Thursday, March 31, 2011

DAMAGE CONTROL

GOP Rep. whines that he can’t make ends meet on a $174,000 salary (Could you?) – and now the party is desperate to pretend he never said it

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/gopers-demand-sean-duffy-salary-tape-be-pulled-from-the-internet.php

No shutdown after all?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/top-democratic-says-breakthrough-possible-to-avert-government-shutdown.php

How big a price did the Dems pay? http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/why-wont-dems-tell-voters-just-how-ba

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/how_uncertainty_in_congress_makes_a_government_shutdown_more_likely/2011/03/28/AFvj5j4B_blog.html

A response to Juan Cole on Libya

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/03/30/cole

Looking for a serious energy policy

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028702.php

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/30/obama-energy-security-plan-launches-like-lead-balloon/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/30/961655/-If-energy-and-climate-change-are-matters-of-national-security,-why-arent-we-spending-like-it-

Catching on

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/poll-unfavorable-views-of-tea-party-hits-record-high.php
Poll: Unfavorable View Of Tea Party Hits Record High

Lesson: you can’t have a Presidential debate without Presidential candidates

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/first-presidential-debate-pushed-back-to-september-due-to-lack-of-candidates.php

More: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/30/how_slow_is_the_presidential_race.html

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/30/politico_debate_postponed

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/30/an_unimpressive_field.html
[Joe Klein] This is my 10th presidential campaign, Lord help me. I have never before seen such a bunch of vile, desperate-to-please, shameless, embarrassing losers coagulated under a single party's banner. . .

http://www.samefacts.com/2011/03/watching-conservatives/joe-klein-and-the-fundamental-attribution-error/
[Mark Kleiman] Then, having demonstrated that even apparently sane people like Romney and Pawlenty wind up talking like gibbering idiots when they seek the Republican Presidential nomination, Klein concludes … that someone apparently sane, such as Mitch Daniels or Jeb Bush, needs to get into the race.

This reflects what the social psychologists call the “fundamental attribution error”: attributing behavior to character rather than to situation. If Daniels or Bush got into the race, he would be forced to sound just like the rest of the lunatics. . . . [read on]

Me, me, me, me!!

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/sarah-palin-rips-into-daily-caller-for-not-featuring-her-quote-high-enough.php
Sarah Palin Rips Into Daily Caller For Not Featuring Her Quote High Enough

More: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/30/palin_outraged_caller

Looks like Fox has just given up on the pretense of being a real news network

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/30/961717/-Shock!-Hannity-uses-fake,-discredited-quote-to-smear-Obama-over-Libya

Bonus item: the wackiest GOP candidates (BEFORE this year)

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/30/before_bachmann

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

KILLING THEMSELVES

And they don’t think they will be blamed?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/cantor-no-more-emergency-measures-to-fund-the-government.php
Cantor: No More Emergency Measures To Fund The Government

More: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/howard-dean-quietly-rooting-for-govt-shutdown-video.php

A lost opportunity for the Dems?

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028686.php
CAN'T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME?

No respect for the courts

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/judge-blocks-wisconsin-anti-union-law-again.php
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi has just blocked -- again -- Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) new law curtailing public employee unions, after the state Republican leadership moved last Friday to circumvent her previous order that blocked the law on procedural grounds. But that's not the end of the discussion, as it appears the state will continue to defy the order. . . .

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/29/961386/-Wisconsin-judge-reiterates-that-budget-repair-bill-is-not-in-effect

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/29/wisconsin-judge-again-blocks-anti-union-law/

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028692.php
JUDGE TO WISCONSIN GOP: WHAT PART OF 'NO' DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

When will they learn?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/poll-fl-gov-rick-scott-would-lose-do-over-election----by-20-points.php
Poll: FL. Gov. Rick Scott Would Lose Do-Over Election -- By 20 Points

More: http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/03/29/poll-rick-scott-joins-the-ranks-of-the-new-republican-governors-who-ve-torqued-everybody-off.aspx

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028681.php

Thank you!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/29/961342/-GOP-congresswoman-to-Democrats:-Stop-talking-about-jobs
GOP congresswoman to Democrats: 'Stop talking about jobs'

I’m getting pretty tired of this guy

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028684.php
WHAT MCCAIN DOESN'T UNDERSTAND

[NB: Of course, he DOES understand, and he knows perfectly well what he's doing.]

Newt, shamelessly reinventing himself as a theocrat

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/newt-gingrich-america-in-danger-of-becoming-atheist-islamic-country.php
Newt Gingrich: America In Danger of Becoming Atheist, Islamic Country

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028678.php

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/03/gingrich-warns-america-may-become-a-secular-atheist-country-dominated-by-radical-islamists/

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/29/gingrich_secular_islamists

Move over, Newt, make room for a REAL theocrat

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028682.php
Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who lost his job after erecting a monument of the Ten Commandments outside the state's courthouse, plans to announce in mid-April that he is setting up a presidential exploratory committee . . . [read on]

All this tells me that the GOP expects religion to be a huge issue in 2012

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/29/religious_split_in_the_gop.html

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/03/mitt-romneys-christian-problem/

Donald Trump, fame whore

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/donald-trumps-birtherism-beyond-stup

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/28/donald-trump-will-win-new_n_841610.html

Wow. Fox editor openly admits that their “news” coverage lies

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/29/bill_sammon_socialism
If you're the vice president and Washington managing editor of a supposed news network, and not simply another pundit or commentator, you probably shouldn't brag, in public, about how you purposefully said things you didn't believe to be true, on air. . . . [read on]

More: http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/03/obama-socialist

http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/fox-news-executive-admits-his-attempt-link-o

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/29/960864/-Open-thread-for-night-owls:-Enough-already-with-giving-Foxaganda-the-time-of-day

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/another-major-blow-to-foxs-credibility/2011/03/03/AFEVDAvB_blog.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028677.php

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/12/fox_news_bureau_chief_told_staff_to_cast_doubt_on_climate_change.php
Fox News Bureau Chief Told Staff To Cast Doubt On Climate Change

Finally!

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/alert-media-american-people-arent.html
In the space of one year, Fox News has lost its perch as the most trusted TV news network in the US and is now average at best . . . [read on]

Bonus item: Sarah Palin, proud product of five colleges

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/29/palin_squirmish
The people have a right to know: Are we at war? Or is this an intervention? Or... a "squirmish"?

More: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/sarah-palin-wonders-aloud-if-libya-squirmis

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

THE OBAMA DOCTRINE

Obama’s case for Libyan intervention

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/obama-i-refused-to-let-a-massacre-in-libya-happen.php
'I Refused' To Let A Massacre Happen

Full text and video: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/president-obama-us-has-done-what-we-said-we

Some reactions

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028673.php

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/28/obama_speech

http://www.slate.com/id/2289608/

http://www.samefacts.com/2011/03/international-affairs/libya/american-exceptionalism/

The Obama Doctrine?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/obama-doctrine-emerges-international-support-critical-to-military-missions.php

Shutdown ahead?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/republicans-prepare-to-reject-final-budget-offer.php
Republicans Prepare To Reject Final White House Budget Offer

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/big-deals-budget-talks-go-exactly-as.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028674.php

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/wonkbook-budget-negotiations-breaking-down/2011/03/10/AFVXKitB_blog.html

Huh-uh! http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/cantor-americans-will-blame-democrats-if-government-shuts-down.php
Cantor: Americans Will Blame Democrats If Government Shuts Down

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/28/960867/-Dems-prepared-to-meet-GOP-halfway,-but-Republicans-still-predict-shutdown
Dems prepared to meet GOP halfway

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/28/democrats-will-offer-additional-20-billion-in-budget-cuts/
Democrats Will Offer Additional $20 Billion in Budget Cuts

They say this like it’s news

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=D1FB0EB6-C28D-4FC5-96A0-AC3217D99B2B
[Politico] It was supposed to be one of the clearest messages of the 2010 elections: Voters were finally fed up with government spending. . . .

Now, a new wave of polling has challenged that consensus, raising serious questions about whether voters really are yearning for a grown-up conversation about the cost of government — or would simply rather keep punting the problem down the road, just like in the past.

Almost every governor who’s tried to deliver a take-your-medicine message has paid a price. And widespread polling data suggests a chasm between what Americans say they want and the price they’re prepared to pay to get there. . . .

More: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2011/03/journalism.html
States broke? Maybe they cut taxes too much

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028669.php

The rules don’t matter in Wisconsin

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/walker-administration-announces-implementation-of-anti-union-law-despite-judges-order-against-publicat.php
The administration of Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) has begun implementing its controversial new law curtailing public employee unions, following a move on Friday declaring it be in effect, and despite a judge's ruling that enjoined said implementation. . . .

A long-running story: the GOP war against “vote fraud” always seems to exclude pro-Democratic voters. Hmmm . . . .

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/tea_party-backed_anti-voter_fraud_effort_touts_non-partisanship_at_first_national_conference.php

The GOP’s “Hispanic problem”

http://firedoglake.com/2011/03/28/sorry-jeb-the-gops-hispanic-problem-isnt-just-about-messaging/

Getting to know you . . .

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/poll-prominent-gop-prez-hopefuls-have-grown-more-unpopular.php
Poll: Prominent GOP Prez Hopefuls Have Grown More Unpopular

“Bachmannia”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/michele_bachmann_2012_no_way/2011/03/28/AFwv12pB_blog.html

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/same-old-same-old-synthesizing.html

Clown

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/donald-trump-i-am-really-concerned-obama-was-not-born-in-this-country.php
Trump Goes Full Birther: 'I Am Really Concerned' Obama Not Born In USA

More: http://firedoglake.com/2011/03/29/oh-he-fits-right-in/

Bonus item: Ha!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/28/961020/-Radio-exec:-Our-stations-dropped-Beck-because-he-stopped-being-entertaining
Radio exec: Our stations dropped Beck because he stopped being entertaining

[NB: Plus, he was scaring the little kids]

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Monday, March 28, 2011

EXPLANATIONS

More from Juan Cole (thanks to David P. for the link)

http://www.juancole.com/2011/03/an-open-letter-to-the-left-on-libya.html
An Open Letter to the Left on Libya

The GOP plan: higher unemployment AND lower wages

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028650.php

http://www.samefacts.com/2011/03/uncategorized/vote-republican-for-lower-wages/

Meanwhile: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/03/27/koch
The Weekly Standard now has a very lengthy defense of -- including rare interviews with -- Charles and David Koch, the libertarian billionaires . . .

http://firedoglake.com/2011/03/27/irony-alert-koch-brothers-call-critics-extremists/

Abortion: still their core organizing issue – and Michele Bachmann is taking the lead

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/27/marcotte_abortion_republicans

http://www.americablog.com/2011/03/bachmann-tea-party-its-all-about.html

Laugh out loud

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/gingrich-on-bill-clinton-its-not-about-personal-behavior/
Is Newt Gingrich a hypocrite?

The former speaker of the House was asked on “Fox News Sunday” how he could have led the charge in 1998 to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying about an extramarital affair when he himself was having an affair at the time. . . . [read on]

http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/gingrich-admits-double-flip-flop-libya-inter
Newt Gingrich can't make up his mind.

The former House speaker explained Sunday that he was actually against using force in Libya before his March 23 flip-flop on the no-fly zone.

In a March 7 interview with Fox News, Gingrich said, "Exercise a no-fly zone this evening."

After President Barack Obama committed to using U.S. forces for enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya, Gingrich changed his tune.

"I would not have used American and European forces," Gingrich said during a March 23 interview on NBC's Today Show.

The Georgia Republican attempted to explain his flip-flop Sunday by telling Fox News' Chris Wallace that he had actually been against intervention in a February interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren.

"Some are saying that whatever the president does or doesn't do, you're against," Wallace noted. . . . [read on]

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/28/gingrich_says_nation_becoming_godless.html
Gingrich Says Nation Becoming Godless

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/spirited_atheist/2011/02/eye_of_newt_gingrich_focuses_on_faith_as_presidential_wannabee.html
In a shameful lapse of attention, I missed Newt Gingrich's 2009 conversion to Roman Catholicism--a departure from his previous status as a somewhat lukewarm (by right-wing evangelical standards) Southern Baptist. [read on]

More hilarity: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/brit-hume-if-health-care-law-had-incorpora
Brit Hume: If the Health Care Law Had Incorporated Some Republican Ideas, They'd Have Voted for It

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/healthcare-in-bizarroworld.html
“Bizarroworld”

Stop using them, now

http://www.americablog.com/2011/03/tsa-admits-calculation-errors-in.html
The Transportation Security Administration is reanalyzing the radiation levels of X-ray body scanners installed in airports nationwide, after testing produced dramatically higher-than-expected results. . .

The flawed results showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected. . .

In case you missed the Sunday talk shows

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/hillary-clinton-libya-missions-progress-demonstrates-really-remarkable-leadership.php

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/27/tv-soundoff-sunday-talkin_44_n_841098.html

Bonus item: NYT Editor equates Julian Assange with James O’Keefe (wrong!)

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/03/26/bill-keller-true-false-but-better-false-than-left-or-right/

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

IN CHARACTER

Bob Herbert says goodbye to the NYT – and what a send-off!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/opinion/26herbert.html
A stark example of the fundamental unfairness that is now so widespread was in The New York Times on Friday under the headline: “G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether.” Despite profits of $14.2 billion — $5.1 billion from its operations in the United States — General Electric did not have to pay any U.S. taxes last year.

As The Times’s David Kocieniewski reported, “Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore.”

G.E. is the nation’s largest corporation. Its chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, is the leader of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. You can understand how ordinary workers might look at this cozy corporate-government arrangement and conclude that it is not fully committed to the best interests of working people. [read on!]

More: http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/03/bob-herberts-last-column/

The GOP’s Big Lies on health care . . . get even bigger

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028643.php

DADT dead-enders try to turn back the clock

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028641.php
"[I]t's not necessarily over homosexuality. It's over the fact that when you're under fire and people are living and dying of split-second decisions you don't need any kind of amorous mindset that can effect saving people's lives and killing bad guys. . .” [read on]

Is INCREASING unemployment part of the GOP plan?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/gop-economic-plan-flood-market-with.html

Thanks, George

http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/24/pf/financial_crisis_outcome/index.htm
The average American family's household net worth declined 23% between 2007 and 2009, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. . . .

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/26/960050/-Fed:-Household-wealth-plummets-23-in-two-years

Governor Scott

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028644.php
[Steve Benen] Before inexplicably becoming the governor of the state of Florida, Republican Rick Scott's most notable accomplishment was pulling off a major health care scam, defrauding taxpayers, and narrowly avoiding a criminal indictment. . . [read on]

More: http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/why-did-floridians-put-crook-rick-sco

Pull your kids out of Idaho schools – now!

http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/educational-industrial-complex-idaho-style
Meet Tom Luna, Idaho's Republican Superintendent of of Public Education, architect of the gutting of Idaho public schools, massive teacher layoffs, and union-buster. Tom Luna is an interesting character. He's a good, solid Republican, 2-year veteran of the Bush Administration's Department of Education, and doesn't really have any educational qualifications for the office he now holds. No, seriously. He doesn't. Here's his resume . . . [read on]

Glenn Beck goes off the deep end (again)

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/predicted-beck-goes-full-bore-birche
On Friday, Glenn Beck devoted his entire hour to promoting the conspiracy theories of G. Edward Griffin, a John Bircher and 9/11 truther whose book, The Creature from Jekyll Island, attacks the Federal Reserve as a nefarious cabal intent on enslaving and destroying America. . . . [read on]

Let’s get it on!

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51949.html
The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel. . . . [read on]

Sunday talk show line-ups

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/27/960467/-Sunday-Talk:-Field-of-dreams
NBC Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN); Roundtable: Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Ted Koppel (Formerly of ABC News), Tom Ricks (Foreign Policy) and Savannah Guthrie (NBC News).

CBS Face the Nation: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

ABC This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic) and Egyptian Journalist Mona Eltahawy.

CNN State of the Union: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI); Former Director of the CIA Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.); Former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; Nuclear Policy Expert Joe Cirincione

CNN Fareed Zakaria GPS: Richard N. Haass (Council on Foreign Relations); Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA); Robert Kagan (Brookings Institution); Former Ambassador to the U.N. John Negroponte; Malcolm Gladwell (New Yorker).

Bonus item: The 2012 GOP field (so far)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/27/960467/-Sunday-Talk:-Field-of-dreams
• Michele Bachmann: Fact-challenged kook.
• Haley Barbour: Fat cat civil rights revisionist.
• John Bolton: Mustachioed menace.
• Herman Cain: African-American. Enough said.
• Mitch Daniels: Cheese-eating surrender monkey.
• Newt Gingrich: Unlikeable, amoral flip-flopper.
• Mike Huckabee: Culture-warring colonialist.
• John Huntsman: Obama's favorite Mormon.
• Fred Karger: Openly gay. Enough said.
• Sarah Palin™: Jew for Jesus. ;)
• Dr. Ron Paul or Dr. Rand Paul*: The gold standard of crazy.
• Tim Pawlenty: Action movie zero.
• Mitt Romney: Unnuanced pander bear.
• Rick Santorum: Google him.
• Donald Trump: Megalomaniacal birther.

More: http://elections.firedoglake.com/2011/03/25/gallup-huckabee-with-small-lead-in-crowded-field/

And more! http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/26/demint_sees_more_candidates_coming.html
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said that the current GOP presidential field "might not be sufficient to inspire voters and he would welcome a last-minute entry by another candidate," the New York Times reports. . . [read on]

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

OUT OF CONTROL

Wisconsin Repubs find a way to circumvent a court order and move their anti-union bill forward

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/a_bit_more_detail.php

http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/wi-republicans-publish-collective-bargaini

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/25/wisconsin-anti-union-bill-published-despite-restraining-order/

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028640.php

I don’t really like to see our side using the same sensationalistic and misleading ad strategies that the Repubs do, but I guess it was inevitable

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/welcome-to-the-wisconsin-judicial-race-home-of-the-negativiest-tv-ad-ever-video.php

The attack on the UW Madison prof continues

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/uw-prof-cronon-i-wish-gop-could-have-spelled-my-name-correctly.php

Wuss

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/25/959736/-WI-Sup-Ct:-Judge-who-called-fellow-justice-a-bitch-says-women-judges-ganged-up-on-him
WI Sup. Ct.: Judge who called fellow justice a 'bitch' says women judges 'ganged up' on him

More: http://www.americablog.com/2011/03/wisconsin-supreme-court-candidate.html

The war on American workers

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/25/war-on-american-worker-fighting-and-succeeding-across-the-country/

http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/03/screwed-fed

It isn’t Bryan Fischer: it’s the professional Repubs who cozy up to him

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028626.php
[Steve Benen] At first blush, this may seem just another religious right nut saying something outrageous. But I continue to think idiocy like this matters. . . . [read on]

I’ve never seen the “genius” in Newt Gingrich that others have. He’s a sloppy, undisciplined, lazy thinker who plays to the moment and has never worried much about consistency. So I’m not surprised

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/newts_implosion_on_libya.php
[David Kurtz] You can point to any one of a number of specific pieces of baggage that Newt Gingrich carries into a presidential race which could by itself sink his campaign, but his sudden, inexplicable, and utterly contradictory implosion on Libya policy over the last few days reveals as much about the man's judgment, instability, and character as any of those old Newt stories . . .

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/newt-gingrichs-libya-shift-issue-by-issue.php
One important factor in evaluating Newt Gingrich's endlessly confusing explanation of his position on Libya is that it's not just one issue that he's apparently flipped on. . . . [read on]

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/25/959953/-Newt-Gingrich-continues-floundering-flip-flops-on-Libya

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/24/newt-gingrich-flip-flop_n_840104.html

He better hope he’s right: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/gingrich-likeability-isnt-the-most-important-thing.php
Gingrich: Likeability Isn't The Most Important Thing

Tim Pawlenty, in a close race with Mitt Romney for someone who wants to be President a little TOO much

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/25/960058/-Pawlentys-phony-jihad-against-mortgages-for-religious-Muslims
Pawlenty's phony jihad against mortgages for religious Muslims

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/pawlenty_dont_worry_i_never_helped_muslims_buy_homes/2011/03/04/AFhv0qWB_blog.html

We’ve had several items here about the role of psychologists in managing the Bush/Cheney era torture regime, and the lack of consequences to them for their participation. Here’s another one

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/03/25/james
One of the most intense scandals the field of psychology has faced over the last decade is the involvement of several of its members in enabling Bush's worldwide torture regime. Numerous health professionals worked for the U.S. government to help understand how best to mentally degrade and break down detainees. At the center of that controversy was -- and is -- Dr. Larry James. James, a retired Army colonel, was the Chief Psychologist at Guantanamo in 2003, at the height of the abuses at that camp, and then served in the same position at Abu Ghraib during 2004.

Today, Dr. James circulated an excited email announcing, "with great pride," that he has now been selected to serve on the "White House Task Force entitled Enhancing the Psychological Well-Being of The Military Family." In his new position, he will be meeting at the White House with Michelle Obama and other White House officials on Tuesday. . . .

The theocrats are eating each other

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/creation_museum_founder_banned_from_homeschooling.php

Sean Hannity lets the truth slip out: we’re against the Libya intervention BECAUSE it is Obama’s policy

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/hannitys-situational-war-ethics-if-y
'If you were president,' he tells McCain, 'I would be behind you, but you are not president.'

Is NPR “liberal”?

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/25/moyers_winship_npr

Oh, they love their rabble-rousers, but they don’t want them running for President

http://www.samefacts.com/2011/03/watching-conservatives/the-gop-anti-bachmann-campaign-begins/
A few weeks after the midterms, the Republican Party elite started sending out unmistakable messages that Sarah Palin was not going to be the candidate. She’s useful to them, but only to rouse the base.

Well, now it’s starting with Michele Bachmann . . .

Bonus item: laugh all morning

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/03/department-of-fake-contradictions/

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Friday, March 25, 2011

HONEST DISAGREEMENTS

Juan Cole: Top Ten Accomplishments of the UN No-Fly Zone

http://www.juancole.com/2011/03/top-ten-accomplishments-of-the-un-no-fly-zone.html

More: http://www.samefacts.com/2011/03/international-affairs/libya/is-it-possible-that-obama-co-are-right-about-libya/

Another Republican fraud

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/ros-lehtinen_pulls_a_newt.php
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was demanding strong action against Libya. "Additional U.S. and international measures should include the establishment and enforcement of a no-fly zone," she said on Feb. 26. But the day the bombing started, March 19, she pulled a complete 180 and declared that "the case has not been made for me to be satisfied that this is the right move for the United States at this time."

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028620.php

Newt tries to erase his past record on anti-Libya comments

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/24/959730/-Newtered:-Mass-scrubbing-of-Newt-Gingrichs-Twitter-archive
Vanity Fair reports that all tweets from Newt Gingrich through July, 2010 have gone missing . . .

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028616.php

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/23/newt-gingrich-attempts-to_n_839816.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028606.php
[Kevin Drum] Back in the day, I remember a lot of people saying that it was getting harder for politicians to shade their positions -- either over time or for different audiences -- because everything was now on video and the internet made it so easy to catch inconsistencies. But that's turned out not to really be true. Unless you're in the middle of a high-profile political campaign, it turns out you just need to be really brazen about your flip-flops. Sure, sites like ThinkProgress or Politifact with catch you, and the first few times that happens maybe you're a little worried about what's going to happen. But then it dawns on you: nothing is going to happen. Your base doesn't read ThinkProgress. The media doesn't really care and is happy to accept whatever obvious nonsense you offer up in explanation. The morning chat shows will continue to book you. It just doesn't matter. [read on]

Boiling the frog

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/us/25miranda.html
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has instructed agents to interrogate suspected “operational terrorists” about immediate threats to public safety without advising them of their Miranda rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present. . . .

More: http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/03/24/doj-betrays-constitution-judiciary-on-miranda/

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/03/24/miranda

The GOP war on public schools

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028621.php

The GOP Way

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/standard_operating_procedure.php
[Advice to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker] “As an aside, I've been involved in GOP politics here in Indiana for 18 years, and I think that the situation in WI presents a good opportunity for what's called a "false flag" operation. If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions' cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the public unions. . . .” [read on]

More: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/indiana-prosecutor-resigns-after-email-gove

UW Prof. writes a critical column against Walker, and the state GOP tries to crush him

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/my_worlds_collide.php

More from Wisconsin

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/24/959621/-Randy-Hoppers-mistress-never-formally-applied-for-Wisconsin-state-job
The story behind [State Senator] Randy Hopper's mistress receiving a state job at a salary 35% higher than her predecessor takes another twist. WKOW reports that she never formally applied for the job . . .

Oh, those scamps!

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028610.php
House Republicans probably thought it'd be an easy way to impress the party's base -- promise to cite the exact constitutional authority for every bill they introduced. This seemed so popular with the right, the House GOP made it a rule as soon as they retook the majority. . . .

So, how's that working out for them? It's apparently a little tougher than Republicans realized. . . .

Dave Weigel had a good report on this last night, noting that "some Republicans" have decided not to "worry too much" about the party's commitment, enshrined just two months ago. [read on]

Another Christian totalitarian

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/bryan_fischer_muslims_have_no_first_amendment_righ.php
Bryan Fischer: Muslims Have No First Amendment Rights

Who would have guessed that Michele (“One L Two N’s”) Bachmann would be more likely to run for President than Sarah (“Me, me, me!”) Palin?

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/who-wins-and-who-loses-if-bachmann-runs-in-2012

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/who_do_you_say_i_am.php

http://www.slate.com/id/2289347/

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/24/bachmann_president

Who is she? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/bachman-for-president.html

Oh, it’s so good to have Obtuse Angle back in the national spotlight again

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/sharron-angle-veterans-pac-betrayed-america-by-endorsing-reid-in-2010.php
Sharron Angle: Veterans PAC 'Betrayed America' By Endorsing Reid In 2010

Moron

http://www.americablog.com/2011/03/donald-trump-no-photos-exist-of-obama.html
Donald Trump: No photos exist of Obama before the age of 13 (lie) and no one has seen Obama's birth certificate (lie)

Scott Brown, a newcomer to the GOP but he’s catching on fast

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/23/959098/-MA-Sen:-Scott-Brown-says-hes-against-the-Planned-Parenthood-cuts-that-he-voted-for
MA-Sen: Scott Brown says he's against the Planned Parenthood cuts that he voted for

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/24/959712/-MA-Sen:-Scott-Brown-waffles-on-Planned-Parenthood-funding
MA-Sen: Scott Brown waffles on Planned Parenthood funding

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028602.php

Palin: Stop whining? Never!

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/palin-i-am-through-whining-about-a-liberal-press-video.php
Palin: 'I Am Through Whining About A Liberal Press'

One day later: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/palins-quick-turnaround-ill-hold-media-accountable-more-than-ever.php
Palin's Quick Turnaround: I'll Hold Media Accountable 'MORE THAN EVER'

Bonus item: Fox News, target of ridicule

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/daily-show-mocks-fox-news-cnn-feud-over-libya-coverage.php

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/fox-cnn-battle-flares-up-as-veteran-fox-correspondent-calls-cnn-attacks-nonsense.php

CNN too: http://mediamatters.org/blog/201103240031
CNN Contributor Accuses Obama Of "Manufacturing" Libya Crisis To Help Re-Election; Blames "Women Drivers"

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

FRAUDS

Total fraud

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/newt-attacks-obama-for-bombing-libya-weeks-after-demanding-obama-bomb-libya.php
What's Newt Gingrich's position on the Libya? The answer might depend on what day you ask.

As ThinkProgress notes, Gingrich called for immediate strikes against Qadaffi earlier this month and aggressively condemned President Obama for his restraint.

"Exercise a no-fly zone this evening," Gingrich said on March 7 when asked for his policy prescription, adding the administration was "inept" in its reponse. "This is a moment to get rid of him. Do it. Get it over with."

But Gingrich appears to have had a change of heart since then and is now aggressively going after Obama for getting involved in Libya at all, telling The Today Show that he specifically "would not have intervened" . . . [read on]

[NB: And don’t miss his attempt to “explain,” via Facebook.]

More: http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/gingrich-leads-right-wing-hypocrisy-

Oh, and this guy too

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/22/john-mccain-was-in-favor-_n_839249.html
John McCain Was In Favor Of Supplying Military Aid To Gaddafi Before He Was For Supplying Military Aid To The Forces Looking To Topple Gaddafi

More: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/22/mccain_gadhafi_wikileaks

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028576.php






And this one

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028597.php
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) realizes he has a problem. He's running for president on his record, the highlight of which is a health care reform law that looks an awful lot like President Obama's Affordable Care Act. He can't run on a policy the GOP hates, and he can't abandon his only meaningful achievement in government.

So, Romney continues to scramble. Today, on the ACA's first anniversary, the unannounced presidential hopeful took to the pages of National Review to offer his latest vision of health care policy. . .

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/flashback_romney_touted_romneycare_as_model_for_federal_health_reform/2011/03/03/ABznlzJB_blog.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028569.php

It’s their whole friggin’ party

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/23/jon_stewart_libya_no_fly_zone
Jon Stewart tracks Republican hypocrisy over Libya

More: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/23/libya_response_chart

I didn’t know this – did you? (from reader CM)

A lot of the commentary in the US, including on progressive blogs, about the intervention in Libya, misses the absolute centrality of the change in the concept of sovereignty with the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) http://globalr2p.org/, certainly the most important development in our lifetimes and up there with the Nuremberg principles. Amr Musa and Sarkozy, who were the ones who did most the diplomacy that led to the decisions by the Arab League, Security Council, and now NATO did it all based on R2P, which is the central justification in all of the relevant texts. The great powers that abstained in the SC -- Brazil, China, Germany, India, and Russia -- did so because they were not convinced that Gaddafi was intent upon slaughtering his citizens, not due a disagreement with the principle that international community was called upon to intervene if he was. China has backpedaled a bit and issued statements that sound like a challenge to R2P and Putin has returned to pre-R2P rhetoric, but, quite remarkably, and again, almost un-commented upon in the States, this has led to the first major break between Putin and Medvedev.

R2P may be problematic . . . but this is a story about a potential transformation of world politics, one way of understanding the lessons of Rwanda, and a change in the way elites everywhere are trying to govern the world. It is not primarily a story about the United States, its embattled president, and his opponents on the right and left.

More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/23/libya-bahrain-yemen-un-responsibility-protect

The kind of people they are

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/23/buried-provision-food-stamps/
Buried Provision In House GOP Bill Would Cut Off Food Stamps To Entire Families If One Member Strikes

Governor of Maine orders removal of pro-labor mural from Dept of Labor, calling it “propaganda”

http://workinprogress.firedoglake.com/2011/03/23/maine-gov-orders-removal-of-labor-mural-at-department-of-labor/

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028591.php

They lie

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028593.php
[Steve Benen] Perhaps the most exasperating aspect of health care debate was the incessant lying. An aggressive rhetoric fight over ideological goals makes sense, and plenty of overheated predictions are to be expected, but claims made by opponents of reform turned out to be so soul-crushingly false, it was genuinely depressing.

At one point, during the House debate, Ruth Marcus marveled at the "appalling amount of misinformation being peddled" by Republicans. "I don't mean the usual hyperbole.... I mean the flood of sheer factual misstatements," she said at the time. "You have to wonder: Are the Republican arguments against the bill so weak that they have to resort to these misrepresentations and distortions?"

Actually, they were that weak. The Affordable Care Act had its flaws, but GOP officials simply weren't prepared for a credible discussion of the policy. So they lied uncontrollably. They'd tell a falsehood, be shown proof that it wasn't true, and then repeat the falsehood anyway. It was as depressing a display as anything I've ever seen in the American political discourse, and it's directly responsible for the widespread public confusion about the reform law that still exists.

A year later, Republicans are still trying to kill the policy -- and they're still lying. . . . [read on]

Yes they do lie

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/23/walker_emails_contradict_him.html
"Seeking a way to counter a growing protest movement, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) cited his email, confidently declaring that most people writing his office had urged him to eliminate nearly all union rights for state workers."

"But an Associated Press analysis of the emails shows that, for close to a week, messages in Walker's inbox were running roughly 2-to-1 against his plans. The tide did not turn in his favor until shortly after desperate Democrats fled the state to stop a vote they knew they would lose."

James O’Keefe, guerilla journalist of the Right, begs for money

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/okeefe_says_he_racked_up_credit_card_debt_needs_to.php

Two wars in Libya: don’t miss the escalating fight between CNN and Fox News

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/fox-news-reporter-lambastes-cnn-rival-calls-his-reporting-bullsht.php

Colbert: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/23/959323/-Late-afternoon-early-evening-open-thread

Bonus item: Ho, ho, ho. How do you convince someone with the ego of Sarah! that the party doesn’t want her running for President? Try to convince her it would be “a step down” for her!

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/the-new-spin-sarah-palin-is-more-powerful-outside-the-white-house.php

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

LADY LIBERTY

Libya: why are we doing it?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/humanitarians-r-us-its-label-not-policy.html
Humanitarians R Us

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/03/22/libya
The manipulative pro-war argument in Libya

http://mydd.com/2011/3/22/its-about-power
It's About Power

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/why_isnt_obama_emphasizing_regime_change/2011/03/04/ABOzvgCB_blog.html
Why isn’t Obama emphasizing regime change?

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/22/libya_command_few_days
The first broken promise of the Libyan war?

http://www.juancole.com/2011/03/top-ten-ways-that-libya-2011-is-not-iraq-2003.html
Top Ten Ways that Libya 2011 is Not Iraq 2003

And on the right . . .

http://www.salon.com/news/libya/index.html?story=/opinion/walsh/politics/2011/03/22/hypocrisy_on_libya
Hypocrisy breaks out all over on Libya

More: http://firedoglake.com/2011/03/22/right-wingers-suddenly-skeptical-of-bombing-middle-eastern-countries/

Old man yells at clouds

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028576.php
[Steve Benen] There's quite a bit about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that I find annoying, but at the top of the list is the fact he doesn't seem to have any idea what he's talking about. . . . [read on]

More: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/22/mccains_libya_amnesia.html

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/22/mccain_gadhafi_wikileaks

Horrible

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/hersh-its-cameras.html
[Seymour Hersh] It’s the smile. In photographs released by the German weekly Der Spiegel, an American soldier is looking directly at the camera with a wide grin. His hand is on the body of an Afghan whom he and his fellow soldiers appear to have just killed . . . [read on]

How psychologists helped the Bush/Cheney torture program

http://my.firedoglake.com/valtin/2011/03/22/means-and-ends-newly-published-notes-of-bruce-jessen-reveal-real-purpose-of-bushs-torture-program/

Marcy’s not ready to drop the shredding of the Constitution that happened under Bush/Cheney – and neither am I

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/03/21/how-to-ensure-youll-always-have-war-powers-to-fight-eastasia/

How the GOP takes care of their own

http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/maddow-its-not-about-budget-republicans-ta

More: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-civil-war-erupts-led-by-super-rich-gop-2011-03-22

Why the stimulus didn’t work

http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/03/chart-day-why-stimulus-didnt-work

The war on Elizabeth Warren

http://www.americablog.com/2011/03/war-on-elizabeth-warren.html

“Sharia Law Threatens America”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/22/959066/-Oklahoma-legislator-obsessed-with-Sharia-pens-legislating-banning-all-religious-law

Interesting use of the word “help”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/us/23sdakota.html
A law signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday makes the state the first to require women who are seeking abortions to first attend a consultation at such “pregnancy help centers,” to learn what assistance is available “to help the mother keep and care for her child.” . . . [read on]

More: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028572.php
“Odious”

Budget priorities

http://www.americablog.com/2011/03/republicans-want-in-god-we-trust.html
Republicans want 'In God We Trust' emblazoned on 9,000 federal buildings, cost could top $100m

The Very Lame crop of GOP presidential wannabes

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_16026/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=67r1t791

The teabaggers are VERY DISAPPOINTED with the GOPers they put in office

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/22/958996/-Tea-partiers-souring-on-Republican-approach-to-deficit

Sharron “Obtuse” Angle (R-NV) is back in the running – and comparing herself with Lincoln and Reagan

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/sharron-angle-takes-questions-from-the-press.php

Oh, heck, why not just put her on Fox News and get it all over with?

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/virginia-thomas-to-write-for-daily-caller
Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court, is set to be a special correspondent for the Daily Caller, a news Web site run by the conservative commentator Tucker Carlson. . . .

More: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/daily-caller-hires-tea-partying-wife-of-supreme-court-justice-as-reporter.php

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/carlson-ginni-thomas-will-not-interview-or-write-about-business-clients.php

Josh watches Fox News, and makes a discovery

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/something_to_behold_2.php
[T]he percentage flow of obvious falsehoods, outright lies and what frequently verges on or passes for hate speech is just awe-inspiring. In an awful sort of way, but still awe-inspiring. I know it. You know it. But when I actually listen, pay attention to the stuff they're saying, wow. It's amazing that this exists as one of the big sources of news in this country. . . .

Exhibit A: http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/political-violence-left-and-right-fa

Is Glenn Beck planning his post-Fox future?

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028581.php

Bonus item: Awwww . . . .

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/22/palin_book_sales_drop_off.html
Palin Book Sales Drop Off

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SERIOUS (AND NOT SO SERIOUS) DOUBTS

We have the strange situation where some progressive Dems and a group of reflexively anti-Obama teabaggers are joined in condemning the Libya intervention

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/20/obama-libya_n_838219.html
Obama's Libya Policy Makes Strange Bedfellows Of Congressional Critics

Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), always politically attuned: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/dennis-kucinich-calls-says-libya-attack-an-impeachable-offense-for-obama.php
Kucinich: Obama's Libya Attack An Impeachable Offense

John Boehner’s tough spot: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/strikes-in-libya-divides-gop-puts-boehner-in-a-bind.php
Freshmen House Republicans are already putting House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in a bind over the budget, with a contingent of Tea Party-backed fiscal conservatives refusing to vote for any more continuing resolutions. Now a group of libertarian-leaning Republicans are balking at President Obama's missile strikes in Libya. . . .

More: http://firedoglake.com/2011/03/21/lessons-from-libya-for-obama-there-is-no-pleasing-republican-base/

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028547.php
[Steve Benen] For Republicans who've been clamoring for a military confrontation with Libya, the new challenge is coming up with a rationale for why they're still not happy. . . .

Serious doubts

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/21/946355/-Open-thread-for-night-owls:-Three-foes-of-intervention-in-Libya,-and-one-supporter-with-misgivings

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/03/libya-and-the-prospects-for-success/

Not so serious: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028557.php
[Steve Benen] But when it comes criticism of the administration, I think Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) deserves some kind of award for offering the single dumbest commentary available to date. . . .

Nope, this one is probably dumber: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/21/libya_corner_women
The single stupidest right-wing reaction to the Libya campaign: Joining the conflict is a bad idea because women "nagged" the president into it [read on]

Does Obama need Congressional authorization to do this?

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/21/obama-asserts-authority-for-libya-mission-without-congressional-action/

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/21/as-coalition-prepares-for-longer-war-in-libya-administration-defends-authority-to-strike/

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/2011/03/lack-of-congressional-authorization-for-use-of-force-is-an-abdication-of-responsibility-not-a-power-grab/

http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/03/lack-power-congress

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/obama_explains_libya_mission_to_congress/2011/03/03/ABU9377_blog.html

By the way, you would think that an important aspect of the decision to weigh in on the civil war in Libya is to find out who the “rebels” are we are supporting. But news coverage hasn’t done a very good job of that

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/who_are_the_rebels.php

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/rebels-yell-more-more-more.html

“Negotiating with the Republicans” is a phrase that always raises my suspicions. The fiasco over health care is one example. So, how are the “budget negotiations” coming along?

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/if-you-liked-how-health-care.html

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028543.php

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/will_tax_hikes_really_be_part_of_bipartisan_fiscal_discussions/2011/03/03/ABDsQa7_blog.html

What does the White House intend to do about Social Security?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/white-house-to-remain-mum-in-social-security-fight.php

By the way, how IS the health care law doing?

http://my.firedoglake.com/kevinzeese/2011/03/21/one-year-anniversary-the-incredible-shrinking-obama-health-care-law/
[Kevin Zeese] At its one year anniversary the Obama health care law is shrinking while the health care crisis grows. Americans who lack any health coverage still exceeds 50 million, over 45,000 deaths occur annually due to lack of health insurance, and 40 million Americans, including over 10 million children, are underinsured.

Premiums are rising and coverage is shrinking. . . [read on]

Not what you would call a very “judicial temperament,” is it?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/21/958611/-WI-Sup-Ct:-GOP-Justice-Calls-Fellow-Judge-a-Bitch,-Vows-to-Destroy-Her
WI Sup. Ct.: GOP Justice Calls Fellow Judge a 'Bitch,' Vows to 'Destroy' Her

More: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/civility-in-chambers.html

Cozy bedfellows in Wisconsin

http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/21/wisconsin-walker-helps-state-senators-girlfriend-land-staff-gig/
Wisconsin: Walker Helps State Senator’s Girlfriend Land Staff Gig

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/walker_admin_got_gop_senators_girlfriend_a_state_job__with_a_raise/2011/03/03/ABZOTB7_blog.html

CNN correspondent goes off on Fox News coverage in Libya – don’t miss it!

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/cnn-correspondent-goes-ballistic-on-fox-over-libyahuman-shield-report-video.php
"[T]his allegation is outrageous and it's absolutely hypocritical. When you come to somewhere like Libya, you expect lies and deceit from a dictatorship here," Robertson told Wolf Blitzer. "You don't expect it from the other journalists." . . . [read on]

More: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/cnns-nic-robertson-slams-fox-claiming-thei

The sad decline of Juan Williams

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/juan-williams-dem-fundraising-off-npr-is-proof-it-should-be-defunded.php

Bonus item: The Dick Cheney story gets an HBO miniseries. (He will NOT like it)

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/03/21/dick-the-miniseries/

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Monday, March 21, 2011

WHAT’S THE PLAN, MAN?

Doubts about Libya

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/at_the_end_of_last.php
[Josh Marshall] At the end of last week I couldn't help tweeting that everything I was seeing in Libya was bringing out my inner foreign policy Realist. And everything I've seen this weekend has confirmed me in that view. Indeed, there are so many reasons this strikes me as a bad idea I really hardly know where to start. So let me focus on the three biggest problems I see. . . [read on]

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/spin-coalition.html
[Digby] Apparently, the Libyan coalition of the willing isn't really a military coalition so much as a public relations coalition. Obama is seemingly only semi-involved . . [read on]

What side is John McCain on?

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028537.php

And his former VP too: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028535.php

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/logic-of-alert-alaskan.html

Reopening the wounds of the Civil War

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/20/lafantasie_civil_war_consensus

THEY have a Plan

http://www.americablog.com/2011/03/whats-source-of-these-anti-union.html
[Gaius Publius] If it seems that all of this state-by-state union-stripping legislation is coordinated ... that's because it is coordinated. Also pre-written, gift-wrapped and hand-delivered.

Meet ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council . . . [read on]

http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/03/defending-ridiculous
[Kevin Drum] One of the most impressive accomplishments of the modern right is its ability to generate plausible technical papers to justify conservative tropes that are basically ridiculous. For example . . . [read on]

Have you noticed that Republican “school reform” always HURTS the public schools?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/20/950328/-School-reform:-Educational-salvation-or-burning-the-village-in-order-to-save-it

You can depend on it whenever a natural disaster strikes: some theocrat uses it to proclaim the Second Coming . . . and when it DOESN’T happen (of course), they crawl back into their hole until the next prediction

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/evangelical-graham-japan-disaster-could-mean-jesus-is-coming-back-video.php
Evangelical Graham: Japan Disaster Could Mean Jesus Is Coming Back

In case you missed the Sunday talk shows

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/saif-qaddafi-surprised-by-coalition-attack.php

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/20/tv-soundoff-sunday-talkin_43_n_838075.html

“Newt’s Legacy”

http://mydd.com/2011/3/20/legislative-norms
John Sides links to a discussion on the breakdown of legislative norms, when debate in the House denigrates to a fight that has nothing to do with policy or problem solving or even reality. Barry Pump traces the tactic (yes, tactic) back to Newt Gingrich . . . [read on]

Bonus item: Quote of the Day

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/03/20/quote_of_the_day.html
"What can I say about Newt Gingrich today that his ex-wives have not already said?''

-- Political consultant Pat Griffin, quoted by the Boston Globe.

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