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Obama tells DOJ to look for other sites for KSM trial

January 28, 2010

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After a wave of broad opposition to holding a civilian trial in lower Manhattan for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the White House has quietly instructed the Department of Justice to begin looking for other venues for the high-profile trial. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Dem. Sen. Dianne Feinstein recently joined the growing chorus of voices […]

Don’t get fooled by spending freezes and populism

January 26, 2010

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President Barack Obama makes his first official State of the Union address tomorrow evening, and commentators on the left and right are buzzing with his potential content tomorrow on the heels of a devastating Democratic defeat in liberal Massachusetts, an election which has put the brakes on the President’s premier domestic proposal and highlighted the […]

Scientist: UN glacier report fueled by politics, not science

January 25, 2010

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The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change continues to suffer more blows to its credibility as a climate scientist admits that a claim in one of the UN’s reports – one which said the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 – was not based on peer-reviewed science and included to put political pressure on world […]

Some belated thoughts on campaign finance reform

January 25, 2010

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Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to overturn certain provisions of McCain-Feingold’s campaign finance reform bill, including restrictions on corporations preventing them from paying for their own campaign ads, but leaves them unable to directly contribute to individual campaigns. The ruling is also likely to positively affect the ability of unions to pay for […]

Barney Frank acknowledges political reality and dooms Obamacare

January 20, 2010

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I was surprised when I saw the following transcript from Barney Frank’s memo to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (via American Spectator): I have two reactions to the election in Massachusetts. One, I am disappointed. Two, I feel strongly that the Democratic majority in Congress must respect the process and make no effort to bypass the electoral […]

Does Brown’s MA win derail the Democrat agenda?

January 19, 2010

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With Republican Scott Brown’s earth-shaking victory in Massachusetts, the Democrats have lost their filibuster-proof 60-vote majority. Though they still maintain a more than healthy 59-41 vote advantage, Brown’s win tonight in liberal Massachusetts should rightly send warning signs to Congressional Democrats and to the White House. Rationalizations are being offered left and … well, left for Coakley’s defeat and […]

Shockwave: Brown wins MA Senate seat

January 19, 2010

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In an amazing upset that will be felt across the nation, particularly in Washington, Republican Scott Brown has defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in the election for the Massachusetts Senate seat held previously by Ted Kennedy. With nearly 80% of precincts reporting at this moment, Brown holds a decisive 7-point lead over Coakley in a race in […]