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September 1, 2010

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

* The first peace talks in nearly two years: "President Obama on Wednesday began the arduous process of coaxing and pressing the main Middle East participants to define and embrace a comprehensive peace settlement. But he had to begin by joining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in strongly condemning a fatal attack on the West Bank and declaring solemnly, 'We've got a lot of work to do.'"

* Manufacturing numbers here and purchasing data in China offered some of the best economic news in a while.

* Neil Irwin says there are "some reasons for at least modest optimism" on the economy, and said we're "likely" to see "a slow-and-steady recovery."

* On a related note, Christina Romer, the departing chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, offered a farewell speech to her team today, taking pride in helping the United States steer clear of "a second Great Depression."

* Some nut is holding hostages at the Discovery Communications building in a Maryland suburb of D.C.

* For the first time in 20 years, we're seeing the number of immigrants entering the country illegally decline. A weak economy and increased enforcement were cited as the main factors.

* In North Carolina, the first evacuations in anticipation of a strengthening Hurricane Earl began today.

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) wants to "move on" after his monumental screw up over education funding and demonstrably false criticism of the Obama administration. I'm sure he does, but that may be easier said than done.

* Ethics probes advance in controversies related to Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).

* New and improved federal financial aid for college students.

* Korean cult leader Sun Myung Moon gets the far-right Washington Times back.

* And Glenn Beck assured his followers that he went to the National Archives and held George Washington's hand-written first inaugural. That's not even close to true.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (16)

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I am loving the back and forth between Governor Christie and former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler. The best part is that everything is on tape and apparently in emails. That includes Governor Christie slamming the Obama administration for his administration ineptness.

I haven't seen or heard about an apology from Governor Christie. But then again, when you consider the source, I shouldn't expect one.

Posted by: Ladyhawke on September 1, 2010 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

Restoring honor ... by lying.

Posted by: Baldrick on September 1, 2010 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

IOKIYAR in Christie's case,to pass the blame, that is what ReBPublicans do best.

Posted by: Ted76 on September 1, 2010 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

And Glenn Beck assured his followers that he went to the National Archives and held George Washington's hand-written first inaugural.

i once held the originals of the 10 commandments and the code of hammurabi. not to mention the magna carta. in my very own hands. just like glenn.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on September 1, 2010 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

* Some nut is holding hostages at the Discovery Communications building in a Maryland suburb of D.C.

For a change, it appears we really do have a radical leftist. That is, if the news article about the nut in question is accurate.

That's one out of...what, several dozen?

Posted by: Shade Tail on September 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

We will be told this nut is a "liberal."

Okay, and Timothy McVeigh is a "conservative." Fair trade?

Posted by: rusty chainsaw on September 1, 2010 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

'scuse me.
Timothy McVeigh was a conservative.

Posted by: rusty chainsaw on September 1, 2010 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

The peace talks can't work: Abbas can't deliver his side because Hamas controls Gaza, and the Likud has no intention of stopping the process of swallowing all the good land in the West Bank bit by bit. The Palestinian rejectionists will work hand-in-hand with the Israeli right to sabotage the thing.

Posted by: Joe Buck on September 1, 2010 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

* Some nut is holding hostages at the Discovery Communications building in a Maryland suburb of D.C. -- Steve Benen

Not no more, he ain't; shot dead by the p'lice. But yeah, a fully-ripe nut. No wonder he thought squirrels rated higher than the "human filth".

Posted by: exlibra on September 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

The first peace talks in nearly two years: President Obama on Wednesday began the arduous process of coaxing and pressing the main Middle East participants to define and embrace a comprehensive peace settlement. But he had to begin by joining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in strongly condemning a fatal attack on the West Bank and declaring solemnly, ‘We've got a lot of work to do’.

Bah.

The RightWing Likud are already planning on taking more West Bank Palestinian land and building on it by the end of the month.

Posted by: Joe Friday on September 1, 2010 at 8:12 PM | PERMALINK

Uh, rusty chainsaw, to be fair, a *right-wing* nut wouldn't be obsessed with dealing with global warming, to say nothing of the rest of this guy's issues.

So let's not blind ourselves to reality. Being a solid liberal myself, I'd like to be able to say that he was a right-winger. He wasn't.

Posted by: Shade Tail on September 1, 2010 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK

Addendum to previous post @9:29pm - His manifesto was slightly mixed, and included some very right-wing talk about immigration such as "anchor baby trash". That said, the lion's share of his obsessions definitely came from the left, much as I wish otherwise.

Posted by: Shade Tail on September 1, 2010 at 9:36 PM | PERMALINK

How long before Rev. Beck includes prayer, singing of hymns, faith healing, financial pledges on his broadcasts? and declares himself a tax-exempt religious organization? With cameos by Dr. Laura and James Dobson? Seems he's mentally already there as self-proclaimed mini-messiah. Sing hallejuah!

Posted by: Mickster99 on September 2, 2010 at 12:05 AM | PERMALINK

What do Glenn Beck (R), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), Reps. John Campbell (R-Calif.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) all have in common?

I see a pattern.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on September 2, 2010 at 2:52 AM | PERMALINK

Radical Leftists
Maybe it's time. Here in Albq, a man allegedly threatened demonstrators outside a Planned Parenthood clinic with a gun, after they shouted insults at his daughter and wife for entering. He had been on his way to the shooting range, and not planning violence, but was driven over the edge by the crowd of demonstrators, and reportedly went back to his car to get a rifle out of the trunk.

Posted by: Zandru on September 2, 2010 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

The best part is that everything is on tape, and apparently e-mail. It comprises the Chief Executive Christie beat Obama administration ineptitude of his regime.

Posted by: translation services on September 15, 2010 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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