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A historical note on a close friend of the Bush family

Posted by Charles II on December 7, 2008

Via DeLong and Tiny Revolution, a historical note by Colbert King of the WaPo on Nixon confidante, Bush buddy, and Republican Party stalwart Fred Malek:

On a Friday in August 1959, five men in their twenties were arrested about 2 a.m. and held in the county jail all day after sheriff’s deputies found a blood-spattered, unoccupied car about 1:15 a.m. at the entrance to Vicary’s Park on Kickapoo Creek Road near Peoria, Ill.

Joined by Sheriff Harry P. Backes, two deputies had found two men walking toward the park entrance; the two men told the deputies that they had struck a dog and were going to bury it…. Read the rest of this entry »

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A New New Deal

Posted by MEC on December 7, 2008

Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale

President-Elect Obama’s specific proposals don’t just create despearately needed jobs and get money flowing in our economy. They create and improve the infrastructure we need for long-term economic development. The proposed public works projects:

…expand the definition of traditional work programs for the middle class, like infrastructure projects to repair roads and bridges, to include new-era jobs in technology and so-called green jobs that reduce energy use and global warming emissions.


It would cover a range of programs to expand broadband Internet access, to make government buildings more energy efficient, to improve information technology at hospitals and doctors’ offices, and to upgrade computers in schools.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the Usual Suspects who haven’t uttered a peep of protest over the billions of dollars that have been paid to contractors in Iraq who all too often pocket the money and neglect to do the work paid for, will shriek like banshees over the idea of spending our own money to rebuild our own country.

Too bad for them. Our infrastructure is falling apart and so is our economy. The government has the resources to implement works projects on a large enough scale to be effective.

It is the duty of our federal government, as the Constitution says, to “promote the general welfare”, and I’m glad we’re going to have a President who acknowledges that duty.

Posted in Barack Obama, economy, when government is a good thing | 8 Comments »

McCain’s Lawyer: Press Never Mentioned Worst McCain Stories

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 7, 2008

Via Jed L., we find a McCain campaign spokesperson confirming to The Politico what we already knew — namely, that the press pretty much coddled John Sidney McCain III by keeping the very worst stories about him under wraps and out of the public eye:

John McCain’s press shop and legal teams spent a lot of time answering questions about –- and preparing to rebut –- exposes that never ran, according to the campaign’s top lawyer, Trevor Potter.

“I could walk into our communications director’s office on any one day and there would be six or seven truly horrific stories sort of bubbling away on the stove,” Potter said Thursday morning during a panel discussion hosted by the University of California Washington Center.

“This journalistic entity was doing an expose on Cindy McCain. This journalistic entity was doing an expose on John McCain’s military record in Florida in the 1960s. On they went,” Potter continued. “Most of them probably never turned into anything,” he said, but they still took a lot of time to vet.

“That meant they were a problem for the legal office,” he said, partly because the lawyers had to pick up some of the slack when financial pressures forced McCain to pare down his press staff last summer, but also because the inquiries required some serious due diligence.

The legal team had “to investigate, assemble facts, put it down on paper, brief staff on what was happening -– the sort of things that law firms would do in an investigation,” Potter said.

After the session, Potter wouldn’t tell Politico which media outlets made the most inquiries about exposes that never ran or what subjects they covered.

“I really have no comment beyond what I said publicly,” he said.

This needs to be broadcast far and wide, to put stake through the heart of Mark Halperin’s plans to excuse his intended ramping up of negative stories on Obama by pretending that the press had been nice as pie to Obama and very mean to McCain, when in fact the exact opposite situation obtained.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, beat the press, John McCain | 5 Comments »

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