Thursday, May 21, 2009

Time: Pelosi's Probably Right

Looking at the substance of the accusations, it increasingly looks
like she was right.

[ Good article with links to sources. ]
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

WV Gazette: Obama's EPA clears 42 of 48 new mountaintop removal mining permits

"Take immediate action to stop the bulldozers"

"Because it appears that EPA is unwilling to intervene, it is now
imperative that the White House Council on Environmental Quality take
immediate action to stop the bulldozers," [Carl Pope of Sierra Club]
said in a prepared statement. "The Obama administration should take
swift action to fix the flawed 'fill rule' that enables this type of
devastating mining and should act decisively to save the mountains,
rivers and communities of Appalachia."
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Monday, May 18, 2009

politico: Palin camp eyed Clinton alliance

"It was a women thing and not a Hillary thing," said Coale [Greta's
husband], who was angered at what he saw as sexism aimed at Clinton
during last year's campaign and who has long taken an interest in
promoting female politicians.

Friday, May 8, 2009

politico: Obama morphing into Hillary?

Primary voters will recall Clinton and Obama endlessly debating [a
mandate on health insurance], with Clinton accusing Obama of leaving
about 15 million people without health care and Obama warning voters
that Clinton's plan would require "harsh, stiff penalties on those who
don't purchase it."

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

politico: Birther civil war

The vast, but rather low-impact, movement of people who believe
(without evidence) that Barack Obama was born outside the United
States appears — in the way of such movements — to have developed its
own internal divisions.

In particular, its East Coast faction, led by lawyer Philip Berg, has
filed suit against its West Coast chief, Orly Taitz, accusing her of
libel and other crimes for, among other things, calling Berg a

Monday, May 4, 2009

politico: Palin receives deluge of ethics complaints [legal defense fund set up]

"[T]he number of ethics complaints filed against the governor and her
staff — as well as the tortured logic they contain — continue to
constitute the most disturbing trend in Alaska politics," said Palin
spokeswoman Sharon Leighow [....]

"In the past several months, we have seen an orchestrated effort by
the governor's opponents to make differences of opinion and ideology
almost criminal," said Mike Nizich, the governor's chief of staff, in
a statement. "Governor Palin has spent a considerable amount of time
and money fighting ethics complaints – and no charge has been
substantiated. I hope that the publicity-seekers will face a backlash
from Alaskans who have a sense of fair play and proportion. I served
six previous governors, and I've never seen anything like the attacks
against Gov. Palin."
"Over the past months it became increasingly clear that supporters of
Gov. Palin needed to help defend against the onslaught of frivolous
attacks against her," said Trustee Kristan Cole,

To avoid additional accusations of impropriety, the fund set an
unusually low, self-imposed cap of $150 per donation. It also
volunteered to disclose the names and dollar amounts of each donor,
leading Cole to call it "one of the most restrictive and transparent
legal funds in history."

Three days later though, another ethics complaint was filed — this
time against the legal defense fund itself.

An Eagle River resident who had recently joined a federal lawsuit
against Palin for failing to issue a proclamation commemorating the
Juneteenth emancipation holiday in 2007, complained that Palin is
misusing her office and receiving improper gifts by setting up the
fund, accusing the governor of intending to raise much more than she
needs to pay her legal debts.