Seeking allies for the upcoming election Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai signed the Shia Family Law which negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, approves child marriage, and restricts a woman’s right to leave the home. While Americans are considering the military challenges in Afghanistan, there are also political and human rights issues that Obama administration also must address.
Bill O’Reilly gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter where he continued his feud with NBC/MSNBC by calling MSNBC a hateful product that only exists to make money, unlike FNC where O’Reilly once described the disappearance of Laci Peterson as good for ratings. It a strange world Bill O’Reilly lives in, a very strange world.
Last month journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story that the Bush administration used an executive assassination ring to go into countries and execute people on a hit list. Today on CNN’s The Situation Room, former Cheney aide John Hannah said that a list of targets exists and there are troops in the field who have the authority to capture or kill certain individuals.
In a piece in the New Yorker by Seymour Hersh about the complexities facing the Obama administration on the issue of Syria, Hersh reports that now former vice president Dick Cheney tried to sabotage the relationship between then president elect Obama and Israel by saying that Obama was pro-Palestinian and that he would never support their efforts.
In his column for The New York Times today, Ben Stein defended CNBC’s Jim Cramer for playing the financial soothsayer, while also applauding The Daily Show host Jon Stewart for bringing us back to reality.
Today on CNN’s State of the Union program, Centcom Commander Gen. David Petraeus disagreed with former vice president Dick Cheney’s statement that President Obama’s national security policy has made the US safe and more vulnerable to a terrorist attack. Petraeus also came out against the Bush torture policy.
John McCain was on Meet the Press today, and he gave an interesting answer when he was asked about supporting Sarah Palin for 2012. He only said that Palin should compete, and talked about all the good candidates the GOP has for 2012. He gave a let’s wait and see answer to supporting Palin.
Another sign of the big changes brought by President Obama came today as he announced that he is going to convene the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. In a little more than two months we have gone from an administration that resisted any climate change science to becoming a leader on the issue.
Although Barack Obama has only been in office for a couple of months, this hasn’t stopped the 2012 Republican presidential contenders from jockeying for early position in what will likely be a crowded GOP field, and if the length of the 2008 campaign was any indication, it won’t be long until the race for 2012 will get going. The question is who among the contenders will challenge President Obama?
Fueled by the surge behind prime time hosts Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, MSNBC has jumped to second in the prime time cable news ratings. Although CNN and MSNBC each have about half of the audience share of Fox News, March will be the first month ever that CNN has finished third in the ratings.
Today, Sen. Judd Gregg accused Obama of proposing the largest tax increase in history by imposing a sales tax on electricity during his delivery of the weekly Republican radio address. The sales tax Gregg is referring to is actually Obama’s proposed cap and trade system to combat global warming.
President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told reporters today that the spiraling drug related violence along the US/Mexico border has not put Mexico in danger of becoming a failed state. In fact, he tried to spin the violence as a positive.
According to Think Progress, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann went on Glenn Beck’s radio show today and peddled the conspiracy theory that that the world is moving towards a global currency. Interestingly, Bachmann defended herself by saying, “This isn’t Michele Bachmann being a kook.” Is this in comparison to the other times when she was being a kook?
Even though she publicly denies it, Gov. Sarah Palin is being advised by John Coale, who is Greta Van Susteren’s husband and a Scientologist. Gawker.com today published an old memo of Coale’s which detailed his plan to use popular politicians to advance the Scientology agenda, so is Palin a tool of the Scientologists?
You really have to wonder what is going on over at Republican headquarters as today, the GOP released their alternative to President Obama’s budget, which contained lots of charts and graphs, but no actual numbers or budget, so the Republicans managed to put out the world’s first postmodern budget. It is a budget that transcends the need for numbers.
Newt Gingrich was ringing the warning bells of alarm while on Fox News that President Obama is creating a dictatorship by imposing regulations on the financial industry. Gingrich was in full conspiracy mode, while claiming that Obama is going to socialize everything.
An ethics complaint brought against Gov. Sarah Palin alleges that she violated state ethics laws by wearing a jacket from her husband’s sponsor during a snow machine race. Palin responded by calling the complaint asinine political grandstanding.
In a pot and kettle moment, Karl Rove accused President Barack Obama of being arrogant in his press conference last night, and of saying things that weren’t true. The Democratic National Committee responded by telling Rove that if he wants to see arrogance, he should look in the mirror.
The battle between Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly and Think Progress took another turn today as the progressive blog has started a campaign targeting O’Reilly’s advertisers in an attempt to get him to stop what they call his harassment machine, and his practice of “mafia style journalism.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) spoke to the NRCC last night, and he proclaimed that wanting Obama to fail is perfectly fine, because the Democrats wanted Bush to fail over the past eight years. He said rooting for Obama to fail isn’t treason, civil disobedience, or political obstructionism.