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  • Never Forget
  • At a Holocaust Site, Obama Calls Denial ‘Hateful

    President Obama on Friday intensified his pledge to unlock the Middle East stalemate, sending an envoy next week to pursue his call for a two-state solution, as he toured a former concentration camp that he said served as a lesson to “be ever-vigilant about the spread of evil in our own time.”

    ‘These Sights Have Lost None of their Horror’

  • D-Day
  • Sacrifice and the Greatest Generation

    These are the young Americans who went thousands of miles and defeated the mightiest military empires ever unleashed against us

    D-Day+ 65 years: Obama set to make Normandy landing

  • Spygate
  • State Dept. Retiree Accused of Spying

    A former State Department official with top-secret security clearance and his wife have been charged with spying for Cuba over the past three decades, passing information by shortwave radio and correspondence exchanged in local grocery stores, federal prosecutors said.

  • Anti-Choice Terrorism
  • Colleagues say Tiller knew something was coming

    Two weeks before Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller was gunned down in his church, he called colleague Susan Hill in North Carolina.

    Tiller wanted her to send pictures of activists who’d recently been threatening Hill and her staff. He said he was seeing new anti-abortion protesters outside his clinic and wondered if they were traveling around.

    Paying tribute to Dr. George Tiller

    For the last 20 years, Dr. George Tiller and I were close colleagues and friends, members of a too-small community of physicians who say aloud that we perform abortions. Now he is gone, and I am furious.

    But I refuse to let my anger become despair: We must turn George’s terrifying end into the beginning of a new era when doctors can save lives without risking their own.

    O’Reilly’s Words Have Consequences

    Words have consequences — a lesson I’ve learned, and relearned, after nearly 20 years of editorial and column writing.

    Which makes Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly all the more unbelievable when he holds himself harmless in creating the atmosphere that helped diminish the humanity of George Tiller, the Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions.

    O’Reilly used his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” to demonize Tiller.

    Why I Will Perform Abortions

    I’m a third-year medical student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I plan to become an obstetrician-gynecologist. I dream of delivering healthy babies, working with families and supporting midwifery. But as part of my practice, I also envision providing abortions to women who need them.

  • Credit When Deserved
  • House Dems Push Back on Obama Over Blocking Detainnee Photos

    [T]he provision would block the release of any “photograph that was taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009 relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside of the United States.” The provision is sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham [R, SC] and Sen. Joe Lieberman [I, CT], and supported by President Obama.

    Now liberal House Democrats are threatening to block the bill – and funding for the wars – unless the photo suppression provision is taken out

    Kennedy Readies Health-Care Bill

    As expected, the ailing chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and his staff have crafted comprehensive legislation that would guarantee health coverage for every American — but would require the vast majority to contribute to the cost, according to a draft of the bill obtained last night by The Washington Post. Some small businesses and low-income workers would be eligible for subsidies.
    Perhaps its most controversial element is the creation of a new government-sponsored health insurance plan that would compete with private insurers.

    For geeks, the here’s the entire bill.

  • Economy Watch
  • Will Government Motors do better than General Motors?
    (A debate between Daniel J. Ikenson of Cato Institute and Howard Wial of Brookings)

    Jobs: Even Less Is ‘Made in America’

    While job losses slowed in most sectors, manufacturing lost more jobs in May than in April. The outlook for the sector and its workers is dark

  • Massacre At The Polls
  • Labour suffers wipeout in its worst local election results

    A PM on the verge of a breakdown

  • Coming Down To Earth
  • Is Obama Starting To Take On Water?

    Time will tell whether this becomes a long term trend, or is merely a blip. But for the first time since the stimulus debate, we’re starting to get some signs that events are wearing away some of Obama’s glow.

    Jeremy Scahill: “it’s time to take off the Obama t-shirts.” (The interview is must-see TV, h/t Dr BostonBoomer)

    This is a man who’s in charge of the most powerful country on earth. The media in this country, we have an obligation to treat him the way we treated Bush in terms of being critical of him. And, yet, I feel like many Democrats have had their spines surgically removed these days, as have a lot of journalists.

    Obama’s Flip-Flops for the Public Good

    President Obama has been shifting gears, and reversing some of his policies, at a remarkable rate. But so far, he hasn’t paid much of a political price for it, a testament to his popularity and the willingness of Americans to give him a chance to get results.

  • Good Luck Terry
  • Terry McAuliffe has been working relentlessly for the Democratic Party for more than 25 years, pro bono. He deserves none of the hatred and the smears he has encountered from a good part of the “progressive” movement, people who themselves are barely Democrats and whpo have done nothing but enrich themselves on the back of the Party. For these people, Terry is evil: He is friend with the Clintons and he was chairman of the Hillary-for-President campaign (Quelle horreur!).

    Democrats’ Rainmaker Aims to Hold Virginia

    One of the most prolific fund-raisers in Democrats’ history is trying to help the party hold on to its newfound power in Virginia.

    Terry McAuliffe, the 52-year-old former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and longtime Clinton insider, is running for governor of Virginia, a race that is shaping up as one of the hottest — and costliest — electoral battles of 2009.

    Top Democrats come to Terry McAuliffe’s aid

    Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe on Friday rolled out the endorsements of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, chairman of the nonpartisan National Governors Association.

  • We Finally Understand
  • Why White Men Get Paid More

    Despite advances in parity in recent decades, white men in America on average still get paid more than women and minorities for doing the same work, by some accounts about 20 to 25 percent more.

  • Watch Out iPhone!
  • The Palm Pre: iPhone Killer?

    Why the new smart phone may be better at luring technophobes into the market than Apple or BlackBerry.

  • #8. Not Bad
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    16 Responses

    1. The Tiller story really makes it sound like there was deliberate encouragement of Roeder.

    2. KB:

      Can you put some space between the Picture and the 1st title?
      It’s always irritating to have have it right underneath the picture as if they belong together.

    3. Yes, I’m working on a style sheet right now. Can you watch for email now?

      We can work to define regular styles (for images & lists or whatever) within your posts. And I can tell you how to easily invoke those styles.

    4. Awww…Gee, Woman hater Jon Favreau’s Boston buddy “Tommy” popped the question to his gf in Paris. Everyone kept the secret from her. Are there any picture of this guy pawing cardboard cutouts?


    5. President Platitude is reading from an f’n prompter giving his speech at Normandy……can this get any more embarrassing????

    6. Enough, of blaming O’Reilly.

      It’s incredibly childish.


    7. I am becoming worried about Hillary’s association with Obama regarding foreign policy. She is going to be tainted by his…what do I call it…naivete? manipulations? I winced when she called his speech “magnificent.” This woman, below, was not at all pleased or seduced.

      Column One: Obama’s Arabian dreams
      By CAROLINE GLICK (Jerusalem Post)


      • Don’t. Hillary will be fine. I don’t think she will run for public office again either as a senator or governor. It is going to take a lot to destroy her.

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