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Amidst Media Backlash, Key Part of Seymour Hersh’s Report on bin Laden Killing Corroborated

A media backlash against investigative journalist Seymour Hersh for his report on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has fueled a perception that it has been wholly discredited. Yet, a key part of Hersh’s report has been corroborated by the New York Times’ Carlotta Gall, a Pakistan newspaper, and partly by NBC News.

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Another CNN Fail: The Myth of the "Professional Protestor"

CNN aired a segment broadly characterizing people demonstrating in Baltimore against police violence as “professional protesters,” a term often used by police and right wing media outlets like Fox News and Breitbart. It essentially is another way of labeling and marginalizing demonstrators as outside agitators, people there to take advantage of a situation by creating “unrest.”

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Glenn Greenwald Clobbers Eliot Spitzer in Debate on the Gaza Flotilla

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The Latest Republican Bigotry Roundup

Note to Republicans: Being the anti-minority party is the surest route to becoming the permanent minority party.  Your hatred, contempt, and fear of anyone who is not a straight white Christian man makes you very unappealing to anyone who isn't.  Or who likes and respects anyone who isn't.  Or who has a shred of human decency and compassion.  Locking up the bigot vote won't do you much good if you lose everyone else.

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Obama Administration Considers Hiding Details of CIA Torture

Just to lay out a few details based on this article explaining that Obama continues to waver on what parts of the 2005 Bradbury torture memos to reveal. (h/t Steve)

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Corporate Lobbyists Raising Money for Tea Parties

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Teabaggers are having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that true "grassroots" demonstrations aren't orchestrated by corporate lobbyists. Understandable -- if you didn't have any experience organizing a demonstration that didn't have millions in free PR from Fox News and well-funded GOP fat cats providing a national infrastructure, you wouldn't know the difference.

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Judge in Stevens Case Starts Criminal Contempt Proceedings Against DOJ Officials

UPDATE: Judge Sullivan announced today that he will commence criminal proceedings against DOJ attorneys on the Stevens' case:

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Sarah Palin Continues to Champion Personal Responsibility by Blaming Other People for Her Failures

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Last Friday at the Alaska GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner, The 'Cuda explained why McPalin and the GOP got their asses handed to them last November.

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Bernie Madoff Goes to Jail

As expected, Bernie Madoff, the widely hailed Grand Poobah of Ponzi, plead guilty today to all 11 counts of fraud, perjury, money laundering, and theft. That should net him around 150 years in the pokey. The question this morning was would the 70-year-old go straight to jail, or would he remain free, or under continued house arrest, pending sentencing.

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Demand Transparency and Re-Regulation to Fix Our Financial System

Remember: Tell members of Congress that you want them to take action here. And join us today at 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time (1:30 pm Pacific) for a chat with economist James Galbraith, and at later, at 7:00 pm Eastern (4pm Pacific), when Rep. Alan Grayson joins us to talk about the need for bank bailout transparency.

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Bank Lobby Still Getting a Lot of Bang for Their Bucks

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Competence Finally Returns to FEMA

In keeping with the general theme of rolling back the wasted years of bogus Republican ideology, President Obama's FEMA pick, Craig Fugate, heralds a return to the days of James Lee Witt, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency was as good as it gets in terms of speed, efficiency and competence.

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Who Watched the 92 Torture Tapes Before the CIA Had Them Destroyed?

[Editor's note: For more on this story click here.]

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Obama Shows Us the Money on Medicare and Health Care

While billed as a health-care-reform project, the bulk of the details on the health plan concern Medicare -- who is going to pay for it, how it is going to be restructured.

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Rahm Emanuel and Paul Krugman Spar Over Economic Recovery

In Ryan Lizza's New Yorker profile, Rahm Emanuel says:

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Republicans Really Know How to Swing Both Ways

Aw, Michael Calderone gets all pouty today because the Obama administration hired reporters to work for it. *GASP!*

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Proof That Swastikas Make Michelle Malkin Happy

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Now we know what it takes to get a smile out of her.

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Obama Is Sending More Troops to Afghanistan

He promised to do so on the campaign trail, and now he's done it: President Barack Obama has approved a troop increase to Afghanistan. His just-released statement is below. Notice that the forces approved appears to be less than the 20,000-30,000 troops that Gen. David McKiernan, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, has asked for. Also notice that Obama says that the troop increase does not "pre-determine" his ongoing strategy review.

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Is Obama Siding With Blue Dogs on Social Security Reform?

Ben Smith says today that the left is "silent on Social Security reform" even as the administration considers it, and quotes Blue Dog Jim Cooper who says Obama is "in a honeymoon phase, and many liberals are afraid to express concerns."

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Hilda Solis Approved by Senate Panel

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee cleared Hilda Solis' nomination as Secretary of Labor today. The vote by the entire Senate will probably happen this week.

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Is General Petraeus Trying to Undercut Obama?

More news is coming out about the Petraeus/Odierno/Keane effort to undercut President Obama and his plans to withdrawal from Iraq. As before, IPS's Gareth Porter is the one breaking the news -and his latest story is stunning.

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Obama Takes the Stimulus Fight to the Streets

According to Robert Gibbs in a just-concluded press conference, Obama is going to hold town halls in Elkhart Indiana and Ft. Myers Florida on Monday.  Which appears to be an attempt to pick up the needed Senate votes for the stimulus bill -- Dick Luger and Mel Martinez looking to be the most persuadable Republicans.

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Econopocalypse Goes From Bad to Worse

Anyone else getting that "bottom's gonna fall out of the tilt-a-whirl" feeling about the economy, too? It's an ugly day of news on the economic front:

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Meet Your New Blue Dog Overlords

Of the 27 Democrats who voted with the Republicans to oppose Obama's stimulus bill, 21 were Blue Dogs:

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Stimulus Package Unleashes Onslaught of Republican Lies

While few found the economic stimulus bill perfect for a variety of reasons, most sensible people admit that it was desperately needed. Bernie Horn of Campaign for America's Future called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "a remarkably 'clean' bill" and "the biggest and boldest progressive legislation in 40 years."

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Geithner Becomes Treasury Secretary

The Senate has passed Timothy Geithner through as Treasury secretary. I'm sure he will do as good a job for Barack Obama as he did for George W. Bush, [Fed Chairman Ben] Bernanke and [ex-Treasury Secretary Henry] Paulson.

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Hillary Clinton Confirmed As Secretary Of State

I would have preferred her for a domestic slot like health, but it's still amusing to see Clinton confirmed with only 2 votes against (Vitter and Demint), if only to keep janitors employed cleaning up after wingnut head explosions for the duration of her stay at Foggy Bottom.  (Hey it's nasty work, but it's work).

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Statement of President-elect Barack Obama on Martin Luther King Day

Statement of President-elect Barack Obama on Martin Luther King Day

Today, we celebrate the life of a preacher who, more than forty-five years ago, stood on our national mall in the shadow of Lincoln and shared his dream for our nation. His was a vision that all Americans might share the freedom to make of our lives what we will; that our children might climb higher than we would.

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Israel and Hamas Agree to Ceasefire

Responding to Israel's unilateral declaration of a ceasefire, Hamas now says it will hold its fire for a week as well. I didn't expect that, and it's very welcome. PM Olmert doesn't give a timetable for withdrawing from Gaza, but did say, according to the WSJ, that "Israel will consider a troop pull-out" if the ceasefire holds. Within the timetable of the current declarations, there will be a new U.S. administration in power, and all factions will undoubtedly look to it for immediate signals for where to go next. Hillary Clinton indicated at her Senate confirmation hearing that moving from the Gaza crisis to some sort of productive way forward for Israel/Palestine will be an early administration priority. Here's the test.

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