What's going on — Thursday News Roundup

Today’s Roundup comes from the Political Animal. Foolishly, I’m trying to get some of my work done. I’m happy to say that I have Representative Susan Fisher on my show this week. We will be talking about the North Carolina state budget and several of her other initiatives.  I will also have Angela Kelly from the Center for American Progress. We will discuss comprehensive immigration reform.

* Busted: “The government is charging Angelo R. Mozilo, the former chief executive of the mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, and two other company executives with civil fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday afternoon that its case also accused Mr. Mozilo of illegal insider trading.”

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* Sonia Sotomayor finished the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questionnaire in record time. Bonus points for turning it in early?

* A court has ordered South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to take $700 million in stimulus money, whether he wants it or not.

* Immigration reform this year?

* President Obama’s policy towards Israel is being undermined by lawmakers in his own party.

* How dishonest is Liz Cheney’s political analysis? She’s willing to say things Dick Cheney has already rejected.

* Ezra explains, “The toxic loans portion of Tim Geithner’s Public Private Investment Program looks to be officially dead.”

* Harold Koh’s nomination isn’t going anywhere for a while thanks to an anonymous hold.

* Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) makes children cry.

* House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) believes the PMA Group controversy deserves more scrutiny.

* Good move for transparency: “The House will begin posting representatives’ expense reports online, giving the public easy access to records of the millions of dollars lawmakers spend on staff and items such as catering, cars, computers and TVs.”

* Karl Rove thinks the health of the economy will affect the president’s popular support. He’s quite a genius, you know.

* The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin walks back his anti-union remarks.

* And congrats to my friend Rachel Maddow on her nomination for a Television Critics’ Association Award. Note, her show is the only prime-time cable talk show to get a nomination. Well deserved.countrywide

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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