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Tilting at Windmills

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October 25, 2010

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

* As if Haiti weren't struggling enough, it's now dealing with a cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 250 people so far.

* A step in the right direction on real estate, but dangers loom: "Sales of previously occupied homes are bouncing back from their anemic levels last summer, but the gains may not be sustainable if the abrupt halt in foreclosures in some states drags out and pulls down future sales."

* Try to contain your shock: "Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted at a press conference Monday that his office accepts 'bags of money' from the Iranian government."

* The White House tries circumventing Beijing: "In a shift from its assiduous one-on-one courtship of Beijing, the administration is trying to line up coalitions -- among China's next-door neighbors and far-flung trading partners -- to present Chinese leaders with a unified front on thorny issues like the currency and its territorial claims in the South China Sea."

* If you missed it over the weekend, a WikiLeaks document dump advanced questions about the stability of Iraq.

* President Obama clearly hasn't forgotten about immigration reform, but Republican gains in the midterms will make progress extremely unlikely for the foreseeable future.

* O'Reilly sure does love his ambushes.

* If the right wants to talk about wasteful public spending, can we have a conversation about the conservative-controlled U.S. Commission on Civil Rights spending over $173,000 -- of our money -- "investigating an incident involving voter intimidation by members of the New Black Panther Party -- a case in which no voters have alleged they were intimidated"?

* I've never heard of a state that's worried about having too many colleges.

* Remember the felony charges pending against disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas)? His trial is finally getting underway.

* And finally, eight years ago today, Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) died in a tragic plane crash. His thoughtful leadership is still greatly missed.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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

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Just for the record, states do worry about having too many colleges. Missouri, for one, has wrestled in the past with its system of regional colleges and duplication of programs that system creates. But of course each of these schools has its defenders in the legislature. Missouri has made some progress in developing areas of emphasis at different schools, but none has been shut down.

Posted by: kw on October 25, 2010 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

Sales of previously owned homes are up, which is good, but we are worried because "gains may not be sustainable if the abrupt halt in foreclosures in some states drags out and pulls down future sales"?

Is the suggestion here that massive sweeps of foreclosures -- including tossing mom out of her home illegally -- are okay if they keeps resales up?

Tell me I am grossly misunderstanding this post, and what the real story is or must be. No matter how good it is to increase home sales, doing so illegally and stealing people's homes is a disaster morally, legally, and politically.

Posted by: SF on October 25, 2010 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

* I've never heard of a state that's worried about having too many colleges.

Alabama was notorious for too many Jr. Colleges. They were political fiefdoms, so very hard to close down and get under control. It started out as a good idea, but went the usual way.

Posted by: martin on October 25, 2010 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

The White House tries circumventing Beijing

Unfortunately the White House is now making up for 10 years of neglect from the Bush Adminstration. And its most likely too little too late. China has invested heavily in South America, Africa and around the world over the past decade and forged a lot of economic partnerships. And given that China is coming out of the current recession far faster the US (where a double-dip is still very likely) they have a lot more economic pull with a lot of these countries than we do.

Posted by: thorin-1 on October 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM | PERMALINK

We still sorely miss Paul Wellstone in Minnesota,he was the best of the best.It took a long time not to tear up when I saw one of his green signs.I am not a conspiracy type person,however I do feel something was way wrong with that plane crash.I was in northern Mn the day his plane went down,the weather was not that bad up there.Most people I know feel the same way,we are not a bunch of crazies.

Posted by: Jes on October 25, 2010 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Karzai - Another Bush baby, giving those mangy leprous ponies time after time ...

BTW Steve, anyone: some stories about how the Republicans ran the Congress when they had power, keeping meetings secret, no Democrats allowed, and so on.

Posted by: Neil B on October 25, 2010 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

The Tennessee Legislature has recently discussed closing Austin Peay State University in budget-cutting talks.

Posted by: dr sardonicus on October 25, 2010 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

Speaking of the WikiLeaks document dump.

When is Obama going to start the investigations he's required to under law.

America may not be covering this but the entire world is.

Here are some of the headlines compared to what we have been getting here.

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/25/nyt/index.html

Posted by: sensistar on October 25, 2010 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK

Arizona's solution is to raise college and university costs so high that they hope to get less students which will cause university's to shut down. STUPID Arizona, they are only bankrupting their students and the student's parents.r

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on October 25, 2010 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone know how long The Assasination of George Tiller documentary goes..trying to set my DVR and can't find the length of time on Cox Cable..in fact, doesn't even indicate the documentary at all.

(what a surprise).

Posted by: How long does the Tiller documentary last? on October 25, 2010 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK

As a Minnesotan, I too miss Paul Wellstone. Just think what might have been if that plane hadn't crashed...He was a true progressive liberal Democrat.

Posted by: Athena on October 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

"Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted at a press conference Monday that his office accepts 'bags of money' from the Iranian government."

What? Baby, you said I was the only one.

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on October 25, 2010 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

America: Foreclosed On...by Fascist Konservative Republicans, or as I like to call them FKR'ers, or more specifically, mother FKR'ers.

Posted by: The Oracle on October 25, 2010 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK

Meg's Aqua Buddha moment

First there was the Fraud Files piece on Florida's Rick Scott.
That was sweet and saucy...

Then there was Jack Conway going all in with Aqua Buddha in Kentucky...
That was punk and perspicacious.

And now Jerry Brown in California shows billionaire Meg its time to exit stage right...
Via Ezra Klein: This might be the most devastating ad of the election.

Maybe its just me, but there is something absolutely delightful, delicious and de-lovely
in watching a billionaire get devastated...


Posted by: koreyel on October 25, 2010 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

It's a good thing I don't believe anything conservatives say, otherwise I'd think they might have been right about Iran's influence in Iraq they've been talking about for years.

Posted by: JEA on October 25, 2010 at 9:45 PM | PERMALINK

It's a good thing I don't believe anything conservatives say, otherwise I'd think they might have been right about Iran's influence in Iraq they've been talking about for years.

Funny, I don't recall conservatives saying that much about it back when Iranian agent--er, I mean Iraqi exile--Ahmed Chalabi was Dick Cheney's best friend . . .

Do you, JEA?

Posted by: Dwight on October 25, 2010 at 10:58 PM | PERMALINK

There is still scientific mystery around us.

Posted by: Dredd on October 26, 2010 at 5:53 AM | PERMALINK

It would hardly take a wiki-leak (I'd see a doctor about that!) to know that Iraq is precariously teetering to civil war. Brought to you by our Beloved American Corporatocracy and the Idiots who brought you George Bush! That bomb simply has to go off now..

Posted by: Trollop on October 26, 2010 at 9:45 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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