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Professional Journalism, Beltway Style - Shadowproof

Professional Journalism, Beltway Style - Shadowproof

Today, John Stanton, a writer for Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call, on scandal-drenched Republican Senator John Ensign that opened thus:Embattled Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., on Monday rejected calls for his resignation based on an extramarital affair with a former aide, saying to do so would take the focus off Republican efforts to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.Um, no. It’s not the affair itself that’s the problem, it’s the various laws Ensign likely broke trying to cover it up. As reported not quite two months ago:Early last year, Senator John Ensign contacted a small...

December 1, 2009
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Franken-Coleman Recount, 11/25-26/08: Absentee Ballots and Stiffed Students - Shadowproof

Franken-Coleman Recount, 11/25-26/08: Absentee Ballots and Stiffed Students - Shadowproof

The Coleman campaign continued its addition-by-subtraction campaign, challenging considerably more ballots than Franken’s people did Tuesday in order to create an artificial "lead" of 243 (per the ) or so. (There’s also ) Franken’s campaign claims that their own count, which includes challenged ballots, shows Coleman’s lead down to "" (84 is the number I’ve seen bandied about most often from Monday, but it’s apparently shrunk since then).But looming up ahead is a game-changer: — nearly twice as many as the total number of challenged ballots so far. Al Franken wants these ballots counted,...

November 26, 2008
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Late Night: So Obama Knows How to Play Cards After All? - Shadowproof

Late Night: So Obama Knows How to Play Cards After All? - Shadowproof

that President Obama had sent a request to Congress to fund and arm “moderate” Syrian rebels. This has produced much handwringing in many quarters, but not with me. Here’s why.Anyone who thinks Congress (especially Congressional Republicans) will happily and readily go along with anything Obama says he wants, raise your hand.Then smack yourself on the forehead with it.Obama knows full well that he can’t even get the House to agree to vote for a post office renaming that he’d request, much less anything like declaring or funding a war. He also knows that both the Saudis and the Israelis want...

June 30, 2014
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A One-Click Way to Get Stuff to Sandy's Victims: The Occupy Sandy Amazon Registry (UPDATE: Now with New Jersey Registry!) - Shadowproof

A One-Click Way to Get Stuff to Sandy's Victims: The Occupy Sandy Amazon Registry (UPDATE: Now with New Jersey Registry!) - Shadowproof

as a public service (h/t to the Atlantic):Occupy Sandy isn’t getting married. But it would like a gift all the same. The volunteer group — , focused on helping victims of the storm — is using an especially clever hack of an existing system: . Those displaced by the storm, the group realized, need blankets. They need flashlights. They need hygiene products. They need a bunch of things that are orderable — with that famous one-click efficiency — through Amazon. Now, anyone who uses Amazon can buy them those things, and have them shipped to the area hardest hit by the storm. Victims need...

November 6, 2012
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Say Whaaa?! - Shadowproof

Say Whaaa?! - Shadowproof

Hello, everyone! Phoenix Woman here, assuming the servers are cooperating.Tonight’s topic: Say Whaaa?! To wit (or ‘to witless’, as the case may be):CNN’s Lou Dobbs has consistently used his prominent media perch to spout off all manner of . But when he’s called on his nonsense by well-informed critics such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, because they are allegedly — wait for it — “equally to blame for Dobbs’ overexposure”.Excuse me? Excuse me?!Does the SPLC have a show on America’s most trusted cable news network? (Yeah, that’s not saying much, but CNN’s still generally better than FOX...

June 12, 2007
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DCCC's Van Hollen: House Democrats Won't Swallow Senate Democrats' Kryptonite - Shadowproof

DCCC's Van Hollen: House Democrats Won't Swallow Senate Democrats' Kryptonite - Shadowproof

As Jane has noted and , the big push by the White House’s apologists (aka the “Punch the Hippie” corporatist wing of the Democratic Party) to demonize all those who want the Senate health care reform bill to be fixed is in full swing. The brunt of the demonization is being directed at people like Raul Grijalva, the Congressional representative from Arizona who has been at the forefront of legitimate health care reform in Congress.But, as should have been apparent from the Coakley loss this week, all the demonization that the Punch the Hippie wing can muster is not going to suffice to...

January 23, 2010
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Austen to MoDo: You're Doing It Wrong - Shadowproof

Austen to MoDo: You're Doing It Wrong - Shadowproof

JA uses her Austen Powers for a message to Miss Dowd.You’d think that with slaving away for her, The Great And Terrible Maureen Dowd wouldn’t need to crib material from nonentities like Amy Chozick of the Murdoch Street Journal. Yet aside from her Jane Austen name-checkings, rather resembles the . Their critiques of Barack Obama certainly sound quite similar: He’s too thin, too suave, too accomplished, too — uppity. Scratch that: They know better than to call him "uppity" out loud; that’s what is for.But let’s look at her flagrant mishandling of Jane Austen, one of the first and arguably...

August 3, 2008
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