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1  Politics / Politics & News / Bill Clinton Interview: I Would Use Constitutional Option To Raise Debt Ceiling on: July 19, 2011, 01:31:48 pm
Exclusive Bill Clinton Interview: I Would Use Constitutional Option To Raise Debt Ceiling And "Force The Courts To Stop Me"

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Former President Bill Clinton says that he would invoke the so-called constitutional option to raise the nation’s debt ceiling “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me” in order to prevent a default, should Congress and the President fail to achieve agreement before the August 2 deadline.
Sharply criticizing Congressional Republicans in an exclusive Monday evening interview with The National Memo, Clinton said, “I think the Constitution is clear and I think this idea that the Congress gets to vote twice on whether to pay for [expenditures] it has appropriated is crazy.”
Lifting the debt ceiling “is necessary to pay for appropriations already made,” he added, “so you can’t say, ‘Well, we won the last election and we didn’t vote for some of that stuff, so we’re going to throw the whole country’s credit into arrears.”
Having faced down the Republican House leadership during two government shutdowns when he was president -- and having brought the country’s budget from the deep deficits left by Republican presidents to a projected surplus -- Clinton is unimpressed by the GOP’s sudden enthusiasm for balanced budgets. But he never considered invoking the Fourteenth Amendment -- which says “the validity of the US public debt shall not be questioned” – because the Republicans led by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich didn’t threaten to use the debt ceiling as a weapon in their budget struggles with him.
According to Clinton, the Gingrich Republicans thought about that tactic before rejecting it -- and Treasury officials who served under Clinton commissioned legal research on the president’s power to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval. While some legal scholars believe the Fourteenth Amendment requires Congress to fund the debt that results from its appropriations, and therefore empowers the president to raise the debt ceiling, others vehemently disagree.
Like President Obama, Clinton is a former law professor who once taught the Constitution, and he understands that the extent of presidential power remains highly controversial, whether the issue is waging war or increasing the debt.
“Here’s what happened, as I remember – but let me back up a second,” Clinton said. “I have read accounts of that time where people at Treasury have been interviewed, and they say they did look into [the president's authority to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval].” As for the Republicans, “they did think about doing that" -- withholding approval of a higher limit -- "and I knew they were thinking about it.” But the question ultimately did not arise for Clinton, he says, because his opponents in Congress decided “they didn’t want to get caught” in a position where they appeared to be repudiating the debt incurred by their own party’s two previous presidents.
“The reason that raising the debt limit is so unpopular is that people think you’re voting to keep [increasing] deficit spending, instead of voting to honor obligations that were already incurred,” he said. “I think [the Gingrich Republicans] figured I’d be smart enough to explain to the American people that they were refusing to pay for the expenses they had voted for when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were president. And that would make ‘em look bad.”
Obama could offer precisely the same explanation in the present circumstances, where most of the current debt can be traced to the profligate military spending and tax cuts of the last Bush administration. Just as the nation’s debt had tripled or quadrupled between 1981 and 1993, in the dozen years of Republican rule before Clinton’s first inauguration, as he points out, so the second Bush administration plunged the budget from surplus to deep deficit before Obama spent one penny on economic stimulus or anything else.
Although Clinton says that if he were in Obama’s place he would raise the debt ceiling without legislation – “if it came to that” -- he believes the crisis will be resolved before August 2. “It looks to me like they’re going to make an agreement, and that’s smart.”
Next: Who Clinton thinks will "win" if a debt deal is achieved, why he is "proud" of Obama, and how he would structure a "good deal" for America
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2  Politics / the Barack Obama Administration / Re: Obama Birth Certificate Released By White House (PHOTO) on: April 27, 2011, 01:22:04 pm
3  Politics / the Barack Obama Administration / Re: Obama Birth Certificate Released By White House (PHOTO) on: April 27, 2011, 01:21:17 pm

On Wednesday morning, the White House released President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate.
The document indicates that Obama was born in the state of Hawaii and thus is eligible to serve as president. The release comes in the wake of some raising skepticism over his place of birth.
The president is expected to address the disclosure at 9:45 a.m. ET. Below, an image of the document put out by the White House.
This is a developing story... More information to come...
4  Politics / the Barack Obama Administration / Obama Birth Certificate Released By White House (PHOTO) on: April 27, 2011, 01:20:28 pm
Obama Birth Certificate Released By White House (PHOTO)

First Posted: 04/27/11 09:13 AM ET Updated: 04/27/11 09:44 AM ET

5  Politics / the Barack Obama Administration / Senate Democrats vent anger with Barack Obama on: November 19, 2010, 01:12:52 pm
Senate Democrats vent anger with Barack Obama

Democrats, including mild-mannered Bill Nelson, rip into Obama at a caucus session. | AP Photo Close
By GLENN THRUSH & MANU RAJU | 11/19/10 4:28 AM EST Updated: 11/19/10 1:19 PM EST
Senate Democrats — including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida — lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.
Nelson told colleagues Obama’s unpopularity has become a serious liability for Democrats in his state and blamed the president for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats nationwide, according to two Democrats familiar with his remarks.
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“It was a raucous caucus,” said one Democratic senator, who spoke on condition of anonymity because closed-door sessions are not supposed to be discussed with outsiders.
Nelson declined to respond when asked about the incident Thursday night, saying he was in a hurry to leave the Capitol to catch a flight. His spokesman didn’t return a request for comment.
In interviews after the marathon three-hour meeting, several senators and senior aides told POLITICO that Nelson was just one of several senators to express anger at White House missteps — and air deep concerns about their own political fates if Obama and the Democratic Party leadership can’t turn things around by 2012.
Added one veteran senator: “It was the most frank exchange of views I’ve ever seen.”
Several senators expressed the opinion that Obama needed to show more passion, while party liberals renewed their complaint that Obama should abandon the pretense of bipartisanship in the face of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s intransigence and what they consider the Kentucky Republican’s blatantly political tactics aimed at making Obama a one-term president.
Others said Democratic leaders need to clearly spell out what they believe are the motivations behind the Republicans' positions: that they are beholden to special interests, who bankroll their campaigns.
If Democrats keep losing the message war, they worry, they will be wiped out in 2012.
“There was a lot of passion in that room,” one senator said. “The reason is because the public is with us on our policies, but they’re not getting the message.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had met with Obama at the White House earlier in the day, calmly presided over the gripe session, sources say, allowing members to have their say.
Reid, who barely survived a challenge from tea party favorite Sharron Angle, has already taken steps to improve his own messaging operation, tapping New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to run the communications and policy operations of the Democratic Caucus in the next Congress.
With 21 Democrats and two independents facing reelection in 2012, Reid and the White House will be forced to deal with skittish Democrats eager to see a sharpened political operation.
But the complaints are not new. Over the past year, Senate Democrats have expressed dissatisfaction with Obama’s policy priorities, especially his determination to ram through a health care bill against the objections of party conservatives like Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). The caucus’s left wing, including Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, have argued the opposite point: that Obama’s timidity has led to the defection of liberals and young people turned off by Obama compromises on the public option and economic stimulus.
Thursday’s confrontation reminded some of a February 2010 showdown between Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod after the president’s question-and-answer session with senators. An irate Franken, witnesses told POLITICO at the time, dressed down Axelrod and the White House for failing to provide a clearer sense of direction on health reform and other large legislative initiatives.

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6  Politics / Politics & News / Robert Byrd Succession Hinges on Ambiguous West Virginia Laws on: June 28, 2010, 03:07:13 pm
Robert Byrd Succession Hinges on Ambiguous West Virginia Laws
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West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin will have to appoint a successor to replace Sen. Robert Byrd, who died early this morning at the age of 92 -- and with ambiguous state rules making it unclear exactly what the replacement process will entail, his next step is anyone's guess.
Manchin told the Associated Press there is no timetable for him to consider Byrd's replacement -- but the timing of an announcement could impact for how long the appointee will hold the seat.
West Virginia law says that if there is a Senate vacancy more than two and a half years before the incumbent's term ends, there should be a special election after a candidate "has been nominated at the primary election next following such timely filing and has thereafter been elected," the Washington Post reports. There is some ambiguity as to whether that would mean there would be an election this November or an election in November 2012, when Byrd's term would have ended anyway.
There is also some question as to whether there is an official Senate vacancy currently -- or if that hinges on when the governor officially "declares" a vacancy. The governor could choose to wait until after July 3 to declare the vacancy, which would make it less than two and a half years before Byrd's term was up. That would definitively leave the governor's appointment in place until 2012, giving Democrats the advantage of time.
The state's Secretary of State's office tells CBS News that all the complexities of the special election to fill the seat will be discussed at the 4:30 p.m. Eastern news conference by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
Democratic sources say that Manchin will likely tap Nick Casey, the state Democratic party chair, to fill Byrd's seat, CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder reports.
According to Democratic sources, Manchin is interested in running for the Senate himself and quietly established a federal political action committee in early June to start raising seed money for a Senate bid, Ambinder reports. However, the governor told the AP he will not appoint himself to fill Byrd's vacancy.
Whether there is an election for Byrd's seat this year or in 2012, Republicans are expected to look to Rep. Shelley Moore Capito to run for the seat. Capito has represented central West Virginia since 2000. She was recruited to challenge Byrd in 2006 but decided against it, the Post reports.
"If there were to be a special election for the seat in November -- and it is not at all clear there will be -- from an electoral standpoint that might set up a very competitive contest, depending on the candidates," said CBS News Election Director Anthony Salvanto. "On one hand, this is a state that re-elected Democratic Senators Byrd and Rockefeller comfortably as well as Democratic Governor Joe Manchin. On the other hand, this is a state that has been very Republican in recent national presidential elections, among others."
Republican John McCain in the 2008 presidential election won easily over President Obama here, 56 percent to 43 percent, (and Mr. Obama lost the Democratic primary, too) and former President Bush won the state twice.
7  Media & Film / Cinema / 'Iron Man 2': Slick but unspectacular on: May 10, 2010, 11:15:52 am
'Iron Man 2': Slick but unspectacular

By Tom Charity, Special to CNN
May 7, 2010 12:45 p.m. EDT

Robert Downey Jr. returns as maverick inventor-industrialist Tony Stark in "Iron Man 2."STORY HIGHLIGHTS
In the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster, Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark
Film also stars Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow
While not as stunning as the original, "Iron Man 2" is still a sharp, snappy comic book movie
(CNN) -- The first "Iron Man" boasted a not-so-secret weapon in Robert Downey Jr. reveling in his bad-boy rep as the maverick inventor-industrialist Tony Stark. A combination of Bill Gates, Howard Hughes and Hugh Hefner, Stark had more than his share of character flaws for a superhero. Unlike Bruce Wayne, he couldn't keep his heroics to himself, and unlike Clark Kent, he knew how to party ...

Beginning part two in triumphal mode as the star attraction at the Stark Expo, Tony remains a loose cannon, even if he prefers to think of himself as a human shield or "an enhanced prosthetic" as he tells the Senate committee charged with reminding Iron Man of his patriotic duty.

They want an invincible army, not a one-man defense system. Stark is having none of it. He's too good for government work. "You should thank me," he tells them. "I've privatized world peace."

But the politicians aren't the only ones who want a piece of him. So does rival weapons manufacturer Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), and more pressingly, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), a Russian who has a bone to pick with the Stark family and a shortcut to the kind of technology that could prove a real threat. Add to that the realization that his new artificial ticker is slowly poisoning him, and there's more than enough to bring this shooting star back down to Earth.

The trouble with this sprawling scenario (credited to Justin Theroux of "Tropic Thunder" fame) is that it mutes Downey's cavalier charisma. He's still what makes this show tick, but I'm not sure we want to see him wrestling with his own mortality when it's his instinctive immorality that's his sexiest attribute.

Still, returning director Jon Favreau has seen to it that the supporting actors (including one Jon Favreau as chauffeur Happy Hogan) are ready to step up and take a turn in the spotlight.

There's Samuel L Jackson in an eye-patch, continuing to lay the groundwork for his own Marvel vehicles, "Nick Fury" and "Avengers."

Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts gets a well-deserved promotion.

Sam Rockwell struts his stuff in a fun satire of an out-of-control CEO.

And Scarlett Johansson peels on the rubber cat suit as undercover agent Natasha Romanoff. (Sadly she's restricted to just the one showpiece action sequence, and even then she's eating Hit-Girl's "Kick-Ass" dust).

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And then there's Mickey Rourke. Covered in Russian tattoos, and with a salt and pepper goatee, he strides the wrong way round a Formula One Grand Prix, stripped to the waist, slicing racing cars in two with a crack of his supercharged whips.

Rourke doesn't say much, and half of what he does say is in Russian, but he can sit, silent and motionless, and let Downey or Rockwell talk at him for a full minute, and still command our rapt attention. To the extent that "Iron Man 2" gets its groove back, Rourke's sly bad guy is the reactive core.

Unlike some blockbuster directors, Favreau is most comfortable with the actors, making the scenes play. He's less adept at the hydraulics. The whiz-bang stuff here -- while never less than slick -- doesn't produce anything we haven't seen before.

The movie's biggest problem is that the fight scenes aren't all that, maybe because the outcome is never in question.

If that's the pay-off for what remains a sharper, snappier comic book movie, then so be it, but here's hoping the next one doesn't completely lose its edge.
8  Politics / Politics / Obama chooses Elena Kagan for Supreme Court on: May 10, 2010, 11:11:52 am
Obama chooses Elena Kagan for Supreme Court
By the CNN Wire Staff
May 10, 2010 10:50 a.m. EDT

Wolf Blitzer will have the latest on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, as well as a full analysis of what she will bring to the court. Watch "The Situation Room" today at 5 p.m. ET on CNN.

Washington (CNN) -- President Obama took a key step in cementing his judicial legacy Monday, nominating Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

If confirmed, the 50-year-old Kagan will become the 112th Supreme Court justice. She would be the third woman on the nine-member bench and the fourth in the history of the court. Her confirmation also would mean that the Supreme Court would have no Protestant justices for the first time in its history. Kagan, who is Jewish, would join six Catholic and two Jewish justices; Stevens is Protestant.

Kagan, a native New Yorker, was widely reported to be the front-runner for the nomination. She was a finalist for the high court vacancy last year when Justice Sonia Sotomayor was selected to replace the retiring David Souter.

Kagan received her law degree from Harvard University, where she later served as dean of the law school. She previously served in the Clinton administration as associate White House counsel.

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Kagan is a "trailblazing leader" who is "open to a broad array of viewpoints" and is a proven "consensus builder," Obama said at the White House.

Kagan, in turn, said she was "honored" and "humbled" by what she called "the honor of a lifetime."

"The court is an extraordinary institution," she said. It allows "all Americans ... to get a fair hearing and an equal chance at justice."

Obama decided on Kagan as his nominee on Sunday and called her around 8 p.m., a source close to the process said.

He did not have to look far when considering Kagan. As solicitor general, she is the administration's top lawyer before the Supreme Court and has argued several high-profile cases before the justices since taking the job in spring 2009.

"You have to admit, Elena Kagan is a brilliant woman," Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said during a radio interview a year ago when Kagan was being vetted for a high court seat. "She is a brilliant lawyer. If [Obama] picks her, it is a real dilemma for people," especially conservatives.

"And she will undoubtedly say that she will abide by the rule of law."

Her confirmation hearings for the solicitor general job could offer a preview of what she can expect from both Democrats and Republicans. Many saw it as a dress rehearsal of sorts for a high court job.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham told Kagan she presented a "positive impression." Democrats were similarly enthused.

With that endorsement, she won confirmation for her current job by a 61-31 vote.

A number of conservative groups were less enamored.

"Among Supreme Court nominees over the last 50 years or more, Kagan may well be the nominee with the least amount of relevant experience," said Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, former law clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, and former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kagan had never argued a case before the Supreme Court or any appeals court before she became solicitor general about a year ago.

"Solicitor General Kagan has been nominated with no judicial experience, a mere two years of private law practice, and only a year as solicitor general of the United States," said David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society -- a conservative and libertarian legal group -- and former congressman from Indiana. "She is one of the most inexperienced nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court in recent memory."

Kagan's position on gays in the military is virtually certain to generate controversy during her confirmation hearings. She has been strongly criticized by conservatives for her efforts to block military recruiters from Harvard because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The policy, first enacted during the Clinton administration but opposed by Obama, prohibits homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces.

While serving as dean at Harvard Law, Kagan said she "abhorred" the military's "discriminatory recruitment policy." She called it "a profound wrong -- a moral injustice of the first order."

Kagan supported other schools challenging a federal law requiring them to give recruiters equal access or face the loss of federal funding. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the law in 2006.

Some liberal organizations, on the other hand, have expressed concern over Kagan's views on executive power. As chief defender of the administration's anti-terrorism strategy, Kagan has articulated a more robust defense of the White House than many civil rights and human rights groups would like.

Observers on both sides of the political aisle have noted that Kagan has a relatively short paper trail compared to other recent Supreme Court nominees.

Kagan grew up in a Jewish household on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She went to Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She served as a law clerk for federal judge Abner Mikva and then for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the high court.

In her 1986 job application to Marshall, she matter-of-factly told the civil rights pioneer, "I would be honored to serve as your clerk." The nation's first African-American justice affectionately called the diminutive Kagan "Shorty."

Kagan later went into teaching, starting at the University of Chicago, where one of the part-time faculty was Obama. Also teaching at the time was Diane Wood, who later became a federal judge and also was a finalist for the current high court vacancy. Kagan and Wood were among the few women on the full-time faculty at that time.

President Clinton later named Kagan associate White House counsel and then appointed her to the influential Domestic Policy Council, where she earned a reputation for articulate and well-reasoned statements on tricky political issues. She was the administration's point person on passing anti-tobacco legislation, negotiating in 1998 with Republican Sen. John McCain to give the federal government the authority to control cigarettes, as it does pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Clinton picked her in 1999 for the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. But no Senate confirmation hearings were held, and the nomination lapsed. The seat was later filled by John Roberts, who quickly used the appointment as a springboard to chief justice.

Named Harvard's dean in 2003, Kagan earned a reputation for soothing longstanding tensions over a perceived liberal tilt to the faculty and curriculum.

She began pushing for the appointment of conservative professors, including Jack Goldsmith, who had been a lawyer in President George W. Bush's Justice Department. Such hires eased ideological unrest on the Harvard campus.

CNN's Bill Mears and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.
9  General Category / General & Miscellaneous / Re: MIRACLE OFF 47TH STREET on: January 15, 2009, 05:17:22 pm
10  General Category / General & Miscellaneous / Re: MIRACLE OFF 47TH STREET on: January 15, 2009, 05:15:49 pm
11  General Category / General & Miscellaneous / MIRACLE OFF 47TH STREET on: January 15, 2009, 05:14:54 pm

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12  Media & Film / Media Matters / Re: Dana Milbank Leaving Countdown With Keith Olbermann on: August 06, 2008, 12:52:15 am
they should be reporting the facts... (3+ / 0-)
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not extrapolating bullshit out of midair which is exactly what they are doing most of the time.  Newsflash "ANDREA MITCHELL TOLD THE TRUTH!".  It really says something about the state of our media that this is something to be rewarded and out-of-the-norm.  That used to be their job.  Tonight she was feeling blue b/c these ads and attacks aren't representative of the good ole Johnny she knows and loves.  Thanks for sharing, Andrea.  Sorry, I clearly watch too much bullshit and I have cut almost all of it out, but not enough to have left me unbitter or unjaded.

by jodygirl on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 06:30:33 PM PDT

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 Hey. Below the belt. (6+ / 0-)
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No, pun intended.  Can we stay away from sex when we don't agree with a woman?  Not that I'm saying you're sexist. 

I'd just prefer if we'd disagree on issues and not mix sex with the un-dead with our politics.

A country without a memory is a country of madmen. -- George Santayana

by bkamr on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:27:04 PM PDT

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 Speaking of Which... (0+ / 0-)
...I always flash on necrophilia when I think of Andrea.

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by Pluto on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 07:59:31 PM PDT

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 You bring up her gender? Can't you just judge on (1+ / 0-)
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merit? Sorry.

Edwards Democrat voting for Obama would like to remind you, "Concentration Moon, over the camp in the valley" Frank Zappa knew.

by high uintas on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:38:49 PM PDT

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 Gender? (1+ / 0-)
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In California -- anyone can be a bride, regardless of what's between their legs ;-)

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by Pluto on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 07:57:36 PM PDT

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 frankenstein was more straighforeward (2+ / 0-)
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I think Greenspan is more the blooddrinker type.

fact does not require fiction for balance

by mollyd on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:53:22 PM PDT

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 I Shouldf Have Said.... (4+ / 0-)
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...the "**** bride of Frankenspan."

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by Pluto on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 07:58:31 PM PDT

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 She has NOT redeemed herself (16+ / 0-)
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even a broken clock is right two times a day.

Why does God love Barack Obama?

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by Muzikal203 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:30:52 PM PDT

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 Exactly my thought, Muzikal' n/t (3+ / 0-)
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I have always resented that the artist should be relegated by the politician to a place with no voice in political or human affairs. -- Errol Flynn

by Mlle Orignalmale on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:52:45 PM PDT

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 Tuzla stands out... (8+ / 0-)
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The bruhaha about Tuzla stands out as a moment when Mrs. Greenspan missed an early opportunity to set the record straight.

You may recall that Mrs. Greenspan was on the helicopter & accompanied then-First Lady Clinton on her trip to Tuzla.

Greenspan stayed mum about Mrs. Clinton's tall Tuzla sniper-fire yarn until long after footage was released which demonstrated that Hillary had lied - big time.

Andrea only spoke out when she could no longer stay silent.

She missed a golden opportunity to set the record straight - when it would have meant something.

Now, she just seems to be cozying up to power - I'm sure that she want access to our next president.


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by peace voter on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:20:32 PM PDT

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 She still believed then that her ticket to the WH (1+ / 0-)
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will be punched by HRC,

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

by IamTheJudge on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:01:25 PM PDT

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 Correct. If you look deep enough... (10+ / 0-)
Recommended by:shpilk, Creosote, peace voter, NonnyO, AntKat, Neon Mama, adrianrf, OleHippieChick, Nonconformist, Leigh3352 can find self-servicing motives in just about everything these regulars do. The reporters are looking for their next promotion, their employers are looking for more revenue.

It's just further evidence that the Media is:

Harmful If Swallowed

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13  Media & Film / Media Matters / Re: Dana Milbank Leaving Countdown With Keith Olbermann on: August 06, 2008, 12:50:24 am
 McCain played the maverick moderate in '00 (63+ / 0-)
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b/c W had already nailed down all of the True Believers (TB's).  This time around, McCain's picked up the TB's, but he's still trying to play the moderate at the same time.  I'm not sure anyone could pull off that quinela, but it's becoming increasingly apparent that he's not that guy.

If I ran Obama's campaign, I'd hammer McCain's 95% pro-W voting record relenlessly.  I'd hammer in the morning and in the evening, all over this land.  I'd also run the picture of him hugging W and the picture of them hamming it up w/ the b-day cake while NOLA was drowning.

Make sure that every sentient being in the US knows that McCain has spent the last 8 years as a toady to W.  In doing so, you'll not only undercut McCain's "moderate" credentials, you'll set his temper off, too.

Some men see things as they are and ask why. I see things that never were and ask why not?

by RFK Lives on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:17:39 PM PDT

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 100000 recs for you (10+ / 0-)
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From your mouth to Obama's ears please!!!

Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

by fireflynw on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 06:11:39 PM PDT

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 You are so right! n/t (4+ / 0-)
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by Observerinvancouver on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 06:35:20 PM PDT

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 McCain: "Act of Political Cowardice" in 2000 (16+ / 0-)
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Actually, McCain hasn't changed all that much from 2000, when after the Primary, he admitted to knowingly "sacrifice...principle for personal ambition:" 

"...Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from atop the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday, acknowledging that his refusal to take such a stance during his primary battle for the Palmetto State was a "sacrifice of principle for personal ambition..."   

In a Feb. 18, 2000 article, Salon asked the question:  Is John McCain a Crook? The article goes on to detail McCain's long personal relationship with Keating.

IMHO, because he was less cranky in 2000, the press was even less willing than they are now to focus on McCain's less than "honorable" stands and past "issues".

by kurious on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:23:08 PM PDT

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 Reced for Keating ties (3+ / 0-)
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McCain housing policy shaped by lobbyist

by Nonconformist on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 10:42:37 PM PDT

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 I think this is the true McCain. I think the (10+ / 0-)
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whole straight talk image is just that, an image.  No one who truly valued "straight talk" could tell as many lies a week as McCain does now and look himself in the mirror.

If you have a Republican Sec. of State start a voter registration certification drive in your area. Reverse the purge.

by Blogvirgin on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:12:31 PM PDT

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 Amen - "Straight talk" was a brand - (4+ / 0-)
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a campaign slogan.

So was "Maverick."  It was a scam!

The classic example was his "principled stand" against torture.  He beat that drum in the press for weeks getting tons of free favorable media coverage, endless recounting of his claim to fame as a POW - then quietly sold out completely!

He voted for the "compromise" that pushed the torture into the CIA and then voted against a ban on CIA torture!  Somehow his main constituency (the press) has never called him to task for that vote!

This is why his Republican colleagues hate his guts.  He makes a huge and public fuss over something they would rather keep a low profile about, and then - reliably and quietly - sells it out.  He has run this same scam repeatedly and the press never gets tired of it.

McCain Feingold?  Election reform?  Don't make me laugh.  That was about distracting attention from the fact that he was Keating's lapdog.  Did it clean up the electoral process?  Are you kidding me?

by UneasyOne on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 03:44:54 AM PDT

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 Straight talk: Just get it done! ... (3+ / 0-)
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Don't think about nuance, consequences, or human suffering: just do it! Don't talk about it, just do it!

What a load of crap this type of thinking is: nothing but impatient 5 yr old egotistical idiocy. Yet, in my experience, this is your typical male republican voter in a nutshell.

My wife's awesome Gardening blog: Busy Bee's Garden!

by Serpents Sorrow on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 08:01:19 AM PDT

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 "McCain out of it, video at 11:00" (8+ / 0-)
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'Much too late for him to stay up to see, so we'll just have to assume he doesn't know, so pity the poor fool, he's not a mean hypocritical bastard, he's just a poor old clown, the dupe of his evil puppetmasters, er, handlers...'

Mrs Greenspan is quite something.

by Uncle Moji on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:06:14 PM PDT

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  No explanation needed. It speaks for (5+ / 0-)
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itself.  Kinda like Reagan and Iran Contra:  either he knew or he didn't.  Either way, it reflects badly on him.

Why does John McCain hate kids?

by Fasaha on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:24:20 PM PDT

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 don' get me started on Barnicle (5+ / 0-)
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He spend one hour showing the misprinted pic of Obama and  Craig and saying "Swish!"  When he gets together with Buchanan - it's like the Nazi hour. 

Waiting to be surprised - Zelda Fitzgerald

by stillonline on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:29:51 PM PDT

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 I remember his plagiarizing arse (1+ / 0-)
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from the Boston Globe days.  How do folks keep ending up employed.

by sk7326 on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 05:13:10 AM PDT

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 When I Heard this Live today... (3+ / 0-)
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I wondered WHY in light of all we know do they keep aw-shucksing McCain and letting him GET AWAY with his LIES AND MORE LIES? Aw he didn't mean it, aw he didn't know what he was doing, it's his handlers not him...



"George Bush Doesn't Care About People"

by WriterRoss on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:39:33 AM PDT

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 **You can't be a total BEEYOTCH for years and (7+ / 0-)
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expect candy and flowers just because you occasionally have a kind word.

She'll have to prove she's capaple of extended truth-telling before she gets the benefit of my doubt.

**Yeah, I'm mad! I've been paying attention.

by greylox on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:27:42 PM PDT

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 baby steps (10+ / 0-)
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every bloviator that comes back from the dark side must be welcome and cherish, remember for a long time the only one in our side was KO and  Rachel M., A.Mitchell is particularly welcome b/c she is in every show and she is part of the "village" so her effect is multiplied.

Many on the "village" are grappling to the fact that JSM is not the lovable moderate that they peddled to the masses for a decade and the ways many are dealing with it include:

Denial, nothing to see here, 99% of the "village" is playing ostrich now
Disgust, see Joe Klein, Gergen
Surprise, see Alterman.
Pissed, see A. Mitchell

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

by IamTheJudge on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:59:45 PM PDT

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 Yeah, but... (8+ / 0-)
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Yeah but then she went on to argue that McCain must've been "misinformed by his people" regarding the lies his campaign has been putting out, like he's just too busy with the rigors of campaigning to know what's really happening in the world.  He has to rely on what his people tell him.  And if they lie to him about something that Obama did or didn't do or say, and then they make a commercial that regurgitates that lie and then Old Man John says "I approve of this ad" at the end, well, it's not his fault.  He's a man of honor surrounded by dishonorable men acting in his name.  I'm paraphrasing, but that's the gist of Mrs. Greenspan's apologia for poor poor misunderstood McCain.

by rmasher2 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:34:02 PM PDT

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 yes but, (1+ / 0-)
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the most damning thing of all is that she and Simon's actually intimated that McCain's a puppet! Rove's puppet. That was a shocking moment, I watched it and gasped. The MSM must pick this up, it's actually a huge story, HUGE! And very very scary...we could have another puppet president.  Who's actually  in power, who constitutes the cabal?

by dragonlilleth on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 09:40:31 PM PDT

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 my Republican husband (3+ / 0-)
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has tried the "it's not McCain, it's his people/campaign/staff" line with me several times.  The response that ALWAYS shuts him up: "I'm John McCain and I approved this message."  Which is it -- he's completely lying, or he's completely out of it?

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. --Mark Twain

by goheelsgodems on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 08:49:14 AM PDT

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 other than KO you mean... (2+ / 0-)
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by GUGA on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:58:50 PM PDT

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 don't tell anyone, but (1+ / 0-)
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I have a secret crust on Andrea... I know it's wierd.

by galaxy quest on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 06:25:05 PM PDT

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 As long as "crust" isn't a typo. :-P (3+ / 0-)
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Passenger on the long train of abuses.

by OleHippieChick on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 01:53:26 AM PDT

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 Well... (0+ / 0-)
I wish folks would back off Andrea a bit around here.

I'm not backing off, but I am leery.

McCain housing policy shaped by lobbyist

by Nonconformist on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 10:36:14 PM PDT

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 She's probably under the mistaken impression (0+ / 0-)
that they have a choice.  You know, like people would actually vote Republican if they didn't go the fear-smear-omg-queers! route.

public static string McCainResponse(string ObamaAction) { switch (ObamaAction) { default: return "FAUXRAGE!!" } }

by sagra on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 07:31:47 AM PDT

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 Andrea should NOT keep defending McCain (0+ / 0-)
as "better than his campaign" and ill-served y his advisors.  Do read the following:

by Carthage on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 09:14:44 AM PDT

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 I had a different reaction. (5+ / 0-)
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I thought she was asking your standard questions, almost like lobbing softballs, and giving Pena a chance to knock them out of the park.  As to whether he took full advantage, well....

Sometimes I think the surrogates that should be on TV should be the well-versed bloggers who'd know exactly how to knock these insinuations out of the park.

How to debunk the Right's lies on global warming

by BruinKid on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:03:50 PM PDT

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 All journalists will not please you all the time. (6+ / 0-)
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Andrea was the strongest voice calling McSame out for his lie about not visiting the troops. IIRC, she was the first to call foul, at the very least she had the strongest cred and put her reputation out to do it.

No, she isn't perfect, but no one is. I do thank her for that, I imagine that she knows him personally and that call may have cost her a friendship. It's when the stuff is on the line that actions speak the loudest.

Edwards Democrat voting for Obama would like to remind you, "Concentration Moon, over the camp in the valley" Frank Zappa knew.

by high uintas on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:28:39 PM PDT

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 I agree,changed my opinion nt (0+ / 0-)

by revgerry on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:49:04 PM PDT

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 WP has lots of Dana's: easy mistake (3+ / 0-)
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For instance, there's Dana Priest (female) who busted open the Walter Reed mess with Anne Hull.

Perhaps the WP should require staff writers with sexually ambiguous names to change their bylines to clarify matters...


McCain reveals his close personal relationship with Satan

by Dana Milbank
(male) staff writer


Coulter's adam's apple revealed to be cybernetic terrorist spy device

by Dana Priest
(female) staff writer

It would reduce confusion, anyway...

by grahamcstrouse on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 07:20:47 PM PDT

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 Yeah (1+ / 0-)
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And then when she did a 13 minute interview with McCain's campaign manager last week she didn't ask a single question about that slur and instead asked this softball (paraphrased):  "so are you now trying to question Obama's patriotism.  Is that your schtick?". 

It's nice to point out one time that something is false, but if you aren't demanding accountability of those who debase our political discourse, you aren't doing your job.

by dcg2 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:41:38 PM PDT

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 Andrea has redeemed herself (106+ / 0-)
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She really has. She had Barack's back so many times during last week's Bullshit-fest. She defended him on the Britney ad, on the race card stuff, on the Troop visit and etc, etc. She's been really great actually, for whatever reason.

I trust Barack Obama.

by jenontheshore on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:24:04 PM PDT

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 I's...scaaary... (13+ / 0-)
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McCain insisted [no union member] would [pick lettuce for $50/hour] for a complete season. "You can't do it, my friends."

by grrr on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:28:58 PM PDT

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 Maybe her husband has informed her (32+ / 0-)
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that, for capitalism to continue to hobble along, you have to bring in a Democrat every few administrations to clean up the mess. Of course the point is to save the system so there's something left for Republicans to loot and pillage when they get back in. A third Bush term would probably drive the car all the way off the cliff.

Chomsky Fever! John McCain sucks.

by miasmo on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:14:37 PM PDT

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 I'd like to believe that (4+ / 0-)
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but that would imply he would have the humility to understand what a parasite he is. I can't see it.

McCain insisted [no union member] would [pick lettuce for $50/hour] for a complete season. "You can't do it, my friends."

by grrr on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:46:12 PM PDT

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 Oh Pulease! (7+ / 0-)
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She's the **** bride of Frankenstein.

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by Pluto on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:29:07 PM PDT

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 Nope. Sorry. (43+ / 0-)
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Just because you insist on holding grudges doesn't mean the rest of us have to. Andrea Mitchell stood on the right side of an issue and pushed back while everyone else just went with the flow. Right now I'll take whatever we can get to help us weather this media induced storm.

If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs, your name must be Barack Obama.

by eclecticbrotha on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:41:37 PM PDT

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 Then, We Shall Disagree (5+ / 0-)
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I am trained to recognize a subversive unit. Every word out of her mouth is meant to demoralize progressive values.

I give her points for having succeeded in this instance.

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by Pluto on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:47:20 PM PDT

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 she's playing for access in case barack wins. her (9+ / 0-)
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hubby will get her access if McLame wins, and she's got automatic access by being on major network

ha ha ha ha

'news' -

this is just smart strategy -

IF barack wins, on 5 Nov who'll be the first in line from the scum 'journalist' pack? somebody who went to bat for him when things looked bleak?


Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

by seabos84 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:01:50 PM PDT

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 So? If access the coin of the realm, spend (3+ / 0-)
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Why does John McCain hate kids?

by Fasaha on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:26:18 PM PDT

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 & when does she turn on barack? 'friends' like (1+ / 0-)
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these, who needs enemies?

I may be reading between the lines incorrectly, but many of these 'yeah andrea' posts look pretty naive -

people like mitchell NEVER do anything for anyone unless there is somethign big in it for them.

I'll take any help I can get, that doesn't mean I'm handing them my bank access codes.


Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

by seabos84 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:12:11 PM PDT

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 I'll take whatever we can get too... (4+ / 0-)
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Not gonna hold my breath that she won't revert to type.  But, she just might be thinking about the future, and trying to play both ends.  And if in doing that, she does so decent reporting, well kudos to the reporting.

Grandma Jo

by JWC on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:59:47 PM PDT

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 I agree... (4+ / 0-)
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Some people **** when she acts like a flack, and the SAME people **** when she does the stand up thing.

You can't complain about the reporting, only to complain about the reporting when the reporting changes.


Say thanks, and wait 'til she does the RW freak out thing again, then **** some more.  This kind of response (not you eclecticbrotha) certainly won't do a thing for keeping her on the straight and narrow.


Some men weave their sophistry till their own reason is entangled. ~Samuel Johnson

by sophistry makes me tired on Mon
14  Media & Film / Media Matters / Re: Dana Milbank Leaving Countdown With Keith Olbermann on: August 06, 2008, 12:47:15 am
Tips... (1094+ / 0-) take to the, er, (mill) bank?


"If you're going through hell - keep going!" -- Winston Churchill

by Keith Olbermann on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:08:11 PM PDT

 so when does he start at Fox? (278+ / 0-)
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or Fox light - CNN?

Grandpa is mean and he smells funny.

by MadAsHellMaddie on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:10:22 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Hee hee - (52+ / 0-)
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and when can we expect Mrs. Greenspan to do the same??

Boy it's getting so I have to turn the channel when she's on.

"Pictures are better than words, cause some words are big, and hard to understand." Peter Griffin.

by Leigh3352 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:21:05 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Hey, she blew the whistle on the McCain slur (217+ / 0-)
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about "not visiting the troops".  Give credit where it's due.

by geordie on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:22:15 PM PDT

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 dana milbank is a guy n/t (5+ / 0-)
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Before: "America Rising" - John Edwards we are with you. - After - Not This Time - Barack Obama we are with you!

by totallynext on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:24:55 PM PDT

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 Talkin' about Andrea Mitchell. nt (57+ / 0-)
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"Pictures are better than words, cause some words are big, and hard to understand." Peter Griffin.

by Leigh3352 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:27:01 PM PDT

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 Maddow needs her own show (95+ / 0-)
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Yeah, I know, sorry; this has nothing to do with the diary or the comments above.

But hey, it's for a great cause..!

There is only one presidential candidate.

by OutOfManyOne on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:04:10 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Equally OT (42+ / 0-)
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Rachel animosity
Should not stop MSNBC
Awake! Bring Rachel from the shadows:
Make your next new show R. Maddow's!

by trivium on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:08:54 PM PDT

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 nice poem (3+ / 0-)
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I like it. Smiley

There is only one presidential candidate.

by OutOfManyOne on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 10:14:53 AM PDT

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 Agreed. nt (11+ / 0-)
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"Pictures are better than words, cause some words are big, and hard to understand." Peter Griffin.

by Leigh3352 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:11:40 PM PDT

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 And while we're off topic... (26+ / 0-)
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...I think Gwen Ifil should get Meet the Press.

by ramara on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:07:33 PM PDT

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 Hey Dana & MoDo: when does your FOX gig start? (25+ / 0-)
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I liked Dana Milbank well enough but his little snide column about Obama was a piece of garbage.

If he had any sense of honor and integrity he simply would have admitted his mistake and moved on. 

But no, talk about arrogance.  The great columnist for the WaPo cannot EVER admit error.

And while we are on the topic, how long did it take MoDo of the NYTimes to start running columns on Obama as a effete (translation gay) primping man, with a little shout out to HRC as a nasty conniving witch. 

I keep waiting for her to be clever or original.  I am not going to hold my breath.

And BTW, where is the column about John McCain being brainwashed by the North Vietnamese and his wife being an android extra from "Bladerunner":  oh wait, MoDo doesn't "do" Republicans.

by Tackle on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 06:33:58 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 It was his audition for FAUX (1+ / 0-)
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-7.88, -6.72. "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins."--John Locke IMPEACH THE BASTARDS!!!

by caseynm on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 09:35:20 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 or pressure from the higher ups at the WPo (1+ / 0-)
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by nipit on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 08:20:43 AM PDT

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 I admit I am a bit disturbed by the glee (6+ / 0-)
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with which many exclaim Mr Milbank goodbye.   One contrary opinion, one mistaken article and he is the devil?

The more I hear the phrase "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good" this week, the more I think I (as well as many here), need to heed its wisdom.

I am nowhere near perfect, I would consider myself a hypocrite (or lockstep Republican) to expect it of anyone else.

~father...Father, the sleeper has awakened! ~Dune

by CWalter on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 09:47:43 PM PDT

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 Keith makes mistakes too (6+ / 0-)
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Then he apologizes.  See the difference?

by UneasyOne on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 03:27:13 AM PDT

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 nope. (0+ / 0-)
glad all of you here ALWAYS apologize for every wrong you do and are therefore perfect.

Wow....didn't know I was in the presence of such perfect people!

Let me bow down to you.....


~father...Father, the sleeper has awakened! ~Dune

by CWalter on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 09:22:02 AM PDT

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 It's a mistake if you apologize (7+ / 0-)
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but calling those who point it out whiners is not.  He did not think he did anything wrong.

by sk7326 on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 05:12:03 AM PDT

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 Millbank was also in on the (5+ / 0-)
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Edwards haircut smear.  IMO, that tags him as a tool.

public static string McCainResponse(string ObamaAction) { switch (ObamaAction) { default: return "FAUXRAGE!!" } }

by sagra on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 07:28:25 AM PDT

[ Parent ]

 ...again...when people on this board (0+ / 0-)
tell you that you are wrong, you immediately apologize and change your POV, right? many perfect people here. 

Glad I can admit I am not perfect and sometimes don't admit I am wrong when I clearly am.  It's called being human, you might want to try it sometime.

~father...Father, the sleeper has awakened! ~Dune

by CWalter on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 09:29:54 AM PDT

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 If he had said (2+ / 0-)
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I made a mistake, I was wrong instead of going on about whines, perhaps i would agree with you.

Nothing wrong with being imperfect, it's only when you can't admit that you are that there is a big problem.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

by resa on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 08:34:12 AM PDT

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 looking at the responses on this board, I think (0+ / 0-)
his call of 'whiners' was correct.

We seriously don't have bigger issues to address?

Dana is small ****...miniscule.  Y'all gonna make him think he is of vital importance if he reads this.

~father...Father, the sleeper has awakened! ~Dune

by CWalter on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 09:26:03 AM PDT

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 Dana may be "small sh_t"... (0+ / 0-) you say, but his reckless mistake (recklessness seemingly fostered by a desire to climb on the Obama-bashing bandwagon), his arrogance in refusing to admit and correct his mistake, and his haughty disdain for those who would dare point out the mistake and call for a correction is indicative of the big, honking pile of sh_t that MSM has become.

by Linus Too on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:39:17 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Amen to that! n/t (0+ / 0-)

Waiting to be surprised - Zelda Fitzgerald

by stillonline on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:21:24 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 not this but gwen ifil MTP (1+ / 0-)
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Waiting to be surprised - Zelda Fitzgerald

by stillonline on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:23:31 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 how about Ray Saurez? (1+ / 0-)
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Know all your enemies. We know who our enemies are. Stop Eminent Domain Abuse. End Corporate Welfare

by BrooklynBoy on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:31:28 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Amy Goodman and Jim Hightower (2+ / 0-)
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Should have a show together.

by iburl on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 10:31:33 PM PDT

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 Hells no (5+ / 0-)
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Her performance in the Vice Presidential debate in 2004 was one of the worst ever. 

I suppose you could argue she deserves a second chance, but the questions she chose for that debate revealed a deeply Beltway Elite mindset.

by dcg2 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:43:17 PM PDT

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 nt/ ROFLMAO!!! (at the "Dana's a guy" mix-up) (0+ / 0-)

Time for us DEMOCRATS to take our fight directly to "GET OFF MY JOHN!" McShame. BTW, can a CHIMP, FROG march? Let's find out ... IMPEACH BUSH!!!

by VT ConQuest on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 03:21:47 AM PDT

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 Greeeeeat (25+ / 0-)
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he should not have been back on for his obvious lies. Keep up the good work Countdown & high standards.

by Papillion on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:39:22 PM PDT

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 dana is a guy (2+ / 0-)
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my email to him was replied with a "whine". Sorry, Dana, the first rule of a good journalist is the ability to admit a mistake. We'll miss you --- sort of.

by mlsinco on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:39:37 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Not. (0+ / 0-)

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

by resa on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 08:34:40 AM PDT

[ Parent ]

 okay I'll give her that one. (9+ / 0-)
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But I really did have to change the station when she was talking to Pena today. She really irked me.

"Pictures are better than words, cause some words are big, and hard to understand." Peter Griffin.

by Leigh3352 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:26:39 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 "Even a blind hog (37+ / 0-)
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finds an acorn every once in a while" - my grandmother's favorite saying, and probably applicable to Adrea's one shining moment of truth here.  Still, at least she did it - too many others just swallowed it and spread the lie.

by geordie on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:29:35 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Today on Hardball (160+ / 0-)
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Andrea once again repeated how McCain's ad was a lie and that McCain's honor is being tarnished.
She and Roger Simon took mcCain to the woodshed for the Brittany ad.

I wish folks would back off Andrea a bit around here. She has been about the only reporter lately to show some backbone.

by Hawkjt on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:31:00 PM PDT

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 Yeah, it's weird. (48+ / 0-)
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She was just as careless as the rest of them for so long. Don't find the truth: Just tell both sides and call it "being fair." Now, all of a sudden, she's calling the truth out on people. I'm really shocked by the change.

by Bush Bites on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:38:25 PM PDT

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 if there is any perception (19+ / 0-)
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that she's 'turning' for any journalistic or posterity-type reasons, forget it.  She's just pissed at her fellow chattering media class... the one she and others like her has worked with so hard to spread the falsehoods, narratives, memes and other crap at the bequest of the highest bidders (and government)...

She's upset they've all been using Uncle Alan as the sub-prime, recession, economic slowdown pinata...

She's mad at the larry kudlow/heritage/wall street journal ass clowns who for years pushed for more largess to the barrons at the expense of the taxpayers only to turn on him when they now have to admit their complicity in the financial disaster we've all been hiding in the closet since the 70's and 80's.

she's but one of the thousands that make up our fine chattering class... brought on to make sure 'murkins' think exactly what the bozos in charge want them to think...

She's now pissed at them throwning her husband under the bus after his years of his obedient service in trying to keep their teetering stack of blocks from toppling over.

sorry for the rant.

by jackemoe on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 06:08:55 PM PDT

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 Not need to apologize! (2+ / 0-)
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Rant on.

Democracy is a contact sport...

by jsmagid on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:00:31 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 thanks for the insight n/t (2+ / 0-)
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Waiting to be surprised - Zelda Fitzgerald

by stillonline on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 08:26:12 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 dunno- she's still doing the 'both sides are so (2+ / 0-)
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negative" thing- and truthfully, I don't think Obama has been.   She gave McCain's clown Davis a long opportunity to continue to rave against Obama and the best she could come up with was 'why are both camps so negative'?

by brueso on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 11:45:16 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 fightin words (3+ / 0-)
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I'm noticing that lately terms used to describe Obama have taken much more negative turn.  His willingness to compromise is "hiding behind" "backed away"  More and more the terms used infer cowardice.  I don't know if it's a deliberate - but it's deadly.  The swift boat attacks would never have worked if the MSM hadn't "softened" Kerry's image.  They're back!  Each time they use a loaded adjective - they demean him. 

I think we need to find a list of terms to apply to McCain.  Subtle terms that begin a new narrative.

Last night Andrea Mitchell was making excuses for McCain.  She said that the John McCain she knows would not use such tactics.  That he must really believe that Obama snubbed the troops. She thinks that he must not be aware that some of his charges about Obama are false.  That he must be in a campaign bubble. 

HUM...... like he's "brainwashed"? 

Waiting to be surprised - Zelda Fitzgerald

by stillonline on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 08:24:14 AM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Exactly- John McCain was lying during the Primary (1+ / 0-)
Recommended by:ceriboo
and doing to Romney what Bush did to him in 2000. McCain just didn't change overnight! He's made a concerted effor to side with Bush and the Neo-Cons for at least 3 years on almost everything. Perhaps the McCain of 2000 was a mirage?

You are so on target about the excuses they all make for McCain as though he were one of the "mentally challenged kids"- what is up with that and we should all do something about it. Urge the the media to be honest about BOTH candidates. McCain changes a position he held for 26 years last month on drilling and the media says boo. Obama merely discusses a possible compromise to include a teeny tiny little bit of drilling in order to pass a HUGE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY BILL- all the while reiterating that he's not in favor of drillign and doesn't think it will affect oil prices even in the LT and the media reacts as though he "has no principles!" So unfair.

by Ellie the Kat on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 02:18:46 PM PDT

[ Parent ]

 no apologize necessary----right on (1+ / 0-)
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by nipit on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 08:24:18 AM PDT

[ Parent ]

 Ok, well explain this please: (52+ / 0-)
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Truly a Kuhnian moment. John McCain is so honorable and straight-shooting that the only explanation for his campaign's headlong dive into sleaze, xenophobia and gonzo bamboozlement is that McCain is so out of it and controlled by his advisors that he doesn't actually know what they're doing in his name.

(Just the kind of guy who should be president, right?)

That's the upshot of the brief exchange Andrea Mitchell, Roger Simon and Mike Barnicle just had on Hardball. Special thanks to TPM Reader MC for flagging it for us. We'll have the video for you shortly.


Why does God love Barack Obama?

~Jon Stewart commenting on the oil spill/hurricane that caused McC[ompl]ain to cancel visit to oil rig.

by Muzikal203 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:39:33 PM PDT

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 I heard that also. (25+ / 0-)
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And you know what? I think it is a very damning statement about McCain that clearly accuses McCain of being willing to throw that honor down the drain at the behest of his evil handlers.

I do think McCain was a different cat back in 2000... but now has sold his soul for a victory and that is what simon and mitchell were saying.

by Hawkjt on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:04:57 PM PDT

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15  Media & Film / Media Matters / Re: Dana Milbank Leaving Countdown With Keith Olbermann on: August 06, 2008, 12:46:11 am
Dana Milbank And Unhappy Endings
by Keith Olbermann

Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:07:12 PM PDT

Since I was a little less than proactive about this issue last week on television (for reasons which I think will become readily apparent), I thought I'd offer a little preview of an item on tonight's Countdown.

The headline: Dana Milbank won't be on the news hour any more.

Keith Olbermann's diary :: ::
Timing is indeed everything.

In fact, that's how we're "hanging" this as a brief item in tonight's show:


      Best Timing:
      Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, who notified us today that after four years appearing with us, he had accepted another television offer.
      This saved your crack Countdown staff an increasingly difficult decision.
      For nearly a week we'd been waiting for him to offer a correction or an explanation for his column from last week in which he apparently reported an Obama quote without a full context turned the meaning of the quote inside-out.   
      Then he called criticisms of his column "whines" even though the dispute was over whether Obama said the self-deprecating: "It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign -- that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It's about America. I have just become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions" -- or only the part about "I have just become a symbol..."
      We had decided not to have Dana on this news-hour again until this was cleared up, and, sadly after some very happy years, he's apparently chosen to make that cloud permanent.
      Good luck, Dana.

Anybody who would come on television to talk about the Dick Cheney shoot-up, wearing an orange safety vest and a hunter's cap automatically gets my benefit of the doubt. But even that had a shelf-life, which was nearing, when he took any further decision-making out of our hands. It was quite a surprise conclusion, obviously, and I'll take it (before anybody tries to take it back).

I'm sure that wasn't his intention, but often one's best work is inadvertent. I'm just as sure his version of the provenance of the original version of the quote the Post's source provided was accurate. What happened thereafter was the problem.

And there's nothing facetious in the good luck wish there. I liked working with Dana, and he once even brought his Mom with him to the New York studio. So we put this not in the Worst Persons In The World segment, but in "Bests," in a spirit of... something.
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