- Ohio voters rejected issue 2. This overturns a law passed by the Republican legislature which took away collective bargaining.
- Mississippi is arguably the most conservative state in the union. They rejected a law that was going to make a zygote a person. If you can’t pass a law like this in Mississippi, this issue may be dead for another generation.
- Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona’s immigration law, was voted out of office in a recall election.
- Locally, Buncombe County voted to support AB Tech, barely.
- Two years ago, Democrats were toying with the idea of expanding the coverage of medical healthcare to those who didn’t have it. They were looking to end the ability of insurance companies to simply drop people because they were too expensive. Congressmen had town halls and faced extremely angry and belligerent constituents. Now that Republicans have voted to end Medicare where is that same type of public anger and outrage? We must remember that Republicans have been trying to end Medicare for over 40 years.
- In spite of Senator John Ensign resigning, the Senate ethics committee continues its investigation.
- Republicans were somewhat confused in their weekly address. For some reason, they haven’t gotten the memo that the economy is finally creating jobs.
- Here’s an inside look at the new Nintendo Wii2. Better graphics. Faster chips. Cool!
- Brad Watson is reporter for WFAA in Dallas. Now, we must remember that Dallas is a conservative city in the middle of a conservative state. This is the raw 7 min. video of Brad Watson’s interview with president Barack Obama. It is my opinion that Brad Watson wanted to “trip up” the president. He wanted to use this interview to propel him to greater heights and because of this he took this “aggressive” interview style with the president. I found his questions to be irritating rather than insightful. What you think?
Wednesday Evening News Roundup
Politicians continue to amaze me. It seems to me that politicians have the ability to smile and promise one thing while knowing that they are going to do nothing. Just two days ago, Joe Lieberman (laughingly called an Independent from Connecticut) supported waterboarding. Now it seems that he’s changed his mind. Waterboarding may indeed be a bad thing. Can someone explain to me why Connecticut reelected Joe Lieberman?
Marcy Wheeler has done the homework that we would’ve expected most newspapers would do. She has read all four torture memos and synthesized that information with what is known from the 9/11 commission report. She’s done a truly remarkable job and should be congratulated (she will be on my radio show this week). Wheeler has a series of extremely long posts which really help to draw a clearer picture of what happened in the Bush administration. As we all suspected, key players include VP Cheney, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales. (check out these links – here, here and here)
A newly declassified narrative of the Bush administration’s advice to the CIA on harsh interrogations shows that the small group of Justice Department lawyers who wrote memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques were operating not on their own but with direction from top administration officials, including then-Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
At the same time, the narrative suggests that then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell were largely left out of the decision-making process. (more… )
I think Gov. Rick Perry’s craziness will come back and bite him… even in the very conservative state of Texas.
Radio talkshow host Ed Schultz has been working to find his groove on TV. He had an outstanding rant on Dick Cheney yesterday.
It appears that Atty. Gen. Eric Holder will appoint a special prosecutor to look into torture. President Barack Obama may have played this perfectly.