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November 26, 2010

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

* Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: "Tension mounted Friday near a South Korean island bombarded this week by North Korea, as the North's military again fired artillery, this time in what appeared to be a drill on its own territory. As an American aircraft carrier steamed toward the Yellow Sea for joint exercises with South Korea, the North's state-run media warned that the maneuvers could push the Korean Peninsula closer to 'the brink of war,' while China also raised objections."

* Following up on that last point: "This weekend's arrival of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea poses a dilemma for Beijing: Should it protest angrily and aggravate ties with Washington, or quietly accept the presence of a key symbol of American military pre-eminence off Chinese shores?"

* Europe can afford to bailout Greece. And Ireland. Perhaps even Portugal. Spain is a different story.

* Presidential stitches: "President Obama had to get 12 stitches in his lip after getting a blow from an opposing player's elbow during a basketball game Friday morning, White House officials said." (Lazy media folk looking for a metaphor: the president may get banged up, but at least he's not afraid to get in the game.)

* As if health care wasn't already facing political difficulties: "As the Obama administration presses ahead with the health care law, officials are bracing for the possibility that a federal judge in Virginia will soon reject its central provision as unconstitutional and, in the worst case for the White House, halt its enforcement until higher courts can rule."

* John Judis weighs the evidence and concludes, "[T]he Obama administration's failure to seize the political opportunity afforded by the Great Recession has not necessarily opened the way to a new Republican majority. More likely, it will lead to a period where the two parties exchange power, and where neither can establish a long-lasting majority."

* And based on Fox News' own standards, such as they are, shouldn't senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano "be fired immediately" for dipping his toe into 9/11 Trutherism? This week, the far-right analyst appeared on a radical radio show and declared that the attacks of 911 "couldn't possibly have been done the way the government told us."

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 4:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (15)

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Am I wrong to think that twelve stitches in your face is a lot?

Posted by: cld on November 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

@cld: you obviously did not read the story:
"The White House said Mr. Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches. The stitches were made with a smaller filament than is typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and results in a smaller scar."

Posted by: st john on November 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

Five inches instead of six?

Posted by: cld on November 26, 2010 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

Film of the president walking away, doesn't look decapitated,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11852078

Posted by: cld on November 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

Think high-end plastic surgeon stitches. We are talking very, very fine work. Twelve translates to anywhere between two and four, if you or I went to the E.D. with a split lip.

Posted by: Realist - RN on November 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Those many European nations going bankrupt or etc: most were following the Republican casino/disco capitalism model, were they not? And then look at the response, as in Ireland: balance it on the backs of the middle class and below. I thought the Europeans were better informed and less stunned by conservative hypnosis, shouldn't they be hitting the streets for more (other than, I'd say) than just attempts to raise retirement age, student issues, etc? There needs to be a reckoning, and we need more of it too.

BTW re Napolitano: yet another case (like TSA) where the same issue is flipped over because now Democrats are still in major control of government. No consistent views or ideals at all.

Posted by: neil b on November 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe I'm losing my grip, but a 'political analyst", Napolitano in this case, and identified as such, expressing an opinion is not a hanging offense. Demonizing anyone and everyone who disagrees with the official story of 9/11 is reminiscent of the JFK murder, where even before Oliver Stone's film about it was released the New York Times did its utmost best to discredit it.

It is salient to remember that 9/11 happened on Bush's watch, so a "far-right analyst" saying it "couldn't possibly have been done the way the government told us", doesn't pay any compliments to Cheney and company. Of course, with the right-wing media able to persuade uninformed, under-informed, and under- educated Americans that up is down and black is white, it wouldn't surprise me if some percentage of people believe Obama was personally responsible for 9/11. Or maybe Bill Clinton. Better yet, Hillary.

Posted by: rrk1 on November 26, 2010 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Fox Nation posted a story by The Onion as if it was a real news story.

There are two possibilities here. Either the folks at Fox Nation are too dense to get the satire of The Onion, or they get it but know that their readers are so gullible and believe anything that they post that they would fall for it anyway.

Posted by: Mustang Bobby on November 26, 2010 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Rrk1, maybe you are losing your grip. Steve isn't saying, that Napolitano really just ought to be fired on principle. Didn't you see, "And based on Fox News' own standards, such as they are,..." Steve is attacking the hypocrisy of the right, often picking on 9/11 truthers in the past (and read my previous for more insight.) Why do so many people have trouble with this sort of point?

Posted by: neil b on November 26, 2010 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

 "[T]he Obama administration's failure to seize the political opportunity afforded by the Great Recession..."

Which means that the über rich will continue to have the essentially free ride they have had since Reagan when the highest tax rates were cut from 70% to 35%.  Now that the country, the several states and the economy are in trouble it is time to tax excessive wealth.  It is time the rich pay their fair share. 

The excessively wealthy who carry Hermes handbags, drive Mercedes, and wear Rolex watches when people are unemployed, losing their houses, and cannot afford college or health insurance have been abetted by Republicans who used religion and moral issues to convince people to vote against their own economic self interest.

Please, tell your elected officials you not only oppose the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, but would like to see the top rate restored to the pre-Reagan level.

I would be mortified to wear crocodile when 1/3  of Arizona kids live in poverty. Tax the excess wealth of the über rich now.  

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on November 26, 2010 at 6:21 PM | PERMALINK

Pres plays hoops, attacked by opposing player, gets stitches, OMG, calling Brit Hume!

-how does this story compare to Bush attacked by tree, falling off bicycle- and falling off sofa, after pretzel attack?

Americans ask: Was hoopster shot by Secret Service? The tree? The pretzel?

Posted by: DAY on November 26, 2010 at 7:18 PM | PERMALINK

Following up on that last point: "This weekend's arrival of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea poses a dilemma for Beijing: Should it protest angrily and aggravate ties with Washington, or quietly accept the presence of a key symbol of American military pre-eminence off Chinese shores?

China has to be royally pissed at the North Koreans right now. The last thing they need is for their nutso little client state to start giving the South Koreans, Americans and Japanese excuse to flex their military muscle in East Asia.

Posted by: jonas on November 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM | PERMALINK

China has to be royally pissed at the North Koreans right now. The last thing they need is for their nutso little client state to start giving the South Koreans, Americans and Japanese excuse to flex their military muscle in East Asia.
Posted by: jonas on November 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM

S Korea already has. Within the past few days, the defense minister has been ditched and the rules of (military) engagement have been revised to allow for a "more muscular" response.

Posted by: exlibra on November 26, 2010 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

Fox pulled the Onion "Obama sends e-mail" story.

Several interesting outcomes here.

1. One or several Fox staffers truly are clueless.

2. More amusingly, there were sixty comments in the story's thread from people discussing the ramifications of the president having lost his marbles - with several swearing to having seen the e-mail; before one posted a clarification showing it was a spoof from The Onion.

3. This resulted in several posters declaring that this was a ruse by the media, to deflect attention from the president's severe mental health problems.

4. And a variety of posters restating having seen the president's 75.000 word e-mail to the nation.

Polity in distress. Polity in distress.

Posted by: SteinL on November 27, 2010 at 4:31 AM | PERMALINK

"bailout" is a verb now?

Posted by: Foo on November 27, 2010 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK
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