Both US cable news and broadcast news networks are scrambling to cover the unexpected death of Michael Jackson. On cable both Fox News and MSNBC are bumping their regular programming to cover the story, while NBC, CBS, and ABC will each be airing prime time specials about the death of the pop legend.
While desperately seeking to exploit the situation in Iran for domestic political gain, US House Republicans have taken to comparing themselves to Iranian bloggers and Twitterers who are risking their safety and freedom to get information out of the country.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been relatively quiet, until today when she bragged in a radio interview that she will be breaking the law by not participating in the census next year. Bachmann claimed that ACORN is involved in the census, and that are going to collect personal information to use to stuff ballot boxes.
Vice President Joe Biden gave a wide ranging interview to Meet the Press today, where he expressed doubt about the legitimacy of the recent Iranian presidential election. Biden said, It sure looks like the way they're suppressing speech, the way they're suppressing crowds, the way in which people are being treated that there's some real doubt about that."
With the news that the first Gitmo detainee has arrived in New York to be tried for his role in the African embassy bombings, House Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor have launched a false campaign to claim that no terror suspects have ever been tried on US soil. Have they forgotten about the first World Trade Center attacks, and the OKC bombing suspects?
Yesterday Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) argued on the House floor yesterday that legislation to limit CO2 emissions would cause the seasons to stop changing. Aiken confused climate and weather, and he argued that seasonal change from winter to spring was, "good climate change." He also asked why the government would want to run the weather.
Dr. Warren Hern, who is one of the last doctors in the United States who performs late terms abortions, was on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, where he said that the American anti-abortion movement is made up fanatics, and the only thing that separates them from the Taliban is 8,000 miles. Check out the video.
Despite the fact that Gov. Ed Rendell has been in the media bellowing and warning Rep. Joe Sestak not to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in next year's Pennsylvania U.S. Senate primary, a new poll released today by Susquehanna Polling & Research finds that 63% say that Specter should face a primary challenger.
On his MSNBC program Countdown host Keith Olbermann laid the responsibility for the murder of Dr. George Tiller at the feet of Bill O'Reilly and Fox News. Olbermann said that Fox News incites murder and terrorism, and must be stopped.
Rep. Joe Barton defended his anti-global warming position on C-SPAN today by arguing that CO2, carbon dioxide should not be regulated because it is not a pollutant. He said that since CO2 is in Coca-Cola it is safe for people and should not be regulated.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is not only against the Matthew Sheppard Act, but last night on Fox News he argued that hate crimes legislation creates "sacred cows" that force an attacker to their attention to other members of the general public. He warned that hate crimes laws, "put the victimizer's focus on someone else." Does this mean that it is more acceptable for a black, gay, or disabled person to be attacked?
After 12 Senate Democrats voted to block an amendment that would have rewritten the bankruptcy laws to allow judges to renegotiate mortgages with banks, Rep. Barney Frank went off, and called for those who side with the moneyed interests to be kicked out of the party.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann called it an "interesting coincidence" that the United States is dealing with another outbreak of the swine flu, because, according to her the last one occurred under a Democratic president, which it didn't unless Gerald Ford was a Democrat.
The former chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Ret. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson was on The Rachel Maddow Show where he described former vice president Dick Cheney as a man who frightens easily. Wilkerson also said that Cheney is trying to set up a legal defense for himself against torture charges.
The biggest news to come from Sec. of State Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee today came when she was asked about former vice president Dick Cheney's call for the release of memos that prove torture works. Clinton said, "I don't consider him a particularly reliable source."
Sen. Patrick Leahy was on MSNBC's The Ed Show tonight, where he extended an invitation to former vice president Dick Cheney to testify before his Senate Judicial Committee. Leahy said that if Cheney is so concerned about torture, then he should come before Congress and answer a few questions.
Frank Gaffney the director of the conservative think tank the Center for Security Policy was on MSNBC's Hardball today where he accused President Barack Obama of speaking in code, and telling the Middle East that America will submit to them. Gaffney says using the word respect is code in the Muslim word for submission.
The Democratic National Committee put out a statement this evening which claimed that the deadlocked result of the House special election in a Republican district in New York proves that the public supports President Obama and his agenda.
During an interview over the weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called for armed overthrow of the U.S. government. What is the issue that has Bachmann calling for marches in the streets? She is worried about the danger of a cap and trade system to combat global warming which she denied as a human caused problem.