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Saturday, February 4, 2023

I love Bob Herbert!

In his column in today’s NY Times, Bob Herbert took on the Republicans and their actions to impede Obama’s Stimulus Package. Here is a small section which I think sums it up pretty well:

The truth, of course, is that the country is hemorrhaging jobs and Americans are heading to the poorhouse by the millions. The stock markets and the value of the family home have collapsed, and there is virtual across-the-board agreement that the country is caught up in the worst economic disaster since at least World War II.

The Republican answer to this turmoil?

Tax cuts.

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Conyers goes after Rove… will it work this time?

Yesterday, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) once again subpoenaed Karl Rove to testify in Congress about politicized appointments in the Justice Department. he subpoena calls for Rove to appear at deposition on Monday, February 2, 2009.

Rove has stonewalled before, claiming a Bush-supported immunity, but with Bush out of office and an opinion by a Federal court backed up by the stance of Barack Obama, Rove cannot legally avoid testifying.

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Obama seeks help from GOP on economy

President Barack Obama is making good on his promise to hear from Republicans as he pushes for swift passage and bipartisan backing of his massive $825 billion plan intended to jerk the country out of recession.

The unanswered question: whether the new Democratic president will actually listen to GOP concerns about the amount of spending and the tax approach — and modify his proposal accordingly.

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Blagojevich’s words will come back to haunt him

A day after Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s loudly proclaimed his innocence during a media blitz, the governor’s more private words are to take center stage at his impeachment trial.

The state Senate was expected Tuesday to hear secretly made wiretaps of Blagojevich allegedly discussing how he could benefit from his appointment power.

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Obama continues to prove he’s not Bush

President Obama is not shy about breaking with the policies of his predecessor. He ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider whether California and 13 other states can mandate tough, new auto-emissions standards, tougher than the federal standards.

He didn’t directly order the EPA to do so, but a savvy regulator can sense which way the wind is blowing on this one. To underscore his stand on the environment and greenhouse gases, Obama made the announcement in the formal surroundings of the White House East Room.

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Obama’s train ride to the future

Everyone will have her own way of thinking about the remarkable events centered on January 20, 2009. Some probably thought the over-sized bow on Aretha Franklin’s hat was outrageously over the top, but when she began to sing, everything about her — including the bow — was perfect.

Many will fondly recall the welcome sight of George W. Bush’s helicopter leaving Washington for the last time. Others will think of the fumbled oath of office, the multitudes on the mall, and the inaugural balls. Or President Obama’s speech.

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The ghost of Gordon Gekko

Not terribly long ago all that was wrong with Wall Street was embodied in the character Gordon Gekko as portrayed by actor Michael Douglas in the smash hit movie, "Wall Street."

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