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January 10, 2011

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

* Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) remains in critical condition and is "not out of the woods yet," but as of this afternoon, she was "responding to verbal commands by raising two fingers of her left hand and even managed to give a thumbs-up."

* President Obama today led the nation in a moment of silence from the South Lawn of the White House. He also ordered flags to be flown at half-staff this week.

* Jared Lee Loughner appeared in court today for the first time, facing all kinds of charges.

* Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, meeting with Hamid Karzai to assess progress toward "the transition to Afghan-led security beginning this year." Biden also spent time with U.S. troops and civilian personnel.

* A man who directed repeated threats at Sen. Michael Bennet's office (D-Colo.) was arrested today by federal authorities.

* Rep. Danny Davis' (D-Ill.) office received a threatening message yesterday. In apparent reference to the assassination attempt in Tucson, a message sent to the Chicago-area Democrat read, "Danny Davis is next."

* Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing in the United Arab Emirates today, argued that sanctions against Iran are hampering the country's nuclear ambitions.

* A rare White House signing statement: "President Obama said Friday that congressional restrictions on his ability to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees for prosecution in federal courts are 'a dangerous and unprecedented challenge' to the executive branch and suggested that his administration could yet defy them."

* The Obama administration has changed U.S. passport application forms from "mother and father" to "parent one and parent two." The religious right is not at all pleased.

* The Tea Party Express has begun raising money off the shootings in Tucson. Stay classy, conservatives.

* I'd be more inclined to read more conservative bloggers if they displayed better critical thinking skills.

* Too many Americans graduate high school and are unprepared for higher ed. But are they also unprepared for military service?

* And if you're interested, my latest piece for the New York Daily News ran over the weekend, tackling Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Calif.) claim that the Obama administration is the most "corrupt" in modern history. Here's a sneak preview: I'm fairly certain Issa's wrong.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (10)

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must read "media fear tactics" from
website of GLENN BECK'S OWN SECURITY FIRM

https://www.gavindebecker.com/resources/article/media_fear_tactics/

Posted by: Steve-a-Dor on January 10, 2011 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

Where Beck recommends the de Becker firm to Palin:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/glenn-beck-emails-sarah-p_n_806802.html

Posted by: Steve-A-Dor on January 10, 2011 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

"Where Beck recommends the de Becker firm to Palin:"


Wow, those two sure embraced the peace-nik mode in rapid fashion. And of course there is a buck to be turned.

Posted by: H.Finn on January 10, 2011 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

Of course they're raising money off the shootings... they're a bunch of cowards - of squaws. I dare anyone of them to meet me face-to-face.

Posted by: Ten Bears on January 10, 2011 at 6:36 PM | PERMALINK

Blackwater at Home with Glenn Beck.

Only the rich people can afford their own security firm, the rest of us have to live naked in the world they create for us.

Wait until the longevity gene is perfected, then the world will NEVER be rid of the likes of Beck and Limbaugh and Murdock and the other rich. We actually are the lucky ones, where evil still dies...although Cheney seems to be....

Posted by: Skip on January 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK


Great piece in the Daily News, Steve. I've read the Washington Monthly for as long as it has been around, and regularly read the blog (the only one I do)--both are invaluable assets to sane governance. Kudos!

Posted by: Bryan on January 10, 2011 at 8:04 PM | PERMALINK

Great piece in the DAILY NEW...well written, although no surprise, your blog is great! A must read twice a day

Posted by: Suzanne Holland on January 10, 2011 at 8:18 PM | PERMALINK

"Too many Americans graduate high school and are unprepared for higher ed. But are they also unprepared for military service."

But they are prepared to become Republicans.

Posted by: bob h on January 11, 2011 at 6:35 AM | PERMALINK

This is a good place to wonder if the shooter had access to free health care, could he have addressed his mental health issues when the college suggested it.

Posted by: Fed Up and Tired on January 11, 2011 at 7:12 AM | PERMALINK

Steve,
I wanted to congratulate you. I read the Daily News along with the NY Times on Sundays. And here I am a couple of days ago, I turn to the Op-ed page, and who do I see, but one of my all time favorite bloggers?
Great JoB!

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 11, 2011 at 8:29 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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