Senator Rand Paul, if you didn’t know it, is running for president. The last thing he needs is to stick his foot in a big vat of nastiness. There may not be enough time to get the smell off between now and the presidential election. Back in 1988, Senator Joe Biden was running for president. He got caught up in a plagiarism scandal that took him more than a decade to shake. He has never really been a serious presidential contender since (when he was running in 2008, he really was not running for president, but was auditioning for the vice presidential spot.) So, now we have Rand Paul. He is a self-proclaimed Libertarian, which is some sort of flavor of Republican-lite. Anyway, the Rachel Maddow Show found that Senator Paul basically took a whole section from Wikipedia and read it verbatim. Following that, BuzzFeed found a couple more incidences in which Senator Paul burrowed information from Wikipedia… and, here’s the important part… without citing the source. I don’t mind his borrowing sections from Wikipedia or from wherever, as long as he says, “I read this in Wikipedia the other day.” He can even use the obscure reference, “I remember reading the somewhere…” He does neither here. So, just like other conservatives before him, he is now blaming Rachel Maddow and stating that she has “an agenda.” It appears to me that Rand Paul has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. (more…)
(…with Rachel Maddow talking about the book Hubris. I thought I would re-post an interview that I had several years ago with one of the co-authors of that book, Michael Isikoff.)
I start off the show with a remembrance of Molly Ivins. (Molly Ivins on PBS.) She was a unique voice. I will miss her. The Texas Observer has turned their whole web site over to remembering Molly Ivins.
Tornadoes in Florida. (As you can hear, I’m still trying to get used to this new studio. I’m trying to get used to where the Mic is and where my computer is and I’m moving around. My volume is going up and down. Yuck.)
School is in. Let’s review what we know about the CIA leak case. Cheney and Libby are regularly going to the CIA to review the intelligence. He asks the CIA to follow up on this Niger claim. Joe Wilson goes to Niger. One of the things that I don’t mention on my show is that there is a reason that Joe Wilson is sent. It is not because he was Valerie Plame’s husband. He is a former ambassador to Niger. He knows the country, has contacts in the country. He understands how uranium is mined and how it is controlled by the French government. This is important. I go through the timeline of major stories on the Niger yellowcake deal and when government officials talk to reporters (I have a table here.) The New York Times has a great timeline and the Washington Post has a great one. (more…)
Ops. I have gotten behind in posting my show. Here’s the podcast.
We have never been about staying the course. We are for changing language without really changing anything. Tony Snow only found eight times where the President said “stay the course.” Olbermann found 29 repetitions of “stay[ing] the course.” Google remains a tool that the White House can’t figure out how to use. (He even hears “stay the course” in Spanish.) 94 deaths in Iraq so far this month beg the question why did we go to Iraq?
My guests. I feel very lucky that I have had some great guests. I’m happy to say that I’m continuing the tradition. Bill Scher, the founder and editor of Liberal Oasis, is in the HOUSE. We discuss his new book – Wait! Don’t Move to Canada. Great book. He doesn’t just point out some of the problems in the US. He also puts forth a plan to take back the discussion and the government.
My second guest is really a hero of mine. I have heard him on the Diane Rhem Show tons of times. He doesn’t back down in the face of neo-con noise. He is very detail-oriented. I cited his previous book many times in my own book, A Letter to America. He is the Washington editor of The Nation, David Corn. His new book, Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of the Iraq War, is written with Michael Isikoff. On the show, we discuss a few of the reasons that the Bush Administration told us that we needed to invade Iraq. This is one of the best books that I have read in the last couple of years. If you don’t have it, I highly recommend it.
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