Kent Conrad’s phone hasn’t been ringing very much over the past few weeks, as Iraq, and the debate over America’s future in the country, has once again dominated the news. The architects of the Iraq war are back in TV studios and on op-ed pages, as are journalists and pundits who promoted the Bush administration’s ultimately bogus case for invading. But Conrad, a former senator who was one of only 23 to vote against authorizing the war in October 2002, hasn’t heard from CNN, MSNBC or any other TV outlet. “Not once,” he said, when asked if anyone in the press had reached out regarding the current crisis in Iraq.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, offered two possible explanations. The first, he said, is “simply the incompetence of the media.” The second is “the…
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Which, of course, means almost everyone but police officers and gangbangers do not own guns.
The result has been one of the highest gun murder rates in the country.
But not to worry, conservatives, libertarians and all the rest of you inbred thumpers and clingers; the Windy City has taken quick action against its ever-mounting gun violence, as BearingArms.com explains:
On the streets, Richard Hernandez was supposed to stop violence as an “interrupter” in the celebrated CeaseFire program.
But Chicago cops have another name for him: rapist.
Hernandez faces 36 counts charging him with sexually assaulting and kidnapping a teenage girl while he worked for the program, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. He’s among at least nine employees of the anti-violence program to face serious…
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Editor’s Note: The Steve Clemens’ piece mentioned by Thom Hartmann in these videos is titled “‘Thank God for the Saudis’: ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback“. And if you’re interested, you can download a copy of the film “Charlie Wilson’s War” here.
Having had his omnipotence chipped away at last week, President Obama has – seemingly – been pushed too far by the Supreme Court’s decision on contraception and Obamacare this morning: The White House stated…
- SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE JEOPARDIZES HEALTH OF WOMEN EMPLOYED BY THESE COMPANIES
- WILL WORK WITH CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE WOMEN AFFECTED BY RULING WILL HAVE SAME ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTION
- WILL CONSIDER WHETHER PRESIDENT CAN ACT ON HIS OWN TO MITIGATE EFFECT OF SUPREME COURT RULING
Totalitarian? You decide… One wonders if the phrase “do you know who I am?” was uttered this morning?
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said women should be able to “make personal health decisions for themselves,” and called contraception “vital” to the health and well-being of women.
“We will, of course, respect the Supreme Court ruling,” he added.
Republicans cheered the…
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Some corporations have religious rights, a deeply divided Supreme Court decided Monday in ruling that certain for-profit companies cannot be required to pay for specific types of contraceptives for their employees.
The 5-4 decision based on ideological lines ended the high court’s term with a legal and political setback for a controversial part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.
It also set off a frenzied partisan debate that will continue through the November congressional elections and beyond over religious and reproductive rights.
All five conservative justices appointed by Republican presidents ruled in favor of closely held for-profit businesses — those with at least 50% of stock held by five or fewer people, such as family-owned businesses — in which the owners have clear religious beliefs.
Contraceptives or abortion?
Both corporations — Conestoga Wood Specialties of Pennsylvania and Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based arts-and-crafts retail giant — emphasize their conscientious desire…
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