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Research 2000 Chief Says Business Has Taken ‘A Fatal Hit,’ Promises ‘Criminal Sanctions’ For Kos

“Research 2000 President Deli Ali tells TPMmuckraker in an email that the explosive claim by Daily Kos Tuesday that the firm fabricated poll data has dealt a “fatal” blow to his business, and, “Several long time clients who believe in us have stated that even after we are cleared and criminal sanctions are imposed on Kos, that they can not do business with us due to perception.””

Judges Don’t Just Call Balls and Strikes

“Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat who headed the prosecutor’s office in Minneapolis before coming to the Senate, turns to another line of criticism against conservative legal ideology: the claim that Justices are like umpires, whose job is simply “call balls and strikes” (a metaphor that Chief Justice Roberts suggested during his confirmation hearing).

She asks Kagan whether the metaphor fits. Kagan says it does in some ways, but it doesn’t in others.”

Kline complains proposed mine safety legislation that tries to protect all workers is too ‘expansive.’

“Yesterday, Democratic lawmakers proposed new legislation that “would make it easier to shut down mines with poor safety records” and “would also boost penalties for serious violations, grant mine regulators the power to subpoena documents and testimony, and offer greater protection to whistleblowers who report safety problems.” The lawmakers say the legislation “is needed to fix a badly flawed system that came to light after the accident at the Upper Big Branch mine” that killed 29 workers in April. But Republicans like Rep. John Kline (R-MN) are balking at the proposal, claiming that it is too “expansive”.”

MSNBC’s Scarborough: ‘Every Republican I Talk To On The Hill’ Tells Me John Boehner ‘Is Not A Hard Worker’

“On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough made a damning accusation against House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), with whom he used to work in the House of Representatives. Scarborough said that the rap on Boehner amongst people who know him best is that he’s lazy.”

Kyl Denies That The Roberts Supreme Court Is On The Side Of ‘Big Business’: It’s A ‘Fradulent Claim’

“Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show yesterday to discuss Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination. Kyl complained that during the hearing, Democrats attempted to paint the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts as “coming down on the side of big business“.”

Florida jails linked to immigration databases

“Federal immigration officials now have the ability to identify potentially deportable foreign nationals booked into all 67 of Florida’s county jails on suspicion of crimes. Critics insist the feds continue to deport noncriminal immigrants in large numbers and target people arrested for any reason, such as traffic violations and loitering.”

Conference Committee Revises FinReg; Brown Still Won’t Commit

“Yesterday evening, the conference committee to combine the Senate and House versions of financial regulatory reform reconvened. The committee dropped a $19 billion tax on big banks and hedge funds, inserted by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to make the bill deficit-neutral and to charge the companies most responsible for the financial crisis with the cost of implementation. The reason for the last-minute change? Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) refused to vote for the bill, as he had for the Senate version, because of the addition of what he considered a new tax.”

An Unprecedented End to Extended Unemployment Benefits

“Congress has never before let federally extended unemployment benefits drop with an unemployment rate so high: That is the takeaway from a searing new report from the National Unemployment Law Project and the Center for American Progress.”

In Rewriting Its History, Iraq Treads Cautiously

“Among other sensitive subjects, Saddam Hussein and the 2003 American invasion have been skipped over as Iraq revises its curriculum.”

European Union Tries to Simplify Patent Law

“The cost of obtaining patents across the 27 countries in the union, requiring translations in several languages, is considered a deterrent to innovation.”

SATIRE: Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be

“Spurred by an administration he believes to be guilty of numerous transgressions, self-described American patriot Kyle Mortensen, 47, is a vehement defender of ideas he seems to think are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and principles that brave men have fought and died for solely in his head.
“Our very way of life is under siege,” said Mortensen, whose understanding of the Constitution derives not from a close reading of the document but from talk-show pundits, books by television personalities, and the limitless expanse of his own colorful imagination. “It’s time for true Americans to stand up and protect the values that make us who we are.”
“Right there in the preamble, the authors make their priorities clear: ‘one nation under God,'” said Mortensen, attributing to the Constitution a line from the Pledge of Allegiance, which itself did not include any reference to a deity until 1954. “Well, there’s a reason they put that right at the top.”
According to sources who have read the nation’s charter, the U.S. Constitution and its 27 amendments do not contain the word “God” or “Christ.””

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