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Late Thursday Night News Roundup

Fungus in the brain. Yuck. This is what government is all about. It is protecting us from business. I’m not saying that the New England Compounding Center did anything wrong. What I’m saying is that if the government does its job stuff like this rarely happens. (For those who are somehow unaware, a steroid injection meant to be injected into the spinal canal has been contaminated with a fungus. I have never heard of anything like this. 20 patients have died. Over 250 patients have become sick. I have never even heard of this fungus – Exserohilum. Never.)

I just finished watching the 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks. This is simply good football.

I found this stat on Pro football focusHe (Romo) completed 79.3% of his passes on plays where there was no pressure for a QB rating of 120.3, but he completed just two of seven passes (28.6%) under pressure for a QB rating of 16.1, thanks largely to the pick he threw.

President Clinton had a few things to say about that Mitt Romney

The one phrase that will live with Mitt Romney not just for the next several days and the next several months will be – binders full of women. Remember, Mitt Romney was answering a question about the disparities between men and women in the workplace – “So we took a concerted effort to go out and find women that had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of womens’ groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us binders full of women.” Just think about what was going through Mitt Romney’s mind. First of all, you know he does not to mention his time as governor of Massachusetts. Governor of Massachusetts equals Romneycare. He doesn’t want to bring that up. So he’s already on a subject that he doesn’t want to talk about. Let’s just set aside the “women in binders” phrase. Mitt Romney is selling himself as a businessman. Not just a good businessman, but a great businessman. Why doesn’t he know any qualified women? Are there no business women? Did he go to Harvard business school? Were there women in his Harvard business school class? He couldn’t find any of those women who would work with him? Now, we find out that his story basically isn’t true. He didn’t go out and try to find women to place in his Massachusetts cabinet. As it turns out, a bipartisan group called Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus contacted both candidates and asked them to try to form cabinets that were representative of the state. Basically, they wanted more women in state government. This is not an initiative that Mitt Romney started. Instead, it was an initiative that was started outside of the Romney camp. Yet, he wants to take credit for it. Once again, Mitt Romney lied. He did not make a concerted effort to go out and find women. Instead, a woman’s group got together a list of qualified women for both him and his opponent. Whenever Mitt Romney is pressured, whenever he doesn’t have a pat answer right at hand, his reflex seems to be to make something up, to lie.

By |2013-11-03T18:15:22-04:00October 19th, 2012|Elections, Healthcare, NFL, Party Politics|1 Comment

News Roundup (Updated)

I’m running late this morning. Will update my news roundup later on this afternoon.

I love the Shuttle. I’m sad that we couldn’t figure out a way to update it and keep it going.

From TP:

Michele Bachmann became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge created by THE FAMiLY LEADER, an influential social-conservative group in Iowa. By signing the pledge Bachmann “vows” to “uphold the institution of marriage as only between one man and one woman” by committing herself to 14 specifics steps. The ninth step calls for the banning of “all forms” of pornography. The pledge also states that homosexuality is both a choice and a health risk. You can read all the details of the pledge here.

The Labor Department reports that employers added only 18,000 jobs last month, the fewest monthly total in the past nine months. “Hiring has slowed sharply in the past two months. The economy added an average of 215,000 jobs per month in the previous three months.” The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent; 14.1 million people are unemployed.

In an op-ed published in the Jakarta Globe, Brookings Institution researchers Laurence Chandy and Geoffrey Gertz note that 70 million people annually are escaping global poverty, a gain that has been little-noticed. The researchers note, however, that most of these gains are being experienced in China and emerging economies, not in countries in the African or Latin American continents.

As President Obama presses to reduce the deficit by closing tax loopholes, “a small but powerful group” of jet manufacturers and users are fighting to protect their corporate jet tax breaks. These industry officials have contributed millions to lawmakers from both parties over the years, and have launched an effective counterattack to Democrats’ attempt to use it as a symbol of a tax system skewed toward helping the rich.

A bipartisan group of senators announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement to end ethanol subsidies. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and John Thune’s (R-SD) plan would take effect at the end of July, saving $2 billion over the rest of the year. The group wants to attach the plan to the debt-reduction package that is currently being negotiated.

Treasury officials are discussing ways in which they could avoid default if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, even as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says there are no contingency plans if the limit is not raised. Among the options they are studying is whether the government candelay or prioritize payments and if the Constitution allows Treasury to continue to issue debt without raising the limit.

The White House will propose new steps on gun safety in the next several weeks, six months after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). The proposal is “not expected to involve legislation” or take on banning assault weapons, but “could include executive action to strengthen the background check system.”

“The map of Africa will be redrawn” tomorrow when southern Sudan becomes an independent nation after years of civil war that culminated in a U.S.-backed peace treaty and independence referendum. Many questions remain — including how to fully demarcate the border and divide oil revenue — but U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice called it “a remarkable [moment]nonetheless.”

Yesterday evening, Texas put to death a Mexican man despite pleas from the White House to stop the execution — a potential violation of international law. The Supreme Court denied a stay of execution, after defense lawyers argued Humberto Leal was denied help from his home country that could have helped him avoid the death penalty. In his last minutes, Leal apologized for raping a killing a teenage girl in 1994, and said “Viva Mexico!”

Leaders of the House Congressional Progressive Caucus yesterday sent a letter to President Obama demanding that there be no cuts to Social Security or Medicare in a debt ceiling deal. The lawmakers also called for tax increases on the very rich. “Tax breaks benefiting the very richest Americans should be eliminated as part of this deal,” they wrote.

We aren’t Greece and we never will be. As I say it, Greece has two problems. One is overspending. As I showed a couple of days ago, our problem is not overspending. Secondly, Greece has very little industry. What do they make? What do they provide?

We need 11 million jobs. We need them now. President Obama stated, “we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”

The final launch of the shuttle program went off without a hitch. I’m deeply saddened that we are closing this down.

By |2011-07-08T09:18:11-04:00July 8th, 2011|Domestic Issues, Economy, NASA|Comments Off on News Roundup (Updated)

Supporting freedom

The Right is very fond of talking about freedom and liberty. The people of Egypt have lived under a dictatorship for years and it now appears they have asked for freedom. They are protesting in the streets to overthrow their own government. This hearkens to the “redress of grievances” part that our founding fathers stated in the first amendment and that the Right continues to talk about. Now that the people of Egypt have spoken, why are the conservatives not supporting them?

From TP:

As ThinkProgress reported earlier today, a number of high-profile right-wing figures have risen to the defense of the embattled Hosni Mubarak government in Egypt. Yet as thousands of Egyptians continue to fight for their freedom, the eyes of the international community are falling squarely on the Obama administration.

Today, the Egypt Working Group — “A bipartisan group of former U.S. officials and foreign policy scholars” that includes CAP’s Brian Katulis — released a statement calling on President Obama to suspend military and economic aid to Egypt until the government endorses free and fair elections and ends its crackdown on civil liberties and civil rights:

Only free and fair elections provide the prospect for a peaceful transfer of power to a government recognized as legitimate by the Egyptian people. We urge the Obama administration to pursue these fundamental objectives in the coming days and press the Egyptian government to:

– call for free and fair elections for president and for parliament to be held as soon as possible;
– amend the Egyptian Constitution to allow opposition candidates to register to run for the presidency;
– immediately lift the state of emergency, release political prisoners, and allow for freedom of media and assembly;
– allow domestic election monitors to operate throughout the country, without fear of arrest or violence;
– immediately invite international monitors to enter the country and monitor the process leading to elections, reporting on the government’s compliance with these measures to the international community; and
– publicly declare that Hosni Mubarak will agree not to run for re-election.

We further recommend that the Obama administration suspend all economic and military assistance to Egypt until the government accepts and implements these measures.

The position of the Obama administration has been unclear. While administration officials have condemned abuses of civil liberties, they’ve also fallen short of endorsing Mubarak’s ouster or ending support for the regime, with Vice President Joe Biden even going as far as to say that Mubarak isn’t a dictator.

By |2011-01-29T22:33:04-04:00January 29th, 2011|Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Supporting freedom
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