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A Day At Fancy Farm: Booing, Jeering And Barbecue

“It is the House of Commons for the common man. Like the British Parliament at Question Time, politicians enter the annual political rally/church fundraiser here in this tiny town prepared to face their opponents’ spirited jeers.

It’s real politicking of the old school — with mutton barbecue to boot.”

Liz Cheney, Whose Dad Dismissed Public Opinion On Iraq, Now Outraged That Obama Is Ignoring Prop. C

“Seventy-one percent of Missourians voting in the state’s primary election last week supported a ballot initiative saying the state cannot require its citizens pay a fine to the federal government if they do not purchase health insurance. While Republican voters represented much of the 23 percent of the state’s eligible voters that turned out, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs noted last week that the measure carries little significance because federal law trumps state law. It’s “a vote of no legal significance in the midst of heavy Republican primaries,” Gibbs said. “

Deficit Frauds Boehner And Pence Can’t Answer How Tax Cuts For Wealthy Will Be Paid For

“Today on NBC’s Meet the Press, House Republican leaders John Boehner (R-OH) and Mike Pence (R-IN) had a tough time answering host David Gregory’s questions about how they would pay for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

Gregory asked Boehner to respond to former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, who said last week that extending the tax cuts without offsets would be “disastrous” and that they do not pay for themselves. “The only way we’re going to get our economy going again…is to get the economy moving,” was all Boehner could muster in response. Gregory repeatedly pushed Boehner to answer how they would paid for, but the Minority Leader simply wouldn’t respond.”

Ted Olson To Chris Wallace On Marriage Equality: ‘Would You Like Fox’s Right To Free Press Put Up To A Vote?’

“This morning, Ted Olson — the conservative lawyer who represented President Bush in Bush v. Gore — appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss his recent victory in overturning Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in California. Throughout the interview, host Chris Wallace attempted to trip up his guest with a series of familiar Republican talking points, all of which Olson repudiated.

Wallace asked Olson to identify the right to same-sex marriage in the constitution and wondered why “seven million Californians” “don’t get to say that marriage is between a man and a woman.” Olson replied that the Supreme Court has ruled that marriage was a fundamental right and pointed out that the constitution made no explicit mention of interracial marriage either. He stressed that under our system of government, voters can’t deprive minority groups of their constitutionally guaranteed protections and reminded Wallace that in the 1960s, “Californians voted to change their constitution to say that you could discriminate on the basis of race in the sale of your home; the United States Supreme Court struck that down.””

Drug sentencing changes won’t help those already in prison

“Congress’ passage of a bill reducing the disparity in sentences for crack and powder cocaine will save millions of dollars to house inmates in federal prisons, but it won’t help the thousands of criminals now imprisoned for crack offenses. The bill, signed by President Barack Obama last week, isn’t retroactive, experts say.”

With Many Still Starving, India Rethinks Its Safety Net

“India’s inability to make government work for the poor has set off a debate over whether to dismantle an inefficient, decades-old food distribution system and try something radical.”

Letter From Washington: A Collapsing Policy in Afghanistan

“When Gordon Goldstein sees Afghanistan as “déjà vu,” a mission that’s “unraveling,” it isn’t the ramblings of another armchair critic.”

BlackBerry’s Security Approach Leads to Theories of Secret Deals

“Some countries want the same access to BlackBerry’s encrypted services that they think is already given to United States and other industrialized democracies.”

Iraq’s Excuser-in-Chief Speaks Up

“Who, all of a sudden, has piped up from his Baghdad prison cell and urged President Obama not to proceed with American troop withdrawal schedule? None other than Tariq Aziz, an incongruous figure as the chief apologist for one of modern history’s most murderous regimes.”

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