March 09, 2009 MSNBC
Cenk takes Erin Burnett to task for her appearance on Bill Maher's Real Time last Friday and her defense of Wall Street.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that President Obama will not attempt to invalidate laws with Presidential signing statements as President Bush did. Instead, Obama will use signing statements as they were used prior to President Bush. The President will "not ask that laws be disallowed simply by executive fiat," said Gibbs.
h/t Barbara Morrill aka BarbinMD at DailyKOS for her response to this statement by Lindsey Graham on Meet the Press:
Graham: I think it would be good for the country if the president and Senator McCain could meet, soon, sooner rather than later, and come up with a package.
Pssst, Lindsey ... he lost. John McCain is not the co-president, nor is he some kind of Senator-Plus. Stop pretending he's owed some sort of role in the Obama administration.
Amen sister. Can anyone imagine the vitriol from the Press if it was President Obama who lost and he was acting this way? The Villagers would be screaming bloody murder.
Full transcript to follow.
Sacramento's homeless rate is rising fast. With more foreclosures, jobs lost and full shelters, all you have to do is walk downtown or cruise the American River and you'll meet people who are homeless for the first time.
The sea of tents along the American River is hard to miss, and their number is growing.
"Anywhere from 20 to 50 people a week is showing up out here that just became homeless," said Steve Kruse, a homeless man. "There are shelters, but they're filling up so fast."
Many of the men and women in the tents lost their jobs and then their home.
Two Army generals talked to CNN's Barbara Starr about their experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in hopes that it will convince more suffering soldiers to come forward.
Brig. General Gary S. Patton and Gen. Carter Ham have both sought counseling for the emotional trauma of their time in the Iraq war.
"One of our soldiers in that unit, Spec. Robert Unruh, took a gunshot wound to the torso, I was involved in medevacing him off the battlefield. And in a short period of time, he died before my eyes," Patton told CNN in an exclusive interview. "That's a memory [that] will stay with me the rest of my life."
Ham was the commander in Mosul when a suicide bomber blew up a mess tent. Twenty-two people died.
"The 21st of December, 2004, worst day of my life. Ever," Ham said. "To this day I still ask myself what should I have done differently, what could I have done as the commander responsible that would have perhaps saved the lives of those soldiers, sailors, civilians."
Both generals have been back from Iraq for years, but still deal with some of the symptoms of the stress they experienced.
John Boehner thinks America has forgotten about the last eight years if we're supposed to believe that he cares one iota about fiscal responsibility. On Face the Nation John Boehner continues to hammer on their disasterous request for a spending freeze.
Even David Brooks called this out for what it is, insanity.
CongressMatters has more here on another of Boehner's B.S. on the Republican having any plans for job creation: "Twice as Many Jobs at Half the Cost" - Mythbusting Republican Spin.
But, just for the record, they didn't really offer anything. And there is absolutely no credible data to support that claim a republican alternative would have created twice as many jobs at half the cost. Just like there was never $30 million for any Pelosi's mouse. Just like the stimulus bill doesn't have provisions designed to kill bible study programs.
It's a wonder Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the GOP leadership doesn't have whiplash from the constant spinning.
President Obama told the New York Times that the U.S. government was considering talks with moderate members of the Taliban as it did with Sunni militias in Iraq.
Fox's morning show asked its viewers to express their opinions in a text message poll. "We asked you do you agree with obama's plan to talk to the terrorists?" said Fox's Steve Doocy. Not surprisingly, 91% of Fox viewers thought that talking with the Taliban was not acceptable.
D.L. Hughley talks to Crazy for God author Frank Schaeffer, whose father was one of the founders of the religious right. Schaeffer discusses his articles at the Huffington Post Why Obama Must Not Work With Republicans and Why Are the Republicans Such Anti-Obama Liars?. From the latter:
Today the Republican Party is rooting for doom. And since the Republicans are now anti-American members of an Obama-must-fail insurgency, lies become a self-fulfilling prophecy: talk doom, and keep the economy in a panic and we may get what we wish for.
Don't conservative Republicans object to the lies? No, because the Republicans don't have any actual and traditional conservative followers left. The Republican base is now made up of religious and neoconservative ideologues, and the uneducated white underclass with a token person of color or two up front on TV to obscure the all-white, all reactionary all backward -- there-is-no-global-warming -- rube reality. Actual conservatives, let alone the educated classes, have long since fled.
The Republican religious nuts are rooting for Jesus to "rapture" them, not for America, and the neoconservatives are rooting for war and the Israeli hard liners, not for America. Truth (and sanity) are out the window.
So, what is the problem with lying to our faces, say, claiming that all American's taxes are going up when 95% of American's taxes are going to go down? Why not claim Obama is a socialist, even if he's not? Why not say anything at all to drive our country into a pit when losing is seen as winning? That, is all the Republicans have to offer America: more lies on a path to destruction from which the Republican "leadership" plans to resurrect themselves and "save" America from Obama.
Updated: Full Transcript to follow.