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News Roundup – Keegan Bradley, Dallas Cowboys, Alan Grayson

The PGA Tour Championship ends today at the beautiful East Lake Country Club. Henrik Stenson, unless he collapses, should be able to win the championship and take home the grand prize of $10,000,000. Yet, I really love Keegan Bradley’s Eagle from the fairway. He simply nails the shot then gets down on the ground and imitates Jason Dufner, a move known as Dufnering. Great shot. Funny response. Anyone who follows this blog knows that I am a big fan of Tiger Woods. Over the last four days we’ve seen both the greatness and the mystery of Tiger Woods. On Thursday, he played beautifully but simply couldn’t make a putt. On Friday, he had one of the most remarkable rounds I’ve seen in a while. He played clinical golf to be five under par through 13. Then he pushed a tee shot on 14 way into the woods on the left. This led to a double bogey and his round collapsed as he went six over par in the last four holes.

I’ve been rubbing my eyes for the last hour and a half. I’m trying to decide what I saw in what was formerly known as Texas Stadium, or was that the Cowboys Stadium? I know that it is now known as AT&T Stadium (that simply just doesn’t sound right, yuck). The Dallas Cowboys did not beat the St. Louis Rams. They destroyed them. I thought this was going to be another extremely close and tight game. The Rams have a extremely strong defensive front and I thought they’d manhandle our offensive line. I had visions of Tony Romo running for his life, yet again. That simply didn’t happen. We actually ran the ball from the line of scrimmage. We actually dominated the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense. Tony Romo threw the ball like he was an All-Pro. It was an amazing performance all around. I’m still in shock. Continue reading News Roundup – Keegan Bradley, Dallas Cowboys, Alan Grayson

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

  • It looks as if Republicans are sitting around and holding their breath claiming that they’ve made enough “concessions” in the debt ceiling talks. I’m not sure they’ve made any concessions to be honest. Eugene Robinson has more. More on the debt ceiling craziness here, here and here.
  • Will Congress investigate Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation over their phone hacking scandal? It seems to me that if they were bold enough to try something like this in the UK, we ought to wonder what would stop them for trying something like this here?
  • Corruption, deceit and assassination seem to rule the day in Afghanistan. We need to get out of there.
  • Wages remain stagnant, yet we are working harder and longer.
  • The fiery congressman from Florida Alan Grayson is running for reelection. This is good news for progressives.
  • The stupid analogy of the day award goes to Senator Mitch McConnell who stated that the Casey Anthony trial proves that civilian courts cannot try terrorists. What? I thought the civilian courts have already tried and convicted multiple terrorists.
  • I’m not a New York Yankees fan. I’ve watched the New York Yankees pummel the Texas Rangers for decades. I still admire Derek Jeter. He’s been able to get it done for years. Over the weekend, he hit his 3000th hit. Congratulations, Derek. This is a huge accomplishment.
  • I’m not sure how conservatives can look at this graph and still insist on tax cuts for the rich.

  • American television, in my opinion, has been abysmal for years. We have seemingly thousands of channels with garbage on each one. One of the great surprises over the last couple years has been a series called Burn Notice. Check it out.

What stories are you following today?

Netroots Nation recap

I wasn’t there this year. This is the second year in a row in which I missed the gathering. Sorry!! I was truly inspired by what I saw via streaming. My friend Marcy was there. Here’s her recap. (BTW, I completely agree. This thang has to be about the middle class. If we do right by the middle class we will do right by the county!):

Howard Dean at NN11

Sorry to be AWOL for most of Netroots Nation. bmaz says I’ve been offline for the last few days because we’ve been drunk and busy, but it seems to me I’ve just been incredibly busy for five days straight. There were a lot of conversations, but the overall theme seemed like a desperate conversation on saving the middle class.

Early in the week, I had some extended conversations with labor folks, including some interesting discussions about the UAW’s plans to organize transplants–I hope to do an extensive follow-up on that.

On Thursday, I had the honor to be on a podium between Howard Dean and Russ Feingold, two of my political inspirations. Though the speakers of the night were probably a Pakistani and Zimbabwean woman talking about how important blogs are to giving women voices in oppressive societies. American Federation of Teachers President, Randi Weingarten, also gave a great talk.

On Thursday, I joined the ACLU and Julian Sanchez talking about all the surveillance we’re under. I think we succeded in scaring a lot of people.

I had conversations with a number of elected officials: Luis Gutierrez on immigration, Keith Ellison on saving the middle class, Sheldon Whitehouse on saving the middle class. Alan Grayson talked about what he’s reading about our increasing inequality in Fed documents. While he’s not elected, Jared Bernstein and I had a great talk about the MI auto bailout (and the fact Republican leaders are now claiming credit for results of stimulus in the midwest). (more…)