Sunday News Round-Up
~Hey, today is the Super Bowl! Who ‘ya rootin’ for? I was born in Philadelphia so I will root for the Steelers.
~Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has a new job- Lobbyist! No conflicts of interest there!
~Leaders in Egypt’s ruling party stepped down yesterday but here’s the problem- Mubarak is still President.
~Now the U.S. is saying Mubarak needs to stay in power to help “get a national consensus around the pre-conditions for the next step forward…” Not sure what that means.
~What is the point of the Mideast Quartet? They seem to issue a lot of statements but no real directives.
~Nick Kristoff has a great opinion piece today about how the West is far too focused on accentuating the negative aspects of Egyptian democracy and ignoring the protesters calls for moderation and inclusion.
~The GOP denounced the Obama administrations’ lack of transparency during the health reform debate so what does John Boehner do when C-Span offers to provide more coverage of House legislative sessions? He says no.
~Are you sitting down? If not, please do. The U.S. Treasury Dept. issued a long-awaited report to Congress about China’s [alleged] currency manipulation and guess what? They cleared China of any wrongdoing even though everyone in the world knows they manipulate their currency to gain an unfair advantage! Hahahahahahah! No, this isn’t a joke. Change You Can Believe In! The good news is that Congress may ignore the losers [Tim Geithner] in the Treasury Dept. and pass legislation dealing with the problem.
~The Pope’s organs are too holy to donate so he no longer has an organ donor card as he did when he was a mere Cardinal. Inquiring minds want to know.
~There have been significant and troubling demographic changes in New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.
~Israel still isn’t happy about the whole Egyptian democracy thing.
~While may Republicans have been appropriately supportive of the administration’s handling of the revolution in Egypt, Laura Rozen reports that behind-the-scenes, some GOP strategists are trying to plan a political assault on Obama, comparing him to Jimmy Carter and basically triangulating by hyping fears of the Muslim Brotherhood and alienating key allies etc. It’s interesting to watch some of the most ardent supporters of democracy promotion during the Bush years suddenly start to walk back on that, for no other reason than that this particular democracy movement is made up of Arabs. Double standard much?
~Bad news- fighting has erupted in Southern Sudan.
~A great video where MJ Rosenberg is interviewed discussing the media double standard regarding their coverage of Egypt and democracy movements in general.
~This is classic- at the Munich Security Conference yesterday, despite rampant government corruption, Afghan President Karzai said he opposes any economic aid structures that bypass his government. Of course he does. Remember the WikiLeaks cable detailing how the US allowed the Afghan VP Ahmed Zia Massoud to enter Dubai with 52 million dollars in cash? It’s funny how the Obama administration never seems to want to talk about how our tax dollars seem to be ending up in the Swiss and Cayman bank accounts of Afghan officials and Karzai family members. But hey, lets cut Social Security- we can’t afford it!
~Regulators may try to force Wall Street executives to defer some bonuses for at least three years. Good luck with that.
~George W. Bush won’t be traveling to Switzerland to speak at an event hosted by the United Israel Appeal due to fears that there would be massive anti-torture protests or even an attempted arrest of Bush due to a complaint that may have been filed by human rights groups as soon as he set foot in the country.
~10 things you won’t hear conservatives talk about with respect to Reagan’s time in office.
~An Iowa “pro-family” group compares homosexuality to get this…second hand smoke!
~Iran begins the espionage trial against the three American hikers who were detained there.
~This is the best David Broder can do regarding commentary on Egypt?
~I’ve read Sarah Palin’s comments on Egypt about 5 times now and it’s the same word salad it was when I read it the first time.
[cross-posted at Taylor Marsh]