Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair testified about current and projected national security threats to the United States. In his testimony he said that global economic turmoil and the instability it could ignite had outpaced terrorism as the most urgent threat facing the United States. He also spoke about the threat posed by the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as nuclear development programs in North Korea and Iran.
According to AP, Sykes will be the entertainer -- whose task will be to make jokes at Obama's expense -- at the 2009 White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner in Washington.
What was the first thing she did when she found out she had the gig?
"I made sure my taxes were paid," quipped Sykes.
Not as much fun as when Stephen Colbert roasted Bush perhaps, but the choice of Sykes should liven up this years event. As noted here Wanda came out this past November after Prop 8 passed for anyone that would like to watch the video of her rousing speech at the LGBT Center of Nevada.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Brian Bilbray square off over the stimulus bill on Hardball, Feb. 13, 2009. Bilbray does his best to run away from the Republican party and their past spending, and George Bush.
Wasserman Schultz sounds like she's got Bilbray's next opponent's campaign ad written for them.
Schultz: What Brian did by voting no today was he voted against giving 385,000 jobs in his own state. 8,000 jobs in his own district. Aid to his state to help....
Matthews: Did you look this up?
Schultz: Yes I sure did. (crosstalk) 8,000 jobs in his own district. Avoiding layoffs of teachers, firefighters and policemen. The bottom line is that this bill is designed to create jobs, turn the economy around, avoid layoffs, move us towards energy independence and the Republicans have just said "No". He can say all he wants, that he doesn't want this bill to fail. This vote for them was all about 2010. They are hoping that this doesn't work so that they can blame the continued poor economy on the Democrats and that is the bottom line.
During appearances on Lou Dobbs Tonight and Glenn Beck, Dobbs and Beck allowed Betsy McCaughey to advance the false claim that provisions in the economic recovery act would permit the government to control health care. In fact, the provisions she cited address establishing an electronic records system in part for the purpose of "reduc[ing] health care costs resulting from inefficiency, medical errors, inappropriate care, duplicative care, and incomplete information." It does not say that the federal government will determine what constitutes "unnecessary care."