Anti-Abortion Wingnuts Eager for Joe Pitts to Do Battle as Chair of Health Subcommittee

As predicted three weeks ago, anti-choice forces managed to get their hand-picked ringer - Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts - selected as chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The committee is responsible for health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 06:54

Bush-Appointed Judge Rules Key Parts of Obama's Health Care Reform Law Unconstitutional

It's been a rough few weeks for President Obama. The latest news is that a Bush-appointed federal judge in Virginia has ruled unconstitutional the "keystone provision" in the health care reform law passed by his administration last year.

Reports the New York Times:

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 06:49

WATCH: Fareed Zakaria Wipes the Floor With Glenn Beck Over "Nonsense" Muslim Terrorist Claim

We already know Glenn Beck is full of nonsense, but it can still be refreshing to hear someone take down his insane arguments using logic and common sense. Take, for instance, Fareed Zakaria, who took to his show on CNN yesterday to combat Beck's insane claim that there are "157 million Muslim terrorists in the world."

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 06:27

Incoming GOP Financial Services Chairman: Washington's Role Is "To Serve The Banks"

During the financial reform debate, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) — who will become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in the 112th Congress — continually criticized the reform effort. He falsely characterized the legislation that ultimately became the Dodd-Frank financial reform law as creating “permanent bailout authority,” and he staunchly opposed the creation of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 05:36

Massive Gawker Data Breach Could Lead to Cyber-Attacks on Government Agencies

You probably heard that over the weekend, a group of hackers orchestrated an enormous security breach of Gawker Media data, leaking the usernames, email addresses and passwords of some 1.3 million users, among other information. (I say "probably heard" because just about every media outlet under the sun has picked up on the story, many of them out of a sense of schadenfreude toward Gawker, which many regard as the Big Bad Wolf of online publishing.)

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 05:23

Former AG: U.S. Should Go After WikiLeaks Leader Instead of NY Times Because it's "Easier"

As the latest WikiLeaks drama has unfolded over the past few weeks, there's been much discussion about why the U.S. government is expending so much energy trying to attack Julian Assange while taking no steps to go after the New York Times -- even though both WIkiLeaks and the Times have been publishing the latest batch of leaked government cables.

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 04:24

Much-Criticized Michael Steele Likely on His Way Out as Republican National Committee Leader

Yet more changes are afoot within the Republic Party, as reports emerge that Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is expected to drop out of the hotly contested election.

Politico reports:

Republicans reaped heavy publicity in January 2009 when they chose Steele as the party’s first African-American chairman, but he has proven to be a poor fundraiser and gaffe-prone messenger.

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 03:36

WATCH: John Boehner Rejects the Word "Compromise," Complains Obama Disrespected Him

Last night, 60 Minutes aired an interview with incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner in which he backed up what we already knew about him: he rejects the notion of compromise. Here's his back-and-forth with interviewer Lesley Stahl:

Boehner: We have to govern. That's what we were elected to do.

Stahl: But governing means compromising.

Boehner: It means working together.

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 03:15

WATCH: Like Bernie? MoveOn Urges Phone-In "Filibuster" Today

On the heels of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' 9-hour speech on the Senate floor last Friday, MoveOn.org is sponsoring a "Phone-In Filibuster" today, urging people to call their senators en masse to tell them not to vote for the tax-cut package negotiated by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders. (A sign-up sheet can be found here.)

MoveOn's appeal to callers states:

Date: Mon, 12/13/2010 - 01:53

New GOP Congress to be Batsh*t Insane

The scariest story of the day is this one in which a political scientist runs the numbers and determines that the new congress is going to be batshit insane. (And it's based on the conservatism of the GOP before the Tea Party takeover!)

Date: Sun, 12/12/2010 - 10:14

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