Archive for November, 2008

Murdoch Despises O’Reilly?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Media, Partisan Hacks

O’Really? Well, if true, boo-f**king-hoo. Murdoch and Ailes created that fakey-populist monster, so they’re ultimately responsible for all the backwards nonsense Bill spews night in and night out. From Michael Wolff’s new book “The Man Who Owns The News” comes this via Politico: “It is not just Murdoch (and everybody else at News Corp.’s highest […]

November 28th, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

Insane Afghanistan Mudslide

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Environment, Video

This is one of those things that you can’t believe exists, but there it is nonetheless. Note to self: do not mess around with Mother Nature…ever. Tweet

November 28th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Iraqi Parliament Passes 2011 Withdrawal Deal

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Iraq, Legislation, The World, War

Amid the turkey and stuffing, I neglected to update everybody on this good news… In a vote heralded by supporters as a momentous step toward restoring Iraqi sovereignty, lawmakers here passed a crucial bill Thursday, setting out a three-year timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraqi soil. The bill passed after months of […]

November 28th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Auto Industry Recovery Package Back On The Table

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Business, Economy

Looks like the Big 3 will get one last shot at it, and this time they better have a more cohesive plan. From WSJ: The House Financial Services Committee scheduled a hearing for Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET to review plans by the Big Three car makers to stabilize their beleaguered companies. The Senate […]

November 28th, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

Chris Matthews Running For Senate? HA!

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Pennsylvania

Actually, I’m not laughing at this…just giving Matthews some grief for that signature, guttural laugh of his. From FiveThirtyEight… Chris Matthews, it appears, is in. FiveThirtyEight has been hearing for some time that Matthews is serious about running for the United States Senate, but it took a trip to Georgia among the Georgia-runoff-congregated and well-connected […]

November 28th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Who Is Christina Romer?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Economy

If you’re economist, you know her to be a pragmatic, centrist expert on Great Depression era economic policies. And if you’re an American, well, hearing about her background should make you confident that she’s the right person to help pull us out of this downturn. Politico gets to know the new Council of Economic Advisers […]

November 28th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Obama Answers Liberal Critics

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Liberalism

They wanted him to appoint left wingers. He hasn’t. So what to make of this? Obama talks… WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama, rejecting liberals’ criticism of his emerging cabinet, today strongly defended his decision to choose more experienced, centrist aides for his inner circle, arguing that the nation needs sure hands in a time of […]

November 27th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Former Ambassador Says Georgia Started Russia/Georgia Conflict

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Foreign Policy, Georgia, Russia, War

Keep in mind that the following is coming from a critic of the Georgian administration, but he was an insider and he also went before his own government to give his assessment of the situation. From BBC: Erosi Kitsmarishvili, a former envoy to Russia, was testifying at a parliamentary commission hearing into the war the […]

November 27th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Strange Bedfellows Alert

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Media, Republicans

I’m sure Mark Halperin and right wingers don’t want this kind of ally in their “pro Obama media bias” campaign, and I want to be clear that this post in no way discounts their claims (although I think it’s bunk). Still, the following “support” has to sting… From Counterterrorism Blog: Global reactions to Dr. Ayman […]

November 27th, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

Obam-meh? Hold the Fanfare Until He’s Done Something.

By Phil Bronstein | Related entries in Barack, Media

Baramania continues unabated, even though the election is over and cloudy crises fill the sky. “He’s still selling papers,” a colleague told me the other day. When was the last time you could say that about a politician? Another baby boomer here suddenly realized this was the first Nov. 22 he hadn’t thought about the […]

November 27th, 2008 | Permalink| 11 Comments »