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* We have a winner: The first to suggest repeal of the expected extension of unemployment benefits -- and unemployment benefits in general!

Alaska Senate candidate and Tea Party fave Joe Miller tells ABC's Top Line that unemployment benefits are "not constitutionally authorized."

* But is the White House sensitive to GOP talking points about extending unemployment benefits?

* If so, it's worth remembering that two major national polls show that Americans are squarely on the side of extending them.

* And yet: Moderate Dems, too, are emerging as a major obstacle to the Obama agenda, particularly on unemployment, and they love to feed deficit hysteria. Consider Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania:

"The sense of emergency, at this point, is focused on the debt."

Really?

* Robert Gibbs vowed today that Dems would again push to extend unemployment benefits at the end of November, and Sam Stein notes that this means another major political battle over the issue -- one that could start heating up just before the midterms.

* With Dems doubling down on the warning that Republicans will revive Bush policies, a poll by Obama's pollster finds that people are twice as likely to blame Obama's predecessor for the recession.

* We have another winner: GOP Rep. Mike Pence is the first to join Michele Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus. Quoth Pence, when asked if he'll join: "You betcha!"

* Harry Reid's relentless barrage of negative ads continues with a new radio spot slamming Sharron Angle for saying she wouldn't have intervened to save the massive Nevada City Center project.

* Duncan Black reminds us that a few people actually warned that post 9/11 mania just might produce the sort of out-of-control national security bureaucracy documented in the Post today.

* Glenn Greenwald hails the Post's investigation and concludes: "We keep sacrificing our privacy to the always-growing National Security State in exchange for less security."

* Department of alternate realities: Media Matters finds that Fox News pushed the bogus New Black Panthers nonsense nearly 100 times on the air.

* And Sarah Palin's Tweet heard 'round the world about the mosque near Ground Zero is actually significant: It may be part of a larger movement on the right to whip up oppostion to mosque constructionism.

What else is happening?

By Greg Sargent  |  July 19, 2010; 5:37 PM ET
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Republicans think you're stupid.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 19, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

As far as Unemployment gooes, it's simple. When the Government squanders all the assets of the economy by waging senseless wars and paying themselves and their cronies billions of dollars and everyone else goes broke, they need to pay back some of it to us. Call unemployment a kick-back for the American people allowing these crooks to stay in power.

Not to mention that without the $450 a week stipend the homeless and crime rates would probably multiply by 10 and the Government would end up spending 20 times more to try and correct it...

Posted by: philnyc | July 19, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Help Joe Sestak defeat the Neocon lobby!

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/sestak2010?refcode=linkws

I threw in some cash, anyone care to do the same?

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 19, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

FDL has a letter sent by Galbraith, rather lengthy, to the deficit commission which annihilates pretty much everything they're trying to accomplish. From the lack of transparency, the presumed cuts to Social Security and Medicare, the lack of addressing the actual deficit problem caused by the financial crisis which is a debt problem, to the lack of leadership with btw a hidden agenda. WOW

I know a lot of people here won't go to FDL but the letter is totally worth the read and I haven't found it anywhere else yet.

"The only way to reduce a deficit caused by unemployment is to reduce unemployment. And this must be done with a substantial component of private financing, which is to say by bank credit, if the public deficit is going to be reduced. This is a fact of accounting. It is not a matter of theory or ideology; it is merely a fact. The only way to grow out of our deficit is to cure the financial crisis."

"To cure the financial crisis would require two comprehensive measures. The first is debt restructuring for the entire household sector, to restore private borrowing power. The second is a reconstruction of the banking system, effectively purging the toxic assets from bank balance sheets and also reforming the bank personnel and compensation and other practices that produced the financial crisis in the first place. To repeat: this is the only way to generate deficit-reducing, privately-funded growth and employment."

http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/07/19/galbraith-blasts-alan-simpson-he-lacks-the-temperment-to-do-a-fair-and-impartial-job-on-deficit-commission/#comments

Posted by: lmsinca | July 19, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What a hypocrite Hatch is, he don't mind leaving our grandchildren the debt from tax cuts but when it comes to unemployment, "the republican's are making sure we don't leave our grandchildren a mountain of debt".

Debt is debt Hatch, it doesn't matter if it is caused from spending or tax cuts, it's all debt...

Posted by: soapm | July 19, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear the Ground Zero mosque is getting national traction. They're still finding human remains at WTC. No construction should take place until the site is fully excavated and the remains are put to final rest.

Posted by: AmericanDelight | July 19, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

@AmericanDelight : Of course the proposed community center/mosque IS 2 BLOCKS AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO, so it is not actually going to make the search for human remains more difficult...The most obvious facts elude you. Question, if it were a christian church to be built TWO BLOCKS AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO, would you even be posting about this?

Posted by: srw3 | July 19, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Here's a very thought provoking diary on why the economy isn't recovering. Another long one that's worth the read IMO and very thought provoking. He's talking about mortgage debt as well among other things.

"The only way the economy can move on and start growing again is if: a) the debt is paid off, or b) the debt is defaulted on.

It is this choice that is being decided now. The sudden concern about public deficits is a reflection of the power of the holders of that bad debt - the wealthy class.
The top 1% owns nearly half of all the financial wealth of this country. The bottom 90% of the population owns less than 7% of business equity, less than 19% of stocks, and less than 2% of all the bonds. On the other hand, the bottom 90% owes 73% of all the debt, most of it in the form of unproductive mortgage debt.
It is the rich of the world that own those overvalued debt obligations and they want their pound of flesh, even if it means that the real economy is stripped bare and tens of millions of working class people suffer to accomplish this."

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/7/19/885573/-Why-the-economy-isnt-recovering

Posted by: lmsinca | July 19, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Greg, let's call Fox's Black Panther coverage what it is: race baiting.

Better that BP in the news for Fox than the other BP.

Is there a more pernicious force in this country than Fox?

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 19, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This sure didn't take very long. Dodd affirming Warren's suitability but doubts she'd be confirmed. There are other great candidates according to him. Sheesh

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/109539-dodd-doubts-warrens-confirmability-for-new-consumer-protection-post

Posted by: lmsinca | July 19, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

@srw3, why the all caps?

Posted by: AmericanDelight | July 19, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

More on Warren and the chances of her getting that post. lms, you'll love this:

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2010/07/19/skeert-of-the-mean-lady-elizabeth-warren/

Warren as "the mirror image of Sarah Palin." Perfect.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 19, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

@AD:why the all caps?

I felt I needed to shout that THE PREMISE FOR YOUR POST WAS TOTALLY BOGUS. No mosque is being built at ground zero. No human remains are in danger of being buried forever, because the community center/mosque IS TWO BLOCKS AWAY.

Does that answer your question?

Posted by: srw3 | July 19, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

@BGinCHI: Is there a more pernicious force in this country than Fox?

Which came first: The new, just right of Attilla the Hun, Republican party or the new "We create an alternate, militarist, partisan, faux conservative, corporatist, republican reality/fantasy" network Fox?

They exist in symbiosis, so it is hard to figure which one is the prime mover.

I am guessing that Fox paved the way for the faux conservative, rightwingnutistan based republican party by relentlessly reporting that the dems have a life long love affair with Karl Marx, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and want to convert your children to teh gay, while forcing women to have abortions combined with the alternative reality that Bush was our greatest president since Reagan, there were weapons of mass destructionin Iraq, the Iraq war was a huge success, the economy was just fantastic during the Bush years, bombing Iran would be a great idea, Israel really should kick all of those pesky arabs out of greater Israel, etc.

Posted by: srw3 | July 19, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"Alaska Senate candidate and Tea Party fave Joe Miller tells ABC's Top Line that unemployment benefits are "not constitutionally authorized."

I also don't see any explicit constitutional authorization for the purchase of property - therefore it's only right that we should nullify the purchase of Alaska. I wonder how quickly Mr. Miller (and Mrs. Palin) can learn Russian?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | July 19, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

re construction and human remains...

one wonders (briefly) as to our care to respect the remains of the deceased who were under the spot in Iraq where the new US embassy was built.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

@bernielatham : Come on, Bernie. You know as well as I do that the 3000 people killed at the WTC, not the 150,000++ civilians killed in our invasion of Iraq is the real tragedy. After all we were greeted with flowers and candy and the war and reconstruction would pay for itself...

Posted by: srw3 | July 19, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

hi lms,

Here's a take on the subject of your post @ 6:37:

http://weeklystandard.com/print/articles/easy-credit-hard-landing

I think the piece has balance, w/ some things you may agree with.

I'm gonna go read your Kos link.

HI BGinCHI: please send any x-tra AC to the Mohawk!

Posted by: tao9 | July 19, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

re construction and human remains...

one wonders (briefly) as to our care to respect the remains of the deceased who were under the spot in Iraq where the new US embassy was built.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

re construction and human remains...

one wonders (briefly) as to our care to respect the remains of the deceased who were under the spot in Iraq where the new US embassy was built.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

good god...not sure how that all happened...sorry

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Bernie! Your cat's on the keyboard!

Posted by: tao9 | July 19, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck's advertiser-buddies at Goldline under investigation...

"Authorities in California said today they have opened an investigation into Goldline International, a company that pioneered the practice of weaving its sales pitches into broadcasts by popular conservative political personalities -- including two former presidential candidates and Fox News host Glenn Beck -- to sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold every year."
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/glenn-beck-fox-hosts-golden-advertiser-goldline-investigation/story?id=11197000

Glenn will, we know, weave this into the commie/nazi/jewish bankers/muslim used car dealer/satan-worshipper theory of things.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

@tao - can't even use that excuse, but thanks

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Some of Roger Ailes race-baiting history before FOX and a black president...
http://mediamatters.org/blog/201007190027

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

And FOX's prior promotion of the Tea Party Express and Williams...

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201007190027

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

tao, your link makes a somewhat similar economic argument except that it was a little heavy on the blame the victim and honestly the stimulus was geared to win the votes of Specter, a Republican at the time of course and the two Maine Senators. It needed more aid to states, infrastructure spending and less tax cuts. Also, he doesn't seem to want to go far enough to say let the victims either re-set their loans or default and let the banks take the hit. Not sure how he feels about entitlement reform but we know how Paul Ryan feels, remember I told you he scared me. The deficit commission scares me for the same reasons.

Looks like we're in for a couple of tough years while everyone works their debt out, the problem is the banks and corporations seem to be gliding through putting off the inevitable while the rest of us shoulder the burden. Demand side economics still makes more sense than supply side but it can't be built on a ponzi scheme where the bottom falls out and leaves millions of Americans without a net.

Posted by: lmsinca | July 19, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

And speaking of nets, the House agreed to pass the war supplemental funding bill proposed by the Senate without the aid to states for teachers attached. They say they'll try to find another vehicle, but it's pretty doubtful. The United States of Austerity has arrived.

"House Democratic leaders will accept the Senate’s plan to pass a stripped-down supplemental spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while seeking another vehicle for money to prevent the layoffs of some 140,000 teachers, a well-informed House aide said Monday.

The decision reflects the reality that Democrats lack the votes in the Senate to attach billions of dollars in help for states to keep teachers on the payroll this fall."

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=cqmidday-000003704257

Posted by: lmsinca | July 19, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

"The sense of emergency, at this point, is focused on the debt."
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With the part she left out included, this would probably read as:

"The sense of emergency [expressed by the vast majority of the people calling my office], at this point, is focused on the debt."

Have you called your senator and congressman today? A lot of the reason why conservatives get so much of what they want is that they get out and do the grunt work.

Posted by: CalD | July 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=cqmidday-000003704257

Posted by: lmsinca | July 19, 2010 8:59 PM
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Edwin Starr:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv5BYEOQYLo
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 19, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

@srw3, would you have a problem with a giant militia compound being built nearby the site of the Oklahoma city bombing?

Posted by: AmericanDelight | July 19, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

@srw3, would you have a problem with a giant militia compound being built nearby the site of the Oklahoma city bombing?

Posted by: AmericanDelight | July 19, 2010 9:31 PM
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Thanks for the stupid analogies, A.D. Keep 'em coming.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 19, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

"With Dems doubling down on the warning that Republicans will revive Bush policies, a poll by Obama's pollster finds that people are twice as likely to blame Obama's predecessor for the recession."
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That makes two:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-15/americans-blame-bush-for-deficit-afghanistan-war-jobless-more-than-obama.html

I told you Americans aren't completely stupid 100% of the time.

Posted by: CalD | July 19, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

thunder

Thanks, it's been a loooooooong time since I've seen that. True then, true now.

Absolutely nothin'

Posted by: lmsinca | July 19, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

From NRO's The Corner re Krauthammer's notions as voiced on FOX News All-Stars...

"On the report that BP lobbied for the release of the Lockerbie bomber in order to win a Libyan oil deal:


'I would not be surprised if oil companies lobbied. There is a long history going back decades of oil companies selling their souls, French Oil Company in Iraq, Armand Hammer and Occidental in Libya. This is almost universal for oil for concessions, etc.

The blame resides with the British government who could resist lobbying or accept it. It made the decision to accept the release. Apparently the Obama administration signed off on it. In the end, the buck stops with governments and not lobbyists.'"
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NWEyODgwNmZjNzVjNjhmM2NiY2RmZDRiYjZiMGY0MmY=

Let's be clear here on Krauthammer's argument.

1) this is just what oil corporations do (and other corporate entities as well, one presumes). It's normal, to be expected and thus undeserving of criticism or restraint when such entities do anything at all to enhance the bottom line calculations. It's the nature of the beast. Need more smokers? Add more nicotine to the product and enhance addiction. Lobby to get a Muslim terrorist bomber released from jail and back into the loving arms of his family and into a comfy mansion by the sea so as to get to that yummy oil and profits. Charles isn't going to protest these natural phenomena because that's the corporate gig - get what you want regardless. Of course, it follows that if you need a government, even your own, to do X, then insert money and other such levers to ensure the government does X. Make them an offer they cannot refuse. Set up front groups to imperil the government's power. Let them know you'll fund their enemies and do so. That's ok. It's expected that you'll thwart the government's or citizens' interests.

2) When anything like this happens, it is entirely the government's choice for letting it happen. It's their choice to resist all these lobbying tactics, after all.

And that's the thing about government the-smaller-the-better and the-less-regulatory-the-better - all that power they have remaining to beg and plead with corporations whose task it is to steamroll government if necessary.

This is not a serious man and his ideas are, frankly, so convoluted by ideology that they are entirely (and sadly, given their popularity in the modern right) a very unfunny joke.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

CalD,

Go read the entire poll results PDF.

"You keep using that poll headline. I do not think that headline means what you think it means." Taonigo Montoya

Posted by: tao9 | July 19, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

This is not a serious man and his ideas are, frankly, so convoluted by ideology that they are entirely (and sadly, given their popularity in the modern right) a very unfunny joke.

Posted by: bernielatham | July 19, 2010 10:37 PM |
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(and sadly, given their popularity in the modern right, which includes the Washington Post)

Just thought I'd mention that C.K., along with torture enthusiast Marc A. Thiessen, draw paychecks from this here "liberal-biased MSM" newspaper.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 19, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

This is interesting in conjunction with Dodd questioning whether Warren could pass confirmation hearings. Ha Ha, we may not have to worry about that for quite awhile Mr. Geithner. Give the people Warren please.

"According to the bill's language, the Treasury Secretary has sole authority to build the new agency before it's ultimately transferred to the Federal Reserve. That includes anointing a person to head the effort on his behalf, and under his authority. The interim head would serve until the President's nominee is confirmed by the Senate.

That person could be Elizabeth Warren.

And the legislation doesn't appear to contain a deadline for a Presidential nomination, experts say, which means Warren could start the agency from scratch, put her people in, begin cracking down on predatory and abusive lenders, and initiate a culture that would put consumers' interests above those of the nation's most powerful financial institutions.

In short, she could set a tone the agency will follow for the next several years without the administration needing to fight a potentially drawn-out confirmation battle that could stall Obama's pro-consumer agenda."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/19/elizabeth-warren-could-he_n_651759.html

Posted by: lmsinca | July 19, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

AD: "@srw3, would you have a problem with a giant militia compound being built nearby the site of the Oklahoma city bombing?"

Have you been to OKC, genius? It's pretty much surrounded by militia compounds. In fact, that's the alternate definition of OK: giant militia compound.

With apologies to the few, the proud, the liberal in OKC and its environs (Norman).

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 19, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Anyone catch that Gallup generic congressional ballot?


http://www.bluevirginia.us/diary/1202/gallup-democrats-take-6point-lead-on-generic-congressional-ballot

Posted by: mikefromArlington | July 20, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Mike, did you see the numbers on Boozman vs Lincoln in AR? Ridiculous how bad her numbers are. What a shocker.

If the GOP is losing on the generic, they're going to be even worse off given the slate of candidates they have. Lincoln is such the outlier here and I hope it's a lesson to the DNC.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 20, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

@ad:srw3, would you have a problem with a giant militia compound being built nearby the site of the Oklahoma city bombing?"

Why change the subject from not recovering human remains? Because you were clearly wrong in that first statement?

Hey McVeigh said he was an american patriot. Does that mean that a vfw post couldn't be built in Ok City? I mean if 2 blocks isn't far enough, is 3 blocks enough? A mile? How arbitrary do you want to be with this? Can there be mosques in DC because the pentagon was attacked? Can mosques be in the US? After all we were all new yorkers after the towers fell, right? I know why don't we just tatoo "them" so we can identify them and keep them away from our children. Certainly muslims can't be educators, because....911!! Yeah, that's it...(need I say) /snark.

Posted by: srw3 | July 20, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

"Department of alternate realities: Media Matters finds that Fox News pushed the bogus New Black Panthers nonsense nearly 100 times on the air."

Is the sickening display of racism uncovered by the NAACP responsible for the Dem rise on the generic Congressional ballot?

Posted by: rhallnj | July 20, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

@Greg - even outside of the present attempts to lionize the Bush era, this would be a very important story...

"The former MI5 director general Eliza Manningham-Buller today delivered a withering assessment of the case for war against Iraq.

Manningham-Buller said the threat posed by Saddam Hussein was low and that the US-led invasion in 2003 had done more harm than good.

...Manningham-Buller was damning about the impact of the invasion on Iraq, saying the toppling of Saddam had allowed Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida to move in. "Arguably, we gave Osama bin Laden his Iraqi jihad," she added."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/20/iraq-inquiry-saddam-mi5-chief

Posted by: bernielatham | July 20, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

All, Morning Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/the_morning_plum_55.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 20, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

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