Archive for October 12th, 2010

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Oct
10

a star of stage and screen (and george clooney)

President Barack Obama discusses the situation in Sudan with actor George Clooney during a meeting outside the Oval Office, Oct. 12, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

12
Oct
10

the host with the most

President Obama and students from the film Waiting for Superman

12
Oct
10

moonwalk

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, Oct. 11, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

12
Oct
10

patriots! (well, eh, foreign-funded patriots)

ThinkProgress: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads

Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue with his old buddy GBW (April, 2008)

The largest attack campaign against Democrats this fall is being waged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors.

The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000  ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project.

The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending. A ThinkProgress investigation has found that the Chamber funds its political attack campaign out of its general account, which solicits foreign funding. And while the Chamber will likely assert it has internal controls, foreign money is fungible, permitting the Chamber to run its unprecedented attack campaign.

According to legal experts consulted by ThinkProgress, the Chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections.

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12
Oct
10

plane funny

Miami-Dade airport, October 11, 2010

Show the movie-maker some love:  YouTube

 

Another sublime ‘plane’ crazy video …..

(Tip 1: Hold the camera steady!)

12
Oct
10

philadelphia warrior!

President Obama speaks to a crowd of more than 18,000 supporters in Philadelphia, October 10

12
Oct
10

so, how are the tea party candidates doing?

Well…….

Anchorage Daily News: Miller vows silence on background until election

Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller said this afternoon he will not be answering any more questions about his personal background for the remainder of the campaign…..

….The statement came as new questions were raised about Miller’s time as an attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The Alaska Dispatch, quoting an anonymous source, reported Sunday night that Miller used borough equipment in the unsuccessful 2008 attempt to oust state Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

Miller, who is a backed by the Tea Party Express, has faced scrutiny in recent weeks on a number of fronts involving his personal background, including that his family received low-income medical benefits, low-income hunting and fishing licenses and that his wife drew unemployment benefits. Miller has been critical of such programs at the federal level….

 

And then there’s Ohio GOP Congressional Candidate Richard Iott – that’s him, second from right:

Oh dear.

12
Oct
10

hunger strikes

President Barack Obama explains his food order to the press as he stops at El Mago de Las Fritas in Miami, October 11




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