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      Let’s point out the obvious. Russia had no reason to attack its own pipelines. If it doesn’t want gas to go thru them it just turns off the tap. Sabotage to the pipelines weakens Russia’s position, since it will be months before they can offer to turn fuel back on, which they would have wanted to offer during the winter in order to pressure Germany in specif […]
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  • Health Care Battle
  • Dems advance proposals to spread health coverage

    Democrats at both ends of the Capitol accelerated their drive to enact health care legislation on Tuesday, outlining proposals to extend coverage to uninsured millions but omitting most details on plans for raising more than $1 trillion needed to cover costs.

    The Difference Between Socialized Medicine, Single-Payer Health Care, and What We’ll Be Getting

    Health Care Spending Disparities Stir a Fight

  • The Terrorists Are Winning
  • Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated by Doctor Who Was Killed Closes Permanently

    The clinic of Dr. George R. Tiller, in Wichita, had been one of a few in the country to provide abortions to women late in their pregnancies, and for decades, women had traveled there from all over the nation and overseas. The office, Women’s Health Care Services Inc., was also the state’s only remaining clinic, even for abortions performed early in pregnancy, outside the Kansas City area.

    How a murder fed conspiracy theories about the liberal media. (Thomas Frank)

    Two weeks ago, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline sent out a fund-raising letter asking for help paying down legal bills he incurred during one of his fights with that state’s abortion providers. After recounting his battles with Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller and others, Mr. Kline moaned that “They must silence the truth by silencing the messenger.”
    What makes this particular fund-raising missive supremely awkward is that it arrived in people’s mailboxes after Tiller himself had been silenced forever, gunned down in a Wichita church, allegedly by a man from the fringes of the antiabortion movement.

  • Stay Classy, GOP
  • Boehner: ‘First step in the Democrats’ plan to import terrorists into America’

    Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), What a Doofus!
    China airs fears: congressman (via Talking Points Memo)

    He said he told the Chinese that the budget deficit could be even bigger than predicted, due in part to the rising costs to the US economy of health care.

    One of the messages I had – because we need to build trust and confidence in our number one creditor – is that the budget numbers that the US government has put forward should not be believed

    Most don’t know who speaks for GOP

  • “Torturegate”
  • London’s Metropolitan Police accused of waterboarding suspects

    [S]enior policing officials are most alarmed by the claim that officers in Enfield, North London, used the controversial CIA interrogation technique to simulate drowning.

    Lawsuits Force Disclosures by C.I.A.

    So far, President Obama has managed to curb Congressional calls for a national commission to investigate Bush administration detention policies. But Mr. Obama cannot control the courts, and lawsuits are turning out to be the force driving disclosures about brutal interrogations.

    Sore Losers And Whiners
    Lieberman, Graham Threaten to Shut Down Senate

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threatened to hold up any and all legislation in the Senate until Congress passes its legislation to prohibit the release of photos showing detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Economy Watch
  • For U.S., a Sea of Perilous Red Ink, Years in the Making (Excellent. Highly recommended by TC News Division)

    There are two basic truths about the enormous deficits that the federal government will run in the coming years.

    The first is that President Obama’s agenda, ambitious as it may be, is responsible for only a sliver of the deficits, despite what many of his Republican critics are saying. The second is that Mr. Obama does not have a realistic plan for eliminating the deficit, despite what his advisers have suggested.

    Obama Urges Congress to Tighten ‘Paygo’ Budget Rules

    10 Large Banks Allowed to Exit U.S. Aid Program

    The Obama administration marked with little fanfare a major milestone in its bank rescue effort — its decision on Tuesday to let 10 big banks repay federal aid that had sustained them through the worst of the crisis —

    U.S. banks face tough time, in or out of TARP

    It is in Beijing’s interests to lend Geithner a hand (The entire article is here)

    House subpoenas Fed over BoA-Merrill role

    The Federal Reserve was served with a subpoena from a Congressional committee on Tuesday, as lawmakers demanded documents related to Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

    Bank of America’s Chief Says Fed Pushed for Merrill Purchase

    Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Lewis said federal officials pushed him to complete the purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co. after he became aware of “significant accelerating losses” at the New York-based brokerage.

    A Failure of Regulation, Not Capitalism by Ed Glaeser (Nice column but a no-kidding-Sherlock)

    The Bair maximum

    Bair’s attack has been mostly good news for those interested in seeing a stable, if not sexy, banking system. By threatening the things most precious to bank executives — their pay and jobs — she has sent a clear message to the industry: Your bailout is not without a price. We expect results.

  • War On Terror
  • First Guantanamo suspect moved to U.S. for trial

    The United States transferred the first detainee from Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday to stand trial in a U.S. civilian court in a test case for President Barack Obama’s plans to close the controversial prison for foreign

    Pacific island may take Chinese Muslim prisoners from Guantanamo Bay

    The Obama administration is close to an agreement that will see a group of Chinese Muslim prisoners from Guantanamo Bay resettled on the remote Pacific island of Palau, according to officials.

    Iraqi accused in deaths of five US soldiers is freed

    The surprise release of a Shi’ite militant linked to the killing of five US soldiers in Iraq is part of a high-stakes gambit that could result in freedom for five British hostages and a political role for a major Shi’ite extremist group with reputed ties to Iran.

    War bill tally could top $105B

    The White House’s ever-expanding wartime spending bill could soon exceed $105 billion even as President Barack Obama remains stymied by divisions in Congress and a set of terrorism-related issues that have strained relations in his own party.

  • Around The World
  • At least 15 dead in Pakistani hotel blast

    Car bomb kills 15 in southern Shiite area in Iraq

    Could North Korea Provoke a New Korean War?

  • Beat The Press
  • Love or lust, Obama and the fawning press need to get a room

    ‘It’s time to enshrine Hank Paulson as national hero’ WTF?

  • Police Brutality
  • New Jersey police officer pounds man on tape

  • What You Do For Love
  • How a hummingbird in love can move faster than a fighter jet

    The dramatic courtship dive of a small hummingbird has been found to be the quickest aerial manoeuvre in the natural world for an animal compared to its size. It even outpaces the movements of a jet fighter and the Space Shuttle on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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    45 Responses

    1. Re: Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) careful what you wish for.
      Didn’t the Dems only offer tepid supporrt for his challenger, Ned Lamont? How’s that working out for them?

    2. The Lieberman and Graham tantrum show is a beaut! Will they vote against the bill? I love how they keep Obama’s support for censorship in the news…This item and Letterman piggy jokes on Palin and her kid

    3. hello all how are you back from GayDays in Orlando and what a nice prezzy waiting for me Obama administration defending DADT infront of SCOTUS…what a tool.

      The gays are waking up to the Homophobe in chief. I do not think he can count on our vote in 2012!

      • tell me more! He sent who to defend DADT in the court? Do you have a link where I can read more?
        One of my best friends, really my best friend is a gay man who believed Obama was much friendlier on gay rights than Clinton and did not believe she would get rid of DADT dispite the fact she said she would.
        I just kept teling him Obama would say anything to get a vote and Hillary would say only what she meant even is she knew some people would not like it.

    4. morning edge tell katiebird I walked my A$$ off at tdisney this weekend but did it make up for the buffets at Ohana and the Beirgarten?

      Back away from the desert table fuzzy back away from the desert table!

      • Welcome back Fuzzy.

        We missed you.

      • Hi fuzzy! My walking has been confined to airports & hospitals the past couple of days but, I’ll get back in the swing of things today.

        My 88 year old dad (on two canes) was my walking partner. Yesterday between the hospital & airport, we walked two miles together!

        • Hope he gets better and walking is good. Have you tried a walker with wheels and a seat? I got one, after surgery and it was a life saver for me while I recovered.

          • Believe me, I asked again and again if he’d use a wheel chair! (then I could have piled the luggage on his lap and walk a lot faster) but, he wants the exercise. He was thrilled for the chance to walk.

            • the best thing about the walker with a seat is that you can walk and then take a break and sit down on the little seat. My Mom has one and it make it possible for her to walk around the grocery store.

    5. ‘One of the messages I had – because we need to build trust and confidence in our number one creditor – is that the budget numbers that the US government has put forward should not be believed‘

      Is this guy crazy? BTW why are all these people going to China and either telling them how to behave or reporting about their Government? Who is in charge here?

      • 😆 Don’t believe your lying eyes…we just made the number up for the voters so we could get the $$$. Really! 😆 Boy it is a good thing he isn’t saying that to a loan shark.

    6. want to see real press go to germany
      or preety much any other country than ours

    7. John Conyers must be a racist

      U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the Detroit Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, says it is time to repeal the 16-year-old ban on openly gay service members in the U.S. military. The controversial policy has become an issue for the White House since President Obama took office in January. During the 2008 campaign, Obama had promised to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, but recently, the president has appeared to be backing off that statement.

      “Why is he becoming so conservative now that he’s got the job?” Conyers asked during an interview with Michigan Messenger at a gathering of progressive activists on Saturday. “I think he is getting a lot of pressure put on him from the right, from conservatives. And he is trying to prove to the Republicans that he is bipartisan.”

      • Bad news John, he’s not “becoming” conservative – he already was.

        You were hoodwinked. Bamboozled.

      • Very good catch MyIQ

        I wonder if I should add it it to the FP today or tomorrow. The news board is kinda full today but this is a very good piec.

      • Why is he becoming so conservative now that he’s got the job?” Conyers asked

        Wow that’s rich…why are you now just paying attention to what he is Mr. Conyers?

        • Yea, the Clinton’s had a record of decades of work and they were thrown under the bus, for Oprah’s ‘The One’ that could, and the one who’s experience was running his campaign.

          I guess Conyers doesn’t know the press think Obama is sort of God and he will soon be facing an angry mob…the ‘Cheer Leading Press’.

    8. Another good read. I think the whole issue of the banks could be a huge issue in the future as Americans continue to experience high rates of unemployment while banks and the stock market have their butts bailed out and manage to keep their jobs and their outrageous compensation.

      Is there any way TC and others can put together a major campaign on this issue? It is clear that this national bamboozle has been a bi-partisan affair. If Obama needs to get a room with the press—he also needs to get a room with the bankers.

      On Sarah Palin—the SPDS is really disgusting. Interesting that little or no coverage gave respect for her participation and support in the autism fund raiser. I respect her stance on ARRA funds for Alaska—participate in what helps the state but do not participate in things that do not like greening housing that is based upon technology that does not work in Alaska’s climate. I am so sad that we have reached a point in this country where the children of politicians can be slurred and diminished. Shame on Letterman—if he has to pick on a little girl for laugh lines then he needs to retire.

    9. Must reading at Democracy Now is the interview that Amy Goodman had recently with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rose Ann DeMoro of the Calif. Nurses Assoc. regarding Universal Health Care. The most telling quote from Ms. DeMoro describing her meeting with Sen. Max Baucus:

      “But what was the most interesting to me, and it was particularly upon reflection, was that what he said was, “Barack Obama wants a victory.” And he said it to us in such a way that later I realized it was as though he was saying, “Didn’t you get the memo?” I mean, we’re all supposed to be—we’re all supposed to fall in line here.”

      Obama wants a victory, so to hell with real health care reform.

      • “What happens to benefit levels under HR676 when the power shifts back to conservatives? These are the questions being asked.”

        The answer on the benefit levels is that if Congress is required to have the same UHC program as everyone else, we will have the best medical coverage in the world. They may not care what happens to you, me, our friends and family, but you can be darn sure they care about what happens to them and their families. That’s our real protection.

      • I suspect, if the cries get loud enough for a public option, that the resulting “option” will suck so severely in benefits that no one but the most desperate will want it…

        HR676, if it had presidential support (HA!) would be the way to go.

        • Well said!

        • Actually, Canada does have private insurance. The public plan doesn’t cover things like eyeglasses (not sure it covers dental either), and this is where the private insurers come in. For a very reasonable fee of about $10 per year, Canadians can get insurance to cover the cost of eyeglasses. I’m pretty sure that you can also purchase supplemental insurance in Canada from private insurers for medical procedures not covered by the provincial policies. This is the way we should be set up here, IMO.

        • Because if you recall in the first primary he told his delegates to go over to Obama, then Hillary started to ask Richardson is he was going to do like wise and that was the start of the back stabbing.

          I saw Dennis and he has some other issues, but for me, he made a deal and I would like to know what he got in return.

        • it is true that supporting single payer, everyone in was not a good stance to take in the primaries. However it is the ONLY good solution to our healthcare problem.
          What HR676 is proposing is simply a medicare for all and medicare users, most of them do have a private insurer who covers the percent medicare doesn’t cover. We can not allow the ignorance of an uneducated public stop us from the hands down best solution we have to our healthcare crisis. People need to be educated.
          BTW, I think Hillary would support HR676 if the public could be brought around. I do not think Obama would because he is a rich man’s tool.

      • when everyone is required to be in the single payer system, NOTHING happens to the benefit levels when conservatives take over. The conservative congress and all the conservative voters would be in the plan too.
        There is nothing more socialist than a conservetive when it comes to their own government benefits.

    10. NBC launches African American news site —


      Oh – and Chuck Todd is writing another Obama book….

      >>>>Todd’s agent says the new book will be a “nuanced analytical narrative” focusing on the political relationship between Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The book would likely come out in the months before the 2012 election.


    11. The BofA being pushed to take over Merrill feeds right into the theory from the previous post about it was all a ruse to help Citi. Sadly it all fits. And sadly it’s exactly the kind of crap these greedy bastards would do. But not to worry, Chuck Todd will write another book on how Obama is God, so we’re all good.

    12. I bailed out of the Bronstein piece when I read “the smirking Clintons.”
      Never once have I seen either Clinton smirk. It’s just not in their DNA. You see, they don’t look down on us regular folks.
      Now George Bush was a world class smirker. Come to think of it, both Obamas do pretty well in the smirkstakes.

      • Obama Love 3.0 (listen to the press in the plane…yelling ‘agent, agent..sit down…giggle, giggle’?

        Before the election:

        “More than love…”-Tucker
        “A gift from the world to us in so many ways..”- Chris Mathew

        After the election:

        “In a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world. He’s sort of GOD. He’s going to bring all different sides together.” – Newsweek editor Evan Thomas.

        We don’t have a Fourth Estate, we have a bunch of in-love cheer leaders, who’s pupils are fixed on their love interest 😦 and still suffering from Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

    13. I love your articles, but you linked to Matt Taibbi? He’s a jerk!

      • I have thought about this and well if Mablue2 doesn’t show us what the chatter is about, how will we know? Besides, it is not shocking anymore that even jerks make the news by line.

        • The article itself is not bad, but I probably could have left it out. There were other interesting stuff but this went to the dishonesty of the press.

    14. The One II: Road To Denver

      The campaign:

      A leader that God has blessed us with at this time. -Nancy Pelosi


      “In a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world. He’s sort of GOD. He’s going to bring all different sides together.” – Newsweek editor Evan Thomas.

      The campaign was weird, but I am concerned about the ‘God’ title. I mean who is going to run against ‘God’ in 2012? I wonder how many world leaders are watching and laughing at us and our press. 😦

    15. Plan to ‘import terrorists”? Do they just sit around and think up exaggerated frames all day long? That one is so over top as to hit Felliniland and Daliland at the same time.

      • Coburn was on c-span this a.m. spewing the talking points. I just wanted to choke him through the screen! My threshold for their bs is just gone at this point.

    16. They filmed one season of “Survivor” on Palau. If they emulate the show, they will just leave them on the beach with a flint and a bag of rice to fend for themselves. Cheap!

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