Kyl Should Rethink Supercommittee Threat

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Joshua Roberts/Reuters This article first appeared at The Atlantic. Senator Jon Kyl made news this week by telegraphing in advance the tantrums he would throw — including resignation from his responsibilities as a member of the so-called “supercommittee” –  if the Congressional group pushes for more defense cuts.  It’s unclear whether Kyl will tolerate the $350 billion in cuts slated for the next ten years already called for by President Obama — or whether he is talking about cuts above…

Lovett Leaves Giggle & Gay Void at White House (and Vietor Needs a Roommate)

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Word broke today that Barack Obama’s funniest speechwriter Jon Lovett — performing above at the Washington Improv (giving an impeccable impersonation of Arianna Huffington) and who along with lead Obama wordsmith, Jon Favreau, was the genius this year behind President Obama’s Trump-stirring White House Correspondent’s Dinner speech — will be leaving DC to write funny stuff for Hollywood.  Watch out 30 Rock. I’ve been studying Lovett from a safe distance for a while — and he reminds me of my…

Labor Day Good News?

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Bleak views of the US economy abound.  Real unemployment for August — which according to a monthly newsletter report prepared by Leo Hindery includes discouraged workers (3.9 M), part time of necessity workers (8.8 M), and marginally attached workers (2.6 M) those on the unemployment roles — is up to 29.3 million workers, or 18.2% – compared to the still bleak official unemployment rate of 9.1%. EJ Dionne has today penned one of the most depressingly accurate homages to labor…

Best Shot of the Day: Fuji via Mongolia

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(photo credit: Minh Le) My friend Minh Le who has been doing a lot of work in Mongolia lately took this shot from the air while flying over Japan. He sent it in response to a note I posted on Facebook noting that Mt. Rainier is like Seattle’s Mt. Fuji. Rainier and Fuji are both spectacular — and yes, I know that one is easier to climb than the other. Thanks for the shot Minh. — Steve Clemons

School Stuff, the World & Laura Bush

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Most Americans know former First Lady Laura Bush as a strong supporter of education — and she puts her time and travel into this cause.  What is less known about Bush is how committed she was to international bridge-building and encouraging Americans to connect abroad. I want to tip my hat to former First Lady Laura Bush.  She is an internationalist — and young folks, in fear of burying the lead, you should know that there is a “Laura W….

Time for Good Republicans to Oust Whacko Republicans

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Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters In September 2008, then US Senator Lincoln Chafee did what many other smart, sensible Republicans should do today.  He distanced himself from the pugnacious, anti-informed, increasingly deluded and violence-hugging wing of his GOP party. In a talk I moderated at the New America Foundation, now Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee called Sarah Palin “a cocky whacko.” Today, the too silent majority of Republican Party members who are decent, believe in classical conservative values of decency…

Islamophobia Inc. Targets GOP Muslims Too

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The fact that the GOP is now experiencing the kind of outrageous character assaults against Muslims that many Dems, like US House Representative Keith Ellison, have endured only means that the push back has come much later than it should have.  Reuters/Rebecca Cook Are you or are you not a card-carrying member of the pro-Shariah, Muslim Brotherhood network trying to force the citizens of the United States of America to submit to the hateful will of Allah? I haven’t heard…

Post-Irene Moves

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This morning, I hope to reflect a bit about this interesting report that the Center for American Progress just released, titled “Fear, Inc.:  The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America“, but will be doing so from taxis, buses, and cars trying to make my way back from upper New York. I had hoped to live blog what was shifting from a Hurricane category 1 to a tropical storm from the beaches of Southampton, New York which took a very…

LIBYA: New Intervention Model? And What about Those Islamists?

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. . .A clip from an exchange I had yesterday morning on C-Span’s Washington Journal with host Greta Brawner. We got into quite a bit about the currents that come next in Libyan governance and also discussed the different model of intervention President Obama has hatched. — Steve Clemons is Washington Editor at Large at The Atlantic, where this post first appeared. Clemons can be followed on Twitter at @SCClemons