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February 28, 2005

Online Daily Stories, Mond

Howard Zinn. Changing Minds, One at a Time
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. For the Sake of Our Children
Jonathan Tasini. Labor Pains: Eight Simple Rules
Rod Helle. The Price of Our Addiction
Elizabeth Kramer. Talking Muck with Seymour Hersh
Gar Alperovitz. What A Rich Nation Should Really Be Doing About Social Security
Sean Gonsalves. 'The Bonus Army' lesson
Bradford Plumer. Social Security: Round 2
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Making It Even Harder to Make Ends Meet
Michael Tomasky. Gimme an "F" Democrats need to do some rethinking, sure. But they need to fight, too
Chris Mooney. On Another Planet: The GOP’s science on mercury is out of this world
Mark Leon Goldberg. Bear Any Burden: That's one thing neither the Pentagon nor Big Pharm is willing to do for our troops
Joshua Holland. Steal It Back: Instead of rejecting the privatization of Social Security, Democrats should co-opt it.
Joshua Holland. Stolen Society: Long before Republicans talked about an “ownership society,” and private accounts, the Democrats did. What happened?

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Paper, Monday

Harley Sorensen. Wead Whacking And Gannon Fodder
Leonard Pitts Jr. Bush is what he is, and that's the problem
Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Assisted Suicide: Uphold Oregon's law
Robert Reich. Don't Blame Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart has not become the world's largest retailer by putting a gun to our heads and forcing us to shop there
Bob Herbert. It's Called Torture
Capital Times. God, gays and the gospel of love
Dave Zweifel. Private accounts a bust in Nebraska
Raphael J. Sonenshein. Do Asian Americans Count in L.A.?
Richard Roeper. We're setting ourselves up as the butt of future jokes

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February 26, 2005

Dean in Action

What's Howard Dean currently doing in his new gig as DNC chair? From the Berkeley Daily Planet:

There were remnants of this anger in the audience that met with Howard Dean. Unlike McAuliffe, Dean chose to listen to every question, no matter how difficult, and then to propose solutions. Affirming that the national DNC made progress under Terry McAuliffe, Dean plans now to build a functional Democratic committee in every state, no matter how red. He emphasized the necessity for Democrats to create a viable grassroots organization in every community, and from that base to “rebuild the party from the ground up.”

The new DNC chair made two distinctions between the Republican way of doing things and what he sees as the Democratic way. The first is that the Republican Party is hierarchical and controlling; everything is run from Washington—these days by Karl Rove—and states, counties, and precincts obediently follow party directives. (Some have likened this organizational model to the multi-level marketing approach used by Amway.) In contrast, Dean argued, Democrats, at their best, are democratic; therefore, they must begin the rebuilding process at the precinct level by listening to locals and thereby motivating them to take responsibility for the get-out-the-vote organization. Over time, this will result in a new Democratic consensus.

The second distinction that Dean made is between the fundamental process of the two parties: Republicans seek to control their volunteers, while Democrats opt to “empower” theirs. The new DNC leader recognized that it takes more time to empower than it does to dictate, remarking that his approach would take at least four years to bear fruit.

While the main focus of Dean’s remarks, and of the questions from the audience, was on building a better system for the party, he also touched on the core Democratic message. He began by observing that many Americans don’t understand what the Democrats stand for. His solution is not for the party to change its positions, but rather to modify the way that it delivers them. (Here, it seemed, he had been strongly influenced by the “messaging” ideas of UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff.) For example, Dean observed that Democrats have been backed into a corner where they are “framed” as being in favor of “abortion on demand.”

“Nobody wants more abortions,” he observed, adding that the party must clarify that it is not “for” abortion, but rather for protecting the right of a woman to make her own medical decisions.

Meanwhile, Dean is also visiting 'red states' such as Kansas.

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February 25, 2005

Oscar Predictions

Well, last year I got all the major categories right except for one (Sean Penn vs. Bill Murray). This year, I don't think it'll be so easy - I think I'll get less than half. Here's my predictions:

BEST PICTURE
The Aviator

BEST ACTOR
Jamie Foxx (biggest shoe-in?)

BEST ACTRESS
Hilary Swank

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Clive Owen

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Virginia Madsen

BEST DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Sideways

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Incredibles

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Incredibles

UPDATE: 4/9

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How to Write for Talon News

Hint: it involves Jeff Gannon and plagiarism.

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Online Comm, Friday

Bill Berkowitz. Christian right mum on Gannon Affair: Why have the 'traditional family values' folks erected a wall of silence around the Gannon scandal?
Dave Shulman. The Pleasant Probation of Tommy Chong; Conversations with the creator of “Man
Rachel Brahinsky. Out of the closet: Low-wage immigrants — like a large group now being evicted from a Dolores Street duplex — often must choose between homelessness and illegal, unsafe housing
mediamatters. Coulter lied and distorted to defend "Gannon," falsely attack Democrats and "liberal" media
mediamatters. FOX promoting pro-Bush seniors group USA Next
Rebecca Clarren. Dirty Politics, Foul Air
Wilderness Society. Lawsuit Filed Against New National Forest Rules
Edward Wasserman. 'Dean Scream' Clip Was Media Fraud
James Ridgeway. Bush in Europe: The Visiting Emperor
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Making It Even Harder to Make Ends Meet: The kitchen-table reality of middle-class bankruptcy hasn’t reached the Washington bubble
Sharon Lerner. Shameless in Colorado | Anti-Choice activists cross another line
David Moberg. Can't Workers of the World Unite? Labor debates its future.
Paul Koberstein. Northwest Blunder: Will the "other islands" get sanctuary or shortchanged?
Steve Fennessy. Report Blasts Treatment of Asylum Applicants
Kelly Hearn. Not A Drop To Drink In parched Latin American countries, the battle over water is ready to explode.
Rob Garver. Lockhart and Barrel - A top Social Security administrator is moonlighting as a partial-privatization lobbyist
Zelie Pollon. The Veil of Freedom : With Shiites victorious in the elections and a theocratic state a possibility, the future for Iraqi women looks bleak.
J. Douglas Allen-Taylor. Race and 'Ray'

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More Delay Corruption

Breaking on 'the Hill,' yet another example of Tom Delay corruption:

The prominent lawyer and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is being investigated by federal authorities for his lobbying efforts of an Indian tribe and his relations with House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), paid for DeLay and DeLay’s staff’s stay in an expensive London hotel in mid-2000.

National Journal has obtained a copy of an expense voucher that Abramoff filed the law firm where he was then a leading lobbyist, Stone reports.

“Among the big-ticket expenses that Abramoff listed for reimbursement was a bill for the DeLays at the Four Seasons Hotel in London in the amount of $4,285.35,” Stone writes. “The voucher shows that the total reimbursement for expenses was $13,318.50. For some reason, it shows that both Abramoff and Buckham were owed that amount.

“The voucher shows that Abramoff was accompanied by DeLay and his wife; Hirschmann and her husband; and Ed Buckham, DeLay’s former chief of staff who had also become a lobbyist,” Stone continues.

The DCCC with more.

There's a reason why Tom DeLay’s "Legal Defense Fund Hits $1 Million"

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Paper Comm, Friday

Sidney Blumenthal. Lost in Europe: President Bush has reached a dead end in his foreign policy, but he has failed to recognise his quandary.
Hubert G. Locke. Bush spreads lies about Social Security
Seattle PI. Auto Emissions: A way to reduce haze
E. J. Dionne Jr. Getting the Democrats Back in Commission
Paul Krugman. Kansas on My Mind
Bob Herbert. Thrown to the Wolves
John Nichols. A lot more than a gonzo journalist
Bill Maher. Smirking Sex, Mindless Violence -- Hooray for Hollywood
Jonathan Chait. George Bush's Stepford Critics
Andrew Greeley. How long can Bush get away with lies?

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February 24, 2005

New Swiftie Attack: Dems Helping Iran Go Nuclear

NYDN:

Yesterday, aides to Sens. Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy jumped all over literary mugger Jerome Corsi, co-author of the Kerry-bashing best seller "Unfit for Command."

They knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the face (metaphorically, anyway) over his next Democrattrashing tome, "Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians."

The book - which Nashville's Cumberland House Publishing won't release till next month - claims Democratic pols are being corrupted by Iranian money and helping the nuke-seeking mullahs in Tehran ... Sisk sent a summary: "Fellow named Hassan Nemazee apparently is the archfiend of Corsi's plot. ... Nemazee evilness connector supposedly is something called the American Iranian Council, for which he used to be a board member.

"Page 255 says: 'Hassan Nemazee ... one of John Kerry's top fund-raisers in his 2004 presidential campaign, was a board member of the AIC. Nemazee funded a long list of Democratic party candidates. ... At every event where Democratic candidates have been present, the AIC has been certain to press its agenda to restore economic and diplomatic ties between Iran and the United States."

But it turns out that Nemazee served on the AIC board with respected academics, former Sen. Bennett Johnston (D-La.), Halliburton CEO David Lesar and a former vice chairman of ChevronTexaco, among other worthies.

Yesterday Nemazee - a wealthy Manhattan financier, U.S. citizen and Democratic Party donor who was Kerry's New York fund-raising chairman - told me that Corsi is risking a slander suit if the book says he's an agent of the Iranian government.

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Sean Hannity: Matchmaker

Haha.

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Online Comm, Thursd

Arianna Huffington. Rummy TV - Fire up those TiVos, disinformation fans; Rummy TV is coming soon to a flat screen near you. "If you hate the truth, you'll love DoD TV!"
Terence Samuel. Moving Right Along - How do you control the debate over Social Security? You change the subject
Scott Ritter. Doomed to Fail
Gavan McCormack. Pyongyang Waiting for the Spring
Daniel Warner. A Skeptical Welcome, Mr. President
Eric Alterman. Iran-Contra, the Sequel?
democracynow. Race and Imprisonment in Texas: The Disparate Incarceration of Latinos and African Americans in the Lone Star State
Kevin Danaher. A New Strategic Focus for Progressives: The Local Green Economy
Christopher Orr. Dirty Harry or p.c. wimp? Left-wing critics attacked Clint Eastwood's early work as violently fascistic. Now conservatives blast him as a p.c. apologist and moral relativist. They're both wrong
Ellen Miller. Calling Congress To Account
David Axe. The Dread Zone: With Tennessee troops in eastern Iraq, in the eye of new potential storms
David Corn. Problems with Gannongate? Does the weird tale of the fake White House reporter sound a cautionary note about investigations-via-blogs?
David Enders. The Business of Jihad
Michael Coblenz. To Hell With Federalism - Republicans claim to be the party of principles, but more and more they ignore one of their most cherished principles, federalism
David Bacon. The Midwest Union Rollback - Newly elected Republican governors nix public workers' collective bargaining rights
Robert B. Reich. The China Card by Robert B. Reich - Bush is in Europe, but his money’s in China
Ed Rampell. From Sugar Hill to the Hollywood Hills: Black actors in Hollywood live a very different life today than they did 75 years ago. Donald Bogle talks about Black Hollywood, then and now
Dan Frosch. Jailhouse Crock : Some Republicans in Arizona want to take all Mexican nationals in state prisons and build a new prison for them — in Mexico

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Will AARP Respond?

Dave Johnson at Seeing the Forest writes:

By not responding with a fight the management of AARP is allowing their organization to be dragged through the mud by fascist thugs. But it's more than that. Managing an organization as large and important and public as AARP puts them in a position with a certain amount of responsibility for the national discourse. By not responding they are allowing this kind of thug tactic to continue and grow in effect and harm all of us. The Kerry campaign did not respond to the Swift Boat smear, and look where that got them. This is another chance to fight back, and maybe put a dent in the Republican smear machine. AARP has a responsibility to all of us to try to shut this stuff down!
Steve Soto with more.

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How to Be Frank Luntz’s Worst Nightmare

The Luntz playbook. Good stuff.

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From the Department of Irony

Who's joining the federal privacy board? The CEO of an adware program. Ooohh, Department of Homeland Security, you never fail to amuse. CNET:

The Department of Homeland Security has named Claria, an adware maker that online publishers once dubbed a "parasite," to a federal privacy advisory board.

An executive from Claria, formerly called Gator, will be one of 20 members of the committee, the department said Wednesday.

"This committee will provide the department with important recommendations on how to further the department's mission while protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information of citizens and visitors of the United States," Nuala O'Connor Kelly, the department's chief privacy officer, said in a statement.

Claria bundles its pop-up advertising software with ad-supported networks such as Kazaa. Recently, the privately held company has been trying to seek credibility by following stricter privacy guidelines and offering behavioral profiling services to its partners.

More on Claria.

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2004 Koufax Award Winners

Congrats. I won for best non-existent blog post! And costume design.

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Paper Comm, Thurs

Maureen Dowd. Swifties Slime Again
DetFP. Press Impostor; At the White House, don't duck the real questions
SeattlePI. Woman President: Majority say time is right
Philippe Sands. Even cowboys need friends : Bush and Blair's illegal war in Iraq has not made the world a safer place - only respect for international law can do that
StarTrib. War's price/Add three more Minnesotans
Phil Haslanger. Story from Rwanda brings some hope
Ellis Henican. Bash-the-AARP effort off to a smarmy start
Sheryl McCarthy. Are we ready for a woman president?
Juan Cole. The Downside of Democracy
LAT. Let's Try 'No State Left Behind'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kyoto beckons / The United States needs to join the world
Daytona NJ. Privacy problems: Consumers deserve access to their own records

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February 23, 2005

Online Comm, Wedn

Richard Norton-Taylor. A familiar tale New details about Britain's rush to war reveal the political pressure the attorney general faced in trying to provide legal justification for the invasion of Iraq
John Nichols. Hunter Thompson's Political Genius - The gonzo journalist was a brilliant political observer -- and an even better candidate
Seb Walker. Disharmony in Kurdistan | the fissures not only between Iraqi Kurds and Arabs, but among the Kurds themselves
Liv Leader. Following the Road to Martyrs' Square - A recent book explores the cult of Palestinian "martyrdom" through its iconography.
Rick Anderson. The Preston Gates Mates - A venerable Seattle law firm launched key players in the Tom DeLay scandal
Geov Parrish. Transfer of Wealth - Bush has used enormous tax cuts primarily directed toward the wealthy and an expanded federal bureaucracy largely devoted to corporate welfare to drive up the federal deficit. He is then trying to alleviate that deficit by reducing education, health care, housing, and environmental protection
Bernard Weiner. 'Shallow Throat: Reports from the slimy Bush world'
Gene Lyons. 'Gannon's 'outing' ignored by 'liberal media''
Rory Carroll. Ayatollah in a suit? Shiites nominate a former doctor with strong religious beliefs after Chalabi pulls out of the race for prime minister of Iraq
Eric Boehlert. Gannongate: It's worse than you think Bush's press office gave Jim Guckert access, even knowing his only credentials were from the blatantly partisan group GOPUSA
Scott Lilly. Hate the Deficit?
Daniel Warner. A Skeptical Welcome, Mr. President
democracynow. Juan Cole on Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the Iraqi Elections and the Future of Islamic Law in Iraq
David Swanson. Thirty-One States and D.C. Take Action on Minimum Wage
Hendrik Hertzberg. NEWSHOUNDS
Bill Berkowitz. Bush, blacks, and the faith-based initiative - By using faith-based money to court African American religious leaders, is Team Bush is laying the groundwork for a political realignment?
Joe Conason. Bush keeps dodging as addicts rot in prison
Sierra Club. International Environmental Groups Unite Against Australian Corporate Assault On Free Speech
buzzflash. Jim Wallis Talks About "God's Politics" (his Latest Best Seller) and Values...by Which Wallis Doesn't Mean Hate, Greed, and War Mongering
buzzflash. Mark Crispin Miller Examines Mainstream Media's Blind Eye Towards the Gannongate Sex Scandal
David Morris. The Dragon Chases Oil : China's booming economy is increasingly dependent on imported oil. But unlike the U.S., its strategies to maintain access to oil are farsighted and coherent
Jennifer Hahn. Love Machines - Relationship sites are a booming online business, as lonely hearts look to 'scientific software' to find mates. But are the biggest players hiding disturbing agendas
CBPP. WHERE WOULD THE CUTS BE MADE UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET? An Analysis of Reductions in Education, Human Services, Environment, and Community Development Programs

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Paper Comm, Wed

Simon Tisdall. Conciliatory Bush faces dilemma over recalcitrant Russia
CRAGG HINES. If Newt is warning DeLay about ethics, times are bad
Myrlie Evers-Williams. America has more work to do in racial justice
Greg Barns. Australia faces anti-abortion movement
Seattle PI. Human Rights: A personal tragedy
Harold Meyerson. ISO: Working-Class Democrats
Clarence Page. White House liberally plays with truth
DaytonaDJ. Far better return if state invests in classrooms instead of prisons
Ed Garvey. Howard Dean perfect to revive Dems' spirit
John Nichols. Washington is the W we should follow
Robert Kuttner. Neocons fret over tilt to Europe
LAT. The Unreality of War

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Blog Roundup

thinkprogress. Horowitz’s Vast Left Wing Conspiracy
thepoorman. GOP Split?
dailykos. NY-Sen: NY GOoPers heart Clinton
dailykos. Insider versus outsider at DNC
suburbanguerrilla. IN MEMORIAM
dccc. Stop the Propaganda
theleftcoaster. Bush Approval Ratings Still Bad, But Public Even More Ignorant On Saddam And 9/11 Than Before
theleftcoaster. Public Expects Democrats To Be Counterbalance Against Bush And GOP
liberaloasis. What's Behind The AARP Attack
Dave Johnson. Checks and Balances and the "F-Word"
mydd. Republicans against the AARP
mydd. It's here: Call Joe Lieberman Day
mydd. Social Security Compromise Watch
campusprogress. Five Minutes With: Howard Dean
madkane. Please Tell Me We Aren't Through Fuming At Brit Hume
boldprint. Katrina, Outed
tbogg. Condoleeza Action Figure - competency not included.
TalkLeft. More Hunter Thompson Musings
Matthew Yglesias. DEALING WITH THE DEVIL
Garance Franke-Ruta. REDSTATE.ORGANIZATION
nathannewman. Bush Policies Destroying US Economy
Jesse Taylor. Trickeration 2005

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February 22, 2005

Online Roundup, Tuesday

Ari Berman. Inhofe's Idiocy - Rank hypocrisy from the Senate environment chair
Ernest Partridge. 'The language trap'
Chris Mooney. Intelligent Denials - Bush's science adviser said one important thing about politicized science in a recent appearance. But only one
Michael Tomasky. The Philosophy Gap - Another argument between the left and the center? Democrats have to dig deeper than that
Eric Boehlert. Bill Burkett fights back - A key player in the Dan Rather Memogate saga sends a letter to CBS, charging that its independent investigation destroyed his reputation and ignored the network's own culpability
Alex Wilks. U.S. Dominates World Bank Leadership
Molly Ivins. The $200 million disinformation campaign - Social Security privatization cabal will break the bank to convince you to break yourself
Ruth Conniff. 'Don't Be Silent About Things That Matter' Standing Their Ground
Jay Bookman. Economic Morality Counts, Too
Joel Gershon. Promoting Democracy, One Pint at a Time
Emily Bazelon. From Bagram to Abu Ghraib
mediamatters. Barone repeated 2000 Florida recount falsehood
Martha Burk and Alison Stein. Women's Liberation Redux
Katrina vanden Heuvel. No Stems, No Seeds - If Bush is Cheech, Negroponte is Chong
Zack Pelta-Heller. Building Blogs Online journa- ls are under fire in Iran, but bloggers there and around the world refuse to let their voices be silenced
Frank Joyce. Fate of the Union - Organized labor is steadily declining in membership and influence. Survival will require a radical shift
Max Bergmann. Why Europe Matters

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Paper Comm, Tuesday

Paul Krugman. Wag-the-Dog Protection
E. J. Dionne Jr. About Those 'Greedy' Seniors (
Helen Thomas. Repairing damage done abroad
Judy Dempsey. An EU voice of caution
Daytona NJ. Smoke signals 'Clear Skies' clears way for polluters
Marie Cocco. U.S. interrogations demean women
Thomas Oliphant. Greenspan's gyrations
Robert Scheer. Of, by and for Big Business
Jesse Jackson. Partial recounts a totally bad idea
Kirk Caraway. How objective journalism can fail to reveal the truth

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February 21, 2005

Online Comm, Monday

Robert B. Reich. Scrushy and the Bandit - The I-didn’t-know-about-it defense may soon be defunct
Terry Krepel. Retracting the Talon - The ConWeb relies on the same news-gathering techniques as Jeff Gannon -- softball questions at White House press briefings and copying from press releases
Robert Parry. Bush's 'Elmer Gantry' Politics
Keith Olbermann. 'Separating the Gannons from the Guckerts'
NRDC. EPA Making Illegal, Secret Agreements with Pesticide Makers, Threatening Public Health, Lawsuit Charges
Al Franken. A Year-Round Party for Blacks - The GOP is their hero. Just look at the calendar
Byron Williams. Unequal counsel - American Bar Association report highlights inadequacies of public defense
Will Durst. Bush to poor: Drop dead - See if you can discern the subtle pattern in Bush's budget proposal
Eric Alterman. Weird Science
CAP. Three Steps to Improving Medicare
Lee Drutman and Charlie Cray. The People's Business Controlling corporations and restoring democracy ray
Dave Lindorff. Beating the Boomers - Why Bush and Co. are racing to cut Social Security
Liliana Segura. Knowing What You're Talking About | Speaking out against the death penalty in New York
John Nichols. Now, He Has The Power - what Dean will do with the DNC
John Nichols. The Anti-Imperialist GW - America's first president did not want his country to become an empire
mediamatters. How liberal is CBS really?
mediamatters. Limbaugh: "We don't retract anything we do here because we never lie and make things up on this program"
Test. O'Reilly vs. The Doc
Ruth Rosen. The Toxic Terror of Diamond, Louisiana

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Monday Paper Comm

William Pfaff. Why Bush will fail in Europe - The President has an enormous political gulf to bridge. The trouble is, he doesn't even know it's there
Houston Chron. Declining federalism: Presidents Day finds Bush expanding federal power at states' expense
Niall Ferguson. Three reasons why the US and Europe won't make up: China, Iran and Iraq all loom over Bush's bid to woo the Europeans
Frank Rich. The White House Stages Its 'Daily Show'
Bob Herbert. Iraq, Then and Now
SFC. Negroponte's blind spots
Dave Zweifel. Bush's journalism jihad exposed
John Nichols. Social Security debate: W vs. FDR
Richard Roeper. Big Brother is back, and there's no stopping him
Reed Davis. Why triple-talented Dean spells trouble for Republicans
Daytona NJ. Taxpayers to the rescue - When 'saving' Social Security means saving Wall Street

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February 19, 2005

WPost Critic on Chris Rock and Matt Drudge

From the WPost's Donna Britt in a column that - surprise - was linked on Drudge.

Amazing. In an age in which people of every possible demographic are primed to screech, "I'm offended!" folks got the joke. More astonishing was Drudge's suggestion that academy members fear that Rock might "tarnish" Oscar's rep.

Rock would need superpowers to tarnish a show twice hosted by noted pratfaller Chevy Chase, and whose 1995 host, David Letterman, presented a dog that spun in circles whenever the audience applauded. Must I mention Rob Lowe painfully "singing" to Snow White in 1989 or the naked man who in 1974 "streaked" across the stage?

People tune in precisely to see who will cuss, trip or insert a Jimmy Choo pump or Gucci loafer into his or her mouth. Surely Crystal, Chase, Letterman and Goldberg made a discomfiting joke or two before they hosted ... Amazing. In an age in which people of every possible demographic are primed to screech, "I'm offended!" folks got the joke. More astonishing was Drudge's suggestion that academy members fear that Rock might "tarnish" Oscar's rep.

Rock would need superpowers to tarnish a show twice hosted by noted pratfaller Chevy Chase, and whose 1995 host, David Letterman, presented a dog that spun in circles whenever the audience applauded. Must I mention Rob Lowe painfully "singing" to Snow White in 1989 or the naked man who in 1974 "streaked" across the stage?

People tune in precisely to see who will cuss, trip or insert a Jimmy Choo pump or Gucci loafer into his or her mouth. Surely Crystal, Chase, Letterman and Goldberg made a discomfiting joke or two before they hosted.

But many abortion foes didn't seem to be biting, either. One antiabortion blogger said it's "a mistake to treat a comedian doing standup like he's a senator doing a stump speech." Dorinda Bordlee, an attorney for Americans United for Life, told LifeNews.com that she'd seen the routine and understood it was a parody. Rock, she explained, used satire "to show that abortion on demand has made women more into sex objects than we've ever been."

Here's another editorial taking on the fake Chris Rock controversy.

And while we're on the subject of 'abortion' jokes, here's a favorite of mine, one about abortion waiting periods that could be easily misconstrued - "Quite frankly, I think it's a good law. I was going to get an abortion the other day. I totally wanted an abortion.... And it turns out I was just thirsty." Sarah Silverman

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February 18, 2005

Paper Comm, Friday

Julianne Malveaux. When sexuality trumps family values
Mark Tran. Spot the differences - On Sunday, George Bush arrives in Europe, seeking to build bridges after the Iraq conflict. But despite the charm offensive, several other issues divide the US and Europeans
StarTrib. Phony journalist/Pimping for the White House
StarTrib. Fuzzy math/Bush's misleading budget
Paul Krugman. Three-Card Maestro
Bob Herbert. Our Friends, the Torturers
Derrick Z. Jackson. Separate and unequal schools
Bill Maher. Kids Say the Darndest, Most Stalinist Things
Jonathan Alter. FDR's 'Forgotten Man' at Risk
LAT. The New Spy in Chief
Daytona Beach News. Kyoto without U.S. Missing out on promise of global warming treaty

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February 17, 2005

Online Comm, Thursd

David Corn. Negroponte's Dark Past: Why Bush's pick for chief spy may be the wrong man for this new--and important--job
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Limbaugh--Read Books, Don't Take Drugs
David Corn. Democrats & Withdrawal
Alan Bisbort. Language Barrier - Bushybabble cannot be translated
mediamatters. O'Reilly: "No lies have been told about anyone ... and you can't produce one, madam"
mediamatters. On FOX: "I really haven't heard anything negative about John Negroponte"
Advocate. Maya’s Turn - In her first interview with the gay media, the 19-year-old daughter of right-wing presidential candidate and conservative commentator Alan Keyes comes out of the closet. For her honesty, she’s paid a very heavy price
Brita Brundage. David Rovics tackles corporate greed through music, reclaiming folk as he goes
David Rossie. White House Has Lots of Mouthpieces
Michael Faughnan. An Open Letter to Ward Churchill: My Brother, the 'Eichmann'
Nancy Talanian. John Ashcroft's Legacy
Bill Berkowitz. Wade Horn: The marrying man - HHS marriage maven promotes Bush Administration's Marriage Initiative
Molly Ivins. Screw the children - Bush budget takes pennies from hungry kids, feeds billions to Star Wars
C.J. Janovy. Voice of Red-State Christianity Backs Vote on Marriage
Test. Test
G.R. Anderson Jr. Clear Channel Rules the World - How a small chain of once-struggling radio stations grew into a giant of the media/entertainment complex.
Phil Martin. Confessions of SpongeBob's Lover
Terence Samuel. Highway Demagoguery - Democrats are learning how to capitalize on the president’s blind spots
Robert B. Reich. Scrushy and the Bandit - The I-didn’t-know-about-it defense may soon be defunct
Dilip Hiro. Sharpening Iraq's Fault Lines
Timothy Karr. Sinclair Goes Digital and Multiplies
Paul Schmelzer. Sinclair Broadcast: The Puppetmasters

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Poor Alan Colmes

He really is going to be the most popular suggestion in the 'Name Sean Hannity's Dog Contest' - from both sides, too.

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Paper Comm, Thursday

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Ethics on hold / The House GOP circles the wagons around DeLay
Sidney Blumenthal. A hireling, a fraud and a prostitute
Guardian. Thinking beyond Kyoto : The most important thing about the Kyoto protocol - which came into effect yesterday - is that it is there at all
Dahr Jamail. News about Iraq goes through filters
Justin Sane. Bush ups the ante for putting troops at risk
StarTrib. Creating jobs in a cleaner world
NYT. The Need for a Federal Shield
Dan Savage. The Gay Child Left Behind
SFC. Politically reviewed science
SFC. Government vs. free press
Richard Roeper. Bigots better turn off TV, lest they get offended

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February 16, 2005

Online Comm, Wed

John Vidal. A blow for corporate censorship - Two penniless protestors sued for libel by McDonald's emerge victorious after a 20-year struggle
William Greider. The New Colossus
Ana Unruh Cohen. Retiring Climate Change
mediamatters. Falwell denied that many evangelicals opposed Iraq war
mediamatters. James Roosevelt Jr: Hume's "outrageous distortion" of FDR "calls for a retraction, an apology, maybe even a resignation"
Energy Future / U.S. Public Interest Research Groups. Investing in Clean Energy Would Create More Than 154,000 Jobs Annually and Save Consumers $16 Billion in 2020
Climate Crisis Coalition. Climate Crisis Coalition Launches the People's Ratification of the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty
Kelpie Wilson. Al Gore, Global Warming and Moral Leadership
Joe Conason. ‘Liberal’ Media Silent About Guckert Saga
Christopher Flavin & Janet Sawin. Kyoto As An Opportunity
Jonathan Tasini. Wal-Mart's Sweetheart Deal
Katrina vanden Heuvel. Faux Journalism: The journalist who dare not speak his real name
David Corn. The Bizarre Gannon Affair - Is this tale of the phony White House reporter about a wannabe or the powers that be?
Eric Reeves. Genocide by Attrition
Stephanie Mencimer. Backlog or Backfire? Corporations may rue the day they fought for class-action reform
Chris Mooney. Beyond Kyoto: Today’s launch could mark the beginning of the end for global-warming deniers

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Olbermann on Brit Hume Comments

This has been passed around a bit the past few days, but it's worth posting:

The Fox News folks, of course, specifically Brit Hume, squeezed the whole FDR thing. ‘Media Matters For America’ has done much of the legwork on breaking this down, and both on his radio show and at his website, Al Franken has done much of the publicizing. Hume, and others like those bastions of public conduct John Fund and Bill Bennett, have taken a bunch of 70-year old quotes out of context to make it look like Franklin Delano Roosevelt is endorsing President Bush’s plan to partially privatize Social Security.

Here’s the full relevant segment from Roosevelt’s message to Congress on Social Security and other similar programs from 1935: “In the important field of security for our old people, it seems necessary to adopt three principles: First, non-contributory old-age pensions for those who are now too old to build up their own insurance. It is, of course, clear that for perhaps thirty years to come funds will have to be provided by the States and the Federal Government to meet these pensions. Second, compulsory contributory annuities which in time will establish a self-supporting system for those now young and for future generations. Third, voluntary contributory annuities by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age. It is proposed that the Federal Government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans.”

The syntax is a little ancient but the message is pretty straightforward. For 1935, people who would only take money out of Social Security and not put any in, should have their contributions covered half by the federal government and half by the states. Later on, those contributions should be replaced by the “self-supporting annuity plans” — which Roosevelt has already defined (“Second…”) as the actual Social Security system. Buried in the formality of his third point, FDR is talking about things we would later know as IRA’s and Keoghs and 401k’s.

But look at how Hume mixed and matched the original Roosevelt quotes on February 4th (and we’re quoting this verbatim from Fox’s website) “…it turns out that FDR himself planned to include private investment accounts in the Social Security program when he proposed it. In a written statement to Congress in 1935, Roosevelt said that any Social Security plans should include, ‘Voluntary contributory annuities, by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age,’ adding that government funding, ‘ought to ultimately be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans.’”

Roosevelt said no such thing. The “voluntary contributory annuities” are the IRA’s and Keoghs and 401k’s. What “ought to ultimately be supplanted” was the special government contributions to Social Security on behalf of people born in the 1870’s and earlier, and the “self-supporting annuity plans” constitute Social Security itself.

It’s premeditated, historical fraud, but you will not see Hume nor Fox News backpedal from it (as Jordan did for his misdemeanor), nor apologize for it (as Jordan did), nor save their masters from its shame (as Jordan did — of course there is no shame at Fox).

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They May Take Our Lives, But They'll Never Take Our Academic Freedom

Funny stuff, from the Progress Report:

"If you have your rights abused in a college course (e.g. unfair grading, one-sided lectures, stacked reading lists), please report this abuse." – David Horowitz's Academic Freedom Abuse Center

VERSUS

Description of complaint: "I know the paper was pretty much great because I spell checked it and proofred [sic] it twice. I got an [sic] D- just because the professor hates families and thinks its [sic] okay to be gay." – Database Entry, Anonymous Ohio State Student, 2/9/05

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Paper Com, Wed

Derrick Z. Jackson. Anti gay bias hits home
Robert Kuttner. Taming the Medicaid monster
LAT. Opposite of 'Clear Skies'
Floyd J. McKay. Bush erasing FDR's legacy while waging class warfare
Ellen Goodman. Is the new Iraq better for women?
Craig Hines. Hocus-pocus financing: President's doesn't add up
AJC. A welcome hand for uninsured
Simon Tisdall. Bush's democratic bandwagon hits a roadblock in Harare
Gene Sperling. Bush tax reductions dwarf spending cuts
Seattle PI. Protecting press freedom
Newsday. U.S. can't just ignore Kyoto
Lawrence C. Levy. Dems are making gains in suburbs

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February 15, 2005

Online Comm, Tuesday

Ray McGovern . We Need the Oil, Right? So What's the Problem?
P.J. Crowley. Leaving Depends on Why We Went
Union of Concerned Scientists. National Missile Defense System Test Fails Again; Pentagon Claims are Irresponsible and Dangerous
Eric Boehlert. "Jeff Gannon's" secret life Revelations that the bogus reporter worked as a gay escort are the latest twist in the affair that has the White House squirming -- and Democrats demanding explanations
Peter Byrne. The truth about Arnold - The movie star poses as a corruption-fighting moderate. But since taking office, he's pursued a blatantly right-wing agenda while raking in big bucks from special interests -- and ignoring his own financial conflicts
NICHOLAS LEMANN. FEAR AND FAVOR - Why is everyone mad at the mainstream media?
David Smith. 240 Million Risky Pieces
Nat Hentoff. Freedom To Read! A new movement to send a caravan of uncensored books to the people of Cuba
Cynthia Tucker. Abandoned at birth
David Enders. Women and Sharia - How will Iraqi women fare under a constitution based on Islamic law?
Marc Krug. The Carnage of War, The Horror at Home
Max B. Sawicky. Debt and Taxes - A few things are certain with Bush’s latest budget.
Matthew Yglesias. Debt-o-Nation - Privatization is cost-free. Please ignore that $4.5 trillion price tag
Mark Hertsgaard. Kyoto Can't Save Us
David Morris. Minority Retort-A two-tiered strategy for Democrats fighting the GOP majority: Obstruct in Washington and speak up for state and local rights
Geov Parrish. Wrecking Social Security
Molly Ivins. Tort deform
mediamatters. Gannon won't give clear answer on whether he's seen classified memo on Wilson-Plame case
mediamatters. Matthews to new colleague Carlson: "Do you think our network is getting too conservative?"

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Tuesd Paper Com

Alice Greene. Bullying in the name of 'values'
DelcoDT. Bush’s ‘fixing’ only puts seniors in a fix
Krugman. The Fighting Moderates
Jim Wallis. Bush budget lacks moral vision
Marie Cocco. Bush wants to levy a 'sickness tax'
Tim Bishop. Bush budget cuts, hurting LIers, deserve fight
Thomas Oliphant. Blaming the bankrupt
Derrick Z. Jackson. Condi, don't forget Nepal and Togo
Robert Scheer. What We Don't Know About 9/11 Hurts Us
E. J. Dionne Jr. Arthur Miller's Lessons
Andy Harris. Root causes of terrorism ignored
Test. I'm proud to be a tree hugger
George Monbiot. Mocking our dreams : The reality of climate change is that the engines of progress have merely accelerated our rush to the brink

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Blog Roundup, Tuesdayish

rogerailes. Libel Sources
juancole. Shiites, Kurds, win Big; Bush Loses Election in Iraq
tbogg. If he hadn't used a raviloi crimper on her suit, he'd still have a job today
digbysblog. Oops
nathannewman. More on Wal-Mart's Sweetheart Deal with the DOL
nathannewman. Wouldn't Raising the Minimum Wage Solve the Wal-Mart Problem?
liberaloasis. The Sunday Talkshow Breakdown
talkleft. Drudge Targets Chris Rock as Oscar Host
americablog. A man called Jeff
talkleft. Bush Resubmits List of Ultra-Conservative Judicial Picks
pandagon. What? Him Lie?
pandagon. Big Secret Revelations!
Amy Sullivan. THE FAITH-BASED CON....
Kevin Drum. CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?....
thepoorman. Falling Reentlistment Rates Among Right Wing Pundits Threaten War on Terror
James Wolcott. From Some Lemons No Lemonade Can Be Made
wampum. 2004 Koufax Award Finalists
seetheforest. Moon Bush
digbysblog. Death In Life

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February 14, 2005

Humorless Conservatives

Jesus Christ, Chris Rock should thank his lucky stars for Matt Drudge and his inability to understand jokes and humor. Can't buy that anti-establishment profile.

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Online Comm, Roundup

Farhad Manjoo. The battle over Social Security Bush's Social Security plan is in deep trouble. But if he's slick enough to change course, Democrats could be the big losers
David Corn. The Bad Math Is No Secret If it's budget cuts time in Bushland, it's disinformation time
John Nichols. Free Speech on (One) Campus - A Wisconsin school makes the decision to let Ward Churchill speak
Neve Gordon. Spellbound A specter is haunting the Middle East: the specter of "democratic occupation."
Robert Parry. Sinking in Deeper
Evan Derkacz. Voice of America : An interview with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! — the only “daily, grassroots, un-embedded, international, independent news hour” in America today
Vanessa Huang. Unlocking the System : If the plan for reform at the California Youth Authority goes through, it could become a model of community-based rehabilitation. The promise of such major transformation has some activists asking: Is it too good to be true?
Michael Tomasky. Venus and Mars, Cont'd - The right wing and the media ate up Bush’s tough talk on North Korea and Iran. Look where it’s gotten us
Robert Kuttner. Save Our Security- Why is AARP proposing a big increase in the payroll tax?
William Rivers Pitt. One For All
Tom Harpur. Rapture Awaits in the Florida Panhandle
Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Carolyn B. Maloney. Did political considerations cause Administration to delay release of 9/11 Commission findings?
Arianna Huffington. The buck stops where? Modern Truman Committee necessary to guard Iraq reconstruction dollars from fraud, waste, and profiteering
Bob Burnett. Meet The New Boss
J. Kamilewicz. How Dare Some Say, 'Support our Troops'?
Kristen Lombardi. Odd Man Out - With his fancy footwork over gay marriage, Bloomberg could be stepping on too many toes
Maya Rockeymoore. Black History, Bush Style

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Paper Com, Monday

Ellis Henican. When it's personal, the right veers left
Thomas Oliphant. A lesson in dishonesty
David R. Francis. Social Security cure: procrastination
Glen Milner. War tax resisters want a better world
StarTr. Bush and cities/Setback for urban renaissance
NYT. The Importance of Being Earnest - For all its talk of deficit reduction, President Bush's 2006 budget is a map of reckless economic policies.
Joel McNally. Feingold for president
Tom Harkin and Eliot L. Engel. Taking Child Slavery Out of Valentine's Day
LAT. What Mercury Problem? Later this month, Europe and other industrialized regions will grapple with the problem of mercury pollution. The United States, apparently, will continue to pretend it doesn't exist.
Thomas Fuller. An American accent as professional liability

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February 11, 2005

Online Comm, Friday

Jeff Chang. New World Order: In an excerpt from 'Can't Stop Won't Stop,' author Jeff Chang looks at hip-hop feminism, neo-soul as marketing strategy and the endless cycle of cool
Terrence McNally. Al Franken's Nutritional Candy: Al Franken has aimed his rapier wit and truth-telling compulsion at a growing Air America audience, coating the bitter pill of the issues of the day with a candy shell
Mike Keefe-Feldman. The Hard Sell: Can Bush convince the Montana delegation–or anyone at all–that his Social Security save is more than just Wall Street bull?
Pamela White. The man in the maelstrom; Ward Churchill speaks out on his controversial essay, the media frenzy and what the U.S. can do if it really wants to halt terrorism
Eric Alterman with Paul McLeary. Pay to Play: If the old saw, "three is a trend" is true, the media has largely failed to recognize the payola scandal as such, and has yet to produce any reporting of substance tying these three cases together
Christian E. Weller. The Retirement Savings Gamble
NRDC. Global Warming Bill Means Thousands of New Jobs
World Wildlife Fund. World Wildlife Fund Calls for U.S. Action as World Celebrates Climate Change Treaty
Laurie David. Snubbing Kyoto: Our Monumental Shame - As the world celebrates the global warming pact's debut, Bush continues to pander to the energy industry
Molly Ivins. Private accounts: a no-brainer; Seven reasons not to buy Bush's Social Security scheme
Gerald Rellick. George Bush’s Moby Dick
Eric Alterman. Better Red Than Dead? Eric Alterman argues that to Tim Russert, the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat
William Greider. The New Colossus: why public pension funds might be the real progressive power
Naomi Klein. Getting the Purple Finger
Scott Thill. Back to Beat Street: Jeff Chang's new book sheds light on – and puts in context – the contingencies of American youth who are using hip hop as a point of departure for their own generational rebellion
Amanda Griscom Little. Class Action Dismissed - Enviros join chorus against class-action bill, but measure still likely to pass
mediamatters. Wall Street Journal's Fund, FOX's Asman echoed Hume's Social Security distortion of FDR
mediamatters. *Special "Jeff Gannon" edition*

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Paper Comm, Friday

E. J. Dionne Jr. Holes in a Web of Budget Deceit
Haroon Siddiqui. `Sistani tsunami' sweeps away Bush plan
Larry Beinhart. Labels trump facts in Social Security debate
Paul Krugman. Bush's Class-War Budget
Bob Herbert. Torture, American Style
Dave Zweifel. Bush budget basically derails Amtrak
Jonathan Chait. The Baddest Man in D.C.
Elizabeth Warren. Sick and Broke
ChicST. Slick move around drill ban unwarranted, unwise
Robin Cook. If not in Darfur, then where? : US hostility to the international criminal court knows no bounds
Jonathan Steele. The cheers were all ours : Iraq's illegitimate election did not justify the invasion, nor did it make occupation popular
Chris Floyd. Global Eye

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February 10, 2005

Paper Comm, Thursday

Sidney Blumenthal. Domestic gibberish: Bush's incoherence on home affairs reminds us that pre-9/11 he was the most unpopular president
Simon Tisdall. Rice wows Europe - but charm offensive can't hide hard line
Marianne Means. Dean puts Democrats back in the game
SeattlePI. Situational ethics: The U.S. House Republican leadership has raised new questions about its concept of ethics
Dave Hage. What President Bush didn't say could hurt you
Richard Cohen. The Reader In the Oval Office
Maureen Dowd. Condi's French Twist
Harley Sorensen. Do The Math On Dubya's Social Security Reform
Sheryl McCarthy. Bush tries to run Amtrak out of town
David B. Sandalow. Winners and sinners on global warming
BG. Medicare's health

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February 09, 2005

Blog Roundup, Wed

thinkprogress. The Silencing of the Saudi Women
thinkprogress. Win One For The Gipper: Oppose Privatization
skippy. real reporters ask slaughter to investigate fake reporter
Matt Stoller. Dayton Not Running for Reelection
nathannewman. Doing Something About Wal-Mart
Matthew Yglesias. SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES AND SOCIAL SECURITY
Matthew Yglesias. MISSION (STILL) NOT ACCOMPLISHED
Kevin Drum. BUDGET MAGIC
tomdispatch. Jonathan Schell on winners and losers in Iraq
Paul Waldman. Out of Touch
Jonathan Weiler. Democracy Promotion Redux
juancole. Wolcott on Goldberg's Language Competencies
pandagon. Secularize, Proselytize, Martinize
talkingpointsmemo. Rep. Slaughter (D) of New York calls on the president to explain why a phony 'reporter' from Talon
alfrankenshow. HUME, RESIGN
dailykos. Plame & Propagannon: Joe Wilson Speaks Out
dailykos. Dirty GOP tricks in Maryland
dailykos. NY-Sen: Clinton in the driver's seat
World O'Crap. "Jeff Gannon" EXPOSED!
TalkLeft. Tommy Chong: Out of Jail and Interviewed
TalkLeft. Churchill Gets Standing Ovation from 1,000 At CU Speech

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Bush and Public Opinion on SS

A poll from Westhill Partners poll released by The Hotline, summarized by The Century Foundation (perm link unavail)

1. Bush receives a 34 percent approval rating on handling Social Security, with 52 percent disapproval. And among independents, his rating is markedly worse: a mere 23 percent approval and 59 percent disapproval.

2. A question on the seriousness of the problems with Social Security yields just 18 percent saying that the system needs to be completely rebuilt (12 percent among independents), with 33 percent saying major changes are needed and 43 percent calling for only minor changes.

3. By 61 percent to 29 percent (66 percent to 21 percent among independents), voters say that keeping Social Security as a program with a guaranteed monthly benefit is more important than letting younger workers decide for themselves how some of their Social Security contributions are invested, with varying benefit levels depending on the success of their investments.

4. By 61 percent to 24 percent (66 percent to 16 percent among independents), voters say that Bush’s November election victory does not mean the American people support his ideas on Social Security.

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How to Talk to a Conservative About Social Security (If You Must)

Via ThinkProgress.

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Bill O'Reilly Exaggerates Punting Ability

I mean really ... Keith Olbermann, as quoted in Media Matters:

We segue now into our nightly roundup of celebrity and entertainment news, "Keeping Tabs." And it turns out the 2005 Super Bowl was not entirely scandal-free. This year's wasn't about the commercials, the halftime show or even the Philadelphia Eagles' pathetic clock management. It was about the Super Bowl program and Bill O'Reilly. The Fact or Fiction host and noted loofah user wrote the so-called end piece of the score card sold at yesterday's little game. He waxed poetic about the inspiration that his own football career at Marist College in New York provided observing that he once punted a ball backwards. But that, quoting here, "I won the national punting title for my division as a senior." O'Reilly concludes that "I guess you could say the end zone was the beginning of the no-spin zone."

But Mr. O'Reilly has done a little spinning of his own here. Others might call it resume padding. The football office at Marist told me today that football was not a varsity sport there until 1978 -- seven years after O'Reilly graduated. When he played, it was a so-called club sport where players paid all their own expenses, and schedules and, most importantly, statistical record keeping were haphazard.

So when he says he was the top punter in his division in the country in 1970, it does not mean what it sounds like. He was not in the NCAA Division I or II or the smaller-college NAIA Division I or Division II. O'Reilly in Marist played in something called the National Club Football Association. So writing in the Super Bowl program that you won the punting championship in your division would be like me writing in one of my articles in one of the World Series programs that I led the nation's high school baseball players in on-base percentage in 1973.

I did, too. My on-base percentage that season was 1,000. I came to bat once and got hit in the backside with a pitch.

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Online Comm, Wed

John Edwards. The Flickering Light Of America
Edward P. St. John. Affordability, Postsecondary Education
Brian Whitaker. Just for show? Saudi Arabia's municipal elections are unlikely to change the status quo -- for one thing, women won't be voting
Julia Scott. Bush's lean and mean new -budget For low-income Americans, who will have less money to pay for child care, heating bills, housing and public parks, it will be mostly mean
James Ridgeway. Dean Takes Over - Blasted by the pundits, the Democrats' new party chair can't be all bad
Bill Moyers. Blind Faith
David Michael Green. What's In A Name? Everything - How Progressives Can Start Winning Again By Renaming Their Opponents and Reframing The Debate
Hendrik Hertzberg. Landmarks
John Nichols. "New Cities" Fight Back - Progressive mayors are forging alternatives to right-wing federal and state policies.
Katrina vanden Heuvel. The Republican Dictionary, IV - Nation readers decode the right's linguistic trickery
democracynow. Bush's New $2.5 Trillion Budget Boosts Pentagon Spending, Slashes Domestic Programs
Mark Schmitt. Remember When? What we can -- and can’t -- learn from the last Social Security fight
Matthew Yglesias. A Simple Plan - If Bush doesn’t mean higher taxes, he must mean benefit cuts
Ralph G. Neas. The "Nuclear Option" - The right's all-out attack on the filibuster could pave the way for extremist nominees to the Supreme Court
Dan Frosch. Your Money or Your Life: Today, medical-related debt is the second leading cause of personal bankruptcies – and the middle class is suffering the most

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Paper Comm, Wed

Joel Connelly. Will Hastings wear blinders as House ethics chair?
Becky Bartindale. Bush plan cuts college funds for the poor
Harold Meyerson. Fighting for Islamic Law
Cynthia Tucker . CAMPAIGN AGAINST SOCIAL SECURITY IS FULL OF FALSEHOODS
Seattle PI. Environment for justice: It's years too late for many victims, but federal prosecutors will do what they can to bring justice out of the environmental disaster in Libby, Mont
Dave Zweifel. Farmers, vets, elderly get Bush's tab
Derrick Z. Jackson. Derailing Amtrak
Robert Kuttner. Being Howard Dean
Eric Garcett. Bush's Budget Transforms the War on Poverty Into a War on the Poor
Honolulu Advertiser. Paper trail will boost voters' confidence

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February 08, 2005

Brian Williams: Republicans' "go-to network anchor"?

The ooole liberal media; from Media Matters:

Washington Whispers" column in the February 14 edition of U.S. News & World Report noted that Brian Williams -- who replaced Tom Brokaw as anchor and managing editor of NBC's Nightly News on December 2, 2004 -- received accolades from discredited Republican pollster Frank Luntz in a memo to Republican Congressional leadership. In the memo, Bedard reported, Luntz wrote that "Williams has emerged as the 'go-to network anchor' because of his brains and 'lack of detectable ideological bias.'"

Media Matters for America has identified some examples that may explain why Republicans consider Williams to be their "go-to network anchor":

In an interview following President Bush's February 2 State of the Union address, Williams failed to correct Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) false assertion that the Social Security trust fund will have "no money at all left" in 15 years.

On January 12, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) noted that an NBC Nightly News segment on Social Security ignored privatization critics and presented a conservative activist as an impartial "analyst." The FAIR report stated that, although Williams prefaced the segment by mentioning that "critics say he's [Bush] exaggerating the problem to sell his plan," the actual report "included no such critics of the administration's 'crisis' rhetoric."

In a December 2, 2004, interview with C-SPAN founder, president, and CEO Brian Lamb, Williams said that "it's my duty to listen to [nationally syndicated radio host] Rush" Limbaugh and that "Rush has actually yet to get the credit he is due." Before his promotion, Williams hosted several other NBC news programs, including The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC and CNBC, where Limbaugh was a frequent guest. As Media Matters previously noted, on September 24, 2002, Williams introduced a News segment on a speech by former Vice President Al Gore by observing: "[O]ur friend Rush Limbaugh told his radio listeners he almost stayed home from work, not due to any health reasons, but because he was so livid at the speech given yesterday by former Vice President Al Gore criticizing the Bush administration's apparent march to war in Iraq." Williams asked, "Is it un-American to speak out against the Bush plan to take on Iraq? Is it democratic to ridicule and threaten those who do?" Washington Post columnist and Brookings Institution senior fellow E.J. Dionne Jr. responded on the September 28, 2002, edition of CNN's Reliable Sources: "Since when do we debate that it's un-American to take on a president? ... We are told all the time it is the liberal media, and here Rush Limbaugh not being able to get out of bed supersedes what Al Gore says. If you -- if you want to have Rush Limbaugh on trashing Al Gore afterward, fine. Report the news. Report what he said, and then criticize him."

And more.

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Paper Comm, Tuesday

LAT. President Putting 'Big' Back in Government
StarTrib. Mean, not lean/Bush's abysmal budget
SeattlePI. Let's hear it for D.O.A.
E. J. Dionne Jr. Race Bait And Switch
NYT. Avoiding the Real Challenge: President Bush's latest deficit-steeped budget, for all its talk of reining in spending, is a monument to misplaced political capital
Krugman. Spearing the Beast
SFC. Bush's bad math
Marie Cocco. As the year began, I said there were only two things Americans really needed to know about President George W. Bush's plan to remake Social Security: It isn't social and it isn't secure
John Nichols. Film tonight examines spin on Mideast
Thomas Oliphant. Budget shenanigans
BG. Budget victims
Jesse Jackson. Bush's budget more of the same
Jeremy Rifkin. Bush must face up to a rising power: The US has to recognise the new reality of a United States of Europe
George Monbiot. Fraud and corruption: Forget the UN. The US occupation regime helped itself to $8.8 bn of mostly Iraqi money in just 14 months.

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February 07, 2005

Blogroundup, Monday

liberaloasis. The Sunday Talkshow Breakdown
emergingdemocraticmajorityweblog. GOP Pitch for Black Votes Bears Little Fruit
Paul Waldman. Think Small
Kevin Drum. PACK JOURNALISM
Flamingo Jones. Feingold for President
Kevin Hayden. Where has the party gone wrong?
rittenhouse. RED WHINES ARE SO DIFFICULT TO CLEAN - David Horowitz Writes
skippy. rip ossie davis and dean wormer
talkleft. The New Theocracy
Matthew Yglesias. THE MORE THINGS CHANGE
Matthew Yglesias. IRAQ AND IRAN
Sam Rosenfeld. UNITED FRONT
collegedems. Bush's Budget: Bad for Students
talkingpointsmemo. SS: I'm actually a little surprised Vice President Cheney said this ...
talkingpointsmemo. The RNC brings in the legal eagles to defend the Social Security Speech Code
atrios. Trillions
atrios. A Phrase Reporters Should Stop Using
dailykos. GOP turning guns on Reid
dailykos. Bush says poor kids should not go to college

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Online Comm, Monday

David Corn. Bush's Budget: The Bad Math Is No Secret
Jason Vest. PNAC's Happy Warriors - The neocon think tank's recent call for an increase in troop strength is myopic
Russ Feingold. US Losing the Race to Engage Muslims
democracynow. Ossie Davis 1917-2005: A Tribute to the Actor and Civil Rights Activist
Tom Engelhardt. Following the food chain with Michael Pollan
Liz Laro. More gay cartoon characters revealed! Crazed right-wing moralists, take note: Before SpongeBob, there was Snagglepuss ... and Huckleberry Hound ... and even Popeye
Joel S. Hirschhorn. Democracy’s Arrow
James Zogby. The Challenges Facing Post-Election Iraq
Sam-Omar Hall. Is Russ right for presidency?
Reid Cramer. Fighting Poverty: Aspiring For Ownership
Tim Shorrock. The Other Aftershock; The Bush administration seeks normalization of ties with Indonesia and its brutal military
Jared Bernstein. Crunching Numbers n: New reports reveal growth without wages
Chris Mooney. Cell Out: Bush’s stances on stem cells and cloning drift ever further from scientific reality
Diane Farsetta. Winning Friends and Influencing U.S. Foreign Policy
Russell Schoch. The Food Detective: Michael Pollan discusses food chains, ecological dead zones, and the amazing power of corn
Don Hazen. The Right-Wing Express
John S. Irons. Previewing the President's Budget

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CBC on O'Reilly and Coulter

Catches them on their lies - on MichaelMoore.com's front page.

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Paper Comm, Monday

Mortimer B. Zuckerman. Why Bush is wrong: His Social Security reforms are neither 'social' nor 'secure'
Ellen Goodman. Surrounded (sniffle) by those who can't afford sick days
StarTrib. GAO on generics/Fighting AIDS with thrift
David Kay. Let's Not Make the Same Mistakes in Iran
LAT. Rumsfeld's Nuclear Genie
berkshireeagle. America the less than beautiful
Frank Rich. The Year of Living Indecently
Bob Herbert. Stories From the Inside
SFC. War games
James Rowen. Confirming our worst fears about torture
Casey Garhart. Anti-gay marriage pamphlet misleading
Michelle Singletary. Bush has some explaining to do
Eric Margolis. Paranoia grips the U.S. capital
sltrib. Social conservatism has never been a friend to black people
MilwJS. Feingold on the mark again

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February 06, 2005

Will Bill O'Reilly Call for a Fox Boycott?

From patridiots:

Bill O'Reilly works for Fox a as a show host and commentator for Fox News. He has used both positions to call for a boycott of both Pepsi and Budweiser for using the hip-hop artist Ludacris as a spokesperson.

Ludacris has recorded a special Superbowl version of his song “#1 Spot/The Potion” that was played on Fox during the pre-game show today.

Bill O'Reilly is strangely silent when Ludacris is on Fox, Bil lO'Reilly's employer. A person might even call him a self-serving hypocrite.

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February 04, 2005

Online Comm, TGIF

David Corn. The State of George W. Bush; Bush gives a triumphant and theatrical speech that ought to have Democrats worried
CAP. Government and the Information Age
Geov Parrish. The state of dis-union- Bush agenda is sweeping -- is it unstoppable?
Jack Shafer. The Propaganda President- George W. Bush does his best Kim Jong-il
Mike Ferner. Doing More Than Just Delaying the Next War
Jeff Madrick. Bush's dirty little secret - Here's what the president didn't tell you in his State of the Union address: His plan to privatize Social Security will be hugely expensive and will make the average worker worse off
Salon. Paralyzed Broadcasting System - When Bush's education secretary objected to a lesbian couple in a children's cartoon, PBS instantly caved in. Is the network becoming the White House's lap dog?
Jeff Fleischer. Adonal Foyle: Changing the Rules of the Game - Away from the basketball court, the record-breaking center is a tireless activist for campaign finance reform
Dan Frosch. Your Money or Your Life - why getting sick increasingly means going broke
Robert L. Borosage. The Dreams of George Bush
Matt Wheeland. Greetings From the New Flat Earth
Robert B. Reich. Revenge of the Bond Traders - Meet some folks on Wall Street who might not like Bush’s Social Security privatization
Alan Wade. Bangkok Dispatch: It was only two weeks after the tsunami, but you’d never know it from their film festival
Jared Bernstein. Crunching Numbers: New reports reveal growth without wages.
democracynow. Bush Taps Iran-Contra Figure Elliot Abrams to Promote Democracy

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Paper Comm, Friday

Joseph L. Galloway. Gonzales' fingerprints all over un-American behavior
Gregg Bloche and Jonathan H. Marks. Triage at Abu Ghraib
Guardian. Flourishes of freedom George Bush: What can we expect from Bush's second and last term?
StarTrib. Military families deserve more
E. J. Dionne Jr. Feeding the 'Crisis'
NYT. The Senate and Mr. Gonzales: Giving Alberto Gonzales the nation's top legal post is a terrible signal to send the rest of the world, and to American citizens concerned with human rights
Bob Herbert. Our Battered Constitution
Krugman. Gambling With Your Retirement
Lois Aronstein. Don't betray our promise to our retirees
Capital Times. Dane Dems for Dean
Derrick Z. Jackson. Mr. President, don't forget healthcare

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February 03, 2005

Blog Roundup

thinkprogress. Halliburton in the Axis of Evil
thinkprogress. Reading Meaning Between the Lines
thinkprogress. John Snow Gets Personal and Private
digbysblog. This pearl clutching about Bush being booed last night is hilarious ...
liberaloasis. Bush Fakes Left
boldprint. Thug Tapped as "Democracy Spreader"
Jonathan Weiler. McNabb and Limbaugh
Matthew Yglesias. BUSH'S PSEUDO-LIBERALISM
Matthew Yglesias. WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE
Jesse Taylor. Social Insecurity
rittenhouse. AYN RAND; 100 Years Later Still Dead
stevegilliard. Marine recruiting down
washingtonmonthly. OIL FOR FOOD
washingtonmonthly. GEORGE BUSH'S RUBE GOLDBERG FOLLY
nathannewman. Organizing the so-called "unorganizeable"
davidsirota. Will the "Moral Values" GOP Refund the Money?
dailykos. So how many Iraqis voted?
Dave Johnson. Important To Understand This Lie

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Online Comm, Thursday

Eric Alterman with Paul McLeary. Think Again: Indylink
mediamatters. Barnes contradicted himself to defend Bush's aversion to "privatization"
mediamatters. Republicans dominated 11-2 in MSNBC's State of the Union coverage
Noam Chomsky. The Future of Iraq and U.S. Occupation
Michael McCarthy. Global Warming: Scientists Reveal Timetable
Antonia Zerbisias. 'Bush's liberty song echoes Vietnam tune'
democracynow. State of the Union 2005: Bush Pushes Aggressive Foreign Policy of "Spreading Democracy"
Kimberly Marten and Alexander Cooley. Permanent Military Bases Won't Work
Jacques Coubard. Bush Declares War on the Poor
Lynn Woolsey. Less Perfect Union: Opportunity Cost
Robert L. Borosage. Less Perfect Union: Shock Jock President
James Ridgeway. From Security to Risk in One Easy Bush Plan
John Giuffo. The Hitch: Radical or neocon? Same old or sold out? Christopher Hitchens has things both ways
Jeff Fleischer. Inside Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror
Marc Krug. Dearth of Human Rights, Wealth of Human Tragedy
Burhan Wazir. Celebrations of Iraqi Democracy Mask Uncertain Future
J. Caleb Mozzocco. Fearing fear itself: Social Security and other less trendy 21st century disasters
Doug Monroe. Lifestyles of the Right-wing and Libidinous
Harold Meyerson. Modern Marvels: The Democrats have finally found a way to oppose Bush on domestic issues, even when his foreign policy resonates
Dahr Jamail. Living Under the Bombs
Ivo Daalder. The Dangers of Overconfidence
David Corn. The State Of George W. Bush

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Paper Comm, Thurs

Edward M. Kennedy and Brian and Alma Hart. Pentagon still failing to protect the troops
John Nichols. Strong vote against Gonzales' confirmation worth the effort
Phil Haslanger. SpongeBob gets flak for siding with respect, tolerance, diversity
Sheryl McCarthy. So far, Boxer stages a rebellion of one
SFC. AIDS won't go away
MDowd. Inherit the Windbags
NYT. Blaming the Messengers Imposing sanctions on the four lawyers who contested the vote in Ohio would be likely to deter people from raising concerns about future elections
LADN. Ignoring California; State denied fair share, again
Sidney Blumenthal. Utopian cul-de-sac: Bush's take on post-election Iraq was first triumphant, then paralysed. We should be very worried.
StarTrib. State of the Union/A masterly salesman's pitch
Thomas Oliphant. A year later, Dean fits leadership role

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February 02, 2005

Online Comm, Wed

Robert Fisk. 'Freed' Iraqis Still Waiting for the Wind of Change
Claude Imbert. The Atlantic Depression
democracynow. Should the Mass Killing in Sudan Be Considered a Genocide? A Debate Between Africa Action and Kofi Annan’s Adviser
Kristen Lombardi. The Scourge of Her Conviction: Activist Elena Sassower annoyed congress, her trial judge, and defenders of free speech—all the way to jail
Christopher H. Schroeder and Rena I. Steinzor. Progressive Environment and Health
CAP. American Progress Takes a Look Back at Bush's 2002, 2003 and 2004 speeches
Hans Johnson. Wal-Mart Takes A Whack.
sfweekly. Shawn Richard got the city to give jobs to alleged gang leaders. If anyone can make such a program work, it's ...THE LIFESAVER
Will Durst. The George W Bush 2005 State of the Union Drinking Game
Molly Ivins. Election Déjà Vu
Robert C. Byrd. Respecting the Spirit and Letter of the Law
Farhad Manjoo. Making the case for Social Insecurity - The struggle over Social Security will be the defining political battle of Bush's second term. His game plan: The same one he used to successfully sell the Iraq war
Tim Shorrock. The Spy Who Billed Me
Stewart Nusbaumer. A Nation Rocked to Sleep
Alisa Solomon. Another World Turns | Imagining the possibilities at the World Social Forum
Test. Deeds, Not Words
mediamatters. "Go ahead, Jeff": Talon News "reporter" Jeff Gannon is McClellan's lifeline during briefings
Barbara T. Dreyfuss. A Dirty Job; Mike Leavitt may be gearing up to do the White House’s bidding: dismantling health insurance for low-income Americans across the country
Rob Garver. Spin Some, Screw Some: William Safire’s paean to himself left out the smears he sold and the reputations he ruined
Jeff Gillenkirk. The Torturers' Tales
Robert Parry. The GOP Media Machine Churns On

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Blog Link

CAP's new blog, Think Progress.

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Paper Comm, Wed

Arianna Huffington. So, Exactly What's Changed?
SeattlePI. A more moderate Bush?
Jonathan Chait. Here's a deficit you can't refuse
Michael O'Hanlon and James Steinberg. Time to Announce a Timetable
Harold Meyerson. Assault on Social Security
Capital Times. Filling in the blanks
Derrick Z. Jackson. Safe harbor for gay bigotry
Robert Kuttner. Iraq's $200 billion election
BG. Clear Skies Act too murky
LAT. Healthcare Isn't a Tomato

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February 01, 2005

No Free Lunch

SALON: Insult to injury: Some wounded soldiers back from Iraq are having to pay for meals at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Veterans' groups say it's another symptom of fighting a costly war on the cheap.

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