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Why Doesn’t Rudy Giuliani Love America?

Rudy Giuliani Loves America, Except When He’s Consulting for Qatar

“What Giuliani doesn’t mention is that the consulting company that has made him a very wealthy man since leaving public office has done work on behalf of a country that all but certainly does not love America in the vague, jingoistic way Giuliani would like you to believe that he does: Qatar, the tiny oil-rich kingdom has drawn criticism in the past for its cozy relationship with violent Islamist movements.”


In recent years, the Qatari government has continued to at times work at cross-purposes with the United States. Qatar funds a variety of Islamist groups in the Middle East, including radical militant fighters in Syria. The country also shelters Islamist financiers who have been officially designated as terrorists by the U.S. governments.


Idaho lawmaker asks if woman can swallow camera for gynecological exam before medical abortion

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

Dr. Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

The committee approved the bill 13-4 on a party-line vote. Barbieri, who sits on the board of a crisis pregnancy center in northern Idaho, voted in favor of the legislation.


White House, Elizabeth Warren team up to protect retirement savings from Wall Street

Joined by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), President Obama will move ahead on Monday with plans to impose new regulations for financial advisers; the rules are vehemently opposed by the business community.

Obama will announce his intentions during a speech at AARP's Washington offices on Monday afternoon, as The Hill first reported, where he will be joined by Warren and other senior White House officials. AARP has joined progressives and other groups, including the AFL-CIO in backing Obama's efforts for the new regulations.
White House officials say the new regulations — dubbed "fiduciary rules" — are needed to protect consumers from financial advisers who have conflicts of interests. They say too many financial advisers earn commissions from big banks after selling faulty retirement advice to unsuspecting Americans.

The Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, backed by moderate Democrats and Republicans, argue that Obama's new regulations decrease low- and middle-income Americans' access to retirement advice. They say the regulations will mean advisers have less incentive to take on low- and middle-income Americans' retirement accounts, which are less lucrative than those of wealthier Americans.


Good To Know Before His Speech-Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad

Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad
Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas


Brandishing a cartoon of a bomb with a red line to illustrate his point, the Israeli prime minister warned the UN in New York that Iran would be able to build nuclear weapons the following year and called for action to halt the process.

But in a secret report shared with South Africa a few weeks later, Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. The report highlights the gulf between the public claims and rhetoric of top Israeli politicians and the assessments of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment.

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Another Former CBS Colleague Refutes O'Reilly's Story: "People Thought He Was Grandstanding"

Another one of Bill O'Reilly's former colleagues at CBS News is casting doubt on his claims that he reported from a "combat situation" in Buenos Aires during the Falklands War.

"I don't recall him doing any major story that anybody remembers and he was there a very short time, then he was recalled, I don't know why," Krause said. "He wasn't a team player and people thought he was grandstanding, basically."

Krause, a former Washington Post reporter who had lived in Buenos Aires for three years prior to the war, said O'Reilly's claims are wrong.

"That's absurd because Buenos Aires was Buenos Aires," Krause said about the war zone claim in an interview Sunday. "It was just like it always was, there was very little evidence of the war in Buenos Aires. The war was being fought thousands of miles away."


"There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850"

What John Legend said about slavery at the Oscars

Here are the numbers:

In 1850, there were 872,924 black men (16 or older) who were enslaved in the US, according to the Census.

As of December 31, 2013, there were about 526,000 black men in state and federal prisons in the US.

In 2013, there were about 877,000 black men on probation, and 280,000 black men on parole (according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics source cited by Politifact).

The Bureau of Justice Statistics doesn't break down jail populations by both race and gender, but 86 percent of all 730,000 jail residents in 2013 were male, and 36 percent were black. So it seems plausible that at least a couple hundred thousand black men are in jail.

The totals: 1.68 million black men are under correctional control in the US, not counting jails. That's over three times as many black men as were enslaved in 1850.



Charles M. Blow: Ah, American exceptionalism again.

This is in part about a fundamental difference in views. It is a definitional difference, not about the meaning of love but about the meaning of America and its place in the world. Does exceptionalism — if one accepts the premise — bestow exemption from critique? Is uniqueness perfection? Does our difference require some sort of arresting of development?

As the Pew Research Center pointed out in July, “the view that the U.S. is exceptional — standing above all other countries in the world — has declined 10 points since 2011.” At that time last year, 58 percent of Americans believed America is “one of the greatest countries in the world, along with others,” while only 28 percent believed America “stands above all other countries in the world.” (Whether this is truly a measure of exceptionalism or diminished standing isn’t completely clear to me.)


You can simultaneously love and be disappointed in the object of your love, wanting it to be better than it is. In fact, that is a measure of love. Honest critique is a pillar of patriotism.

As James Baldwin put it, “I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has No Interest in Retiring

… “Now I happen to be the oldest,” the 81-year-old justice said in the tone of a person who has answered a whole lot of questions about her possible retirement plans. Sitting in her Supreme Court chambers on a dreary afternoon in late January, she added, “But John Paul Stevens didn’t step down until he was 90.”…

She’s spent much of her life being the first woman doing one thing or another, and when it comes to the retirement question, she has only one predecessor to contemplate — her friend Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court justice, who left the bench at 75 to spend more time with her husband, John, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“She and John were going to do all the outdoorsy things they liked to do,” Ginsburg recalled. But John O’Connor’s condition deteriorated so swiftly that her plans never worked out. Soon, Ginsburg said, “John was in such bad shape that she couldn’t keep him at home.”

O’Connor has kept busy — speaking, writing, hearing cases on a court of appeals and pursuing a project to expand civics education. But it’s not the same as being the swing vote on the United States Supreme Court. “I think she knows that when she left that term, every 5-4 decision when I was in the minority, I would have been in the majority if she’d stayed,” Ginsburg said…


interesting tidbit:

'What makes this harder,’ O’Connor told Souter, ‘is that it’s my party that’s destroying the country.’ ”


OUCH!!! David Corn sends Howard Kurtz A Devasting Note re: His O'Reilly Interview





UPDATED TO INCLUDE (He is losing it folks):
Bill O'Reilly Goes Ballistic Calls Bob Schieffer A 'Plagiarist'

Kurtz: You have said your photographer was rundown, hit in the head, he was bleeding, the army was chasing you guys, Engberg says, I never heard any injury to the photographer.

O'Reilly: I don't think he was there. I don't think he knows what happened and I'll tell you why If he were in the Plaza Del Mayo, where was the video, why did I have to run it up to the feed point and send it to new York? I’d like everyone to ask him, ‘Were you there?’ because his reputation, his nickname was ‘Room Service Eric,’ because he never left the hotel.

BillO then blasted CBS's Bob Schieffer for "big footing" his story which happens all the time in the news business.

If you write an article and send it in and another reporter put their name on the article, what's that called? it begins with a "p."

Howie refused to respond to O'Reilly's accusations of plagiarism, laughed and called it what it actually was.

Kurtz: I've always called it "big footing" and you're not happy if that happens.

O'Reilly: What is it called in print? it begins with a "p."

Kurtz: I'll let you tell me.

O'Reilly: Plagiarism.

Kurtz: Oh, if it's your colleague and you're working together

O'Reilly:I wasn't working together with these guys.


First they came for the vegetarians...

ISIS hates vegetarians. Who knew?

“I have no doubt that he loves his country. I have no doubt that he’s a patriot. But his primary job as president of the United States is to defend this country and he’s failing miserably.”

The South Carolina senator said that part of that failure stems from labeling the threat posed by ISIS and other terrorist groups as “violent extremism” instead of “radical" Islamists.

“They’ve adopted a theory of religion that’s 1,000 years old that requires a worldwide caliphate that will purify the Islamic religion, kill or convert every Christian and Jew and vegetarian in their way,” Graham said. “They're not going to stop unless somebody stops them.”

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