Monthly Archives: January 2010

Welcome to the United States of Corporate America

From Howard Fineman at Newsweek:

I rarely attend a Supreme Court argument, but I did last fall for a “rehearing” of the campaign-spending case. […] The most vivid image I saw was the red-faced Chief Justice John Roberts, veins popping on his neck as he vibrated with disgust at the idea that government could limit what a corporate entity could do or say in the political arena.

The 5–4 opinion issued Thursday by the Roberts Court—written by swing voter Anthony Kennedy—was even more sweeping than I had imagined and predicted.

In light of the new ruling, the Senate has already started redecorating.

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Naked Ambition

From TALKING POINTS MEMO:

A new Rasmussen poll of New York looks at how former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) might do if he ran against appointed Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the general election, as an independent, rather than challenging her in the Dem primary. The answer is that he wouldn’t get very far — but Gillibrand wouldn’t walk away with the contest itself, with a potential split in the Democratic vote.

The numbers: Gillibrand 39%, an unnamed generic Republican candidate 34%, and Ford 10%.  […] Rasmussen had to use a generic Republican precisely because there is no GOP candidate right now, and the party’s recruiting efforts have kept coming up short. (We’ll see whether the Republican victory in Massachusetts gets anybody interested in this race.)

Interested? Harold Ford, ever the opportunist, seeing the success of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts senate race, has changed his strategery for the New York senate primary accordingly, and he thinks he’ll have the same success.


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My Skools Dont’ Need Munny

From The Dallas Morning News:

WASHINGTON – Texas school districts may be able to bypass Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to not compete for up to $700 million in federal education funds, under a plan announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

The president highlighted his disappointment with Perry’s move as he outlined an expansion of the Race to the Top program that would allow school districts to apply directly for grants.


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Even His Family Votes Against Him!

From The Los Angeles Times:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman says his family voted 3-1 against him running for governor, so he will not join the race.

Coleman’s decision comes in the wake of his bruising Senate loss to former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Al Franken.


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The Company He Keeps

From THINK PROGRESS:

Major U.S. banks which instigated the financial crisis are set to pay out “record” bonuses and compensation — $145 billion by some estimates. State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate running for the special U.S. Senate election next week, announced yesterday that he would oppose the recently announced financial crisis responsibility fee on large banks.

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(l to r:  Richard Gilder, Steve Forbes, Scott Brown, Dick Armey, Rudy Giuliani)

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By George!

What Glenn Blechhh said to Princess Sarah Palin:

BECK: I have to tell you that every time I bring up your name and somebody says who’s out there? I answer one of two ways. I’m waiting for George Washington to appear. Then it’s usually followed by your name. And I said, but I don’t know. And it’s not I don’t know, I don’t know if you’re smart enough. I find this insulting. Your kids must find that extraordinarily insulting when they hear that. It’s not that you’re not capable or anything else. I don’t know. I don’t know. I can’t give my trust out to anybody anymore. Every time you do, they burn you. Every time you’re like oh!

What Glenn Blechhh was thinking:


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King-size Stupid

From The Wonk Room at THINK PROGRESS:

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti this week, many activists and politicians have heightened the cry for granting undocumented Haitians in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS is a longstanding cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy that is afforded to undocumented immigrants from a small number of federally-designated countries suffering armed conflicts, natural disasters, or other extraordinary circumstances until conditions improve. Many claim Haitians should’ve received TPS after four consecutive tropical cyclones in 2008 left 800 people dead, hundreds missing, and made the Haitian city of Gonaives “uninhabitable.” However, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) seems to think that not only were undocumented Haitians undeserving of TPS status then, undocumented Haitians living in the U.S. should now be deported back to their country to specifically serve as much-needed relief workers.

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Not Haiti, Just Hate

From MEDIA MATTERS:

As the full scope of the devastation in Haiti was just beginning to be understood Wednesday, MSNBC and CNN devoted extensive coverage to the crisis, including during their primetime coverage. Fox News did cover the aftermath of the earthquake in its dayside programming, but the Three Musketeers — Beck, O’Reilly and Hannity — couldn’t be bothered.

Beck devoted his entire show to an interview with Sarah Palin. He didn’t mention Haiti once but instead chose to read her his diary. To be fair, Beck’s interview may have been taped prior to the Haiti crisis, but he certainly wasn’t obligated to air it Wednesday. It’s not as if Fox News viewers won’t hear her views now that she’s a Fox News contributor.


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