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  • Obama at Notre Dame
  • Obama’s commencement speach at Notre Dame has been the new cri de guerre for some in the last couple of days. It’s over now. So what’s next? Can Randall Terry and Alan Keys go back to nowhere where they belong?

    At Notre Dame, Obama Calls for Civil Tone in Abortion Debate

    As anti-abortion demonstrators protested outside and a few hecklers shouted inside, Mr. Obama used a commencement address at the University of Notre Dame to call for more “open hearts, open minds, fair-minded words” in a debate that has polarized the country for decades. The audience at this Roman Catholic institution cheered his message and drowned out protesters, some of whom called him a “baby killer.”

    Conciliatory Fighting Words

    There were many messages sent from South Bend. Obama’s opponents seek to reignite the culture wars. He doesn’t. They would reduce religious faith to a narrow set of issues. He refused to join them. They often see theological arguments as leading to certainty. He opted for humility.
    He did all this without skirting the abortion question and without flinching from the “controversy surrounding my visit here.”

    Anti-abortion protests mar President Obama’s degree award

    President Obama made a controversial appearance at America’s foremost Catholic university yesterday, where angry protesters were arrested as they demonstrated against his support of abortion rights.

  • The Hottest of All Hot Potatoes
  • Could the stakes be any higher?

    Ahead of summit, Obama and Netanyahu press different agendas

    When the leaders meet Monday, the US will push for progress toward a Palestinian state, while Israel will ask for a harder line on Iran.

    Iran, not Palestine, tops Israel’s agenda

    Today’s US-Israeli summit is scripted to end happily. Any real differences will be exposed later

    Netanyahu under pressure over Palestinian state

    Barack Obama attempts to ward off disastrous military air strike on ‘nuclear’ Tehran

    President Obama will seek today to persuade the hawkish Israeli Prime Minister that the White House’s recent overtures to Iran should be given time to work and that an Israeli military strike against Tehran could trigger disaster.

    Israeli PM faces tough talks in US

    Jackson Diehl of the WaPo does an excellent job in analyzing the stakes in today’s meeting between these two very different politicians.
    Mideast Contest Of Wills

    Roger Cohen chimes in with some history
    Arabs, Persians, Jews

  • The Question We Will Keep Mulling Over
  • From a Liberal point of view, many policies of the Obama administration have been below expectation, but still better than what a Republican could have come up with. However, more and more are asking themselves how far they can agree with simply “better” Republican policies or how much compromise they can live with.
    Liberals Fret Over Obama’s Compromises

    President Barack Obama’s decision to maintain Bush-era military commissions is the latest in a series of compromises and delays that allies on the left see as a disappointing shift away from campaign pledges.
    On everything from national security to climate change to immigration, liberal groups are saying the president’s recent actions contradict his soothing ability to convince them that he will move dramatically on their issues.

    Paul Krugman faces the same dilemma
    The Perfect, the Good, the Planet

    [A] somewhat uneasy coalition of progressives and centrists rules Washington, and staking out a position has become much trickier. Policy tends to move things in a desirable direction, yet to fall short of what you’d hoped to see. And the question becomes how many compromises, how much watering down, one is willing to accept.

  • Torturegate
  • The GOP finally found the culprit and wants justice
    GOP turn up volume on Pelosi comment on CIA

    Why won’t the Addams Cheney family go away and leave us alone?
    Iraq war case wasn’t built on the waterboard, Liz Cheney says

  • GOP Quo Vadis?
  • GOP sounds alarm on Latino voter gap

    GOP gives Dick Cheney green light

  • Economy Watch
  • I beg of thee. Tell me this is a joke:
    At Geithner’s Treasury, Key Decisions on Hold

    Many Advisers’ Roles Are Undefined And Others Still Awaiting Confirmation

    After throwing gazillion after gazillion because “Too Big” shouldn’t fail, did we forget the little guys? Or was that the whole point?

    While investors have focused mostly on the nation’s largest 19 banks that were the subject of the government stress tests, shares of some smaller banks have been getting pummeled since last week’s rollout of the test results.

    Rising Incomes May Help Democrats Avert 2010 Election Debacle

    Coping with the worst economy in a half century and unemployment likely to peak at a 26-year high around the middle of next year, Democrats by rights should be facing the prospect of a disaster in the November 2010 congressional elections.
    They aren’t.

    Toyota Rolls Out New Prius

  • The Swine Flu Is Still Here
  • Assistant principal is 1st NYC swine flu death

    Jump in swine flu cases in Japan

    The number of swine flu cases in Japan has risen rapidly – with more than 120 cases now confirmed.

  • Iraq War – The Sequel
  • The Bad
    Horror and stresses of Iraq duty led US sergeant to kill comrades

    The Good
    From Serving in Iraq to Welcoming White House Guests

    She is on hand to greet nearly every official visitor who has an appointment with the president or his top advisers. She oversees the front of the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, serving coffee to former Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, making small talk with a delegation from Kazakhstan and trying to chew a mouthful of almonds quickly before saying hello to Tiger Woods as he stands at her desk.

  • Google No Longer The Only Game In Town
  • Wolfram search engine goes live

    A search engine hailed as a significant rival to web giant Google has gone live to the public.

  • Why Maureen, Why?
  • You’re so much better than anyone else. You’re not vile like that “evil calculating witch” Hillary Clinton. You’re not a cheater like that “slick” Bill Clinton. Or are you?
    NYTimes Writer Admits Using Blogger’s Words

    New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has admitted to using a paragraph virtually word-for-word from a prominent liberal blogger without attribution.

    28 Responses

    1. Good point on MoDo! She who accuses everyone else of being less than perfect… And she didn’t even read TPM – it was a friend’s fault….A friend not wearing a blue dress, I swear!
      Bringing this from downstairs
      http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/b0bots-at-odds-modo-caught-plagiarizing-tpm/

      • TFF! She says she remembered “the line” from a conversation with a friend. Apparently it’s okay to steal from “a friend.” I’d love to have heard that conversation. (Hey, Mo, here’s this cogent point. I’ll just jot it down for ya, ‘kay?) She’s a lazy a$$ sorry excuse for a writer and I hope she gets canned.

    2. Dammit!

      I have more stuff but my computer is down.

    3. Liberals Fret Over Obama Compromises

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124260169419828351.html

      Check out the lame excuses Rahm offers up. Didn’t anyone tell them they have majority control? What a bunch of weaklings.

      • oops, just saw that you already posted that link. Sorry for the repeat.

        You wrote: “From a Liberal point of view, many policies of the Obama administration have been below expectation, but still better than what the Republican could have come up with.”

        You are much too kind to him/them MABlue. Better than the Republicans could have come up with? Is that the standard this majority-controlled Dem Administration is being held to? Obviously, for most Americans, “he’s not Bush,” is the entire reason for the worship of this weak, compromising, hypocritical, dishonest Chief Executive. He is spending all of his political capital bailing out his and Timmy’s banker friends, so all those pesky social and environmental issues are back-burner. I am not at all impressed.

        • Actually you posted it right before I got back to my computer. I had it in the draft when my computer when down.

    4. There were many messages sent from South Bend. Obama’s opponents seek to reignite the culture wars. He doesn’t. They would reduce religious faith to a narrow set of issues. He refused to join them. They often see theological arguments as leading to certainty. He opted for humility.
      He did all this without skirting the abortion question and without flinching from the “controversy surrounding my visit here.”

      When I saw this quote, I had to check and see what Obama-stroking rag wrote it, and of course, it’s WAPO. Oh yes, we know, he is so superior and transcendent, we get it. Funny, but an alternative view is that he is incapable of direct confrontation and clarity.

    5. Dowd acknowledged the error in an e-mail to The Huffington Post on Sunday, the Web site reported.

      Error?The error was not changing a word or two and getting caught. Word-for-word is not something heard in conversation like Mo claims. Lordy, they aren’t even mailing it in. And I never want to hear again how blogs aren’t up to print standards….what a laugh

    6. Regarding Nancy Pelosi – it appears that the Dems are trying to jettison her, the Reps have the long knives out for her too. She might as well go for broke and go forward with her Truth Commission. She should strike now, while the iron is hot, so-to-speak.

      • I read a piece this a.m. that suggested Rahm gave Panetta the go ahead to “humiliate” Pelosi with a rebuke, because he never would have done it without Administration approval. Makes sense. Since Rahm & Hoyer are buddies, it sounds like Emanuel’s M.O. to push her out so he has more control of the House.

        • I’ve got a post up about this at Blue Lyon in which I answer a friend’s email regarding this whole deal with the WH hanging Nancy out to dry: Pardon me while I go postal

          • I think she is also one of the few dems standing between Obama and his SS reform plans

          • I went over and you gave terrific answer. Somehow the actual torturing and the war crimes is forgotten in this she said, they said DC crapola….I guess it’s to distract us from expecting accountability???
            LOL
            If there was going to be any accountability, Barry would not have been installed.

        • I think I’m with both of you on that.

          The WH wants a weakened Nancy Pelosi in the House so they can go ahead with their “centrist” agenda.

          Notice that the bills coming out of the House are much to the left of the Senate and Obama. Pelosi will no longer have the gumption to get into a fight with the guys.

          • Yes, much as I don’t like Nancy P. -she is to the left on energy and the environment.

        • Indeed. Panetta doesn’t pee without Administration approval…that’s why he’s there

    7. Here’s a good article on the Israel-Iran headbutting. I am hoping that Obama takes heed of this:

      “Israel is in the midst of a massive diplomatic, political and intelligence campaign, both public and covert, that could lead – if those officials behind it have their way – towards a military strike on Iran. It is a war for the hearts and minds of Americans. Or you might call it the war before the war.

      “We in the US must be prepared to resist. We must protect ourselves from Israel’s propaganda offensive ginning up war with Iran. We must encourage President Obama to stay strong in his commitment to Israeli-Arab peace, whether or not Israel is a willing partner. Keeping our eyes on the prize of peace is going to be the hardest challenge of all, because the Netanyahu government is doing everything it can to divert the world’s attention.”

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/may/13/aipac-iran-us-obama

      Of course, our insanely stupid “peace process” is a complete joke, but all the same, war with Iran would be unmitigated disaster.

    8. Notre Dame is big news in Italy. This morning Italian tv was on it for at least 10mins (they cut from Obama to the Pope of course…). Usually we’re lucky we don’t see much of the big O.

    9. Lithuania elected its first female president

      Lithuania gets first woman leader

      Dalia Grybauskaite has been elected Lithuania’s first female president, according to official results.

      “I am grateful for the responsibility invested in me,” said Ms Grybauskaite, the European Union budget commissioner.

      With all ballots counted, she won 68.17% of the votes. Turnout at 51.7% was just above the threshold needed to give her an outright first round win.

      Her nearest challenger, Social Democrat lawmaker Algirdas Butkevicius came a distant second with 12% of the vote.

      Seven candidates contested the poll which was held amid widespread concern about the economic downturn in the Baltic state.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8054053.stm

    10. Is there any chance that Jane Harman could get Pelosi’s seat. I am not exactly a Harman fan but that would really serve madame Speaker right.

    11. Downticket, on May 18th, 2009 at 11:57 am Said:
      I think she is also one of the few dems standing between Obama and his SS reform plans…

      That would explain the long knives

    12. What people like Nancy seemingly don’t understand that with Barry, once your total compliance ends, so does your usefulness . Did she expect to check or even shape the advance of Barry’s stealing Social Security? Come on Nancy! You aren’t a partner, you are servant…and you helped to installed your Boss

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