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Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

By Jonathan Weisman
The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON -- While President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major legislation on his agenda, he has been signing into law a slew of smaller initiatives that had gathered dust on the Democratic wish list for years.

Many of the bills had been blocked by Republicans who considered the measures unnecessary expansions of government or too costly. But facing Democratic majorities in Congress, conservatives are picking their battles and in many cases letting the legislation roll through.

Last week, Mr. Obama signed defense-policy legislation that included an unrelated measure widening federal hate-crimes laws to cover sexual orientation and gender identification -- 12 years after it was first introduced. The same legislation also tightened the rules of admissible evidence for military commissions, an issue that consumed Congress in debate in 2007 but received almost no attention this go-round.

Other new measures signed into law since the administration took office, all of which kicked up controversy in past congresses, make it easier for women to sue for equal pay, set aside land in the West from development, give the government the power to regulate tobacco and raise tobacco taxes to expand health insurance for children. Congress and the White House, in the new defense-policy bill, also killed weapons programs that have survived earlier attempts at termination, among them, the F-22 fighter jet, the VH-71 presidential helicopter and the Army's Future Combat System.

Rob Nabors, the White House's deputy budget director, called the series of new laws "a very, very quiet but important victory."...(Remainder.)

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Chris Wallace Shows No Journalistic Integrity as He Fellates Rush Limbaugh

By John Amato
Crooks and Liars

Chris Wallace had a chance to prove to America that he actually has journalistic integrity and is not part of the Fox Sphere of phony reporting when he interviewed Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Sunday. What we got was FOX News #1, fair and balanced reporter acting like a bowl of jelly for Limbaugh's rants. During his post mortem of FNS, he topped his uninformative and ridiculous interview of Limbaugh thus way:
I just want to give you my reaction. First of all I had never met him. Very nice, very sweet and I've have to say vulnerable guy and if you watch the interview you'll see because he talks very candidly about drug rehab...
Wow, is Wallace this dimwitted? Rush is doing a major interview with FNS and he's shocked, shocked I tell you that he's such a sweet guy. Did Wallace want to date him or interview him? I couldn't tell, could you?

Chris Wallace has been a very vocal critic of the Obama administration and has even gone so far as to say that the White House is a big bunch of crybabies. Did you ever hear him ever say anything like that before of another administration?...(Remainder.)

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Conservatard Candidates Stump of Fox During Lead-Up to Elections

By Media Matters

In the two weeks leading up to their November 3 elections, Conservative Party congressional candidate Doug Hoffman, New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie, and Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell appeared on Fox News and its personalities' radio shows at least 16 times for live interviews lasting a total of 114 minutes 36 seconds.

Christie: At least five appearances, almost 37 minutes on Fox News and its personalities' radio shows

Christie on Fox News. Christie appeared on the October 26 edition of Hannity, the October 27 edition of Fox & Friends, and the November 2 edition of Your World with Neil Cavuto, for a total of 18 minutes 47 seconds.

Christie on radio. Christie appeared on the October 27 and November 2 editions of Fox News host Sean Hannity's radio show for a total of 18 minutes 6 seconds.

McDonnell: At least three appearances, 18 minutes on Fox News and its personalities' radio shows

McDonnell on Fox News. McDonnell appeared on the October 22 edition of Your World and the October 30 edition of Hannity for a total of 10 minutes 24 seconds.

McDonnell on radio. McDonnell appeared on the October 27 edition of Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham's radio show for 7 minutes 46 seconds....(Remainder.)

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Rep. McCotter Misrepresents Public Opinion On Health Care

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters

Today, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) has a new Yahoo! News op-ed attacking the Democratic majority's "radical proposals" for health care reform. 

The bulk of his argument, however, relies on one glaring falsehood: that the American people are on his side.  In just one page to start the column, McCotter invokes the notion of public "opposition" or "dissent" at least five times. 

"No wonder the American people's disapproval of the president, his Democratic Congress and their health redistribution scheme is plummeting," he surmises. 

But, in reality, McCotter is the one who's not listening to the people.  After months of shouting from the right, more Americans support a public option than don't -- even if it means moving forward without cooperation from Republicans. 

Moreover, recent polling has shown that, by a significant margin, the American people don't trust Republicans when it comes to health care reform:

The American People Trust President Obama, Not Republicans On Health Care Reform




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LIE-berman Prefers 'Nothing' to Reform with Public Option

By David
Crooks and Liars

Sen. Joe Lieberman says that health care reform is important but not so important that he would vote for a bill that includes the public option. The "independent Democrat" blames those that insist on having the public option for his threat to filibuster health care reform.

"I'd say to the people who are all of a sudden making the public option -- a government health insurance company -- the litmus test here, they're stopping us from getting something done," Lieberman told CBS' Bob Schieffer....(Original.)

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Bill Moyers: Bring Back the Draft

By Heather
Crooks and Liars


Bill Moyers ended his show this week with an editorial comment on what he thinks we should do if President Obama chooses to escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending more troops--bring back the draft.

I would agree with him if the end result wouldn't be what always happens when this country has had a draft. The poor go fight and the rich find a way out of it. If we could make sure every neocon war monger had to go first, I'd say hell yes, but that's not going to happen....(Remainder.)

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Wallace Hosts Limbaugh on Faux News Sunday for Half-Hour Deluge of Misinformation

By Media Matters

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace dedicated the first half of his November 1 program to an interview with radio host Rush Limbaugh, during which Wallace allowed and in some cases prompted Limbaugh to advance numerous misleading, baseless, or outrageous claims, as well as engage in inflammatory attacks on President Obama.




Limbaugh repeats false, misleading, and baseless claims without challenge

Limbaugh repeats discredited claim that individual health care mandate is unconstitutional. Limbaugh responded to Wallace's question about whether he thought the "individual mandate is constitutional" by stating, "No. ... I do not think it's constitutional. Chris, this is -- these are dark days for the country. This is deadly serious stuff. This is a total attempt to remake the country as founded and constituted. And it worries me greatly." Several other conservative media outlets including The Washington Times and Fox News have pushed the claim that health care reform proposals under consideration by Congress are unconstitutional.

In fact, legal experts have disputed claim that individual mandate is unconstitutional. In an October 23 Politico piece, University of California, Irvine law professor Erwin Chemerinsky stated, "Under an unbroken line of precedents stretching back 70 years, Congress has the power to regulate activities that, taken cumulatively, have a substantial effect on interstate commerce." According to Slate.com's Timothy Noah, Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar and Fordham Law School dean William Treanor debunked conservatives' argument that the individual mandate could be considered a "taking" in violation of the Fifth Amendment, noting that such a policy is permissible under the Commerce Clause. George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr, who served as Republican Sen. John Cornyn's special counsel for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation proceedings, has responded to a similar claim made by Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano by stating that Naplitano's argument that "President Obama's health care proposals are unconstitutional because they exceed the commerce clause power" was filled with "errors, misstatements, and plainly weak claims."...(Remainder.)



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Two Sentences That Sum Up The GOP Health Care Bill

By Chris Harris
Media Matters

The Wall Street Journal Says It All

Take a look at the highlighted sentences in the below article. Notice any problems?


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Huckabee Used Clusterfox Show to Collect Email Address for His PAC, Recruit Volunteers for GOP-Backed Candidates

By Media Matters

On two Fox News shows in October, Fox News host Mike Huckabee directed viewers to "go to balancecutsave.com," urging them to sign a petition telling Congress to "balance the budget," "cut their spending," and "save American families"; however, balancecutsave.com redirects visitors to Huckabee's political action committee, which financially supports Republican candidates and also pays Huckabee's daughter's salary. Subsequently, Huck PAC apparently emailed petition signers -- who were required to provide an email address in order to sign the "balancecutsave" petition -- a "newsletter" urging political action on behalf of Republican-backed candidates Bob McDonnell, David Harmer, and Doug Hoffman.

UPDATE: Balancecutsave.com petition signers asked to make calls for GOP-backed candidates

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