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White House claims to have found the missing email

Of course, they're lying. RL calls, so I can't take this one apart, though. Readers? Read below the fold...

House, Senate jockeying on throwing Big Money $350 billion more under second TARP tranche


The U.S. Senate plans to vote today on whether to block the release of the second half of the $700 billion financial-bailout plan sought by President-elect Barack Obama’s administration. ....

Under the rescue legislation, unless Congress passes a resolution within 15 days turning down Bush’s Jan. 12 request for the second $350 billion made on Obama’s behalf, the Treasury Department could use the money. The president then could veto the resolution. ...

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Republicans leap to Geithner's defense


The chorus of support from key Republicans suggests that Geithner, president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, is unlikely to encounter serious turbulence on his path to the Treasury Department, where he would serve as President-elect Barack Obama's top adviser on the worldwide credit crisis and manage a $700 billion financial rescue program as well as the Internal Revenue Service. His confirmation hearing, delayed until Wednesday, takes on added importance, with many fence-sitting Republicans saying they are eager to hear how such a smart guy made tax errors that cost him nearly $45,000.

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Izvestia asks a question:

Barack Obama has become an ice breaker when it comes to discussing racial politics.

Have you found it easier to discuss race since the election of Barack Obama?

Absolutely. And you know what really helped?

The Obama Fan Base isn't smearing me as a racist for not supporting him any more, since the primaries (except in the minds of a few bitter holdouts) are long over. That's a real plus! Read below the fold...

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Olmert to Bush: Dance my Puppet!

No AP content was harmed in the making of this story.

With 5 days to go, there is still plenty of time for yet another Bush fuck up and opportunity to disgrace us all.

Case in point:

"Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said a telephone call he made to U.S. President George W. Bush last week forced Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to abstain in a U.N. vote on the Gaza war, leaving her "shamed."

Pouring on political bravado in a speech late Monday, Olmert said he demanded to talk to Bush with only 10 minutes to spare before a U.N. Security Council vote Thursday on a resolution opposed by Israel calling for an immediate cease-fire.

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If you loved Baby Jesus, you'd have a job!

So, I'm flipping through the channels, see?

And I stop at the 700 Club, and I learned this valuable piece of economic info from Pat Robertson:

God isn't surprised. He knows exactly what's going to happen, and He knows exactly how to make the finances of the world work.

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WaPo's Meyerson: Obama's finance picks teabag Big Money. Why?

Harold Meyerson:

If Obama's appointees inspired sufficient trust that they would be willing to take on the banks, legislation [like Frank's bill, which mandates that a portion of the bailout funds be spent to help homeowners] would be unnecessary. Unfortunately, they don't.

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Stupid, stupid, stupid


The stimulus package is expected to include at least $300 billion in tax cuts and nearly $550 billion in domestic spending

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Because they can

Chris Bowers, quoting Elana Schor:

In the past 90 days, the Blue Dogs were mentioned 933 times in national press coverage according to Lexis-Nexis. The progressives were cited just 99 times.

This gap in media coverage is not due to numbers, as there are over 80 members of the Progressive Caucus now, compared to only 51 for Blue Dogs.

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My favorite Villager moves on

RIP, Patrick McGoohan.

The world just got a lot less cool. Read below the fold...

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A Post In Which I Reward Good Behavior

Organizing resolutions for the 111th Congress were passed today.

In a stunning move Harry Reid, actually wins one for the Dems!

In a totally predictable asshole move, Sen Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to prevent the Dems from reaping some ass kicking elections gains. Since the Dems won 59 seats this past election, it entitles them to a 3 seat majority on most Committees. Read below the fold...

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Hey, guys? Look what I found!!


Yeah, I'm late to the party for the American News Project. It looks like it's worth a look, though, because apparently (unlike the Main$tream Media) they're serious about investigative reportage. Check out what they've found on the dichotomy between the reported spending of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the effort to pass California's Proposition 8, and the effects (and the evidence of unreported funding in said effects) of that spending on the election results.
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What if...


I call your attention to this article, which speaks for itself. Read below the fold...

Transition towns


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Politics and Media Headlines 1/14/09


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