Saturday, February 28, 2009

ABC: Abortion Foes Vow to Fight a Sebelius Nomination

National anti-abortion groups promise a vigorous fight if President Barack Obama nominates Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. health and human services secretary. Abortion foes said Friday an important issue is a reception Sebelius once had with a late-term abortion provider who's now facing criminal charges. Administration officials disputed the idea that abortion is an issue as to whether Obama nominates Sebelius. 


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Friday, February 27, 2009

Boston Globe: Vacancies [for women?] abound in crucial US posts

Only about 70 people have been formally nominated to fill the roughly 500 senior posts in the Defense, State, Treasury, and Education departments and dozens of other government agencies, according to White House records. Dozens of nominations are still pending as FBI and White House officials scrub potential nominees' tax returns, financial ties, and former activities in government."


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TNA has these women to recommend so far:

1. HHS Secretary – a Cabinet position – insist on a woman:
Governor Kathleen Sebelius
Marcia Angell, MD

2. Treasury Department:
Bethany McLean
Meredith Whitney
Brooksley Born



Thursday, February 26, 2009

NYT/Rich: What We Don’t Know Will Hurt Us

If [Obama] tells the whole story of what might be around the corner, he risks instilling fear itself among Americans who are already panicked. [....]

The reason why the White House has been punting on the new installment of the bank rescue is not that the much-maligned Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, is incapable of getting his act together. What's slowing the works are the huge political questions at stake, many of them with consequences potentially as toxic as the banks' assets.
Will Obama concede aloud that some of our "too big to fail" banks have, in essence, already failed?

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ABC: [ BO's polls ] Strong. But Average. And Way Divided.

[....] dead average for a new president. The other is the impressive partisanship beneath it.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenumbers/2009/02/strong-but-aver.html?cid=149699831#comment-149699831
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[ This article doesn't show enough about the trend: BO's job approval has been steadily going down for several weeks. If anyone has cites or details, pls post for ammunition. ]

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Invitation in NYC

[ttorrellas] is  putting together a NYC area viewing of:
“How Obama Got Elected” documentary by John Ziegler.

[ See Comment to this post for details.  I left out ttorellas' email address but will forward to her if you email me at tdo@turndownobama.com ]

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

LAT: Clinton's winning road trip - EASY POST

 It was no time for lectures on human rights or economic concerns. [....] What was Clinton to say: Release your prisoners next year, just as soon as we close Guantanamo and figure out what to do with ours? 

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Monday, February 23, 2009

LAT: Meg Whitman on why she's running for Calif. governor

We purposely kept regulation on eBay to a minimum, so that small businesses could innovate. And when we spotted eBay entrepreneurs trying to build businesses, we worked hard to help them grow.

Freed from too many corporate rules, and supported by eBay's technology and employees, eBay unleashed the entrepreneur in people around the world.

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Yahoo: Obama deficit disorder?

[....] the president's plan to halve the federal deficit to $533 billion by the end of his first term. Short of reselling Manhattan at a huge profit, how can he do that?

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[ Looks like an audience that could use some good sense posts; and many of the posts are good sense, and civil. ]

Sunday, February 22, 2009

ABC/Tapper: President's Goal: Halving the Deficit by 2013

"the President's budget for FY 2010 puts us on the path to cut the deficit he inherited on January 20, 2009 in half by the end of his first term."


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Nation: Sebelius Record Suggests She'd Be Sound HHS Pick

NOW noted during the brief moment when New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg was the nominee for Commerce Secretary that, "With the nomination of Sen. Judd Gregg, the fourteen filled cabinet departments will be headed by eleven men and three women. Adding a highly-qualified woman... would increase the representation of half the population at the cabinet table, while adding health care and human needs expertise to HHS."

What woman? It is now reasonably clear that the Obama team likes Sebelius.

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/state_of_change/409962/print?rel=nofollow

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[ I bet Obama does like her -- she backstabbed Hillary to support him. ]


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Chi Sun Times: Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil.

PARTY IN THE PARK | Waiting for Dems to pay up

Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park -- despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.

"The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us" [....]

Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, "We are still looking at various costs and bills.'' She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.

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Times of India: India sidesteps US invite re Afganistan/Pakistan - EASY POST

India will officially keep its position of an "interested bystander" watching the unfolding events in this theatre. 

India sought and received an assurance from the US that its decisions and policies in this region would not make India a "target". In other words, India doesn't want to be unpleasantly surprised by a set of events that adversely affects Indian interests in Afghanistan. 

The US right now is furious with Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai for consistently hitting out at America but is equally wary of the Pakistan government particularly after the ill-advised "peace deal" with the Taliban in Swat Valley. 

It's no secret the Obama administration wants Karzai to go. 



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India-sidesteps-US-invite-for-trilateral-meet-on-Afghanistan-Pak/articleshow/4162963.cms#write
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Indian Express: Dead ends in Pakistan - EASY POST

 The US wants to enlist us in the war in Afghanistan, and side with the Pakistani state in its war against the Taliban.  But [India should not] get sucked into the way Americans define this war. On Pakistan, we frankly don't have many options but to show restraint. This is not a battle we can win militarily, although we have to be prepared for all eventualities.

More at http://www.indianexpress.com/news/dead-ends-in-pakistan/426488/0

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Meta: We're back up at DailyPuma.com

We're back up at DailyPuma.com - we'd got left out at during their re-organization. They have moved all the PUMA blogs to the far right side, the non-PUMA blogs to the far left.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Wash Times: Obama to ease curbs on CEO pay

Wants late fix to stimulus plan

the caps inserted into the $787 billion Democrat-crafted stimulus Congress passed Friday are too restrictive and could be counterproductive, administration officials said on Sunday's political talk shows.


http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/16/obama-seeking-to-ease-limits-on-executive-salaries/?page=2
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Re: [PumaResponders] 1476 NYT/Collins: How to Stock a Cabinet

If anyone wants to defend Gregg for refusing the Commerce Sec job, here's some ammunition from IBD (though the IBD story does not take comments).

Why A Commerce Job Goes Unfilled

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY

The decision to remove the 2010 Census from the Commerce Department and give it to White House political operatives was a strong vote of no confidence in Gregg. 

It wasn't the only signal. On the day Gregg quit, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declared the Colombia free-trade agreement was dead, too. "I think the concerns that (President Obama) and others have are still valid around that trade agreement," Semana, a Colombian publication, quoted Gibbs as saying.





On Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 2:56 AM, old democrat <1950democrat@gmail.com> wrote:
"The Women From Maine" in which Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins play moderate Republican witches who try to make the world a better and more fiscally responsible place. Harry Reid will co-star as their befuddled landlord who thinks his tenants are unemployed actresses trying to break into the Portland theater business. Arlen Specter will play Squeaky, their impish helper.

http://community.nytimes.com/article/comments/2009/02/14/opinion/14collins.html
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NYT/Collins: How to Stock a Cabinet

"The Women From Maine" in which Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins play moderate Republican witches who try to make the world a better and more fiscally responsible place. Harry Reid will co-star as their befuddled landlord who thinks his tenants are unemployed actresses trying to break into the Portland theater business. Arlen Specter will play Squeaky, their impish helper.

http://community.nytimes.com/article/comments/2009/02/14/opinion/14collins.html
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

LAT: Afghan President Karzai hopes Obama will "settle down," show "better judgment":

Karzai: "Perhaps it's because the administration has not yet put itself together. Perhaps they have not been given the information yet. And I hope as they settle down, as they learn more, we will see better judgment."

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NWI: Senate Democrats pass stimulus bill -EASY POST

In a bow to political reality, lawmakers included $70 billion to shelter upper middle-class and wealthier taxpayers from an income tax increase that would otherwise hit them, a provision that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would do relatively little to create jobs.


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SF Gate: Meg Whitman makes case on how she's different

[ GOP woman for Gov of California ]
"whether they're legal or illegal (immigrants), those benefits go to children ... and we have to protect the children."

 "I am pro-choice, and while I would like ... to bring down the number of abortions in America, I don't think we can take choice away from women and their partners and doctors." Whitman says she supports government funding for abortions, saying, "As long as abortion is legal, it has to be made available to women of all means."


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/13/BACU15SUDJ.DTL
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

politico vs Social Sec, Medicare, etc

Opponents of significant changes to Social Security benefits were jarred in January, when the then-president-elect echoed George W. Bush's claim of an entitlement "crisis," warning of "red ink as far as the eye can see" in Social Security and Medicare. Obama promised that those programs would be a "central part" of his plan to reduce the federal deficit.
....
But despite some grumbling in the ranks, the powerful, organized movement that effectively defended the Social Security status quo from Bush's ambitious reform effort in 2005 has been one of the key dogs that haven't yet barked at Obama.

Entitlement dog not barking


LAT: Late-night comedy shows make fun of Pres. Obama

Jokes about Obama's speaking style. Jokes about Obama's mannerisms. Jokes about his answers. Jokes about his tedious but very thoughtful-looking pauses, despite the TelePrompter feeding him lines. And about the media's pre-determined adoration/critical complex (think Bill "The Guy Just Bores Me" O'Reilly and Chris "Thrill Up My Leg" Matthews"). 

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Monday, February 9, 2009

NY Daily: Stumbling out the gate: Barack Obama flubs his first big test

It's not easy to waste a mandate and a honeymoon at the same time, but President Obama seems determined to try. You know he's off to a lousy start when his most favorable reviews came after he said, "I screwed up."

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SF Gate: Pelosi in spotlight during battle over stimulus [ re contraceptives ]

 Republicans used a classic playbook, respectfully disagreeing with Pelosi's messaging and then "getting the speaker to defend contraceptives."

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Greta considers closing Gretawire

 I see that many of you want me to keep GretaWire …and maybe I will…I will think about it. There are reasons to keep it, reasons to close it down and move on.  To keep it going  I need to figure out how to make it more fun, do things differently.  I was worried it was just getting old (it has been up and running for years)……and I also see lots of nasty comments here. I really don't feel like blogging with the haters.   I realize there are always a few jerks - haters - but because I am committed to the First Amendment I did not want to censor GretaWire (within some reason.)  I sort of hoped that the sickos would get bored and go away.  I know many of you want a registration system but that creates some headaches…. I might have to take GretaWire to another service to get that feature.   I really don't know much about registration (in fact I know nothing about it.) So let me think about all this including your comments…Fox has talked to me about making GretaWire into a website instead of a blog but that is fun only if I can devote the time I need to make it really fun.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

politico: Storm response gets mixed reviews

"Slow is a subjective term." FEMA spokesman Kurt Pickering .... Asked if he thought the federal response in some areas was slow, he responded: "Slow is a subjective term."

"I do know that we moved as quickly as possible," he said.

Re: [PumaResponders] 1463 Boston Globe: Obama talks tough with Wall St., but what about his Cabinet?

UPDATE:  News is saying Daschle is out.  Fast work, PUMAs! ;-)




On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 9:29 AM, old democrat <1950democrat@gmail.com> wrote:
Daschle, the former Senate majority leader, received more than $2 million in consulting fees from the firm along with some valuable perks. He failed to pay taxes on his car-and-driver perk. Separately, he apparently exaggerated the value of a charitable donation, leading to an inappropriate deduction. Having now repaid what he owes, Daschle hopes to be confirmed for Obama's Cabinet.


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Boston Globe: Obama talks tough with Wall St., but what about his Cabinet?

Daschle, the former Senate majority leader, received more than $2 million in consulting fees from the firm along with some valuable perks. He failed to pay taxes on his car-and-driver perk. Separately, he apparently exaggerated the value of a charitable donation, leading to an inappropriate deduction. Having now repaid what he owes, Daschle hopes to be confirmed for Obama's Cabinet.


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Article here.

politico: Gregg's demand: GOP replacement [ a woman? ]

"[Probably Governor Lynch will] abide by Gregg's wishes and install a Republican caretaker in the seat. Bonnie Newman, a former Gregg aide, academic and official in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, is the top contender to take Gregg's seat."


Sunday, February 1, 2009

NY Post: [Obama's] PATHETIC 'MESSAGE' [re Middle East under Carter]

[Obama] said he wanted a return "to the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago." ....

What was happening during what Obama seems to regard as the "golden age" of Carter's leadership? US diplomats were held hostage in Tehran and daily humiliated with mock executions. ....

During the same period, and its immediate aftermath, dozens of Americans from many walks of life were seized as hostages and sometimes brutally murdered in several Muslim countries. The US ambassador in Sudan was murdered; the CIA station chief in Beirut abducted, taken to Tehran and killed under torture.

Meanwhile, the Libyan terror network was killing American GIs in Europe and blowing up US jetliners over Western skies.


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WP: Daschle delayed revealing tax glitch

Tom Daschle …had not paid years of back taxes for the use of a car and driver provided by a wealthy New York investor. 

The ex-senator, one of Obama's earliest and most ardent campaign supporters

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