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Tuesday Evening News Roundup

Tuesday Evening news roundup

From Weather Channel – Hurricane Isaac made its first U.S. landfall along the southeastern Louisiana coast on Tuesday evening and will continue to move very slowly near the Louisiana coast into Wednesday. Since Isaac is moving at a snail’s pace, the hurricane will pound the northern Gulf Coast with storm surge flooding, heavy rainfall, strong winds and possible isolated tornadoes through Wednesday.

From MaddowBlog:

Some RNC drama: “Mitt Romney’s supporters passed new rules governing future primaries over the loud boos of Ron Paul supporters and other conservative activists who had objected to what they said was a power grab by the party’s establishment leaders.”

Good call: “A panel of federal judges threw out Texas redistricting plans Tuesday saying the state failed to show the new political lines would not discriminate against minorities under the Voting Rights Act.”

As if it weren’t bad enough that Romney used Ohio coalminers as a prop, those same workers were required to attend the campaign event and forced to give up a day’s pay.

Akin won’t shut up: “Rep. Todd Akin’s campaign says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is putting a petty personal grudge ahead of the party’s interest in winning the Missouri Senate seat.”

Senior Romney adviser Ron Kaufman said this morning that, as far as he’s concerned, the Republican presidential nominee “is the Tea Party movement.” I suspect Tea Partiers might disagree.

My friends at the Washington Monthly have released their 2012 College Rankings. I may be biased — I worked at the Monthly for four years, but I consider these rankings the only ones that matter.

The new photos from the Mars Curiosity Rover are truly extraordinary.

And for reasons I don’t understand, Bill O’Reilly has decided it’s his turn to take cheap shots at Sandra Fluke.

By |2012-08-29T19:43:40-04:00August 28th, 2012|Elections, Environment|Comments Off on Tuesday Evening News Roundup

Will Romney apologize?

Will Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney apologize to President Obama? Will he apologize to the State Department? Will he apologize to the American people? It was only a couple weeks ago when Mitt Romney said, “this is a dark day for freedom, and a day of shame for this administration.” He was talking about the Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng, who landed in New York City late last night. Mitt Romney, without all the facts, decided to bash the Obama administration when it turns out Obama, Clinton and others in the Obama administration and the State department were doing exactly the right thing. They were patient. They did what was necessary without compromising American values and were able to obtain the freedom that this Chinese activist wanted. Shame on Mitt for trying to score political points without having all of the facts. (more…)

By |2012-05-21T00:31:45-04:00May 20th, 2012|Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Will Romney apologize?

Lobbyist? What Georgian Lobbyist?

From Think Progress:

The Washington Post takes a look at McCain advisor Randy Scheunemann’s lobbying work on behalf of Tblisi:

Sen. John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser prepped his boss for an April 17 phone call with the president of Georgia and then helped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee prepare a strong statement of support for the fledgling republic.

The day of the call, a lobbying firm partly owned by the adviser, Randy Scheunemann, signed a $200,000 contract to continue providing strategic advice to the Georgian government in Washington.

If it were actually the case that we are all Georgians this would obviously be no big deal, but in the real world it’s a bit of an issue when an influential member of a major presidential campaign is an agent of a foreign government. Georgia’s position in the current conflict is certainly a sympathetic one, but it’s absolutely crucial to keep the scope and nature of America’s genuine interests at stake, something that can be difficult to do with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. Similarly, it’s crucial to keep the moral stakes in perspective — recalling that this is a fight over land not ideology and a fight the Georgians unwisely chose to pick — which, again, can be hard to do with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.

By |2008-08-13T16:54:32-04:00August 13th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on Lobbyist? What Georgian Lobbyist?
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