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  • Hottest Potato
  • UPDATE!!!

    I decided to avoid any immediate analysis of “The Speech” but I’ll make an exception: Peter Daou got cojones.
    Let Women Wear the Hijab: The Emptiness of Obama’s Cairo Speech

    I know many will gush over President Obama’s Cairo speech and I’m likely swimming against the tide of the media and my fellow Democrats and progressives.
    If we are to fix America’s image in the world and if we are to heal the planet’s myriad ills, it will not be done through contrite kumbaya speeches about how we are all one world and how we should all coexist peacefully, no matter whether the remarks are delivered in Cleveland or Cairo. It will be done by leading through example, by righting the many wrongs here at home, by seeking justice and fairness for all, by doing what is right, not saying what sounds pleasing to the media elite and the pliable punditocracy.

    Obama Speech Seeks to Alter Muslims’ View of U.S.

    Obama Calls for End to Cycle of Discord With Muslims

    Obama: I’ll personally pursue two-state solution

    Shimon Peres: Time is ripe to end the Arab-Israeli conflict

    President Obama’s journey to Saudi Arabia and Egypt could be an opportunity. It reflects both the need for an historic change in the Middle East and a unique chance of achieving it.

    Obama visits Saudi Arabia, Cairo – why not Israel?

    Many Israelis see the president’s decision to bypass Jerusalem as part of a broader shift in US priorities in the region.

    Don’t lecture us: Arabs tell Obama

    “Obama is just a prettier face. I’m sure his intentions are in the right place but I don’t expect much from the man,” a Cairo electrician said on Wednesday as US President Barack Obama began his much-anticipated Middle East trip.

  • The Defining Issue
  • Obama plan would provide health care for all

    President Barack Obama says he’s open to requiring all Americans to buy health insurance, as long as the plan provides a “hardship waiver” to exempt poor people from having to pay.

    Obama opposed such an individual mandate during his campaign, but Congress increasingly is moving to embrace the idea.

    Obama Shifts on Coverage Mandate

    During his presidential campaign last year, Mr. Obama opposed then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s idea of a health-insurance mandate on individuals. He argued it would put too much burden on low-income families.

    A year later, Hillary wins

    A year ago today, the final set of primaries made official the foregone conclusion that Barack Obama had won the primary, and Hillary Clinton lost it.

    There’s far too much going on today to dwell on an anniversary, but it does seem worth noting one particular piece of news in its light: On the central health care policy debate of the Democratic Primary — which was, to be fair, conducted within a fairly narrow frame — Obama appears to have conceded today to a Senate plan likely to more closely resemble Clinton’s.

  • NH Determined to Destroy Marriage
  • N.H. becomes sixth state where gays can marry

    Traditionally conservative New Hampshire today became the sixth state in the nation — and the fifth state in New England — where same-sex couples will be allowed to marry.

    In NH and Iowa, gay marriage has political angle

  • Dick Wolffe: Typist Extraordinaire
  • A sheep in Wolffe’s clothing?

    It was Barack Obama himself who first proposed that Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe make a play to be this generation’s Theodore White—the legendary journalist whose insider account of the 1960 election painted John F. Kennedy in heroic light.

    In the 2008 version, Obama provided the insider access. And Wolffe lavishly delivered on the heroic-light end of the bargain.

    Richard Wolffe, non-writer, butt kisser supreme (Kat has a concise review of the book)

  • Badly Needed: Better Press Corps
  • Rush and Newt Are Winning

    When Rush Limbaugh sneezes or Newt Gingrich tweets, their views ricochet from the Internet to cable television and into the traditional media. It is remarkable how successful they are in setting what passes for the news agenda.

  • Progressive Movement: Quo Vadis?
  • Obama Is Just Killing Progressives

    For the past few years, liberal activists have gathered in Washington each spring for the Take Back America conference, where speaker after speaker — Obama sometimes among them — would give rollicking denunciations of the Bush administration before packed rooms of partisans.

    But now that Obama has actually taken back America, the activists at this year’s gathering feel a bit like the dog that finally caught up with the car. Organizers changed the name from Take Back America to America’s Future Now, but that didn’t prevent a sharp decline in participation.

    Gay groups grow impatient with Barack Obama

    Gay rights campaigners, most of them Democrats who supported Obama in November, have begun to voice their public frustration with Obama’s inaction, small jokes at their community’s expense and deafening silence on what they see as the signal civil rights issue of this era.

    His most important campaign promises repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the military ban on openly gay and lesbian service-members have not been fulfilled.

  • End of a Charade?
  • Experts: Prognosis grim as Coleman runs out of legal options

    The end is near in the U.S. Senate contest. That might seem difficult to believe given that the fight has now dragged on for nearly seven months, but the bottom line is that Republican Norm Coleman is running out of legal options.

    Go away Norm! Go Away! MN can survive without you.

  • Anti-choice Terrorism
  • Operation Rescue adviser helped Tiller suspect track doctor’s court dates

    Why I Turned Down O’Reilly

    O’Reilly knew that people wanted Tiller dead, and he knew full well that many of those people were avid viewers of his show. Still, he fanned the flames. Every time I appeared on his show, I received vitriolic and hate-filled e-mails. And if I received those messages directly, I can only imagine what type of feedback O’Reilly receives. He knows that his words incite violence.

  • What’s The SoS Up To?
  • US urges China to account for those killed in Tiananmen Square

    Hillary Clinton calls on China to release those still imprisoned in connection with the protests and begin a dialogue with victims’ families

    ‘This Week’ Sunday Exclusive: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    It’s her first Sunday show interview as Secretary of State and her first Sunday show since her presidential campaign ended one year ago this week.

    A week ago, toe-sucking cretin Dick Morris delivered a pile of horse manure masquerading as column entitled “The Incredible Shrinking Clintons
    Preeti Aroon of the Foreign Policy blog pick that piece of tripe apart:
    Hillary Clinton is ‘shrinking by the day’?

    “Shrinking Clintons”? Whatever. They’re a 21st-century power couple.

    Clinton arrives in Cairo

  • Economy Watch
  • Fed chief calls for deficit control. Why now?

    Bernanke warned Wednesday that federal debt as a share of GDP is approaching highest levels since the early 1950s, after the massive borrowing of World War II.

    Buffett Is Less Bullish on U.S. Than You Think

    Barack Isn’t Talking About The Cost Of Health Care Reform. This Is Dangerous.

    Health care reform won’t go anywhere unless Obama does a better job of telling us what it’ll cost.

  • Today’s Unnecessary Gloating(h/t Dr BostonBoomer)
  • Sense of order has been restored

    The Red Sox are good.

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    1. Wolffe’s book should be called “Buns Up and Kneeling” since that was how he covered Obama

    2. A year ago today, the final set of primaries made official the foregone conclusion that Barack Obama had won the primary, and Hillary Clinton lost it.

      Lost it by winning the popular vote and by having the pledged delegate lead stolen from her.

      And since neither candidate had 50% + 1 of the pledged delegates, there could be no winner or loser until the super delegate votes were cast at the convention .

      • Oh quit whining, Myiq. Whaddaya think this country is supposed to be–a DEMOCRACY?

        I suspect that future historians will teach that capitalism is as incompatible with democracy and liberty as Communism is, and that NO system that allows the majority of a society’s power and wealth to be concentrated in the hands of a small elite will be democratic OR efficient, whether that small elite is called “the Communist Party” or “the Fortune 500”.

        • That’s why Tommy Jefferson opposed primogeniture.

          Capitalism and democracy can coexist if concentrations of wealth are prevented/discouraged/broken up.

          Both thrive that way

          • IIRC, didn’t TJ also distrust corporations–I think they were called “joint-stock companies” back then?

            Damn shame the man never found the guts to free his slaves; then he’d be damn near perfect.

          • Maybe I should have said “plutocracy” or “big-@$$ corporate capitalism” instead of just “capitalism”?

          • Ivory Bill,

            I believe you are searching for the terms “too large to fail” corporations.

      • And the “uncommitted” Florida and Michigan votes.

      • yeah and more people voted for bush because they didn’t want to have a beer with Gore.,….umm, wait

      • Later yesterday I remembered another reason June 3rd was special . Because ALL day of June 3 /08 , while people were voting, the press kept shouting ” Hillary is quitting! ” in order to suppress the vote . Bastards. You would need a page a day, desk calender to record all the cheating and lying of the 08 campaign

    3. O’Reilly should have the pants sued off him–eeewww, another pukeworthy image! MORE BRAIN BLEACH!!! :mrgreen:

    4. The interesting thing about Wolffe: he was assigned the book during the campaign. And check who is he working with these days

      • I’d call Wolffe a whore, but that would insult people who actually work

    5. “A Sense of Order has been Restored.”

      Red Sox back in first place.

      • When I saw the vid of Barry over there….he so looks like Bush, it’s creepy.

    6. Obama seeks $1B for Pakistan super-embassy.


    7. I havent heard or readThe Speech yet, but over the last couple of days, and again this morning, I’ve noticed a similar pattern in the approach to the yet-another-greatest-speech-evah on the different (foreign) tv-channels, I’ve watched:

      The news anchors in enthusiastic anticipation use words like “historic”, “important”, and “hope’nchange”.

      The invited ME-experts are more cautious but positive,

      … while the people on the streets are like: “A speech is fine, but we don’t really care what he says. We want action !”

      (Painted in broad strokes, but still pretty accurate!)

      • You didn’t miss much like usual. Except the part where my husband had to step in front of the TV (in order to save it) when BO mentioned how Muslim countries have elected women to the highest offices in their countries (proving tolerance or something).

        To which I yelled, while wielding my coffee cup, “yea you pr*ck you only had to cheat and stomp all over the only chance this country has ever had for the same thing.”

      • Peter Daou tells the truth. More blah blah blah. Of course, the “reviews” I read at Politico gush as if he is the One True Oracle. I cannot believe this country has settled for someone who is basically a glorified car salesman. Oh wait–he IS a car salesman now.

    8. Has anyone DUGG this post yet? The title of the post is misspelled and I don’t want to fix it if it’s already been shared.

      But, I’d LIKE to fix it before I make the social links

    9. As always, I leave analysis of Obama’s ME approaches in the capable hands of the Angry Arab:

      “What can you say about Obama? It will–and should–be remembered that he praised the ‘wisdom’ of the Saudi King. What is next? Will he praise the public beheadings in the kingdom as example of ideal justice?”


      “I wonder if Obama discussed the history of House of Saud’s ownership of black slaves into the 1970s, and beyond.”

      AA’s constant refrain on Obama is “I told you so, damn it,” which I think makes him an honorary PUMA whether he likes it or not…


    10. Obama once said he wanted to bomb Pakistan. He always had something against Pakistan. He is now fighting three wars.

      • For all the supposed “fighting ” between Barry and his cuz Cheney, they both want war in Pakistan. Dick was pushing the sepical ops intoPakistan for some time before leaving office

      • I remember when Jackie and JFK went to Europe and Jack said” I’m the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Europe”….Today the press keeps saying MO is Jackie …but actually in this couple , Barry is the Jackie…if there is one

        • LOL!!

          I am really sick of the comparisons these two are given. There is zero, zip, nadda, nothing similar between the J&J Kennedy’s and BO/MO. She is a clod compared to Jackie, who had grace, style and was feminine and attractive. MO is a waddling lumberjack who buys clothes off the rack and doesn’t get them altered to fit. She’s got to be 2-3 sizes different from top to bottom.

    11. ATTENTION: I read that Hillary will be on Greta tonight!

      • Thanks.

        I also read today that she’s going to be on George’s “This Week” on Sunday.

    12. The Red Sox may be good, but the Dodgers are better.

      • Don’t blaspheme in here! We have a spam filter and I’m not afraid to use it.

        Growing up in NorCal and watching the SF Giants I learned three things: to love the game of baseball, the value of sportsmanship, and a deep and abiding hatred for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    13. bo wants to make sure their women are covered up.beheading is ok..as long as they are wearing their burkas,.how sad is that..

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