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“Karl Rove and Sean Hannity duked it out tonight over Christine O’Donnell’s win in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware, with Rove, surprisingly, calling some of O’Donnell’s remarks “nutty” and conceding that “this is not a race we’re going to be able to win.”
“This was about Mike Castle’s bad votes,” Rove said tonight on Fox News. “It does conservatives little good to support candidates who, at the end of the day, while they may be conservative in their public statements, do not evince the characteristics of rectitude and truthfulness and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for.””
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi tonight implored House Democrats in a private meeting to consider a pre-election vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class while letting those for the rich expire, framing the debate in partisan terms.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee told TPM after the caucus that Pelosi ended the meeting with a “resounding” and impassioned speech that fired up the Democrats and might even have brought more on board for a vote.
“She made it clear it’s a black and white issue of who do you stand with,” Lee told TPM. “It’s the middle class and they need to know we are pushing for them. We have to say it over and over again. They’ve gotta see it, smell it, sense it, taste it.”
Lee (D-TX) said that Democrats should be as consistent as President Obama has been, and attempt to define the Republicans as favoring the rich.”
But as Brian Beutler reports, Dems are starting a whole other fight amongst themselves over whether the House or Senate should have to go first.
“The Senate invoked cloture today on a bill that provides tax credits to small businesses and creates a $30 billion lending fund for those same businesses to access loans. Considering that Republicans claim to be staunch defenders of small businesses (and their frequent use pf small businesses as cover to justify their desire to cut taxes for the richest two percent of Americans), this should have been a fairly non-controversial piece of legislation.
However, all but two Senate Republicans opposed it. In fact, today on C-Span, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) said that small businesses “need another loan like they need a kick in the pants.” The National Federation of Independent Business small business survey, would indicate that a kick in the pants is sorely needed.”
“Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a government-funded “one-day national conference” called “A New Era: Defining Civil Rights in the 21st Century.” Created by the Civil Rights Act of1957, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is a “bipartisan, independent commission of the U.S. federal government” intended to serve as a bastion against discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.”
The final panel of the conference, titled “The Future of the Civil Rights Commission,” will debate whether the Commission “has outlived its usefulness.” Panelists will discuss whether “it is appropriate for the federal government to take the lead” on certain civil rights issues.
During the Bush administration, conservatives “who had long opposed the commission’s work” used “a controversial maneuver” to stack the commission with six “like-minded commissioners.” This conservative majority lambasted the health care reform bill for supporting minority doctors and urged Congress to vote down the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, steering the commission’s work towards a path that, as one of the two Democratic commissioners put it, “aims to ‘dismantle the civil rights program that exists throughout this country.’”
Leading civil rights organizations have rebuked the Commission as “a political arm of the conservative movement in America.” Yesterday, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Wade Henderson told Talking Points Memo that he refuses to attend the conference because “it’s a sham”.”
“Today, the Corn Refiners Association petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to approve the name “corn sugar” to replace “high fructose corn syrup.” The sweetener, made from processed corn syrup, was introduced to consumers in the 1970s before becoming a pervasive culprit in the epidemic of American obesity. The corn refiners lobby — led by agribusiness giants Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill — have begun a national television and Twitter campaign with the slogan, “Whether it’s corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can’t tell the difference. Sugar is sugar.” Audrae Erickson, president of the lobby group, hopes “a new name will ease confusion about about the sweetener”:
Clearly the name is confusing consumers. Research shows that “corn sugar” better communicates the amount of calories, the level of fructose and the sweetness in this ingredient.
In fact, some scientists have found that high-fructose corn syrup — which, unlike tariff-protected cane sugar, is heavily subsidized by the American taxpayer — actually can cause obesity greater than a real-sugar or high-fat diet.”
“Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a community college instructor, will host the inaugural White House Summit on Community Colleges next month. The Oct. 5 summit aims to reduce stigmas about community colleges versus universities, to portray them as tools to keep the U.S. competitive globally and to highlight success stories of alumni with community college backgrounds.”
“The head of an oil industry trade group described California’s landmark climate change law as “political correctness gone mad” and said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears “hell bent on becoming a real life Terminator” to the refining industry.”
“On the question of whether Christine O’Donnell — a two-time failed candidate and one-time anti-masturbation crusader — was suitable for office, Democratic and Republican operatives wholeheartedly agreed. She would never win the Delaware Republican Senate primary, they said this summer. But tonight, voters begged to differ. A little after 9 p.m., the Associated Press declared that O’Donnell had beaten out nine-time Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), winning 53 percent of voters to Castle’s 47. She will now face Democrat Chris Coons, an attorney from Wilmington, for the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden in 2008. Democrats can rejoice that Coons, a long shot against Castle, now enjoys a substantial lead in most early polls against O’Donnell, who many believe is too radical to win a general election.”
“At The Daily Beast, Benjy Sarlin reports that Tea Party-affiliated candidates might force Republicans to get specific on where they would cut the country’s spending. To boot, Rand Paul, the GOP candidate for a Kentucky Senate seat, promises to filibuster any deficit-increasing budget:
[W]hile harping on the deficit is easy when the other party is running up the bills, it’s a lot tougher when the country’s checkbook rests in your hands — and with the GOP poised to potentially retake Congress, that time may be approaching.
For some in the Tea Party movement, the standard they plan to judge the party’s progress by is sky high. A spokesman for Rand Paul, the Tea Party-backed Senate candidate in Kentucky, said Paul “will vote against and filibuster any unbalanced budget proposal in the Senate.”
Making the task of reducing the deficit even tougher, Republican lawmakers are pushing to extend $678 billion of Bush-era tax cuts for high-income earners, and many conservative activists are calling for further tax breaks as well. Paul is already warning conservatives not to be fooled if Republicans opt only for the more popular tax cuts while punting on the spending side.”
“Afghan President Hamid Karzai was expected in Pakistan Wednesday for talks with President Asif Ali Zardari, in order to discuss militancy and building stability.”
“VIENNA (AP) — The United States is accusing Iran of intimidating U.N. inspectors investigating its nuclear program in an effort to influence their findings.”
“Following an Aug. 28 rally in Washington, D.C. attended by an estimated 87,000 Americans, experts confirmed this week that the U.S. populace appears to have fallen under the spell of yet another pink-faced half-wit.
According to media analyst Rebecca Ellington, the pink-faced half-wit has mesmerized the nation by spewing out hundreds of predictably reactionary and emotion≠ally manipulative on-air diatribes.
“This particular pink-faced half-wit is at the height of his persuasive powers,” Ellington said of the bloated, hateful multimillionaire.
Dr. David Snider, a media historian and author of the book Frothing, Shouting Dim-Bulbs: An American Tradition, said that the current porcine loudmouth is the latest in a long line of pink-faced half-wits that began in the 1930s with the incendiary radio broadcasts of Father Charles Coughlin, a pink-faced half-wit Roman Catholic priest.
“If history is any indication, this latest ruddy, pabulum-spewing cretin will likely have a homosexual affair come to light or otherwise perjure himself in a way that will alienate all but his most fanatical followers.”
“Of course, there will be a new pink-faced halfwit to pick up the baton and employ oversimplified jingoistic polemics to once again enchant terrified people seeking easy answers,” Snider added. “And America will be right there ready to eat it up.”
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