Democrats lose, move even further to the right

San Francisco Chronicle:

GOP’s Brown wins Mass. Senate race in epic upset

In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy for nearly half a century, leaving President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marring the end of his first year in office...

Brown led by 52 per cent to 47 percent with all but 3 percent of precincts counted. Turnout was exceptional for a special election in January, with light snow reported in parts of the state. More voters showed up at the polls Tuesday than in any non-presidential general election in Massachusetts since 1990.

The Democrats' answer? Go after the most popular government programs ever created in the U.S.

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BREAKING: Democrats Hoping To Take Control Of Congress …

"BREAKING: Democrats Hoping To Take Control Of Congress …

… From Republican Minority In 2010"

Why was that tweet from The Onion so funny?

Because it’s so true.

Despite a Democratic president, a Democratic majority in the House, and 60 members of the Senate caucusing with the Democrats, the corporate lobbyists’ agenda continually prevails.

If you want to force that situation to “change”, if you’ll pardon the expression, read on.

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/19/09


New York Daily News

House passes bill taxing AIG and other bonuses (AP)
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-led House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Thursday to slap punishing taxes on big employee bonuses from AIG and other firms bailed out by taxpayers. The vote was 328-93. "We want our money back and we want our money back now for the taxpayers," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/18/09


Lee Judge (permission to post this cartoon has been requested)

Payback time for AIG: Treasury, Congress go after the bonuses (McClatchy)
In an effort to quell a mounting furor, the Treasury Department said late Tuesday that it would require American International Group to repay the government more than $165 million in bonuses doled out last week to the executives blamed for driving the firm to insolvency.

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/17/09


And a Happy St. Paddy's Day to ya!

President Obama: Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen and He "May Be Cousins" (by Jake O'Tapper at Political Punch, ABC News)
President Obama welcomed Irish Ambassador Michael Collins to the Oval Office today with some interesting news. "My mother's family can be traced back to Ireland," President Obama said, "and it turns out that our first Irish ancestor came from the same county that Taoiseach once represented. So we may be cousins. We haven't sorted that through yet. But even if blood we're not related by culture and affinity ... by friendship we are certainly related." Collins was joined by Irish Ambassador Michael Collins and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin (pronounced MEE-hull Martin, according to some helpful Irish reporters who have clearly already been celebrating). All three were sporting green ties and shamrock "bouquets" on their lapels.
I think the prez must have kissed the Blarney Stone today.--Caro

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/16/09


In unity there is fatuity (by Mike Flugennock at Stop Me Before I Vote Again)
Where is the American left while all this hell is breaking loose? Why, they're helping lay astroturf for Barack Obama! Read on to find out more about the massive Kool-Aid party being organized to boost the Obama Agenda -- and presumably, the Obama approval rating, which has apparently sunk to something more appropriate to normal objective reality.
See the story below.--Caro

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/13/09


Obama's econ failure: Still no plan to fix the banks (McClatchy)
The Treasury Department has failed to persuade the world that it has a viable plan to stabilize big U.S. banks, and unless and until it does so, the economic downturn at home and abroad is unlikely to bottom out. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said as much, telling Congress last week that "restoring a reasonable degree of financial stability will be critical determinants of the timing and strength of the recovery." Yet experts warn that each week that goes by without a credible bank plan puts an economic recovery and public confidence in President Barack Obama at risk.
I'm surprised to see McClatchy so down on Obama.  They gave him a lot of help last year.--Caro

The Heretik

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/12/09


Investigative Reporter Seymour Hersh Describes 'Executive Assassination Ring' (by Eric Black at MinnPost.com, posted at Common Dreams News Center)
At a "Great Conversations" event at the University of Minnesota [Tuesday] night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an "executive assassination ring." Hersh spoke with great confidence about these findings from his current reporting, which he hasn't written about yet. In an email exchange afterward, Hersh said that his statements were "an honest response to a question" from the event's moderator, U of M Political Scientist Larry Jacobs and "not something I wanted to dwell about in public."

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/11/09


Bonus Quote of the Day (Political Wire)
"We will lose on legislation. But we will win the message war every day, and every week, until November 2010. Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint." -- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), quoted by the National Journal, on the new Republican strategy.

This Modern World (by Tom Tomorrow)


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What's distressing about these tactics is that they have worked so well for so long.  And will continue to work as long as Democrats refuse to become educators and defenders of liberal issues.--Caro

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/9/09


Obama Going Gray? (Political Wire)
Just 44 days into the job and the New York Times notices President Obama has graying hair. "For a guy who prides himself on projecting a stress-free demeanor, the changes above his temples are speckled evidence that perhaps the psychological and physical strains of the job -- never mind the long process of winning it -- are in fact taking something of a toll. (Experts say stress can contribute to whitening locks.)"

Make Them Accountable

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