Gates: Repeal DADT Before January

At a press availability en route to Melbourne, Australia, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told reporters that he would like Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the lame duck session but was “not sure what the prospects for that are“:

Date: Sun, 11/07/2010 - 13:44

GOP Seems Determined to Make Economy Worse

It's easy to imagine, without even considering various comments and post-election moves, what kind of political fights we're likely to see next year. There will be disputes over health care, government spending, taxes, consumer and worker protections, Wall Street safeguards, etc.

Date: Sun, 11/07/2010 - 13:42

Watch: Bill Maher's Brilliant Takedown of the Rally for Sanity

Last night, Bill Maher went off on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally for Sanity, and the resulting monologue was predictably funny and utterly brilliant. He's not completely discounting the impact of the rally–he's psyched that it had twice the attendance of Glenn Beck's.

Date: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 06:42

GOP Finance Plans Will Slaughter Education and Environment, Experts Say

The GOP is drawing up its economic plan as the party gears to fill up a majority house, but even before any legislation is introduced, the budget proposal's profound flaws are already on the table. In their so-called “Pledge to America,” Republicans detail their wishes to cut health care, keep tax cuts, gut environmental regulations and cease the government spending that many economists say is tantamount to job growth.

Date: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 06:22

Watch: Maddow Defends Olbermann on MSNBC, Pulls Curtain on Fox Contributors

Olbermann's suspensionfrom MSNBC yesterday, for donating $7,200 to Democratic candidates from his personal account, drew ire from fans and fellow pundits.

Date: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 04:29

50% of the New Congressmen Deny Climate Change

Ah, the fallout from the 2010 midterm elections -- it just keeps on getting more depressing, at least from a climate and clean energy perspective. Yes, the folks over at Think Progress did some background research on the incoming Congressmen, and they reveal a disheartening stat: 50% of them outright deny that climate change is real. Nice.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 14:50

Stimulus Bashing Governors Issue Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Stimulus Funded Bonds

Last month, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), a frequent critic of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (i.e. the stimulus), announced that he was going to take advantage of a stimulus program to get suspended infrastructure projects in his state back on line.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 13:31

BART Officer Johannes Mehserle Gets 2 Years for Killing of Oscar Grant

Today an LA county judge handed down the sentence for Bay Area BART officer Johannes Mehserle who shot and killed the unarmed Oscar Grant on New Years day 2009. The judge gave Mehserle the minimum possible sentence of 2 years (of which he's already served 146 days).

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:25

Shocker: Keith Olbermann Suspended Indefinitely Without Pay

MSNBC has suspended Keith Olbermann, host of the network's highest-rated show, following revelations that he donated to three Democratic candidates in the midterm election. In a brief statement Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said: "I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay."

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 08:18

Nancy Pelosi To Run for Democratic Minority Leader

Nancy Pelosi has just announced via tweet that she's running for Democratic minority leader. "Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader," Pelosi said.

Date: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 07:23