Keith Olbermann and MSNBC are strongly denying reports that the lefty talker threw a huge temper tantrum, and took off for three days last month, after Ben Affleck decided to appear on Rachel Maddow’s show instead of his. Last night, Olbermann used a segment on his show to explain that he was grieving for his dead mother.
Joe the Plumber is back today. In an interview with Toledo, Ohio’s ABC 13, Joe the Plumber said that the sight of men kissing each other throws him off. Joe also bemoaned the fact that his book didn’t sell well, and said that he believes that he can stretch out his 15 minutes of fame for one more year.
Today President Obama put out a statement stressing that military tribunals are going to be the method of trial for some GITMO detainees. However, he announced that his administration is reforming the process to give detainees more legal rights, and to make sure that the prosecutions are legitimate.
Tonight on The Rachel Maddow Show, Rep. Ron Paul’s son, Dr. Rand Paul announced tonight that he has formed an exploratory committee to investigate running for Senate in the state of Kentucky. Dr. Rand Paul shares many of his father’s views, and also argues that the Republican Party needs to embrace civil rights and liberties. This means he won’t be popular with the base of the GOP.
Rush Limbaugh’s hatred of all things McCain now extends to 97 year old Roberta McCain. After McCain’s mom said on The Tonight Show that Rush’s GOP doesn’t represent her, Limbaugh fired back by saying her Republican Party gets shellacked in election after election, but don’t they both belong to the same party?
It has been months since CNBC’s Jim Cramer went on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, and had one of the worst performances in cable history, and the Mad Money host still isn’t letting it go. Cramer now claims that if Stewart knew all of the things he has done he would have thanked him.
In a move that is certain to fuel more controversy, the Obama administration has turned down former vice president Dick Cheney’s request for the release of two memos that he believes will prove the effectiveness of harsh interrogation tactics.
President Barack Obama put to rest any controversy that might have existed over his not receiving an honorary degree for speaking at the Arizona State University commencement with his typical style and humor. In fact, Obama said that he concurred that a title says little about how a person’s life has been led.
While campaigning for Virginia gubernatorial candidate, and Clinton insider, Terry McAuliffe, former President Bill Clinton laughed off former vice president Dick Cheney’s attacks against President Barack Obama and the Democrats. Clinton had a simple message for Cheney, “It’s over.”
After his decision to reverse himself, and fight the release of torture photos, President Barack Obama is getting praise from the right, and heavy criticism from both the American Civil Liberties Union, and Amnesty International. Currently, Obama’s strongest critics are in his own party on the left.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) confronted AIG CEO Edward Liddy during his House testimony today about a lawsuit involving many Ohio public employees’ pension fund, which lost $96 million to AIG fraud. The lawsuit has been dragging on since 2004, and Kucinich demanded answers.
Rush Limbaugh went into full paranoia mode today over healthcare reform. Rush claimed that healthcare reform will allow government to control every element of our lives, but the truth is that Rush and the Republicans are running a con when it comes to healthcare reform. Rush is trying to pull the ultimate distraction.
Former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan, the man who led the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, testified before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, and revealed that President Bush told half truths about the interrogation. Soufan revealed that most of the information they received did not come from torture.
At first Glenn Beck compared ACORN to Nazis, then he worried that ACORN was coming to break his kneecaps, but things went to a whole new level today on his Fox News show. Beck suggested that ACORN would try to kill him. Yes, Glenn Beck is concerned that a voter registration organization might try to kill him.
Jesse Ventura was on Larry King Live last night discussing waterboarding. As a former Navy Seal, Ventura had been waterboarded. He called the tactic torture and drowning. He also volunteered to waterboard Dick Cheney. He said that under waterboarding he could get Cheney to confess to the Sharon Tate murders.
Today, in response to a caller asking about the “slippery slope of gay marriage,” Glenn Beck claimed that gay marriage laws would result in incest, because siblings would be allowed to get married as long as they got fixed, and didn’t have children because they would make mutants.
Sarah Palin became the only governor in the United States to reject energy conservation funds from the stimulus bill. Palin has long claimed that the bill forces states to change their energy laws, but this is not true. The bill only requires that states pledge that new buildings meet energy standards by 2017.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele had to do more damage control after claiming that his statement that Republicans are bigots was misinterpreted. However Steele did not apologize for, or clarify his remarks.
While running down former Sec. of State Colin Powell today, Rush Limbaugh said something very interesting. He claimed that the words bipartisanship and moderate are liberal code words. Limbaugh claimed that there is no center, and centrism means agreeing with Democrats.
President Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs distanced the administration from a joke Wanda Sykes made at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner about Rush Limbaugh being the 20th hijacker. The White House had no issue with Limbaugh jokes but said jokes about 9/11 are inappropriate.