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Friday, February 27, 2009
Do Something Useful Today: Send Karl Rove to Jail
CREDO Action is circulating a petition urging A.G. Eric Holder and the Obama administration to compel Karl Rove to testify before the House Judiciary Committee – which despite subpoenas he has refused to do – about his activities in the Bush White House. To get at the truth or make him pay the price, go here
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More From Our Illustrious Banks: Amidst Tough Competition, This Guy Gets the Chutzpah Award
So not only did Bank of America president Ken Lewis refuse to tell New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo where exactly that tricky matter of $3.6 billion in bonuses went. He flew in on his own $50 million corporate jet to do it. They even put a little rug down for him on the tarmac. The question remains: did he choose pretzels or chips on the flight? Oh yeah, maybe one more question: What is WITH these guys? To see Lewis deplane (and get really pissed off) go here
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Uh, Thanks: Too Big to Fail, But Now That It Has It's Ours
In what analysts are calling a bold move to save one of the country's biggest, floundering banks, the Treasury Department is upping its stake in Citigroup from 8 to 36 percent. That means taxpayers, who have already given them $45 billion in bailout money, will now be Citigroup's largest shareholder. And this is supposed to be good news? Kinda reminds us of the Trojan Rabbit in Monty Python's Holy Grail.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Cost of War, Made Plain
In a reversal of a policy that for too long hid the true cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon will lift its ban on media coverage of the coffins of America’s war dead returning to the U.S., with final say on the issue left to soldiers' families. This is good, if hard news. Too many of us are too adept at shutting down, at not seeing. We all need to see these pictures.
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I'm Not Making This Up. Really.
In an interview last night on ABC radio, RNC Chairman Michael Steele was even more astonishingly himself than usual. To summarize: Who ARE these people?
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The World Has High Hopes...
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With Winners Like These, Who Needs Losers?
Republicans firing up for new electoral triumphs at a Conservative Political Action Conference have assembled an impressive roster of speakers. They include Rush Limbaugh, Joe the Plumber, former U.N. Ambassador John "There is no such thing as the United Nations" Bolton, RNC chair Michael "open to everything, baby" Steele, and Rep. Michelle – "We're running out of rich people in this country," but God is still on our side as long as we don't harbor un-Americans – Bachmann. Should be, umm, rich.
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To The Women Of Gaza
In honor of the upcoming International Women's Day, CODEPINK is highlighting the plight of women in Gaza and seeking donations to an international delegation's delivery of humanitarian aid there. For as little as $10 per person, they will be giving out packages of everything from food and first-aid materials to soaps and sweets. Their campaign will distribute goods through four Gaza-based groups. To donate or get more information go here.
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Unprecedented: Government Does Something Profoundly Sensible!
In a budget announcement today, word has it that President Obama will ask Congress to raise taxes on the rich and cut Medicare costs – and thus profits to insurance and drug companies, among others – to help provide health care for the uninsured. Redistribute wealth and care for those in need? Amazing. More later.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Still Watching in Afghanistan
With the Obama administration evidently inclined, still and all, toward escalation in Afghanistan, we hope someone sends them a new study of public opinion in seven Muslim nations and the Palestinian territories showing a widespread backlash to U.S. efforts to fight terrorism with an expanded military presence. The report by the University of Maryland's Programme on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) finds large majorities in Islamic countries rejecting terrorism but supporting key goals of Al Qaeda – most notably, expelling American forces out of those countries. Steven Kull, director of PIPA's WorldPublicOpinion.org., says the backlash represents "a conundrum" for American policy makers that needs to be addressed. Because polling took place before Obama's election, he adds, there is a possibility "things could change." For now, the Islamic world is "still watching." We are, too.
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