Bill Clinton: Have To Slow Down Economy

From the sometimes surprising ABC News:

Bill: “We Just Have to Slow Down Our Economy” to Fight Global Warming

January 31, 2008

Jake Tapper

Former President Bill Clinton was in Denver, Colorado, stumping for his wife yesterday.

In a long, and interesting speech, he characterized what the U.S. and other industrialized nations need to do to combat global warming this way: “We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ’cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren.”

At a time that the nation is worried about a recession is that really the characterization his wife would want him making? “Slow down our economy”?

I don’t really think there’s much debate that, at least initially, a full commitment to reduce greenhouse gases would slow down the economy….So was this a moment of candor?

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Tapes Show Hillary Was Loyal Wal-Mart Exec

From a shocked and outraged ABC News:

Clinton Remained Silent As Wal-Mart Fought Unions

Tapes Reviewed by ABC News Show Clinton As a Loyal Company Woman

By BRIAN ROSS, MADDY SAUER and RHONDA SCHWARTZ

Jan. 31, 2008—In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world’s largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers.

Clinton has been endorsed for president by more than a dozen unions, according to her campaign Web site, which omits any reference to her role at Wal-Mart in its detailed biography of her.

Wal-Mart’s anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton’s fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years.

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Hillary Insists She Can Control Her Husband

From ABC News:


Clinton Says She Can Control Her Husband

January 30, 2008

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: Senator Hillary Clinton, in an interview with ABC News’ Cynthia McFadden for ABC News’ Nightline, was asked about President Clinton’s controversial comments about race and Senator Obama  in the past weeks. Clinton apologized for her husband.

“I think whatever he said which was certainly never intended to cause any kind of offense to anyone,” Clinton said, “if it did give offenses then I take responsibility and I’m sorry about that.”

“Can you control him?” asked McFadden.

“Oh of course,” Clinton replied.

Of course she can.

She always has before, hasn’t she?

(Warning: the YouTube is of the whole endless fawning segment.)

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Bill Clinton Got $31.1M For Help With Deal

From the Clinton-endorsing New York Times:

Former President Bill Clinton with Sir Tom Hunter, left, and Frank Giustra, major donors to Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation.

After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity

January 31, 2008

After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton Charity

By JO BECKER and DON VAN NATTA Jr.

Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan. Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited: highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around the world. And Mr. Giustra was in hot pursuit of an exclusive deal to tap them.

Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic.

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McCain: I’m Proud Of My Conservative Record

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, answers a question as former ...

Romney Accuses McCain of ‘Dirty Tricks’

Jan 31, 2008

By LIZ SIDOTI

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney accused John McCain of using dirty tricks by suggesting the former Massachusetts governor wanted a deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, in a spirited debate Wednesday night that underscored the intensity of their presidential rivalry…

“I have never, ever supported a specific timetable” for withdrawing troops, Romney said. McCain’s accusation on the eve of Tuesday’s primary, he said, “sort of falls into the dirty tricks that I think Ronald Reagan would have found reprehensible.” …

McCain stuck to his guns, saying, “of course he said he wanted a timetable” for a withdrawal. McCain had made the allegation in Florida as he tried to shift the debate from the ailing economy, a stronger issue for Romney, a former venture capitalist and businessman.

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Illegal Mexicans Only Sending $30B Home

From where else but the tireless champions of illegal aliens at the New York Times:

Money Sent Home by Mexicans Almost Stagnant in 2007

January 31, 2008

By Mike Nizza

The money sent home by Mexicans working abroad — known as remittances — is the country’s second-greatest source of foreign income, after oil exports. But the flow has been leveling off after years of growth.

According to figures released on Wednesday by Mexico’s central bank, remittances grew just 1 percent in 2007, to $23.9 billion. Not too many years ago, annual increases of as much as 20 percent were common.

Around the world, remittances from people working outside their native country have maintained a growth rate of about 10 percent as more people migrate across borders for employment.

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Drug Scandal For Chinese Supplier Of RU-486

From a terribly shocked New York Times:


A patient in Shanghai who was paralyzed by a tainted drug.

Tainted Drugs Tied to Maker of Abortion Pill

By JAKE HOOKER and WALT BOGDANICH

BEIJING — A huge state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company that exports to dozens of countries, including the United States, is at the center of a nationwide drug scandal after nearly 200 Chinese cancer patients were paralyzed or otherwise harmed last summer by contaminated leukemia drugs.

Chinese drug regulators have accused the manufacturer of the tainted drugs of a cover-up and have closed the factory that produced them. In December, China’s Food and Drug Administration said that the Shanghai police had begun a criminal investigation and that two officials, including the head of the plant, had been detained.

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Shocker: Media Coverage Favors Democrats

From the Project For Excellence In Journalism:


Clinton Finishes Third in Battle for Campaign Coverage (But it’s Bill!!!)

“I can’t tell who I’m running against sometimes,” said Barack Obama last week. It was a reference to the aggressive campaigning before the Jan. 26 South Carolina Democratic primary by both Hillary and Bill Clinton.

Last week’s election coverage suggests he had a point. Although the landslide winner in South Carolina was the leading newsmaker of the week, he was certainly outdone in the race for media exposure by the Clinton tag team.

Obama edged Hillary Clinton by the narrowest of margins. But her surrogate and husband—whose aggressive attacks on Obama and increasingly conspicuous role have been manna for political pundits—was the third-most prominent newsmaker in the race for President last week, January 21 through 27.

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Hillary War Room Still Smarting From “Snub”

Here is yet another scalding indictment of Mr. Obama from Hillary’s “war room,” Hillary Is 44:

[Hillary Is 44 caption:] Readers of Big Pink knew long ago of Obama’s nasty anti-Hillary demeanor.

Do we really want these children back in the White House?

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Ralph Nader Is Considering Presidential Bid

From a highly annoyed Associated Press:

Ralph Nader Kicks Off Exploratory Presidential Bid

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

WASHINGTON — Ralph Nader is seeking the presidency — again.

The consumer activist and political gadfly kicked off an exploratory presidential campaign Wednesday with the launch of a new Web site that promises he’ll fight “corporate greed, corporate power, corporate control” and asks people to donate $300 each.

Nader sought the White House in each of the last three presidential elections: He ran on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent in 2004.

Gee, the AP sounds pretty snippy about this turn of events, don’t they?

Sadly, Mr. Nader may be our only hope.

Except he would probably draw as many voters from Mr.

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John Edwards To Abandon Presidential Bid

From a deeply saddened Associated Press:

John Edwards to quit presidential race

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

DENVER – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies, The Associated Press has learned.

The two-time White House candidate notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two aides. The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Update: Giuliani Drops Out, Endorses McCain

From an elated Associated Press:


[Update] Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks before the CNN/Los Angeles Times Republican presidential debate at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California January 30, 2008 where he formally withdrew from the Republican presidential nomination race and endorsed rival US Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Giuliani to exit presidential race today

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rudy Giuliani told supporters Wednesday he’s abandoning his bid for president and backing Republican rival and longtime friend John McCain.

“I spoke with Rudy Giuliani this morning and he confirmed that he is dropping out of the race and will endorse Senator John McCain for president,” New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno said in a statement.

Once the Republican presidential front-runner, Giuliani suffered a debilitating defeat in Tuesday’s Florida primary.

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WP: McCain "Stands Tall" Despite Attacks

From the front page of the DNC’s Washington Post:

After Romney’s Barrage, McCain Stands Tall

By Jonathan Weisman and Paul Kane
Wednesday, January 30, 2008; Page A01

On Friday, Mitt Romney accused John McCain of being the Democrats’ favorite Republican. On Sunday, the former Massachusetts governor mocked McCain’s endorsement in the New York Times and then observed, “If he’s been a leader, where has it led us?” On Monday, Romney accused McCain of clobbering Florida taxpayers at the gas pump. Yesterday, he called him an economic novice.

But last night, the senator from Arizona emerged from that negative onslaught a survivor. In money and message, Romney threw all he could at McCain in a bruising week in Florida, but it did not prove to be enough.

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Hillary Camp: Obama Snubs Hillary, Florida

From her “war room” at Hillary Is 44:

Obama Snubs Hillary Clinton, Florida, and 15 Million Americans

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Barack Obama betrayed his true unvarnished personality and politics when he responded at a New Hampshire debate to Hillary’s warm compliments, “You’re likeable enough, Hillary“.

Last night at the State of the Union speech Obama once again revealed himself. The Chicago Tribune caught Obama in the act of being himself:

“Sen. Barack Obama refused to make himself available to greet Sen. Hillary Clinton before the speech.

When members of the Senate entered the chamber, Obama came in before Clinton. He went out of his way to greet as many House members as possible and walked halfway across the chamber to greet members of the Supreme Court, the president’s cabinet, the military joint chiefs.

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Muslim Gang Plotted To Behead UK Soldier

From those defenders of the faith at the UK’s Times:


From left to right: Parviz Khan, Basiru Gassama, Hamid Elasmar and Mohammed Irfan, all of whom pleaded guilty.

Gang plotted to behead Muslim soldier ‘like a pig’

David Byers and agencies

Four Islamic extremists pleaded guilty today in a plot to kidnap a Muslim member of the Armed Forces from Birmingham City Centre and behead him “like a pig”.

The group, headed by Parviz Khan, 38, an unemployed charity worker, from Alum Rock, Birmingham, was arrested in February last year during a series of counter-terrorism raids by police.

At the start of the trial of Amjad Mahmood and Zahoor Iqbal – who deny involvement in the plot – the jury at Leicester Crown Court was told that Khan was “a man who has the most violent and extreme Islamist views”, and headed a Birmingham-based network gathering money and equipment to send to Pakistan for the use of “terrorists”.

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