I was intrigued when I noticed that Cotton joined the Army two-and-a-half years after graduating from Harvard Law. During that time, he had served as a law clerk for a Reagan-appointed Appeals Court judge in the 5th Circuit, then was associated with two different law firms. In two-and-a-half years? Then he joined the Army as a second lieutenant in the Infantry, rather than becoming a JAG as an automatic captain. I haven't seen this discussed anywhere, but I have to wonder whether he was a superstar lawyer who just wanted to fight, or whether he a just a very bad lawyer.
This is a video of pro-Maidan protestors arrested by police in Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine and the heart of the industrial, Russian-speaking East. Kharkiv was spared most of the turmoil earlier, which was centered in the capitol, Kyiv, six hours to the west. It is also well north of Crimea, where the Russians seem to have intervened directly. Now that the protestors succeeded in removing Yanukovych from his seat, Yanukovych sympathizers in the east are striking back, and the police in Kharkiv seem to be backing them.
My stepson has been living with his girlfriend in Kharkiv since August, waiting for her to graduate from the University this spring and trying to learn Russian, so he can speak with her family, none of whom speak English. He's been making money teaching conversational English and has been continually reassuring his mom that everything was fine and he was safe. That seems to have changed...
Shortly after walking through the door this evening, I was called on my rarely-used landline by a robo-poll, which identified itself as being from PPP at the end of the call. It wasn't clear what the poll was about at first, but it turned out to be a test of incumbent tea-partier Chip Cravaack vs Rick Nolan. It seemed to some degree that they were looking for some buyer's remorse regarding Nolan, although the most recent polls I've seen have him in the lead by five points or so.
I know, not really our thing, but the Freepers are busy with this poll in Boston regarding the ACA decision this morning. They seem to have swung it from 56% against to 66% against. If you'd like a shot at it, have fun. The comments are fun, too!
The poll is near the middle of the page on the left margin, (tip to MikeTheLiberal; sorry about that!)
Charlie Cook giving the keynote address at the ACEP Scientific Assembly this morning predicts that the Republicans will lose 10-15 House seats, but retain control, and will gain enough Senate seats to narrowly gain control. He also states that incumbent presidents don't get reelected with an economy like this.
I haven't seen this diaried yet, so for what it's worth, I'll put it out there
I'm appealing to the general knowledge pool available here at DKos. Sorry this isn't a political diary, and is too short.
While Sarah Palin has been kept under wraps since the RNC, John McCain has given many interviews to large and small media outlets all over the country. He's using the same false talking points in almost all of them. KARE-11, our local NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St Paul, gave an interview to one of our local anchors, Rick Kupchella, which was broadcast at 6pm and 10pm tonight. Here is the link to the transcript.
I was driving to work this morning when I heard Mike McConnell interviewed briefly on NPR's Morning Edition. Among other things, he stated twice that "liability protection" for the telecoms was necessary, because they were being sued for billions of dollars, and the "fiscal responsibility" of the boards of the telecoms was forcing them to be "less cooperative" with the government's surveillance program.
I was reading several different items today that seemed to come together. I'll see if I can make a coherant thought from them.
I know this is a little late with the veto vote having taken place today, but I wanted to share the email I got from my Congresscritter after I emailed her asking her to vote to override.
For those of you unfamiliar with her, Michele Bachmann is the "Hugger-in-Chief" who gained brief notoriety with her near-mugging of Bush after the State of the Union speech last January. (Apparently, Bush enjoyed it!) She's a freshman Republican in the Minnesota 6th District, which runs from St Cloud across the northern suburbs of Minneapolis-St Paul, to the Wisconsin border. There's a strong anti-choice element across the district, including the strongly Catholic St Cloud area and the heavy sprinkling of Dominionist wingnut megachurchs.
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