Jane Hamsher

Glenn Greenwald Clobbers Eliot Spitzer in Debate on the Gaza Flotilla

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Corporate Lobbyists Raising Money for Tea Parties


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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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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Rahm Emanuel and Paul Krugman Spar Over Economic Recovery

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

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Proof That Swastikas Make Michelle Malkin Happy


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

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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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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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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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Will the Bush/Cheney Crimes Get Flushed Down the Memory Hole?

Billmon writes that the the press, in its rather mindless acceptance of the lies being propagated by Bush and Cheney about their time in office, are in a "pre-amnesia" state and about to banish the crimes of past eight years from memory:

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In Defense of the Sanjay Gupta Appointment

I understand the critiques launched by Paul Krugman, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and others against Dr. Sanjay Gupta -- he did accuse Michael Moore of "fudging the facts" in Sicko when Moore had done no such thing. But in the end he apologized and admitted he was wrong, which is a lot more than is frequently forthcoming in these situations.

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Why Did Kennedy Call on Elites Instead of Reaching Out to the Public?

It seems Caroline Kennedy has decided she'd rather have a US Senate seat than a pony for Christmas:

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10 Ways the Corporate Media Tried to Make You Think Obama Was a Liberal

1. Cherry picked a 2007 National Journal ranking which concluded that Obama was the most liberal Senator. This despite the fact that it was an outlier with a deeply flawed methodology that no other ranking confirmed, and only a true nitwit would swallow credulously the notion that Obama was more liberal than Russ Feingold or Bernie Sanders.

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Did the Citibank Bailout Screw the American Taxpayer?

Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt, who is a member of the Obama transition economic advisory board, appeared on Rachel Maddow.  Of the Citibank bailout, he said:

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Obama and a Paucity of Progressives

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George Bush Is Using GM to Screw the Environment One Last Time

I was watching Dana "Pig Missile" Perino on CSPAN this morning, explaining how George Bush is in favor of helping GM.  But he wants to take the $25 billion in loans to automakers from the 2007 Energy Bill and repurpose them, he doesn't want to use funds from the $700 billion Wall Street bailout (which Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have indicated they would like to do).

Congress approved the funds for a Department of Energy program that would help the automakers to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.  

Got that?   George Bush wants to kill the program that would build more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Nobody at the press conference called Perino on it.

Big Oil, still in the White House.

MoveOn Worked Hard to Help Obama Win

It was only a short time ago that every Democrat in the Senate was trashing MoveOn, refusing to stand up for them as the right tore them apart.  Many of us argued that it was really stupid and irresponsible to help dismantle a critically important part of progressive infrastructure (for which I personally earned a hit-piece from Bill-O, in which he called me a "fascist").

Well, in the 2008 election it looks like MoveOn delivered:

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Robocalls Against Obama Get Disgustingly Vicious in Final Days

Ben Smith reports that this robocall is running in Pennsylvania:

Barack Obama. His pastor preached God damn America. His aunt is living in America illegally. This illegal alien aunt is living in public housing. Barack Obama accepted illegal campaign contributions from his illegal  alien aunt. Call Barack Obama at 202-224-2854 and tell him you are against illegal  immigration. This message was paid for by NewModelsUSA.org and is not authorized by  any candidate or candidate committee, 866-283-3421.
"NewsModelsUSA" is not registered with the FEC, the contact email on the website bounces back, and the site -- owned by The Winston Group, a Republican consulting firm -- isn't returning calls. The National Republican Trust PAC says they have nothing to do with it.

Might as well say "paid for by not John McCain, no no no, he wouldn't talk about Wright in the final days."  


Michele Bachman Lies Her Face Off Once Again

El Tinklenberg has raised $1.8 million dollars since Michele Bachman's ill-chosen words on Hardball, saying Barack Obama is "anti-American."  That's more in one quarter than any House candidate  has raised in any race this year.  

The GOP has bailed on Bachmann's race, so she's on her own and lying to try and stay in office:

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What Is John McCain Hiding About His Health?


Fifteen days before the election, serious gaps remain in the public’s knowledge about the health of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees. The limited information provided by the candidates is a striking departure from recent campaigns, in which many candidates and their doctors were more forthcoming.

In past elections, the decisions of some candidates for the nation’s top elected offices to withhold health information turned out to have a significant impact after the information came to light. 
McCain would be the first cancer survivor ever to win the presidency.  Good for him.  But because of his refusal to release his medical records, many questions remain about the likelihood of his melanoma recurring.  As a cancer survivor myself, I think -- no, I deeply believe -- that it's incumbent on the press to ask him to be forthcoming about this:

Why are the Police Protecting Big Money from Public Scrutiny in Denver?

Hillary Rosen, who does commentary for CNN, told me yesterday that despite the fact that cable news has decided the war between Clinton and Obama supporters is the story of the convention, they're actually having trouble finding delegates who reflect that.

From here on the ground, the real story is the unhealthy relationship between Democratic politicians and their bigwig donors, but woe to anyone who wants to look into it:
Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown's Palace Hotel.
Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.

Bloggers Bust Up Telecom Blue Dog Party in Denver

Last night I was at a party with Matt Stoller when he found a notice in the paper announcing a party that AT&T was having that night for the Blue Dogs.

Glenn Greenwald instantly became a man with a mission: he wanted to go interview the guests and see how they felt about their telecom hosts and the retroactive immunity delivered to them by the Blue Dogs, at bargain basement prices.

We had no invitation, but nobody really cared. AT&T, Blue Dogs, Denver

McCain to Send Lieberman to Georgia

The war that's broken out between Georgia and Russia is just the international incident that McCain needed to switch the discussion from the economy and healthcare onto national security. Now McCain is dispatching Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman to Georgia (ostensibly as members of the Armed Services Committee).

The Bushies insist they knew nothing about what the Georgians were planning, Condi Rice phoned it in despite the fact that she's a Russia specialist who met with Saakashvilli on July 9, and Karl Rove was suspiciously in the area with Saakishvilli shortly thereafter. Throw in McCain's lobbyist ties to Georgia and you've got quite a constellation of events that just happened to play to McCain's perceived strengths.

Health Care or Offshore Drilling? You Decide

Well you have to say something for the #Dontgo twits -- they know how to carry Big Oil's water and back down the Democrats. Now Nancy Pelosi says that she's open to having a vote in September on mo' drilling, despite the fact that a majority of Americans think it is "more likely to enrich oil companies than to lower gas prices for American consumers."

I guess we have to take it off the table as an issue in November to insure we get subpoena power. Or more and better parking spaces for Democrats, I'm not sure which.

Citizen Journalist Deported from China for Filming Free Tibet Protest

Noel Hidalgo, a blogger who caught footage of a pretty tame protest in Tiananmen Square and put it up online, was deported from China.

Matt Browner-Hamlin, sometime FDL contributor and veteran of the Ned Lamont, Chris Dodd and Mark Begich races was also ejected from an Olympics equestrian event for trying to unveil a Tibetan flag but was not deported.

This comes on the heels of China's revocation of Joey Cheek's visa. (Former Olympic gold medalist Cheek formed Team Darfur to protest the crisis in Darfur, and will be on the Colbert Report tomorrow).

Will Pro-Choice Women Vote for McCain?

Following up on my post from yesterday on John McCain's bid for Hillary Clinton's female voters, I see my good friend Arianna Huffington has finally joined the ranks of pro-choice bloggers and writes about a promising poll by Planned Parenthood. The poll concludes that many of McCain's supporters in swing states are pro-choice, and don't realize what a reactionary barbarian he is when it comes to a woman's right to control her own body.

People in our comments thread were also quick to note that no woman who really cares about choice could vote for a President who might put another Alito on the bench. Well, people such as myself who are die-hard pro-choice voters might wish that were true, but there really isn't any statistical proof to back up the conclusion that John McCain's Neanderthal position on choice is going to hurt him significantly in November.

A recent nation wide Gallup poll indicates that only 13% of those polled say that a candidate "must share your views" with regard to abortion; 49% said it was "just one of many important factors," while 37% said it was "not a major issue" and 2% had "no opinion."

Here's Newsweek:

McCain aides say his hard line on abortion isn't necessarily a disadvantage among many women. Though about 60 percent agree in general with Roe, that doesn't mean they vote based on a candidate's position on abortion. The McCain camp believes Hillary backers�working-class white women and independents, in particular�could migrate to McCain rather than to Obama. A Planned Parenthood poll of women voters in 16 battleground states earlier this year showed 49 percent of McCain's supporters called themselves pro-choice and said they support Roe.

What do women care about? Well, that is the eternal question, isn't it. From a May 14 Quinnipiac poll:
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