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March 24, 2010

Public option? See ya in 45 years

Congressional Memo - Some Democrats Still Lament Lack of a Public Insurance Option - NYTimes.com
In a show of self-restraint, the Democrats said they had agreed among themselves to resist the temptation to make any amendments and would work to approve the bill without any changes that would require it to be sent back to the House for another vote. The public option, they said, could wait for another day, another vote, another fight — even though the parliamentary process playing out on the Senate floor gave them a rare chance to enact it with a simple majority, a chance unlikely to come around again soon. “We want to get this done,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, who at one point in the debate had declared that the public option would become law and there would be no further concessions on it. “We want this bill to pass in a good form. Everybody wants to get this done. The president wants to get it done this week. Harry Reid does. I do. We all do.” The final wrangling over the public plan presented such a potential political problem for Democrats that many of them braced for Republicans to propose an amendment adding it to the bill. That would force Democrats to support it and send the bill back to the House or vote against a top goal of their party’s liberal base.

Rahm fires DoJ counsel for suggesting review of political prosecutions of southern democratic politicians

Via John Wellington Ennis. tl;dr: Karl Rove allegedly had federal bribery prosecutions brought against southern democratic political figures. Paul Minor is spending 10 years in a prision camp for being a trail lawyer and contributing the most money to Democrats in Mississippi. It took Bush's Department of Justice two tries to convict him; the second time, the judge gave improper instructions. Obama's DoJ wanted to have these cases reviewed. Guess who said no and fired the counsel who suggested it? Our pal Rahm, late of Chicago. WTF? HuffPo | Brendan DeMelle | Revealed: Rahm Emanuel Nixed DOJ Review of Political Prosecutions of Don Siegelman and Paul Minor
... This may be the most important case of the 21st century. If the [Supreme Court] decides against Paul Minor, then every U.S. citizen - even corporations, despite the inherent fallacy of corporate personhood - could be convicted for bribery and thrown in jail simply for donating to a political campaign. the Wayne Madsen Report revealed today that:
"it was White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who made the decision to nix any White House backing for new trials for the southern Democratic officials involved -- former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, former Georgia state Senate leader Charles Walker, and Mississippi attorney Paul Minor."
Assuming the Wayne Madsen Report is accurate, we now know that Rahm Emanuel is a willing accomplice in that distortion of justice, turning a blind eye to the shameless political prosecutions waged by the Bush administration. Why? ... Paul Minor was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison camp in Pensacola, Florida. What heinous crime did Paul Minor commit that warranted this severe prison sentence? He gave campaign contributions to Democratic candidates running for state judgeships in his home state of Mississippi.... ... in his second trial, the partisan U.S. attorneys succeeded in getting the Reagan-appointed judge to incorrectly instruct the jury that it was not required to find proof of a quid pro quo agreement to convict Minor and the judges.

March 23, 2010

Shameful: NYT fucks up completely, can't even correct false ACORN story properly

The BRAD BLOG : NYTIMES RUNS INACCURATE 'CORRECTION' FOR ACORN 'PIMP' HOAX COVERAGE - IT'S PATHETIC
In addition to being wrong, no apology nor explanation offered Errors already repeated in separate story for tomorrow's paper... The once-great New York Times has now become the new shame of this nation. Tonight they have run a "correction" concerning their repeated misreporting of the ACORN "Pimp" Hoax for tomorrow's papers. And, as you'll see below, it's pathetic --- simply pathetic --- and still inaccurate.... ...the "paper of record" has issued a correction for tomorrow's papers, in which they repeat the falsehood that James O'Keefe "posed as a pimp" in ACORN offices. He didn't. He posed as the fake prostitute's law school boyfriend trying to help save her from a pimp who had stalked and threatened to kill her, as a review of even O'Keefe's own unauthenticated text-transcripts show.
But that's okay, because ACORN's dead, anyway. CNN | ACORN plans to shut down
(CNN) -- The community organizing group ACORN announced Monday it is closing its operations amid falling revenues. The announcement came a day after the board of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now met and approved the steps required "to responsibly manage the process of bringing its operations to a close over the coming months," an ACORN statement read.