Highlighting Failed Policy in Syria, US-Armed Militia Falls to Al-Qaeda Affiliate

By: Monday March 2, 2015 6:00 pm

Harakat al-Hazm, armed with American anti-tank missiles, announces dissolution by Sarah Lazare A U.S.-backed militia in Syria, touted by the Obama administration as a trusted “moderate” group and armed with American anti-tank missiles, is reportedly dissolving following a series of defeats by al-Qaeda aligned Jabhat al-Nusra—leaving the U.S.-led war on ISIS in further disarray. The [...]


Daily Beast Misses The Mark On History Of Cory Booker Opposition

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 2:25 pm

While there may (or may not) be a need in the near future to write a political obituary for Cory Booker it should be more inclusive and accurate than the recap published by the Daily Beast titled The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy by Olivia Nuzzi. Nuzzi correctly notes that much of Booker’s popularity is built on hype and that his actual record as a mayor leaves a lot to be desired, but she also claims “few outside Newark noticed”and credits a right wing opposition researcher and writer and those of his views as the “only people” taking Booker to task for his record of mediocrity verging on venality.

Should One Obscure Bureaucrat Have Veto Power over Every Marijuana Label in the Country?

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 10:15 am

Given that one of the biggest slogan for the legalization movement is “regulate marijuana like alcohol,” we could potentially end up with one Treasury Department official functioning as the marijuana label czar approving the packaging design for every marijuana product on the market.

General Clapper Changes Story Again, Says He ‘Misunderstood’ Wyden’s Question

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 6:45 am

Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper has changed his story once again on why he gave a false answer in testimony before Congress while under oath. In a friendly interview with The Daily Beast Clapper changed his explanation from his previous statement that what he said was the “least untruthful” answer he could provide to now claiming he “misunderstood” the question he was being asked.

David Frum Just Makes up “Facts” to Argue Against Marijuana Legalization

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 11:02 am

As someone who believes that marijuana prohibition has done significantly more harm than good, I would love to have a serious data-driven national debate about legalization. But unfortunately that is not possible when prohibitionists think it is acceptable to simply make up facts.

This anti-legalization article in The Daily Beast by David Frum is an egregious recent example of that phenomenon.

What David Freedlander’s Report on Blogs Left Out — Google

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 7:34 am

Pam has already touched on David Freedlander’s piece about the decline of independent blogs 10 years down the road. There are many things that are true in his long piece, but he somehow doesn’t manage to ask the rather obvious question — where’s the money?

Meghan McCain Comes Out in Support of Marijuana Legalization

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 1:40 pm

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, has come out in support of legalizing marijuana in her new book. Having the daughter of the most recent Republican presidential candidate publicly supporting the end of marijuana prohibition is another important moment in the process of legalization becoming a mainstream political issue.

Daily Beast’s Tina Brown Untroubled as WaPo by Howie Kurtz’s CNN Conflict

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 4:40 pm

Those who observe American media, and observe what passes for Legacy Media’s “criticism” of our American media, have long been irritated by the Washington Post’s declaration that Howard Kurtz’s disclosure of his CNN role (host of “Reliable Sources” and media critic) satisfies WaPo readers that he has no conflict between his CNN role and his WaPo role, even when writing about CNN. Moved up the Versailles foodchain to Washington Bureau Chief (of the Daily Beast, but still….) Howie will retain his CNN Sunday hosting role.

Reasonable Peterson Reasonably Suggests Reasons to Balance Budget on Backs of Working Class While Preserving Reasonable Tax Breaks for Reasonably Affluent

By: Monday August 2, 2010 1:25 pm

I notice that the Daily Beast decided to do a long PR ad for an interview with Peter Peterson, which tried to make clear just how reasonable the man is. Many of his cheerleaders quickly hailed it as persuasive proof. But the problem is that on the issue of the deficit, Peterson is a self-serving hypocrite.

Vote Counting for Good Health Reform: Doing What Any Good Lobbyist Would Do

By: Wednesday November 11, 2009 7:23 am

Vote counting isn’t some novel tactic — it’s what lobbyists do. They line up support early in the game, and then try to hold members of Congress to those commitments. We only did what any lobbyist would. In the third quarter last year, Planned Parenthood paid Baker, Donelson $30,000 for lobbying, and $15,000 to the Glover Park Group. Planned Parenthood Action Fund spent $20,813 on internal lobbying, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America spent $161,885.

Richards makes close to $400,000 a year. Planned Parenthood national has assets in excess of $126 million dollars. Anyone want to explain how they did not, by Richards’ own admission, see this coming?

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