Sunday, February 27, 2011

[PDI] FW: Daily News Digest: Politics News

Here's just another series of examples of what corporate media is reporting.

If you want to know about the NATION-WIDE protests, take a good look around This morning. They even have a blog full of photos from people AT the rallies. Even Texas and Alaska turned out.


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Yahoo! Daily News Digest: Sunday, February 27, 2011 8:01 AM PST
Signs of progress in averting government shutdown
AP - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 06:49 am PST

Lawmakers appear to be moving closer to a compromise that would prevent a government shutdown, at least for now.
Largest crowds since Vietnam War march in Wisconsin
Reuters - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:03 pm PST

A crowd estimated at more than 70,000 people on Saturday waved American flags, sang the national anthem and called for the defeat of a Wisconsin plan to curb public sector unions that has galvanized opposition from the American labor movement.
Obama: It's time for Libya's Gadhafi to go
AP - Sun, 27 Feb 2011 05:42 am PST

President Barack Obama has called on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to leave power immediately, saying he has lost the legitimacy to rule with his violent crackdown on his own people.
Tea party uses Ariz. summit to scope out 2012 role
AP - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:59 pm PST

Tea party supporters packed a Phoenix convention center Saturday to hear from two possible contenders for next year's Republican presidential nomination an election the conservative populist movement is determined to shape after helping the GOP to big gains in the midterm elections.
Trump says presidential bid isn't a publicity stunt
The Ticket - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:37 am PST

It's hard to take a prospective presidential candidate seriously when he has no political experience, and when his current claim to public renown is a reality TV franchise involving more than a little self-parody. But Donald Trump suggests he's going to have the last laugh when he announces a bid. Politico's Mike Allen reports that [...]
Georgia congressman condemns question about shooting president
The Ticket - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 01:42 pm PST

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said Friday he was "stunned" that someone asked him "who's going to shoot Obama?" at a town hall earlier this week. Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald reported Wednesday that the question elicited laughter and provoked a sympathetic response from Broun: "I know there's a lot of frustration with this president. [...]
Why Isn't the GOP Learning From Chris Christie?
The Atlantic Wire - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:21 pm PST

Daunted by the bitter budget battle in Wisconsin, GOP leaders in "several states" are softening their positions on public employee unions, reports the Associated Press. In Indiana, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) implored GOP legislators to abandon a "right to work" bill. In Ohio, GOP senate leaders have watered down a bill prohibiting collective bargaining rights for public employees. Michigan's and Florida's GOP governors have agreed to take a "conciliatory approach" to union groups. The question that should come to mind for Republican strategists is why now? Whether one considers the fight against public unions an example of malicious Republican scapegoating or genuine budgetary problem-solving is beside the point. Politically, there's a strong argument to make that union-bashing has never been a more popular issue. In his cover story in The New York Times Magazine, Matt Bai makes precisely that argument in his assessment of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent successes: Not only are public employees' contracts no longer untouchable for any politician who wants to stay in office, but it turns out that the opposite is true; taking the fight to the unions is a good way to bolster your credentials as a gutsy reformer with voters who have been losing faith for years in public schools and government bureaucracies. This, more than anything else, is the lesson that Chris Christie has impressed on his contemporaries.
Right now sees FLOTUS as fair game
Politico - Thu, 24 Feb 2011 04:43 pm PST

Except for an ill-advised trip to an expensive Spanish resort last summer, Michelle Obama has escaped much of the criticism that has been directed at her husband, keeping a relatively low-profile while primarily focusing on childhood obesity, military families and the arts.
Decision time for Newt
Politico - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 03:47 pm PST

It's clear that Newt Gingrich is just days away deciding what to do next about a presidential run.
Shutdown veterans of '95: 'Don't do it'
Politico - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 03:31 pm PST

Senate Dems and House Republicans seem willing to negotiate at least a two-week measure.
US citizen recalls 'humiliating' post-9/11 arrest
AP - Sun, 27 Feb 2011 06:47 am PST

Handcuffed and marched through Washington's Dulles International Airport in his Muslim clothing, the man with the long, dark beard could only imagine what people were thinking.
Govs to feds: Avoid causing states any more pain
AP - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:51 pm PST

Their states on the brink of financial catastrophe, governors pleaded Saturday for the divided federal government to avoid doing anything that would hamper the tenuous economic recovery back home.
Boy stuck 2 years in Ukraine arrives in Belgium
AP - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:56 pm PST

A baby trapped more than two years in Ukraine by bureaucratic hurdles has arrived in Brussels with his parents, a pair of legally married Belgian men, ending the couple's long legal battle to bring their son home.
Obama says Kadhafi must 'leave now': WHouse
AFP - Sun, 27 Feb 2011 12:12 am PST

President Barack Obama has called on Moamer Kadhafi to "leave now," declaring that the Libyan leader had lost his right to rule after attacking his own people to put down a popular uprising.
Lawmakers Come Under Rocket Fire in Iraq, Claim They Weren't Scared
The Atlantic Wire - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 03:18 pm PST

Five members of Congress came under rocket fire while visiting a military base in Iraq Friday, Politico's Marin Cogan reports. They were herded into a bunker and guarded by soldiers while they listened to the explosions. But don't worry folks--they weren't scared, not for a minute.
Former Rep. Chris Lee may have been searching for transgender women on Craigslist
Daily Caller - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:39 am PST

The Craigslist cruising of former New York Republican Rep. Chris Lee may have been more expansive than first reported.
No shutdown after all? Senate Dems 'encouraged' by GOP short-term funding plan
Daily Caller - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:02 pm PST

Senate Democrats suggested Friday that the upper chamber could come to a short-term agreement to extend government funding with House Republicans after all, which would put off the threat of a government shutdown for at least two more weeks.
Mulling 2012 run, Pawlenty hits "union-coddling" Obama
Reuters - Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:07 pm PST

Not known as a hard-hitting conservative, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty got a standing ovation from Tea Party activists on Saturday as he praised small government, the U.S. Constitution and took a swing at "union-coddling" President Barack Obama.
Angry rallier screams about 'uneducated' Tea Party [VIDEO]
Daily Caller - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:47 am PST

A livid public union supporter rants during a Feb. 22 anti-Scott Walker rally, shrieking about the Tea Party and in favor of unions, which he says the country is based upon.
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