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Maddow: Tapes Prove Cheneys Are Making Stuff Up

Saturday, June 06, 2009

By David Edwards and Muriel Kane
The Raw Story


According to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, former Vice President Cheney’s daughter, Liz Cheney, who has been making frequent television appearances to defend her father, has now reached the “persecution stage” of that defense.

Cheney told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday, “The issue of a relationship between Saddam and 9/11 — it’s a claim that critics of the administration have used to sort of smear the administration, when in fact the administration wasn’t making that claim.”

“All this stuff is on tape,” Maddow noted quizzically. “Maybe the Cheneys don’t know that.” She illustrated the point with clips of both Dick Cheney and former President Bush insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda.

“Here’s where Liz Cheney’s logic gets really Cheney-esque,” Maddow explained. “In her mind, the Saddam-9/11 claim is liberal propaganda — but the Saddam-al Qaeda link is totally valid.”

“There’s much evidence of the connection between Saddam and al Qaeda,” Cheney told Mitchell.

Maddow then turned to Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, who pointed out that “Vice President Cheney had three separate Meet the Press appearances where he talked about and gave credence to the idea that Mohammed Atta — the lead 9/11 hijacker — had met with an Iraqi intelligence agent in Prague before the attacks. … At one point, Vice President Cheney said it was ‘pretty well confirmed’ there was such a meeting. … He raised it again after the war.”...(Click for remainder.)



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Weekly Address: President Obama Calls for Real Health Care Reform


THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
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EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00 AM ET, SATURDAY, June 6, 2009

WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Outlines Goals for Health Care Reform



WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama described his goals for fixing our broken health care system. With skyrocketing costs threatening fiscal collapse, real reform that provides quality, affordable health care for every American is a necessity that cannot wait. To do this, reform must be built on lowering costs, improving quality, and protecting consumer choice so people who are happy with their coverage can keep it.

The full audio of the address is HERE. The video can be viewed online at www.whitehouse.gov.


Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
Saturday, June 6, 2009



Over the past few days, I’ve been traveling through the Middle East and Europe working to renew our alliances, enhance our common security, and propose a new partnership between the United States and the Muslim world.

But even as I’m abroad, I’m firmly focused on the other pressing challenges we face – including the urgent need to reform our health care system. Even as we speak, Congress is preparing to introduce and debate health reform legislation that is the product of many months of effort and deliberation. And if you’re like any of the Americans I’ve met across this country who know all too well that the soaring costs of health care make our current course unsustainable, I imagine you’ll be watching their progress closely.

I’m talking about the families I’ve met whose spiraling premiums and out-of-pocket expenses are pushing them into bankruptcy or forcing them to go without the check-ups or prescriptions they need. Business owners who fear they’ll be forced to choose between keeping their doors open or covering their workers. Americans who rightly worry that the ballooning costs of Medicare and Medicaid could lead to fiscal catastrophe down the road.

Simply put, the status quo is broken. We cannot continue this way. If we do nothing, everyone’s health care will be put in jeopardy. Within a decade, we’ll spend one dollar out of every five we earn on health care – and we’ll keep getting less for our money.

That’s why fixing what’s wrong with our health care system is no longer a luxury we hope to achieve – it’s a necessity we cannot postpone any longer.

The growing consensus around that reality has led an unprecedented coalition to come together for change. Unlike past attempts at reforming our health care system, everyone is at the table – patient’s advocates and health insurers; business and labor; Democrats and Republicans alike.

A few weeks ago, some of these improbable allies committed to cut national health care spending by two trillion dollars over the next decade. What makes this so remarkable is that it probably wouldn’t have happened just a few short years ago. But today, at this historic juncture, even old adversaries are united around the same goal: quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Now, I know that when you bring together disparate groups with differing views, there will be lively debate. And that’s a debate I welcome. But what we can’t welcome is reform that just invests more money in the status quo – reform that throws good money after bad habits.

We must attack the root causes of skyrocketing health care costs. Some of these costs are the result of unwarranted profiteering that has no place in our health care system, and in too many communities, folks are paying higher costs without receiving better care in return. And yet we know, for example, that there are places like the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and other institutions that offer some of the highest quality of care in the nation at some of the lowest costs in the nation. We should learn from their successes and promote the best practices, not the most expensive ones. That’s how we’ll achieve reform that fixes what doesn’t work, and builds on what does.

This week, I conveyed to Congress my belief that any health care reform must be built around fundamental reforms that lower costs, improve quality and coverage, and also protect consumer choice. That means if you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.

I also made it very clear to Congress that we must develop a plan that doesn’t add to our budget deficit. My budget included an historic down payment on reform, and we’ll work with Congress to fully cover the costs through rigorous spending reductions and appropriate additional revenues. We’ll eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in our health care system, but we’ll also take on key causes of rising costs – saving billions while providing better care to the American people.

All across America, our families are making hard choices when it comes to health care. Now, it’s time for Washington to make the right ones. It’s time to deliver. And I am absolutely convinced that if we keep working together and living up to our mutual responsibilities; if we place the American people’s interests above the special interests; we will seize this historic opportunity to finally fix what ails our broken health care system, and strengthen our economy and our country now and for decades to come.

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Racist Bitch, Bay Buchanan: After Assaulting Black Woman, Calling Her 'Nigger,' Epstein Was 'Lynched'

By Brian Beutler
Talking Points Memo


Bay Buchanan has once again responded to critics of her karate chopping employee Marcus Epstein. This time, though, she's taken it to the website of the conservative magazine Human Events.

In the piece she acknowledges both that she knew all along about Epstein's crime and that she nonetheless kept him on staff at both of the anti-immigrant organizations which she chairs--facts which she more or less conceded when I interviewed her earlier this week.

She also writes this: "What happened next was a modern day lynching by a faceless, angry, ignorant mob who reveled in the collective assault on their victim."

She's not talking about a mob of masked white karate choppers, but rather of the bloggers and reporter who picked up on the story. Not exactly the metaphor I would have chosen given the facts of the case, but ok.

"They had wounded an adversary and drawn blood -- without pausing to ask how so talented a young man could have found himself in such a mess."...(Click for remainder.)

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South Carolina Supreme Court ORDERS Sanford to Accept Stimulus Funds

By Ali Frick
Think Progress


After waging a months-long war against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) lost his final battle yesterday, when the state supreme court ordered him to accept the $700 million in stimulus funds he had opposed. The court, in a unanimous decision made “with blazing fast speed,” took extra steps to try to ensure Sanford obeys their ruling:
The S.C. Supreme Court also took the rare step of issuing a writ of mandamus, which orders the governor to apply for the money. [...]

As for issuing the writ of mandamus, the other four justices said that “while we recognize and respect Governor Sanford’s sincerely held beliefs concerning (the federal law), those convictions do not alter the ministerial nature of the legal duty now before him.”

The justices added that the decision to issue a writ is “an extremely delicate one.”

$185 million will go to K-12 education this year, on July 1, and $100 million will go to state colleges. “I’m very excited that our schools and our teachers and our education system will be getting the funds that are so desperately needed here in South Carolina, and I’m glad the court case went our way,” said 18-year-old South Carolina student Casey Edwards, who filed the lawsuit....(Click for original.)

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A Right-Wing Ranter Bordering on a Demagogue

By Steve Benen
Washington Monthly


I'd forgotten all about Glenn Beck's Lying Sack of Dog Mess's comedy extravaganza. Apparently, the Fox News personality performed last night in Kansas City, Mo., and the two-hour event -- including the odd 15-minute break in the middle -- was simulcast to more than 440 movie houses around the country last night.

The New York Times' Mike Hale attended one of the 440, along with 13 pro-Beck New Yorkers. Today, Hale reports on Beck's "Common Sense" comedy show.
There were no tears. Perhaps Mr. Beck dialed things back because the show is largely a promotional vehicle for his new book, "Glenn Beck's Common Sense," which he hawked from the stage and which was advertised relentlessly during that 15-minute break. There's some cognitive dissonance there: one of his big applause lines, which is also one of his few clearly stated points, is "we need to stop spending." On everything except Glenn Beck's books and DVD's, apparently.

But despite the modulation, and the smooth, folksy Garrison Keillor-with-a-bee-in-his-bonnet delivery, there was little in the show to reassure those who see Mr. Beck as a right-wing ranter bordering on a demagogue. [...]

One of Mr. Beck's favorite rhetorical tactics is a combination of misdirection and guilt by association: he doesn't say nasty things about ethnic minorities or homosexuals, but he will slip in a reference to how all our cars will soon be built by undocumented workers, and he will, in a long, lame anecdote about "liberal" artists and the Metropolitan Museum, switch into a high, lisping voice for just a second.

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Bill O’Reilly Smears Dr. Tiller, as “Dr. Killer,” And Women Who Have Late Term Abortions

By Priscilla
News Hounds


As part of the "culture war," Bill O'Reilly must be a commissioned officer in the anti-choice storm trooper division. In "looking out for us,' he knows what's best for women and as such, is very concerned about their reproductive organs. His dismay about the demise of the white, Christian, male power structure indicates that he would love to go back to those halcyon days when big daddy knew best, and submissive mommy stayed home, baked cookies, and had nice, white babies - The good old days when uppity women, who denied their mission as mothers, bled to death or were maimed for life as a result of back alley abortions and "homemade" remedies for unwanted pregnancy (served em right, eh, Bill?) Those happy days when women accepted the "shame" of an unintended pregnancy, dropped out of school, and gave their babies up for either adoption in a nice white home, or not so nice orphanages where abuse ran rampant. Because the late Dr. Tiller (and the women who accessed his service) defied Bill's 50's world view, Bills continues his justification of his jihad against Tiller and those stupid, silly women who have late term abortions.

Earlier this week June 3rd, America's Daddy began his segment with the usual vitriol against the NY Times and the "liberal media" saying that they believe that "aborting fetuses at any time should be the law of the land." Beside him was an anti-choice (and I use the word because the anti-abortion movement seeks to deny women the right to choose their own reproductive decisions) poster of a fetus, sucking its thumb, against a backdrop of the American flag. Bill read, with venom in his voice, part of the NYT editorial which "glorifed" Dr. Tiller. He also showed a photo of a rabbi who described Tiller as a martyr. (Hmm, Jews are overwhelmingly pro-choice. Was this a bit of the anti-Semitism shown by the "pro-life" side?) In introducing his discussion with former NOW President and attorney, Patricia Ireland, Bill summarized how late term abortions were understandable in "catastrophic" circumstances but Tiller performed abortions "for much less than that." (And Bill, how exactly do you know that?) Ireland explained that the state can prohibit abortions past the first trimester with the exception of the woman's health or life. Bill's disdain for women was shown in this comment: "It's gotta be more defined than health because health can be a migraine headache." When Ireland replied that Bill's comment was "demeaning," he took a right turn into lala land when he claimed that he could "prove" that Tiller went "far beyond serious health consequences." Ireland said that although she believed life begins a conception, we have to respect the lives of the women as they are "existing" life as opposed to "potential life." Bill then worked in the perfunctory smear of Tiller when he referred to a "doctor who was aborting viable fetuses for any reason, if you had the money, Tiller would do it." (This is outrageous, as Bill's accusations have never been proven.) "Proof" of this, for Bill, was the testimony of Doctor Paul McHugh who obtained Tiller's records and claimed that he didn't think records "substantiated substantial health impairment" on the part of those seeking an abortion. McHugh claimed that some of the women said that "they wouldn't be able to go to concerts…" Bill, not surprisingly, said that he believed Dr. McHugh's contention that "anything was an excuse to abort a late term fetus." Ireland mentioned Tiller's acquittal and said that you can't compare Tiller's act to Hitler or Mao. O'Reilly, voice getting louder talked over Ireland and demanded to know what she would call them if "what Dr. McHugh says is true." When Ireland said that it was not true and demeaning to women to say that we have late term abortions because we can't go to concerts, Bill talked over and asked if she was calling McHugh a liar. The issue then degenerated into Bill repeating the "are you calling McHugh a liar" strategy. Bill interjected that he "knows women in a panic might do anything." When Ireland said that Tiller's records said that these things didn't happen, Bill turned the onus of the debate on her by saying "how do you know, have you examined the records" to which she answered in the affirmative and added that Kansas would not have allowed that. She cited specific medical reasons for late term abortion. Lawyer/Doctor Bill said that "it has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, in Dr. "Killer's" case that wasn't what he was doing."...(Click for remainder.)

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Vast Majority of Americans Favor Repeal of DADT

By Metavirus
Library Grape


These new poll numbers from Gallup on the question of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell are pretty remarkable:



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Unholy Trinity

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The Creation Museum: Adventures in Crazyland

By Tom Stern
The Point


Driving into the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, the first thing we saw wasn’t biblical at all: two model dinosaurs guarding the front gates. In fact, there are dinosaurs everywhere. There’s a “dinosaur dig site”; you can get your photo taken with dinosaurs; a bumper sticker tells the world that the Museum is “Taking Dinosaurs Back.” My favorite, an orange, diamond-shaped “T-Rex crossing” sign, reminds us that according to the Museum, humans and dinosaurs used to interact.

“We wanted to show people there’s no mystery with dinosaurs—we can explain them,” said Australian preacher and Cincinnati resident Ken Ham, who designed the Museum with his organization, Answers in Genesis. As the name indicates, Answers in Genesis teaches Genesis as a history—a history which is literally true, word for word. When Ham isn’t running the Museum, he’s a prolific writer of books for children and adults—books like How Can We Build a Biblical Worldview Starting with Genesis? and Dinosaurs of Eden. The Museum’s 65,000 square feet of exhibit space cost $27 million to construct and the grand opening took place in May 2007. A review on the Museum’s website told me that I ought to visit and “bring a skeptical friend.” I had brought two and now here we were, face-to-face with a dilophosaurus.

There’s something funny about seeing dinosaurs in a Creation Museum. Dinosaur remains and other fossils have traditionally been a little embarrassing for Christians who read the Bible as an historical chronicle. First, the findings challenge the Bible’s historical claims—specifically that the Earth is six thousand years old and that all creatures were created at the beginning of time. Second, the fossil record challenges the Bible’s optimistic worldview: the beasts are given all they need to survive and Noah’s Ark ensures that none dies out, with man at the heart of God’s plan. In the face of the fossil record, nature no longer looks like the careful work of a loving creator: we witness the destruction not only of the individual, but of the entire species and genus.

Ham’s Museum, a rival to secular natural history museums, takes on both the historical and moral challenge of the fossil record. Visitors are told that, historically, the Bible’s claims stand up to scientific scrutiny. Throughout the Museum, the theme is the choice between “Human Reason” and “God’s Word,” where the latter is the “literal” truth of Genesis. Vast posters urge us to take a stance on a variety of topics: the origins of the universe, life on earth, fossils. “God’s Word” tells us the Earth is six thousand years old; “Human Reason” that it’s millions of years old....(Click for remainder.)

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Bob Corker, After Begging for Auto BK, Wants GOP Dealers Exempted

By Emptywheel
Emptywheel @ Firedoglake


Wow. Even I am surprised at Bob Corker's rank hypocrisy this time. After begging and begging and begging that America's auto manufacturers be forced into bankruptcy last year--a process, after all, that allows companies to renegotiate all their contracts to make them more competitive--Bob Corker is now pushing to force those same manufacturers to not only honor the existing contracts they've got with dealers, but hold off on terminating them for 180 days.
Chrysler and General Motors Corp would have to fully reimburse terminated dealerships and give them 180 days to wind down their operations under a proposal introduced on Thursday in the U.S. Senate.

"We filed this amendment to apply pressure on the automakers to keep their word to rejected dealerships and fully reimburse them for their inventories of vehicles and parts," said Tennessee Republican Bob Corker.

"We hope Chrysler and GM will take these appropriate actions and make this amendment unnecessary Corker said in a statement after introducing the measure.

Corker's amendment would not permit judges in both automaker bankruptcies to approve government-funded debtor financing unless his terms are met.

Aside from the fact that this is probably mere posturing, at least in the case of Chrysler (because by the time this passed, it'd be too late, because the judge is going to finish this up next week), consider what this means. After having made sure that tens of thousands of working men and women will be out on the street overnight (not to mention the big number of supplier workers who will lose their jobs, too), after having made sure that the health care of hundreds of thousands of retirees is at risk, Bob Corker now wants his small businessmen friends to go through this process without losing out at all....(Click for remainder.)

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Creation Museum “Scientists” Hilariously Explain How to be Skeptical of Science, but Accept the Bible Without Question

By Meg White
Buzz Flash


After a week of BuzzFlash analysis of Government Motors, Obama in the Middle East, North Korea's capture of American journalists, rape and murder in the Congo, the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre and much more, I thought I'd take the opportunity to bring you the lighter side of the dark side. In short, I thought we could talk a bit about the scientific bona fides of people who put saddles on dinosaur statues.

My wonderful boyfriend, knowing how much I love reading the ravings of religious nut jobs, sent me this article from the people who brought you the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY called "Noting News: How to Interpret Science News."

The article itself does not feature a byline, but it appears on the Web site for Answers in Genesis (or AiG, as they shorten it), the organization that built the Creation Museum to support their beliefs about the incorrectness of evolution and the Big Bang.

The article is basically a checklist of how to deal with science writing when it contradicts creationism. But it contains a fair point: There are tons of inaccurate scientific articles in the media, especially about complex subjects and new discoveries that journalists don't have the time or training to fully understand on deadline. As someone trained in anthropology as well as journalism, I've struggled with the shortcomings of both academic and news compositions....(Click for remainder.)

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HRC and Obama

By John Aravosis
AMERICAblog


There's a growing firestorm in the gay community over what exactly the largest gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, did or didn't agree to with the White House over Don't Ask Don't Tell, ENDA, Hate Crimes and more.

At issue: Did HRC agree to postpone White House action on DADT until next year, or longer?

I've talked to Joe (Sudbay) about this, and we think the brouhaha may be missing the point. The issue isn't whether HRC worked with the White House to prioritize Obama's gay rights promises, deciding to work on some promises this year, others next year, etc. In principle, that doesn't bother us, and in fact makes sense. I don't think either of us expected Obama to keep all 8, or so, promises in the first 100 days, or the first year. You have to approach these things methodically, and so long as we know absolutely, positively without question that x and y will happen this year, z will happen next year, and p, d, and q the years after that, we're less concerned about HRC, or anyone else, working with Obama to set up such a timetable for implementation.

The thing is, no one believes that the White House has any intention of doing anything, regardless of any timetable.

That is, I think, the conundrum HRC is facing. If the White House has decided to distance itself from the gay community (and that's certainly what the community believes), and HRC is seen as in cahoots with that White House, the community will naturally assume that HRC signed off on the White House's effort to put gay rights on the back burner indefinitely....(Click for remainder.)

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Control of the Lie: Cheney, Torture and the Iraq War

By Larisa Alexandrovna
at-Largely


This is no surprise. Cheney apparently led the Congressional briefings on torture and also apparently threatened members of Congress should they reveal the information:
"Throughout this period, Cheney also repeatedly threatened members of Congress about the personal consequences to them of disclosure of classified information provided in briefings. In retrospect the subtext of those threats is now clear: Cheney was insisting that they not breathe a word about the Bush torture program. The CIA’s decision to suppress these facts in the account they provided the intelligence committee is further evidence of dissembling on a highly material point. But all of this highlights the need for an outside investigation that will probe how Cheney gamed the system with support from the CIA, and how Congressional leaders failed to protect their turf and discharge their constitutional function of oversight."
You might also recall that it was the OVP who organized the briefings on Iraq war intelligence through through their own channels - the Office of Special Plans in the Department of Defense and through Stephen Hadley, the then-National Security Adviser. Congress was provided with the false narrative of the Niger uranium through these channels. In other words, Cheney closely controlled what Congress saw not only relating to torture, but also relating to the false intelligence on Iraq.

And if you recall, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration restricted classified information to only 8 members of Congress:
Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush issued an order to the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department, and his cabinet members that severely curtailed intelligence oversight by restricting classified information to just eight members of Congress.

"The only Members of Congress whom you or your expressly designated officers may brief regarding classified or sensitive law enforcement information," he writes, "are the Speaker of the House, the House Minority Leader, the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, and the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Intelligence Committees in the House and Senate."


The order is aimed at protecting "military security" and "sensitive law enforcement."
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Obama's Candor Refreshing, His Policies, Not So Much

By Adam Kokesh
After Downing Street


President Obama delivered a speech yesterday at Cairo University that has already been noted around the world as unique for its candor. It has been translated into thirteen languages and stirred emotions throughout the Middle East. There were a number of issues that he raised that we do not hear about very often from politicians in Washington, let alone the President himself. Unfortunately, his policies are all too typical of the establishment.

He buttered up the audience with praise of Muslims' contributions to civilization before he went straight into Afghanistan. “We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity. . . . Make no mistake: We do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan.” Perhaps there was a necessity to pursue some legitimate target after 9/11, which he invoked, but the disproportionate nature of the attack was a choice, the perpetuation of the occupation for eight years now is a choice, and Obama's surge of thirty thousand troops in Afghanistan is HIS choice.

Regarding Afghanistan, he said, “We seek no military bases there.” This must be in contrast to his plan for Iraq which will leave 50,000 troops there indefinitely on 14 permanent bases. “Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice.” So is his commitment to maintaining the occupation indefinitely. This is the one place we have gotten lots of change from Obama on his foreign policy. First, he wanted to end the war in Iraq. Then he wanted to end it in 12 months. Then it was 16. Then 16 months and a “residual force.” Then, after taking office and meeting with generals on the ground in early March, he extended his plan again, this time to 19 months, to coincide with his first midterm election. I do not believe that was coincidence.

“I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources. Iraq’s sovereignty is its own. That is why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by next August.” So Iraq's sovereignty is its own, starting next August? Sort of? I guess we are just going to keep that “residual force” on the bases we already occupy, so we don't need to “pursue” any more bases. I don't think Obama has made his real intent clear to the Iraqis, or even to us....(Click for remainder.)

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Intelligence Pick Bows Out Over CIA Tactic Ties

Homeland Security intelligence nominee drops out of consideration over ties to CIA tactics

By Eileen Sullivan
Associated Press via ABC News


President Barack Obama's pick for intelligence chief at the Homeland Security Department withdrew from consideration Friday amid questions about his role in the CIA's interrogations of suspected terrorists.

Philip Mudd was scheduled to appear next week before senators considering his nomination as undersecretary of intelligence and analysis. He notified the White House on Friday that he was withdrawing his name because he did not want to be a distraction.

At issue was the extent of Mudd's involvement in the interrogation program while he was a senior CIA official in the Bush administration. The interrogation methods have been criticized by Democratic lawmakers and Obama.

"I know that this position will require the full cooperation with Congress and I believe that if I continue to move forward I will become a distraction to the president and his vital agenda," Mudd said in a statement.

On Thursday, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Mudd's ties to the program would be investigated....(Click for remainder.)

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On June 4 Show, Cavuto Pushes Chamberlain-Obama Comparison; Guest Winston Churchill III Disagrees

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Stephen Colbert on Gay Marriage: 'I Do, You Don't?'

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Word - I Do, You Don't
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Baby Darth Cheney Doesn't Like Her Lies Fact Checked


By Heather
Crooks and Liars


After Liz Cheney claims that her father never tried to tie Saddam Hussein to 9-11, while trying to tie Saddam Hussein to 9-11 herself, Mitchell stops her in her tracks for playing fast and loose with the facts. Mitchell then follows with this.
Mitchell: Well, I'm going to go back, I'll do my homework, invite you back so we can talk about this more because I think that there were if not explicit, implicit connections suggesting at various points along the way..one..

Cheney: Well that's not...that's actually not fair Andrea because I think that, you know after 9-11 the issue of Saddam, you know, became a critically important issue for our national security because of his connections to terrorists and because we believed he had stockpiles of WMD. We knew and he did continue to have the technology that he could share with the terrorists. That's a very different thing than saying he was connected to 9-11.
Break out the waaaambulance. Heaven forbid Cheney would want to allow something like a few facts to get in the way of her spin. I don't think we're going to see that follow up interview any time soon.

And yes, she's completely full of it....(Click for original.)

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Feds Hunting for Right-Wing Extremist 'On a Mission to Kill the President'



By David Neiwert

Crooks and Liars


Now here is a disturbing story:
Federal authorities in Utah are searching for a man who allegedly made threats against President Obama.

Daniel James Murray has been charged with making threats against Obama, after telling a bank teller he was part of a "mission" to kill the president. The Secret Service says Murray has at least eight registered firearms. His whereabouts are unknown.

Murray entered Zion's First National Bank in St. George, Utah, May 19, to open a savings account with an $85,000 check, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Salt Lake City today.

Murray allegedly asked if the bank was solvent and then stated, according to the complaint, "With all this mess going on under President Obama with banks and the economy, I'm sure if citizens happen to lose their money, they will rise up and we could see killing and deaths."

Sounds like someone who's been watching Glenn Beck, doesn't it?
On May 27, the complaint states, Murray came back to withdraw $12,698 from his savings account. He did not have proper identification and was told he needed it to complete the transaction. He allegedly said, "Not to be disrespectful, but if I don't get this money, someone is going to die."

The bank manager allowed the transaction, and Murray allegedly demanded bills smaller than $50 in non-sequential order.

Murray then said, "We are on a mission to kill the president of the United States," according to the complaint.

Murray told the teller during that visit, the complaint added, "We are 94 million miles from the sun, and are in-between the sun and moon, and the eagle that flies between them, and it's a giant step for mankind. ... I have traveled thousands of miles to be here and know things that are going to happen. ... The banking system will fail and people will die. ... There will be chaos in the world."

The next day, according to the complaint, Murray withdrew the remaining $72,000 and closed his account.
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Hey Diddle, Diddle. Pat Buchanan is a Big F*@#ing Racist Bastard

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