Your Breakfast Read, Sunday Edition

Candidate President Obama Earth Shattering “Gay Agenda” Speech

Obama gave his long awaited “gay agenda” speech yesterday, but it looks like something is in the air: Nobody is fooled, not even his biggest sycophants.
John Aravosis asks: Where’s the beef?

Barack Obama just promised us that if he becomes president, he’s going to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and get ENDA passed. It was a bit surreal. I’m sitting at a fundraiser for the No on 1 effort in Maine (that Obama didn’t even bother to mention), and we were all just speechless (actually, hardly speechless – and I thought yelling at the TV was long since over). Obama repeated his campaign promises. That was it.

What’s particularly disturbing is how President Obama contradicts himself, and his own administration, when talking to a gay crowd.

Andrew Sullivan says the whole thing was “Much Worse Than I Expected

He says he will end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell but he has done nothing, and he offered no time-line,no deadline for action and no verifiable record that he has done anything, despite his claims that he has.

He says he is ending the HIV ban, but it is still in force, a year and a half after it was signed by George W. Bush and passed by massive majorities in both houses.

He says he favors equality for gay couples but said nothing tonight to support the initiatives in Maine or in Washngton State or the struggle in Washington DC for marriage equality. That’s a test of real sincerity on this matter. He failed it.

He says he wants to end discrimination in employment even as he is firing more gay people solely for being gay than any other employer in the country – as commander-in-chief. And if an employer is firing gay people all the time, is it tolerable to accept as a response that he will stop doing it one day – but gives no time-line at all to hold him to?

(Emphasis mine)

Joe Sudbay yawns “Obama’s big gay speech: Heard it all before.

[T]onight, he did not deliver anything new or exciting. He did not assuage our concerns.

Doubts arise after Obama pledges to end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Some advocates said they already have heard Obama’s promises and now they want a timeline. Cleve Jones, a pioneer activist, said Obama delivered a brilliant speech, but added “it lacked the answer to our most pressing question, which is when.”

“He repeated his promises that he’s made to us before, but he did not indicate when he would accomplish these goals and we’ve been waiting for a while now,” said Jones, national co-chair of a major gay-rights rally scheduled for Sunday on the National Mall.

DADT is even worsae than you think
I Didn’t Tell. It Didn’t Matter.

Trying to serve his country, a young man faced bigotry and abuse


2009 Nobel Peace Prize: More Afterthoughts

You knew this was coming didn’t you?
Barack Obama’s Nobel peace prize is snub to Bill Clinton

Although the award of the Nobel peace prize to President Barack Obama was widely interpreted as a repudiation of the Republican era of George W Bush, the real snub may have been to Bill Clinton.

The former Democratic president is widely held to be overdue for the prize. He helped to promote peace in Northern Ireland and devoted more time to achieving a Middle East deal than any other president, although the effort was unsuccessful.

Since leaving the White House he has created the Clinton Global Initiative to combat problems from Aids to global warming, worked hard on good causes and is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.

Winning the Prize, Losing the Peace

Barack Obama — president and Nobel laureate. Not bad for a fellow just five years removed from the Illinois Senate. But caveat victor: The president may soon regret having won this honor, and the Nobel committee may regret having awarded it to him.

Michael Moore thinks he may have been too hard on Obama in his initial column and asks he friends to “Get Off Obama’s Back“, to which Dissenting Justice replies “Absolutely Not!

I remain highly skeptical of the Nobel Peace Prize committee’s decision. My skepticism stems from Obama’s continuation of policies that leftists — including Moore — criticized loudly, passionately, and relentlessly for the last 8 years. These policies include wars, troop surges, handouts to corporations, rendition, indefinite detention, denial of habeas corpus, military tribunals, state secrets, and a lack of positive action on GLBT rights. Moore’s essay does not mention these things — neither do the liberal defenses that have emerged which condemn progressives who question the prize committee’s decision. If liberals truly hated these practices, then they should apply the same criticism to Obama. Otherwise, their criticism looks disingenuous and partisan.


Health Care Nightmare

In related news: The sun rises from the east.
Watering down the public option

Groping for a way out of a political bind, Democrats are defining down what constitutes a government-run insurance plan — and by extension, what it takes to declare victory.

At this point, Senate Democrats are signaling they could get behind just about anything they could plausibly call the public option – from a “trigger” that could kick in a public insurance plan later, to Delaware Sen. Tom Carper’s proposal to give states an option to create a government program.

The NY Times has a long editorial breaking down the Baucus Bill.
The Baucus Bill

The Senate Finance Committee may finally be ready to vote on its version of a health care reform bill. For months, its chairman, Max Baucus, and other members have struggled to produce legislation that could win significant Republican support. Fat chance. Only one Republican on the committee seems open to voting for the bill, and the entire Republican Congressional leadership seems determined — for ideological and partisan reasons — to torpedo the entire reform effort.


Economy Watch

Crisis? What crisis
Huge profits put Goldman on track for pay bonanza

The profits, which could be as much as three times the level of last year, are the result of better business conditions but the size of the rewards – from which top bankers could receive multi-million pound packages – will set Goldman on a collision course with governments on both sides of the Atlantic

Joe, the answer is “no they don’t.”
The Question Is: Have Banks No Shame?

“They can’t pay what they owe!” [Simon Johnson] began angrily. Then he paused, collected his thoughts and started over: “Tim Geithner saved them on terms extremely favorable to the banks. They should support all of his proposed reforms.”

Mr. Johnson continued, “What gets me is that the banks have continued to oppose consumer protection. How can they be opposed to consumer protection as defined by a man who is the most favorable Treasury secretary they have had in a generation? If he has decided that this is what they need, what moral right do they have to oppose it? It is unconscionable.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

These people still getting their bonuses.
Steep Wall Street Losses Pose Crisis for Pensions

The financial crisis has blown a hole in the rosy forecasts of pension funds that cover teachers, police officers and other government employees, casting into doubt as never before whether these public systems will be able to keep their promises to future generations of retirees.

Third-quarter stock rally can’t quell investor worries

We keep falling behind. From 1st to 3rd before you can say “meltdown”.
UK ‘becomes top financial centre’

The UK has overtaken the United States to be ranked as the World’s leading financial centre, despite doubts about its economic stability.

Too small must fail.
Small Banks Fail at Growing Rate, Straining F.D.I.C.

A year after Washington rescued the banks considered too big to fail, the ones deemed too small to save are approaching a grim milestone: the 100th bank failure of 2009.
In what has become a ritual, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has swooped down on a handful of troubled lenders almost every Friday, seizing 98 since January alone and putting their assets into the hands of another bank.

What? You thought there wouldn’t be any ranking? Fat chance.
America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 2009

BusinessWeek readers nominated a record number of young entrepreneurs. Meet the 25 most impressive.


Af-Pak Headaches

Fergawdsake! How many lives do these guys have?
A Dogged Taliban Chief Rebounds, Vexing U.S.

In late 2001, Mullah Muhammad Omar’s prospects seemed utterly bleak. The ill-educated, one-eyed leader of the Taliban had fled on a motorbike after his fighters were swiftly routed by the Americans invading Afghanistan.
[...]
Eight years later, Mullah Omar leads an insurgency that has gained steady ground in much of Afghanistan against much better equipped American and NATO forces. Far from a historical footnote, he represents a vexing security challenge for the Obama administration, one that has consumed the president’s advisers, divided Democrats and left many Americans frustrated.

In Pakistan, Militants Attack Army Bastion

The attack amounted to a stunning security breach as the Pakistani military prepares what it says will be an all-out assault against militants in the Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold of South Waziristan, near the Afghan border. At least six military officials were killed.

Are Obama advisers downplaying Afghanistan dangers?

As the Obama administration reconsiders its Afghanistan policy, White House officials are minimizing warnings from the intelligence community, the military and the State Department about the risks of adopting a limited strategy focused on al Qaida, U.S. intelligence, diplomatic and military officials told McClatchy.

I don’t know how good they are, but I find it a little disturbing that a major policy could be the purview of one family.
Husband and wife take stage in debate on Afghanistan

As intellectual architects of the controversial “surge’’ strategy in Iraq in 2007, military scholars Frederick and Kimberly Kagan have been frequent targets of the left, derided as “warmongers’’ and “cheerleaders’’ of the neoconservative ideology that advocates a muscular foreign policy to spread American values.Now, with a new administration in power, the influential husband-and-wife team has emerged again, this time at the center of the debate over whether to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Will Obama regret having in McChrystal his own Petraeus?
Obama Wanted a Petraeus. Buyer Beware.


Around The Nation: Political Edition

A compelling portrait of Joe Biden
From health-care reform to Afghanistan, Joe Biden has bucked Obama—as only a good Veep can

Joe Biden had a question. During a long Sunday meeting with President Obama and top national-security advisers on Sept. 13, the VP interjected, “Can I just clarify a factual point? How much will we spend this year on Afghanistan?” Someone provided the figure: $65 billion. “And how much will we spend on Pakistan?” Another figure was supplied: $2.25 billion. “Well, by my calculations that’s a 30-to-1 ratio in favor of Afghanistan. So I have a question. Al Qaeda is almost all in Pakistan, and Pakistan has nuclear weapons. And yet for every dollar we’re spending in Pakistan, we’re spending $30 in Afghanistan. Does that make strategic sense?” The White House Situation Room fell silent. But the questions had their desired effect: those gathered began putting more thought into Pakistan as the key theater in the region.

CA probably have the most interesting politics of any State in the upcoming election cycle.
The California governor’s race: Early and heated

With eight months until its primaries, California is drawing the stars

CA remains solidly Blue
Polling shows little to please Republicans in 2010

Republicans had to look for a very long time at last week’s Field Poll of California voters to find something remotely uplifting as they ponder the 2010 state elections. There it was, eventually: Against San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat running for governor, the assorted GOP candidates were losing by only single digits.

But they were losing to Newsom, a candidate who was behind in his own party’s primary by 20 points and who had a net unfavorable rating among all voters questioned by the poll. Former governor and current Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown was clocking not only Newsom but also his potential GOP general election foes, each by more than 20 points.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, like Brown a longtime punching bag and fundraising tool to the Republican Party, was also running double digits ahead of her two potential Republican challengers in the 2010 race.

Hmmm. How do you deal with an adulterer and possibly tax cheat in a political campaign?
Sen. John Ensign complicates Nevada campaigns

As Nevada candidates gear up for 2010, there are risks to either condemning or supporting the senator, who in June acknowledged an extramarital affair with an aide.


Around The World: Madame Secretary Edition

Front seat view of Clinton diplomacy

BBC News, travelling with Hillary Clinton

Clinton Helps Save Turkey-Armenia Accord

Turkey and Armenia signed a landmark agreement Saturday to establish diplomatic relations and open their sealed border after a century of enmity, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton helped the two sides clear a last-minute snag.

The contentious issue of whether the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians during the final days of the Ottoman Empire amounted to genocide is only hinted at in the agreement.

“There were several times when I said to all of the parties involved that this is too important,” Clinton said. “This has to be seen through. We have come too far. All of the work that has gone into the protocols should not be walked away from.”

Clinton woos Russia over Iran sanctions

Amid increasing fears of an Israeli strike against Iran, America will this week press Russia to support a threat of tougher sanctions against Tehran in an attempt to avert possible military action.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, on Tuesday with worries about Iran’s nuclear ambitions at the top of the agenda.

NI on agenda for Clinton talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Ireland this afternoon for a two-day visit to Dublin and Belfast during which she will reaffirm bilateral ties and stress the Obama administration’s commitment to political progress and economic development in Northern Ireland.

Mrs Clinton’s visit is part of a week-long trip during which she will undertake official engagements in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Russia.

Clinton warns on Pakistan threat

The US secretary of state has said that a militant attack on Pakistan’s army HQ is evidence of an increasing threat against the authority of the state.

Brown and Clinton to discuss Afghanistan and Northern Ireland


Odds & Ends

The Clintons are celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary today, but check out below for a good laugh:
‘Clintons Separate!’

They may award questionable Nobel Peace Prizes but Norwegians still own the best place to live. We’re number 13.
Norway is the Most Desirable Place to Live

From stylish hotels that resemble 1970s Soviet housing to boutiques that elevate kitschy East German goods to high design, Berlin is still divided — on whether the Iron Curtain was cool. There’s even a German word for it, “ostalgie,” a combination of the words “ost” (east) and “nostalgie” (nostalgia).
Yup, there are out there.
<a href=”http://www.nyti

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/travel/11HotelsOne.html?em”>100 Hotels Under $150
The NY Times spent 36 hrs where I live.
36 Hours in Berlin

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65 Responses

  1. Great line-up, mablue, including breakfast!

    • Thanks.

      The weather is terrible here in Berlin today. It’s cold, dark and rainy. I just saw that it’s supposed to be sunny in my hometown Boston today.

      • It’s very nice and sunny here, but cold. It was 34 degrees when I woke up this morning.

        • Send sun this direction please!! it’s gloomy and 66 here. Feels like a typical winter day, not a fall one for here.

          • What do you want me to say? It’s freaking 48 here, in addition to gloomy and rainy (you know how gray the sky can get on this side of the Atlantic).

      • Umm – It could be worse :). First snow showers here last week and more to come. I will close the blinds and not look out until May.

  2. Thanks Mablue – it’s sunny here in northern NJ – I was stuns to see that the died in the wool regional paper, the Star Ledger came out for Daggett – the Independent running against Corzine and Christie – there does seem to be a ground swell – I just hope it’s big enough – if you remember I told Corzine a few months ago that we would not forget his disenfranchising those of us who voted for Hillary. Here’s what they had to say:

    http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2009/10/star-ledger_endorses_independe.html

    • sorry link doesn’t work

    • Loved this bit from the article;

      For disappointed Democrats and Republicans, a decision to vote for Daggett will mean a break with party loyalty — no easy thing. What we’re suggesting is a temporary suspension of that loyalty as a way to begin changing the corrosive culture of Trenton.

      Temporary suspensions in Party loyalty are perfectly legitimate IMO anyway.

  3. oops -that should be stunned not stuns

  4. The headline to my usually Obaecstatic paper when he was given the NPP

    “Nobel Prize Puts Pressure on Obama to Produce Results”

    The NPP is like a big ole spotlight on his lack of trying and deficiencies. He will rue the day he was “selected” for that too.

  5. Noticed this in a Swedish newspaper by way of one of Cannon’s commenters:

    “Swedish journalist claims Obama Nobel jackpot”

    It seems that far from the Peace prize being a last minute decision, a Swedish journalist bet that Obama would win the Nobel (at odds of 50-1) based on the musicians that were booked for the gala night:

    Peter Lindholm, a journalist working on the free Swedish newspaper Metro, tipped Obama for the prize after reading the line up of artists booked to perform at the gala concert in the Oslo Spektrum arena on December 11th.

    “As soon as I saw the artists, a penny dropped,” Lindholm told the Resumé newspaper.

    The line up, which includes a slew of Obama favourites, and is set to be hosted by close ally Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, was all that Lindholm needed to write up an article for the paper predicting the US president to emerge as the winner.

    The enterprising hack decided to back up his hunch with hard cash and wagered 1,000 kronor on the Nobel committee plumping for Obama, despite the fact that when nominations closed for the prestigious prize the former Illinois senator had only been in office for a number of weeks.

    (Does this have shades of the DNC being moved to Chicago ?)

    http://www.thelocal.se/22570/20091009/

  6. I’ve read a couple of statement where folks have asked how long do you think it will take for the Committee to realize they made a huge mistake in awarding o the prize. :?

  7. From the same Swedish paper as b4:

    The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Svenska Freds) has classified as “shameful” the decision by the Nobel Committee in Oslo to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 to Barack Obama.

    “The choice of Barack Obama as the recipient of the world’s foremost peace prize is shocking,” said the group’s chairwoman Anna Ek in a statement.

  8. Good morning, MABlue. Thanks for all the great links. I’m off to read.

  9. 850,000 doctors could be hit by potential data breach from insurer’s stolen laptop – A missing computer belonging to a BlueCross BlueShield Assn. employee also includes Social Security numbers of more than 100,000 physicians — and all the data are unencrypted.

    http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/10/05/bisd1006.htm

  10. “I will end ‘don’t ask-don’t tell,’” Obama said to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/10/obama-says-he-will-end-do_n_316524.html

    How can a President “end” a law in a democratic country ?
    Even if it is a figure of speech, it’s a poorly chosen one. What I know of, if a law is passed in a legislative body, only the same body can cancel or alter it. The executive can only initiate it by proposing an amendment through the Government’s minister (secreterary of state ?) in charge or by politically backing a group of deputies (congressmen, senators) to propose such a change.

    Or am I missing some delicate intricacies in US federal or constitutional legislation that would permit to act otherwise ?

    • Huh???

      • yep explain to me

        in France Sarkozy cannot “end” a law. He can only say “I will work for that the government proposes a new one”.

        maybe it’s a figure of speech. But if translated into French (je vais termineri la loi DADT) our President would be immediately accused of overstepping his powers.

        I only think it sounds very weird, in European ears.

    • Laws can be changed, dear, it just takes congress to rewrite them, pass them, and the prez signs them. Otherwise, I couldn’t vote and all blackpeople in the south would still be slaves. capiche?

      • I think leloup is just a provocateur, a not a particularly smart one.

        • ??????????????????????????????

          what do you mean by that. For me the Obama statement doesn’t make technically sense and I am asking for an explanation.

          It has nothing to do with the purpose which I think is correct. I only see that Obama is making a “glorious” statement (me, me) when in reality the needed change is in other hands.

          Don’t be so paranoid.

      • I get that, it works here the same way.

        But the President can’t say “I” am going to change the law, because he can’t. So why is he saying that ?

        must be my Cartesian mind

        • depends on the source of the law some things are actually just executive orders, some things are constitutional amendments, somethings are laws, there are a lot of ways to go about changing them, challenge them in court or get some one in congress to rewrite it or appeal it. It takes more than just the president however, if that’s your point.

          • that was exactly my point. That’s why I think that Obama rhetoric here is misguiding and that wouldn’t be the fist time.

          • Executive Orders are only applicable to federal employees or contractors/those receiving federal funding, unless Congress steps in to bar such action on specific matters by creating legislation. Just FYI.

          • That was the problem Bill Clinton faced with DADT. He was set to overturn the ban on gays in the military in total, but Congress took action to enact a law that took away his ability to do that specific action by virtue of an Executive Order. With that move, Congress effectively barred Clinton from taking unilateral action and gave that right to Congress — who then developed the compromise of DADT.

            I hate how they try to paint Bill Clinton as the bad guy in that. He was set to do the right thing and Congress took action to bar him from doing it.

        • Take a look at this on executive orders and Presidential directives:

          http://www.answers.com/topic/executive-orders-and-presidential-directives

          And this on the Powers of the President’s office:

          http://www.answers.com/topic/president-of-the-united-states-2

          It is actually very complicated for the European mindset.

          • our Presidents are always trying to get around the actual lawmaking process, it’s their hobby

          • thanks

            but since the DADT is to my knowledge a law passed in Congress, it’s not an executive order. European legislations have similar dispositions (specially regarding national security) so it’s not very different.

            That’s why I reacted.

          • Check out this link on executive orders re DADT. Obama will always prioritize popularity over principle.

          • leloup, see my comment above re: DADT and EO’s

  11. I think we are seeing the first fall-out of the Nobel Peace prize… Obama gave his big speech to the gay community and of course, everyone is asking “when?”…

    I think the general population is going to be asking that question a lot about many issues and the meme is starting to establish itself that Obama talks a lot and there is no action…

    SNL surely figured it out.

  12. Whew, that’s a lot of information maBlue. How will I get out of the house today?

    Joan jumps the shark again.

    Why Obama deserved the Nobel Peace Prize
    By Joan Walsh

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/walsh/politics/2009/10/10/obama_nobel_prize/index.html

    • Here’s someone in Joan’s camp on Facebook re Nobel. Powerful stuff that koolaid.

      Is Obama going to solve the economic meltdown, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran’s nuclear aspirations, the Israel Palestine conflict, global warming, public school failures, new jobs creation, health care reform and terrorism in 9 months? …I think he has made more of an effort to move forward on ALL of these issues than Bush made in 8 years. Obama takes heat & stays cool. Bush took naps and trips to the ranch.

      • It’s been so obvious from day 1 for me that his “looking cool” is about the fact that he doesn’t give a flying f*ck about anything and is a sociopath. But the failbots keep thinking it means he’s cool and in control. What complete idiots.

      • So that’s the standard now for a Nobel Prize–beat Bush’s record? Wow, they are really reaching for the stars.

  13. Great bbc piece about Hillary in Zurich. I’d love to see her in behind the scenes action like that.

  14. Several Generals on Meet the Press discussing the need for a surge in Afghanistan. Levin is on too.

  15. I wouldn’t hold any breaths if I were you out there.

    • Obama has no credibility… have we ever had a president with absolutely no credibility whatsoever? if the bad ones did what they threatened…

    • He just repeats what’s on the teleprompter–I don’t think he has any connection to what he’s saying.

    • This time, it looks like people are no longer falling just for his words. Many majors paper just wrote the headline “Obama vows to end DADT”, but the reaction elsewhere was “yeah right!”. I could have easily posted 15 links to that effect.

    • On another blog, someone remarked that yesterday’s speech was incredibly similar to the one he gave during the campaign. I wonder if that makes him a Green President if he recycles his own speeches? (and conserving energy by not doing anything he says he will)

  16. On another topic – Today is Eleanor Roosevelt’s B-Day.

    Happy Birthday ER!

  17. OK thanks for the explanations about the DADT, wasn’t aware of all the intricacies…

  18. So about the gay community….one could have probably told them already last year that Ozero was handing out empty promises like candy just to get elected, but how can one explain the audacity to go back to the community and give pretty much the same campaign speech again…

    To play people as he did last year was bad, but this is adding insult to injury. Does O do this on purpose and thinks people are so stupid to take it or is he not getting what is actually doing?

    I guess this ends up again questioning O’s personality?

    • Him just saying stuff is seen by many as him doing something. How obots many think Gitmo is closed cause he said it ? He’ll work this saying is doing gig until someone pushes back. But you’re right about the nasty salt in the wound aspect . As least concoct something new or don’t bother . It’s extra empty even for BO

  19. These people still getting their bonuses.
    Steep Wall Street Losses Pose Crisis for Pensions

    I propose we switch the names and so pensions will know been known as bonuses….there, problem solved! We’ll now see the media go to the mat to protect our retirement bonuses. /snark

  20. he thinks we are stupid.wonder why??

  21. great round up!

    From health-care reform to Afghanistan, Joe Biden has bucked Obama—as only a good Veep can……….And yet for every dollar we’re spending in Pakistan, we’re spending $30 in Afghanistan. Does that make strategic sense?”

    No Joe , that would be getting the hell out.

    The White House Situation Room fell silent. But the questions had their desired effect: those gathered began putting more thought into Pakistan as the key theater in the region…

    Of course the up shot will not be to spend more of the Afghanistan 65 billion in Pakistan, but spend 65 billion in both. That’s the other desired effect .

  22. Here’s a few of the truly noteworthy Nobel nominees:

    Sima Samar, women’s rights activist in Afghanistan: “With dogged persistence and at great personal risk, she kept her schools and clinics open in Afghanistan even during the most repressive days of the Taliban regime, whose laws prohibited the education of girls past the age of eight. When the Taliban fell, Samar returned to Kabul and accepted the post of Minister for Women’s Affairs.”

    Ingrid Betancourt: French-Colombian ex-hostage held for six years.

    Dr. Denis Mukwege: Doctor, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He has dedicated his life to helping Congolese women and girls who are victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence.

    Handicap International and Cluster Munition Coalition: “These organizations are recognized for their consistently serious efforts to clean up cluster bombs, also known as land mines. Innocent civilians are regularly killed worldwide because the unseen bombs explode when stepped upon.”

    Hu Jia, a human rights activist and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, who was sentenced last year to a three-and-a-half-year prison term for ‘inciting subversion of state power.’

    Wei Jingsheng, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China’s communist system. He now lives in the United States.

  23. John Aravosis and Andrew Sullivan both helped spread lies about Hillary Clinton to make sure Obama got the nomination. They have no right to complain about him now.

    They should give him an award.

    Carolyn Kay
    MakeThemAccountable.com

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