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July 28, 2010

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

* The Beige Book disappoints a bit: "The economic expansion has proceeded unevenly this summer, according to a new Federal Reserve report, with new pockets of weakness emerging in parts of the country."

* On a related note: "The latest report on orders to factory for big-ticket items on Wednesday offered another sign that the United States economy was losing strength in the second half the year."

* The oil from the disaster in the Gulf "appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected." This does not, however, "end the many problems and scientific uncertainties associated with the spill."

* President Obama talks up the Democrats' small-business-incentives bill in New Jersey: "The provisions of this bill are things that the Republican Party has supported for years," Obama said. "This is as American as apple pie. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They are central to our identity as a nation.... I expect us to get this done."

* U.S. troops continue to return home from Iraq.

* Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) announced today she will vote for Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation. She's the fourth Senate Republican to announce her support for the nominee.

* Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is starting to lose some of his Democratic friends.

* A worthwhile first for the VA: "The Under Secretary of Health at the Veterans Administration issued a little-noticed directive to VA medical facilities recently, informing facilities that patients who legally use medical marijuana may not be denied access to health services because of their outside prescription."

* The sooner the Senate acts, the better: "The U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of three new members to the Federal Reserve's powerful board, including Janet Yellen for vice chairman, clearing the way for a final vote by the whole Senate."

* Is Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) obsessed with gutting the EPA? Yep.

* Disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), still mad as a hatter.

* Not good: "There's not going to be enough money to fully fund Pell Grants, the government program that provides money to help low-income students to attend college."

* Jeffrey Lord just can't bring himself to shut up.

* Bill O'Reilly joins the rest of the sensible universe in opposition to Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

* Glenn Beck's Goldline scheme, illustrated.

* I intended to highlight the pathetic op-ed from Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen in the Wall Street Journal today, but just didn't have the stomach for it. Thankfully, Alex Pareene was on the case.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (18)

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* Bill O'Reilly joins the rest of the sensible universe in opposition to Don't Ask, Don't Tell. -- Steve Benen

I don't think that it's a sudden surge of sensibility that's is behind his statement. A much simpler -- and therefore more probable -- explanation is that it allows him to blame Obama for inactivity. As we used to say in Poland: "when you want to hit a dog, you can always find a stick". O'Reilly has cast around for a stick and found one.

Posted by: exlibra on July 28, 2010 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

Gingrich isn't crazy, just sloppy and disingenuous. He poses as a "scholar" and likes to call himself "professor" but can't be bothered to check the accuracy of his one and only source, something for which I would criticize a student paper, and he counts on his listeners to be too lazy or ill informed to do it either.

Posted by: T-Rex on July 28, 2010 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

nothing on Arizona?

Posted by: Marc on July 28, 2010 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Here ya go... Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona's Immigration Law:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/us/29arizona.html?_r=1&ref=politics

Posted by: cr on July 28, 2010 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Steve cited the New York Times: "The oil from the disaster in the Gulf 'appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected'."

Yeah, well, so says the New York Times.

Others have a different view:

Mainstream Media Helps BP Pretend There's No Oil
By Mac McClelland
Wed Jul. 28, 2010 11:07 AM PDT
www.MotherJones.com


This is not a matter in which the corporate-owned, so-called "mainstream" media should be trusted.


Posted by: SecularAnimist on July 28, 2010 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

We can't know how the oil is going to affect the deeper Gulf environment. But on NPR "Talk of the Nation" today, their reporter gave a somewhat optomistic assessment.

Posted by: zappawannabe on July 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM | PERMALINK

zappawannabe wrote: "But on NPR 'Talk of the Nation' today, their reporter gave a somewhat optomistic assessment."

I listen to NPR's "Morning Edition" every morning, and they have been putting out a steady stream of "optimistic assessments" since the well blew up.

At least they generally acknowledge that what they are saying is "according to BP".

This morning they "interviewed" BP's new CEO -- a totally softball, almost fawning interview, giving him plenty of opportunity to spread the smarm around, talk about "optimism" and "restoring trust" (as if anyone ever had any reason to trust the corporation with by far the WORST safety record of any oil company in the world).

Don't kid yourself -- the "liberal" NPR is every bit as much corporate-owned, corporate-programmed media as the overtly commercial networks.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on July 28, 2010 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

"The oil from the disaster in the Gulf "appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected."

What sort of asshole presumes to speak for everyone on the planet?

Posted by: Bill Jones on July 28, 2010 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

Shouldn't that blurb have been prefaced differently,,,

Instead of:
* On a related note:

Maybe it should say,,,
*According to an ADVERTISEMENT in the New York Times:

* The oil from the disaster in the Gulf "appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected." This does not, however, "end the many problems and scientific uncertainties associated with the spill."

Posted by: cwolf on July 28, 2010 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

@ me
Ok it didn't say
* On a related note:

...but it still shudda said
*According to an ADVERTISEMENT in the New York Times:

I'm getting old

Posted by: cwolf on July 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

This blog suggests that whoever leads the Tea Party receive the title of Hatter. I lol'd.

Posted by: Manly Awesome on July 28, 2010 at 9:59 PM | PERMALINK

In other oil-spill news, an estimated million gallons have leaked into Michigan's Kalamazoo River this week.

Posted by: Chet on July 28, 2010 at 10:34 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, that Gulf oil is ever so light... Today, I got a photo "joke" from a friend. A yellow, flat can, with the BP logo on it. The text says, in German: "Sardines in oil; fresh from the Gulf of Mexico". Smacznego!

Posted by: exlibra on July 28, 2010 at 11:23 PM | PERMALINK

Just to remind everyone, Gingrich was in the front end of the Republicans posing as an intellectual but always failing to make any substantial argument.

He's the one above all who popularized the tactic of raising a straw man (or, typically, in any single argument multiple staw men) for his own effect and -- even back in the day -- the "liberal" press was too sloppy and enamoured to expose the fraud.

Just another marginally more knowledgeable but just as dangerous Palin.

Plus ca change....

Posted by: notthere on July 29, 2010 at 5:32 AM | PERMALINK

It is interesting to hear that the unemployed are rallying to form a political group, I think we could call it a counter voice to the tea baggers.
I would not expect them to vote for a party that calls them lazy and wants to cut them off from any unemployment compensation. I think this is a good move.

Posted by: Joan on July 29, 2010 at 7:09 AM | PERMALINK

Steve,

I don't know if this is big enough news to get its own post, but I'd love to see this get some national attention. On Fox 25 local news last night, a woman said in a debate about "anchor babies" that illegal immigrants don't love their children. Unbefuckinglievable. Check it out, pass it on, etc.

http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/politics/local_politics/debate-over-children-of-illegal-immigrants-20100728

Posted by: BrendanInBoston on July 29, 2010 at 7:54 AM | PERMALINK

Speaking of local Fox affiliates, mine in Atlanta ran the Sherrod video days before it popped up nationally. Wonder where they got it from?

Posted by: ComradeAnon on July 29, 2010 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

I just Googled "Wendy Murphy", the "legal analyst" mentioned in BrendanInboston's comment about the anchor babies debate. She's about as objective as Breitbart.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on July 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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