Sunday Late Night: Questions for Senator Jeff Merkley?

By: Sunday February 20, 2011 8:01 pm

I don’t know exactly what tomorrow’s meet-and-greet format will be, so I’m not sure how many chances I’ll get to ask questions of the Senator. But if you had a chance to ask a question tomorrow, what would you ask? I’ll try to get the answers and bring them back in a MyFDL post later this week.

Thanks, the floor is yours.


Mubarak’s Loot: $38 Million Found! Still Hidden? $69,962 Million

By: Sunday February 20, 2011 8:20 am

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak’s looted billions — indeed, his ability to loot billions as representatives of our government scoff at activists who call such looting illegal — plays a fundamental role in our house of cards economy. And, given that we reward obedient client dictators with permission to loot their country, it plays a fundamental role in American hegemony in this world.

Egypt After Mubarak: Rapid Succession, Activist Splintering

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 9:30 am

Obviously the shutdown of the Internet or the threat to have the military fire on its own people didn’t save Egypt’s now-former president Hosni Mubarak. But they provide the building blocks for how other nations might handle this crisis, out of the watchful eye of the world. This could already be happening in Iran, or Libya, or Bahrain. Mubarak may not have saved his own autocracy, but he may end up saving others.

Senior Officials Wave Their SIGINT Around

By: Monday February 14, 2011 12:30 pm

It seems to be a key intent of public admissions of our spying is to disclose to whom we were listening — Mubarak’s family (and presumably other top officials) — and why we shifted our normal focus away from counterterrorism targets — because of Egyptian security forces had used violence against protesters.

At Best, America Killed Mubarak’s Presidency with Kindness

By: Saturday February 12, 2011 6:00 pm

Collectively as a country we can claim no credit for this positive popular revolution against a dictator we spent so much money trying to keep in power.

How Would a President McCain Have Responded to Egypt’s Uprising?

By: Saturday February 12, 2011 11:30 am

Count me among those who constantly point out the dissonance between Democratic Primary Candidate Barack Obama’s progressive promises and the actions of President Barack Obama which tend to continue and even extend (as we see today on FISA) the Constitutional and international law abuses of George W. Bush. However, I am becoming more and more convinced that despite the accusations of fumbling and presenting multiple, conflicting public positions on the Egyptian uprising, a key strategic move by the Obama administration appears to have been communication to the Egyptian military that the US would move quickly to cut off financial aid to the military if it attacked peacefully demonstrating civilians. Would a President John McCain have taken this approach? I don’t think so, and we have his comments from last Saturday at the Munich Security Conference to support that idea.

Obama Offers Credit to People of Egypt for Mubarak Ouster

By: Friday February 11, 2011 5:10 pm

What we saw happen in Egypt over the past few weeks and the final joyous hours was a citizen-led movement. It was a worker-led movement as well, with female beneficiaries of micro-finance and youth entrepreneurs and the working class taking to the streets to air their grievances about their personal conditions. It was not a Western-led coup, or something the West even had a whole lot of leverage to effect. In his final days, the Mubarak regime tried to claim a grand conspiracy of foreign operatives and satellite news channels angling to push them out, a play to nationalist fervor. But that’s not what happened. The people in the street toppled them.

President Obama spoke to that today in his remarks.

The Party Line – February 11, 2011

By: Friday February 11, 2011 9:30 am

I approach this week’s edition of The Party Line with a bit of trepidation–talking about Egypt in a segment I have to tape some hours before I post is risky business. No doubt “facts on the ground,” as they say, have changed since I recorded this. What I really want to address, though, is not so much what is happening in Tahrir Square, but what the hell is going on with the message uttered by US administration officials. That also might have changed since I made this video, but that is exactly what I want to talk about.

Mubarak Has Stepped Down, Tahrir Square Rejoicing [Update]

By: Friday February 11, 2011 8:09 am

In a brief announcement on Egyptian state television, Vice President Omar Suleiman said that President Hosni Mubarak has relinquished power and asked the Egyptian Armed Forces Council to assume responsibility for leadership of the country.

‘Farewell Friday’ Observed by Protesters after Mubarak’s Defiant Speech [Updated]

By: Friday February 11, 2011 6:05 am

During President Hosni Mubarak’s speech last evening to the Egyptian public, the crowd of pro-democracy protesters began to shout angrily as it became clear that Mubarak would not recognize their demands. The angry shouts have been followed today by enormous crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square continuing their demand for an end to the current regime.

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