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  1. Walker’s Loss: 19 Counties Flip To Dems In Wis. Supreme Court Election

    WASHINGTON — A divisive budget battle between labor unions and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) turned a state Supreme Court race into a nationally watched bellwether on the electorate’s mood heading into a recall campaign and the 2012 elections.

    Nearly 1.5 million people turned out to vote, representing 33.5 percent of voting-age adults — 68 percent higher than the 20 percent turnout officials had expected. Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg has already declared victory, with the vote tallies showing her beating incumbent David Prosser by just a couple hundred votes. The race is expected to head to a recount.

    Significantly, 19 counties that went for Walker in the 2010 elections this time flipped and went for Kloppenburg, including LaCrosse (59 percent), Sauk (56 percent) and Dunn (56 percent).

    On a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate was jubilant over the results, saying they represent a “watershed moment for Wisconsin and a Waterloo for Scott Walker.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    watching Rachel Maddow…

    in the Supreme Court race…if there is a Court Challenge, guess who gets to appoint the judge who will oversee the Court Challenge?




    Karma=it’s what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  3. rikyrah says:

    G-T-F-O-H with this..

    I may not like Schultz all the way, but on this, I have NO DOUBT..

    she has more balls and 90% of her male colleagues,

    and she’s not afraid to go toe-to-toe with ANY GOPer

    she does NOT have a mealy mushmouth.

    she’s out there, in your face

    and NOBODY sticks to the talking points like her.


    Dem lawmaker: DNC chairmanship will ‘strain’ Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    By Jordan Fabian – 04/06/11 11:47 AM ET

    A veteran Democratic lawmaker voiced concern Wednesday that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) could overextend herself by taking on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairmanship.

    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) expressed confidence that the Florida Democrat would do good work as party chairwoman, but cast doubt on her ability to juggle her responsibilities as a member of Congress and head of the party.

    Well Debbie’s got a lot of energy, but I don’t know how in the world she’s going to do that,” he said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program. “She has taken on a big responsibility, I think she’ll do a good job at it, but it’s going to really strain her.”

    McDermott is one of the first Democratic officials to publicly question President Obama’s selection of Wasserman Schultz as DNC chief.

    The fourth-term lawmaker received statements of support Tuesday from party leaders in Congress. Democrats circulated endorsements from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.).

    “There have been a number of people who have served in elected office and chaired the DNC at the same time – and members from both sides of the aisle serve in Congress and run their party’s respective political committees with great success,” said a Democratic official, who requested anonymity. “There is not a scintilla of doubt that she can perform both roles with flying colors.”

    Another senior Democratic strategist even took a swipe at McDermott’s career in Congress.

    “Jim McDermott has never served a day in leadership in Congress so he really doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about,” the strategist said.

    • Ametia says:

      This is total bullshit. DWS is SURVIVER, and anyone who is a cancer survival CAN.DO.IT.

    • Debbie Wasserman Schultz is fierce! As Bernie Mac would say…”she ain’t scared of you……

      • Ametia says:

        Yes she is and so is this lady!

        Donna Brazile tapped as interim DNC chair

        By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 4/6/11 11:07 AM EDT Updated: 4/6/11 12:17 PM EDT
        Donna Brazile, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton and Al Gore, will fill in as interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee until Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida can be officially elected to the post.

        Brazile, the committee’s vice chairwoman, will take the reins for the next two weeks, filling the void left by Chairman Tim Kaine’s resignation Tuesday as he launches a Senate bid in Virginia. The Washington Post first reported the pick, and a DNC official confirmed the move to POLITICO.

        Read more:

      • Yup! She’s a keeper!

  4. rikyrah says:

    April 6, 2011

    IT’S HIS SHUTDOWN AND HE’LL CRY IF HE WANTS TO…. I guess this was inevitable.

    John Boehner was driven to tears again today. This time it happened at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans.

    According to sources inside the meeting, Boehner it happened while Boehner was speaking to the group about the latest on his negotiations with Democrats over government funding. Boehner talked about his meeting yesterday with President Obama and then, in a rousing conclusion, he thanked the House Republicans for standing by him and supporting him through these tense negotiations.

    The Republican conference responded with a standing ovation for their speaker.

    As you could imagine, that prompted the Speaker to cry.

    Sure, but is there any chance the crying could become tears of joy after striking a deal? Time is obviously running out in a hurry — we’re now counting down by the number of hours, not the number of days — but there’s been some movement this afternoon.

    Roll Call reported that the party’s leaders are at least talking again, and “there were indications that progress was being made.” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters, “I feel better about it today than I did yesterday at the same time.”

    This was not a unanimous view. Politico reported that “leaders from both parties are more pessimistic about cutting a deal before the government runs out of money.”

    There was reportedly some progress on the spending-cut target. Boehner moved the goalposts this week, demanding $40 billion in cuts after agreeing privately to $33 billion, but top aides today apparently met to explore another compromise between the two numbers. The bigger hurdle, apparently, is the GOP demand for policy “riders,” which right-wing House Republicans continue to treat as having equal importance to the cuts themselves.

    How party leaders can work around this is a mystery to me.

    The odds notwithstanding, if a compromise is reached, what about rule GOP leaders imposed on themselves, mandating that a bill is available for three days before a vote? In this case, Republicans are prepared to waive the rule, if there’s a deal to even vote on.

    In the meantime, the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity held a rally this afternoon across the street from the Capitol, with several dozen right-wing activists on hand to listen to speeches from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), and others. The Republican voters chanted, “Shut it down!” during the rally, and every other sign at the rally urged the GOP to shut down the government.

    I think we can say with confidence which side of the aisle is “rooting for a government shutdown.”
    —Steve Benen 4:30 PM

  5. rikyrah says:

    this is SOOOOOO a political ad in his recall


    Gov. Scott Walker Chose Top Donor’s 26-Year-Old Dropout Son Over PhD And Engineer

    On Monday, ThinkProgress noted that Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) was using state funds to pay more than $81,500 a year to Brian Deschane, a 26-year-old son of a major campaign donor with no college degree and two drunken-driving convictions. The job involved overseeing state environmental and regulatory issues and managing dozens of Commerce Department employees.

    Yesterday, after the media reported on the hiring, Walker abruptly reversed course and removed Deschane from his position. Despite calling Deschane a “natural fit” just last week, Walker spokesman Cullen Werwise said Tuesday that the Governor decided “to move in another direction” after learning of the details of the appointment.

    Yet, Deschane will still serve in the Administration, returning to his previous job where he made $64,000 a year. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D) says he continues to be “concerned about whether [Deschane] was hired properly under the civil service system.”

    Those concerns appear to be well-founded. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reveals that Walker Commerce Secretary Paul Jadin choose Deschane as head of environmental and regulatory affairs at the Commerce Department over two highly qualified former state officials with extensive experience in state government:

    The first [potential candidate] Oscar Herrera, is a former state cabinet secretary under Republican Gov. Scott McCallum with a doctoral degree and eight years’ experience overseeing the cleanup of petroleum-contaminated sites.

    The second, Bernice Mattsson, is a professional engineer who served since 2003 in the post to which Deschane was appointed.

    Herrera and Mattsson didn’t get far in the process.

    “Neither candidate was interviewed,” said agency spokesman Tony Hozeny. […]

    Still, Hozeny said, Herrera and Mattsson expressed an interest in the job of administrator of the Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services.

    The scandal comes amidst a larger effort by Walker to strip the Department of Commerce of its regulatory and environmental functions and transform the Department “into a public-private hybrid in charge of attracting and retaining businesses.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Qualifications for President

    by BooMan
    Wed Apr 6th, 2011 at 01:00:17 PM EST
    Michele Bachmann explains why she is qualified to be president:

    “I have a very broad, extensive background.

    I’m a student of many years. I’ve studied a number of, a wide berth of topics. I sit currently on the Intelligence Committee. We deal with the classified secrets and with the unrest that’s occurring around the world. I also sit on Financial Services Committee.

    But again, I’ve lived life.

    Tomorrow, I’ll be celebrating my 55th birthday, and I’ve had a wide, extensive life. And again, my background is a very practical, solution-oriented vision.”

    I’m not much interested in Bachmann’s presidential aspirations because I don’t take them seriously. But I am interested in the right’s bizarrely low expectations for what constitutes qualification for our highest offices. They gave us Dan Quayle. They gave us George W. Bush. They tried to give us Sarah Palin. I don’t want to sound elitist, but we should demand more experience than these candidates had when they served (or attempted to serve) as our top leaders.

    Since Bachmann is talking about running for president, it’s natural to ask her what makes her qualified for the position. She did mention that she sits on the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees. Those positions do constitute relevant experience, although she’s only been serving on the Intelligence Committee for a couple of months. But the rest of her Palinesque response is meaningless. We have all lived life. We have all had experiences. Bachmann should have talked about what kinds of experiences she’s had that set her apart. For example, according to her Wikipedia entry, she worked for a time on a kibbutz in Israel. That’s a unique and unusual experience. She lived abroad in a much different culture. Inevitably, that provided her some important perspective that allows her to imagine different systems and different ways of doing things.

    Bachmann could also talk about her multiple degrees, including law degrees from Oral Roberts University and William & Mary. She could talk about her time working as an attorney the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and why she quit to become a full-time mother.

    I’m not saying that she’s qualified to be president, but she could make a stronger case than that she’s lived life, had experiences, and studied an unspecified number (berth) of topics. Maybe academic achievements and travel abroad don’t count as qualifications among the hard-right base of the Republican Party, but isn’t that the problem?

    Sarah Palin probably had fewer credentials than Bachmann when she was tapped as McCain’s running mate. She had barely served as governor for a year; her formal education was less impressive; her knowledge of the larger world was inferior, and her familiarity with Washington DC and Congress was virtually non-existent.

    I think the question we need to ask is, without being elitist about it, what are the minimum qualifications we should demand from a candidate for high office? It’s not an easy question to answer precisely. Some candidates suffer from too little familiarity with how Washington works, while others are too captured by the Washington mindset to think outside the box. But one thing that we have a right to ask is that candidates be uniquely superlative in some areas of life. They should be high achievers. They don’t need to have an Ivy League degree or be a highly successful CEO, but they should have excelled at something at some recent point in their life. Another thing we should ask is that they have a solid understanding of history and current events, including especially of foreign cultures, history, and events. Such experience can be academic or diplomatic or governmental or business-oriented, but it should exist.

    I think people on the left automatically judge candidates by this kind of criteria without having to be self-conscious about it. But people on the right seem to be very suspicious of people with too much in the way of academic accomplishment, or who have traveled extensively and think other countries have something to teach us about our options for governing our own affairs. That’s probably why Bachmann didn’t have much to say in her own defense. The people who might be impressed by her degrees might look down on the colleges she attended rather than credit her for rising up from modest means to make something of herself. And her true base? They value her ordinary averageness, her stay-at-mom traditional values, and her anti-abortion activism, not her educational attainment.

    I’m not immune from anti-elitist feelings. I criticized Obama for staffing his administration with almost exclusively Ivy League/Stanford/Berkeley graduates. Not everyone blossoms in high school and gets accepted to those kinds of universities. Not everyone can afford those kind of universities. I’d like to see more jobs for people who graduated from Michigan State or Rutgers or the University of Georgia. But anti-elitism shouldn’t extend to a celebration of low achievement. Our leaders should be very accomplished, intelligent people. You just couldn’t say that about Quayle, Bush, or Palin. The former two were just weaker knock-offs of their accomplished fathers who never took the life of the mind seriously. Palin just wasn’t qualified on any level. And Bachmann? Someone with her experience could be qualified, but it would help if they weren’t crazy.

  7. Kloppenburg Declares Victory In Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

    JoAnne Kloppenburg, the liberal-backed challenger in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, has declared victory against incumbent conservative Justice David Prosser, whose campaign is gearing up to seek a recount of this very big upset.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Kloppenburg’s statement:

    “We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts. I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.”With 100% of precincts reporting, the Associated Press gives Kloppenburg a lead of 204 votes out of nearly 1.5 million cast. A Kloppenburg win would shift the balance of the court, from 4-3 conservative to 4-3 liberal.

    Given the political security that Wisconsin Justices usually enjoy, Prosser should have been re-elected easily as of just a few weeks ago. However, the political backlash against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation has galvanized liberal activists, who brought in a late but very energetic game for the election.

  8. Ametia says:

    ‘Tiger Mother’ Daughter Accepted to Yale, Harvard
    Daughter of ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ author gets accepted to Yale, Harvard
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. April 6, 2011 (AP)

    The daughter of the author of a recent memoir on tough Chinese-style parenting that sparked an uproar has been accepted to Yale and Harvard.

    Yale law professor Amy Chua confirmed through her publisher that her daughter Sophia has been accepted to the two Ivy League schools. She declined further comment.

    Chua’s memoir, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” described Eastern-style parenting she used with her two daughters: No sleepovers, no play dates, no TV, no computer games, no grades under A, grueling rote academics and hours of piano and violin practice.

    The book sparked an online backlash among parents who thought Chua’s methods were extreme.

    Chua’s book, however, also described her journey to a softer approach with her daughters.

    Chua is the daughter of Filipino immigrants of Chinese descent.

  9. Ametia says:

    Umph,umph, ummph!

    Pawlenty staffer arrested in Iowa
    By Jordan Fabian – 04/06/11 03:02 PM ET

    A staffer for likely GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s exploratory committee was arrested in Iowa for public intoxication and trespassing early Wednesday.

    According to Des Moines’s KCCI-TV, Benjamin Foster was found about 3 a.m. banging at the back door of an family’s home in Ankeny, Iowa, a 20-minute drive north of Des Moines.

    The Steward family, who lives in the house, said that Foster was drunk and trying to reach a friends home. He vomited in the backyard, reportedly scaring their 15-year-old daughter.

    Police arrested and charged Foster, then took him to county jail.

    more here

  10. U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with people after arriving at Philadelphia International Airport aboard Air Force One, April 6, 2011.

  11. US President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting after touring the Gamesa Technology Corporation wind-energy turbine manufacturing facility April 6, 2011 in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.

  12. Ametia says:

    The Examiner. com – New York – By Leo Kapakos

    Boehner’s “poor and lazy” comments to Rolling Stone reflect his party’s beliefs.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner claims that the “poor and lazy” caused the current economic crisis during an interview Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone according to Boehner stuck to Republican Party talking points during the interview until Taibbi during a coffee break asked Boehner about today’s young people. Apparently unaware he was still on record, Boehner, let Taibbi know how he really felt about poor Americans:

    “Can’t pay your student loan? Face it your parents were lazy and you couldn’t afford college. The world needs ditch diggers and you were born into a family of them. Can’t pay your mortgage? Your house was too expensive and you couldn’t afford it.”It’s not going to happen in the US. The kids here are too fat, too lazy, to addicted to TV, fast food, cheap credit, and facebook.” I have news for you- there are plenty of jobs out there- the unemployed don’t want them. Today’s college student feels entitled to make at least $24 right after college. I’m not worried for this country- there are a few of them who actually want to work, take Mark Zucker(sic). You don’t build a site like facebook out of thin air- it takes talent and hard work. I went to a community college and all I saw were people sitting in front of computers typing away, their eyes were fixed. Probably just facebooking away.”

    For the record, I was raised in the inner city and went to a community college and I did fine. Moreover, Mark Zuckerberg is not your typical American college student. Zuckerberg was a child prodigy who came from a well-to-do family and went to Harvard without the help of student loans. By the way, there are claims that Zuckerberg stole the idea and code for Facebook so he may have been a bit ethically challenged which you forgot to mention. If that’s true, he missed his calling on Wall Street – but I digress.

    Read more….

  13. Ametia says:

    Fox News Announces That Glenn Beck ‘To Transition Off Of His Daily Program’
    by Colby Hall | 12:34 pm, April 6th, 2011

    Well it appears that all of the posturing and rhetoric in the past few weeks regarding the contemptuous relationship between Glenn Beck and Fox News has lead to something after all. In an exclusive to his website, Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts (Beck’s production company) have jointly announced that Glenn Beck intends to transition off of his daily program. Update- The Blaze post appears to have been taken down, but the NY Times and Huffington Post have reported this as well.

    Insider :

    (New York, NY) Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s production company, are proud to announce that they will work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties. Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year.

    Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News said, “Glenn Beck is a powerful communicator, a creative entrepreneur and a true success by anybody’s standards. I look forward to continuing to work with him. ”

Glenn Beck said: “I truly believe that America owes a lot to Roger Ailes and Fox News. I cannot repay Roger for the lessons I’ve learned and will continue to learn from him and I look forward to starting this new phase of our partnership.”

    Joel Cheatwood, SVP/Development at Fox News, will be joining Mercury Radio Arts effective April 24, 2011. Part of his role as EVP will be to manage the partnership and serve as a liaison with the Fox News Channel.

Roger Ailes said: “Joel is a good friend and one of the most talented and creative executives in the business. Over the past four years I have consistently valued his input and advice and that will not stop as we work with him in his new role.”

“Glenn Beck” is consistently the third highest rated program on cable news.

    For the 27 months that “Glenn Beck” has aired on Fox News, the program has averaged more than 2.2 million total viewers and 563,000 viewers 25-54 years old, numbers normally associated with shows airing in primetime, not at 5pm. “Glenn Beck” has dominated all of its cable news competitors since launch.

  14. Ametia says:

    CBO: GOP Budget Would Increase Debt, Then Stick It To Medicare Patients
    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s initial analysis of the House GOP budget released today by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is filled with nuggets of bad news for Republicans.

    In addition to acknowledging that seniors, disabled and elderly people would be hit with much higher out-of-pocket health care costs, the CBO finds that by the end of the 10-year budget window, public debt will actually be higher than it would be if the GOP just did nothing.

    Under the so-called “extended baseline scenario” — a.k.a. projections based on current law — debt held by the public will grow to 67 percent of GDP by 2022. Under the GOP plan, public debt would reach 70 percent of GDP in the same window.

    In other words, the spending cuts Republicans would realize in the first 10 years would be outpaced by deficit increasing tax-cuts, which Ryan also proposes. After that, debt projections under the plan improve decade-by-decade relative to current law. That’s because 2022 would mark the beginning of the Medicare privatization plan. That’s when, CBO finds, “most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system.”

  15. Ametia says:

    Teacher sued over Facebook photo of pupil
    By Joel Hood, Tribune reporter
    5:32 p.m. CDT, April 5, 2011

    The mother of a Chicago Public Schools second-grader whose candy-filled hairstyle was mocked on Facebook filed a lawsuit today against the teacher who posted the photo, claiming the act inflicted “emotional distress” upon her daughter.

    The complaint, filed in Cook County Court, said the 7-year-old at Overton Elementary School had seen a picture in a magazine of a woman whose elaborate hairstyle was decorated with colorful Jolly Rancher candies at the end of her braids. She asked her mother, Lucinda Williams, to give her the same look for the school’s picture day last week.

    According to the complaint, the girl’s teacher took pictures of the student and posted two of them to her Facebook page with the comment, “And y’all thought I was joking!” Several friends of the teacher posted similar comments mocking the girl’s hairstyle.

    One post read, “If you’re going to make your child look ridiculous, the least you can do is have them matching.”

    Another read, “I laughed so hard that my contact popped out.”

    Williams said she was told about the Facebook posting March 24 by another Overton parent whose child is “friends” with the teacher on the social networking site. The parent saved the pictures and comments to a CD and emailed them to Williams.

    When Williams complained, the school’s principal and teacher apologized.

    Attorneys for Williams are asking for a jury trial but have not specified a dollar amount they are seeking.

    Chicago Public Schools, which is named as a defendant in the suit, is still investigating the Facebook photo case. District spokeswoman Monique Bond said disciplinary action is expected against the teacher, but the severity has not been determined.,0,7714078.story

  16. Ametia says:

    Because we can’t post this GREAT WIN ENOUGH!

    2011 N.C.A.A. Championship Game | Texas A&M 76, Notre Dame 70
    Aggies Beat Irish for First N.C.A.A. Title
    Published: April 5, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS — The women’s N.C.A.A. championship game had just begun Tuesday and it already seemed to be over for Notre Dame, which could barely make a pass, much less a basket, against a ferocious Texas A&M defense.

    But this was a game as feverish and compelling as the men’s title game was dreary a night earlier, a contest of staggering blows and fierce counterpunching. The Irish fought back with their own bothersome press and muscularity and the insistence of point guard Skylar Diggins.

    The lead kept changing hands, one resilient play following another, two assertive teams playing ferociously to the final buzzer. At the end, Texas A&M prevailed, 76-70, at Conseco Fieldhouse, winning its first national title in a game that will be remembered for its frantic and mesmerizing determination.

    For only the second time since the women’s N.C.A.A. tournament began in 1982, the final was played without a No. 1 seed; Texas A&M and Notre Dame were No. 2s. Traditional powers like Connecticut, Tennessee and Stanford were absent. But even those more visible teams might not have been as forceful and engrossing.

    “We gave you that national championship game without the so-called powers of the world,” Texas A&M Coach Gary Blair said. “The two powers tonight were the ones that earned it.”

    With 3 minutes 56 remaining, Diggins, who scored 23 points, hit a floating jumper in the lane to tie the score at 66-66. She also drew a foul, but missed a free throw that would have given the Fighting Irish the lead.

    Instead, Texas A&M (33-5) made one final, prevailing charge. Its Barkley-esque forward Danielle Adams (30 points, 9 rebounds) had moved nimbly inside from the perimeter in the second half. Now she dropped in a follow shot and a short bank on an inbounds play to give the Aggies a 70-66 cushion.

  17. Ametia says:

    Texas A&M Beats Beats Notre Dame, Proves Women’s Basketball Can Be More Exciting Than Men’s
    By Eleanor Barkhorn
    Apr 6 2011, 8:40 AM ET

    Texas A&M’s women’s basketball team beat Notre Dame last night, 76-70, to win the NCAA championship title. The game was everything the Monday men’s final wanted to be but wasn’t. As with the men’s game—which put second seed UConn against a eighth-seeded Butler—both contenders were relative underdogs: Texas A&M and Notre Dame were both second-seeds, and neither of them big-name programs like UConn, Tennessee, and Stanford, which have reigned over women’s basketball in recent years.

    But while the men’s UConn-Butler match-up yielded a cover-your-eyes-awful game and a final score (53-41) that ranks among the lowest in championship history, the women’s game was exciting and suspenseful—A&M’s comfortable six-point victory masks how close the game was at certain moments. And while men’s fans were disappointed if they were hoping for a “Cinderella story” in rooting for Butler against the better-funded, more firmly established UConn, women’s fans were not: A&M’s win brings the program its first national championship, signaling the team’s arrival in a sport long dominated by a small handful of programs.

    Here’s the New York Times summary of the game:

    The lead kept changing hands, one resilient play following another, two assertive teams playing ferociously to the final buzzer. At the end, Texas A&M prevailed, 76-70, at Conseco Fieldhouse, winning its first national title in a game that will be remembered for its frantic and mesmerizing determination.

  18. Ametia says:

    By Harold Meyerson, Tuesday, April 5, 7:19 PM

    If it does nothing else, the budget that House Republicans unveiled Tuesday provides the first real Republican program for the 21st century, and it is this:

    Repeal the 20th century.

    Republicans have never particularly warmed to the American social contract that governed most of the past hundred years. Its central elements, enacted during the presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, assumed a level of collective national responsibility for the well-being of the elderly and children, the two groups who could not benefit directly from employment, through such programs as Social Security, Medicare, funding for schools and for college grants and loans.

    The logic behind these programs wasn’t simply humanitarian. It was also economic: Bolstering the purchasing power of the elderly increased economic activity and enabled the adult children of the elderly to invest more in their own children. Enabling more people to get good educations straight through college created a more productive workforce. A similar dual logic — both humanitarian and Keynesian — informed the programs that aided the poor and unemployed, such as Medicaid and food stamps.

  19. Ametia says:

    Well, well, well, the MSM is silent on the WI race that’s “TOO CLOSE TO CALL.”
    HA! A virtual unknown candidate is giving the lying, name-calling, Koch bought & paid for Justice Prosser a RUN. This is BIG NEWS, but the cable cats…. *CRICKETS*

    Apr 06, 2011
    Key Wisconsin race for supreme court judge too close to call

    The Wisconsin supreme court election that has turned into a proxy battle over the union-curbing policies of Republican Gov. Scott Walker is too close to call, with the conservative-leaning incumbent only a few hundred votes ahead of a little-known challenger backed by unions.

    With 99% of the vote in, Justice David Prosser has only a few hundred vote lead over JoAnne Kloppenburg, a state attorney general

    The Associated Press, which said the race was too close to call, reports that it could take hours to get the final votes counted. In any case, the AP reports, the race likely will face a recount, the Associated Press reports.

    Kloppenburg ,turned an uphill fight against Prosser into a tight battle after the political uproar over Gov. Walker’s divisive move to curb the collective bargaining rights of public service employees.

    Although officially non-partisan, the seven-person court is split 3-3 between liberals and conservatives. The winner of the current election could determine the fate of the union law.

    Her allies have presented the 57-year-old Kloppenburg as an alternative that would tilt the court’s ideological balance to the left.

    Prosser, 68, has told The AP that he doesn’t necessarily agree with Walker’s law, but angry Democrats have portrayed him as a Walker clone.

    That changed the dynamic of the race. Prosser handily won a nonpartisan February primary with 55% of the vote, while Kloppenburg finished second out of four candidates with just 28%.

    Walker has said he wouldn’t interpret the election results as either an endorsement or indictment of his policies, the AP reports.

  20. Ametia says:

    Florida Bill Will Force Women to Look at Their [Redacted]
    — By Kate Sheppard
    | Mon Apr. 4, 2011 3:00 AM PDT.

    Florida lawmakers apparently aren’t allowed to say the word “uterus” on the House floor. But next week those same lawmakers will be considering legislation that will force Florida women to look at their you-know-whats before they can obtain an abortion.

    The bill in question, HB 1127, would make Florida women seeking abortions subject to both an ultrasound and a doctor’s detailed description of what’s in there. I’m guessing the doctor might even be forced to—gasp!—use the word “uterus” as he or she performs the ultrasound.

    “How do you ban the word ‘uterus’ at the same time you’re debating a bill that would force women to look at a picture of their uterus?” asks Stephanie Kunkel, executive director of the Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates.

    Florida’s bill, which has been introduced in both the state House and the Senate, is much like sonogram bills that other states have considered. From the House version of the bill:

    The person performing the ultrasound must allow the woman to view the live ultrasound images, and a physician or a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, advanced registered nurse practitioner, or physician assistant working in conjunction with the physician must contemporaneously review and explain the live ultrasound images to the woman before the woman gives informed consent to having an abortion procedure performed.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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