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PPP Poll: Dems in Illinois Could Lose Burris Seat in ’10

GO TO PUBLIC POLICY POLLING FOR THEIR ANALYSIS OF ILLINOIS US SENATE 2010

I am pretty sure things can be righted in Illinois without ceding what should be a Democratic Senate seat to the Republicans. But then again, Democrats would have solved this by appointing Diane Nash instead of Burris.

Maybe Jon Stewart should move to Illinois and run. More realisticaly, the Dems would most likely win with Lisa Madigan as their standard bearer, or so PPP finds.

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Finally Obama on Pakistan (FULL TRANSCRIPT)

All of the President’s timely press conference makes good reading and I refer you to the NYT site for a thorough look. Particularly useful was his concentration on Pakistan which mirrors the concern ofthose who have trained a close eye on reports of Taliban advances there.

Here with salient links the gist of the President’s viewpoint.

Speaking at a prime-time news conference on his 100th day in office, Mr. Obama called the government in Pakistan, where army forces are at war with Taliban insurgents who have been advancing on Islamabad, “very fragile.” Pakistan’s leader, President Asif Ali Zardari, is to visit Washington next week, and American officials have been pressing his government to be more aggressive in battling the insurgency.

“I am more concerned that the civilian government right now is very fragile,” Mr. Obama said, because it lacks the capacity to deliver services like health care and the rule of law. “As a consequence,” he added, “it’s very difficult for them to gain the support and loyalty of their people.”

Mr. Obama also hit back at critics including former Vice President Dick Cheney, maintaining that harsh interrogation techniques used by the previous administration did not yield any information that could not have been obtained through other means. SOURCE


HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE ENTIRE 100 DAY OBAMA PRESS CONFERENCE

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Barack Obama’s 100 Days End Run

You would have thought he would have hung around the White House to soak up some of the incessant, unrelenting, ultimately BORING, concentration on 100 Days. But the whole world has things to be thinking about that do not relate to silly benchmarks. I am being nasty but I want to see some concentration on Pakistan, some concentration on the jail economy in this country, some evidence that we do not have a clone media operation that has sacrificed independence for competing to see who can do the best 100 Days.

Well, I think I am on the same page with the Boss. That would be our President, who spent yesterday in Missouri doing a Town Hall and other no-nonsense things.

Good going Mr. President. And thanks for making the WhiteHouse.Gov site more a source of news than the repetitive efforts of the media marching in single file.

READ THE FULL ACCOUNT OF WHAT BARACK OBAMA DID WEDNESDAY

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Endless White House Photo Show

I stopped counting at 150. Pete Souza and the White House Photo Office have created an inside look at the Obama White House that is well worth a look. See it here.

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Osama Dead? Or Zardari’s Wishful Thinking?

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has raised the prospect that Osama bin Laden could be dead after he said that intelligence officials could find “no trace” of the al-Qaeda chief. […] There have been regular reports of bin Laden’s ill health, notably speculation about his kidneys failing. Mr Zardari said his own advisers believed there was substance to the rumours. […]Mr Zardari’s comments came as he sought to reassure the international community that it need not worry over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weaponsSOURCE

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Is It Worth It To Flag Michele Bachmann’s Lies?

Yes because, unlike the mendacious Limbaugh, she is a public servant who is accountable to the people. She can be replaced.

Did she lie when she said President Carter was running the show the last time swine flu hit?

Yes.

MORE ON ALL THIS HERE (VIDEO, TEXT)

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Specter’s Death Blow To The GOP

That’s the way I read it. Senator Specter took a look around his home state and saw that the wingnut population there would not vote for him and decided to change parties. The GOP population in PA has shrunk and will shrink even more when self-respecting Republicans break ranks to vote for Democrat Specter in 2010. At some point these homeless Repubicans will see the wingnuts bring themselves down and move back to retake control of the party that once boasted an Eisenhower but now boasts a Cheney.  Specter’s move is the ultimate, sane death blow to the GOP.  Wingnuts are more firmly in control of that incredible shrinking party. That is really all than need to be said.

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If you think this is just PA talking, look at the daunting figures from PPP.

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