Clinton: Palestinians shouldn’t try for UN recognition, says talks need to resume, announces $150m more for Palestinians

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

ABC News’ Kirit Radia reports: With Israel announcing plans to build new housing units in East Jerusalem in the past week the Palestinians have reiterated their threat to seek UN recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state on their own in the absence of process in the Mideast peace talks.

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GOP Strategist Schools Matthews: Palin’s Resumé Just As Strong As Obama’s Was

November 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

For the second time in three weeks, a Republican strategist has taught MSNBC's Chris Matthews a lesson about how former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's qualifications for president are just as strong as Barack Obama's when he ran back in 2008.

This time the GOPer educating the "Hardball" host was Todd Harris (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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Oregon gubernatorial candidate has unusual resume

October 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Portland, Oregon (CNN) - If 2010 truly is the year of the political outsider, then Chris Dudley should be sworn in as a the next governor of Oregon in January of next year.

Dudley’s unconventional resume is striking, even in a campaign season defined by novice politicians upending establishment figures in contest after contest.


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Iran Willing to Resume Nuclear Talks: Expect Rope-a-Dope Diplomacy

October 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
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Iran’s embattled regime href="">Saturday announced that it is ready to resume talks about Iran’s illicit nuclear activities, which have triggered four rounds of U.N. sanctions. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that “We think late October or early November will be an appropriate date for the talks by the representatives of Iran and 5+1 countries,” (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany). The U.N.-sponsored talks had stalled last October after Tehran rejected an offer to exchange some of its low enriched uranium stocks for more highly enriched uranium fuel for its research reactor.

The Obama Administration, like a jilted lover, immediately indicated its href="">willingness to resume its diplomatic courtship: “If Iran is ready to hold talks, all they need to do is pick up the phone and set a date,” U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. id="more-44650">

Although the Obama Administration is ever ready to engage in more diplomacy, a resumption of the talks is unlikely to produce much in the way of concrete results. Tehran long has been willing to talk, but has refused to make any concessions. Tehran’s diplomatic href="">rope-a-dope strategy always has relied heavily on coy promises of fruitful dialogue that soon decay into diplomatic globaloney.

Tehran hopes that dilatory diplomacy may help create the illusion of progress and forestall future sanctions, buying time for advancing its uranium enrichment efforts. But Iran’s nuclear program also has been beset by href="">defections and the introduction of a href="">mysterious computer virus. Iranian officials have played down the problems and href="">claim that the delay in starting up the nuclear power reactor at Bushehr was caused by “a small leak” and not a computer virus.

Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s nuclear program, href="">acknowledged the activities of “nuclear spies” but claimed that the regime had arrested several Iranians who had been paid by western intelligence agencies to reveal Iran’s nuclear secrets. He also indicated Iran had taken action to protect its nuclear program from cyber-sabotage.

Meanwhile, Iran’s surrogate terrorist group in Lebanon, Hezbollah, href="">today called for its supporters to turn out at a giant rally next week to greet President Ahmadinejad on his October 13-14 visit to Lebanon. The Iranian leader has said that he will tour Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, a highly provocative act in view of his repeated statements calling for Israel’s destruction. Iran’s future plans undoubtedly will be signaled more accurately by Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon than by another round of diplomatic posturing.

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Christine O’Donnell’s Resume Has Two Schools She Didn’t Attend

September 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A lot of us wish we had better resumes. Tea Party movement idol and GOP Senate candidate in Delaware Christine O’Donnell has been proactive about it: her resume lists two schools she didn’t attend. Gary Scott:

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post’s Plum Line has a story today that says Christine O’Donnell, Republican Senate candidate in Delaware, embellished her online resume to say she’d studied at Oxford University, when she’d actually taken a course from an outfit called the Phoenix Institute in a space rented from Oxford.

The same resume lists O’Donnell as having attended Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. The claim seemed suspicious since O’Donnell had yet to receive her undergraduate degree, from Farleigh Dickinson University, until last summer. So I asked CGU’s public relations officer, Rod Leveque, if the school had any record of O’Donnell attending classes there. His response:

In short, no. Claremont Graduate University has no student or education record for an individual named Christine O’Donnell.

In 2002, O’Donnell was listed as a “Lincoln Fellow” at the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank also based in Claremont. However, the institute is not affiliated with the Claremont Graduate University or any of the other Claremont Colleges. One of the Claremont Institute’s fellows, Harry Jaffa, did teach at the Claremont Graduate University back when it was known as Claremont Graduate School.

Of course the issue here is about honesty and transparency, but since when did this matter in 21st century American mega-partisan politics?

Will Sean, and Rush and Glenn cover this story and demand an explanation as they would if it had been someone with a “D” in front of their party label? (Will a furry Easter Bunny hide eggs in your house this April?)

Or will they and others circle the partisan wagons and/or play defense attorney, PR representative or will they spin it? (Will the sun shine some day this week?)

Will O’Donnell refudiate the entries?

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Texas Republican House Candidate Caught Padding Resume And Plagiarizing An Obama Speech

September 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Stefani Carter is a Republican House candidate in Texas’s 102nd District who rejected “the liberal line” to become a “proud conservative.” Boasting of her credentials as a “contributing editorial writer for USA Today and a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, one of the most well known conservative think tanks in Washington, D.C,” Carter is well-versed in the party line. She tells supporters she’s “no” on “more government debt” and that she “will fight any attempts” by President Obama “to force feed socialized medicine to Texas families.”

But, while proudly rejecting the Obama’s progressive policies in Washington, Carter plagiarized a few of Obama’s “liberal lines” in her pursuit to get there. A video released by Lone Star Project this summer revealed Carter “reciting almost identical passages” from Obama’s 2004 keynote address “that many contend powered his campaign for president”:

The video compares the two speeches as follows:

Obama: “…Let’s face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. …”

Carter: “My presence here tonight, for those who know my background, is unlikely. …”

Obama: “They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren’t rich, because in a generous America, you don’t have to be rich to achieve your potential.

Carter: “They imagined their kids going to any schools in the land, even though they weren’t rich, because in America you don’t have to be rich to achieve your dreams.”

Watch it:

The Carter campaign said plagiarism cannot be charged from “just snippets” of a speech that was “entirely different” from Obama’s address. But Lone Star Project pointed out that both speeches were intended to provide personal background and “you don’t have to copy an entire speech or even cover the same subject matter to be guilty of plagiarism. In taking a closer look at Carter’s credentials, Lone Star Project also discovered that Carter padded her resume by implying an internship made her a senior fellow at Heritage Foundation and “three guest pieces during her collegiate career” made her a USA today columnist.

While the Dallas County GOP Chairman dismissed her plagiarism as “petty” and “small ball,” he may have a harder time defending the more “hostile” and “absurd” tactics of Carter’s “amateur campaign.” According to, Carter recently sent a campaign staffer “with a camera to stalk” her opponent incumbent Rep. Carol Kent. He “was caught in a parking lot hiding between cars.” Carter also made “bizarre accusations” that “she had to call 911 twice because of suspicious vehicles parked at her campaign headquarters.”

Unsurprisingly, Carter’s dubious antics failed to win over her employers at Sayles Werbner law firm in Dallas, who endorsed and donated to Kent’s campaign. But Carter shouldn’t worry about the bosses she dismissed as “liberal Democrats,” because if acts of plagiarism and paranoid accusations guarantee anything, it’s a natural home with the GOP. (HT: Burnt Orange)

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BP to resume ads on ThinkProgress.

August 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

bpadsThinkProgress reported on Friday afternoon that BP decided to pull its ads from our site after we published a piece documenting the extent of the big oil company’s “greenwashing campaign.” Two days later, TP has been informed by our outside ad company, Common Sense Media, that BP would like to resume its ads on our site beginning Monday. This controversy provides an opportunity for me to better communicate our blog’s policy with respect to paid advertisers on our site. My view is that, in order to sustain our operation, ThinkProgress is happy to take money from those with whom we have policy or ideological disagreements, provided they understand that we will not soften or silence our progressive point-of-view. There are limits, of course, to ads that we will accept. For instance, we do not want ads that are degrading or offensive on our site. But for those advertisers who want to run messaging on our site that counters TP’s reporting, we trust readers will take both pieces of information and render their own judgments. Because we have an outside ad company servicing our ads, the editors and reporters on TP are not generally informed of who is purchasing ads on our site — and it’s better left that way. Advertisers will not influence our content, and we will not produce content to lure advertisers.

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Clinton to announce direct Mideast talks to resume

August 20, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks.

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks to address core issues, diplomatic sources and a senior U.S. official said.

The sources said President Barack Obama is expected to invite the parties to talks in Washington in early September. But they cautioned the final details were still being worked out.

If the talks resume, it would be the first time since peace talks broke down in December 2008 over Israel’s three-week military offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

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