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July 2, 2010

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

* Not an easy call: "BP and Obama administration officials are nearing a major decision as they look ahead toward what they hope will be the gulf oil spill endgame: whether to change the cap that is currently capturing a significant amount of oil." (Click the link to see the pros and cons)

* Afghanistan: "Six militants armed with suicide bombs stormed the compound of an American contractor working for the United States Agency for International Development in the northern city of Kunduz on Friday, killing at least four people in an assault that left all the attackers dead, according to Afghan officials."

* Several Republican senators announced their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan today, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), though none expressed a willingness to filibuster.

* The fate of Wall Street reform became more promising late yesterday when Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who opposed the measure in May, announced her support for the bill.

* Seems like a great, overdue idea: "President Obama on Friday will announce 66 new broadband grants and loans totaling $795 million, part of the administration's continued rollout of Recovery Act grants meant to expand high-speed Internet connections across the country."

* House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes it's time for the Senate to return to majority-rule, calling the filibuster "the 60-vote stranglehold on the future." She's absolutely right.

* Climate scientist Michael E. Mann has been exonerated, more than once, in the trumped up "Climategate" nonsense cooked up by global warming deniers.

* GOP Senate hopeful Rand Paul no longer backs an "underground electric immigration fence," which no one could explain or understand anyway. Paul's campaign called it an error from an aide writing for the website.

* The House ethics committee dismissed allegations against Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) yesterday, following a seven-month review.

* Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) should probably try to remember he opposed the Lily Ledbetter Act.

* Effective yesterday, the terms for student loans just got a little better. It's the result of the major overhaul approved by Democrats in March.

* The only people stranger than Glenn Beck? Glenn Beck's guests.

* And this July 4, take a moment to realize that about a fourth of the population (26%) does not realize who we declared our independence from in 1776. Among the wrong countries mentioned by poll respondents were France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (24)

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'Seems like a great, overdue idea'...REALLY? I get so tired of this. Whenever the Obama Administration DOES something it's 'overdue'...when do BOTH sides get tired of whining and sniveling. They've been a little busy this year and have actually accomplished QUITE A BIT...but according to the MEDIA/Blogs everything is 'a little late'...methinks this nation has a collective case of ADD.

Posted by: SYSPROG on July 2, 2010 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

As for the last one, Steve, this is worth a link:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-passionate-defender-of-what-he-imagines-c,2849/

Posted by: not matt on July 2, 2010 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

correction: "a fourth of eth population" should be "a fourth of [THE] population".

(heh, I first wondered what an "eth population" was and even wondered if it was statistical term I wasn't familiar with....)

Posted by: Annoyed on July 2, 2010 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

"SYSPROG", what's "overdue" is Obama's repudiation of his right-wing ideology, his support of right-wing policies, and his support of right-wingers in general (see: Republican Bernanke, right-wingers Summers, Geithner, Blanche Lincoln, et. al.).

"methinks" Obama's apologists are either incapable of paying attention to Obama's long track record of right-wing nonsense (particularly Obama's subservience to fraudulent right-wing economic ideology) or are themselves right-wing ideologues.

Posted by: Annoyed on July 2, 2010 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

* Climate scientist Michael E. Mann has been exonerated, more than once, in the trumped up "Climategate" nonsense cooked up by global warming deniers. -- Steve Benen

Doesn't matter; Ken (the Cuckoo) Cuccinelli is gonna sue his liberal ass (and horse, and cow, and... the whole nine barns) anyway.

Posted by: exlibra on July 2, 2010 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Kind of cool that show host and former congressman Joe Scarborough put it out there on his cable show that Republican Representative and chronic complainer/highly tanned John Boehner doesn't work much, doesn't produce much, and is at the Washington bars at 5 or 6:oo.

Boehner's cred, if he had any, is gone.

Plus over 200 influential presidential scholars placed Barack Obama at a ranking of 15
of all presidents, and GWB, having stumbled around for years as if deficient, scored in the low 5...

Posted by: a good friday on July 2, 2010 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

Careful Nancy, Consider the possible Repig plan:

1. Filibuster Everything!!

2. Have Dems finally restore Senate majority rule out of exasperation and desperation to actually accomplish something. Repigs give little real resistance, but feign outrage.

3. Repigs steal the next election, (now with majority rule in place, imposed by Dems!!) Dems become completely impotent with no room to complain.

4. Rove laughs all the to hell.

Posted by: In what respect, Charlie? on July 2, 2010 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

Check us out on Facebook!

President Obama on Friday will announce 66 new broadband grants and loans totaling $795 million, part of the administration's continued rollout of Recovery Act grants meant to expand high-speed Internet connections across the country.

Zits comic strip, a couple of Sunday's back...

Sorry. It's Friday I know. Haven't had a beer yet, and feeling a bit curmudgeony...

Posted by: koreyel on July 2, 2010 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

(26%) does not realize who we declared our independence from in 1776
~~~

Seriously??? Those people should have their voter registrations rescinded.

Though China might be a good choice for 2010 (economically speaking).

Posted by: Appalled on July 2, 2010 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

An immigrant seeking to become a naturalized citizen would have to know the answer to that last one.

Posted by: jpeckjr on July 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

@Not Matt: I couldn't read the article. It's for Real Americans only.

@Annoyed: you are the worst type of winger. The only people/views that exist in your world are Left and Right.

Posted by: Alli on July 2, 2010 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

1. Filibuster Everything!!

2. Have Dems finally restore Senate majority rule out of exasperation and desperation to actually accomplish something. Repigs give little real resistance, but feign outrage.

3. Repigs steal the next election, (now with majority rule in place, imposed by Dems!!) Dems become completely impotent with no room to complain.

4. Rove laughs all the to hell.

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5. America quickly realizes the mistake (again) after watching the GOP work on its policy, and hands Congress back to the dems in 2012, in numbers even more overwhelming than in 2008.

Posted by: Shade Tail on July 2, 2010 at 8:29 PM | PERMALINK

Shadetail, I have a feeling that step 3 would find some way to trump your step five in 2012...

Posted by: Doug on July 2, 2010 at 8:38 PM | PERMALINK


[Two things, Annoyed. First, learn the difference between censorship and comment moderation. The former is a function of government, while the latter is the prerogative of the private concern that owns this site and employs a handful of moderators. Second, you are singing the hundredth verse and it's the same as the first. Therefore all of your comments are going to be removed as long as your record is stuck. Deal with it. --Mod Squad]

Posted by: Annoyed on July 2, 2010 at 8:43 PM | PERMALINK

"And this July 4, take a moment to realize that about a fourth of eth population (26%) does not realize who we declared our independence from in 1776. Among the wrong countries mentioned by poll respondents were France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain."

DID BECK GIVE THE RIGHT ANSWER????

Posted by: barkleyg on July 2, 2010 at 9:10 PM | PERMALINK

breitbart owes me $100,000.

Posted by: skippy on July 2, 2010 at 9:22 PM | PERMALINK

I've never had a comment censored, Annoyed. I wouldn't be so sure that I was being made a martyr for my boldly unpopular views, as opposed to the victim of some kind of technical glitch. Repost and see what happens.

Posted by: FlipYrWhig on July 2, 2010 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK

...about a fourth of eth population (26%) does not realize who we declared our independence from in 1776.

All that prevents me from screaming or weeping is the fortunate fact that ignorance is curable.

Posted by: Grumpy on July 2, 2010 at 9:58 PM | PERMALINK

It was not just an "underground electric immigration fence"--it was an "underground electric immigration fence" patrolled by helicopters. The underground helicopters were crucial to the scheme . . .

Posted by: rea on July 2, 2010 at 11:00 PM | PERMALINK

"All that prevents me from screaming or weeping is the fortunate fact that ignorance is curable."
Posted by: Grumpy on July 2, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Yes, but stupidity isn't.
And since these people are, in at least this instance, ignorant of something that...
(a) is quickly, easily, painlessly, and almost effortlessly learnable,
and
(b) matters,
these particular people are not just ignorant, they are stupid.
And I would bet a considerable amount of money that at least half of them are teabeggars.

But enough of this negativity -- Happy 4th, all!
Let's be sure to celebrate our Independence from Saudi Arabia in style this year!
Oh, wait...

Posted by: smartalek on July 3, 2010 at 2:10 AM | PERMALINK

Well, that proves it- 26% of Americans are MORONS!

How many of the 20% who got it wrong were teabaggers?

Posted by: agentX on July 3, 2010 at 6:10 AM | PERMALINK

Apparently the historical ignorance of the younger generation who will inherit this country is even more vast.

The only thing that can save the United States is rigorous historical education, and that is not happening

Posted by: bob h on July 3, 2010 at 6:27 AM | PERMALINK

Six militants armed with suicide bombs stormed the compound ... killing at least four people in an assault that left all the attackers dead, according to Afghan officials

Should we assume that some of the attackers were not people?

Posted by: Danp on July 3, 2010 at 8:31 AM | PERMALINK

The Marist poll website moderators are very picky in what comments they accept about that poll. Many many comments that those 26% of Americans are stupid have been posted. My own comment, however, is still awaiting moderation after more than a week, and has not been accepted: that I would have been sorely tempted to give a sarcastic answer ("Outer Mongolia") to such a poll, and I wonder how many of the outrageously wrong answers that actually were given (like "China") came from the same irritation with stupid poll questions rather than public ignorance.

It seems the Marist pollsters are not only unwilling to consider that possibility, but actually wish to ensure their singular interpretation has exclusive coverage, even if it means silencing other views.

Posted by: Raven on July 14, 2010 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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