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Beck exits stage right

Beck exits stage right

Glenn Beck, another cable-TV demagogue in a field crowded by zealots from both the right and the left, signed off his Fox News show this week in a typical show of propaganda-driven bile that appeals to the hate and fear of the ignorant.   Beck’s bitter final telecast summed up his rise and fall in […]

Senate cancels holiday recess

Senate cancels holiday recess

The Senate, adding another act to the growing Kabuki Theater of government by showdown, canceled its July 4th break but the action — like everything else in what has become a war of words, positioning and posturing — will not break the deadlock over extending the debt limit. Democratic and Republicans have no plans to […]

Obama splits town

Obama splits town

After scolding Congressional Republicans for failing to work hard at resolving the debt crisis — and urging Congress to stay in town over the July 4th holiday and act — President Barack Obama packed his bags and headed to Camp David for a vacation. In an astounding show of political hypocrisy the scolder-in-chief practiced the […]

President Thaddeus?

President Thaddeus?

Michigan Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter plans to join the growing list of GOP Presidential wannabes. McCotter will announce his bid for the White House Saturday and has just wrapped up a four-day tour through Iowa. “Republicans may be prepared at some point to settle, if that’s how they view it, but they’re still viewing it […]

Obama faces risks on war plan

Obama faces risks on war plan

President Barack Obama’s plan for pulling U.S. troops from Afghanistan will intensify risks in the thick of next year’s fighting season, but Obama was right to factor in waning support at home for the war, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Reuters. Gates, who steps down on Thursday after four and a half years as […]

Obama wins one on Libya

Obama wins one on Libya

In a victory for President Barack Obama, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve U.S. participation in the military campaign against Libya and Moammar Gadhafi‘s forces. The 14-5 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stood in sharp contrast to the House’s overwhelmingly rejection of a similar step last week, muddling the message about congressional […]

Palin still coy on 2012

Palin still coy on 2012

Sarah Palin (Reuters) Republican Sarah Palin said on Tuesday she is still considering a potential 2012 presidential run, though her daughter said she has already made up her mind and is keeping the decision secret for now. Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, attended the premiere of a flattering documentary about her, “The […]

Can Obama cut debt deal?

Can Obama cut debt deal?

President Barack Obama is confident Democrats and Republicans can cut a “significant deal” to trim the U.S. deficit and increase its borrowing limit to avoid a damaging default, the White House said on Monday. Despite the White House’s optimism, both Republicans and Democrats showed little willingness to compromise after deficit reduction talks led by Vice […]

More flubs from Bachmann

More flubs from Bachmann

Michele Bachmann’s claim that she has “never gotten a penny” from a family farm that’s been subsidized by the government is at odds with her financial disclosure statements. They show tens of thousands in personal income from the operation. And, on a less substantive note, she flubbed her hometown history when declaring “John Wayne was […]

Blogo convicted of corruption

Blogo convicted of corruption

Rod Blagojevich, who won two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including trying to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate seat. The verdict, coming after his first trial ended last year with the jury deadlocked on most charges, was a […]