Alaska blogger, journalist and writer Amanda Coyne has posted a Youtube of one of the four GOP Alaska U.S. Senate Primary candidates. In it, the longshot entry in the four-way race may have inadvertently helped her low budget campaign more than anything she intentionally produced might have done. In places, candidate Kathleen Tonn sings in tongues. She sings in a steam bath, joined at the end of the video by her friend, Suzie:
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday January 19, 2014 7:00 am|
|By: EdwardTeller Saturday February 23, 2013 7:52 am|
In the first of what may become a cascade of U.S. government announcements, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday that they have turned their findings on the drill vessel Noble Discoverer over to the U.S. Justice Department:
|By: David Dayen Friday November 16, 2012 2:50 pm|
I will be on Mark Thompson’s Make It Plain show on Sirius/XM – I’m actually on every Friday – and we tape early, so I can tell you that one of the things I’ll talk about is how Social Security’s long-term funding is an artifact of rampant US inequality. See, we have a payroll tax funding Social Security that gets capped at around $113,700 a year. That means that every dollar above that cap gets untaxed to pay for Social Security. When inequality widens, as it has, more and more compensation goes untaxed, draining the Social Security system of funds. Historically speaking, at least 90% of compensation gets captured by the Social Security system. Today that’s down to about 82%, the last I read.
So to the extent that Social Security needs to be fixed – and by “fixed” I don’t just mean brought into a 75-year balance, but made more adequate so less seniors slip into poverty – you need to raise that tax cap and capture more income. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) has an excellent piece of legislation that would do just this.
|By: David Dayen Friday June 17, 2011 1:30 pm|
I asked DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz about all this today, as she greeted attendees at Netroots Nation. She was fairly blunt. “I will tell you that benefit cuts are not on the table,” she said. “They’re not on the table for me and they’re not on the table for our party in the House.”
|By: David Dayen Saturday May 14, 2011 11:11 am|
President Obama announced in his weekly address a plan to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to oil drilling. Through an executive order, the President would also extend leases in the Gulf of Mexico for oil concerns that were subject to the moratorium on deepwater drilling after the BP oil disaster, as well as speeding up evaluation of resources in the Atlantic, extending other leases in Alaska and building incentives for oil and gas companies to use land they own on existing leases on land and sea.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 12, 2011 6:55 am|
It was inevitable that oil-producing states would get representation like this. And yet every state is a gas-consumer state. Every state is a taxpayer state. Every state has constituents who give their money to the government so a sliver of it can be handed over to the same billionaires who charge $4 a gallon for gasoline. And these billionaires are the same people who think being denied that corporate welfare is actually un-American.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday November 18, 2010 5:30 am|
TSA chief John Pistole went for the big lie yesterday in his testimony before the Transportation and Commerce Committee. . . .
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday October 10, 2010 4:40 pm|
Alaska artist and political wonk, Tom Begich, was on Moore Up North today. Tom is U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s brother. Along with brother Dr. Nick Begich, Jr, Tom is far more progressive than Mark. Tom borrowed my classroom blackboard from the University of Alaska Anchorage to illustrate two important things – why Sen. Lisa Murkowski cannot win on November 2nd as a write-in, and how close Scott McAdams may really be.
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday March 8, 2009 7:45 am|
An anonymous Senator (or Senators) has put a hold on the nominations of John Holdren to be White House science advisor, and on Jane Lubchenco to head NOAA. The office of the early suspect, NJ Senator Bob Menendez, denied Thursday that he has a hold on the nomination. Nobody now knows who placed the hold, or why.
|By: Philip Munger Friday July 18, 2008 6:40 pm|
99 Poems about Ted Stevens! 63 on Tuesday, 36 on Wednesday. And although Ted hasn’t been surfacing in the news today like he was earlier in the week, the sun doesn’t set in the North this time of the year, until very late.
Ted did call me though. It was a robo-call. I was really hoping that he’d call, or that somebody from his staff would call back, accepting my offer inviting somebody in his Alaska office to help judge this contest over the weekend. But, no, just another damn GOP robo-call. Here’s my favorite part of Ted’s call:
Hi! This is Senator Ted Stevens. Sorry to miss you today. I’ve called to invite you to a town hall meeting – BY TELEPHONE! I’m reaching out to you with this new technology….