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May 22, 2009

FRIDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* President Obama shared some words of wisdom with the graduating class at the Naval Academy this afternoon. He also had shared a warm exchange with a graduate by the name of John McCain IV.

* A week from now, the administration is likely to send GM into bankruptcy.

* Good: "A federal appeals court on Friday agreed with the major elements of a 2006 landmark ruling that found the nation's top tobacco companies guilty of racketeering and fraud for deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington unanimously upheld requirements that manufacturers change the way they market cigarettes."

* The Feds seized Florida's BankUnited FSB late yesterday, which appears to represent the largest bank failure since the current crisis began.

* The war supplemental passed the Senate with minimal opposition.

* Roadblock Republicans are already blocking Judge David Hamilton's appeals court nomination, and the process has barely started.

* Remember that NYT front-page article about one in seven Gitmo detainees "returning" to terrorism? It looked shaky yesterday; it looks worse now.

* Supreme Court interviews continue at the White House, and we may see a nominee next week.

* Speaker Pelosi held her weekly press conference this morning, but would not go beyond her previous comments regarding the CIA and Bush-era torture.

* The State Department intends to end the workplace discrimination against gay employees.

* The U.N. is seeking $543 million for Pakistan refugees.

* The California Supreme Court's ruling on Prop. 8 will come down on Tuesday.

* Tom Ridge isn't buying Cheney's torture argument.

* Every time I see Lawrence O'Donnell on television, I like him more.

* There is something deeply wrong with right-wing talk-show host Mark Levin. Seriously.

* Joe Scarborough is contagious, and some of his oddities are rubbing off on Mika Brzezinski.

* And in San Angelo, Texas, which happens to be a very conservative area on issues like gays and immigration, four-term mayor J.W. Lown had a pretty fascinating revelation this week.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (19)

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This can be added: A right wing radio host offered to be waterboarded and lasted 6 seconds. Cheney and Hannity up next, please?

Posted by: emmie on May 22, 2009 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

Are there any straight Republican politicians? Seems like the party has more than their share of closet cases.

Posted by: jen f on May 22, 2009 at 6:42 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans aren't going away until they have somewhere to go.

Why not let them have two or three states, as long as they all go along with them I think the trade would be perfectly equitable.

Posted by: alan on May 22, 2009 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

Why not let them have two or three states

Republicans already have three states - delusion, panic and self-importance.

Posted by: Danp on May 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM | PERMALINK

"* Joe Scarborough is contagious, and some of his oddities are rubbing off on Mika Brzezinski."

If I am correct, and I'll only go to 85% on my certainty, didn't Mika's old man Zigneb(SIC) basically tell Joe, on the J&M comedy morning show, that he is "full of shit"( my words, not Z's) and that Joe doesn't know Jack SHIT( again my words) about what is going on in the REAL world!!

Posted by: barkleyg on May 22, 2009 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

A right wing radio host offered to be waterboarded and lasted 6 seconds.

When repeated 183 times, you sort of enjoy it.

Posted by: qwerty on May 22, 2009 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

Although the preconception that California is a liberal bastion is completely mythical, I would like to believe that the Supreme Court would still decide to strike down prop 8 as unconstitutional but I'm not holding my fucking breath. Iowa. California, you should be embarrassed beyond recompense!

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on May 22, 2009 at 7:30 PM | PERMALINK

Nieman Watchdog has a long article on the connection between Abu Ghraib, and the White House. Apparently it was not just a few bad apples but came from the top. If the other photos (described by Seymour Hersch) ever see the light of day, they are horrific and Cheney's goose will be cooked.

Posted by: JS on May 22, 2009 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

O'Donnell IS pretty good on TV. But why, Oh WHY, do Democrats stop talking when ReThugs say "You're interrupting me"? O'Donnell said, "Well, you interrupted me." But then he gave in.

Dems, who appear on TV, I'm talking to YOU! INTERRUPT! If you feel you need to apologize, apologize, but DON'T STOP!!!

And don't answer the questions...say what YOU want to say.


Otherwise, you'll never be heard over the shouting.

Posted by: Sarah Barracuda on May 22, 2009 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Liberty University bans College Dems (from Instaputz):

“The Democratic Party platform is contrary to the mission of Liberty University and to Christian doctrine (supports abortion, federal funding of abortion, advocates repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, promotes the “LGBT” agenda, hate crimes, which include sexual orientation and gender identity, socialism, etc.)”

What's amazing is that a Democrat would ever think of going there, let alone enough Democrats to form a College Democrats club.

Posted by: TCinLA on May 22, 2009 at 8:19 PM | PERMALINK

Are there any straight Republican politicians? Seems like the party has more than their share of closet cases.

Lown's facebook site says he's non-partisan.

On the other hand, it is West Texas and he did get 89% of the vote.

Posted by: Monty on May 22, 2009 at 8:28 PM | PERMALINK

In case you forgot, this blog is still very ugly and I still blog.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on May 22, 2009 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

If Cheney wanted to actually win this argument he would get waterboarded himself and put an end to it.

Either he's a coward or a liar.

Posted by: ArtEclectic on May 22, 2009 at 8:38 PM | PERMALINK

TCinLA @8:19 PM

I saw that on another site a while ago and emailed it to Steve hoping he could use it in his "This Week In God" post tomorrow. I thought it was hilarious. Here's a clickable link for the rest of you.

Liberty Univ. Bans Democrats

Enjoy the holiday weekend!!

Posted by: Michael W on May 22, 2009 at 8:40 PM | PERMALINK

Is this the wrong place to mention that Cheney is shopping for a book deal right now? Seems that getting in front the cameras and going mano-a-pacemaker w/the Prez would be just the ticket for driving up a fat advance and a makig good deal.

Posted by: Doug Bostrom on May 22, 2009 at 10:43 PM | PERMALINK

Does Mika Brzezinski add anything to that show? It seems to me all she does is make little supportive noises in the background.

Posted by: Strider on May 23, 2009 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK


Posted by: N e i l B ☺ on May 23, 2009 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

I believe Mika has had a lobotomy since she started on "Morning Joe". All she does now is strike these silly poses and nods at Joe.

Posted by: john bubba on May 23, 2009 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

After watching Ms. Cheney's performance, the first thought that came to mind is that it's people like her that give blondes a bad name. When she tried to say that because Bush's "justice" department said it was ok, then it was no longer torture, my wife just about lost everything. And as for the comment that the people we prosecuted for waterboarding were actually prosecuted for something else is just pure false, a lie, a prevarication.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on May 23, 2009 at 8:59 PM | PERMALINK



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