Talking Points Memo

Did McCain Just Reject Spain as an Ally?

Well, we've heard the interview now. And John McCain either doesn't know who the Prime Minister of Spain is, thinks Spain is a country in Latin America, or possibly both.

In case, you haven't seen our updates from last night, yesterday John McCain was interviewed on the Florida affiliate of Spanish radio network Union Radio. And in the interview McCain appeared not to know who the Prime Minister of Spain was and assumed he was some anti-American leftist leader from South America.

After the interviewer presses him a couple times on the point and tries to focus him on the fact that Prime Minister Zapatero isn't from Mexico and isn't a drug lord either McCain comes back at her saying, "All I can tell you is that I have a clear record of working with leaders in the Hemisphere that are friends with us and standing up to those who are not. And that's judged on the basis of the importance of our relationship with Latin America and the entire region."

Van Jones Knows How to Build a Green Economy

Your Daily Politics Video Blog: The closing keynote speaker of the Netroots Nation convention in Austin last month was environmental and social justice activist Van Jones. Following his Sunday morning speech TPMtv caught up with Mr. Jones and asked him about the perception of the environmental movement in the black community and how to alter that perception for the better in creating a full-blown eco-populism movement.

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino Responds to Lobbyist Access-for-Donations Report

You may have seen the article over the weekend alleging that a high-flying lobbyist was hawking White House meetings with administration bigwigs in exchange for donations to the Bush library.

White House press secretary Dana Perino got a chance to deny the allegations today and served up this pretty week reply.

For more about the lobbyist in question, Stephen P. Payne, click here.

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