Gangster Government – Blagojevich, Obama, Giannoulias – Can I Get A Witness?

Update: Going down. We’re not talking about the “teabagger” slur nor the SEC porn watchers. And it’s not Barney Frank blaming Republicans for the SEC porn watching. And it’s not that super secret spacecraft/airplane X-37B OTV either.

It’s Obama boy pal mob bankster Alexi Giannoulias:

A worker at the main Broadway Bank branch on Broadway and Granville says “it’s over.”

The bank is open now — but the worker says they’ve been told at close of business “that’s it.”

Black curtains have been put up today. You can’t see in.

The Giannoulias campaign says the curtains are to “block the sun”, although the sky is overcast and rain is predicted all weekend.

Remember how we always say, half in jest, that if Obama says the sun is shining look out the window because it’s raining. Um, right again.


What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

The blood from the crimes continues to flow. Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday – heralded yesterday with Shakespearean level drama from Chicago, about Obama.

[We postpone our Bill Clinton Tea Party series (as well as the latest Hillary Clinton developments) in order to discuss the latest from Chicago because you can be sure, the Big Blog boys want this story to be Hidden News and won’t discuss it (if at all) with any intention other than to protect Barack Obama.]

Chicago Clown

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Yesterday, as the corrupt bowed to the corrupt yet again – this time it was yet another Obama publicity stunt before the banksters that looted the economy gangster government proved us correct. On December 12, 2008 we called for a special prosecutor to investigate Barack Obama. We wrote:

“A Special Prosecutor needs to investigate the role of the government funded Obama transition members and contacts between the mothership of Chicago’s Culture of Corruption and its expansion to the nation’s capital.”

We called for a Special Prosecutor before the “multi-headed Hydra” of Chicago Corruption could grow heads in the nation’s capital. Too late now. The corruption is suffused in the DNA of the DNC and “gangster government” rules.

In our first week of publication we published our first mention of Antoin “Tony” Rezko. We thought then that Big Media would investigate Obama’s connections with Rezko but instead Big Media protected Obama.

Does the birth of Obama corruption matter? Of course it does. As we made clear (The Case Of the Missing State Senator) Obama’s behavior and character in Chicago foreshadowed his behavior and character in Washington (The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss).

Our first mention of Obama boy pal Alexi Giannoulias was in June of 2007. Our latest mention of boy pal and mob banker Giannoulias (but not our last mention as we still intend to publish our tutorial for oblivious Joan Walsh) informed our readers of Giannoulias as the prototype banker for the mob in the Batman – The Dark Knight film (Chicago’s Dark Night – Giannoulias, Stroger, And The Crown Of Corruption).

It was truly a celestial joke played on the people of Chicago and America when Blogojevich and then Obama came to office as self-proclaimed “reformers”. Now the latest Chicago “reformer” is Alexi Giannoulias, mob banker boy. Today mob banker boy Alexi Giannoulias has an FDIC deadline too – get $85 million Alexi or go swim with the fishes. It’s eat or be eaten day in Chicago:

“If a bidder has not been found for the Giannoulias family’s Broadway Bank, today could be the day federal and state regulators walk in and shut it down.

Nearly 90 days ago, the bank entered into a consent decree with government officials in which bank officials agreed to try to raise $85 million to recapitalize the bank.”

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So what happened yesterday? Well it started with the Capital Fax Blog in Chicago. Our readers will recall when Capital Fax Blog called good ol’ Big Pink “brutal” because of our news reports on Rezko and Obama. Capital Fax discovered we are not so “brutal” after all, especially when compared to Obama’s “reformer” doppelganger Rod Blagojevich. Instead Capital Fax found a way to read secret portions from a redacted court filing by Blagojevich.

Oh, the Obama Drama! [PDF file of the Blagojevich motion is HERE.] Capital Fax was “brutal” in describing the Blagojevich filing. “Blagojevich hurls allegations at Obama in bid to force testimony.” And:

“Blagojevich’s lawyers allege that Tony Rezko admitted to violating the law by personally contributing “a large sum of cash” to a public official’s campaign, which the Blagojevich people say is Obama.

The lawyers claim that Obama may not have been telling the truth when he said Rezko never relayed a request from a lobbyist to hold a fundraiser for Obama in exchange for favorable legislative action (Obama, however, refused to agree to the offer, Rezko allegedly says).

They also claim that Obama allegedly lied when he said he didn’t have any conversations with Rezko about a casino license… [snip]

There is also an allegation of an attempted quid pro quo on the Jarrett Senate appointment… [snip]

Obama allegedly shot down former Senate President Emil Jones’ name when it was floated by the Blagojevich team as a possible Senate appointment. And Rahm Emanuel floated Cheryle Jackson’s name…”

Just imagine the reaction from Emil Jones (Jones is the Harry Reid of Illinois – the guy who got Obama promoted to the U.S. Senate after Obama wooed him for the job and now Jones got stabbed in the back apparently by Obama) when he heard his stooge “shot down” his name. Oh, the drama!

The Confluence has a good wrap-up of the day’s events. [Mrs. Smith has linked to some good information too HERE, HERE, and HERE.] But let’s face it, at these Obama comic moments we rush to read John Kass:

“Rod Blagojevich finally made good on a promise: He put President Barack Obama right in the middle of Blagojevich’s own political corruption case.

And now it’s finally clear why, from the moment of Blagojevich’s arrest in December 2008, White House spinners loudly portrayed our former Gov. Dead Meat as some drooling, raving lunatic.

A lunatic is not to be believed, and Dead Meat will continue to be characterized as such by Obama defenders. But raving lunatics care little for their own survival. And in an amazing defense motion filed Thursday, Blagojevich proved once again that he is quite sane.”

Blagjoevich, in the words of the wonderful gangland film, The Godfather, is going to the mattresses. And he’s going there with guns loaded, and ready to fire. More Kass:

“He wants Obama to testify in his federal criminal case. The feds allege that Blagojevich conspired to sell off Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat, among other charges.

Obama’s former patron and real estate fairy, the convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko, is a key player in the government’s case. Blagojevich’s aim is to undercut what Rezko has told investigators.

And now Blago wants the president to do the undercutting from the witness stand, with the nation riveted to his every recollection of his days in Chicago politics, hanging with Tony and the guys, with the midterm November elections approaching.”

Oops! The elections. They forgot the elections. Giannoulias the mob boy banker gets bumped off today by the FDIC (“the Feds” in gangland parlance) and then in June Obama gets dragged to Chicago, whether the judge rules in favor of the motion or not (we bet the judge protects Obama).

“President Obama has pertinent information as to the character of Mr. Rezko,” the Blagojevich filing states. “President Obama can testify to Mr. Rezko’s reputation for truthfulness, as well as his own opinion of Mr. Rezko’s character. Based on the relationship that President Obama and Mr. Rezko had, President Obama can provide important information as to Mr. Rezko’s plan, intent, opportunity, habit and modus operandi.

That’s right, birds of a feather flock together – and those corrupt birds loved getting together. If the Chicago judge would actually insist on giving the defense its day, Obama and Rezko and Blagojevich would be reunited. Our tears would flow.

More Kass:

“Though Thursday’s new information is quite fascinating, remember that it comes from the same defense team that has turned the case into a circus from day one.

And demanding the president take the stand in a corruption trial is all three rings, and the dozens of tiny little clowns pouring out of the diminutive car, and the bearded lady. Oh, and let’s not forget the dog-faced boy.

Thursday’s filing quotes an account by Rezko suggesting that when Obama was an Illinois state senator, his campaign received political cash from Rezko. It also points to assertions by Rezko insinuating that he and Obama had conversations about a casino deal in Rosemont that Rezko stood to make a killing on.

“Rezko has stated to the government that he and the public official [believed to be Obama] had certain conversations about gaming legislation and administration, which the public official denies having had,” the filing states.

President Obama is the only one who can testify as to the veracity of Mr. Rezko’s allegations above.”

The “public official” is no doubt lying. The “public official” is Barack Obama. The ones protecting the “public official” includes windbag LeftTalkers who will not tolerate one bad word about Mess-iah (Confluence has information on the suppression of information by LeftTalkers), and of course the inbred cousins of Big Media:

“It’s no secret that some in journalism get offended when anyone dares mention that the president was involved in Chicago politics. But the filing is not only a legal document, it’s a political message from Blagojevich to Obama. So allow me to translate the Chicago Way.”

Oh, that is so true John. It’s just like in The Godfather when the fish is delivered announcing the death of Luca Brasi.

Helpful John Kass with the gangland translation:

“Dear Barack, my old friend. I want you to use all your powers, all your skills, to make me an offer I can’t refuse. I’m Mr. Celebrity-get-me-out-of-here, and you better get me out of here. Thanks, Rod.”

The most interesting portions of the filing were supposed to be kept secret. Whole sections were redacted (i.e., blacked out) and remained so for hours.

But there appears to have been a clerical error. And Rich Miller of The Capitol Fax Blog revealed a way to unlock the redacted parts. So we followed Mr. Miller’s easy instructions, pressed a few keys on the computer, and presto!

All the redacted material was magically reinstated.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel surely isn’t happy. He hauled lawyers from both sides into his chambers for a little private chat Thursday evening. There were no reports of piteous shrieks emanating from behind closed doors, but I’ve got to think that Blago’s guys left the room whimpering and biting their lips.

While this is believed to have been a technical glitch by the defense, the thing is, this is Chicago. Do you believe in coincidence?

No, we don’t believe in Chicago coincidence nor celestial choirs involved in Chicago politics. Just when you thought you were out… they pull you back in.

“It’s not good for Obama. But whether you agree or disagree with his politics, it’s clear that he’s in a difficult position.

His former close buddy, Rezko — “That’s not the Tony Rezko I know” — still swings like some albatross from his neck, and it’s getting quite stinky. It’s hard to transcend the old politics of the past with that dead bird weighing you down.

And his political guys, who were sent from Mayor Richard Daley’s City Hall to run his administration, have served him poorly. They shouldn’t have let this get anywhere near the president.

In January 2009 — just weeks after the FBI came knocking at his door — Blagojevich threatened to bring everyone down with him.

As he was being booted from the governor’s office in his impeachment trial, Dead Meat complained that he wanted to call witnesses to clear his name.

“I’m talking about every single witness named in the criminal complaint,” Dead Meat said. “I’m talking about (White House Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel, and Sen. (Dick) Durbin … and others who were engaged in conversations with me on a variety of different things, all appropriate and all legal, and I’d like every one of them to testify under oath here at this impeachment trial.”

The judge and the prosecutors should insist Obama testify. After all, Dick Durbin has been subpoenaed and will likely testify. Obama supporters should insist Obama testify. After all, he says he doesn’t have anything to worry about and his supporters always say he has nothing to hide. So why hide? Testify.


165 thoughts on “Gangster Government – Blagojevich, Obama, Giannoulias – Can I Get A Witness?

  1. Posted downstairs before I realize a new great post is up..

    Mrs. Smith
    There is a lot to sift through in the motion of subpoena, so if we missed anything or you have more information on the matter, feel free to email us the info along. We’ll be keeping tabs on the trial and Obama’s response to the subpoena as the story develops.

    It’s days like this when you’re happy to be alive. Where you are living long enough to possibly see justice meted out in full to the ones who have thumbed their noses at the public and the LAW of the land they recklessly

    Thanks for putting all the info out there in one piece.

    Yes, it is a good day when we see that there is a possibility that the Teflon fraud might have some dirt stuck to him, and exposed by someone that isn’t racist, and from his own Chicago world of dirty deals.

    Rock on Blago!

    Admin- now to read your newest, post. They are always such a treat to look forward to. Big Pink rocks!!!

  2. Go, Blago Go!!!

    In other news, Tim Burton, the R who is running for Murtha’s old seat in PA, is being targeted. He is having a money-bomb today, and suddenly if you google his name, Google says his site is DANGEROUS and INFECTED and MAY HARM YOUR COMPUTER!

    How many times have we seen Google do this sort of thing to anti-Obama sites, to try to drive traffic away? Too many for it to be mere coincidence, in my book.

  3. Very excellent article, Admin. However, I don’t know whether to cry or laugh sarcastically at the acceptance of such corruption in Chicago. Is such goings-on an example of a society without a moral compass? Or, is Obeyme one of those special politicians who will use corruption for his own ends and still claim how he’s where he is because of the “little people?”

    I gotta say, such corruption that exists in Chicago and is so readily acknowledged by both political parties in Illinois is disgusting. That the coverup of corruption involving Obeyme by the MSM so their beloved Messiah never gets “tarnished” is even more revealing. Our bureaucrats and our media hacks aren’t doing their jobs so they’re colluding to keep each other in existence. Now, that’s a beautiful system if the Mob were running the country like it does, say, in Italy.

    I’d like to know what the consequences for Giannoulias will be after the FDIC shuts down his family’s bank. Shouldn’t financial malfeasance be the death blow to Banker Boy’s political ambitions? Do Illinois voters really have faith in people who can’t even keep their own finanicial house in order? Or is this such common place corruption that they shrug and say, “what’s the big f’ing deal?”

    Look, I’m from New York state originally and I know all about corruption living in that place. However, do the Dems and Dem politicos who tolerate this think that corruption in our Republic ensures accessible “democracy?” Or has it always been a scam that stupid voters bought to bring about “history?”

    This whole thing makes me sick… it’s not okay when either political party does it and that there are lots of voters who tolerate it, especially the HopeyChangey kind, it makes it doubly revolting and depressing.


    The [Friday] Papers
    By Steve Rhodes / Posted on April 23, 2010

    “Rod Blagojevich finally made good on a promise: He put President Barack Obama right in the middle of Blagojevich’s own political corruption case,” John Kass writes today.


    But as you might guess, the defense strategy is a bit convoluted. Or at least it may not be what it seems.

    As Kass writes, the point isn’t to impugn the character of Obama but to impeach the expected testimony of Tony Rezko.

    If the President of the United States testifies that Rezko is a dirty, low-down liar, the theory goes, then the veracity of any statements by Rezko implicating Blagojevich in wrongdoing is destroyed.

    But that doesn’t mean Blagojevich hasn’t now put Obama into a trick bag, because he has.

    “It is the charges swirling around the Senate pick that have led the defense team to attempt to draw Obama into the case,” the Tribune reports. “In December 2008, shortly after Blagojevich’s arrest but prior to the presidential inauguration, Obama said he had ‘never spoken to the governor on this subject. I’m confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat.’

    “But Blagojevich’s defense team contends that Obama’s public statements contradict those of other potential prosecution witnesses, including Valerie Jarrett, a White House official who briefly was considered the favored Senate replacement for her longtime friend Obama.

    “The filing cites FBI interviews with labor officials, including one who said he spoke to Obama on the eve of his Nov. 4, 2008, election and said the soon-to-be-president believed that Jarrett ‘would be a good senator for the people of Illinois.’ The union official said he told Obama he would convey that message to Blagojevich.”

    Obama doesn’t appear to have a legal problem, but he sure could have a political one. The chain of events outlined in the Blagojevich court filing – allegations by one side in the proceeding, to be sure, but also sourced to other witnesses – don’t appear to align with the president’s public statements or the White House’s own internal investigation. See Obama’s Senate Seat Saga.

    “The filing alleges that the day after the election, a supporter of Obama suggested to Jarrett she reach out to then-Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy, according to an interview Jarrett had with the FBI shortly after the former governor’s arrest,” the Trib reports.

    “The Obama supporter, who is not identified in the filing, allegedly mentioned ‘fundraising’ help for Blagojevich in exchange for naming Jarrett to the Senate vacancy during a phone call to Blagojevich’s home that was secretly recorded by government agents the day before the election.”

    But as Kass writes:

    “It’s no secret that some in journalism get offended when anyone dares mention that the president was involved in Chicago politics.”

    Reporters covering Obama are kings of the caveats.

    For example:

    “Since Blagojevich’s arrest in December 2008, Obama has insisted that he and top aides were never part of any deals for the Senate seat and were unaware that Blagojevich may have been scheming to use his appointment power to enrich himself,” the Trib report says.

    “There is nothing in the filing to indicate otherwise.”


    Isn’t that what a big part of the filing is all about?

    “But the cherry-picked nature of how the defense document was assembled and the suggestive nature of the allegations invited immediate claims from Obama critics that the filing raised doubts about the president’s veracity,” the Trib continues. In a straight news story.

    Is the nature of the defense filing “cherry-picked”? As opposed to the prosecutors’ filings? As opposed to, say, news reports?

    And are these claims merely of a “suggestive nature . . . invit[ing] claims from Obama critics”?

    Considering the source – Team Blago – these claims could be piffle. But they should raise doubts about the president’s veracity from presidential foes and friends alike.

    After all, it would hardly be the first time the president’s veracity was, um, questioned – or provably impeached – and still defended by the home team. See The [Rezko] Papers.

    Another example from the Trib:

    “One week before Blagojevich’s arrest, Obama and the Illinois governor attended a national meeting of governors in Philadelphia. The filing notes that the two spoke there and that two top aides to Blagojevich later discussed that conversation in a wiretapped phone call. But there’s no indication in the filing that the Senate vacancy was discussed by Obama and Blagojevich when they met.”

    I’m not sure that’s true.

    From the filing:

    “President-elect Obama also spoke to Governor Blagojevich on December 1, 2008 in Philadelphia. On Harris Cell Phone Call # 139, John Harris and Governor’s legal counsel discuss a conversation Blagojevich had with President-elect Obama. The government claims a conspiracy existed from October 22, 2008 continuing through December 9, 2008. That conversation is relevant to the defense of the government’s theory of an ongoing conspiracy. Only Rod Blagojevich and President Obama can testify to the contents of that conversation.”

    That seems like an “indication” to me that the defense is threatening to demand that Obama reveal what was discussed that day.

    The Sun-Times didn’t even bother to tease the story on its front page, much less give it front-page billing, in effect hiding its choice morsel:

    “The filing alleges continued input by Obama’s staff in the Senate seat choice, even after Jarrett dropped out of contention,” the paper reports.

    “It is the first indication that Obama personally called an official with SEIU, which had donated $1.8 million to Blagojevich.

    “Two sources with knowledge of the investigation say Obama called Balanoff on Nov. 3, 2008, to give Balanoff the green light to continue talking to Blagojevich about Jarrett’s possible appointment. The man who would be elected president the next day first left Balanoff, whose union also supported Obama, an innocuous message asking him to return the call.

    “When Balanoff and Obama later spoke, Obama – in addition to discussing the election and campaigning – relayed to Balanoff that he would not publicly come out in favor of any one candidate for his replacement, sources said.”

    In fact, his public statements would contradict his private actions.

    “However, after Blagojevich’s arrest, Obama released a report detailing his and his staff’s contacts with the former governor,” the Sun-Times notes. “In it, the report stated: ‘The president-elect expressed his preference that Valerie Jarrett work with him in the White House. He also stated that he would neither stand in her way if she wanted to pursue the Senate seat nor actively seek to have her or any other particular candidate appointed to the vacancy.'”


    From the filing:

    “President-elect Obama was also involved in other senate candidate choices. On December 8, 2008, John Harris’ secretary’s call log noted President’s Chief of Staff called at 10:47 am and wrote ‘needs to talk to you asap’ (Harris 302, February 20, 2009). President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI that he had a conversation discussing the Senate seat with Obama on December 7, 2008 in Obama’s car. President’s Chief of Staff told the FBI ‘Obama expressed concern about Senate Candidate D being appointed as Senator [President’s Chief of Staff] suggested they might need an expanded list to possibly include names of African Americans that came out of the business world. [President’s Chief of Staff] thought he suggested Senate Candidate E who was the head of the Urban League and with President’s Chief of Staff’s suggestion.’ (President’s Chief of Staff, 302, 12-20-08).”

    Come to think of it, maybe calling Obama to wreck the credibility of Rezko’s testimony isn’t such a good idea; Obama might not have much credibility left by the time this thing is over either.


    Gangsta Government…Anita Dunn…We Control the News Media


    Is today the end for Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias’ family bank? All signs point to yes, as the deadline for Broadway Bank to find $85 million in new capitalization expires.

    While Giannoulias family members continue working to recapitalize the bank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. typically does its bank takeovers at the close of business on Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, and Broadway’s 90 days are up. Giannoulias himself has said he expects the bank to fail.

  7. S, thanks for the article. We noticed it’s from the Beachwood Reporter.

    It’s been a while since we’ve had music Friday’s and there is this Beechwood song:

    We might as well have a good time today, Obama isn’t.

  8. Obama has no concept of the truth. Neither does Durbin. When they are asked to take the oath I would not be surprised if the Bible leaped from their hand.

  9. H4T, I can’t believe the Google search result for Tim Burns. Can’t verify if that is a genuine warning with hackers hacking that website. Hope Burns follows this up. But really odd considering I have had to deal with viruses from infected sites where there was no warning. I linked on the last thread info about sponsored links on Google searches. What is Google up to?

  10. Obama is poison:

    He was at the Grove Park Inn preparing for his second debate with Sen. John McCain, and at a rally that week he promised 25,000 cheering supporters he’d be back to see their city – or at least the golf course.

    But a lot has changed since then. After voting to send a Democrat to the White House for the first time in 32 years, North Carolina isn’t so sure it wants Obama back in Washington – even if Democrats and Republicans agree he’s good for business.

    “We’re pleased that the president is vacationing in North Carolina,” said Russell Peck, executive director of the state Republican Party, before segueing to a dig. “Maybe if he spends money in the state, it will boost the state’s economy and create jobs, neither of which have been accomplished by his policies.”

    While North Carolina Republicans feel emboldened by the national political climate, the state’s Democrats, once united by their support for Obama, are beginning to fracture.

    Obama’s approval rating has slid in the state he won by just 14,000 votes, hovering in the low 40s, according to some polls. Several House Democrats from North Carolina broke ranks with the White House in the health care vote. Their decision galvanized pro-labor Democrats to work to form a third party, North Carolina First, which could jeopardize Democrats’ congressional majority.

    So perhaps it’s no coincidence that not a single elected official or candidate is expected to greet Obama on the tarmac after Air Force One touches down in the district of Rep. Heath Shuler – one of the 39 Democrats who voted against health care reform.

    “If it happens today he probably doesn’t carry the state,” Mark Gibney, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, said of Obama and the 2012 election. “There’s not the same pride that this is our president in the same way of the pride that this is our candidate, especially among the young people.”

  11. Ahhh, I’m going to have to read this five more times before I wrap my brain around it. It is juicy and it’ll be fun watching it unfold. Even if does no more than make Obama squirm, it’s worth it. Remember how he bolted home from Nevada? There’s a burr in their somewhere for him.

  12. I am really disappointed in Carville that I respected so much during the primary.I got this email from the DCCC with James Carville’s name on it:

    First there was Sarah Palin. Now we can add another Republican reptile from the past trying to help the GOP win House races this year – former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

    Last weekend, Santorum whipped up a crowd of thousands of tea party extremists over the upcoming May 18th special election for the Pennsylvania House seat that was held by the late, great Congressman Jack Murtha.

    Even worse, national Republicans just dropped a whopping $247,000 to spread lies and fear-mongering attack ads in this race. I need your help to fight back so we can keep this critical House seat blue. He needs just another $25,000 more for his rapid response efforts before Monday to keep pace.

    Contribute $5, $10 or more to help Democrat Mark Critz win the critical special election to succeed the late Congressman Jack Murtha in PA-12.

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    We need your help in the next 48 hours so Critz can fund his rapid response before it’s too late.

    Ever since all those fire-breathing tea party nut jobs scored their upset win in the Massachusetts Senate election, they’ve been looking for a new race to target.

    Santorum and his fellow nut jobs on the right-wing lunatic fringe know that another Republican win in a special election like this will send the media into a tizzy about how it’s all over for President Obama’s agenda and how the GOP has all the momentum this year.

    We can’t let it happen.

    Contribute $5, $10 or more to help Democrat Mark Critz win the critical special election to succeed the late Congressman Jack Murtha in PA-12. We need your help in the next 48 hours so Critz can fund his rapid response before it’s too late.

    The DCCC knows a thing or two about winning special elections. Thanks to you, they won five big ones in a row where Republicans put up a fight. But the stakes are even higher in this one.

    We can’t let the Republicans elect another big-bank protecting, millionaire-supporting, tea-party loving member of Congress to help them bring back the failed agenda of George W. Bush.

    Jack Murtha stood with us when we took back the House in 2006. Let’s not let those tea party extremists take his seat here in 2010.

    Contribute in the next 48 hours so we can respond to their latest round of attacks and win this fight for Jack.


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    James Carville

    P.S. Rick Santorum and the rest of the tea-party extremists are trying to help the Republicans repeat what they did in the Massachusetts Senate election so they can claim the momentum this year. We can’t let it happen. Contribute in the next 48 hours to help Democrat Mark Critz fight back against the latest Republican attacks before it’s too late so he can win the special election to succeed the late, great Congressman Jack Murtha in PA-12.

  13. Arizona reps emails:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    John Nelson 12 R,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 302 926-5861 417-3104
    Olivia Cajero Bedford 27 D,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  14. I just sent this email to all the Arizona reps:

    I am a registered Independent voter and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Legislators of thegreat state of Arizona for having a backbone in taking our Consititution seriously. Our prayers may have been answered by what some are calling the “Arizona Filibuster.” This legislation that requires data that proves
    one is a natural born citizen at the state level.** calls it a ‘birther bill. ” I call it
    and the last great hope to force government to abide by the rule of law as laid out in the Consititution. I really do not care where Obama was born, but I do care there was a successful thwarting of the rule of law by not producing an original birth certificate, transcripts, etc. And he spent an obscene amount of money to keep from being required to produce original data; this begs the question, why?

    As lamecherry* stated, “… for the salvation of the Union, it is hoped that other states will affirm their rights and Constitutional Authority by passing laws, which do not need to be passed, but to make Mr. Obama and any person running for President produce all data from medical files, birth certificates, passports and
    government loans. In that, the Union will be protected as the Founders intended.”

    The language requiring that candidate demonstrate that they are a “natural born citizen” was added by GOP state Rep. Judy Burges. Thank you on behalf of my two little great-grandchildren, Rep. Burges.


  15. Our update:

    Update: Going down. We’re not talking about the “teabagger” slur nor the SEC porn watchers. And it’s not Barney Frank blaming Republicans for the SEC porn watching. And it’s not that super secret spacecraft/airplane X-37B OTV either.

    It’s Obama boy pal mob bankster Alexi Giannoulias:

    A worker at the main Broadway Bank branch on Broadway and Granville says “it’s over.”

    The bank is open now — but the worker says they’ve been told at close of business “that’s it.”

    Black curtains have been put up today. You can’t see in.

    The Giannoulias campaign says the curtains are to “block the sun”, although the sky is overcast and rain is predicted all weekend.

    Remember how we always say, half in jest, that if Obama says the sun is shining look out the window because it’s raining. Um, right again.


    The backers of the bailouts to General Motors cried with triumph this week when the automaker announced that they had repaid their bailout loans ahead of schedule. That amounted to proof of the wisdom of government intervention, the argument went, and wondered aloud why bailout critics didn’t acknowledge their errors. Perhaps it’s because the government essentially got paid off with even more government money:

    During an April 20 hearing on Capital Hill, Sen. Tom Carper, (D-Del.) asked some pointed questions of Neil Barofsky, the “special watch dog” on the Wall Street Bailout, aka, TARP.

    “It’s good news in that they’re reducing their debt,” Barofsky said of the accelerated GM payments, “but they’re doing it by taking other available TARP money.”…

    “It sounds like it’s kind of like taking money out of one pocket and putting in the other,” said Carper, who got a nod of agreement from Barofsky.

    “The way that payment is going to be made is by drawing down on an equity facility of other TARP money.

  17. Hillary it has to be you.

    -Press Releases: Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Virginia Military Institute on April 28
    Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:53:59 -0500

    Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Virginia Military Institute and Receive VMI’s Distinguished Diplomat Award on April 28

    Office of the Spokesman
    Washington, DC

    April 23, 2010


    Secretary Clinton will visit the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) the evening of April 28, 2010. Her remarks will discuss smart power one year later, and how the United States is integrating diplomacy, defense, and development together into its day to day foreign policy. Secretary Clinton will also receive VMI’s Distinguished Diplomat Award.

    The event is open to credentialed press. Access logistics will be announced in the public schedule. Credentialed members of the press can RSVP to

    The Distinguished Diplomat Award was established in 1996 by VMI’s Department of International Studies and Political Science. It is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in advancing U.S. interests abroad through diplomacy.

    Former Distinguished Diplomat Award recipients include former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton; James Lilley, former Ambassador to South Korea and China; Jean Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; James Woolsey, former Director of central intelligence and Head of the Central Intelligence Agency; and foreign affairs strategist Susan Eisenhower.



  18. ShortTermer
    April 23rd, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I got that same email from Carville, as a former lifelong democrat and now a Tea Party supporter, an Independent, to be called a “nutjob” by Carville. I have no words, these people are seriosuly so deluded, they actually think this is 1994, they actually have no idea the anger and just pure disgust that is out there.

    and Also… good for you for sending those emails in AZ. I am about to do the same! Thanks for posting all of them.

  19. Get In There and Mix It Up’
    Hillary Clinton on Obama, Iran, and a world of troubles.

    By Michael Hirsh | NEWSWEEK
    Published Apr 23, 2010

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down for a 40-minute interview last week with NEWSWEEK’s Michael Hirsh at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia, where she was attending the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting.


    The great psychodrama that people are interested in is how do you go from one of the great battles in modern American political history to this close partnership?

    Actually, it was kind of funny. It was the Sunday after the election, and Bill and I were going for a hike at a reserve near where we live in New York. About an hour and a half into it, [Bill’s phone] rang. It was the president-elect saying he wanted to talk to Bill about some potential appointments. Bill said, “Well, we’re on this walk and it’s kind of awkward talking to you. Can we talk later?” And the president-elect said, “Yes, and I want to talk to Hillary too, so tell her to call me.” I assumed it was along the same lines. And then when he asked me if I would be his secretary of state, I said there are so many other people you should look at [laughs]. I really felt an obligation to the people of New York to go back and serve, and I was just so surprised. I had never, ever, ever thought about it. We began a series of conversations. They ended with my deciding if the shoe had been on the other foot, and I had won and I had asked him to be part of my administration, I would have hoped he would have said yes. And I’m old-fashioned enough to believe that when a president calls, you should have a presumption of saying yes.

    You have delivered some of the toughest messages to come out of this administration. Are you President Obama’s bad cop these days?

    I don’t think there’s anything as formal as that … It’s not “You’re with us or against us.” It is “We have a lot of business to do. But just because we’re going to work with you to achieve progress on issues A, B, and C doesn’t mean we’re forestalled from raising questions about what you’re doing on X, Y, and Z.” We do a lot of business with China, for example.

    Are you encouraging Google in its current standoff with China?

    That was always a business decision on the part of Google. But we are encouraging the Chinese to recognize the importance of this form of free expression.

    We know how hard you’re working now to get a U.N. resolution on Iran sanctions. But last year you proposed what you called a defense umbrella for the region, and we’ve gotten indications that Secretary Gates is interested in the idea of containment should sanctions fail. Is it fair to say that you two are pushing for that?

    We are committed to doing everything we can to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-weapons state. Sanctions are a tool, which we are pursuing with our partners in the United Nations. And it is an important effort because it will put the international community on record, [and] it carries benefits in terms of influencing the decision making within Iran. The other important [aim is to change] the Iranian calculation that they will be stronger and safer if they pursue nuclear weapons. We want them to understand they will be neither. And that’s not a policy of containment. It is a policy of deterrence.

    Was there any particular trip or meeting when you said, “This is a lot of fun”?

    I may define fun differently than some people … I get a lot of satisfaction out of the person-to-person contact. So it’s not, for me, just sitting in rooms and meeting with my fellow ministers or heads of state.

    And you think you’ve made a difference with those person-to-person contacts— for example, in Pakistan?

    Yeah, I do. In Pakistan we have a long way to go, but we’ve made a lot of progress. I got there in the fall, and I did things that nobody, even their elected officials, had ever done before [like holding town-hall meetings]. And it still is reverberating. We now have a public-diplomacy effort that is worthy of the name … If people are saying things about the United States that are not true, we don’t just say, “Oh, well, what are you going to do?” Get in there and mix it up.

    The book Game Change had you saying to President-elect Obama that you were concerned about the role of your husband if you became secretary of state. Is that accurate? What is his role?

    First of all, I haven’t read the book, so I can’t comment on anything in it. [Bill] is very actively engaged in his own work on behalf of his own foundation and now on behalf of the United Nations in Haiti. He gets calls from a lot of people in the administration on a pretty regular basis and offers [advice] with the full awareness that he’s on the outside and doesn’t have all the information that those of us on the inside might have. And he’s a great sounding board for me. Because he knows 90 percent of the people that I deal with in the world today and has astute observations about what moves them and what doesn’t and how it’s all interconnected.

  20. JanH-

    I saw the article you posted about Hillary’s Plan. I haven’t had a change to read it yet but will and post to you about it.. Thanks-

  21. JanH


    You have delivered some of the toughest messages to come out of this administration. Are you President Obama’s bad cop these days?

    To me, it’s more like he is the Fraud and she is the authentic.

  22. This is getting mmmmm, mmmmmm good.

    My condolences today to the people of North Carolina as a dense smog accompanied by a putrid odor has settled into Asheville, and it’s expected to stick around through most of the weekend.

  23. I am reading about Blago, you know, I wouldnt want this man in govt, but I am rooting for him to expose the fool and all the chicago cronies. At least Blago is being completely open about the corruption, and if anything he will expose the fraud in the WH for nothing but a product of sleazy chicago thuggery.

    Keep on going Blago!

  24. JanH
    April 23rd, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Get In There and Mix It Up’
    Hillary Clinton on Obama, Iran, and a world of troubles.

    “They ended with my deciding if the shoe had been on the other foot, and I had won and I had asked him to be part of my administration, I would have hoped he would have said yes. And I’m old-fashioned enough to believe that when a president calls, you should have a presumption of saying yes.”

    Where the Obama camp realized Hillary is the ‘real deal’, they understood the power she projects just by her presence alone. They knew she would be their anchor cabinet member, the face of America because Hillary, unlike others (ie. Power and Jarrett) in Obama’s employ, projects through her actions and hard work, she truly loves America. And that particular brand of patriotic charisma is something Obama and his administration can never convey to Americans or the World.

  25. JanH
    April 23rd, 2010 at 10:44 am

    More from the upcoming May Esquire…

    Inside Secretary Clinton’s Iran Strategy: Forget the Gates Memo Flap — We Have a Plan

    April 22, 2010

    “But the thing that makes it also a classic Hillary formulation is the parenthetical insistence that she, and we, are right. She has never been given to apology, and while this has caused her some problems politically — think the Iraq war vote —”

    And I agreed with her decision of “no apology” because I put myself her shoes. I listened and understood where she was coming from. She did her due diligence. She went straight to the top for a first hand briefing. She met with President Bush at the WH. She outlined the conditions contained in her floor speech in person F2F with Bush, prior to the vote. Bush assured her if he found it necessary to go to war [in Iraq], he would consult with Congress before taking the path of last resort, WAR!

    We all know how that worked out. When you understand Hillary’s principled mind (she does things the right way.) If she is blocked by something unappealing, something that would be received as unpopular, she lays it out and talks it out until common ground is met. She used the same strategy with Bush. He assured her War could never become a reality unless Congress approved. Someone LIED and made the wrong decision. It wasn’t Hillary; she has nothing to apologize for. She did her job as she always does in good faith for the people of this country.

    “She’s not guilty about anything, least of all American power, and standing next to her is like standing next to a Minuteman missile — you can have all sorts of opinions about her, but ultimately you’re glad that she’s one of ours.”

    I feel the same way about her. Her daily diary/schedule must be an unbelievable illusion to most because of the diversity and challanges she is asked to face everyday.

    “but we still have the reserve currency, people would rather invest here than anywhere else in the world, we have the instruments of power, all across the board, from hard to soft to where I like to land, in the middle, with ’smart’. So there’s no doubt people want to see us, they can’t get enough of us, they’re constantly wondering what we think and what we’re going to do.”

    This little tidbit of news, something we never hear about in the gloom and doom of our mainstream media is good news. This is but an aperitif to me looking forward to a new administration with Hillary at the helm. Until then, we need to drain the swamp sending every incumbent Congressman up for reelection packing back to the rat hole he/she calls home.

    Before we can dream once again of the land of Peace and Prosperity never again to be taken advantage of by a fast talkin bamboozler no matter what color he/she is.

    Jan, I LOVED this quote- I absolutely and emphatically believe it because it is a brilliant understanding and execution of strategic thinking…

    “What she’s saying is that the United States does have a coherent policy on Iran — and it’s called Israel. What she’s saying is that we are already using the “crazy little brother” strategy to get the Chinese to accept sanctions.
    “Hey, it’s not me you have to worry about, it’s my crazy little brother.” What she’s saying is that sanctions are being pursued not simply to stop Iran from developing the Bomb, but also to stop Israel from bombing Iran. We are being primed to worry about the consequences of a nuclear Iran. But there is not going to be a nuclear Iran, because Israel is not going to allow it.

    And so what the world has to worry about is not so much the prospect of Iran having a bomb, but rather the aftermath of it not having one. Hillary Clinton knows this, and is preparing for it. The great prophets of American decline, on both the left and the right, portray us as a powerless power, without a card to play in our engagements with challenging nations. But spending time with Secretary Clinton makes you understand that not only do we have cards to play; she’s already playing them.”

    Thats our girl- Obama continues to stand in her shadow.

  26. This same day voter registration is bullshit. Informed voters do not wait until election day to register. The people who do that are crooks or ignorant people who are easily manipulated by whoever buses them to the polls. The only exception should be for people with bona fide physical disabilities that preclude them from registering in a timely manner. This legislative maneuver is one of the ploys the dims are introducing to steal elections. The State of Washington is the next place they will try to slip this one through. And the corrupt governor of that state will aid and abet them.
    Wisconsin and the Voter Fraud Agenda
    Democrats are pushing to weaken ballot security at the state and national level. Have they forgotten the 2000 election?


    An attempt to hijack the state’s election laws and open the door for voter fraud failed at the last minute this week in Wisconsin’s legislature. But threats to ballot integrity continue in other states, and Congress may rush to pass ill-conceived legislation this year that would only sow confusion and increase the potential for chaos on a national level.

    Wisconsin’s story shows how high the stakes are. Late in March, a 72-page bill was suddenly introduced and rushed forward with only abbreviated hearings. The bill would have given “nationally recognized” community organizing groups access to the state driver’s license database to encourage voter turnout. After the infamous registration scandals involving Acorn in 2008, this was clearly a strange priority. Requests for an absentee ballot in a single election would also become permanent (without requiring a legitimate reason, such as infirmity), and the ballots would be automatically mailed out in future elections.

    Coercion and chicanery are made much easier by the excessive use of absentee ballots. Most of the elections thrown out by courts—Miami, Florida’s mayoral election in 1998, the East Chicago, Indiana’s mayor’s race in 2005—involved fraudulent absentee votes.

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    Associated Press
    Voters in Sturtevant, Wis., on primary election day, 2008.

    Three decades ago absentee and early ballots were only 5% of all votes cast nationwide. In 2008, they exceeded 25%. Wisconsin’s bill would also have allowed voters to register on the Internet without supplying a signature—thus removing a valuable protection against identity theft and election fraud.

    Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, blasted the bill, saying it would “make election fraud more likely” and “jeopardize the orderly administration of election laws.” In the end, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker admitted the bill was being rushed through too quickly and adjourned the session without brining it up for a vote.

    Democratic leaders also worried that a popular amendment to require photo ID at the polls would have been attached to their measure. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle has vetoed three previous photo ID laws, even though Democrats such as state Sen. Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee supported them saying he’s seen “eye opening” public support for the idea.

    That backing is based on real evidence. In 2004, John Kerry won Wisconsin over George W. Bush by 11,380 votes out of 2.5 million cast. After allegations of fraud surfaced, the Milwaukee police department’s Special Investigative Unit conducted a probe. Its February 2008 report found that from 4,600 to 5,300 more votes were counted in Milwaukee than the number of voters recorded as having cast ballots. Absentee ballots were cast by people living elsewhere; ineligible felons not only voted but worked at the polls; transient college students cast improper votes; and homeless voters possibly voted more than once.

    Much of the problem resulted from Wisconsin’s same-day voter law, which allows anyone to show up at the polls, register and then cast a ballot. ID requirements are minimal. The report found that in 2004 a total of 1,305 “same day” voters were invalid.

    The report was largely ignored, and just before the 2008 election the police department’s Special Investigative Unit was ordered by superiors not to send anyone to polling places on Election Day.

    In January of this year, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, the city prosecutor overseeing election issues, complained that the Milwaukee Police Department was stalling its investigation of voter fraud in the 2008 election. “Sadly, [the prosecution of] several probable cases of genuine voter fraud were harmed by that delay,” he wrote in an email to a city elections official that was revealed by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. A spokesman for the Police Department responded that “we have investigated every case that has been forwarded to us.”

    Wisconsin’s bitter partisanship on election issues isn’t found everywhere. In neighboring Minnesota, the Democratic legislature and GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty cooperated this year in passing reforms to address problems from the controversial 2008 recount that handed Democrat Al Franken a U.S. Senate seat.

    The legislature approved several reforms proposed by the Center for the American Experiment, a local think tank. They included clarifying what ballots should be included in recounts (to keep the issue out of the courts) and moving towards centralizing absentee ballot counting.

    Sadly, it looks as if Congress could follow Wisconsin’s example instead. The Milwaukee Police Department’s report on the 2004 election concluded “the one thing that could eliminate a large percentage of the fraud” would be to end same-day registration. Today, eight other states have some form of Election Day voter registration: Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wyoming. Montana began Election Day voter registration in 2006, North Carolina in 2007, and Iowa in 2008.

    But Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, a Democrat, has introduced federal legislation to mandate same-day registration in every state, claiming the system has worked well in his state. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is readying a bill to override the election laws of all 50 states and require universal voter registration—which would automatically register anyone on key government lists. This is a move guaranteed to create duplicate registrations, register some illegal aliens, and sow confusion.

    We are in danger of forgetting the lessons of the 2000 recount debacle in Florida. Election laws should be clear, simple, applied equally, and balance ease of voting with the need for ballot integrity. A unanimous Supreme Court warned about the danger of loose election laws when it vacated a Ninth Circuit opinion, which had enjoined the use of Arizona’s new voter ID law on the grounds it would disenfranchise voters.

    The court made the obvious point that “disenfranchisement” is a two-way street. Fraud, it noted in Gonzales v. Arizona (2006), “drives honest citizens out of the democratic process. . . . [V]oters who fear their legitimate votes will be outweighed by fraudulent ones will feel disenfranchised.”

    What almost happened in Wisconsin this month—and could happen in Washington later this year—would increase chances of future Florida-style meltdowns and further undermine confidence in our election system.

    Mr. Fund is a columnist and author of “Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy” (Encounter, 2008).

  27. wbboei
    This same day voter registration is bullshit
    Yup, and it brings back memories of ACORN folks going to the prisons and giving them the gift of being able to vote for Obama.
    Kids that were bussed, even under age to different districts to vote….again. And Micky and Minnie mouse voted too.
    So much drama has gone on with this administration that protecting our voting rights and straightening out the mess in the past election has been pushed to the back burner it seems.

  28. It is readily apparent that Obama is the architect of our foreign policy, and the big decisions are his alone. Hillary and Gates are charged with implementing that policy, and they serve as his advisors. At times he makes a campaign statement, and then Gates and Hillary appear on the Sunday morning talk shows to refine or clarify what he said. But he is the one in charge. This was particularly evident with the settlements issue. After he took charge, he insulted Bibi and that tomfoolery elicited a rebuke by 75 senators, misdirected to Hillary.

    It is important to keep this in mind, because cowardly democrats and ambitious republicans will be keen to blame her when and if the policy fails. And it is likely to fail is it relies on building an international consensus for sanctions with nations like China who are opposed to sanctions because they adversely affect their own economic interests. And it also relies on non-members who are either indifferent to the issue, or still believe they are owed something re. global warming.

    Its like trying to fill an inside straight in poker. Oh it can be done, but it is not likely. And so it is with Iran.

  29. In many ways, Hillary is in the same position as Lincoln.

    On the president being asked to respond to some virulent attack upon his honor and character, he said this:

    “If I were to try to read, much less answer, this shop might as well be closed for all other business. I do the very best I can–the very best I know how, and I aim to keep doing so until the end. If he end brings me out alright, then what was said about me will amount to nothing. But if the end brings me out wrong ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

    That is why it is important to note that the policy belongs to Obama alone. Whatever short term benefit might be gained by characterizing her role differently is more than offset by the realization that the point position is a lonely place to be when snipers in front of you and in back of you are all doing their appointed work.

  30. Admin: Excellent article, I just hope this time it has legs and it will grow until he has to resign or get impeached!

  31. You guys are right the twitterfall is full of Blago’s call for Odumbo to testify…I hope Obama has a wonderful weekend!

  32. “Hey, it’s not me you have to worry about, it’s my crazy little brother.
    I think Hillary is backfilling a position here to protect Obama. It comes with the job. Obama took over the middle east negotiation process briefly and the White House announced this. First tried to intimidate Israel. But Bibi did not buckle. Then he tried to play to Bibi’s opposition and that did not work either. Suddenly, Obama found that for once in his life he could not get them to believe anything he wants them to believe. So now we learn it was just a good cop bad cop routine to get China to support sanctions. Pretty good act. It had 75 senators, the Israeli government, and everyone else fooled.

  33. “That is why it is important to note that the policy belongs to Obama alone.”


    Yes. So even if the media wants to blame the messengers over and over again, just to protect their divine one, we all know who is the architect of these ill-thought decisions.

  34. I apologize for the length.

    From Newsweek…

    Obama’s Bad Cop

    Clinton’s played the heavy with Iran, Russia, and even Israel—and her sometimes hawkish views are finding favor with the president.

    It was almost like one of those moments in a buddy-cop movie when the two partners who dislike each other at the beginning finally bond while taking on the bad guys. In mid-December Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were in Copenhagen, where the leaders of more than 100 countries had gathered to negotiate a new agreement to combat global warming, and the summit was on the verge of collapse. Clinton later described it as the most disorganized meeting she’d seen since her eighth-grade student council. It “was just disintegrating right before everybody’s eyes,” she recalled to NEWSWEEK in an interview last week. Clinton and her former political rival, now the president, found themselves up against most of the rest of the world. At the last minute Obama sought a one-on-one meeting with the Chinese leader to rescue some kind of agreement, only to be told that Premier Wen Jiabao and his team still weren’t ready to meet (after two years of prior procrastination). “No, we’re going in now,” Obama declared, looking at Clinton. “Absolutely,” she said. “Let’s go.”

    The former political rivals suddenly morphed into a diplomatic version of Starsky and Hutch. “I felt a particular responsibility since I had urged the president to come,” Clinton said. “Because I knew nothing was going to happen unless we gave it our all.” Striding down the hallway, with the Chinese protocol officer sputtering protests behind them, America’s two best-known politicians barged into the meeting room. There they found Wen conferring secretly with the leaders of Brazil, India, and South Africa; behind the scenes, Beijing had been trying to block all efforts to impose standards for measuring, reporting, and verifying progress on carbon reduction. Smiling and shaking hands, Obama and Clinton worked the room together, as they had each done so many times before as contending politicians. Then the president sat down and started negotiating, with Clinton sliding position papers to him as needed. When the Chinese finally caved, both Obama and Clinton knew that it wasn’t just because they had crashed the meeting. Two days before, the secretary of state had flown in to Copenhagen by surprise to deliver a sweetener to help win over developing countries. In essence, it was a global bribe: $100 billion a year from rich nations by 2020 to help poorer countries cope with climate controls. It was political hardball, Hillary style, and it had helped to isolate Beijing. Now Obama was closing the deal Clinton had set up.

    The two came away from Copenhagen with a partial triumph and a new sense of maturity—both about their relationship and their sense of how to lead. Clinton later called it one of “the most extraordinary 48 hours she’s spent in public life,” said her global-warming negotiator, Todd Stern—which is saying something for a woman who’s lived through political tumult for 18 years, including several presidential and senatorial campaigns. Clinton told NEWSWEEK that it was important for America to be seen taking the lead in tackling seemingly impossible problems, particularly in an era with rising new powers at the table, if only to show what the country stands for. “We can’t just walk out of the arena and leave these important decisions to somebody else because it’s messy, it’s difficult, it requires compromise. That is what you have to do on the world stage today,” she said. “We remain the strongest country in the world, but the way we exercise that leadership has changed dramatically.”

    Copenhagen also provided further evidence that the sharp differences between Obama and Clinton over foreign policy on the campaign trail were, as many on both sides now acknowledge, largely political theater. In fact, their views of American power had never been that far apart. “We’re both, at bottom, problem solvers and practical, realistic people,” Clinton says now. “As Mario Cuomo said, ‘You campaign in poetry and you govern in prose.” Critics dismissed the climate targets as vague and voluntary, and the administration faces a separate onslaught from global-warming skeptics. But since the summit, 120 nations have signed on and 75 have submitted carbon-reduction plans, Stern says.

    It took some time after the election for Obama and Clinton to find their balance together. They had fought one of the fiercest wars in American political history, and the wounds were still raw in the early months of the new administration. Clinton’s aides felt a chill from the advisers around Obama, especially loyalists like David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, and Valerie Jarrett. Though Clinton kept her head down while she mastered her brief as secretary of state—it was the way she took on every new task, methodically and tirelessly—she was also feeling a little deflated. Obama’s plea to join his administration had been enticing: he had his hands full with the collapsing economy, the new president said, and he needed someone of her stature to handle foreign policy. The implication was that she would have the dominant voice when it came to dealing with the world. Instead, friends and admirers were baffled at her seeming lack of influence. She “was not in the inner circle. That was clear,” says one aide who, like several others quoted in this story, did not want to be named discussing internal politics. Her bluntness abroad occasionally caused consternation in the West Wing, and Clinton, in turn, “complained about a lack of dissenting voices in the administration,” says an old friend who knows her from her first-lady days. “In the beginning she would say, ‘They want this, they want that,” meaning the White House. “It took a while for her to start saying ‘we.” Clinton and Obama had already begun bonding on previous trips abroad, but in Copenhagen the “they” truly became “we,” Clinton aides say.

    Today, the metamorphosis of bitter combatants into bona fide partners is not quite complete, but it is far along. Clinton herself says she and Obama quickly established a “collegial partnership,” though she acknowledges that some of their aides “may have taken longer to shake off the vestiges of a very hard-fought campaign.” Some friends marvel at the equanimity with which she accepted defeat and quickly allowed herself to be absorbed into the new administration. “If you look at defeated presidential candidates, the ones who thought they had a chance, a lot of them go into deep funks,” says a former member of the Clinton administration who knows her well. “Kerry, John McCain. Al Gore took a while, too.”

    Some of Obama’s most loyal aides have nothing but good things to say about their former political foe. “The bottom line is the president has always had a very deep respect for Secretary Clinton’s capabilities and contributions to the country,” says Denis McDonough, who is formally National Security Council chief of staff but plays a powerful role behind the scenes as a longtime Obama confidant. Obama was always one of her biggest fans, even in the immediate aftermath of the primaries, McDonough says, believing “that she made him that much better a candidate” and would do the same for his presidency. National-security adviser Gen. James Jones credits Clinton with being “one of the articulators of the overall strategy that we all adopted” on Iran and China.

    Yet the on-the-record effusions of good feeling don’t tell the whole story. There’s a wariness in both camps that may never completely disappear. The giant Clinton entourage once known as Hillaryland, now relocated to the wood-paneled corridor on the seventh floor at Foggy Bottom, remains to some degree a place and mindset unto itself. It is still dominated by Hillary and, of course, her husband—who has remained surprisingly out of view, even if his advice is often sought throughout the Obama administration, as Hillary herself acknowledges. “When they say on the seventh floor, ‘We need to run this by the president,’ that phrase doesn’t necessarily refer to Obama,” remarks one former Clinton administration official wryly. In the White House, it’s still possible to hear someone dismissing Hillary as a foreign-policy lightweight. “She has no real strategic vision,” says an NSC official. “But she’ll get done what she has to do. She’s the good little Methodist girl. In the end she’ll have her list of the nine or 10 things she has to do and check them off one by one.”

    Associates bridle at such condescension, and so do many White House officials, including General Jones. Clinton’s former longtime policy chief, Neera Tanden, sees nothing to apologize for: “She definitely has lists. And she really feels a sense of obligation, duty, responsibility, as part of her general outlook; perhaps it is her Methodism. It’s part of who she is.” Clinton herself ridicules the criticism. “At the end of the day, have you solved the problem or haven’t you? Have you crossed it off the list or haven’t you?”

    Clinton is now influencing policy more than she ever has, especially in close partnership with Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Subtly yet unmistakably, her somewhat greater hawkishness is beginning to show up in policy. While Obama’s no slouch at showing displeasure himself, he’s depended on Clinton to hammer Iran (which is becoming a “military dictatorship,” she recently declared, setting the administration’s new tough tone), and to harangue Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his defiance of U.S. demands for a settlement freeze. She also criticized the Russians in their own backyard over Moscow’s work on an Iranian nuclear-power plant. Clinton politely plays down her role as Obama’s bad cop. “I don’t think there’s anything as formal as that,” she says. “With every tough message that I deliver, it is embedded in a much broader context. It’s not, ‘You’re with us or against us.’ It is, ‘We have a lot of business to do.”

    Even so, the Clinton-Gates axis was critical to persuading Obama to add another 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, a senior White House official concedes. Clinton has also set a policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea, refusing to offer any new incentives to Pyongyang in order to induce it to return to nuclear-disarmament talks. On Iran, Clinton and the defense secretary have long argued for sanctions sooner rather than later to replace Obama’s all-carrots-and-no-sticks offer of engagement in the first year (though she supported the policy at the time). Now they seem to be getting what they want, with a renewed push for another U.N. sanctions resolution. Clinton has pressed for a still-more-aggressive stance on Iran, calling for a U.S. defense umbrella over the Mideast.

    The effectiveness of these policies is still hotly debated outside the administration. What’s no longer as much in dispute is Clinton’s impact inside the administration. “I would say, over time, both of them [Obama and Clinton] have gotten closer to the pragmatism espoused by her during the campaign,” says one senior administration official who has worked for both. “You’ve seen in the last three months much more of an emergence of her persona, much more involvement in specific issues, and taking a specific line.” Whereas the beginning of the administration was dominated by Obama’s transformation-al rhetoric—especially his “outstretched hand” to Iran and his efforts to woo the Muslim world—in recent months the sort of slow, let’s-make-a-deal approach favored by Clinton has come to pre-vail. “The administration, frankly, overpromised and underdelivered in the first year,” says the official. “Some people around Obama view him as a transformational figure, and transactions are seen as somehow a little unseemly. But it turns out transformational foreign policy is complicated. It’s hard sometimes to turn this enormous public appeal [of Obama’s] into actual leverage.”

    The president himself continues to set grand strategy, of course, for his secretary of state to follow. As one of Clinton’s senior aides concedes: “If you ask, ‘Who is Barack Obama’s Henry Kissinger?’ the answer, of course, is that it’s Barack Obama.” But Clinton has added a new sobriety to the administration’s approach to the world. “Her point about the 3-o’clock-in-the-morning phone call wasn’t entirely wrong,” says one senior State official, referring to Clinton’s infamous campaign slap at Obama’s inexperience. “I think she’s obviously been here before in ways that the president hasn’t.” It’s about hard work as much as a harder line: the flood of attention she’s brought to hitherto neglected places with almost nonstop travel, typically delivered with political flair (“How are you?” Clinton exclaimed last week on greeting Estonia’s overawed young foreign minister, Urmas Paet, prompting grins from Estonian officials). Her internal politicking has helped as well. Beyond forging an intimate working relationship with the like-minded Gates, Clinton has strengthened the bond she already had with Vice President Joe Biden (with whom she often ends conversations, “Talk to you later, dear”). At the same time, she has huge sway with former colleagues on important Senate committees, giving State new budget power.

    It’s been at least partly thanks to Clinton’s tight bond with Gates that the administration has followed the Obama surge in Afghanistan with a series of high-level visits to Pakistan. She induced her old colleague John Kerry—despite some bad blood over his endorsement of Obama in 2008—to placate the dyspeptic Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai. “John Kerry and I spent a lot of time explaining to President Karzai about why elections oftentimes aren’t fair. We can draw on our own personal experience,” she says. “It wasn’t just ‘We’re going to give you lecture 101 on how democracy works.’ We could say, ‘Look, we’ve been on the other side.’ I mean, John could talk about Ohio and I could talk about the 18 million votes [her total in the primaries] and all that went with it. And it really makes a difference.”

    Clinton also drove administration policy on Haiti. She heard about the horrific quake on the first leg of a trip to Asia. At dinner with aides in Hawaii, she became emotional as she talked about people she knew who had died in the disaster. The next morning, Clinton turned into “a gunslinger,” says Kurt Campbell, her assistant secretary for Asia. “It was a new person. She spent the next four hours in the [Pacific Command headquarters] working the phones, pulling strings, in a way I’ve never seen.” She later persuaded the president to mount a major military-relief operation.

    Clinton’s regular town-hall meetings abroad—or, as she likes to call them now, “town-terviews,” involving local citizens and media—have eased at least some of the anti-Americanism in Islamic countries. She points proudly to a new BBC World poll showing improved U.S. standing globally thanks in part to “the president’s popularity and my popularity, and with how hard we’ve worked.” She’s also succeeded, in part, by not failing: maintaining a low profile for the first year while allowing special envoys like George Mitchell and Richard Holbrooke to make headlines, for better or worse (though Clinton also did manage to put her own foot in her mouth a few times early on).

    But now that she’s beginning to emerge, says one senior official, “the biggest issue still unresolved in the Obama administration is, can there be more than one star.” Even now there are questions about how much she’s putting her personal stamp on things. “It’s a mystery to me why she hasn’t taken a big issue and totally owned it,” says one devoted aide who has worked for her on and off since Clinton was first lady. “She always has before. This is a woman who never faced questions about whether she has too little influence. She’s never been without influence before.”

    Clinton says she no longer has the “luxury” of focusing on one issue; her agenda is too “enormous.” Her admirers credit her for developing a profound and complex world view dating from Beijing in 1995, when she rocked a women’s conference hall with her declaration that women’s rights were human rights and vice versa, and on through the hard-nosed views she developed as a senator, like voting to authorize the Iraq War. In her biggest strategic speech yet, on Internet freedom in January, Clinton issued a Churchillian warning about the “new information curtain” descending on countries like China and Iran. She still believes passionately, as she did as first lady, that building social stability through economic development and empowering women and minorities is a key to solving traditional foreign-policy issues like war. But the It Takes a Village Hillary can shift at any moment into the hawkish Hillary. “There’s no simple view of her. She embodies all these views,” says one State official.

    Clinton’s and Obama’s various policies do not yet add up to anything like a doctrine on America’s place in the world. Much of the first year was about “rebuilding the brand, rebuilding political capital,” says one official. And blaming George W. Bush for America’s dire situation, of course. Now, however, fewer world leaders care about the mistakes made by the previous administration. Leslie Gelb, the former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, says he doesn’t think Clinton is of the caliber of James Baker, the George H.W. Bush secretary of state who was perhaps the last real superstar in the job. “She’s very smart,” he says. “She understands all these issues. You can have a good discussion with her on almost any [subject]. But she doesn’t pretend to be, nor is she, a strategist. When she goes to the National Security Council, she doesn’t bring that to the table.” (General Jones, for the record, disagrees, saying, “Those of us who have worked with her are grateful for her strategic vision.”)

    Asked about such criticisms, Clinton reveals a glimmer of the testy feelings she is usually so successful at concealing. “I think when you inherit the range of problems that we have, from one end of the world to the other—the threats that we faced, the two wars that we inherited—I think trying to have a very clear approach to actually dealing with those problems [and promoting] American leadership at this time in our history is about as big an idea as you can get,” she says. How long she’ll stay focused on this job is another question. Before Obama stunned her with his offer, Clinton had wanted to go back to the Senate and write a book about the campaign she’d lost. She’s occasionally hinted to friends that she may not last out the first term. Pressed about that now, she looks down and replies, “We’ll see.” For the moment, strange as it may seem, she appears to enjoy the partnership she’s made with the man she once tried so hard to beat.

  35. If Hillary were president we would be pursuing many of the same goals. The approach would be entirely different. For one thing, we would not be vilifying Israel as Obama does. We would not be bowing to Saudi Princes. And we would not be projecting strategic weakness which invites enemies to call our bluff.

    Newsweek tends to dimisnish her contributions as good cop bad cop. They continue their war against her from the campaign. She is much more than a bad cop. But she has been dealt a very bad hand, first by the mess she inherited from Condi, and second by the misguided foreign policy assumptions of Obama. She is doing a good job given what she has to work with.

    The problem that I see is for all his utopian rhetoric her boss is not a strategic thinker, at least not in any practical sense. She on the other hand is. When she first took this job, I predicted that she would develop a close working relationship with Gates and indeed she has.

    But when Gates says in a private memo to Jones that we have no defined strategy to deal with a nuclear Iran, you cannot really say that we do. Newsweek does not press the point, because they do not wish to say anything that would be mildly critical of Obama. They would rather promote what Hitler called the big lie. But the foreign policy establishment will.

    It seems to me that she needs to make her case in Foreign Affairs Magazine, rather than in Esquire Magazine, or the rest of the pulp fiction–like Time or Newsweek. The problem is that to do so might reveal schisms in her thinking on this issues, and what passes for thinking on the part of Bambi and his inner circle.

    But in the end what matters is did the problem get solved or not. I do not think Obama is interested in lasting peace. I think he is trolling for a headline. I believe Hillary is looking for solutions, and that may prove to be the biggest point of contention between the two.

  36. Before Obama stunned her with his offer, Clinton had wanted to go back to the Senate and write a book about the campaign she’d lost
    A complete and total lie. She was called on the carpet for questioning the timing of Obama’s push for big government initiatives at a time when we should be cutting costs. The press found out about the meeting. Obama’s handlers circulated a false story that he wanted her as secretary of state to make him look like he was reaching out to rivals, knowing the press would lap that up. When Obama found out about it he went ballistic. He wanted the world stage all to himself. Meanwhile, she and Bill pushed hard for the job. World opinion gelled around the idea. Axelrod had to convince Obama it was too late and he would have to go along with it. The one who was stunned was Obama. Trust me on that one. But leave it to Newsweek owned by AOL Time Warner who also owns CNN to repeat that self serving lie. Also, the word loss is a euphemism. When you have to rely on the Rules and Bylaws Committee to engineer a result, how can any fair minded person say she lost and he won. Nevertheless, and for no honorable reason they repeat that lie at the end of his article.

  37. I really don’t think that HRC has put a thought to who a cabinet would be. She is too busy working the job she has. However, I love the idea of people talking about it.

  38. JanH, That’s wonderful…lets hope she leaves soooon!

    I couldn’t help but see how the CFR feels about Hillary…that’s why I like her…they don’t!

    That CFR official needs to have their head examined…she has a strategy and can see the big picture from day one…its her boss that doesn’t and cant!

  39. Kucinich for VP is a bad idea
    A very bad idea. The only advantage is it might revive an interest in space exploration and extraterrestrial life forms.


    Experts On Third World Banana Republics: The U.S. has Become a Third World Banana Republic

    Who are the leading experts on third world banana republics?

    Probably those at the International Monetary Fund with years of experience lending money to corrupt regimes after their excess became so out of hand that they needed emergency assistance.

    Today, two top IMF officials said that the U.S. has become a third world banana republic.

    First, Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the IMF, says recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform, and calls the U.S. a banana republic.

  41. I am still troubled by Gelb’s commment. He is a former New York Times writer, and his comments reflect their bias. Also, he does not speak for other members of the Council on Foreign Relations. For example, Kissinger, a believer in real politic as practiced by Metternich and Bismark gives Hillary much higher marks than Gelb. Furthermore, the comparison Gelb draws between Hillary and Baker is misguided. Baker is a great hero of mine, but let us not forget who he worked for vs who Hillary works for. George W Bush, for all his faults, was a very experienced President who had been an war hero, an entrepeneur, the head of the CIA and vice president. He was not an inexperienced, egomaniacal sociopath with utopian ambitions. If Gelb’s comments fail to take that pivotal factor into account when he compares Hillary to Baker. Also, the United States was not in the same economic posture then that we are today, therefore Baker had far more leverage.

  42. First, Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the IMF, says recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform, and calls the U.S. a banana republic.
    True enough. But who is to do it? It took a depression to do it the last time around. And what emerges from the gotterdamerung one can never be sure.

  43. wbboei,

    I think that the closer it gets to 2012, the more hit pieces disguised as honest journalism will come out from a media that has been bought, paid for, and adores their messiah.

    Newsweek’s damning praise is just an example. Keep the little woman down, make her grateful for the few bread crumbs bambi throws her way.

  44. wbboei
    And what emerges from the gotterdamerung one can never be sure.


    I’d apply that also to the idea of destroying the Democratic party, with massive defeats of the few good people still in it (eg Coakley).

  45. Speaking of weekly magazines. I picked up Time magazine in a doctor’s office the other day (I had not seen one in a long time), and I was shocked at how it had changed. There was very little there. You can really tell this media is going downhill.

  46. wbboei,

    I can tell you for a fact that that is not how Clinton got the job. You might want to contemplate the fact that the Clinton campaign has hundreds of affadavits, signed under penalty of perjury, detailing fraudulent campaign actions and illegal behavior on behalf of the campaign staff. In addition, they have photographs and physical evidence of the fraud.

    Obama is terrified of the Clintons. They got the goods.

  47. basement angel

    Obama is terrified of the Clintons. They got the goods.
    Yes they do, in more ways than one.

    I’m not sure of this, but wasn’t there something in the news way back about Fitzpatrick also knowing of this info?

  48. I can tell you for a fact that that is not how Clinton got the job. You might want to contemplate the fact that the Clinton campaign has hundreds of affadavits, signed under penalty of perjury, detailing fraudulent campaign actions and illegal behavior on behalf of the campaign staff. In addition, they have photographs and physical evidence of the fraud.
    I can tell you for a fact it was.

    You are correct that affidavits were compiled by the campaign documenting voter fraud and intimidation. I understand from you that you were involved in that effort, that your camera was stolen, etc. and it is only natural that you would fixate upon it. That is to your credit. However, those affidavits were not the reason she got the job.

    Those affidavits were sent to Lynn U, who was the attorney for the campaign. She wrote a letter to the DNC raising the issue. I posted that letter here as I recall. The intent was not to intimidate Obama, but to convince super delegates that they should support her candidacy over his. That position was not pursued to the hilt for unrelated reasons.

    On the eve of the convention, there were discussions between the campaign and the Obama’s people. Those discussions centered on the vice presidency not the sos job. The issue that terrified Obama at that point was would there be a challenge on the floor of the Convention. Thereafter, the people who might have led that effort, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and the Arkansas leader were gone.

    By the time the secretary of state issue arose, he was already President. This evidence of caucus fraud was moot. It could not have been the reason she became secretary of state. The story I told you is the truth–whether you choose to believe it or not. My only point in raising the issue is was to illustrate that the media story that she was stunned at his decision was a total lie. I trust we can agree on that much.

  49. basement angel
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Obama is terrified of the Clintons. They got the goods.


    If they’ve got a hold over Obama, they’re sure not making much use of it.

  50. basement angel, They could have more than just the caucas fraud on him, couldn’t they??

    I never could understand why Hillary seemed so happy at the convention…she did not appear to be any distress…in fact she looked totally in control….so I don’t know how she could have been harpooned by Obama had she was waiting for the morsels he was giving her.

    I am sure his folks would all love for us to believe he always had the upper hand, but by all appearances she looked like she was sitting in the “cat bird” seat.

  51. Obama seems to have got a bump in the polls 46% per Fox news…disturbing.
    I noticed that as well. But it is not much of a bump. And the real attacks on him have not started. Read the op ed piece in the WSJ by Dan Henniger which I posted the other day. That is the future. I try to take an intermediate to long term view of the situation because to day trade his stock will drive us nuts. There is no rhyme or reason to it.

  52. Gangster government is the title of Admin’s article. It is a microcosm of a much larger problem, which consists of i) the financializing of our economy, ii) the loss of our manufacturing sector and the physical economy, and iii) the creation of a national (and international Ponzi scheme) with the taxpayer as the guarantor and the banks as the beneficiaries.

    One of the companies he mentions is Long Term Capital Management, which a drifty high profile ex assistant US Attorney was trying to push down the throats of trustees because the principles of that firm were all world class mathematicians and lived in the same wealth town in Connecticut the name of which now escapes me. If we had bit, the working people covered by that trust would have had no pension.

    If you want a concise explanation of the problem–one that coincides in many ways with the analysis of Kevin Phillips which was posted by Admin a couple years ago, take a look at this video. I know Harley Schlanger personally, I can vouch for him, but am not involved with his organization. They believe in Roosevelt principles and they campaigned for Hillary.

    Basement angel: this one is for you and anyone else who sees the problem, and is looking for a solution.

  53. That address takes you to a google page. The pertinent video is:

    YouTube – Harley Schlanger Speaks On Orszag’s Fraud

  54. The press are puppets same as Obama. And the puppet masters chuckle when people make comments that show they can’t see the hand up the puppets ass. That is why they hate Hillary, and went to such lengths to sideline her, no one has or ever will use her as a puppet against the American people. Those people on the Rules and Bylaws committee didn’t just decide they liked Obama enough to cheat for him, they were bought and paid for by the puppets masters and they are traitors to the United States of America.

  55. Good read Wbboei..
    By he way, Schumer finally criticised Obama’s anti-Israeli polices, albeit, on a conservative Jewish show.

  56. On that statement above about the Socialist medicine that the democrats pushed thru…when a hospital administrator in a town of 7,000 makes 244,000 yrly you might wonder why its costs so much to go to the hospital…when that very same administrator in 08′ watches the primary on TV unfold and looks at Obama like the second coming of Christ in a very republican town…you know something is up….Obama was bought and paid for by the insurance companies and the banks to them he is their MESSIAH!
    Guess some folks haven’t figured it out yet!

  57. You might also know the people are sick of being taken to the cleaners by the banks and the health insurance scam…his salary was published in the newspaper in that town….he is the very same one who laid off or fired everyone that had tenure and top wages to lower the wage $5.00 an hour….folks this is going to happen in every part of the labor market…this is what the messiah and his phophets are planning!

  58. jbstonesfan, That Fox poll at 46 percent shows a bump from where he was in their previous poll, but it’s in line with other recent polls which don’t show an increase. Trust me, 46 percent isn’t the kind of rating to brag about if you’re POTUS, lol.

  59. Paula
    Trust me, 46 percent isn’t the kind of rating to brag about if you’re POTUS, lol

    Yes, that’s true…his polls have steadily dropped since he slept in over that 3 AM call. His bumps are so tiny, they are more like a heat rash.

  60. Speaking of polls……

    70% of Arizona Voters Favor New State Measure Cracking Down On Illegal Immigration

    The Arizona legislature has now passed the toughest measure against illegal immigration in the country, authorizing local police to stop and check the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 70% of likely voters in Arizona approve of the legislation, while just 23% oppose it.

    Opponents of the measure, including major national Hispanic groups, say it will lead to racial profiling, and 53% of voters in the state are concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants also will end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. Forty-six percent (46%) don’t share that concern

    Those figures include 23% who are very concerned and 18% who are not at all concerned.

    I’d like to see the figures on how many try to cross the border in 6 months, if the Fraud doesn’t stop the law.

    Racial profiling…would they call it that, if we wanted to sneak across another countries border without the required documents?

  61. his polls have steadily dropped since he slept in over that 3 AM call. His bumps are so tiny, they are more like a heat rash
    I am not a doctor but I would say if he is anything like the rest of the bots, it is childhood measles.

  62. wbboei,

    Please don’t trivialize my documentary as me getting my camera stolen. Don’t fucking do it.

    You couldn’t be more wrong in how you think Clinton got the job.

    You’re just like this one man disinfo team. You come in here and you quote Dick Morris who refers to Hillary as a dog. You quote Rush Limbaugh who has called her every name in the book. Other than spreading disinformation, i don’t know what you think you’re doing here.

  63. Southern Born,

    He brings a lot of really negative stuff in here. No one has been more verbally abuse of Clinton than Dick Morris. Why anyone would subject Clinton followers to Dick Morris is beyond me. It’s not Morris has anything of value to say – it’s all predictably partisan. Obama is at least as far right as Morris and yet Morris objects as if Obama was an actual liberal with liberal accomplishments to his name. He isn’t. Wbboei was in here one day assuring people that Limbaugh was a patriot who holds Clinton in esteem – bullshit, he’s a pathological liar who has repeatedly accused Hillary of having an affair with Vince Foster and killing him.

    And now this idea that Clinton lobbied for the job – no, she didn’t. Had she lobbied for the job, she wouldn’t have had the necessary mojo to demand control of all political appointments at State. Above and beyond that, i know for a fact, because I know people who know her, that she was not lobbying for it. She is a potent threat to Obama because of the rule and law breaking of his campaign.

  64. Remember all the emails I sent to Arizona legislators thanking each of them for voting for McCain’s Revenge? I was surprised to get an email from one of them today.
    It was from Senator Dave Braswell, it said:
    I was proud to cast my vote in support of this legislation. State Senator Dave

  65. Admin, I am eagerly awaiting your article on Volcanic Bill.

    In reference to Dick Morris, Hillary was the one that brought Morris to the White House to help Bill. She essentially stated he had ability/knowledge but was not loyal in her book Living History. Dick Morris and Karl Rove have the ability and knowledge. I listen to their strategy. I don’t expect them to be loyal beyond what benefits them.

  66. shadowfax,

    It’s racial profiling because the suggestion that someone is illegal comes from the fact of their Latino appearance. Blonde haired, blue-eyed Mexicans won’t get questioned nearly so often as people of an obviously Latino heritage.

    The big problem with this bill is that it will be incredibly expensive to execute. First, there is the matter of detaining people while their status is determined. Next, there is the matter of physically deporting them. Finally, there is the issue of resolving their situation here in the US. You’ll leave landlords across the landscape dealing with a suddenly vacant apartment filled with personal effects and all to often, children.

    The matter of illegal aliens is incredibly complex and expensive to resolve. This bill does nothing to make it simpler or less expensive.

    The only way to crack down on illegal immigration is to crack down on employers who use them. If they cannot get a job here, then they will not come. And neither the Republicans or the Democrats have been willing to take on the agricultural industry and run the risk of having them deploy a well-funded campaign against them.

  67. Short Termer,

    That’s not accurate. Bill brought them in and Hillary had a fit about it. She didn’t like Morris and she didn’t think his strategies were particularly sound either.

    The point about Morris is that his objection to Obama is partisan, not principled so he has nothing of value to add to the discussion.

  68. Poll: US upset by Obama’s Israel ties


    44% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s Israeli-Palestinian approach.

    WASHINGTON – A plurality of Americans disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling the situation between Israelis and Palestinians, and an overwhelming majority call for the US to be a strong supporter of Israel, according to a new poll.

    A national Quinnipiac University survey found that 44 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, with 35% approving, the poll’s only foreign policy question with negative results.

    In contrast, slim-to-large pluralities backed his handling of the war in Afghanistan, terrorism and nuclear issues. When it comes to Iran, the margin of approval was narrower, with 44% approving and 43% disapproving.

    On Iran, Jewish support was greater than among the population as a whole, with 50% approving and 42% disapproving of Obama’s policies. On Israel, however, 67% of American Jews don’t like his approach, and only 28% backed it.

    Only 3% of all Americans consider Obama a “strong supporter” of Israel, as opposed to 42%, who say he isn’t. However, in contrast to white Catholics and Protestants, more US Jews (50%) saw him as supportive than not (46%).

    Overall, 66% of those polled said he should be a strong supporter of Israel, with only 19% saying he shouldn’t.

    More Americans familiar with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have favorable rather than unfavorable opinions of him (by a margin of 30 to 14), with his favorability margin rising among American Jews to 58 to 26.

    Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,930 registered voters nationwide between April 14 and 19 for the survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

  69. Alright,

    I just reviewed Living History and she did bring Morris in, but since then, he has behaved abominably and called her every name in the book. I can’t take someone seriously who quotes Morris. It’s just crazy.

    It would be nice if these comments were more pro-Clinton.

  70. basement angel, I don’t think cracking down on employers is the only answer to illegals flooding our borders. I worry about the violence, drug and people trafficking and also the cost to states to support illegals in their states. Leaving the borders open is the problem.
    I like that Arizona is at least trying to protect the people in their state instead of just waiting for something better to come along.

  71. April 24, 2010

    Graham move imperils Obama agenda

    April 24th, 2010

    Graham has decided to abandon talks with Democrats on climate change legislation.
    (CNN) – In a stunning move that could throw a major roadblock in front of two of President Obama’s biggest legislative initiatives, Sen. Lindsey Graham abruptly declared Saturday he’s abandoning talks on climate change legislation because he believes Democratic efforts to bring up a separate immigration reform package is undermining the legislative process.

    “Moving forward on immigration – in this hurried, panicked manner – is nothing more than a cynical political ploy,” the South Carolina Republican wrote in a sharply-worded letter obtained by CNN.

    The letter was sent to business, religious, and conservation leaders that the senator has been working with on the climate change legislation. An aide to Graham told CNN the senator will no longer be attending a major news conference scheduled for Monday with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to unveil details of their “tri-partisan” climate change legislation.

    Graham is the only leading Republican who has been working with the White House on the contentious issue.

    “Campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs employees to President Obama are nearly seven times as much as President Bush received from Enron workers, according to numbers on….
    “But the mere $151,722.42 (inflation adjusted) in contributions from Enron-affiliated executives, employees, and PACs to Bush hardly add up to Obama’s $1,007,370.85 (inflation adjusted) from Goldman-affiliated executives and employees. That’s also not taking into account how much Goldman contributed to Obama cabinet member Hillary Clinton ($415,595.63 inflation adjusted), which was itself almost three times as much as Bush received as well.”

  73. Shadowfax

    Oh, I agree about the borders not being open. We do need to clean things up. But it’s the jobs that draw people and neither party has been willing to really do anything to prevent big corporations from hiring illegal aliens. Big Agriculture is a powerful entity to take on, and their profit margin depends upon illegal immigration.

    We have to start with a serious program to crack down on illegal hiring. From there, everything else will begin to fall into place.

  74. Oh, so this is what THAT fuss was about. 😉

    “Dear lord,’ this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”

    President shutting out reporters
    Obama seems to have decided to skip tradition of a free press
    “President Obama and his minions, on the other hand, seem to have decided that long-held traditions of a ubiquitous free press geared to reporting everything big or small in his day is actually a detriment to his goals. He has even on at least one occasion shaken the press pool to its foundation by hustling secretly off without reportorial accompaniment, utterly ignoring the possibility that something might happen to him without the knowledge of his subjects, the American people.
    Probably the most disillusioning and in some ways embarrassing performance in a nation where a free and open press is a symbol of everything else we stand for came during the recent Nuclear Security Summit attended by the heads of 46 countries. Also on hand was a glorious gathering of the world’s press, eager to be in a country where openness and journalistic acceptance are celebrated. Well, at least that’s what they thought.
    But that was before they were locked out of nearly everything being debated by their own presidents and foreign ministers in the two days of meetings.
    According to reports, the “summit” was so tightly managed that reporters were given access that lasted literally less than 60 seconds. Nearly all the agenda of individual meetings carried a “no press” notice.”

  76. basement angel
    April 24th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    It’s racial profiling because the suggestion that someone is illegal comes from the fact of their Latino appearance. Blonde haired, blue-eyed Mexicans won’t get questioned nearly so often as people of an obviously Latino heritage.

    I think by my name one can see Hispanic written all over it. This is the same argument that people profess when they search young male’s of Middle Eastern descent about to get on plane’s instead of old granny and her 3 year old granddaughter. You call a spade a spade. It isn’t Norwegians crossing the boarders by the millions, it’s Hispanics, and hey, 99 % of them are brown, short, have black hair. Just a fact. So let’s protect this great Country and shut up about “racial” profiling. Really.

  77. basement angel
    April 24th, 2010 at 10:11 pm
    I would like to see that quote from wbb. Do you have it.

  78. This may be old news by now.‘crashers’/
    New Hampshire Democrats are engaged in a statewide search for liberal activists willing to attend so-called tea parties on Thursday [TAx Day?] and carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments, a Democratic source with knowledge of the effort tells

    According to the source, who sought anonymity for fear of reprisals, the Dems’ last minute scramble reflects a growing obsession among party leaders that they need to discredit the tea party movement soon or it will overwhelm them come the November election.

    Former Democratic State Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan is heading up the search, the source said. Sullivan has been calling and e-mailing liberal activists trying to get them to attend tea parties in different parts of the state and hold signs denying the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and make racially disparaging comments to reporters.

    “This is Kathy’s [Sullivan] project,” the source told “She is absolutely obsessed with painting the tea party people as racists.”

  79. Today, eight other states have some form of Election Day voter registration: Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wyoming. Montana began Election Day voter registration in 2006, North Carolina in 2007, and Iowa in 2008.

    Of course Iowa in 2008. Of course. It was part of the set up all along.

  80. turndownobama
    April 24th, 2010 at 2:22 pm
    basement angel
    April 24th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Obama is terrified of the Clintons. They got the goods.


    If they’ve got a hold over Obama, they’re sure not making much use of it.


  81. I have seen in many sources Hillary quoted with the story of Obama’s offer of SOS coming as a surprise to her (while she and Bill were hiking).

    This would negate the theory of her having lobbied for the job. Of course the theory of a publicity gimmick getting out of hand could still be true.

  82. BP

    It’s on: “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” set for May 20th

    Someone at Dan Savage’s blog started it, then Michael Moynihan at Reason picked it up, now I feel obliged to help push it out there. Says Moynihan:

    I will be employing my tremendous skill as an illustrator, of course, and expect that my colleagues will do the same. If they refuse, they will be declared weak-kneed, namby-pamby, quisling infidels and will be shamed on this blog (Though such idle threats rarely work these days; perhaps I could threaten them with a painful death, which seems to do the trick). If readers would like to show their solidarity, please email your Mohammad masterpieces to me here: mmoynihan at The best ones will be published on Hit & Run, which, along with the concomitant death threat, is reward enough.

    Cue the predictable media squealing that “you’ll only antagonize them!” Antagonism, actually, is an idea straight out of the Hirsi Ali playbook: Her point to Anderson Cooper in the clip I posted earlier was that only by sharing the risk of retaliation for blasphemy can the public help protect her, Parker, Stone and other insolent infidels. If each threat produces more blasphemers than it silences, then threats suddenly become counterproductive. Or at least, they do to rational minds. (A flaw in the theory?)

    While you mull your contribution, here’s an interview Ben Shapiro did with Comedy Central honcho Doug Herzog last year, in which Herzog seems to say that they probably shouldn’t have censored the depiction of Mohammed in “South Park” a few years ago. Funny how a few new threats can get people to reconsider.

  83. File under…STFU

    Politics Digest: Biden forecasts growth of up to 500,000 new jobs a month

    Biden forecasts hefty job growth

    Vice President Biden predicted Friday that the U.S. economy would be adding up to 500,000 jobs each month “some time in the next couple of months.”

    Biden said he “got in trouble” for his prediction last month of job growth. “Even some in the White House said, ‘Hey, don’t get ahead of yourself,’ ” he said at a Pennsylvania fundraiser, according to a pool report. “Well, I’m here to tell you, some time in the next couple of months, we’re going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month.

    “We caught a lot of bad breaks on the way down,” Biden added. “We’re going to catch a few good breaks because of good planning on the way up.”

  84. OT…and FYI…spoke to a small business owner on Friday…he told me that since the health care reform (scam) passed…blue cross, blue shield TRIPLED their rates…evidently for companies with under 20 employees they are getting hit very hard…he told me he has to drop the BX BS because he and his employees cannot afford the TRIPLE increase and now they are researching other companies…

    thanks Dims…

  85. gonzotx

    File under…STFU

    Politics Digest: Biden forecasts growth of up to 500,000 new jobs a month

    Biden forecasts hefty job growth
    When I read this earlier today the first thing that came to my mind was, maybe Joe is doing the same thing Bill did when he said Obama would get a 10% jump in the polls, maybe 20%…………..get the Obot’s pumped up for another Baracko disappointment.
    Is it 2012 yet, I am so sick of That One.

  86. Why are people still calling the healthcare scam…socialism… I don’t see it…someone could explain it to me….to me it was a bail out for the insurance companies and a screwjob to the american taxpayer???

    Gonzotex, How about that Colt???

  87. First thing I thought of when Biden said we are going to be adding jobs soon….he’s been hitting the bottle a little too hard again…I don’t see any jobs!

  88. When Crazy Guggenheim says this robust economy will produce a half a million new jobs from now on, I wonder whether they were serving Ballentine’s or Jameison Irish Whiskey in the club car on that evening. Yes, I know the official residence of Vice Presidents is the Naval Observatory, but the question is does Joe know? If so then the only possible explanation is that despite what he knows, old nasty habits are hard to break and alcoholic delusions have been known to happen. Or perhaps he means 500,000 jobs per month in China.

  89. Bank Lobbyists huddling for another secret meeting with GOP Senators. It’s called working the system, banks backing their play, preparing for the after election Hand-off to Republicans.
    I suppose the first thought is it is all just hopeless. But it really is not. This is where the Tea Party movement can be effective. There is a lot of ferment within the conservative ranks about this very issue. People who used to identify themselves as Republicans now say they are just conservatives. The question the Republican Party needs to answer is what is their plan to save the middle class and what is their plan to give some hope to the youth of this country. This is not a matter of abstractions like we support the Constitution and they don’t. Or we won’t call innocent people racists. To be a governing party they must have a positive agenda which the people of this country buy into. It can be done. The question is will they do it? Will they stare down the capitalists looking for the next shill after Obama and say we will support you only to the extent that is does not harm the country, because I take my oath seriously? If the system crashes that will happen as a matter of course, but as long as it coasts or limps along without a grass roots rebellion they have no incentive except their conscience and that and a dime will get you a cup of coffee. To get the point across AND to maintain their own autonomy, the Tea Parties must serve notice on the Party, that after 2010 your ass is fair game as well. The only thing we will guarantee you is that we will not support Obama in 2012 because we see him as a traitor and formed to resist his policies. Everyone else who supports the globalist agenda is fair game.

  90. Interesting. We had a cookout (a whole pig!) last night with friends, and 2 of the couples are Hispanic immigrants – Mexican and Cuban respectively.

    We talked about the new Arizona law, and they are not railing against it. They do have concerns about how illegal immigration as a whole is handled, but agree that the violence spilling over the border is huge, and SOMETHING must be done to get a handle on it. The Mexican gentleman, a cardiologist, has a nephew who was kidnapped for ransom in Mexico last year. He said it’s a war zone down there, and if we are not careful, it will overwhelm our border states.

    They pointed out the fact that a) Federal law already requires all legal visitors to carry proof of their status at all times. This is not new. And b) the Arizona law actually SPECIFIES that race or skin color cannot be the sole reason for the “reasonable suspicion” that the person is illegal.

    So if all Arizona is doing is enforcing a federal law that already exists (US visitors must carry I.D.), and is specifically forbidding “randomly stopping all brown people” in the enforcement of it, then what’s the beef? In the past, AZ cops might have very good reason to believe someone was here illegally, but their hands were tied because enforcing that law was “not their job” and outside their jurisdiction. All they are doing is making it legal for the state to ENFORCE an existing law that the Feds have refused to enforce themselves. They merely took the federal law and made it state law as well, so their cops have jurisdiction to enforce it.

  91. I could not pull up the video but I did do a little research on the Think Progress group (Igor Volsky et. al.). You may want to take a look at them. It smells like a Soros funded group. I am not sure. If that is the case, then they are not above editing out material facts. But the premise itself is valid. Bush is Exhibit A. Both parties need to be cleaned up from the corrupting influence of banker money. If the system is controlled by the bankers then they will promote their interest over the public interest every single time.

  92. I am told that the cost of goods has not gone up at the rate of inflation, but the cost of services has–services as opposed to wages themselves which have been flat. The stabilization of cost of goods has been achieved through outsourcing production to third world countries where the wage cost is very low. This allows capitalists to maintain their market and preserve their profits. On the services side illegal immigration and the internet allow those same capitalists to expand the labor supply, and drive down wages and thereby preserve their profits. And when one does it others must follow suit in order to survive. We need both the laws and the will to enforce them. The Republican leadership under Bush lacked the will, and the Dimocrats are even worse. I watch young people (or their parents) pay 40 times what I did for a law school education, I listen to them talk about the jobs they will get to pay off those loans and I think to myself where are the jobs.

  93. Chris Dodd is on MEET THE PRESS talking about finance reform. Now he’s praising BO as an accomplished leader.

    How in the world do these guys sit up there, flat out LIE and not act one bit ashamed for their past behavior…as if it never happened. Words don’t matter, actions don’t matter…it’s just how well you can BS your way through with great big “brass ones”.

  94. HillaryforTexas
    April 25th, 2010 at 9:13 am
    Interesting. Is that the prevailing view of their friends in the Hispanic community as well? Obviously it is not the view promoted by NBC, CNN and ABC. But of course big business owns those networks. And they benefit from illegal immigration for the reasons noted above. So how else could it be?

  95. Chris Dodd is on MEET THE PRESS talking about finance reform. Now he’s praising BO as an accomplished leader
    Dodd is part of the Obama cartel. He took a bribe from Country wide. He is quitting because he cannot survive re election. He has been gifted a seat on Wall Street. He represents everything that is wrong with the system. Only a corrupt network like NBC would invite him to come on and spread his bullshit. The question Bambi’s people must ponder is whether it is really advisable to have Al Capone vouch for you?

  96. I like that, wbboei

    The questions…is whether it is really advisable for BO’s people to have Chris “Al Capone” Dodd vouch for them.

  97. This false adulation of O from the people in his party that really lost their career because of him, in my estimations is a last ditch effort to save the Dims. People know when someone is performing for them, and when they are not. If they believed this group, their ratings would be stable, not moving south.
    When an abuser says they love you and are so sorry, yet they continue to verbally and physically beat you, many people reach a point when they ignore the words, and get the heck out. I guess we will find out in November how many people have decided to GET THE HECK OUT.

  98. Graham, the sole Republician working on the Climate Bill with Kerry and Lieberman has bolted from going any further in a bipartisan manner assuring it’s passage.

    Graham accused the WH, after it announced it would work to pass Immigration Reform before the Climate Bill, of using the opportunity to appease the huge Hispanic voting bloc before the midterms in November.

    Article here:


    When Graham heard the WH was going to drive for Immigration Reform before passing the Climate Bill; he balked. Graham felt after working on the bill with Schumer for weeks and asked to join Kerry and Lieberman to assist in the bill’s bipartisan passage, he was used. This after giving them a chance to do the right thing 🙂

    What the Dems fail to realize is they have been snookered. Republicans chose the state of Arizona to pass Immigration legislation. McCain’s Revenge if not McCain’s irony. Republicans have never been accused of being the most honest and forthright politicians but they love irony and are not dumb and are excellent strategists. The Dems played right into their hands.

    Had they left Arizona’s State Immigration issue alone a bit longer, the odds of their success would have greatly improved and they could have used the passage/or the non-passage of Climate legislation against the Republicans.

    The withdrawal of Graham not only relegates the Climate legislation as DEAD (which pleases me) but points out the sheer opportunism of Democrats using Immigration Reform as a carrot for an unused inventory of voters wanting legislation favorable to illegals.

  99. Graham, the sole Republician working on the Climate Bill with Kerry and Lieberman has bolted from going any further in a bipartisan manner assuring it’s passage.

    Graham accused the WH, after it announced it would work to pass Immigration Reform before the Climate Bill, of using the opportunity to appease the huge Hispanic voting bloc before the midterms in November.

    Article here:

    h/t pumas unleashed

    When Graham heard the WH was going to drive for Immigration Reform before passing the Climate Bill; he balked. Graham felt after working on the bill with Schumer for weeks and asked to join Kerry and Lieberman to assist in the bill’s bipartisan passage, he was used. This after giving them a chance to do the right thing 🙂

    What the Dems fail to realize is they have been snookered. Republicans chose the state of Arizona to pass Immigration legislation. McCain’s Revenge if not McCain’s irony. Republicans have never been accused of being the most honest and forthright politicians but they love irony and are not dumb and are excellent strategists. The Dems played right into their hands.

    Had they left Arizona’s State Immigration issue alone a bit longer, the odds of their success would have greatly improved and they could have used the passage/or the non-passage of Climate legislation against the Republicans.

    The withdrawal of Graham not only relegates the Climate legislation as DEAD (which pleases me) but points out the sheer opportunism of Democrats using Immigration Reform as a carrot for an unused inventory of voters wanting legislation favorable to illegals.

  100. Democrats move to stem corporate political cash

    By Ross Colvin and Thomas Ferraro

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress plan to unveil tough proposals this week to counter a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts on elections.

    President Barack Obama, who took the unusual step of publicly criticizing the ruling in his State of the Union address in January, has warned it will give corporations and special interest groups undue influence in elections.

    The bill would require the leaders of corporations, unions and other groups to put their names on television ads and would ban election spending by government contractors, companies with more than 20 percent foreign ownership and recipients of taxpayer-funded bailout money.

    “It is about restoring the proper balance. Certainly special interests have a right to be heard. The problem is when special interest voices drown out the voices of average Americans,” a senior White House official told Reuters.

    Democratic aides said they hoped to introduce the measure this week but acknowledged they face hurdles that could delay it becoming law until after congressional elections in November, when Republicans hope to shrink Democrats’ majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

    The bill, if it is passed, is also likely to face legal challenges in the courts as opponents probe for loopholes to circumvent the spending restrictions. The country’s biggest business group, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, signaled on Friday it would fight it.

    “No matter what text you choose, if you’re clear enough there is always a way around it, and if you try to be spongy with it to make sure there is no way around it, then it is really not clear the court will uphold it,” said Joseph Birkenstock, a registered lobbyist and partner at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington.

    White House officials have been working closely with Democratic lawmakers since Obama’s State of the Union address to craft legislation.

    “The framework is a strong one. We are pleased to be working with the Hill to answer the president’s call for prompt action,” the White House official said, when asked whether Obama backed the bill due to be introduced this week.

    The move is co-sponsored by Representatives Chris van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Mike Castle, a Republican.


    In the 2008 election cycle, nearly $6 billion was spent on all federal campaigns, including more than $1 billion from corporate political action committees, trade associations, executives and lobbyists.

    The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on January 21 said long-standing campaign finance limits violated the constitutional free-speech rights of corporations.

    Despite Republican leaders having expressed support for the court’s decision, the White House official said the administration was confident “there will be multiple Republicans who will embrace this” proposed legislation.

    While Obama has made the legislation a top priority, it faces an uphill climb in Congress to become law.

    Democratic Senator Charles Schumer has sought to craft legislation similar to that of van Hollen and Castle but has had difficulty finding a Republican co-sponsor.

    Without bipartisan support, such legislation would likely fail to clear a Senate Republican procedural roadblock to allow debate on the bill. Democrats control 59 votes in the 100-member Senate, but 60 are needed to move to debate.

    With Congress busy on several fronts, including financial reform and a possible Supreme Court confirmation battle, the bill is not expected to get far this year.

    The bill’s language on foreign companies is already being challenged by groups such as the Organization for International Investment, a trade association that represents U.S. subsidiaries of companies headquartered abroad.

    “It is a faulty premise to think of multinationals as being of any particular country or another,” said Birkenstock, a lobbyist for OFII. “It’s kind of pointless to pretend that 18 percent makes you American but that 22 percent makes you not American.”

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce slammed the bill as an attempt to “hijack the political playing field.”

    “We will fight any and all attempts to muzzle and or demonize independent voices from the election discussion,” said chamber president and CEO Thomas Donohue.

    The Center for Competitive Politics, a think tank that opposes campaign finance limitations, said it expected legal challenges to test any ban on government contractors and a proposed requirement that advocacy groups set up separate political broadcast accounts.

  101. The question that needs to be asked is how will this legislation affect Dimocratic as opposed to Republican donors. I believe it will turn out to be an even bigger bait and switch than McCain Feingold, which presumed to ban soft money but opened to door for other channels that allowed Soros to take over the party. If Obama pushes the bill, there will be no advantage to the American People. That much you can be sure of.

  102. Chris Dodd makes my skin crawl. The only thing Dodd should be running from is the RICO Act in tandem with Obama, Axelrod and Emmanuel.

  103. My N Word Is November

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
    Sunday, April 25th at 10:27AM EDT

    One of my favorite signs held up by the the Christo-fascist, flag waving, gun toting, racist, white power fueled, anti-semetic, neo-nazi, homophobic teabaggers, or whatever the Democrats are calling tea partiers these days, was “My ‘n’ word is November.”

    The guy who held it up was there with his wife. Her sign said, “I only play a racist on MSNBC.”

    Folks, this video has already appeared on the site, but I want to make doubly sure you’ve seen it.

  104. Florida waits to see whether Crist will stay Republican or go independent

    By Dan Balz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, April 25, 2010

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has become the star of his own personal soap opera. Will he abandon his faltering bid for the Republican nomination for the Senate and run as an independent? Will he, playing good soldier, quietly step to the sidelines and live to fight another day? Will he stay and fight against Marco Rubio, the charismatic young Cuban American who has captured the hearts of conservatives around the country?

    The answer will come this week. The national implications are clear. Should Crist quit the Republican primary and run for the Senate under the “no party affiliation” banner, Florida will become ground zero for a test of whether voters in a state that plays a crucial role in presidential politics see the Republican Party as having been captured by its right wing.

    If Crist goes the independent route, his decision will be interpreted as the most significant example yet of the “tea party” takeover of the GOP, given the early and enthusiastic support Rubio received from that movement’s activists and supporters.

    But the Crist saga cannot be so neatly categorized. This has been an unprecedented establishment conservative revolt against a sitting governor seen as putting personal ambition ahead of political conviction.

    Many Republicans believe that Crist has made up his mind to run as an independent. Old friends and advisers, many of whom think Crist would be making a fatal mistake by going the independent route, have been shut out by a politician who likes to hear what he wants to hear. A Crist friend says be careful to leap to conclusions before the governor announces his intentions.

    Meanwhile, the whole will-he-or-won’t-he drama plays out against a backdrop of potential scandal involving Republican politicians. Federal investigators are looking into the questionable spending habits of the Republican Party of Florida under its former chairman, Jim Greer (a Crist ally), and its former executive director — and also, reportedly, Rubio’s use of a party credit card for personal expenses.

    Where that investigation is heading and who it might touch before November isn’t known but it makes some Republicans exceedingly nervous, though Rubio’s team insists he has nothing to hide or fear. “We are a thousand percent confident there is no story there,” said Rubio adviser Todd Harris.

    If there was a time when Florida politics were more awash in rumor and speculation, no one can remember it. People describe the cascading events as a Grisham novel, as Shakespearean, as a marvelous, maddening circus unlike anything they’ve ever seen.

    The Crist drama is many things. It is the story of an ambitious and popular politician who never truly won the hearts and minds of his party’s base. It is the story of tribal rivalries within Florida’s Republican establishment in the post-Jeb Bush era. And it is an example of a politician who misjudged a political environment that was changing under his nose.

    But this is not a case of a conservative fringe vs. the party establishment. The list of Rubio’s endorsements makes that clear. He has the support of former vice president Dick Cheney, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (smarting from Crist’s reneging on a pledge to endorse the mayor for president in 2008), former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and on and on.

    Crist has the support of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a repayment of the endorsement Crist gave to McCain on the eve of the Florida primary two years ago. But McCain has made it clear he will not be with Crist if the governor leaves the party. Nor, of course, will Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which supported Crist early and now has egg on its face.

    People like Charlie Crist. He is genial and friendly, and he goes out of his way to make people want to like him. Another thing to know about him is that he is enormously ambitious. He had his eyes on the vice presidency in 2008, barely a year into his governorship, and his decision to jump to the Senate race midway through his first term as governor speaks to a man in a hurry.

    A third reality is that his political touch has been missing of late. Early in his tenure as governor, he seemed to have perfect pitch with the electorate, and his approval ratings showed it. But one Florida Republican said of him, “You can say what you want about him, but you could say he had pretty good political instincts. . . . Those instincts seem to have gone out the window.”

    Crist’s embrace of President Obama at a Florida appearance in early 2009, and of the president’s stimulus package, was the moment he began to lose favor with Republicans. His recent veto of an education bill that would have tied teacher pay to student performance — long a goal of many Republican politicians — may have marked an irrevocable break with his party.

    Jeb Bush, his predecessor, issued a seething statement of criticism of the veto. It’s clear he thinks Crist has taken the party in the wrong direction as governor. More recently, other prominent Republicans have heaped more criticism on Crist. Cheney, endorsing Rubio last week, said Crist has shown repeatedly that “he cannot be trusted in Washington to take on the Obama agenda, because on issue after issue he actually supports that agenda.”

    Those kinds of words, according to Crist loyalists, are making it easier for the governor to leave his party and go the independent route. He will have to declare his intentions by Friday.

    Republicans who are urging Crist to quit the race but stay in the party are doing so both because they fear that his candidacy as an independent could cost the GOP a Senate seat in November and because they think Crist still could have a future in the party.

    The question now is whether Crist is simply on a personal crusade to advance his career at any cost to his party, or whether he has a broader mission and message that his party is losing its way by moving too far right and with its confrontational stance toward the president.

  105. April 24, 2010

    Democrats’ Long-Held Seats Face G.O.P. Threat


    ASHLAND, Wis. —
    Representative David R. Obey has won 21 straight races, easily prevailing through wars and economic crises that have spanned presidencies from Nixon’s to Obama’s. Yet the discontent with Washington surging through politics is now threatening not only his seat but also Democratic control of Congress.

    Mr. Obey is one of nearly a dozen well-established House Democrats who are bracing for something they rarely face: serious competition. Their predicament is the latest sign of distress for their party and underlines why Republicans are confident of making big gains in November and perhaps even winning back the House.

    The fight for the midterm elections is not confined to traditional battlegrounds, where Republicans and Democrats often swap seats every few cycles. In the Senate, Democrats are struggling to hold on to, among others, seats once held by President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Democrats are preparing to lose as many as 30 House seats — including a wave of first-term members — and Republicans have expanded their sights to places where political challenges seldom develop.

    “It’s not a lifetime appointment,” said Sean Duffy, a Republican district attorney here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where he has established himself as one of the most aggressive challengers to Mr. Obey since he went to Washington in 1969. “There are changes in this country going on, and people aren’t happy.”

    Mr. Obey, who leads the powerful Appropriations Committee, is one of three House Democratic chairmen who have drawn serious opposition. Representatives John M. Spratt Jr. of South Carolina, who oversees the Budget Committee, and Ike Skelton of Missouri, who runs the Armed Services Committee, have been warned by party leaders to step up the intensity of their campaigns to help preserve the Democratic majority.

    These established House Democrats find themselves in the same endangered straits as some of their newer colleagues, particularly those who were swept into office in 2008 by Mr. Obama as he scored victories in traditionally Republican states like Indiana and Virginia.

    Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said he would consider anything short of taking back the House a failure. Republicans say they have not recruited strong candidates in all districts, but both parties agree that Republicans are within reach of capturing the 40 additional seats needed to win control. Republicans also are likely to eat into the Democratic majority in the Senate, though their prospects of taking control remain slim.

    Democratic Congressional officials — well aware that a president’s party typically loses seats in midterm elections — have long been preparing for a tough year. But that Mr. Obey here in Wisconsin and other veteran lawmakers like Representative Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota suddenly find themselves in a fight reflects an increasingly sour mood toward the Democratic Party and incumbents.

    “He’s supporting the party line of the Democrats, which is not consistent with North Dakota,” said Rick Berg, a Republican state representative from North Dakota who is challenging Mr. Pomeroy. “In the past, we’ve been more conservative at home than the people we send to Washington.”

    Asked if this was a good time to be a Republican candidate, Mr. Berg laughed and said, “I sure think so.”

    Mr. Pomeroy, who has served for 18 years as the state’s only congressman, won two years ago with 62 percent of the vote. Now he is among the top targets of House Republicans and is fighting without the help of one of the state’s incumbent Democratic senators on the ballot, since Byron L. Dorgan chose to retire.

    “Some cycles are more challenging as a candidate than others,” Mr. Pomeroy said. “This should be in the range of challenging cycles.”

    Democrats worry that some lawmakers who have avoided tough races in the past could be at added risk of defeat because they are out of practice, slow on their feet and often reluctant to acknowledge the threat they are facing. The chairman of the House re-election effort, Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, has called mandatory face-to-face meetings with vulnerable members to monitor their campaigns.

    In the Seventh District of Wisconsin, which covers 17,787 square miles from the middle of the state to Lake Superior, signs of Mr. Obey’s service in Congress are found in new bridges, highway expansions and countless other projects. Yet there are fewer signs of Mr. Obey himself. At the Democratic Party office in Wausau, his hometown, campaign placards hang in the window for Senator Russ Feingold, but none for Mr. Obey.

    When asked to discuss his re-election bid, Mr. Obey declined, saying that it was too early to begin talking politics and that he was focused on his legislative duties. “I have never met anyone who thought political campaigns were too short,” he said.

    Mr. Obey, 71, was elected two years before Mr. Duffy, 38, was born. Mr. Duffy is widely seen as leading in the Republican primary — his opponent is the candidate who lost to Mr. Obey two years ago by 22 percentage points — and his race has drawn support from party leaders in Washington, Tea Party activists and Sarah Palin.

    He has been elected four times as the district attorney of Ashland County, but the attention surrounding him began in 1997 when he was on MTV’s “The Real World: Boston.” He also is well-known here as a champion lumberjack sports competitor.

    He said he decided to challenge Mr. Obey because of his leading role in the economic stimulus bill, health care legislation and the growth of government. “I know that I can have a serious impact on the direction of the country if I could take out Obey,” he said.

    But Mr. Obey, who has a campaign balance of $1.4 million compared with $400,000 for Mr. Duffy, is also emblematic of a bright spot for Democrats: a financial advantage.

    Mr. Sessions, the Republican re-election committee chairman, acknowledged that his party might raise less money, but said Republicans would sweep away dozens of Democrats because of the searing intensity of their voters, which he said exceeded the conservative spirit of 1994. When Republicans won control of Congress that year, the tide claimed several top Democrats, including Speaker Thomas S. Foley.

    In the Senate, Republicans also are looking to make major gains, though their hopes of winning control were set back when Tommy Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor, decided against challenging Mr. Feingold, who is seeking a fourth term. Democrats control the Senate by 59 to 41 seats.

    To win the majority, Republicans would essentially have to run the table in races across the country: fending off Democratic challenges to four vulnerable Republican seats in Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio, and capturing 10 seats now held by Democrats. Even in this climate, Republican officials concede that an error-free year is unlikely. Republicans appear to have a shot at winning races in Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.

    They would also have to pick up the seats of decidedly more entrenched — though not unbeatable — incumbents, like Senators Barbara Boxer of California or Patty Murray of Washington.

    But the Republicans have suffered a series of setbacks that could complicate their efforts in the Senate. In Florida, the possibility that Gov. Charlie Crist might abandon the Republican primary and run as an independent could create a three-way race, putting a state in play that Republicans thought they would not have to worry about.

    Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said that while he was expecting losses, he saw signs of a turnaround, including increased contributions and enthusiasm from core Democrats.

    “I’m not euphoric — don’t misunderstand me,” he said. “I just get a sense that we are moving in a better direction. I don’t think Republicans are taking either one of them, but I’m damn sure they are not taking the Senate.”

  106. Mrs. Smith
    April 25th, 2010 at 6:02 am
    Bank Lobbyists huddling for another secret meeting with GOP Senators. It’s called working the system, banks backing their play, preparing for the after election Hand-off to Republicans.


    On this I tend to agree!

  107. gonzotx
    April 24th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    thank you. I have friends as well as some family members that are hispanic, legally immigrated here. They are absolutely for this AZ immigration bill.

    And I reject that just because someone if for that bill they are a racist, that argument is complete BS and the dems better realise it, and I say this as 30+ year registered democrat. Of course no one wants racial profiling, and there are millions of hispanics here who want illegal hispanics or illegals of any nationality out.

    I want laws enforced and legal citizens protected, whether they be hispanic, white, black, whatever, to me they are my fellow americans, but if you are illegally here, then no!

    and in an economy with millions of legal residents out of work, if the dims are stupid enough to grant them amnesty by race baiting yet again, then this party deserves to receive an a$$-kicking like nothing in November 2010 and 2012.

  108. Saw a poll on most respected world leaders yesterday:
    1)Obama 77%
    2)Dali Lama 75%
    3)Hillary 62%

    Not bad for Hillary, as Prez seem to always win these things..I also think Bill’s work is way under appreciated and it’s time he, not Gore and the fraud, get a Nobel. They gave one to Arafat for Christ’s sake.

  109. Re this “black Tea Party” thing that’s going around.

    What evidence is there that the real Tea Party people are really carrying all these guns and doing all these things they’re charged with?

    This looks like a classic sneaky rhetoric thing. Sneaking in the real claim (“Tea Party people carry guns to rallies”) as though it were something already confirmed.

  110. I think everyone who is interested in this bank legislation and the SEC investigation should be listening to C-Span and its on now.

    I don’t think the secret meetings between the banks and the GOP is about any handoff…if you listen to the legislators …one GOP guy said he couldn’t believe his ears that some republicans are agreeing to the legislation that is being offered now…he said the republicans need to stick together on what really happened during the BUsh administration. He says there was regulation in place and Lehmann chose not to use it…so I don’t know it looks to me like its finger pointing time with the republicans in the hot seat!!

  111. 1)Obama 77%
    2)Dali Lama 75%
    3)Hillary 62%
    I get no sense of this whatsoever. The foreign people I talk to see him as a weak sister, who has failed to deliver what he promises. Certainly that has been the prevailing view of the British, French and German Press reports that I have seen. So who is really behind this poll? I suspect it is one of our big media outlets or the Soros who owns an interest in over 200 newspapers around the world. If this is focus group stuff, then let those who think that way name something concrete that he has accomplished. This is also a function of exposure and name recognition. Nothing else. If results do not matter and media exposure is all that counts, then the French President may have been wrong when he said that we live in the real world not a virtual one. Finally to those who manufactured this poll, do they really think that it matters a farthing to the people of the United States when he is not getting the job done for the people here? If they do they are stupid.

  112. Snowe and Collins will cave in for sure
    The Republicans have three weak sisters they need to keep on the reservations, people who turn tail and run at the distant sound of gunfire. In no particular order the three weak sisters are:

    1. Collins

    2. Snowe

    3. Lindsey Graham

    (Note: Coburn is suspect)

  113. Coburn seemed to drink the cool aid at the Obama C-Span spectacle on health care….instead of picking up momentum from Ryan’s great performance, the republicans put up a weak , almost tacitly approval, of the HC bill. The lack of any real candidate for 2012 is why Obama will get re-elected.

  114. I agree with those who say that there is support for this bill in the hispanic community. That is the position of those I know and it is not a case of telling me what I want to hear. On the contrary. It is to be expected. They are deeply concerned about the drug gangs who prey on their community, the violence and chaos they bring with them and they worry that their sons will be lured into them. That is reason enough to support the Arizona law. It is only the dimocrats, ideologues like La Raza and ignoranti who shy away from strict enforcement and want to reward illegal activity through citizenship.

  115. What I find suspect is the republicans and the banking regulation bill that the “One” is pushing thru instead of Cap and Trade…the immigration bill is just a cover to get people all upset over open/closed borders so they won’t watch what is really going on with the banks and the regulations…funny stuff…coverups…and corruption all happening now and we are all falling for the immigration BS! LOL!! Thought you guys would be on that for sure! I guess not!
    Didn’t anybody hear that Obama said he wasn’t touching immigration with a ten foot pole this year…the ruckus over immigration reform is smoke and mirrors!!

  116. China gains clout in World Bank vote shift

    By Lesley Wroughton

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China overtook large European nations in World Bank voting power in a shift agreed on Sunday that was designed to give emerging economies greater influence in the global development institution.

    The agreement, which increases the voting shares of some emerging and developing countries by 3.13 percent, put China behind the United States and Japan, but above Germany, Britain and France.

    The outcome, which gives emerging and developing countries a 47 percent stake in the Bank, still left some disgruntled.

    In addition, World Bank members agreed to a general capital increase of $3.5 billion — the first in more than 20 years — to make up for the heavy lending by the Bank during the financial crisis.

    The voting changes will also provide an additional $1.6 billion to the resources of the poverty-fighting institution to reflect the growing economic might of emerging economic nations like China.

    “China’s share has increased because of its growth in the world economy,” World Bank President Robert Zoellick told a news conference at the end of weekend meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

    “We’re shifting to a multi-polar economy, the institutions have to shift with them,” he added.

    But tensions bubbled to the surface after months of tough negotiations, in which some countries were reluctant to give up voting shares and others fought to hang on to theirs.

    Zoellick said a new formula for calculating voting power, which would achieve a 3 percent shift, was “far from a perfect process but it was one that allowed us to bring 186 shareholders together because there are always sensitivities.”

    “While all countries agreed they wanted to make this shift, those who had to give up shares obviously would have preferred not to have done so,” Zoellick added.

    He said members had agreed that for the next review in 2015 they would develop a new methodology to seek a more balanced system.

    South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan expressed disappointment that some developing countries, which were meant to benefit from the shift, instead saw their votes cut.

    “We are disappointed that the process has resulted in dilution of the voting power of some Sub-Saharan African countries, in spite of the collective acknowledgment of the need to protect them,” Gordhan said. “We strongly believe that more should have been done to prevent such dilutions.”

    “We consider the progress made to date as a starting point for more robust outcomes in future and urge that conditions should be put in place to ensure the accomplishment of a more meaningful and equitable shareholding by the 2015 review,” Gordhan said.

    Brazilian Finance Minster Guido Mantega said developing countries are still significantly under-represented based on their weight and role in the world economy.

    “Given the rapid changes in the economic landscape, a dynamic formula for shareholding should deliver at least parity in 2015, moving toward equitable voting power,” he said.

  117. Shouldn’t he be fixing his own country’s economy/job situation first?

    Obama to Host Entrepreneurship Summit with Muslim Majority Countries

    April 23, 2010

    Last June in Cairo President Obama promised to host a Summit on Entrepreneurship “to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.”

    Next week in Washington, DC, President Obama will make good on that promise.

    Bringing together 250 participants from 60 countries, the administration will host the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship at the Ronald Reagan Building on Monday and Tuesday. Mr. Obama will address the summit on Monday evening and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will close the summit on Tuesday evening.

    “This was a direct commitment the president made in his Cairo speech last June,” White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said briefing reporters on conference call to preview the summit, “He made the point that as we work to address issues, the US wants to deepen a set of partnerships with Muslim communities, related to education, and economic opportunity, science and technology.”

    The White House painted the summit as just one step in a process that will develop over an extended period of time forging deepening partnerships between the US and Muslim-majority countries across the world.

    When the president speaks on Monday evening he will, “speak “to his commitment to building these kinds of positive partnerships around the world,” an administration official said.

    The White House touted the possibility for this summit to “galvanize” action, acting as a “catalyst” between other sectors of business and other regions of the world.

    “We believe a key function of this is not simply what our government is doing but more importantly frankly the kind of action it can galvanize by other governments, by private sector, by foundations,” an administration official said, “And so what we hope to be doing by this is using the convening power of the US government and the president to galvanize action across of range of areas and a range of different actors.”

    The entire summit will be live streamed on the White House website, so many across the world can watch, the White House says. The panels will focus on specific issues – such as social engagement, getting capital to businesses, youth and women within entrepreneurship. After the summit, they will set up a very “robust alumni network” so the entrepreneurs can stay connected to each other.

  118. huff’n puff is often given space on news dot google dot com:

    Tea Partiers In Tax Day Protests Try To Explain Why They’re Against Obama (VIDEO)
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  119. “China gains clout in World Bank vote shift”

    This is truely scary. And the fool in the WH keeps on spending and wasting our tax dollars so we just keeping losing our independence to other countries who will lend us money, we become more and more dependent on them.

    and the “financial reform ” bill, what a load of BS, it is a permanent bailout bill. It will not hurt big banks, i.e Goldmans, it will hurt community smaller banks.

    If Big banks made bad bets, NO none bailout… let them eat their losses. But this will only hurt smaller banks. Big banks have lobbies, smaller banks don’t have these kind of resources.

    The only reform about the “finance reform” bill is that bailout of big banks will now be permamnent with the tax payer backing all those losses.

  120. China gains influence in World Bank’s practices
    Apr 25 03:31 PM US/Eastern
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    Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, speaks with reporters…

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The World Bank recognized China’s growing economic influence and agreed Sunday to elevate Beijing’s voting power to behind only the U.S. and Japan in the 186-nation lending organization.
    Lifting China above a number of Western powers, including Germany, France and Britain, also gives other nations with emerging economies more voice and say in how the bank operates and lends money.

    Bank members also decided to increase the institution’s capital by $3.5 billion; it was the first increase in more than 20 years.

    China’s stake at the bank, in terms of voting power, climbs from 2.78 percent to 4.42 percent. The U.S., the world’s largest economy, remains No. 1 spot at 15.85 percent, effectively giving it veto power, followed by Japan at 6.84 percent.

    Countries such as China, Brazil, India and Russia long have complained about the dominance of the United States and European nations in the bank’s decisions. Under an informal agreement dating to the end of World War II, an American is president of the bank and a European leads its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund.

    Robert Zoellick, the bank’s president, said at a news conference that the shift in voting power “recognizes that we need to consign outdated concepts like ‘Third World’ to history. Today the world is moving toward a new, fast evolving multipolar economy.”

    Speaking after a meeting of the bank’s policy-setting Development Committee, Zoellick said countries with emerging economies are critical sources of demand in the global economic recovery under way and over time “can become multiple poles of growth.”

    But Oxfam, a development advocacy group, said the World Bank broke a promise made at its meeting last year in Turkey to protect the voice of the poorest countries.

    “Of 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, said Caroline Hooper-Box, an Oxfam spokeswoman, “more than a third have lost share, stayed the same and one (Sudan) has gained.”

    Zoellick said the capital increase “means that we will no longer face the possibility that we would have to cut back our lending later this year.”

    He said the bank has provided $105 billion in financial support to its members since the financial crisis began to bite in July 2008.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the bank “made a strong and compelling case” for the capital increase and he would seek approval of the U.S. share—$120 million each year over five years—from Congress.

  121. Australia seems to understand what Asia is up to too bad we don’t….

    Australia tightens rules for foreign property buyers
    Apr 24 02:49 AM US/Eastern

    A luxury apartment block is seen sitting on a headland along Sydney Harbour…

    Australia Saturday clamped down on foreigners buying property after complaints that a rapid influx of Asian money had helped make its housing among the most expensive in the world.
    The government reimposed tough rules relaxed in 2008 that say temporary residents need permission to buy homes and must sell when they leave, while foreigners investing from abroad can only buy new properties.

    The rules are backed by stiff new penalties including compulsory sell orders, as well as expanded monitoring and a crackdown on real estate agents who help foreigners flout the rules.

    They follow growing disquiet that ordinary Australians are being priced out of the market after a decade-long property boom that has accelerated over the past year.

    “We want to make sure that Australian working families are not being priced out of their own family homes. That is why we have acted in the way in which we have done,” said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

    “We want to make sure that foreign speculators are not going to force up prices for Australians seeking to buy their own home, buy their first home and we think this is the right course of action.”

    House prices have been red-hot in Australia’s major cities, especially Sydney and Melbourne and also Perth, centre of the country’s booming minerals exports to Asia.

    Victoria state, whose capital is Melbourne, smashed the billion-dollar (925 million US) weekly sales barrier in March, while Rupert Murdoch’s son Lachlan landed a record 23 million dollar property at a Sydney auction in November.

    An international survey released in January found Australia’s housing was the least affordable among six advanced nations including the United States, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland.

    Australia’s opposition has said foreign investors are outbidding locals at house auctions, while media reports refer to cashed-up Asian buyers snapping up homes for their children studying in the country.

    However experts also blame a lack of housing supply and say government hand-outs, including grants for first-time buyers, have inflated prices.

  122. Blago is a piece of work and a Wild Card. He has challenged Fitzgerald to show up in court for his trial. I’m sure Blago’s Trial will be a new Reality Series something along the lines of: “Who Do You Trust?”

    I’d say Obama will be sitting on the edge of his seat when Blago testifies on his own behalf. Obama will be wondering how Blago will implicate him forcing him to testify. I for one think Blago will force Obama out of his immunity and make him testify.

    What Are the Odds Obama Testifies in Blagojevich Case?

    Presidential Subpoenas Are Rare But Not Unprecedented


    April 24, 2010 —

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to subpoena President Obama to testify in his corruption trial, an outcome experts say is highly unlikely, but not without precedent.

    A computer glitch has made public redacted documents, in which the former governor alleges that Obama was actively engaged in the process to pick his Senate successor.

    Blagojevich, indicted last year on 16 felony counts, does not accuse the president of criminal wrongdoing, but says only Obama can clarify conflicting stories — from two government witnesses — surrounding the processes to appoint a successor.

    The White House said it would not comment on an ongoing investigation.

    Experts said it was unlikely the president would be called to testify and even less likely that he would do so publicly in open court.

    “It’s unusual, but far from unprecedented, for a president to provide testimony, albeit at a physical distance from the actual court proceedings,” said presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, former director of five presidential libraries.

    The first sitting president called to testify was Thomas Jefferson. In 1807, Jefferson was called to testify in the treason trial of Aaron Burr, Jefferson’s former vice president.

    Jefferson invoked executive privilege and refused to testify, setting a precedent invoked by Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974 after the Supreme Court ruled he would be required to turn over White House recordings pertaining to the Watergate scandal.

    “Gerald Ford gave videotaped testimony in the criminal trial of a woman who had attempted to shoot him. And Ronald Reagan testified after leaving office in matters related to the Iran-Contra affair,” Smith said.

    “Twice George W. Bush invoked executive privilege to avoid turning over documents, or having aides testify once in 2001, ironically enough, to prevent some Clinton-era documents generated by Janet Reno’s Justice Department from reaching Congress; a second time, in response to a congressional probe of the Bush White House over alleged political interference in the firing of several U.S. attorneys,” Smith said.

    That dispute ultimately was resolved through negotiations with Congress, which led to Karl Rove testifying behind closed doors.

    A motion filed by Blagojevich’s attorney asserts that Obama should join the ranks of sitting presidents who have been compelled to testify because comments he made last year contradict statements to federal prosecutors made by a labor union president and a candidate for the seat.

    “There are two conflicting stories and the defense has the right to admit evidence that contradicts the government’s claims,” the motion said.

    The redacted information, found when the information was cut and pasted off a court Web site, quotes several witnesses saying a labor union official said he had a conversation with Obama on Nov. 3, 2008. In the alleged conversation, Obama is said to have expressed hope that Blagojevich would choose an unnamed “Senate Candidate B,” widely believed to be White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, an old friend of the president.

    The document quoted the unnamed labor union official as telling FBI agents and prosecutors that Obama thought Senate Candidate B “would be a good senator for the people of Illinois and would be a candidate who could win re-election.”

  123. “It’s unusual, but far from unprecedented, for a president to provide testimony, albeit at a physical distance from the actual court proceedings,” said presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, former director of five presidential libraries.


    In a blue dress, I hope.

  124. It is true that most sitting Prez don’t testify in court, but then again Blago may come out and say, I didn’t do anything more illegal than Baracko did, and putting the Fraud even more in the hot seat if he doesn’t testify.

    I am hoping……….

  125. “said presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, former director of five presidential libraries.”

    It’s always the LIE that is the problem. I doubt Obama could pass the smell test on that score. Whenever he opens his mouth his nose grows another centimeter.

  126. WHY did I just hear Newt on Huckabee (Fox) defend Obama’s right to select the senator to take his place in Illinois???? He even quoted Lincoln doing it??? WHY?? All you Newt lover’s please make a plausible explaination, otherwise I will know the republicans DID put Obama in power as I have ALWAYS KNOWN and want him to stay in power if they are defending Obama in Blago’s quest to uncover who exactly wanted to select who got the seat???EXPLAIN!!!

    I knew it, I knew IT!!!

  127. Newt lovers…………….

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