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Israel loses

McClatchy:

Destroying the tunnels was a central goal of the Israeli military campaign, which Gaza medical officials have said killed around 1,300 Palestinians. Israeli officials estimated that the attacks destroyed 80 percent of the tunnels, and Palestinians agreed that the strikes crippled their smuggling business.

Abu Nissim rose from the covered tunnel entrance and triumphantly raised a box of Cheer Up chocolate-covered wafers over his head.

"New from the tunnel," the young Palestinian tunnel digger boasted Thursday as his friends tore open the packages of Egyptian cookies.

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Dems override Roberts Court Ledbetter decision

Good:

The legislation overrides a May 2007 Supreme Court ruling that Ledbetter, a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company employee in Gadsden, Ala., couldn't sue her employer for pay discrimination because she didn't file suit within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act.

"It set us back 40 years in our fight for equal opportunity in the workplace," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

For women such as Sharon Davis of Rhode Island, who filed a pay equity claim against her employer, the new law would allow her to seek back pay dating back to 2006, instead of only the six months before she filed in July 2008.

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Nigerian 409 scams are lagging indicators

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Hairtrigger trouble for progressives

Progressives really need to stop getting so excited when the Democrats achieve -- or even talk about achieving -- any sort of minimal baseline for sanity and morality.

For one thing, it's embarrassing.

For another, it destroys what little leverage progressives have left. Read below the fold...

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Obama commits to 2 state solution in I/P conflict

President Obama visited the State Dept today, shortly after Secy Clinton had arrived to address the State Dept diplomats, to announce the new Mideast and Afghanistan/Pakistan envoys. I must say it's refreshing to hear adults in charge of the government speaking again. (And given the circumstances, Pres Obama skipped the preacher cadence during his talk entirely. Can we hope that inflection is gone for good from him?)

In reports on this announcement, I'm not seeing much emphasis on what I thought I heard as the most significant part of Obama's speech today at the State Dept.

Here's a link to a video of the 2nd half of the speech.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7tIpcNmABw

Listen carefully at 0:46 and beyond. He says: Read below the fold...

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Anniversary: What's the "standard" for 36 years?

Roe v. Wade was decided January 22, 1973.
Herewith a portion of the ruling:

MR. JUSTICE BLACKMUN delivered the opinion of the Court.

MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST, dissenting.

MR. JUSTICE STEWART, concurring.

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Politics and Media Headlines 1/22/09

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Step One ... "Let the Sunshine, let the sunshine in ... the sun ... shine in"

Today, according to the New York Times, a Presidential pen stroke rendered an executive order rescinded.

This was a Gonzales writeup and GWB signature, and what it did was prevent the disinfecting power of sunlight from being used on not just Bush II's first term, but both terms of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidency as well as BushI's and Reagan's records. Good riddance. Read below the fold...

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Obama's awful inaugural speech

Can we talk?

A lot of stuff is over now: the "death march" primaries, the Bush presidency, and the wait for Obama to start the gig in earnest.

So... can we now start telling the truth about President Obama?

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Some rationality on the FDR comparison

Here's something FDR did in his first 100 days:

Roosevelt was not without a sense of humor. The third measure to go forward was a request to amend the Volstead Act to permit the sale of beer and wine. “I think this would be a good time for a beer,” the president told his aide Louis Howe. The 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, was not adopted until December 5, 1933, but Roosevelt’s proposal provided interim relief.

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Transportation Stimulus You Can't Believe In

Goddess, there are so many good blogs out there and so Little Time (for me at least, today!) Check out this post, and stay a while to read some of the others there. Bottom line: all that crap we've been hearing about "billions and billions" for transportation-related stimulus and development? Not even enough to bring our transportation reality back to where it once was when almost-properly funded (live links at original):
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The Crisis Reaches the Master Class

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Or rather, those who supposed they were in the Master Class and are finding out that wasn't so true after all. I don't know much about economics. Maybe Forbes does, though. I read this with great interest, for all I probably didn't understand it. Here's my dramatic oversimplification/reaction: Read below the fold...

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What Obama Really Meant, Redux

Actually, it's a good move to take a mulligan on the bollixed oath-reading — and this time with no Bible!

If there's one thing Republicans can be counted on to do, it's to project their own sins onto others, so after circling the wagons around the illegitimate Bush, the botched oath would have been made hay of at every opportunity (and still might, if only for derision... or to build conspiracy theories on the no-Bible thing — maybe third time's the charm?). Read below the fold...

Now how about tainted money?

Just saying.

Oh, The Big Shit Storm that Tim Geithner's golfing buddies engineered isn't going to kill a lot of people? Especially kids and old people? Just like tainted milk?

Why would you think that it wouldn't? Isn't that what "creative destruction" is all about? Read below the fold...

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How healthcare defeatism works

Ezra Klein

I'm in In These Times this month moderating a debate between Steffie Woolhandler, co-director of Physicians for a National Health Program and a single-payer supporter, and Richard Kirsch, the national director for Health Care for America Now and an advocate of a hybrid approach.

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