Archive for December, 2008

(VIDEO) Barack Obama on Meet The Press

President-elect Barack Obama on Meet The Press

December 7 2008

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CHICAGO – The economic recession will get significantly worse before it starts to improve, President-elect Barack Obama said, seeking in an interview broadcast Sunday to tamp down expectations as he prepares to assume the presidency in 44 days.

“If you look at the unemployment numbers … the fragility of the financial system and the fact that it’s an international system,” the recession “is a big problem, and it’s going to get worse,” Obama told NBC News’ Tom Brokaw on Saturday. The interview aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Acknowledging that his agenda had changed sharply just in the month since he was elected, Obama said passing a short-term economic stimulus package was now his top priority.

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(VIDEO) KBR/Halliburton Slave-like Camps in Iraq

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WASHINGTON: A civilian employee of US oil services giant Halliburton and government contractor KBR has charged in a lawsuit the companies exposed thousands of workers to unhealthy, contaminated conditions at an Iraqi military base. 

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The suit includes a long list of charges against Halliburton and KBR — formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root, a former subsidiary of Halliburton and the US military’s chief provider in Iraq. 

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Supreme Court will decide Obama’s citizenship

The argument is over his place of birth — Hawaii, if you accept statements by Hawaiian officials, his 1961 birth notice in a Honolulu newspaper and a certified document his campaign obtained 18 months ago.shrstrusjSupreme Court today deliberates suit blocking Obama presidency

It may come as something of a shock to those millions planning trips to Washington for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama that he isn’t really legally capable of taking the oath.

It’s the birth certificate thing.

That’s because he was born in Kenya to an alien father and isn’t a natural-born American as the Constitution requires and the copy of his Hawaii birth certificate looks fake to many and the state won’t release the original, which makes everything that much more suspicious.

  • Do you believe this case is something to be concern about or is this case close already ?

(VIDEO) Prop 8: The Musical

“Prop 8: The Musical” may be a 3-minute Internet video, but it has a blockbuster cast — including Jack Black (who plays Jesus), Neil Patrick Harris, John C. Reilly, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Margaret Cho, Rashida Jones and others.

As of Thursday, the clip had clearly ascended to viral status, with more than 1.1 million views on FunnyOrDie.com.

Clinton’s nomination constitutional?

 

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Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution says the following:

“No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.”

Translation: A lawmaker cannot fill a position if the salary for that position has been raised during that lawmaker’s term in office.

In January, President Bush signed an executive order increasing the salary for the secretary of state and other Cabinet positions by $4,700. Hillary Clinton has been in the Senate since January 2001.

Case closed, says the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/04/clinton.eligible/index.html

Leading The News

The Hill Dodd paints bleak picture for auto bailout
By Silla Brush and J. Taylor Rushing | Posted: 12/04/08 04:42 PM [ET]
Prospects for a multi-billion-dollar auto industry bailout appeared to be slipping away Thursday but Sen. Chris Dodd vowed to keep working.

Matthews could be haunted by his own words
By Emily Goodin | Posted: 12/04/08 03:44 PM [ET]
A simple YouTube search shows the possible perils of a Chris Matthews Senate candidacy: foul language, inappropriate touching and an offer to duel.

Dems ‘troubled’ by Mukasey torture-policy statement
By Susan Crabtree | Posted: 12/04/08 04:52 PM [ET]
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) is asking Attorney General Michael Mukasey to clarify a statement indicating that officials who signed off on torture and surveillance policies believed they were acting within the law.

Perino Dismisses Pre-War Downing Street Memo

Defending Bush’s pre-war intelligence failure, Perino claimed that “other leaders from all around the world” thought Saddam had WMD. When Thomas noted that British intelligence — referring to the the Downing Street Memo — disagreed with Bush, Perino simply said that the memo had been “debunked”:

Q: What about the chief of British intelligence saying you were going to fix the facts around the politics?

PERINO: I think that that’s been debunked.

Thomas quickly countered, “It’s never been been debunked.” Caught off guard, Perino admitted that she was the one who “debunked” it:

Q: It’s never been debunked.

PERINO: Well, it’s been debunked by me.

Q: Good for you.

PERINO: Good for me.