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* I noted below that BP is all but certain to cave to White House demands for an escrow account, and during the press gaggle, Bill Burton hinted that BP has already signaled as much in private negotiations:

"The signs from BP aren't that there is going to be a protracted legal battle over this or anything like that."

Boxing BP in...

* But: A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds that a huge majority, 71%, want Obama to get tougher.

* Also: A majority, 53%, say Obama's handling of the spill has been "poor" or "very poor."

* Crankin' up the heat: House Dems charge that BP took "shortcosts" and "chose risky procedures" in order to reduce costs and save time.

* Here's the full text of the House Dems' letter blistering BP, suggesting BP execs are in for a tough time on the Hill this week.

* Dem Rep. Bob Etheridge issues a groveling apology for roughing up those kids with cameras, but we still don't know who the kids were.

* Etheridge's excuse, which even he admits is lame: "I had a long day."

* A DNC spokesman asserts as fact, on the basis of no conclusive evidence, that this is the fruit of a "Republican Party tracking operation."

* Eric Kleefeld flags another revealing Sharron Angle quote:

"The idea of privatizing and getting out of Medicare and Social Security is not up for grabs."

* Seen that photo of Obama's World Club glee that's been making the rounds? Adam Sorensen unmasks it as a fake.

* Oily birds make their debut in a political ad from White House ally Americans United for Change that's targeting Senate GOPers. It's riveting imagery.

* Do national Dems think Michele Bachmann is vulnerable? One of the Dems who's been added to the DCCC's "red to blue" program is Taryl Clark -- who's challening the Tea Party icon.

* Rand Paul really seems to dislike being asked questions he doesn't feel like answering.

* And GOP Rep. Steve King says Obama can't control his secret drive to treat whites unfairly:

The President has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race -- on the side that favors the black person.

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  June 14, 2010; 5:28 PM ET
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Sharron Angle quote:

"The idea of privatizing and getting out of Medicare and Social Security is not up for grabs."

...................

We get it Sharron. You do not want to give up on your dream of Killing f All Our Grannies!!!

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"but we still dont' know who the kids were."

"BUT"???

Posted by: sbj3 | June 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for Steve King. The voice of unreason in an otherwise intelligible universe.

Have these guys ever read anything about the history of this country? Was he home sick when they showed "Eyes on the Prize" at his school?

And speaking of, can't wait for Bachmann to get a solid challenge.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 14, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Is there a bigger Moron in the entire history of the House, than this Steve King creep.

President Obama was raised by his White mother and White Grandparents.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

MUST-READ:

* After generations of independence, some Gulf Coasters asking for help *

A month into the oil spill, Bernard Johnson sat in his living room in this Gulf Coast fishing village watching news of the crude's slow and deadly seep into the bays and bayous where he has made a living for nearly three decades.

He thought of his wife and 5-year-old daughter. And he made a decision.

For the first time in three generations of fishermen, a Johnson would accept outside help. Days later, his wife, a school bus driver in St. Bernard Parish, applied for food stamps. The first check -- about $260 -- arrived on a Monday, 41 days after the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion.

"My daddy raised four of us with no help. My daddy's daddy raised 13 with nothing but what he made on the water," said Johnson, 43, whose family settled near the bayou after moving from the Canary Islands. "This is a first. I have never asked the government or anybody else for help in my life. I have never taken a handout. And it was hard for me to do, but we just don't know how this thing is going to turn out."

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/14/95833/after-generations-of-independence.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 14, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"but we still dont' know who the kids were."

"BUT"???

Posted by: sbj3 | June 14, 2010 5:37 PM

....................
But ???????????????
But ???????????????

See; all my question markets make my comment more profound than yours.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Liam-slave:
"President Obama was raised by his White mother and White Grandparents."

Yeah...

How could anyone forget the Alleged Hawaiian referring to his Granny as a "Typical White Person".

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

God,

I love how President makes all those Right Wing Whites keep saturating their mattresses with urine.

Those gutless wonders appear to think that they had some say in what color skin they were born with.

If they are so frightened by the skin color of one bi-racial man, then how the hell could we ever expect them to defend the country.

O wait. We can't. The have already shown that one mope setting fire to his penis can have them cowering all across the land.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Over the river
And through the woods
To Typical White Person's house we go!

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

BG your comment from the previous thread, about Angle and Fiorina, is dead on.

There's gotta be some holdovers from such corporate "winners" that they can throw out into a campaign or appointment.

Hey, Andy Fastow gets out of prison in December 2011, just in time to be the GOP 2012 nominee's designated Secretary of the Treasury. Lloyd Blankfein as Fed Chair. Frabrice Tourre as his deputy. Gotta be someone from Arthur Anderson they can throw into SEC. Maybe Joseph Cassano from AIG Financial Products as U.S. trade representative.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 14, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

If you work for BP, here is an anonymous tip line, where you can send in some information, that you wish to get out to the public.

http://www.propublica.org/series/gulf-oil-spill

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse


"Many Spill Claims Remain Unpaid as BP Debates Escrow Account"

http://www.propublica.org/ion/blog/item/many-spill-claims-remain-unpaid-as-bp-debates-escrow-account

"Businesses in the Gulf region are still reporting delays and unresponsive bureaucracy when they submit claims to BP.

BP spokesman David Nicholas told the Los Angeles Times [1] that “more than 20,000 of the 42,000 claims submitted have been paid” – suggesting that about half of claimants have not received a check."

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

You may want to ask for a comment from Sharon Angle, about her Scientology Organization forcing married teenage members, to undergo abortion procedures. .


How does that sit, with her Right Wing Christian Teabagger base?


http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1101759.ece


" Laura Dieckman was just 12 when her parents let her leave home to work full time for Scientology's religious order, the Sea Organization. At 16, she married a co-worker. At 17, she was pregnant.

She was excited to start a family, but she said Sea Org supervisors pressured her to have an abortion. She was back at work the following day.

Claire Headley joined at 16, married at 17 and was pregnant at 19. She said Sea Org supervisors threatened strenuous physical work and repeated interrogations if she didn't end her pregnancy. She, too, was back at work the next day.

Two years later she had a second abortion, this time while working for the church in Clearwater.

A St. Petersburg Times investigation found their experiences were not unique. More than a dozen women said the culture in the Sea Org pushed them or women they knew to have abortions, in many cases, abortions they did not want.

Some said colleagues and supervisors pressured them to abort their pregnancies and remain productive workers without the distraction of raising children. Terminating a pregnancy and staying on the job affirmed one's commitment to the all-important work of saving the planet.

"You just have a way of thinking,'' said Sunny Pereira, who was 15 when she entered the order. ''It all has to do with the Sea Org and what we're trying to accomplish. Everything that is a distraction is scorned.''

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, good list. It makes me wonder whether they don't do it on purpose: fail at business try to get into government. It just confirms their view of things.

How bout try to offer up some smart GOPs to run for office. You know, someone who knows what they're talking about and what the consequences are of having incompetent Republicans getting elected over and over and now the whole party getting narrower and more ignorant.

Really, it's getting boring.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 14, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

From Josh adding to Greg's post...

"PHASE OUT TODAY, PHASE OUT TOMORRAH, PHASE OUT FOREVAH
Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle says the principle of phasing out Social Security and Medicare is non-negotiable to her. It must go. Social Securito Delenda Est!"
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/angle-getting-out-of-medicare-and-social-security-is-not-up-for-grabs.php?ref=fpblg

As I noted earlier, she's in DC now getting down with the Norquist/Cornyn crowd famous for their non-Washington establishment histories.

The position she voiced with such certainty above will not be repeated.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 14, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama's USAToday/Gallup poll numbers on the BP spill are about the same as they were a few weeks ago.

They really haven't budged.

It will be interesting to see if they will change after Obama speaks to the nation.

Posted by: maritza1 | June 14, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

As opposed to Democrat Senators, who mostly inherited or married big money or never accomplished anything except getting elected to office. Like Al Franken, failed comic, failed radio talker. Like Barbara Boxer, zero.

You've got a great new candidate in Alexi Giannoulias, except for the failed and corrupt bank thingie.

But at least Robert Byrd was very successful at something -- as a Klan organizer -- before becoming a lifetime politician.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Lloyd Blankfein is a heavy-duty Democrat, like most of the Goldman Sachs folks.

You guys always make this so easy.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's Weigel on Angle's softball interview on FOX...

"It really sounds like the Fox hosts were more interested in shoehorning Angle into last week's narrative -- Sarah Palin's "mama grizzlies," tea partyers challenging the establishment -- then figuring out who she actually was." http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/fox_news_bungles_sharron_angle.html

Well, yes, that is precisely what they are doing. But I think Dave is missing the larger picture here. It ain't just "last week's narrative".

Posted by: bernielatham | June 14, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

When Push Comes To Shove;

California, You fell for the PR that Arnold could afford to purchase, and look how that worked out for you.

Beware Of The Internet Flea Market Queen:


"Settlement Was Paid in Whitman Shoving Incident"

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/us/politics/15whitman.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

"on one occasion, she was accused of going too far — and paid for it.

In June 2007, an eBay employee claimed that Ms. Whitman became angry and forcefully pushed her in an executive conference room at eBay’s headquarters, according to multiple former eBay employees with knowledge of the incident. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter was delicate and was deemed to be strictly confidential.

The employee, Young Mi Kim, was preparing Ms. Whitman for a news media interview that day. Ms. Kim, who was not injured in the incident, hired a lawyer and threatened a lawsuit, but the dispute was resolved under the supervision of a private mediator. Two of the former employees said the company paid a six-figure financial settlement to Ms. Kim, which one of them characterized as “around $200,000.” "

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

@Greg - Ambinder has the same question as yours regarding Obama's speech tomorrow and the choice before him.

"Tomorrow night, in his 20 minute address to the nation, will President Obama go big? Or will he go small? Will he use the auspicious moment to argue for the imperative of carbon pricing, or will he greet the nation by announcing new regulations on part of the energy sector?

The President has said that he would rather be a one termer who gets big things done than he would avoid the burden of presidential leadership. He's given one speech on climate change recently. That speech was ... a speech. A good speech, but a speech. No follow through, publicly or privately. If he means what he says, he will Go Big..."

continue here http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/06/will-obama-go-big/58123/

Posted by: bernielatham | June 14, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I really think we've got a pretty good candidate going up against Steve King this year. Contribute to his campaign here: http://www.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/23721

Posted by: amcohen91 | June 14, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

We're gonna blow up them Mexicans real good.

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The Republican nominee for a New Mexico congressional seat suggested during a radio interview that the United States could place land mines along the Mexican border to secure the international boundary."
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/06/14/us/politics/AP-US-Candidate-Border-Land-Mines.html?_r=1&ref=news

Posted by: bernielatham | June 14, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh Bernie, will the president bring up Cap & Trade in his speech tomorrow as an energy issue or a climate change issue. Seems that an IPCC insider has revealed some new and perhaps telling info on the climate change side.

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/13/the-ipcc-consensus-on-climate-change-was-phoney-says-ipcc-insider/

Posted by: actuator | June 14, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Bernie, does he say they should make sure the minefield has proper signage in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Posted by: actuator | June 14, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

G Sargent, do the folks at the American Federation of State, County and Municiple Employees who placed the ad on your blog understand that the private sector and mostly (70 percent of jobs) the small business sector create the jobs? Do they understand that until very recently this administration was throwing the small business sector under the bus? Do they understand that it is a rising deficit created by this administration is what is going to kill job creation and the so called jobs bill will do nothing to change this scenario?

Posted by: actuator | June 14, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Bernie,

That land mines on the border guy has some company.

http://www.randpaul2010.com/2010/05/rand-paul-on-illegal-immigration/


From Rand Paul's own website:

"Right now, our nation is at risk. We must get serious about our border security, and I have a concrete plan to do so: My plan includes an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border."

Perhaps Rand and the Land Mine guy should get together, and plant a secondary line of mines and electric fences through out the lettuce fields. That should boost those right wingers kill ratio.


Rand might want consider organizing a national, Fry The Children, telethon.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Bernie,

That land mines on the border guy has some company.

http://www.randpaul2010.com/2010/05/rand-paul-on-illegal-immigration/


From Rand Paul's own website:

"Right now, our nation is at risk. We must get serious about our border security, and I have a concrete plan to do so: My plan includes an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border."

Perhaps Rand and the Land Mine guy should get together, and plant a secondary line of mines and electric fences through out the lettuce fields. That should boost those right wingers kill ratio.


Rand might want to consider organizing a national, Fry The Children, telethon.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

@actuator - I'll let the scientific community respond to the fellow. But we can note that you've linked to the National Post, a Canadian paper begun by Conrad Black (now in jail) which has consistently followed a climate denial editorial policy.

Further, we can also note that the quote the paper provides for you has been beheaded (or betailed) conveniently. Here's what they give you...

"The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts,” he states in a paper"

Here's the full quote from the paper...

"That particular consensus judgement, as are many others in the IPCC reports, is reached by only a few dozen experts in the specific field of detection and attribution studies; other IPCC authors are experts in other fields."

Posted by: bernielatham | June 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes indeed; The Business sector really created a massive amount of jobs, under eight years of Bush/Cheney.

How many did they create, I hear you ask.

Actually, not a single net job was added during the entire eight years of the Bush/Cheney reign of terror.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

What about Alvin Greene? He has a mental disability and is being used by some nefarious person or persons to make the Dem Party look like fools. He is going to go all the way through the campaign doing national interviews and even debating Jim Demint unless it can be proved that he is a plant. The Dems through in the towel. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Adam_W | June 14, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

It's not settled science that oil is a fossil fuel, according to guest on Limbaugh today
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/happy_hour_roundup_28.html

And the moon/cheese thing? Varying opinions on that.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 14, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The Rove/Gillespie operation American Crossroads is getting behind Tea Partier Sharron Angle who just hates the whole DC establishment crowd all to bits
http://mediamatters.org/blog/201006140016

It just gets laughable after a while.

Posted by: bernielatham | June 14, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if actuator read the entire paper linked in the National Post, but as they've taken it out of context, we can pretty much disregard their conclusion. The scientists involved in the study are analyzing specifically the process of consensus building and not whether AGW exists or not. It's a methodology paper.

"Without a careful explanation about what it means, this drive for consensus can leave the IPCC vulnerable to outside criticism. Claims such as ‘2,500 of the world’s leading scientists have reached a consensus that human activities are having a significant influence on the climate’ are disingenuous. That particular consensus judgement, as are many others in the IPCC reports, is reached by only a few dozen experts in the specific field of detection and attribution studies; other IPCC authors are experts in other fields. But consensus-making can also lead to criticism for being too conservative, as Hansen (2007) has most visibly argued."

Posted by: lmsinca | June 14, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Like almost everyone else here I am looking forward to Obama's speech tomorrow. I am encouraged by the possibility that we may finally address our energy crisis in this country with concrete goals, dates, financial backing etc. However, keep in mind that just today Reid put Lieberman, Jeff Bingaman and Max Baucus in charge of consensus building on the energy bill. None of them would be my pick to get a decent bill through the Senate.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 14, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

"Do they understand that until very recently this administration was throwing the small business sector under the bus?"

This is complete and total bullshite. Small business received fantastic tax cuts in the stimulus package with a reduction in payroll taxes. Beginning this year we will be able to exempt 35% of our health care bill for our employees, which will go up every year to reach 50%. And I have proven here numerous times all the stimulus money that has gone into the small business private sector.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 14, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Melissa Harris-Lacewell: The Year of the Woman?
http://www.thenation.com/video/katrina-vanden-heuvel-and-melissa-harris-lacewell-year-woman

Posted by: bernielatham | June 14, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Hi lms...HappyJune2U,

Our firm (under 50 employees) hasn't looked into the P/R tax cuts or H/C exemptions availability. I haven't a clue what our acct/treasurer person has been up to for months -- too busy.

Are there qualifiers or monster paper work involved? I seem to remember the P/R tax cuts were for new hires (we just took on our 1st newbie since 2008).

thnx

Posted by: tao9 | June 14, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Poor old Rand Paul....someone please call him a whambulance....wwwhhhaaaa..

The headline, "* Rand Paul really seems to dislike being asked questions he doesn't feel like answering." Is continuing evidence that he is a FAKE... It also makes him a bold-faced LIAR, and I'm a thinking that maybe folks that have an eye surgery scheduled with him MAY want to reconsider until he actually has a LICENSE TO PRACTICE... (board certified).

These clowns are just amazing... just throw stuff out there like Google or opposition research don't exist?? Did he and Mark Kirk from Illinois go to the same pee-party LIE training camp??? Amazing....

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | June 14, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Liam,
It wasn't great but net-zero wasn't the Eeevill W 8-yr jobs result.

Why does it matter today anyway?

Is the point tax increases = job increases?

Just askin'...too late to tangle.

Posted by: tao9 | June 14, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

BTW...Cap-n-Tax has the very real and serious potential to put me and my companeros on the Mohawk out of work, or wage-stagnant. We are in the crosshairs as a sales/distributor for a very large US manufacturer (an already ahead-of-the-curve green one in the bargain.)

oy caramba

Posted by: tao9 | June 14, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Hi Tao, the payroll tax cuts began in April of 2009 and they were for everyone, I forget how much it was, but I'm sure you can look it up as part of the stimulus. When your accountant figures out the payroll, it was an automatic lower percentage. Also, as an employer when you pay your portion of the payroll tax monthly, you've been paying less for over one year. The health care savings will come as a deduction when you do your 2010 income taxes.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 14, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Thnx lms,
{{{How I wish I was THE "employer"...I'm the ISO(InternationalStandardsOrg)guy}}}

Posted by: tao9 | June 14, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

tao, what's up old salt? Good to hear/read you, even though I don't really understand the threat to your biz.

Hope you're having a good summer and getting some good weather up there.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 14, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

actuator, thanks for the drive-by idiocy.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 14, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Here's a list of all the small business tax breaks in the stimulus bill in addition to the payroll tax cut. Also, they passed another bill with small business tax breaks earlier this year. I'm not a huge fan of tax breaks unless they really do generate business investment, I'd rather see direct investment in the short term. But what do I know?

I concur, it's nice to hear from you tao. How's the redhead?

http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/Web/SmallBusinessTaxBreaksinStimulusBill.htm

Posted by: lmsinca | June 15, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

lms, thanks for putting facts where others have just been spouting off about what victims they are.

It's like dealing with teenagers, except that eventually most teenagers grow up and realize that life is more complicated than that.

Hey libertarian types, do your own laundry.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 15, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

BG:

"Hey libertarian types, do your own laundry."

Stop trying to make us do yours, and we would be happy to.

Posted by: ScottC3 | June 15, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

I had not seen all the details of just how irresponsible Obama/Salazar's moratorium decision was.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/11/white-house-rejects-claim-skewed-expert-opinion-justify-drilling-ban/

It's a pretty clear example of putting politics above scientific expertise, if ever there was one, complete with dishonesty about what the experts said.

Politics comes ahead of science, law, economics, apparently everything with this administration.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 15, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

hi tao...nice to see you.

By "on the Mohawk" do you mean on M land?

Posted by: bernielatham | June 15, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

All, morning roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/the_morning_plum_31.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 15, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Etheridge's excuse, which even he admits is lame...

Are you sure he didn't mean it was "lame and retarded"? Why only pick on a physical disability when you can slur those with mental disabilities as well?

Posted by: converse | June 15, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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