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|AZ: Netroots Nations is not the Super Bowl
I'm old enough to remember when Markos was a fairly vocal proponent of Howard Dean's 50-State strategy, bringing support to grassroots progressives in deep red states, with the hope of turning them ...
|Who can update me on Daily Kos gossip?
I haven't been following Daily Kos for awhile. My absence has nothing to do with site quality, which I can see from my occasional visits is as high as ever, but rather due to life demands of work ...
|What is Daily Kos like these days?
I used to participate on Daily Kos quite frequently. However, around the time of the switch to DK4, I mostly stopped. (Note: My lack of participation was not related to any pie-fight or flame war ...
|Did Meteorblades leave?
What happened? I've kind of been out of the loop.
|Business Insider: Roger Ailes to be Indicted
Friday, the New York ...
|Roger Ailes Caught on Tape -- and it's BIG!
I am not one for overstatement. But this just-breaking scandal could lead to the fall of the house of Roger Ailes. Roger Ailes stands accused of encouraging Judith Regan to lie about her affair ...
|Breaking: Palin pulls video from website; EPIC FAIL
Source: MSNBC (on TV) Gee, who would have thunk appropriating a centuries-old name for a historical lie used to justify repeated genocides throughout history against a religious minority would ...
|Lame Duck Congress Repeals DK4!!!!!!!
In the final act of the most prolific lame duck Congress in history, The Senate and House simultaneously passed bills repealing Daily Kos 4.0, and enshrining "Daily Kos Classic" into federal law. ...
|Parker loses her cool over Spitzer domination, LOL
I thought on this very tragic day (ELizabeth Edwards RIP, Obama's hostility to liberal bloggers, liberal bloggers jumping off the presidential primary challenge cliff), we could use a little ...
|Glenn Greenwald Apologizes, and. . .
deserves credit for doing so: ggreenwald Glenn Greenwald I affirm my distaste for photographic leader-glorification, but I'll rescind my invocation of Leni Riefenstahl as too ...
|Breaking: ABC cancels Breitbart, and slaps him down [UPDATE]
A little bit of good news on a day where many of us are bracing for a lot of bad news.
|Breaking -- New Poll shows Feingold in virtual tie!!!
Very good news, as this is a non-partisan poll:
|Poblano is all Grown Up
This I like. A New York Times skin to Nate Silver's blog. Nate Silver, of course, was originally the diarist known as "Poblano" on Daily Kos. Local boy made good indeed! And well deserved!! ...
|Al Gore Cleared
Some accusers scream lack of credibility from 100 miles away. (See, e.g., the Duke Lacrosse fiasco). Al Gore's accuser has always fit squarely in that category, which is why I'm relieved to see this:
|Does Daily Kos endorse FDL's latest email message?
Detroit Mark has the latest from FDL. Of course, FDL has always been this way. This is nothing new. ...
|Bernstein: No Mr. Greenwald, Obama is not the enemy
I encourage everyone to read the following from political scientist Jonathan Bernstein:
|Some background on the guy behind the lastest FDL smear
So, as those who read me know, I can't stand Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake, Accountability Now, or anything about that organization. I've criticized them repeatedly here and elsewhere. However, the ...
|Q: How is Carville "Whoring" for Blanche Lincoln?
In his front page post, Markos says that James Carville is "whoring" for Blanche Lincoln ...
|I am saddened by the netroots :-(
I was very sad to read this piece written by Atrios. My marker for Obama was whether he'd get a health care bill with a public option. He didn't. A year ago passage of some sort of ...
|I'M VERY CONFUSED ABOUT SUNDAY'S HCR VOTE!
HELP! On Sunday, is the House going to vote on both the Senate Health Care Bill and the Reconciliation Sidecar in separate votes? Or just one one vote? More importantly, will the House vote ...
|Report: Tea Partiers Working With Firedoglake on HCR [2X UPDATE]
From the Washington Independent. The Headline says: Tea Partiers Working With Firedoglake on HCR Whip Count The article says:
|Breaking twitter: Massa to go on Glenn Beck tomorrow
Ugh Tomorrow at five: congressman Massa for the full hour. I just spoke with him off air. All Americans need To hear him. Exclusive 2morrow fox http://twitter.com/...
|Big news today: The Netroots Nation Keynoter will be. . .
So, according to @Netroots_Nation on twitter, Netroots Nation will be making a big announcement today. Namely they will announce the name of one of the Keynote Speakers at this summer's convention ...
|Make the case for why I should give $$$ to Bill Halter
I don't live in Arkansas. If I did I would vote for Bill Halter over Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic primary, since his policy positions are closer to mine on a wide range of issues. But ...
|An anti-GBCW diary
The best way to win is to never quit. Your opponents want you to quit. It makes life easier for them. They dread having to deal with you, and your inconvenient opposing point of view. There have ...
|Business Insider: NY Gov. Paterson To Resign [UPDATE]
Wow. I sure haven't been paying attention. Where the heck did this come from? This past week, a rumor emerged that the New York Times is working on a huge bombshell with plans to "...
|Real Progressives help Dems with Attack Polls!
Did Firedoglake take out Vic Snyder? Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) announced his retirement today, ...
|Ack! Suffolk U. Poll: Coakley down 4
Now I'm REALLY starting to worry:
|New MA-SEN Poll: Brown leads Coakley by one point
Crap Massachusetts Senate Race is a Toss Up "Buoyed by a huge advantage with independents and relative disinterest from Democratic voters in the state, Republican Scott Brown leads ...
|We could lose the Health Care Bill in Massachusetts!
Whoa. Did you know that the Massachusetts Senate special election to replace Ted Kennedy is scheduled for January 19? A pro-Health care Democrat (Paul Kirk) is in the seat now. He is the ...
|Jane Hamsher appeared on Fox & Friends this morning [UPDATE]
I did not see it myself, so I won't characterize her appearance. I'll let those who saw it report what they saw in comments. (I've read others who report that she advocated killing the Senate HCR ...
|To those who want to kill the HCR bill, what is your Plan B?
So it's clear that a large percentage of Kossacks agree with Howard Dean and Markos Moulitsas that Senate Democrats should kill the current version of the Senate Health Care Reform bill. (Disclosure:
|Calling Harry Reid a "Crook." Good Idea?
Questions for Kossaks: Do you believe Harry Reid is a "crook"? Do you think it's productive to call "Harry Reid" a "crook" if you are trying to improve the health care bill? Even if you, in good ...
|Breaking Twitter: Markos says BIG news coming!!
On twitter just now, Markos says: Holy shit -- big news coming tomorrow or Wednesday. GOOD news, for a change. And yes, I'll remain annoyingly vague about it. http://...
|Confirmed: Daily Kos is boycotting Barack Obama
Although Kos for some reason didn't seem willing to confirm it himself, there is no doubt that "Daily Kos" is boycotting Barack Obama. Kos says:
|Does Daily Kos Need to Change Its FAQ?
According to the FAQ linked to on the front page of this site:
|List of Eshoo Amendment Supporters and Opponents
The Eshoo amendment on Biologics has split Democrats and Republicans. James Glassman (a Republican and head of the George W. Bush institute) and Henry Waxman oppose the amendment, while Howard Dean ...
|BREAKING: Scozzafava drops out of NY-23 race!!!
WTF???!!! Dede Scozzafava (R) announced "that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters," the Watertown Daily Times reports. "...
|Stop Lieberman: Pass a "Sore Loser" Law in Connecticut!
According to Talking Points Memo : Lieberman is apparently planning to run for reelection in 2012.
|Breaking: Lieberman would filibuster Senate HCR Bill
Well that's that. Lieberman is saying , as clearly as it could possibly ...
|Breaking Confirmed: Reid to back Public Option with Opt Out
The moment we've been waiting for is here : Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid will announce his support ...
|ABC News Breaking: Senate HCR likely to include Public Option
Best news I've heard in weeks. Reid is allegedly confident that he has 60 votes for a public option in the health ...
|Lieberman "inclined" to vote for cloture on HCR
"Probably" good news from the blogosphere's BFF: U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., whose vote could ...
|EPIC CONFUSION: opt out of the PO bad for red states?
So there have been a series of diaries assessing the new public option compromise floated, allowing States to opt out of the public option if they so choose. Thereisnospoon has eloquently stated ...
|Rahm Emmanuel Abandons Netroots Nation Auction
Our favorite Democratic 'svengali', Rahm Emanuel, just said that he didn't think the Netroots Nation auction would make any money in spite of dozens of bids by enterprising Kossacks on really cool ...
|SEIU will support HCR without a public option
Ignore all the Politico.com opinionating and bloviating in the linked article, and focus on the direct quote of SEIU's number 2 ...
|"The Informant!" advertised on Glenn Beck
I was all set to see "The Informant!" starring Matt Damon this weekend. But, I just saw "The Informant!" advertised on Glenn Beck. No more. I will not see, and will boycott, "the Informant!" (...
|GE got Olbermann to stop criticizing O'Reilly and Fox?
According to the New York Times, the corporate honchos at GE recently instructed MSNBC generally and Olbermann specifically ...
|In which I defend Fox News
So, everyone seems to be jumping to the conclusion that since Fox News did not immediately publish a rambling letter sent by a former Ensign staffer that made incendiary allegations against Ensign, ...
|Russ Feingold Voted Against Funding Guantanamo Closing?!
Can someone explain this to me? Only six Senators voted in favor of funding the closure of Guantanamo. Those ...
|Thomas Ricks Says Odierno "Rolled" Obama on Abuse Photos
Washington Post reporter Thomas Ricks , author of "Fiasco," is reporting that Obama reversed ...
|Breaking: Jack Kemp Dead
No information yet other than: NYT NEWS ALERT: Jack Kemp, Former Quarterback and Congressman, Is Dead, A.P. Reports He was one of the more decent Republicans. He tried to ...
|Joe Lieberman an Employee Free Choice Act Sponsor
Just a quick note. There's been a general recoil against "centrist" democrats who seem to be abandoning the Employee Free Choice Act, now that the battle is getting tough and the corporate ...
|The Federal Budget does NOT require 60 Senate votes!
Cross-posted at Congress Matters Josh Marshall reminds me this morning that the Federal ...
|Gallup: Congressional Dem Approval DOUBLES!
Wow. I see that the Congressional Republicans' "just say no" strategy is really working wonders for them. While their approval ratings have trended down amongst their own rank and file voters (i.e.,
|Joe Lieberman a critical player in Stimulus passage
Not that I'm interested in stirring up a hornet's nest of controversy, but it appears that, just as we're critiquing Obama for his missteps in reaching out to Republicans, at least one part of his ...
|Blair House is a Fake Story
It's true that Blair House is booked on dates prior to January 15. But it's not true that this is some kind of "snub" or "diss" of Obama. Obama wanted to move into Blair House early. But Bush had ...
|Arianna Huffington to Rescue Investigative Journalism?
Good news this morning. Arianna Huffington and the Huffington Post have secured $15 million in ...
|CNN: Lieberman will likely keep Homeland Security
And lose a subcommittee chair : Senate Democrats appear willing ...
|Poll news -- 10/31 PPP polling suggests Obama landslide
Lots of good news overnight from the PPP polls. They show a commanding Obama lead in a number of important States: Michigan: Obama 55-42 over McCain New Mexico: Obama 58-41 over ...
|Object Lesson: Just Say No to Potential Hoaxes
As most of you already know, McCain volunteer Ashley Todd's bizarre pulp fiction nightmare, torn from the pages of a white supremacist pamphlet, turned out to be entirely made up and a hoax, to the ...
|What if I posted a diary and nobody clicked on it?
Answer: my pals at Netroots Nation would be very disappointed in me, as they asked me to post a diary promoting Netroots Nation's totally awesome auction, featuring lots of really cool stuff donated ...
|Obama back to +10 in Gallup; Drudge commits Hara-Kari
Poor Matt Drudge. He used a one-day blip in the Gallup poll to loudly proclaim, at the top of his website, that McCain was headed for a comeback. "Ready for a Come-Back?," the site shouted. "...
|What if Netroots Nation threw a Party and nobody came?
Netroots Nation's huge online auction fundraiser started Friday. Given the current blogging environment, with a major election 25 days away and the economy on the brink of collapse, the auction ...
|Slimy McCain Ads Good for Obama Fundraising
The Obama campaign is pleased that McCain will spend the next thirty days making outrageously inaccurate ...
|OMG -- Sarah Palin is Alan Keyes!!!!!!!
So, ever since the Sarah Palin VP announcement, I've been having this weird feeling that there was something strangely familiar about it. The gimmicky and laughably pathetic attempt by Republicans ...
|Breaking: Alleged Palin Affair w/ Husband's Bus. Partner
OH My ...
|National Enquirer Forced Palin Disclosure, not Bloggers
From CNN, to Politico.com, to the rest of the mediawankosphere, everyone has mindlessly regurgitating the McCain talking point that the Palin pregnancy disclosure was made in response to "vicious ...
|Sarah Palin a Global Warming Skeptic
I'm sure Governor Sarah Palin will get a eco-friendly makeover for the national republican campaign, but back in Alaska she was a global warming skeptic: During [the Fall 2005] ...
|Cindy McCain Family Scandal Hits PerezHilton.com
Do not underestimate the power of the gossip rags in driving news stories. They often appeal to a group of readers that is less politically educated, and is therefore less likely to have already ...
|Florida Senator Bob Graham for VP?
Does anyone know why former Senator Bob Graham of Florida isn't publicly mentioned as an Obama VP candidate? Let's look at his positives:
|Hush Money -- John Edwards Still Lying?
In his interview with ABC news, John Edwards says the following : Edwards denied paying any money to Hunter to ...
|Hillary should be Obama's VP
Those of you who have followed my diaries know that I have been an Obama partisan since before he even announced. You also know that I have had anything but warm admiration for Hillary. Rather, I ...
|Daily Kos Needs a Twitter Update
Imagine, on the upper right hand corner of Daily Kos, a constant stream of twitter updates, each lasting no longer than 30 seconds. It would be pure anarchy, yet, so ephemeral, as to be without ...
|After Stevens, McCain new R head of Commerce Cmte?
One interesting piece of fallout from the Ted Stevens indictment is the fact that, if Stevens resigns as ranking member of the Commerce committee, as he currently is required to do under Republican ...
|Netroots Nation's "Ask The Speaker" Influences Pelosi?
For those of you participating in "Ask The Speaker," the Nancy Pelosi dialogue taking place at Netroots Nation (if you haven't registered for NN yet, btw, you are really missing out --
|Prediction: Lieberman Will Bolt The Democratic Party in August
Joe Lieberman has announced that he will speak at the RNC convention, while he is still a Senator who caucuses with the Democrats. That is an irreparable break -- a wound that will never be healed.
|Breaking: Howard Dean To Open Netroots Nation
It's now confirmed that Howard Dean will be the Thursday night keynote at Netroots Nation in Austin on July 17! It's not too late to register --
|Party in NYC! (and a movie)
For those of you New Yorkers looking to connect with other local liberal/progressives for a few beers and a movie, mark June 8 on your calendar. Netroots Nation and Living Liberally are sponsoring ...
|Finally, a reason for Jerome Armstrong to support Obama!
Yes, the votes that really matter are in : In a presidential campaign where we have gauged candidates based on the ...
|Unity Time -- McCain will overturn Roe v. Wade
Jeffrey Toobin has a good piece up in the New Yorker where he asks whether McCain will be a "Maverick" when it ...
|NE-SEN: Bowers calls it for Kleeb over Raimondo!!
The Nebraska Senate primary is the most important Democratic primary today. Scott Kleeb is a true progressive and a genuine netroots hero, having attended ...
|Obama uses Hillary YearlyKos footage in Latest Ad!!!!
I'm proud to say that the netroots convention that some you may have attended in Chicago last August has made a difference in the Obama-Hillary race as it cames down to the end. Obama has a new ad ...
Back in the beginning of the 1990's, I went to college (The University of Chicago) with a somewhat hyperactive, always smiling bespectacled kid named Rick Perlstein. Apparently, he was brilliant. ...
|Peace at Daily Kos. The Primary Wars Are Over
So, it's official. The 2008 Daily Kos primary wars were more intense and more bitter than the Daily Kos primary wars of 2004. I thought that nothing would ever trump the Dean-Clark wars, where a ...
|Hillary Surrogate Off-Message on Pennsylvania
This may be one of the more important stories that we hear today. A loyal, prestigious Hillary superdelegate and surrogate has veered radically off message in terms of setting Pennsylvania ...
The Obama-Clinton primary is over. Obama is the nominee. His speech yesterday ended it. All that's left is to count the delegates. With respect to pledged delegates,
|Stunning: Bear Stearns to announce Sale or Bankruptcy [UPDATE]
Bear Stearns is done, and the speed of its collapse is nothing short of stunning. A news story just up on ...
|This Spitzer Prosecution Stinks
Before I begin, I'd like to say that what Spitzer did was wrong and embarrassing. However, the way the prosecutors have conducted themselves seems highly questionable. I say in the title that it "...
|Gov. John Corzine for Vice President?
OK, what do you guys think of John Corzine as a potential Vice President? The more I see the US economy spiral out of control, the more I think this election will be about the economy, not foreign ...
|First Spouses, Security Clearances, and Classified Info
So, I'd like to run a few questions by the Daily Kos community. I'm hoping there's someone out there who is a legal geek when it comes to the treatment of classified information, because I have ...
|Vote Foster and Give Obama One More Superdelegate!
This coming Saturday, March 8, Democrat Bill Foster will take the fight to Republican Jim Oberweis in a Special Election for the seat of retiring Speaker Dennis Hastert. Although this seat, IL-14, ...
|Bring "Fox News Watch" to MSNBC!
As we all know, Fox News is a cesspool of Republican talking points disguised as objective news analysis. However, there has always been one bright spot in the cesspool -- Eric Burns' "Fox News ...
|Deval Based his '06 Campaign on Obama's '04 Senate Run
This whole plagiarism attack by Hillary is beyond silly. It's beyond silly because Patrick and Obama are spiritual and political allies. There's no "plagiarism" here, only a common approach to ...
|Ickes: No Need for Hillary Delegate Win to get FL and MI
This latest assertion by Clinton official Harold Ickes is quite disturbing. Chris Bowers (and others) have made the case that whoever wins the pledged delegate count will control the credentials ...
|Breaking: Cleveland Plain Dealer Endorses Obama!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, I admit it. I love "breaking" diaries. I'm a total news junkie, and nothing gets my heart pounding like breaking a brand new news story to others, especially when it's a good one. And,
|Good Firedoglake Post on Obama's Law Firm Work
Yesterday, a Kossack posted a recommended diary accusing the Firedoglake blog of "Swiftboating" Obama over his work for a ...
|Laesch-Foster Dogfight in IL-14
In the other big election tonight, John Laesch and Bill Foster are in a dogfight to win the Democratic nomination for the 03/08/08 IL-14 special election to replace Dennis Hastert. With 44% ...
|Cali Field Poll, The "Gold Standard": C-36, O-34
There's been a rush of new polls this morning, but one stands out above the rest. The California Field Poll has long been considered the "gold standard" of California polls, and it shows a dramatic ...
|Simon Rosenberg Slams Hillary's Florida Grandstanding
This is important. Simon has spent years helping build the Democratic party. And he's highly offended by Hillary's opportunistic grandstanding in Florida. For someone who's usually quite measured ...
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