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Late Night: Who Are These Guys? - Shadowproof

Late Night: Who Are These Guys? - Shadowproof

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”300″ height=”225″ align=”right” !}Jon Walker wrote here :Even with strong popular support, Obama’s call for increasing the minimum wage is unlikely to get through the Republican controlled House… Of course given the current ideological makeup of House Republicans, any proposal Obama makes is likely dead on arrival as well. So since no legislation is going to be approved, Obama might as well spend his time advocating for things that can be used as political weapons by Democrats….The minimum wage increase is both very popular and easy to understand. Expect it...

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Feb 23
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Al-Qaeda's Brand Is (in) Crisis - Shadowproof

Al-Qaeda's Brand Is (in) Crisis - Shadowproof

(photo: Like_the_Grand_Canyon)And now, for a moment of not-terribly-sophisticated amusement…During last week, you might have caught a passing reference in support of the idea that the U.S. is winning what used to be called the “war on terror”:The information that we recovered from bin Laden’s compound shows al Qaeda under enormous strain. Bin Laden expressed concern that al Qaeda… has failed in its effort to portray America as a nation at war with Islam – thereby draining more widespread support.As is their wont, administration minions went forth to provide anonymous support for this...

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Jun 26
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New York Special: Keeping Tomorrow Real - Shadowproof

New York Special: Keeping Tomorrow Real - Shadowproof

The other day, that the Village Voice in NYC has dropped Tom Tomorrow's "This Modern World" comic strip from its print edition (carrying it online only), and the author has started to have it restored.  This morning, Tom Tomorrow reports via email:… huge heartfelt thanks to those of you who mentioned the Village Voice petition on your blogs.  I've got 1163 signatures this morning, which is really overwhelming, way more than I expected.If you live in the New York City area (or anywhere that the print edition of the Village Voice is available), please show Tom that we're not done yet.  ; go...

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The GOP Pre-Primary Hazing Ritual: Who's Got Next? - Shadowproof

The GOP Pre-Primary Hazing Ritual: Who's Got Next? - Shadowproof

(photo: mr. rollers)I have bad news for all of you election/schadenfreude junkies out there… like all good things, is drawing to a close.  Yes, there may be a few last sparks from whatever Sunday talkfest Newt is gracing with his presence this weekend, and he’ll continue trudging through the small towns of New Hampshire and other early primary/caucus states next week.  Between the media’s gnat-like attention span and a presumed (if woefully late) improvement in message discipline by Gingrich and , though, most of the fun probably has already been had.The good news, however, is that starting...

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May 22
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Late Night: Wanna Get Away, Mr. President? - Shadowproof

Late Night: Wanna Get Away, Mr. President? - Shadowproof

(Photo via the White House on Flickr.)Sure, there were plausible, even obvious reasons for President Obama to take an today.  For one thing, there’s a of our strategy there later this month — and if you want to make one of those time-honored, feel-good holiday season visits to the troops without actually being away from home during the holidays, well, early December’s a pretty good time to do it.Even so, it’s hard to avoid the sense that sneaking out of Washington, D.C., under the cover of darkness is an ironically apt bit of symbolism for Obama.  Between this morning, the awkward (but...

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Dec 4
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Why the Trail of Plame Leads to (or Through) Scooter Libby - Shadowproof

Why the Trail of Plame Leads to (or Through) Scooter Libby - Shadowproof

, as usual, is right:The shrieking harpies are about to go berserk. Scooter was denied his request to stay out of jail on appeal.I hear there is going to be a candlelight vigil at the Lincoln memorial led by David Broder and Mary Matalin tonight. . . .The rest of the DC insiders are planning to fan out onto TV later today to emit primal screams and flagellate themselves, after which they will gather in various secret locations to drink martinis and pray.They shall overcome.What are we to do as the Wurlitzer cranks up its sad song of poor, suffering Scooter? Well, here’s a few talking points...

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Jun 14
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From the Department of Friends in Need - Shadowproof

From the Department of Friends in Need - Shadowproof

( via .)In the this morning, media critic Tim Rutten offers some deliciously snarky daydreaming:Libby's notes reveal that, in fact, he was told of Plame's connection to the CIA by Cheney himself and that their conversation occurred a full month before the alleged exchange with Russert. For their part, Libby and his attorneys insist that he simply was a busy man with a poor memory, and, if he had access to his notes when he was interviewed by the FBI agents, he would not have misled them.Now that's interesting.. . . let's wonder just how often Libby confused things Cheney told him with...

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Late Night: Conventional (and Post-Conventional) Warfare - Shadowproof

Late Night: Conventional (and Post-Conventional) Warfare - Shadowproof

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”336″ height=”189″ align=”right” !}So, for an incumbent president with an appallingly high unemployment rate hanging around his neck and an opposition in the , you have to figure Barack Obama came out of that Republican convention feeling okay, right?I mean, instead of presenting himself as the right man for this moment — someone with the passion and personality (let alone the policies) to put a troubled America on a better path, like Bill Clinton in 1992 or Ronald Reagan in 1980 — supposed super-manager Mitt Romney allowed himself to be upstaged by an aging...

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Late Night: Crybaby Conservatism on the Supreme Court - Shadowproof

Late Night: Crybaby Conservatism on the Supreme Court - Shadowproof

I know you may feel it’s been discussed to death already, but can I just drag us back one more time to the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act?In the days since the ruling, it’s quickly become conventional wisdom that Chief Justice John Roberts “switched” his vote to rescue Obamacare, even though his rationale for doing so — that the mandate to buy health insurance was constitutional if considered a tax on those who didn’t comply — was stated by Roberts during oral arguments in March, and .This fact is generally glossed over, though, amid the stream of accusations from...

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Happy Hour Buffet - Shadowproof

Happy Hour Buffet - Shadowproof

Marcy's wrapped up an exhausting week of live trial-blogging… what about you?  Had a hard day refreshing FDL every 15 minutes at work?  Wondering what you missed out and about on the Internets?  Here are some tasty cyber-snacks for you…writes with his usual poetic skill about the infinite concentric circles of lies surrounding Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, and the Iraq war.Others say, Libby, schmibby —  watched Matt Cooper's testimony about Karl Rove, and wonders, "Why did Cooper leave out some of the most interesting details from his Time story [in July 2005]?"On the non-Plamemania front,...

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The Language of a Democratic Realignment: What Is the Best Way to Defend This Country? - Shadowproof

The Language of a Democratic Realignment: What Is the Best Way to Defend This Country? - Shadowproof

Haven’t we had enough of this?On Sunday , I posted the first part of a long-procrastinated long-planned series on how Democrats can turn the 2006 elections from a one-time opportunity to take advantage of disastrous Republican negligence into the start of a long-term adjustment in how the American electorate views both parties — overturning the "frames" that have increasingly straitjacketed the donkey party over the past few decades.  Citing my here and Peter Daou’s on scandal fatigue, I wrote:If Democrats don’t find a way to hang together through a unifying narrative, they’re at much...

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Sep 20
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Late Night FDL: Happy Birthday, Bo Diddley - Shadowproof

Late Night FDL: Happy Birthday, Bo Diddley - Shadowproof

http://youtu.be/8cBVBP02cFsToday is the 83rd anniversary of the birth of blues/rock music legend Bo Diddley, who died in 2008.  (He shares this birthday with LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Patti Smith, Rudyard Kipling… and Sean Hannity, which makes sense when you realize that after you account for the others, there wasn’t much talent left over to hand out.)Seeing live music has been a longstanding passion of mine, and based on the good fortune of seeing Bo Diddley play perhaps 20 or more times in the last quarter-century of his life, I would call him probably the best live entertainer I ever...

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Sep 19
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Common Sense and the Politics of Benazir Bhutto's Death - Shadowproof

Common Sense and the Politics of Benazir Bhutto's Death - Shadowproof

I can’t say I’ve seen every bit of coverage of today’s assassination in Pakistan, but here’s a question I haven’t seen asked squarely: How did having 150,000 or so U.S. soldiers in Iraq (the supposed "central front in the war on terror") deter Benazir Bhutto’s murder by (apparently) al-Qaeda? The answer, of course, is not at all — and there’s an important lesson there that needs to be injected into our national political conversation.As wrote earlier this afternoon:. . . it seems to me that we desperately need to break away from the "trouble abroad, let’s turn to hawkier hawks!" mode of...

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Sep 18
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Going Out With a Bang - Shadowproof

Going Out With a Bang - Shadowproof

No matter where you look in the world, the Bush legacy — you know, the one about turning everything Dubya touches into chaos, disaster, and misery — seems to be not just progressing steadily but actually picking up speed.The reports from Baghdad:Iraq’s prime minister vowed Thursday to fight "until the end" against Shiite militias in Basra despite protests by tens of thousands of followers of a radical cleric in Baghdad and deadly clashes in the capital and the oil-rich south.. . . In another bid to stem the fighting, the Iraqi military command clamped a curfew on Baghdad. No unauthorized...

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Ted Kennedy's Legacy, and the Nixon Healthcare Deal That Wasn't - Shadowproof

Ted Kennedy's Legacy, and the Nixon Healthcare Deal That Wasn't - Shadowproof

Phoenix Woman (actually, ) about the emerging Village contention that, why, of course Ted Kennedy would have swiftly and gleefully traded away the public option to pass something that could be called healthcare reform legislation, however useless the end result might be.The latest attempt to make this leaden trial balloon fly comes from columnist Steven Pearlstein in this morning’s :Asked about his greatest regret as a legislator, Ted Kennedy would usually cite his refusal to cut a deal with Richard Nixon on health care.. . . [in 1971], Nixon asked Congress to require for the first time...

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C'mon In, Hannity - The Waterboarding's Fine! - Shadowproof

C'mon In, Hannity - The Waterboarding's Fine! - Shadowproof

Via , another media figure has had to learn the hard way that water torture — excuse me, waterboarding — really is torture, after all:Chicago radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller decided he’d get himself waterboarded to prove the technique wasn’t torture. It didn’t turn out that way. "Mancow," in fact, lasted just six or seven seconds before crying foul. … "It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that’s no joke," Mancow told listeners. […]… "If I knew it was gonna be this bad, I would not have done it," he said.Mancow joins and in learning what points out should be obvious to anyone...

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Late Night: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide - Shadowproof

Late Night: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide - Shadowproof

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”320″ height=”180″ align=”right” !}The whispers began to surface nearly two weeks ago, in this :Mitt Romney is in the race of his life. So why isn’t he running harder?A look at the Republican presidential candidate’s schedule of public events shows a remarkably relaxed pace for a man who says this election is critical to America’s future.York went on to list Romney’s recent schedule.  Even though “Barack Obama, when he’s on the trail, usually manages to hold at least two public events each day, and he’s supposed to have a full-time job,” Romney was making...

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Late Night: BP's Big Sleep - Shadowproof

Late Night: BP's Big Sleep - Shadowproof

(Photo by me and the sysop via Flickr.)Via , the reports today:Vital warning systems on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig were switched off at the time of the explosion in order to spare workers being woken by false alarms, a federal investigation has heard.The revelation that alarm systems on the rig at the centre of the disaster were disabled – and that key safety mechanisms had also consciously been switched off – came in testimony by a chief technician working for Transocean, the drilling company that owned the rig.. . . Sensors monitoring conditions on the rig and in the Macondo oil well...

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