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The Left Column
(HuffPo) If there's one thing from 2014 that will define President Barack Obama's legacy after he's left the White House, it's the number of lifetime judges he put on the federal bench.
In its final act of the year, the Senate blew through a dozen U.S. district court nominees on Tuesday night. That puts Obama at a whopping 89 district court and circuit court confirmations for the year, and means he'll wrap up his sixth year in office with a grand total of 305 district court and circuit court confirmations -- a tally that puts him well beyond where his predecessors were by this point in their presidencies.
(Orlando Sentinel) Jeb Bush a 'moderate'? Don't be silly. Jeb Bush is a union-busting, school-voucher-promoting, tax-cutting, gun-loving, Terri Schiavo-interfering, hard-core conservative.
What makes Bush different from a lot of the other candidates is that he's also sane.
(Raw Story) “And I can tell you from talking to people in the financial industry, in banking, on Wall Street, they think she is actually the devil,” the Fox Business host continued. “I mean, without question, Elizabeth Warren is the devil. So, they’re going to put any money they have behind Hillary Clinton, which should be a help.”
(Star Tribune) U.S. Sen. Al Franken said he will back former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her likely presidential run, and will not consider any other candidate.
“I think Hillary would make a great president. I haven’t announced that I’m supporting her. Does this count?” Franken said during an interview on the MSNBC cable network with Ari Melber that aired Tuesday afternoon. He added that he feels no need to scope out other presidential contenders.
(Media Matters) Dr. Vivek Murthy overcame a longstanding right-wing media and National Rifle Association smear campaign to gain Senate confirmation as Surgeon General on Monday by a vote of 51-43.
Conservative media had worked to cast Murthy as a radical for his uncontroversial stance that gun violence is a public health issue and criticized his supposed lack of qualifications.
This morning, John Yoo appeared on CNN to attempt to deny and justify torture. Yoo is, of course, the primary author of the “legal opinion” that allowed the Cheney-Bush administration to torture individuals they deemed “enemies.” I have found that either watching Yoo on television, or reading his writings, extremely troubling for years.He is an easily-identified enemy of that which I consider Good in our nation.
Yet today, there was a spark of hope -- the hope that this treacherous being will be held responsible for his crimes. Despite the current policy of the Obama administration, there is a possibility -- though small -- that the tide could be turning. It was almost enjoyable to see this smug, self-righteous shithead looking very uncomfortable...
(AP) U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.
The Federal Reserve said Monday that factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October.
Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.
"Rove Defends Rectal Feeding" ... says Bush was "briefed & intimately involved in" program decisions
(HuffPo) On Sunday, Rove said Bush was fully briefed on all of the CIA's tactics early on in the program in 2002, citing the former president's recent book.
"He was briefed and intimately involved in the decision," said Rove.
(Raw Story) “Take, for example, waterboarding,” Rove continued. “In waterboarding — unlike World War II, where the Japanese attempted to drown people by basically pouring water in their mouths — here the feet were elevated so there’s little or not chance of any fluid getting into the lungs. And very careful standards set in place so these would help break the the resistance of the detainee without placing their life in danger.”
(Crooks and Liars) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was on “America’s Newsroom” today, where she discussed her Christmas party request to the president: bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Bachmann, whose last day in office is today, said the White House Christmas party was her last chance for a conversation with Barack Obama in such a capacity. That’s why Bachmann said she “decided to have a substantive conversation.”
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- Charles Pierce on Cuba and a Obama as a non-lame duck
- Eric Holder’s parting shot: Police abuse scandals mean the nation has “failed” (Salon)
- Some conservatives urging right not to serve gays on religious grounds (Washington Post)
- Murder and Theft
- FACT SHEET: Charting a New Course on Cuba - from whitehouse.gov
- Glenn Beck Begs His Audience 'Not To Listen To The Experts In This Country Anymore'
- Obamas recount personal experiences of racial profiling (Salon)
- From Occupy to Ferguson: The two movements are more connected than you think
- Lawmakers Are Roommates No More.
- Professor Richard Wolff: The Political Economy of Austerity Now
- Remember when the wingnuts were worshipping Putin?
- Jeb Bush - 3rd Time's the Charm?
- Perry says he could decide on presidential run by May
- Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking
- Write in for Warren or direct vote for Bernie if he is on your ballet
- Poll: Voters want a primary challenge for Clinton
- How can Cruz run for president?
- Clinton: U.S. ‘should never condone or practice torture’
- Conservatives Grudgingly Praise Warren, Pelosi For Opposing 'Wall Street Giveaway'
- Elizabeth Warren and the “Present Tensers”
- 21 years ago tomorrow Bush Sr signed the republican negotiated and promoted NAFTA
- any retiree from the Post Office
- Are Cops Scanning DU to Assign You a “Threat Rating”??
- My Pro-choice friends...come to Texas Monthly and fight the stupid
- I really like Elizabeth Warren but she seems to really be hurting Hillary.
- Nixon's Bay of Pigs Secrets...
- I keep hearing how Hillary has a 60% plus approval rating.
- Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug inmates under new policy (more to come?)
- Breaking: The Deal To Release Alan Gross Included Swapping Him For Marco Rubio and Raphael Cruz.
- CNN's #AskACop Hashtag Backfires, Triggers Anti-Police Backlash ... Oopsie!
- African American: any Post Office retiree should be aware
- Mental Health Support: College age child with depression, anxiety and stress
- Gun Control Reform Activism: Two years after Sandy Hook, the gun control movement has new energy
- Cooking & Baking: What's for Dinner, Wed., Dec 17, 2014
- Foreign Affairs: Greek PM Samaras falls short in first round presidential vote
- Israel/Palestine: Jewish groups harshly condemn removal of Hamas from EU terror list
- Environment & Energy: Cost of cloud brightening for cooler planet revealed
- Atheists & Agnostics: WATCH: Comforting Thoughts On Death That Have Nothing To Do With God - Greta Christina Discusses
- Pets: Dog's dead owner requests dog be euthanized for joint burial
- Jewish Group: Rinsing Israel Out of Europe: The Zionistfrei Movement
- Latin America: Reaction from Little Havana to Obama Cuba Policy Shift: MSNBC
- Virginia: Virginia tobacco body under scrutiny (again) for suspiciously large gas project grant
- New York: Cuomo concludes fracking is too risky for New York
- Texas: Should Texas Democrats Boycott Perry's Farewell Speech to the Texas Legislature?
- California: Berkeley Kids Go to the Mayor (#BlackLivesMatter)
- North Carolina: AP: Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker
- Australia: Fight bullfrogs with your mouth (huffington post)
- Missouri: Stems’ Florists Deck the Halls at the White House
- Arizona: Feb. 17 trial set for Minuteman movement founder
- District of Columbia: Arts Group Signs Lease for Dupont Underground
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