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Andrew Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
How to Combat a Banking Crisis: First, Round Up the Pessimists — Latvian Agents Detain a Gloomy Economist; ‘It Is a Form of Deterrence’ — RIGA, Latvia — Hammered by economic woe, this former Soviet republic recently took a novel step to contain the crisis.
In the 20 years I’ve been creating stock-market forecasts, I’ve never seen such a contradictory set of forces at work in the markets all at one time. I could just as easily make the case that we’re finally nearing a…
The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama is ?moving more slowly on his intelligence picks in an attempt to find experienced officials who aren’t associated with the Bush administration’s controversial interrogation policies.? After former CIA official John Brennan withdrew his name from consideration due to his prior support for key Bush policies, retired Navy Adm. Dennis Blair emerged as a front-runner, though the decision hadn’t been finalized. ?Blair is free of any association with two of the intelligence community’s most controversial issues: the CIA’s harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects and the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program.?
There's a ridiculous article I just read on AP or Reuters (I don't know which, and don't plan to link), talking about how both Hillary and Sarah Palin were both victims of torrid sexism. Puhleez. First off, don't dare put Sarah Palin in the same camp as Hillary for anything. While I'm still not convinced that Hillary suffered any more sexism than Obama suffered racism, the idea of suggesting that Sarah Palin was somehow treated unfairly is simply ridiculous.
Here's Tina Fey's take on sexism and Palin (but I think it applies the same to Hillary):
Around the same time, Fey saw an entertainment reporter on TV say that Palin had been gracious toward Fey, but Fey hadn?t been gracious toward Palin. ?What made me super-mad about it,? Fey says later, ?was that it seemed very sexist toward me and her. The implication was that she?s so fragile, which she is not. She?s a strong woman. And then, also, it was sexist because, like, who would ever go on the news and say, ?Well, I thought it was sort of mean to Richard Nixon when Dan Aykroyd played him,? and ?That seemed awful mean to George Bush when Will Ferrell did it.? And it?s like, No, that?s not the thing. This is a comedy sketch on a comedy show.? ?Mean,? we agreed, was a word that tends to get used on women who do satirical humor and, as she says, ?gay guys.?It's not sexism when you metaphorically beat the crap out of male candidates, so why is it sexism when you go after women in politics just as feistily? Because, I think, there's still an internalized sexism that makes people defensive of women when they're attacked politically - it's still "an attack," and we've all been taught that "you don't hit a girl."
?I feel clean about it,? she says. ?All these jokes were fair."
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Could Give New President Early Legislative Victories — As Senate Democrats prepare for next year's agenda, they are likely to have a working filibuster-proof majority on a variety of legislative issues that could provide early victories for President-elect Barack Obama.
As the question of stimulus collides with an eagerness to invest in green energy, it's worth keeping in mind the sort of investments we're making now As Craig Cox writes:Every gallon of ethanol produced costs federal taxpayers 51 cents in subsidies. That[...]
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Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: US diluted loan rules before crash — WASHINGTON - The Bush administration backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed, buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed.
VERSE CASE SCENARIO
by Tony Peyser
Remember My Republican Friend ?Bob?? He Voted For Obama
Reflecting on the Bush era, he recently said
Something rather sensible:
"Since the election, I no longer have to try &
Defend the indefensible."
VERSE CASE SCENARIO
Tony Peyser provides daily poems and weekly cartoons for BuzzFlash and also writes the BuzzFlash column, "Blue State Jukebox." He was a daily cartoonist for the L.A. Times from 1994 to 1997. You can e-mail Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Jihad's True Face — Much of the reporting from Mumbai the last few days has been informative, gripping and often moving. Some of the commentary, on the other hand, has been not just uninformative but counterinformative — if that's a term, and if it's not, I say it should be.