Monthly Archives: August 2011

Andre Carson: Tea party wants blacks ‘hanging on a tree’

Andre Carson: Tea party wants blacks ‘hanging on a tree’

A top lawmaker in the Congressional Black Caucus says tea partiers on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans hanging from trees and accuses the movement of wishing for a return to the Jim Crow era.

Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana who serves as the CBC

10 States That Are Losing Business

10 States That Are Losing Business

Got jobs?

A few states can answer yes, as I explained in a companion piece on 10 states that are gaining business. But weak hiring has become a chronic national problem, and many states are losing businesses when they ought to be gaining them. New-business creation is one of THE key factors determining the unemployment rate, since young, growing firms typically hire more people than big or established companies. A depressed rate of new-business creation is one of the biggest reasons that unemployment remains high, and the economy weak…

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’9/11 Commission’ Leaders: Nation’s Security Isn’t What It Should Be

’9/11 Commission’ Leaders: Nation’s Security Isn’t What It Should Be

While they believe “our country is undoubtedly safer and more secure than it was a decade ago,” the co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission warn today that some of their panel’s most important recommendations remain unfilled.

And because of that, “we fail to achieve the security we could or should have,” say former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton (D) and former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean (R), who with other leading national security experts today released a Tenth Anniversary Report Card: The Status of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations.

The new report says that, “a decade after 9/11, the nation is not yet prepared for a truly catastrophic disaster.” It warns, for example, that there still isn’t “unity of command and effort” in responding to national emergencies.

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Censored by the CIA

Censored by the CIA

News that the CIA has demanded “extensive cuts” from a forthcoming book by former FBI agent Ali Soufan made the front page of the New York Times last week. But Soufan’s isn’t the only recent memoir to earn the intelligence agency’s wrath by, in part, criticizing its use of brutal interrogation techniques in the decade since 9/11. There’s also “The Interrogator,” by Glenn Carle, a 23-year CIA veteran who was given the task of questioning a purported al-Qaida kingpin in 2002. Carle’s book was published earlier this summer with many passages — and occasionally entire pages — blocked out with black bars to show where the agency had insisted on redactions.

Soufan has called many of the CIA’s excisions from his own book “ridiculous,” pointing out that some of the “classified” information is a matter of public record and appears in the 9/11 report and even in a memoir by former CIA director George Tenet. Carle had a similar experience; “The Interrogator” is laced with caustic footnotes explaining that redacted passages revealed the agency’s incompetence, rather than sensitive information.

When I reviewed Carle’s book in July, I made a few guesses about facts the author was obliged to leave out of “The Interrogator.” Less than a day had passed before I learned that most of my guesses were wrong. Readers sent me helpful emails with links to articles supplying all the missing details, including the identity of the detainee Carle interrogated, a man he eventually came to believe was innocent…

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Pat Buchanan: A Conspiracy of Counterfeiters

Pat Buchanan: A Conspiracy of Counterfeiters

“Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.”

“Lenin was certainly right,” John Maynard Keynes continued in his 1919 classic, “The Economic Consequences of the Peace.”

“There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose…

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Qaddafi’s apparently undead daughter

Qaddafi’s apparently undead daughter

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Rand Paul on Empire and Non-Interventionism

Rand Paul on Empire and Non-Interventionism

NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Mike speaks with Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky about his father’s campaign for President, a return to a humble foreign policy, and the economic reality we as a nation currently face.

Begin Mike Church Show Transcript

Mike: Now to the Dudemaker Hotline, my friend and many of yours, the great senator from the great state of Kentucky and son of Ron Paul, Rand Paul with us. Rand, it

Gold Price up 2 Percent, Silver Jumps 2.1 Percent

Gold Price up 2 Percent, Silver Jumps 2.1 Percent

Gold prices jumped 2 percent Tuesday and silver surged 2.1 percent as investors opted for the safety of precious metals and Treasuries amid continued worries about Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and weakness in the American economy…

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Jack Hunter – Does Attacking Neoconservatism Reflect Racism or Reality?

Jack Hunter – Does Attacking Neoconservatism Reflect Racism or Reality?

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TIME – A Texas Two-Step: When Rick Perry Backed Al Gore

TIME – A Texas Two-Step: When Rick Perry Backed Al Gore

There’s an inconvenient political truth for Texas Governor Rick Perry: he was his state’s 1988 campaign chairman for then U.S. Senator Al Gore’s first run at the presidency.

The way their partnership has dissolved and their paths diverged in the past three decades speaks eloquently to the way American politics has been reshaped. Gore has sailed left, while Perry’s political odyssey has seen him tack in the other direction

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