Daily Archives: September 22, 2009

China and U.S. try to jumpstart stalled climate talks

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – World leaders tried to inject momentum into climate change talks on Tuesday but new proposals by China and a rallying cry from U.S. President Barack Obama did little to break a United Nations deadlock.
Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao, leaders of the world’s top greenhouse gas polluters, had hoped to help foster efforts to forge a new global warming treaty two and a half months before a December deadline.
Speaking at a special U.N. climate change summit in New York, Hu laid out a new plan to tackle China’s emissions, tying them to economic growth. But he did not include specific figures, which he could be withholding for future negotiations. read more

related story: Analysis: Miles to go on long road to climate deal

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Glenn Beck 1986 Video Clip: “No Gimmicks,” Just Monkeys, At Y95

This video really needs no introduction. It does make you wonder how Glenn Beck went from Y95 Radio and live monkeys to Faux News. But then again, its really not that much of a stretch…

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RNC’s Michael Steele Has Man Ejected Over Healthcare Question

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

RNC Chairman Michael Steele

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele was speaking to students at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. The students got a chance to ask questions of Steele. That’s when it got interesting.

One questioner, identified as Matt White, a local tavern owner, asked Steele why Republican’s are blocking health care reform, and how did he think Martin Luther King would view that.

QUESTION: In all seriousness, I’m curious what you think that Dr. King would think about your party’s current attempts to block universal health care?…

STEELE: It’s a great myth that we’re doing all this blocking. I wish we had that kind of control with the numbers, but we don’t. … As I’ve said to the president many times, “If that’s the bill you want, vote it up or down.”

Steele goes in to his normal song and dance about how President Obama should pass it, if he has the votes, ad nauseam…

But when White tries to ask a follow-up question to Steele’s response, White’s mic is shut off, and he is escorted from the room by security. I’ve watched this video several times, and at no time did Mr. White show anything but courtesy to Steele.

We really shouldn’t be surprised, given what Steele said to a young lady when she questioned him about healthcare reform at Howard University.

“So people go to town halls, they go out to the community, and they’re like this. [shakes fists] It makes for great TV. You’ll probably make it tonight. Enjoy it.”—RNC Chair Michael Steele, responding to 23-year-old college grad/activist Amanda Duzak, who interrupted Steele speaking about healthcare at Howard University yesterday, to tell him about “her own mother who died of cancer six months ago because she couldn’t afford her prescription chemotherapy medications. The audience applauded her.” Steele accused her of trying to get on TV.

When Steele is asked about the terrible behavior and antics of this summer’s TownHall protesters, he had this to say:

“I’ll speak slowly. There’s legitimacy to the protest. But how people protest…. I have no control over.”

and this:

“Why is it so out of the ordinary that the American people should stand up and say, ‘I have a concern about something the government is going to do?’

So according to Steele, if you are a Republican, its okay to protest, but if you are not, then you get escorted out of the room by security? Nice…Hey Mike, WWMLKD?

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Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to Form “Freedom First” PAC

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R)

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R)

The Hill/Reid Wilson—Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will form a political action committee to spread money to Republican candidates around the country as he takes steps that could lead to a presidential run.

Pawlenty advisers have invited supporters to a Nov. 4 event at the Minneapolis Hilton, where he will begin raising money for the Freedom First PAC, according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Hill.

A reception will cost donors $1,000 each, while a dinner with Pawlenty will cost $5,000 per person or $10,000 per couple.

“Gov. Pawlenty is in the process of starting the ‘Freedom First’ PAC,” said adviser Alex Conant, confirming that the group will launch “within the next few weeks.”

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President Obama Sends Letters to IOC Members: Promises ‘spectacular’ 2016 Olympics in Chicago

Chicago Olympics 2016

Chicago Olympics 2016


AP/Stephen Wilson—President Barack Obama has written to International Olympic Committee members promising the United States would “welcome the world with open arms” if Chicago is awarded the 2016 Summer Games.

“The City of Chicago is designed to host global celebrations and it will deliver a spectacular Olympic experience for one and all,” Obama said in a letter to IOC members that was obtained by The Associated Press.

The 338-word typed form letter, dated Sept. 10, is addressed to individual members and bears the signature of the president. It raises the possibility of Obama going to Copenhagen to push the Chicago bid at the Oct. 2 vote.

Chicago _ seeking to host the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1996 _ is in a tight contest with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid.

“I deeply appreciate the tremendous work of the Olympic Movement and wish to convey my strong support for Chicago 2106,” Obama said in the letter, citing the “transformative power” of the Olympics to unite people.

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Michelle Obama Traveling To Copenhagen To Pitch Chicago’s 2016 Olympics Bid

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For the First Time in History: Census Releases Data on Same-Sex Marriages

same sex couples censusThinkProgress/Amanda Terkel—For the first time ever, the Census Bureau has released estimates from the annual American Community Survey (ACS) of same-sex couples who identifed as married spouses in 2008. (Although the Census Bureau has been keeping track of same-sex marriages since 2000, the Bush administration refused to release the data, citing the federal ban on marriage equality.) Nearly 150,000 people said they had a same-sex spouse, and approximately 415,00 identified as “unmarried partners“:

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Associated Press: Census: 150,000 gay couples report they’re married

Washington Post: Census Count of Same-Sex Couples to Stir Policy Fights

The Williams Institute: Same-Sex Couples in the 2008 American Community Survey

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Massachusetts Appointment Bill Passed by Senate

Governor Deval PatrickThe Massachusetts special appointment bill to name Senator Ted Kennedy’s replacement has just passed the Senate. Now all we need is Governor Duvall Patrick‘s signature. The vote was by a 24-16 margin.

Gov. Patrick said he will name an appointee by Friday, and then the Democrats will be back to a 60 seat majority.

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