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September 22, 2009

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

* The Massachusetts state Senate passed a bill to empower Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to fill the Senate vacancy. Expect the legislation to be signed as early as tomorrow, with an interim senator to be named before the week's end.

* Keep expectations low: "President Obama on Tuesday chided the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority for not doing more to move peace talks forward but announced no breakthrough after meeting here privately with both men."

* Busy day at Turtle Bay: "Some 100 heads of state gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday for an unprecedented daylong conference on combating climate change, with leaders like Presidents Obama and Hu Jintao of China acknowledging that agreement is an important goal, but also stressing their own needs. Negotiators have been struggling to hammer out a deal to cut global emissions by December in Copenhagen, and the United Nations organizers are hoping that gathering the leaders will give the talks new political momentum."

* After falling at his home, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has been hospitalized.

* The counter-terror probe expands: "Investigators are looking for about a dozen more people in connection with a wide-ranging terror investigation that has already netted arrests in Colorado and New York City, a source familiar with the investigation said Tuesday."

* The recession is having a real, practical impact on the everyday lives of Americans.

* President Obama's chat with David Letterman seemed to go well last night.

* Reflecting on the president's media-blitz, the Washington Post assembled a misguided panel of observers.

* These guys are nothing if not responsive to criticism: "An August 10, 2009 National Endowment for the Arts conference call in which artists were asked to help support President Obama's agenda -- a call that at least one good government group called 'inappropriate' -- has prompted the White House to issue new guidelines to prevent such a call from ever happening again."

* Fox News' Megyn Kelly doesn't realize that the "stars and bars" is not used to describe the flag of the United States.

* It's a real shame to see what's become of Michael Barone.

* The one vote Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is most proud of is rejecting aid to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

* Jonathan Cohn starts giving "Truman scores" to various health care proposals.

* Many of the year's funniest protest signs had me chuckling. (thanks to A.K. for the tip)

* Speaking of funny, "We're #37!" (thanks to F.B. for the tip)

* And in still more comedic news, be sure to check out Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, and others in their fake PSA that looks out for the poor health insurance executives. "[W]hy is Obama trying to reform health care when insurance companies are doing just fine making billions of dollars in profit?" Ferrell asks.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (21)

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The Dems have never really had the 60 votes in the Senate ... this is very frustrating.

Posted by: Tang on September 22, 2009 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

Wa-blow's expert panels are starting to look like the Fauxpert panels, pitiful ... And for similar reasons once the ownership forces are considered. (Dextrohacks want you to look at front-line reporters and odd incidents like the Bush ANG memo, not the powers behind the curtains ...

BTW Tang, a Party isn't supposed to need 60 votes anyway, that is an artifact of filibusters gone wild and Republican maneuvering and propaganda (aided by hacks like the Wa-blow.

Posted by: Neil B ♪ on September 22, 2009 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

Anything to add?

Well what about this item, which suggests that--surprise, surprise--the Acorn scandal was quite what it seemed?

http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=27158#comments

Posted by: J on September 22, 2009 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

Megyn Kelly knew what she was saying...

Posted by: dr sardonicus on September 22, 2009 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

Grim scold Mark Levin has gotten on Glenn Beck, see here at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/22/conservative-radio-host-b_n_294786.html. He rags beck for saying he'd have rather voted for Hillary than McCain. Beck is really mixed up and see the pitiful pouting pic of him there. It's good to see those two fighting, but sadly it's not a "responsible" conservative ragging on Beck from the center, it's Levin saying Beck went squishy.

Posted by: N e i l B on September 22, 2009 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

There's no such thing as a slip of the tongue on "Fox news", any more than there are inadvertent mistakes when ID'ing democrats as republicans, or vice versa. You can bet that Megyn Kelly and her colleagues had a good chuckle about this latest dust-up. Those people are proud of what they do, day in and day out.

Posted by: JW on September 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

Dr. Sardonicus beat me to it. She would be making a mistake if she spoke out against anything the Money Party wants.

A regionally divided US could be ruled by several corporations, each with their own group of former states.

Posted by: anomoly on September 22, 2009 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

Deep questions

Grandparents got us Social Security.
Parents got us Medicare.

What will baby boomers have to show the future?
That they sat by and watched Murdoch's social terrorism network tear our country in half?

Posted by: koreyel on September 22, 2009 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

"It's a real shame to see what's become of Michael Barone."

Eh ?

Barone has been an asshole weasel for decades.

Posted by: Joe Friday on September 22, 2009 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

koryel:
I suspect that the plan is to tear our country into at least 5 regional pieces rather than in half.

Posted by: anomaly on September 22, 2009 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

Barone has been an asshole weasel for decades.

I assume that Benen was being ironic.

Posted by: Disputo on September 22, 2009 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

Redemption. That's what I think of when I hear about the esteemed Gentleman and Senator from West Virginia, Mr. Byrd.

Posted by: citizen_pain on September 22, 2009 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

In an interview with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News, Glen Beck claims he speaks for the little people.

Obviously he meant he speaks for the people with little minds.

Posted by: Joe Friday on September 22, 2009 at 7:42 PM | PERMALINK

The one vote Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is most proud of is rejecting aid to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

What a sick fucking man.

Posted by: Jay B. on September 22, 2009 at 7:57 PM | PERMALINK

Redemption. That's what I think of when I hear about the esteemed Gentleman and Senator from West Virginia, Mr. Byrd.

I hope you are being sarcastic when calling Byrd an esteemed gentleman. There's nothing esteemed about a former klansman, no matter what they did later in life.

Posted by: Pully Bulpit on September 22, 2009 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK

Pully he came clean and became a champion of the common man. If there is no forgiveness, why try to get better?

Posted by: citizen_pain on September 22, 2009 at 8:44 PM | PERMALINK

A neat stunt demonstrating progress in: algal biofuels.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on September 22, 2009 at 9:18 PM | PERMALINK

"* Many of the year's funniest protest signs had me chuckling."

I liked the counter-protester at the Fred Phelps demonstration changing one of their signs to read "Homo Sex Is [GREAT]"

Posted by: Shade Tail on September 22, 2009 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

Megyn Kelly's writers got it wrong, the "stars and bars" refers to the first Confederate national flag which is mostly forgotten these days. It resembled the US flag so much that they had to keep it off the battle field less it be mistaken for the US flag.

The flag used by the KKK, South Carolina, and various "rebels" that is the symbol of racism these days is the Confederate battle flag which has no bars. It is a blue cross with white stars on a red field.

Posted by: mikeyes on September 23, 2009 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

Calm down, Jay.

Congressman Steve King saw that the Katrina Relief bill was an overbloated, accountable-to-noone piece of crap and he was later proven right.

Posted by: Peggy on September 23, 2009 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

I hope he can be as honest and loyal to the American people as our previous Senator, Kennedy!!!

Posted by: Abbee Lee on September 25, 2009 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK
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