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Here's an interesting tidbit from the National Journal.

Mark McKinnon, McCain's chief media strategist won't run negative ads against Obama if he is the Democratic nominee. In an interview with Linda Douglass, McKinnon had some interesting responses.

Why? What's fascinating is that his attitudes toward Obama are unusual response from a Republican strategist--particularly one so high up in the campaign.

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Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 09:17 AM PDT

Obama's visit: Greensboro, NC

by btyarbro

Obama made his widely anticipated visit to Greensboro yesterday to deliver a speech in the Collosieum--the appropriate venue for rock stars who come to town.

Tickets went on sale two days before the event and were gone in three hours. People stood in line for hours to get in, to buy t-shirts, to try to find an extra ticket floating around, to hold signs, or just to get a glimpse of the man.

Full story of local coverage.

more on the flip

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Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 07:39 PM PST

Mary Cheney Pregnant

by btyarbro

Well, this should blow the Christian Right's mind: Mary Cheney is pregnant:

Mary Cheney, 37, and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, 45, are "ecstatic" about the baby, due in late spring, The Washington Post reported last night, quoting a source close to the couple.

Though the details will remain private, one has to wonder what all those who oppose gay marriage will have to say about gay parenthood.

You have to wonder what Dubya will have to say as well--or perhaps he's too preoccupied with figuring out a way to save face on the Iraq debacle.

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In keeping with the holiday spirit, I'm posting an updated version of my piece from last year.  The original is here, at our previous site, for all you revisionists who like to keep track of these things.

Some of us may be taking a little time off here for the holidays, but that doesn't mean we aren't thinking of all the issues currently being digested over the Congressional recess.

Without further delay, then, for your reading pleasure:


'Twas the night before a holiday, when all through the House
Not a creature was stirring, not even a louse;
Moral values were hung by the chimney with care,
To defend the Patiot Act, lest obstructionists be there;

The bloggers were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of indictments danced in their heads;
And the Senate minority, finally at rest,
Had just settled down for delayed winter's recess.

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Thu Dec 22, 2005 at 01:05 PM PST

Patriot Act Cliffhanger: Sensenbrenner

by btyarbro

Apparently there is another cliffhanger regarding the Patriot Act agreement.  The Senate may possibly return to the floor to work out Sensenbrenner's balking at the lates compromise.

Here's the latest link up at AP; the CNN "Situation Room" is covering it now.

Here's the opening lede:


House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner threatened Thursday to block passage of six-month extension of the Patriot Act, Republicans officials said, leaving open the possibility that the anti-terror legislation enacted after the attacks of 2001 might expire at year's end.

A spokesman for the Wisconsin Republican declined comment.

Don't know if this will be more high drama or more hi-jinks

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Tue Dec 13, 2005 at 01:42 PM PST

Russ Feingold Answers Your Questions

by btyarbro

Russ Feingold is taking questions about the Patriot Act and his just-finished performance over at the TPM Cafe

Since there are many here interested in this issue, including a recommended diary on this subject, I wanted to share the link, as well as this recent diary here on actions you can take.

Russ just finished his speech on the floor, and then got into a discussion with Arlen Specter.  If you've got questions, now's the time to ask.

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(Crossposted at Political Cortex- but soon we will no longer cross-post on a regular basis! So come join the Cortex and help us grow!)

The Republican message machine is broken--but it's still blaring louder than ever.  In the Situation Room on Monday afternoon, Nicolle Wallace (aka Nicolle Devinish, married during Katrina) attempted to respond to Wolf Blitzer's question about the "horrible" poll numbers the President is racking up week after week.  Sixty-eight percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.  What was Nicole's response?

"The American people know that this Administration is focused on their priorities, you know, securing our borders, and reining in spending." (CNN's most recent poll indicates 65% disapprove of Bush on immigration; only 37% approve of his job performance.)

This brings me to a subject near and dear to my heart, as well as to my profession:  the political abuse of language and truth.

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Sat Nov 05, 2005 at 06:37 PM PST

Extraordinary Times

by btyarbro

We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine; and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular... We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. - Edward R. Morrow.

The Gang of 14* (listed below) struck a deal not to use the "nuclear option" to blow up the Senate and to filibuster judicial nominees only under extraordinary circumstances.  The nomination of Samuel Alito to SCOTUS now requiresus all to revisit that dubious agreement.  Since this bi-partisan coalition did not specify what "extraordinary circumstances" might entail, let's review some potential, qualifying indicators. So far, at least, the Gang seems to be intact, but still unenlightened about what may constitute the extraordinaire.

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Thu Oct 27, 2005 at 07:41 PM PDT

Libby, not Rove, not yet

by btyarbro

The NYT is reporting tonight that Libby will be indicted tomorrow, but not Karl Rove.

Word is that Fitz will ask for an extension, and that Rove is still under investigation.

Here's the linkto the story and a small snippet:


Karl Rove, President Bush's senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, will not be charged on Friday, but will remain under investigation, people briefed officially about the case said. As a result, they said, the special counsel in the case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, was likely to extend the term of the federal grand jury beyond its scheduled expiration on Friday.

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Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:54 AM PDT

Now, that's activism!

by btyarbro

This really rocks.

Rockefeller Plaza has been turned into Humanity Plaza for five days, the week of September 26th.

Artists from Warner Music Group's Atlantic and Warner Bros. Records are partnering with NBC and Habitat for Humanity International to build frames for houses for families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Check the above link for the details.

Kudos for all those in the area or on the way to help work for re-building the Gulf Coast, one "frame" at a time.

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Fri Sep 23, 2005 at 01:43 PM PDT

Keeping "Our Word"

by btyarbro

Where most Americans part company on the War in Iraq ishow long we should stay. After all, since was no discussion about whether or not we'd go little disagreement about whether we could,confusion about what the vote meant, no oversight on how we'd wage it, and increasing disillusion about support for it, we have few remaining discussion items left.
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It's been a weird week, here in Greensboro, NC.  It isn't often that we are treated to a triple whammy, but so far we've had Ophelia, Rove, and Ralph Reed.  We may have entered some strange new time-space continuum far beyond the looking glass.

While preparing to receive 500 of Katrina's victims and assist them in rebuilding their lives, we've endured our own windy visitor pounding our outer banks for 8 days.  Ophelia was a destructive nuisance rather than a killer, but she exacted her own peculiar and cruel damage by taking out the Crab Shack, the best restaurant on Salter Path, as well as the fish markets supplying it on Atlantic Beach and numerous other businesses, homes, and marinas.  

But with Bush safely secured in his fiscal bubble and surrounded by his handlers, Karl Rove had his priorities in order.  Having prepped Bush for his Cabildo moment in NOLA, Rove headed here, of all places.  To shore up our battered residents who've withstood Ophelia's winds for the last 8 days?  Nah.   He had a more pressing challenge:  raising money for the RNC.

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