.”

But Gowdy’s apparent “zeal for the truth” has not stopped him from misleading past congressional investigations into the attacks with media figures who are eager to amplify Republican scandal-mongering.

At a previous House hearing on Benghazi on May 8, 2013, Gowdy purported to read from a State Department email sent a day after the attacks, which Republicans claimed revealed State officials knew that terrorists were behind the attacks but initially attempted to cover-up this knowledge for political reasons. Gowdy quoted a State official as saying in this early email, “the group that conducted the attacks…is affiliated with Islamic terrorists.”

Fox News immediately ran with Gowdy’s line, claiming that the email opened up new questions about the administration’s response to the attacks, including questions “about the accuracy of the past testimony of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

But when The New York Times obtained an actual copy of the email in question, they found that it referred to “Islamic extremists,” not terrorists. The senior State Department official who sent the email, A. Elizabeth Jones, was noting exactly what senior White House officials and then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice had all acknowledged: the possibility that extremists could had been involved in the assault.

In response to the clear evidence that he had misrepresented an official email in a Congressional hearing, Gowdy deflected, claiming there was no relevant distinction between “extremists” and “terrorists” — even though making that very distinction was exactly what Republicans were attempting to accuse the administration of doing in their supposed “cover up” of Benghazi. His Republican colleagues once again turned to Fox to push out the new line, now claiming the email said “definitively” that “it was Ansar-al-Sharia, Islamic extremists, that committed this terrorist act,” despite the fact that the email still made no reference to terrorism.

As Republicans gear to up use this new select committee to continue to push the Benghazi hoax, media should be wary of trusting Gowdy’s interpretation of the record — he can’t always be trusted to accurately quote reality.


Administration rolls out new immigration regs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 10:12 pm by HL

Administration rolls out new immigration regs
Draft rules would allow spouses of skilled foreign workers to seek jobs.


A Sherpa’s Final Moments

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 10:01 pm by HL

A Sherpa’s Final Moments
The Sherpas climbing Mount Everest April 18th were young, strong, healthy men. They were also, it is clear from the video that one of them shot that morning, a little nervous.



World Briefing : Pakistan: F.B.I. Agent Released on Bail
A Federal Bureau of Investigation agent arrested in Pakistan for trying to board a civilian flight with 15 9-millimeter bullets and a knife in his luggage was released on $10,000 bail on Thursday, Pakistani authorities said.

In Odessa, Home-Grown Combatants Keep Pro-Russia Forces in Check
With little help from local officials, residents who favor keeping Ukraine intact have been battling those who favor ties to Russia.



An Explosion and a Blockade, and a Syrian Pact Is in Limbo
An insurgent group claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday, saying it was a response to the mass killing of unarmed civilians in Aleppo.




On Benghazi and the Right-Wing Media’s Never-Ending Quest for ‘Smoking Guns’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 9:46 pm by HL

On Benghazi and the Right-Wing Media’s Never-Ending Quest for ‘Smoking Guns’
From: Eric Alterman

Eric with the latest reviews (sort of) and Reed on Benghazi and the right-wing media. 

What’s Wrong With the Electrify Africa Act
From: Foreign Policy In Focus

It’s a giveaway to the fossil fuel industry. Global climate justice advocates are fighting instead for clean, renewable energy.

First Witness Called in Bridgegate Hearings
From: The Christie Watch

A former aide says Christie's deputy chief of staff was "instrumental," but for whom?

Mothers’ Thankless Work Building an Economy for the Rest of Us
From: Bryce Covert

Women put in long hours inside and outside the home, making a more prosperous economy, and we reward them with crappy public policy.

Has Putin Blinked?
From: Bob Dreyfuss

If so, perhaps a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis is in sight.


How Cable News Covered The Landmark Climate Change Report

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 9:42 pm by HL

How Cable News Covered The Landmark Climate Change Report

On Tuesday, the federal government released the National Climate Assessment (NCA). How did the cable news networks cover it?

The post How Cable News Covered The Landmark Climate Change Report appeared first on ThinkProgress.

On Tuesday, the federal government released the National Climate Assessment (NCA), the definitive account of climate change’s already-occurring impacts on the U.S., and of how those impacts will only be felt more acutely as time goes on.

So, how did the cable news networks cover it?

National-Climate-Assessment-coverage

CREDIT: Andrew Breiner

Al Jazeera America was the clear leader in coverage. Besides reporting directly on the assessment and its contents, AJAM had reporters in San Francisco and South Florida to cover the impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities, one in the West looking at drastically low snowpack and drought, and featured NCA authors, climate scientists, and others explaining the assessment’s findings in-depth. AJAM’s 8pm News hosted by John Seigenthaler devoted over half of its hour-long running time to the climate assessment and its implications, more than Fox News spent over the course of the day.

And at the same time Seigenthaler was telling his audience, “the threat is no longer distant; it’s affecting Americans right now,” Fox News was taking a different approach. “The White House releases a dire report on climate change,” Laura Ingraham announced as guest-host of the O’Reilly Factor, “Is it trying to distract its critics from Benghazi and other problems?” She did not clarify during the course of the segment that a 1990 Congressional mandate required that the assessment be released every four years.

Fox News coverage did not discuss the contents of the report, focusing instead on disputing the reality of climate change, disputing the possibility of addressing it, and labeling the assessment a distraction or gift to Obama’s supporters intended to help Democrats in November’s midterm elections. In a particularly-noteworthy panel on Special Report With Bret Baier, George Will accused climate scientists of believing in climate change for pay, and claimed that money flowing from fossil fuel interests to deny climate change “pales in comparison to the money flowing from the federal government.”

Both CNN and MSNBC covered the landmark report in depth, looking into the impacts the U.S. is already seeing from the changing climate, breaking them down region-by-region, and inviting experts on to discuss.

The post How Cable News Covered The Landmark Climate Change Report appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Lewinsky: Feminists Failed Me

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 8th, 2014 9:37 pm by HL

Lewinsky: Feminists Failed Me
Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post
Monica’s Lewinsky’s essay in the new issue of Vanity Fair raises all sorts of questions. Why is she writing this now? What does she want? What’s her next move? And of course, what do her words mean for Hillary Clinton? Our colleague Ruth Marcus argues that Lewinsky has done the former secretary of state a solid by plainly stating that the affair was consensual, thus blunting Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) argument that Bill Clinton was a sexual predator.

‘Check Your Privilege’ Means ‘Shut Your Mouth’
R. Ponnuru, Bloomberg
We’ve all known forever that Princeton University is a place of many privileges. It has recently gotten a new one: Starting an argument from there, filled with conservative sentiments and anecdotes, is now a surefire way to command the attention of the Internet.

Blowing Benghazi Out of Proportion