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Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 09:54 AM PDT

Nadler walks it back

by bumblebums


“I am pleased that the administration has reiterated that, as I have always believed, the NSA cannot listen to the content of Americans’ phone calls without a specific warrant.”

On to the next hair fire.

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Here is a small offering of some of my favorite Christmas music - what I could find on youtube anyway. I have a big old crazy collection of eclectic stuff that's dear to my heart this time of year. I hope you like some of it.

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Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 06:41 PM PDT

Can we all please calm down now?

by bumblebums

From Marc Ambinder:

Administration Official: "Sebelius Misspoke."

An administration official said tonight that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "misspoke" when she told CNN this morning that a government run health insurance option "is not an essential part" of reform. This official asked not to be identified in exchange for providing clarity about the intentions of the President. The official said that the White House did not intend to change its messaging and that Sebelius simply meant to echo the president, who has acknowledged that the public option is a tough sell in the Senate and is, at the same time, a must-pass for House Democrats, and is not, in the president's view, the most important element of the reform package.

A second official, Linda Douglass, director of health reform communications for the administration, said that President Obama believed that a public option was the best way to reduce costs and promote competition among insurance companies, that he had not backed away from that belief, and that he still wanted to see a public option in the final bill.


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during a press conference.


A size 10 shoe sailed past Dear Leader's head at a presser with Maliki.

It's probably down the back of the SOFA as we speak.

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I make no apology for the brevity of this late night, salutary diary.

Sarasota, Florida

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Thu Apr 17, 2008 at 05:42 AM PDT

A view of the debate from abroad

by bumblebums

The Guardian's Niall Stanage unloads on ABC and its circus barkers in a column full of disappointment and derision. He poses a question: The dumbest debate in America?

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Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 03:48 PM PST

How to negotiate with Iranians

by bumblebums

I ran across a check list of 10 considerations for those who may someday sit across a table from Iranian negotiators and wish to make a success of the exercise.

Cara Ong, whose website Iran Nuclear Watch is well worth watching, linked to a new report today from the United States Institute of Peace. It was written by Ambassador (Ret.) John W. Limbert who served in Iran, is now Professor of International Affairs at the U.S. Naval Academy, and was held hostage in the embassy from November 1979 to January 1981.

He elucidates 10 approaches in a summary of the longer report, and I've posted them here. I hope you find them as perceptive, intriguing and hopeful as I do, though I find it difficult to imagine the current crop of cowboys behaving this perspicaciously.

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Right now, in the House, they're debating Rahm Emanuel's amendment to defund the Vice President's office, as a result of said official having claimed, in effect, that he's not the Vice President.

Much drollery. C-Span 1.

So far, Ralph Regula is the only Republican articulating any opposition.

This diary is just a head's up and a live blog for anyone interested in following this. I'll delete it if someone else does a better one.


The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming is holding a hearing right now, to address climate change, energy policy, greenhouse gas emissions, and to address:

the response of the Bush administration and Congress to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

Panelists are:

Stephen L. Johnson: Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Nicole R. Nason: Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.
Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.: Attorney General, California
Martha Coakley: Attorney General, Massachusetts

You can watch it on C-Span 2 or stream it through C-Span's website.

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He's irritated at 'Democrat' bloggers who distort tax relief [sic] and took exception to ortcutt's recent post that expiring tax cuts do not equate to a tax increase.

He's requested the "ortcutt post" from the 'Daily Koze' be inserted into the record.

I'll delete this lame diary in a few minutes - just couldn't resist getting this up here. Grassley is still bleating about permanent tax relief.

Update: Thanks to the magnificent Magnifico, we have the infamous comment that attracted the Senator's attention:

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One of the most heartbreaking losses in November was John Doolittle's squeaking by to win with the smallest margin in his career. After a heroic challenge, Charlie Brown lost his bid to win the Congressional seat from California's 4th district. Doolittle's been fouling up the place for way too long, and Charlie lost by just a few hairs.

But he's back!

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I don't have much to say about this. It's all been said before. We knew it.

But, this blasé admission from the Vice President that of course, we torture people, is unbearable.


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