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June 24, 2009

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

* A powerful bomb killed at least 60 people today in an eastern Baghdad market.

* Confrontation near the Iranian Parliament: "Hundreds of protesters clashed with waves of riot police and paramilitary militia in Tehran on Wednesday, witnesses said, as Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, insisted that the authorities would not yield to pressure from opponents demanding a new election following allegations of electoral fraud."

* North Korea's government called the United States "imperialists" today and said the "army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all."

* An airstrike, likely from an American drone, "killed at least 60 people at a funeral for a Taliban fighter in South Waziristan on Tuesday."

* After more than four years without one, a U.S. ambassador to Syria is en route to Damascus.

* The Obama administration has "stepped up its efforts yesterday to salvage a four-year-old peace accord for Sudan, convening officials from 32 countries and international organizations amid fears that Africa's longest-running civil war could resume."

* Did the White House signal last night that a public option is less important than a bipartisan deal? Not according to one of the senators at the meeting.

* With House Democratic leaders finally in agreement, Waxman-Markey will likely get a vote on Friday.

* If you missed South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's (R) press conference this afternoon, it's online.

* Proving once again that the network is beyond parody, Fox News labeled Sanford a Democrat during his event today.

* Setting a land-speed record, the Family Research Council dropped Sanford very quickly from its big upcoming religious-right event.

* I don't think it matters, but technically, adultery is illegal in South Carolina.

* Tesla Motors gets a government loan for its electric sedan project.

* We haven't seen a good impeachment trial in a long while.

* R.I.P., Dr. Jerri Nielsen.

* The Republican temper tantrum against ABC keeps getting stranger.

* And Dick Cheney finally got the book deal he wanted, when his former aide, Mary Matalin, used her Simon & Schuster imprint to get the former vice president a deal. Matalin also came to Karl Rove's rescue. Industry insiders don't expect either book to sell especially well.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (40)

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The Republican temper tantrum against ABC keeps getting stranger.

While Michelle Bachman, Steve King, and Jim Inhoff are strong in the "Nuttiest Individual Congressman" events, Arizona is doing quite well in the team events. Of course you can never count out Texas or South Carolina.

Posted by: Danp on June 24, 2009 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

Proving once again that the network is beyond parody, Fox News labeled Sanford a Democrat during his event today.

I heart Fox News.

Posted by: Monty on June 24, 2009 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

One news item that, while not as big as Iran or health care, is still worth mentioning: Barney Frank et al. introduced a new gender identity-inclusive version of ENDA in the House today. I was at the press conference, where Frank said he's confident that it will pass the House this fall, and that dropping gender identity is "not going to be an issue this year."

Posted by: Emily Rutherford on June 24, 2009 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

FOX did that little Democrat label trick with Mark Foley too

Posted by: Coral on June 24, 2009 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

What is the difference between a 'public option' and a 'blue cross' option?

Aren't they both non-profits? If the 'public option' gets support from the government then isn't it unfair to private companies? If it doesn't then what is the difference?

I have lived in Canada, England and Japan and think our system is far worse than any of them and I have my employer pay about 75% of my premiums. I would prefer a single payer system.

I just am not really sure what a 'public option' means.

Posted by: neil wilson on June 24, 2009 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

I just am not really sure what a 'public option' means. -neil wilson

Mainly, no profit motive. Greater access and no rescission.

Posted by: doubtful on June 24, 2009 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

The Republican temper tantrum against ABC keeps getting stranger.

Yes, it does. They want to "boycott" ABC for one primetime special featuring the President of the United States for cryin' out loud. I mean, what; NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, plus the entire dial of AM radio aren't putting out enough right-wing talking points?

Posted by: electrolite on June 24, 2009 at 5:58 PM | PERMALINK

nothing on the massive USA-Spain upset?????

Posted by: ericm on June 24, 2009 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

NOTHING would make me happier than putting the private insurance companies out of business.

I am about to turn 50 and when I was younger (even in the 80's and working, insurance was NEVER like this. I went to a doctor and that was that. I never was nickel'd and dime'd with copays on every damned thing my doctor did (I had a $0.12 copay line item a couple of months ago) which adds up to an additional thousand bucks a year, on top of the $6000.00 I pay them ON TOP OF the $6000.00 my employer pays them.

They need to go the way of the dinosaur.

Fucking Richard Nixon and is private healthcare. (spit)

Posted by: MsJoanne on June 24, 2009 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

Fox has done that MANY times. Always an "innocent mistake," of course.

Posted by: Speed on June 24, 2009 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

MEMOS

TO: FOX
Nobody believes your childish tactics.

TO: Republicans
Get an idea!

TO: Richard Nixon
You're still dead, so shut up already.

Posted by: Kurt on June 24, 2009 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

TO: North Korea
RE: Question about lights

On every photo of the earth at night, every country surrounding and near yours is ablaze with light. Yours is dark. Why is that?

The reason I ask, is that is seems rather difficult to run the world, assuming you capture it, if you can't even run a powerplant.

Posted by: Kurt on June 24, 2009 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

in re FAUX NEWS tagging R's as D's: Their audience of B'Fers -Barely Functional-have no knowledge of anything- can't find Ohio on a map, or their ass with two hands- so anything they see on the screen is accepted as Stone Tablet Fact.

Posted by: DAY on June 24, 2009 at 6:35 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, but the adultery didn't take place in South Carolina. No jurisdiction, no foul. Just a smoking wreck of a political career . . .

Posted by: penalcolony on June 24, 2009 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK

[...] Fox News labeled Sanford a Democrat during his event today. -- Steve Benen

While I realise that returning gifts is considered to be "bad manners", I think I'll return Sanford even so. We have had enough "iffY" Governors of our own in recent memory (Blago and Spitzer come to mind), thank you all the same.

Posted by: exlibra on June 24, 2009 at 7:09 PM | PERMALINK

another way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere

It's expensive. To remove 1,000 lb of CO2 uses up 20% of the electricity that was generated to put it there.

I hate to say this, almost, but the Sanford hypocrisy is bringing joy to everyone who ever felt Schadenfreude. Flying to Argentina for the weekend? That's spectacular. Outrageous. Incomprehensible. And illegal too? Is it an impeachable offense? It's going to tar everyone who ever had a nice thing to say about the guy. That probably includes me.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on June 24, 2009 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Argentina? Hell I'm going to Rio...

Remember that Rolling Stones article on McCain during the election?
Sanford's dalliance rang a bell:

There's a distance between the two men that belies their shared experience in North Vietnam — call it an honor gap. Like many American POWs, McCain broke down under torture and offered a "confession" to his North Vietnamese captors. Dramesi, in contrast, attempted two daring escapes. For the second he was brutalized for a month with daily torture sessions that nearly killed him. His partner in the escape, Lt. Col. Ed Atterberry, didn't survive the mistreatment. But Dramesi never said a disloyal word, and for his heroism was awarded two Air Force Crosses, one of the service's highest distinctions. McCain would later hail him as "one of the toughest guys I've ever met."
On the grounds between the two brick colleges, the chitchat between the scion of four-star admirals and the son of a prizefighter turns to their academic travels; both colleges sponsor a trip abroad for young officers to network with military and political leaders in a distant corner of the globe.
"I'm going to the Middle East," Dramesi says. "Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iran."
"Why are you going to the Middle East?" McCain asks, dismissively.
"It's a place we're probably going to have some problems," Dramesi says."Why? Where are you going to, John?"
"Oh, I'm going to Rio."
"What the hell are you going to Rio for?"
McCain, a married father of three, shrugs.
"I got a better chance of getting laid."

This message brought to you by the 24-hour Republican smut cycle.
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Posted by: koreyel on June 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

Steve: "Proving once again that the network is beyond parody, Fox News labeled Sanford a Democrat during his event today."

I'm sorry, but this particular "mistake" has happened too many times to be mere carelessness. Someone at Fox News is doing that deliberately, and person should be called to the carpet on it -- unless, of course, his knees are already rugburned, whereupon a simple reprimand would probably suffice.

Posted by: Out & About in the Castro on June 24, 2009 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, but the adultery didn't take place in South Carolina. No jurisdiction, no foul. - penalcolony

Don't forget the trump card...it involves a Repuglican. So your free to go.

Posted by: Kevin on June 24, 2009 at 7:51 PM | PERMALINK

SMIRK

Posted by: shortstop on June 24, 2009 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

And another thing: Why is it that when a married man is having an affair, the other woman is labeled a "mistress", "temptress" or "seductress"? I mean, what do you call the "other man" when the situation is reversed -- that is, besides "stud" and "ladies' man"?

Posted by: Out & About in the Castro on June 24, 2009 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

shortstop: "SMIRK"

Any more such "SMIRKS" from you, young lady, and you'll be sent to your room, where you'll be forced to listen to this over and over again for the rest of the evening. ;-)

Posted by: Out & About in the Castro on June 24, 2009 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

NEWS FLASH:

Rush Limpballs and Scary Craig found clinging to life raft, claiming to have been abandoned by S.C. Governor who desperately jettisoned them and their pubescent Dominican escorts.

STAY TUNED!

Posted by: citizen_pain on June 24, 2009 at 8:10 PM | PERMALINK

nooooooooooooonotSineadsingingthaaaaaaaaaaat!

not even camp. just horrifying!

Posted by: shortstop on June 24, 2009 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

OMFG! That PC was hilarious!

Posted by: Gallop Trollop! on June 24, 2009 at 8:26 PM | PERMALINK

Admidst yet another GOP sex scandal, I would like to reiterate how it warms my heart to see for the first time in my life a couple in the WH who so obviously love and adore each other.

Posted by: Disputo on June 24, 2009 at 8:43 PM | PERMALINK

Texas governor Rick Perry called the United States "imperialists" today and said the "milita and citizens of Texas will ... wipe out the aggressors from the North once and for all."

Posted by: burro on June 24, 2009 at 8:47 PM | PERMALINK
nothing on the massive USA-Spain upset?????

Posted by: ericm on June 24, 2009

What happened? Did Spain overthrow the U.S. gov't when nobody was watching?

Posted by: MarkH on June 24, 2009 at 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

North Korea's government called the United States "imperialists" today and said the "army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all."

Several days ago Obama followed up on GWB's "Axis of Evil" speech by declaring NKor a "grievious threat" to the *world*, so it should be no surprise that NKor meets bombastic hyberbolic rhet with bombastic hyperbolic rhet.

All NKor is looking for is the same security guarantees from the US that existed before GWB essentially declared war on them in the AoE speech. Why Obama is instead continuing GWB's policy is puzzling.

Posted by: Disputo on June 24, 2009 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

Tesla Motors gets a government loan for its electric sedan project.

Double Smirk with a W00T!

Posted by: koreyel on June 24, 2009 at 8:59 PM | PERMALINK

It's hard to sue a network for lying, or even pressuring a reporter to lie (see heart-breaking case of Jane Akre v. Fox in Wikipedia), but a commenter at Kos pointed out: litigants were able to get a case against a supermarket by showing that overcharges happened more often than undercharges, which was reasonable evidence it was not merely from mistakes. But having a popular media figure make a big deal over it is probably best?

Posted by: Neil B ◙ on June 24, 2009 at 9:23 PM | PERMALINK

"Two, mutual feelings .... You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details ..." ~ Gov. Sanford to The Lovely Maria

Mike K., I sure love your party's family *values*.

Posted by: MissMudd on June 24, 2009 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK

re: Gov. Mark Sandord:

Weeellll, at least we now know why the Bush administration and Cheney's office destroyed so many millions of e-mails...all those steamy, sexual Republican messages between top officials in the Bush administration.

I can just see them now....

No, no, no, the Republicans didn't destroy all those e-mails because torture was discussed as well as how they could somehow paint legal lipstick on that torture pig, nor was there any discussion about stealing elections nor lying about going to war in Iraq nor authorizing illegal warrantless wiretaps nor using the NSA to spy on political enemies nor outing a covert CIA agent nor politicizing Hurricane Katrina (where the Bush administration sent federal disaster relief into Mississippi and Alabama because these two states had Republican governors, while at the same time the Bush administration deliberately withheld emergency federal aid from Louisiana and New Orleans)...it was all that sex, sex, sex in those destroyed White House messages...that was the sole thrust of many of those "family values" Bush administration communications. Yep. Yep.

Posted by: The Oracle on June 24, 2009 at 9:41 PM | PERMALINK

And Dick Cheney finally got the book deal he wanted, when his former aide, Mary Matalin, used her Simon & Schuster imprint to get the former vice president a deal.

While all those Stanford racy emails are flying around teh MSM, it's comforting to know that Dick is just starting to learn how to use a laptop. And a former top CEO, too, at that!

Posted by: maya on June 24, 2009 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

South Carolina law SECTION 16-15-60. Adultery or fornication.

Any man or woman who shall be guilty of the crime of adultery or fornication shall be liable to indictment and, on conviction, shall be severally punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than one year or by both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.

Book him, Dano.

Posted by: MissMudd on June 24, 2009 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

I saw a website that says one of Sanford's aides had a pix of his "latin lover" and was showing it around the office.

June 2008 Sanford signed "Immigration Bill 4400"
this was supposed to be the most strict immigration bill in the country.

Posted by: annjell on June 24, 2009 at 10:19 PM | PERMALINK

I would like to reiterate how it warms my heart to see for the first time in my life a couple in the WH who so obviously love and adore each other.

Aw, isn't that sweet?

You probably also believe he's a citizen of the U.S. and a Christian.

God help the credulous punks of the left.

Posted by: Myke K on June 24, 2009 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

Myle, that was THE best snark post of the day. I'm still laughing!!!

Posted by: MsJoanne on June 24, 2009 at 10:53 PM | PERMALINK

"Did the White House signal last night that a public option is less important than a bipartisan deal? Not according to one of the senators at the meeting."

Somebody tell Charlie Gibson.

Posted by: Jie Friday on June 24, 2009 at 11:58 PM | PERMALINK

Who is Mark Sanford? Is he the real slim shady?

Apparently, he is the only one to vote against Medicaid coverage for some breast & cervical cancer.

He signed Immigration Bill 4400, alleged to have been the toughest immigration bill in the country - then he has an affair with a Latina?

In 2008, he said the Fed Gov borrowed from Medicare, Social Security & China - note *2008*
What did all these GOP Governors do with the money-why are all these states near bankruptcy?

Apparently, Florida's bonds is about to be lowered to junk status - California on brink of becoming insolvent?

Who is Mark Sanford??????????

Posted by: annjell on June 25, 2009 at 12:12 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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