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Posted at 4:26 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Dems call on Obama to push harder for 9/11 bill

By Greg Sargent

In a surprisingly aggressive statement, a key New York lawmaker is demanding that President Obama take a more aggressive public and private role in prodding Congress to pass the 9/11 health bill, insisting that he "speak up and get personally involved" in getting it done.

Dem Rep. Carolyn Maloney, in a statement sent my way, seized on the emergence of Jon Stewart as the chief voice urging passage of the bill to argue that the President himself should match the energy and involvement displayed by a mere comedian. Apparently this is a widespread sentiment: Sources tell me that a number of Congressional Dems involved in pushing the bill also want Obama to play a more active role.

At his White House briefing today, Robert Gibbs joked that he hoped Stewart could persuade two Republican Senators to support the bill. This drew a sharp response from Rep. Maloney, one of the lead sponsors of the measure:

"Jon Stewart has done his part for the 9/11 health bill -- now it's the President's turn to speak up and get personally involved in the effort to pass the legislation.

"Time is running out on this bill and on our opportunity to help tens of thousands of Americans who are suffering because of 9/11.

"President Obama should use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to urge the Senate Republican leadership not to try to run out the clock on this bill.

"It's the ninth inning and we need a good closer to win the game. Mr. President, please step up to the mound for those who worked on the Pile. We need to work together to rescue the 9/11 rescuers. Let's do the right and patriotic thing and pass the Zadroga bill now."

Dem pressure on Obama to step up and make this happen might seem a bit churlish and demanding, coming right after the President just won two major victories on DADT and START. It also doesn't seem all that likely that Presidential pressure will do much do move GOP Senators.

But as Atrios notes, there is something absurd about the fact that Stewart is the one driving this story, rather than that "charismatic fairly popular tall skinny guy with a fancy podium and the ability to get people to point TV cameras at him almost any moment."

As important as DADT and START are, the 9/11 health bill is also kind of important. And time is running out. Shorter Dems to Obama: No rest for the weary, Mr. President. Time to get this one done, too.

By Greg Sargent  | December 21, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
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Maloney has got it wrong. President Obama has to avoid giving The Republicans any excuse to claim that he is making a partisan attack, before the START treaty is ratified.

He can make a more vocal public push for the 9/11 first responders bill, as soon as the START treaty has been ratified.

Posted by: Liam-still | December 21, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

We can help too. Let's make sure there is a political cost to neglecting our 9/11 Heroes.

U.S. Capitol Switchboard

(202) 224-3121

Posted by: Ethan2010 | December 21, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Who ever thought they'd see the day that the WH thanks a cable channel comedian for bringing awareness to a piece of important legislation.....

ABC, NBC and CBS should really be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 21, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Liam may have the right of it. If Obama makes it "his" issue Republicans will fight all the harder against it just to deny Obama another victory.

That said, politically it wouldn't hurt the Democrats for Republicans to kill this bill. I'd like to see it passed because I think it is the least we can do for 9/11 responders. But if Republicans block a bill that pays for health care for the heroes of 9/11 they will end up looking like total arses.

Posted by: HansSolo | December 21, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I actually agree that START is more important than this bill (which has lots of problems itself). Why are civilians -- not just "first responders" -- covered under this bill? There are thousands of other Americans who are suffering because of 9/11, so why aren't they getting billions? To use the Democrat's class warfare argument, there's no means test for assistance, why should millionaires get this?

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 21, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the Senate have 60 votes for this? What's the problem?

Just vote on it tomorrow.

The House should just do their vote tomorrow.

Posted by: maritza1 | December 21, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@clawrence12:

"Why are civilians -- not just "first responders" -- covered under this bill?"

Because they are SURVIVORS who were INJURED in 9/11 attacks.

Get a clue.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | December 21, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Look, I like Obama. I really do.

But anyone who has seen him throw a baseball would not have used the image of him as a 9th inning "closer" stepping up to the mound. Unless the goal is for the batter to die laughing.

Better: "We're down by two in the last seconds of the game, Mr. President, and we need someone who can make a clutch 3-pointer."

Posted by: bearclaw1 | December 21, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing scary or awful about the 9-11 bill. Give it a rest claw. For you to pretend to go fiscal conservative on this thing after your "subjective value" defense of extreme income disparity...don't be obscene.

Posted by: shrink2 | December 21, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Didn't the Republicans pay out billions to the families of those who were killed in on 9/11.

Why is that any different than now paying to take care of the heroic people who put their lives on the line, to try and rescue as many people as possible from the twin towers?

The Republicans do not have a moral leg to stand on.

Posted by: Liam-still | December 21, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

When John Stewart (a Jew) and the President (a Muslim) can talk and work together, world peace is not far away....

Posted by: Alex68 | December 21, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

More from Senator Graham:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a "capitulation ... of dramatic proportions" to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress.

Graham said Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for allowing ratification of the New START Treaty and other legislation in the period before new lawmakers are sworn in in January.

"When it's all going to be said and done, Harry Reid has eaten our lunch," Graham said on Fox News radio. "This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn't have passed in the new Congress."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/134719-graham-gop-to-blame-for-capitulationof-dramatic-proportions-in-lame-duck

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Lindsey Graham admitted that he actually wanted to block the START treaty ratification?

The idiot wants to launch a global nuclear arms race, and yet he is supposed to want to keep nations like Iran from having any excuse to even develop one nuke.

Posted by: Liam-still | December 21, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

All praise and all due diligence to the first responders, those who remain and those who sacrificed their lives. That this legislation cannot pass as easily as re-naming a post office is just another glowing example to the world of just how far down the food chain we have fallen as a nation.

Perhaps, God willing, if this does get passed the POTUS will feel empowered to do the right thing for MILLIONS of 99ers he is loathe to mention or fight for. We were the first victims of greed and corruption and sit by the dung gate.

Posted by: kickoradell | December 21, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

More from Senator Graham in same interview today:

"I can understand the Democrats being afraid of the new Republicans; I can't understand Republicans being afraid of the new Republicans," Graham lamented on WTMA radio. "They're not opportunities to take everything you couldn't do for two years and jam it. It's literally what they're doing, across the board. And after a while, I stop blaming them, and I blame us."

Graham blamed outgoing Republican senators in particular.

"They have used the power of the Senate against the minority, and we have, quite frankly, a handful of us have been letting them do it. And a lot of the people who are doing this got beat. And that's what makes me so upset," he said. "It makes me disappointed that, with a new group of Republicans coming in, we could get a better deal on almost everything."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/134719-graham-gop-to-blame-for-capitulationof-dramatic-proportions-in-lame-duck?page=3#comments

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Duncan is blaming Obama again? Next you'll tell me the sun is yellow.

Everyone is to blame on this, starting with the collective media who could have been shaming the GOP into supporting this bill.

But the main blame lies with the GOP. End of story.

Posted by: lcrider1 | December 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

bearclaw1 wrote:
“Look, I like Obama. I really do.
But anyone who has seen him throw a baseball would not have used the image of him as a 9th inning "closer" stepping up to the mound. Unless the goal is for the batter to die laughing.”
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I wonder how you would throw a baseball if you had a bullet-proof vest on (which is what Obama had). You really thought he would – naturally – throw a ball like that?

Posted by: BasicInstinct | December 21, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Duncan is blaming Obama again? Next you'll tell me the sun is yellow.

Everyone is to blame on this, starting with the collective media who could have been shaming the GOP into supporting this bill.

But the main blame lies with the GOP. End of story.

Posted by: lcrider1 | December 21, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Graham blamed outgoing Republican senators in particular.
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Karma.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Check this out, folks. Apparently Grumps McCain is blocking a house bill meant to allocate resources for the prevention of military suicides.

Jeebus.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/21/rush-holt-john-mccain-blocking-military-suicide-prevention_n_799798.html

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 21, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Duncan is blaming Obama again? Next you'll tell me the sun is yellow.

Everyone is to blame on this, starting with the collective media who could have been shaming the GOP into supporting this bill.

But the main blame lies with the GOP. End of story.

Posted by: lcrider1 | December 21, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is toast! He can get as angry as he wants. He's done. He will not win in 2012. You liberals need to stop wasting your time figuring out ways for him to win! It's not going to happen!

Posted by: georges2 | December 21, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Graham blamed outgoing Republican senators in particular."

Huh? Up his meds.

These people are outgoing? Murkowski? Corker? Snowe? Collins? Kirk? Brown? Lugar?

Voinovick, okay...but anyone else?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 21, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

More from Butters: (too funny!)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not happy about the recent productivity of the lame duck Congress, and blamed the GOP for allowing it to happen. "When it's all going to be said and done," he said on Fox News Radio today, "Harry Reid has eaten our lunch. This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn't have passed in the new Congress."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 21, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

So, let me guess. All of the conservatives on this board have independently decided that they are against this bill?

Posted by: DDAWD | December 21, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"He can make a more vocal public push for the 9/11 first responders bill, as soon as the START treaty has been ratified."

I think that's the size of it. Obama has to choose his entrances carefully. This is a Republican party for which he's a red flag waved in front of them. Really gets the bull furious. Patience. Soon we'll be dining on rocky mountain republican oysters.

"Obama is toast! He can get as angry as he wants. He's done. He will not win in 2012. You liberals need to... blah blah blah blah..."

LOL!

Posted by: Alex3 | December 21, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"When it's all going to be said and done, Harry Reid has eaten our lunch," Graham said on Fox News radio. "This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn't have passed in the new Congress."
***********

Hahhahahah

Sorry, Lindsey, Harry didn't just eat your lunch, he drank your milkshake.

Posted by: lcrider1 | December 21, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay Graham: "Harry Reid has eaten our lunch."

Can't say that enough!

:o)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 21, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

AFTER Jon Stewart's focus made front page on Huffington Post, ABC evening news did a segment supporting the plight of the First Responders and showing a snippet of Jon's program. Did not see a peep on CBS, NBC or PBS. If someone else did, let me know. IF the president comes through after he gets New Start, I'll feel better about him.

Posted by: GaiasChild | December 21, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The President has a slam dunk argument to make to the American people that will make the Republicans look miserly and unpatriotic. Oh, wait, he also had one of those last week.

Posted by: turningfool | December 21, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

How many Congress people-senators and representatives- collect Social Security along with their Congressional salary, medical care, and corporate perks!???

Couldn't it be made an issue around the First Responder Bill! Know kyl, mccain, and coburn plus others qualify...maybe they can be cut from the roles to help pay for the REAL HERO"S!

Posted by: jetlone | December 21, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Grumps McCain is blocking a house bill meant to allocate resources for the prevention of military suicides.
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In the words of a now-famous blog conservative, Enough is Enough. Enough Federal help, can't his village do something about it? Or his subdivision? Or his cul-de-sac? Anyone but we the people of the U.S.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, I wonder if Maloney and Hillebrand and most of the NY delegation were thinking about presidential push on the 9/11 bill when they were opposing the President last week on the tax bill. Certainly if the tax bill had failed as they wanted he wouldn't have any political capital to expend on the 9/11 bill. Seems to me they have NO hand to negotiate with the President on this.

Posted by: NMP1 | December 21, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

BasicInstinct:

Like I said, I like Obama. But somehow Dubya managed to make a decent throw with a bulletproof vest on. Obama throws with his left hand just like I do -- and I'm righthanded. Even Obama has admitted that he didn't grow up playing the sport, and he isn't comfortable with it.

Ease up. He doesn't have to be a decathlete to be a good President.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | December 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

12BB: "In the words of a now-famous blog conservative, Enough is Enough. Enough Federal help, can't his village do something about it?"

Yeah. We determined earlier that this is the GOP"

"Anything more than a platitude is too expensive."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 21, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

shrink2, when did I give a "subjective value" defense of extreme income disparity?

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 21, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"Graham blamed outgoing Republican senators in particular."

Huh? Up his meds.

These people are outgoing? Murkowski? Corker? Snowe? Collins? Kirk? Brown? Lugar?

Voinovick, okay...but anyone else?
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I'm inclined to think that Lindsey's newfound outrage at "outgoing" Republicans is an attempt to eliminate his own name from that list when next he runs for reelection. Since very few of the Republicans voting for Democratic measures are actually outgoing, one wonders if Senator Graham just made a Freudian slip.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"All of the conservatives on this board have independently decided that they are against this bill?"

Absolutely, each after carefully weighing the pros and cons of the language of the bill decided they owe it to the American people to oppose this bill. Might harm the deficit you know.

And just because someone got injured by the 9-11 attacks, why should they get better health care than someone who got injured in say, some other terror or terror like attack? See, it is all about being fair, though not in a socialist way. It is more like, if you got something without a bill going through congress, that is ok, but if you got something because a bill went through congress that is not ok. That is, unless you are very rich, or a protected industry and got something from congress, which is always ok because that is how the free market works. Got it?

Posted by: shrink2 | December 21, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, I hope that guy coming back from Iraq who is suicidal because he's jobless and homeless, doesn't have to rely on his underpass buddies to pay for his psychiatric care. Those guys who live under the underpasses are all conservatives.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, Graham has always considered McCain a mentor, so perhaps he is following McCain off the mental cliff.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 21, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

claw was it you or some other con (can I call you con for short, since you guys always say lib, even though I am not a lib?) going on about the word looting and explaining how grotesque and growing income disparities are aok because values are all subjective?

Posted by: shrink2 | December 21, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

shrink2, does your latest post mean that you are not answering honest questions anymore?

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 21, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Shrink,

Claw is not a Conservative. He is more of liberal/progresive, than anything else. He does need to stop worrying about how poorly President Obama throws a baseball. Jim Bunning was an ace pitcher, and I would not entrust that moron with looking after an anvil.

Posted by: Liam-still | December 21, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Graham has to act the tough guy if he wants to get reelected.

For one thing he has a reputation as a moderate. The Tea Partiers hate moderates.

For another thing his sexual identity has snuck out of it's hiding space in his closet and people in his home state are noticing. The Tea Partiers don't much like the gays.

So how does he avoid getting booted by Tea Partiers? By acting tough and promising the Tea Partiers what they want: political scorched earth.

It shouldn't work, but it probably will because the Tea Partiers are easily mislead.

Posted by: HansSolo | December 21, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"Absolutely, each after carefully weighing the pros and cons of the language of the bill decided they owe it to the American people to oppose this bill. Might harm the deficit you know.

And just because someone got injured by the 9-11 attacks, why should they get better health care than someone who got injured in say, some other terror or terror like attack? See, it is all about being fair, though not in a socialist way. It is more like, if you got something without a bill going through congress, that is ok, but if you got something because a bill went through congress that is not ok. That is, unless you are very rich, or a protected industry and got something from congress, which is always ok because that is how the free market works. Got it?

Posted by: shrink2"

Well, as long as they all came to this conclusion independently and not simply because Sean Hannity proclaimed that it is a Conservative Thing to be against this bill.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 21, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

That was not me (neither do I use "lib" for short).

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 21, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The 9/11 attack happened 9 years ago. Why have the Democrats just noticed that the first responders might need some help from the after-effects of working at Ground Zero?

Wasn't it the Republicans who set up accounts for all the people affected by the attack?

Posted by: JudyBird | December 21, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Tax cuts for billionaires, regardless of the costs. Zero, zip, zilch for 9/11 first responders because it costs too much.

The true nature of the right.

Posted by: Garak | December 21, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Because the Republicans denied for years that The First Responders suffered any ill effects from having been exposed to all those toxins and chemicals that they inhaled at ground zero.

George W. Bush's EPA chief, Christie Todd Whitman kept telling the workers that the air was safe, and did not even issue any proper protective gear to them.

Posted by: Liam-still | December 21, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Enough is Enough!

This is from Sue's link above:

In April, Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) introduced legislation named after the late soldier meant to provide more resources for suicide prevention to Reserve members. The House in May incorporated it into the National Defense Authorization Act for 2011, but it was stripped from the final version, and Holt is pointing the finger at the lead Republican negotiator on the Senate legislation, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

"Twice now, the Senate has stripped this legislation from our defense bill," Holt told The Huffington Post Tuesday. "It's hard to understand why. I know for a fact, because he told me, that Sen. McCain doesn't support it. Whether he's the only one, I don't know. But there was no effort to try to improve the language or negotiate changes; it was just rejected, and I think that is not only bad policy, but it's cruel. It's cruel to the families that are struggling with catastrophic mental health problems."

[...]

This week, Coleman's father Gregory, wrote a column expressing disappointment with McCain. "Late last week, the defense appropriations bill passed without Holt's measure as a part of it. Holt says he's furious; so are we," he stated. "In fact, I'm so angry that McCain -- who has dined out for decades as an 'advocate' for veterans -- made a unilateral decision to squash this fine, bipartisan measure that discretion dictates I write no more about it until I cool down."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/21/rush-holt-john-mccain-blocking-military-suicide-prevention_n_799798.html

Read it all.

It really is unbelievable.

Dems try to stop vets from committing SUICIDE and there's John McShame screaming "overreach".

Republicans are just demented and disgusting.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | December 21, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Garak, a lot of money already has been spent. I've posted the specifics on prior threads. For additional information:

http://www.gop.gov/bill/111/2/hr847

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 21, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Just to prove that there will *always* be deadenders:

A state lawmaker from Virginia is so upset about the Congress repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell that he wants to institute a mini-DADT banning gay men and lesbians from the Virginia National Guard.

"It's a distraction when I'm on the battlefield and have to concentrate on the enemy 600 yards away and I'm worried about this guy whose got eyes on me," the lawmaker, Delegate Bob Marshall (R), told WUSA9. "If I needed a blood transfusion and the guy next to me had committed sodomy 14 times in the last month I'd be worried."
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The Republican governor McDonnell, who has a lot more sense, said "we can't have two different systems in the military and our National Guard."

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Liam,

I don't worry about how Obama throws a baseball. I was simply noting that Rep. Maloney probably should have picked basketball rather than baseball as the sports analogy for her press release.

It is o.k. for liberals to poke a little fun at the President, I hope . . .

Posted by: bearclaw1 | December 21, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Some enterprising scammer could make a fortune now ,selling Gaydar detection devices to all those bedwetting homophobes.

Posted by: Liam-still | December 21, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"...they all came to this conclusion independently..."

Oh sure, each person does exhaustive primary source research and after a lot of painful soul searching on the ethical implications of such a decision, each individual arrives at the identical conclusion rationalized with the same vague talking points, as if in lock step. It is a remarkable phenomenon, kinda like one of those nature shows where all the turtles end up on the same beach at the same time, but even more improbable.

Posted by: shrink2 | December 21, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

It is o.k. for liberals to poke a little fun at the President, I hope . . .

Posted by: bearclaw1 | December 21, 2010 6:05 PM.

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

Sure it is. I keep telling all those right wing nuts that say Obama is toast; No he not. Don't let the color fool you. He is actually pumpernickel.

Posted by: Liam-still | December 21, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"Some enterprising scammer could make a fortune now ,selling Gaydar detection devices to all those bedwetting homophobes."


I dunno...may cause interference to the tin foil hats.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 21, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@12Bar,

Great quote from Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall! Isn't it fascinating when supposedly straight guys assume that they are absolute magnets for the affections of gay men? Or that a soldier who is gay is going to be thinking more about sex than about fighting someone who is trying to kill him?

Posted by: bearclaw1 | December 21, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@bearclaw,

If Delegate Marshall had two brain cells to rub together he would be pushing to *ban* all gays from military service. Instead, he just pushes to roll back to a time when you can't ask who is gay.

He should be pushing to either ban all gays, or alternatively, have gays wear some sort of emblem on their uniforms, maybe like a yellow star, to identify them so he'll know who to be worried about.

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"George W. Bush's EPA chief, Christie Todd Whitman kept telling the workers that the air was safe, and did not even issue any proper protective gear to them."

Don't forget Rudy Guiliani's complicity in this. I worked in Manhattan at the time and had co-workers who were allowed to take time off to volunteer to help. They were told they were completely safe, no gear needed.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 21, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@12Bar,

I'm sure Delegate Marshall would not want two brain cells to rub together unless he was certain that one was a boy brain cell and the other was a girl brain cell.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | December 21, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

12bb: "He should be pushing to either ban all gays, or alternatively, have gays wear some sort of emblem on their uniforms, maybe like a yellow star, to identify them so he'll know who to be worried about. "

Sadly, they may even think this is a good idea, till someone reminds them of the Nazi pink triangles.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 21, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Pink triangle, I believe, is the appropriate symbol, 12Bar.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 21, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Richard Lugar, Republican-Indiana, explains his vote on START treaty, congratulates Democrats and the President and poo-poohing GOP concerns.

http://www.youtube.com/senatorlugar#p/u/0/nw0sYPeMrck

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

sorry, sue, you beat me to it.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 21, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/12/happy_hour_roundup_151.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | December 21, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

@sue,

Pink triangles? Oh, yeah, you are right! If pink triangles worked in the past, they should be used again. Isn't that a conservative value?

Posted by: 12BarBluesAgain | December 21, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

It's up to the public to push harder on the Republican blockers like Senators Corbin and Enzi. The same 2 are blocking the renewal of a program that helped 250,000 Americans leave public assistance and find jobs.
They also voted along with Lieberman against lowering the eligiblity age of Medicare to age 55. Don't give the people blocking the bill a pass.

Posted by: uniteusnow | December 21, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

It's up to the public to push harder on the Republican blockers like Senators Corbin and Enzi. The same 2 are blocking the renewal of a program that helped 250,000 Americans leave public assistance and find jobs.
They also voted along with Lieberman against lowering the eligiblity age of Medicare to age 55. Don't give the people blocking the bill a pass.

Posted by: uniteusnow | December 21, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

It's up to the public to push harder on the Republican blockers like Senators Corbin and Enzi. The same 2 are blocking the renewal of a program that helped 250,000 Americans leave public assistance and find jobs.
They also voted along with Lieberman against lowering the eligiblity age of Medicare to 55.

Posted by: uniteusnow | December 21, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Just when you'd think the Repubs couldn't be more partisan, more heartless, & more despicable, they always do something mind boggling, like this.

How is it that nobody calls them out for their utter lack of compassion & patriotism? Because the attack happened in NYC, a jurisdiction that is straight-up Blue & will never vote Republican, they refuse to support this bill. If the attack had happened in Georgia, the bill would have passed long ago.

How do they sleep at night?

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 21, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

They think Oboobma should act like a comedian?

Isn't that what he's been doing all along?

Posted by: thebump | December 21, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Georges2 said: "Obama is toast. blah blah, blah."

Yes Georges2, we get it, you don't care for Obama, you can't wait for the 2012 elections.

Now tell us what this has to do with a bill to help first responders who are suffering from health problems for trying to save the live and recover the dead at Ground Zero.

Please tell us why you support a political party that started using 911 for its own political benefit on 912 but can muster the moral fortitude to do something for people who risked their lives and their health to do the right thing.

Posted by: exco | December 21, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

nyskinsdiehard, have you actually read the bill? If it included a provision to overrule Roe v. Wade, would you still support it?

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 21, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Exco, the Feds have already done something for said people (see link above). But, why are civilians, who didn't risk life or health, but just happened to be within 1.5 miles of WTC site for four days after 9/11 -- not just "first responders" -- covered under this bill? Why not 1.6 miles? There are thousands of other Americans who are suffering because of 9/11, so why aren't they getting billions of dollars? Why should we cover healthcare costs that have been determined to be non-work related? To use the Democrats' class warfare argument, there's no means test in this bill, so why should millionaires get this assistance? Does the U.S. Constitution even provide the legal authority to the Feds for this? Why are respective States, counties, and cities taking care of these healthcare costs.

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 22, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

The conspiracy is the media not covering 9/11 truth. We need new leadership in the USA media.

Posted by: jayeats | December 23, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

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