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July 13, 2010

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

* A critical moment is just a few hours away: "BP plans to gradually close the outlets in the newly recapped gulf oil well, performing an 'integrity test' that could temporarily halt the flow of the oil for the first time in 85 days, and possibly allow engineers to "shut in" the well permanently."

* The number of 99ers -- Americans unemployed for 99 weeks -- stands at 1.4 million. The number has "grown sixfold in the past three years."

* Earth's hottest January-to-June on record. If only 60 senators cared.

* On a related note, expect a Senate debate on a still-unseen energy/climate bill in two weeks.

* If confirmed, Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew will replace Peter Orszag as the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Lew's qualifications aren't in doubt -- he held the exact same job in the Clinton administration.

* Federal officials have long considered Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) sand berm proposal to be pretty dumb. They were right, and as is often the case, Jindal was wrong.

* Some welcome economic news: better-than-expected profits from Alcoa, CSX, and Intel.

* Post-Katrina shootings: "Six current and former police officers were charged in connection with shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina that left two dead and four wounded, federal law enforcement officials announced here on Tuesday."

* Indefinite detention and the case of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani: "A federal judge has rejected a claim by a terrorist defendant in Manhattan that his nearly five years of detention by the American government before being transferred into the civilian court system violated his Constitutional right to a speedy trial."

* Senate Republicans have found the one thing they're good at: forcing needless delays. "Elena Kagan will have to wait one more week to find out if the Senate Judiciary Committee will recommend her to the full Senate for confirmation to the Supreme Court."

* Speaking of the Senate GOP, the votes are there to end the chamber's practice of secret holds, but Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) won't allow the measure to reach the floor.

* The closer one looks at Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl's (R-Ariz.) economic ideas, the more incoherent they appear.

* Inexcusable: "Deadly yet easily preventable bloodstream infections continue to plague American hospitals because facility administrators fail to commit resources and attention to the problem, according to a survey of medical professionals released Monday."

* Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) comes up with some very odd conspiracy theories.

* Questioning the conventional wisdom that says the United States does not send enough of its young people to college.

* Regular Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers talked to host/activist/propagandist Megyn Kelly about the absurd "controversy" surrounding the New Black Panther Party. Powers is conservative, but dismisses this as nonsense. This led Kelly to freak out a bit, and threaten to cut Powers' microphone. Let this be a lesson for on-air contributors: Fox News exists for the dissemination of the agreed upon message/narrative -- and nothing else.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (22)

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Speaking of the Senate GOP, the votes are there to end the chamber's practice of secret holds, but Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) won't allow the measure to reach the floor.

how in the name of democracy can you justify secret holds?

Posted by: mudwall jackson on July 13, 2010 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

The question isn't do we send enough young people to college, the question is, once there, do they learn anything?
My experience is that they don't. I routinely work with degreed engineers who know less than I knew after a 36-week Air Force technical training course.

Posted by: mister moonlight on July 13, 2010 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

Fake News's Megan Kelly was PWND on her own show. Embarrassing!

Posted by: JP on July 13, 2010 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, Although I'd love to believe that a conservative did that to Megyn, Kirsten Powers is not a conservative.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirsten_Powers

Posted by: Halleck on July 13, 2010 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

Federal officials have long considered Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) sand berm proposal to be pretty dumb. They were right, and as is often the case, Jindal was wrong.

Carville blasts Obama as too distant from spill; Jindal shines

"He could be with the Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard with people in Plaquemines Parish doing something about these regulations (for the construction of barrier islands). These people are crying, they are begging for something down here and it just looks like he’s not involved in this."

Wake me when James Carville apologizes to Obama and goes on CNN sobbing and weeping hysterically as he blasts Bobby Jindal for being a fool who wasted resources and gave no bid contracts to his cronies to build ineffective sand berms.

Posted by: Winkandanod on July 13, 2010 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

Regular Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers talked to host/activist/propagandist Megyn Kelly about the absurd "controversy" surrounding the New Black Panther Party. Powers is conservative, but dismisses this as nonsense. This led Kelly to freak out a bit, and threaten to cut Powers' microphone. Let this be a lesson for on-air contributors: Fox News exists for the dissemination of the agreed upon message/narrative -- and nothing else.


POWERS: .."you�ve been completely doing the �scary black man thing.�

As usual people at Fox get offended when someone goes off script and speaks the truth.

Posted by: John Henry on July 13, 2010 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

The Megan Kelly thing is awesome. What a nut case that wench is. The scary black man comment was great. That should be a new FOX News show, called "Scary Black Man".

Posted by: DO on July 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM | PERMALINK

Totally OT: Why are there so many GOP and wingnut ads on this and other liberal blogs? I mean, if they wanna waste their money advertising on sites like this, more power to them (and to the liberal bloggers), but do they really think someone who reads this blog is gonna click on that stupid Steve Forbes ad and say, "OMG, Obama and the unions are trying to ruin the country!"?

Posted by: kc on July 13, 2010 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK

Moonbat: "What's big Obama government done for me?"
Teabagger: "Nuttin' Honey."

Except maybe...
Find a way to actually beat Aids.
That's right: US Government Scientists:

In a breakthrough study, researchers have discovered two potent human antibodies that can stop more than 90% of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the laboratory.
"The discovery of these exceptionally broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV and the structural analysis that explains how they work are exciting advances that will accelerate our efforts to find a preventive HIV vaccine for global use. In addition, the technique the teams used to find the new antibodies represents a novel strategy that could be applied to vaccine design for many other infectious diseases," said Dr Anthony S Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health.
Led by a team from the NIAID Vaccine Research Center (VRC), the scientists found two naturally occurring, powerful antibodies called VRC01 and VRC02 in an HIV-infected individual's blood. They found the antibodies using a novel molecular device they developed that homes in on the specific cells that make antibodies against HIV.

Don't you just hate big fugging government?
And the Obama Administration?
So do-nothing...

Posted by: koreyel on July 13, 2010 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK

Doesn't Fox claim that Megyn Kelly is part of their "hard news" (i.e. unbiased) portion of the day? I just don't see it myself.

Posted by: Keith on July 13, 2010 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

Two bleached blonds in a cat fight. Megyn Kelly got scratched bad. The boys at Fox Headquarters got to be loving this. Talk about pushing the ratings.

Posted by: Ron Byers on July 13, 2010 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

koreyel, @ 18:47

Hush your mouth, or the Repubs will learn about it and stop the funding immediately. The idea of sex without fear is totally odious to them (vide their objections to contraceptives). I thought you knew that...

Posted by: exlibra on July 13, 2010 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

Describing Megyn Kelly's behavior as a freak out is just perfect. Kirsten Powers held her own quite effectvely, with great listening skills, and ability with an immediate retort. Have seen her do the same to Hannity. It was so evident Megyn Kelly panicked, resorting to over talking the guest, shouting, threatening to pull the microphone because the well spoken Kirsten Powera was not only not in the Fox World 's mandatory lock step agreement, but quite able to hang in there and articulate her case. I loved her perseverance and she won the so-called match.
Megyn, in the end, seemed out of control with noticeable need areas in anger management, and crazy control issues of threatening to pull the mike. She absolutely lost it, a true unprofessional. Hope she reads this.

Posted by: worse for the wear for watching Fox on July 13, 2010 at 8:57 PM | PERMALINK

And we're confident in BP because...?

Posted by: zppawannabe on July 13, 2010 at 9:21 PM | PERMALINK

Rush Limbaugh is really Megyn Kelly, but with bigger tits.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on July 13, 2010 at 9:26 PM | PERMALINK

Is it just me or does there seem to be a building of wingnuttery towards an all-time high? I just have to take a break from reading all this every couple of days.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on July 13, 2010 at 10:09 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Sue Myrick: "Brown people bad."

And even though he held the same position in the Clinton Administration, I bet some a**hole Republican Senator will put a hold on Lew's nomination.

Uh-oh, skeptic's cracked the code: a decline in comments on "Washington Monthly" is a sure sign the radical socialist hegemony is falling apart. Yep, it's more certain than a Rasmussen poll.

Posted by: jvwalt on July 13, 2010 at 11:33 PM | PERMALINK

i noticed there are fewer and fewer comments on this blog.

maybe it is heading into irrelevancy, like obama?
Posted by: skeptic on July 13, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Happy wishing, septic! Also, too, you may want to get a new pair of spectacles, if your insurance company will allow it.

Posted by: exlibra on July 14, 2010 at 12:10 AM | PERMALINK

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) comes up with some very odd conspiracy theories.

Myrick: "And the other thing that we’re seeing, and we’re seeing it in your state in particular in the prisons is Farsi tattoos. Farsi is basically a Persian language, which Iran is, and we know we’ve seen Arabic tattoos in our prisons for a long time, but we havent seen Farsi tattoos in a long time."

There was a time in the history of the United States that wildly bizarre outbursts like this, made continuously, would have gotten a person (rightfully) committed to "professional" care. But in our current political landscape, I'm sure most of her constituents didn't blink an eye.

Her handlers ought to put her back on her medication and limit her public appearances; it's sad when people take advantage of the insane.

Posted by: electrolite on July 14, 2010 at 3:17 AM | PERMALINK

Fox viewers only tune in for reenforcement.

Posted by: DAY on July 14, 2010 at 6:50 AM | PERMALINK

"Earth's hottest January-to-June on record. If only 60 senators cared." And July has been the hottest I have ever seen so far.

I remember Macho Mitch McConnell yukking it up about the snow and Al Gore last winter. Why so silent, Mitch?

Posted by: bob h on July 14, 2010 at 6:58 AM | PERMALINK

Megyn Kelly was just force-fed a plateful of her own bullshit. Priceless! Pwned! OMG, must mywasteofspacebook this immediately! A rare Faux broad-cast.

Posted by: Trollop on July 14, 2010 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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