ABC This Week’s Stephanopoulus Helps Gingrich Spin Tale on Gas Prices

By: Sunday March 4, 2012 12:15 pm

Why is it that ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN thought that the politician America needed to hear from this week was Newt Gingrich, a candidate who’s been thoroughly rejected by all by the most delusional and extreme Republican voters and has no chance of becoming President? Even if it hadn’t been a ghastly week, with Republican icons insulting women and degrading the national discourse while the GOP leadership and Presidential candidates hid, the idea of giving the man who has spent 20 years contributing to our declining politics yet another national platform would be inexcusable for any supposedly news entity.

Every viewer knows that any interview of Newt Gingrich usually results in an uninterrupted commercial for himself, his lies, and his fantasies. With a weak interviewer like ABC’s George Stephanopoulus, that means we get 10 minutes of misrepresentations, misdirection and evasions with little or no pushback, leaving the audience either frustrated or more misinformed than they were before.

Dayen’s Roundup from February 27, 2012

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 6:20 am

David Dayen’s news roundup from Monday, February 27, including stories about more ultrasound, GOP primaries, inept bank regulators, Greece, Germany, Syria, Iran, Russian, Catholic church and sex, gas prices, DOMA, Scott Brown and more.

US Intelligence Community: Iran Is Not Actively Building a Nuclear Weapon

By: Saturday February 25, 2012 10:00 am

To the extent that the federal government has a role to play in lowering gas prices, one of the biggest things they can do is stop making the world believe that Iran faces an imminent attack on their nuclear facilities that will potentially inflame the entire Middle East and threaten the security of oil shipments. So it’s fortuitous that this intelligence assessment was released in the past 48 hours.

President Mostly Speaks Truth About Gas Prices

By: Friday February 24, 2012 9:15 am

So we’re going to have another fatuous debate about gas prices in this country, as if the President has a ticker on his desk that he can set to the 9/10 of a cent. President Obama made the effort to mock this. As a national politician he obviously feels he cannot say “there’s not much I can do,” but he came extremely close in this speech.

Pelosi Speaks the Unspoken: Wall Street Speculation to Blame for Rising Gas Prices

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 7:44 am

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi went sharply after oil speculation late yesterday, taking up a strategy to answer Republicans on rising gas prices that has not been employed much in the political sphere.

Dayen’s Roundup from February 12, 2012

By: Monday February 13, 2012 6:15 am

David Dayen, born on 2.12, provides a round up of the news you might have missed from 2.12.12, including stories on the still undefined bank settlement, Komen Foundation, Maine caucus, jobs reports, an alternative to Keystone, Syria, Iran, gas prices, women in combat and much more.

Republicans Cannot Handle Decent Jobs Reports

By: Friday January 6, 2012 3:28 pm

This is a bind for Republicans, who have no Plan B if the economy improves. But there are non-insulting-to-the-intelligence ways of describing the employment situation in America. This just saps any belief that these are people with one shred of sense about the economy.

More on the Economy in 2012: Making Up the Auto and Home Sales Gap?

By: Monday January 2, 2012 9:30 am

The biggest reason I can find for economic optimism in 2012 is a belief that people will eventually have to buy new cars and form households, so why not this year? That appears to be the animating thought behind Matt Yglesias’ cheery forecast in the new year. But the economic story is a lot more mixed.

Feinberg Expects to Pay Out Only One-Fifth of Total BP Claims Fund

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 5:07 pm

There may be ongoing claims that will drain out a bit more money. But it won’t be much more than 20% of the total funds negotiated that will be used. I don’t know whether this can be attributed to program eligibility or a lack of publicity or bad design. But that number seems quite low compared to the devastation that BP wreaked upon the Gulf Coast.

Oil Speculation: Sanders Accuses CFTC of Breaking the Law

By: Friday May 27, 2011 8:40 am

Sanders went so far as to accuse Gensler of breaking the law for not implementing the Dodd-Frank regulation on position limits. He cited the now well-worn quote by Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, that the price of oil under regular market conditions should be $60-$70 a barrel (it’s currently trading at around $100). Sanders also cited the recent lawsuits from the CFTC against Parnon Energy, Arcadia Petroleum and Arcadia Energy for driving up prices during the spike of 2008, and stated that the same conditions exist today.

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