220 Responses to “heads up: pbo signs the jumpstart our business startups act”


  1. 1 Liberal Librarian
    April 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    First~!

  2. 28 GGail
    April 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Hello Chipsticks!

    Congratulations LL on being First 🙂

  3. April 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Congrats LL, I wish I got a prize for being first… 😦 lol!

  4. 41 Bill R.
    April 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Linda Greenhouse of NYT says ACA will pass easily. She gives analysis here. She is one of the most respected *real* journalists covering the SOTUS. She has done so for years. Has been a frequent contributor to Washington Week in Review on PBS.
    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/embarrass-the-future/?hp

  5. 50 Linda
    April 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Could JOBS Act “Bring Fraud Back to Wall Street?”

    Now here comes the JOBS act.

    According to regulators, it’s a doozy. The New York Times reports that Wall Street firms are poring over the legislation to determine whether it loosens some of the restrictions enacted to protect investors from financial abuses at the beginning of the 2000′s. In particular the act could allow big banks to breach the Chinese wall that has separated investment bankers working with public companies and the analysts who are covering those companies. Goldman Sachs (GS) and others are already reportedly exploring how to change their business practices once the bill is passed. President Obama is expected to sign it today.

    Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer told the Times “It shouldn’t be called the JOBS Act, it should be called the Bring Fraud Back to Wall Street Act.”

    Under the JOBS act, regulations could be loosened for emerging growth companies, potentially allowing analysts to pump up interest in the stock even as their firms stand to make millions underwriting the equity offer.

    The act could also allow entrepreneurs to sell some stock on the Internet without registering with regulators. And it could allow hedge funds and private equity firms to market themselves more aggressively to the public, a practice that’s now heavily restricted.

    http://blogs.barrons.com/stockstowatchtoday/2012/04/05/could-jobs-act-bring-fraud-back-to-wall-street/

    —-

    This new bill makes me nervous……

    • 51 hopefruit2
      April 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      WHERE THE HELL WAS ELIOT SPITZER when the president proposed his original Jobs bill and the Repubs were blocking it? No where to be seen. But now he wants to jump and attack it because it’s not perfect. All he’s being doing is criticizing this President from day one.

      This article is full of “what ifs” and “could-bes” – yes we know it’s not perfect but it’s a START – and obviously, the President trusts that it will at least help more than hurt. There are all sorts of consumer protections in place that weren’t there before to watch the fraudsters’ behavior and put them in check. Furthermore, I don’t hear Liz Warren or Ray Coduray griping about it. I take the President’s word over any of these opportunistic politicians.

      • 52 sabreen60
        April 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Do you have a link to the bill? If not, I do some research. I listened to my taped Bill Press show and he is totally against this bill. He said he loves the President, but he thinks the President is wrong to sign this bill.

        • 53 hopefruit2
          April 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

          I don’t have a PDF but I’m providing a WH link to a description of what the bill entails. I’m also citing the regulations and protections portion.

          // Additional Initiatives Announced Today to Promote Capital Access and Investor Protection

          • Monitoring of JOBS Act Implementation: The President is directing the Treasury Department, Small Business Administration and Department of Justice to closely monitor the implementation of this legislation to ensure that it is achieving its goals of enhancing access capital while maintaining appropriate investor protections. These agencies, consulting closely with the SEC and key non-governmental stakeholders, will report their findings to the President on a biannual basis, and will include recommendations for additional necessary steps to ensure that the legislation achieves its goals.

          • Crowdfunding Platforms Commit to Investor Protections: In a letter to President Obama, a consortium of crowdfunding companies are committing to work with the SEC to develop appropriate regulation of the industry, as required by the JOBS Act. Members of this leadership group are committing to establish core investor protections, including an enforceable code of conduct for crowdfunding platforms, standardized methods to ensure that investors do not exceed statutory limits, thorough vetting of companies raising funds through crowdfunding, and an industry standard “Investors’ Bill of Rights.” //

          http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/05/president-obama-sign-jumpstart-our-business-startups-jobs-act

      • 54 Linda
        April 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        With Goldman Sachs sniffing around ….I just know they will be up to no good…..

        • 55 hopefruit2
          April 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

          I think the President is more than aware of this. I couldn’t help but notice that he strongly emphasized the regulatory aspect of the FCC in his little speech before signing the bill.

          I believe that certain media folk (like Spitzer) have an agenda to be highly critical of whatever this President does, and knowing fully well that nothing is going to be perfect exploit those opportunities like cat on mouse. It’s getting tiresome already.

          • 56 theo67
            April 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

            I was really happy to hear the emphasis on the regulatory aspect – I knew the Administration would be fully aware of the loopholes created by the GOP version of this bill, and they’d be all over it trying to fix it. I think the GOP tried to trap the President, because he said if they passed it, he’d sign it. He’s not stupid, though.

      • April 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        Methinks these guys get some kind of kinky thrill by trying to play devil’s advocate all the time. This ploy makes for irritating as well as annoying discourse! And then there’s the part, like Toobin and his ACA meme, who wants to be known as the throw down the gauntlet guy. Too puerile for words.

      • 58 theo67
        April 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        Plus, Eliot Spitzer had a TV show at the time, and decided to use his pulpit to attack the President instead of pushing for strong legislation. I ignore Eliot Spitzer, because he adds nothing to the conversation – even though he’s got a very good mind and could do good, if he chose to. I’m not sure what he’s going to be doing on Current TV, but I won’t waste any time watching.

      • 60 Pamela
        April 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        Why does this has-been have anything to say at all? He disgraced himself and should have a shred of dignity and STFU.

      • 61 jackiegrumbacher
        April 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

        Hf, Spritzer is a big bag of hot air. He had a chance to achieve something as governor and blew it big time. Now he’s so jealous of PBO he can’t see straight. Al Gore should not have given him a gig at Current. Fortunately no one will watch it.

    • 62 57andfemale
      April 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      THAT’s where I heard this! I couldn’t remember where.

      Spitzer is making me long for Keith. At least Keith was a halfway decent writer sometimes.

  6. 63 Bobfr
    April 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    #PRESSON

    #AmericaThisIsNotATest

  7. 64 joanshaw
    April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Those beautiful hands of Michelle Obama’s (below) are so touching and so wonderful, I lifted the picture for my Obama album. How wonderful it would be (for me) to feel those warm hands on my own.

  8. 80 Dudette
    April 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Just a reminder that we’ve also got crazy right wing judges to deal with…

    Republican Fifth Circuit Pitches A Partisan Tantrum After President Obama Speaks Out About Supreme Court
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/03/457727/republican-fifth-circuit-pitches-a-partisan-tantrum-after-president-obama-speaks-out-about-supreme-court/

    You can read the article if you want, but for more impact, watch this video from Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755883/vp/46959887#46959887

    My mouth dropped to the floor at the bizarre homework assignment this judge insisted on from the DOJ lawyer arguing a case before him. If that’s not the definition of partisan judicial overreach, I don’t know what is.

    ————————-
    Anyway, Think Progress has published Atty General Eric Holder’s written response today.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/05/459133/doj-responds-to-republican-judges-partisan-tantrum/

    “DOJ Responds To Republican Judge’s Partisan Tantrum | The Department of Justice’s letter responding to Republican Judge Jerry Smith’s partisan tantrum earlier this week is available here (http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Fifth-Circuit-letter.pdf ). At first glance, the most striking thing about it is that it is signed by Attorney General Eric Holder, not by the junior Department of Justice attorney who was unfortunate enough to be in the line of fire when Judge Smith decided to place partisanship ahead of judicial neutrality. This is a classy move by Holder. It was fundamentally unfair to for Smith to place a junior lawyer in the line of fire during his own partisan shot at President Obama — hopefully Holder’s actions will insulate her if Smith loses his temper again and decides to start issuing unwarranted sanctions because he deems Holder’s letter insufficiently useful to the Republican Party.”

    ————————-
    I’m not sure how long it’s been since I have proclaimed my love for Mr. Holder, but today, I will shout it to the rooftops: I LOVE ME SOME ERIC HOLDER!! That man is one class act!

    • 81 amk for obama
      April 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Tweeted.

    • 82 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Just came here to post AG’s letter. I,too, love me some Eric Holder! One of the highlights of my week in Denver was the opportunity to chat with him…

    • 83 Linda
      April 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Did you read Holder’s letter ? He refers to a case by then N.H . Attorney General Kelly Ayotte…..who was just on Morning Joe yesterday saying that woman do not care about contraception.

      • 84 Dudette
        April 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

        Yep, caught that. Nice one. 🙂

      • April 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        Do you mean Nikki Haley who said that on The View or did Ayotte repeat that crap on Morning Joe?

        • 86 Dudette
          April 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

          Ayotte on Morning Joe

          http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036789/ns/msnbc_tv-morning_joe/#46950062
          Discussion about whether contraception flap explains the 20-pt gender cap between PBO and Romney around 2:29

          • April 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

            Oh gee, here’s a thought. I’m a woman concerned about my job and I can’t afford another child or to take time off and possibly lose my job. Therefore I need access to birth control. Its all tied together.

            Oh and here’s another: That birth control is keeping ________ disease under control. If I can’t afford it my condition gets worse and I may lose my job from too many abscences.

            I’m sure one of the campaign surrogates can tighten that up and presented better than I did.

            • 88 Dudette
              April 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

              Pfftt, what’s the matter with you? Trying to inject LOGIC and PRAGMATISM into a political debate — you know better than that! 😉

        • 89 theo67
          April 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

          She repeated that claim that women are concerned about the economy – the GOP women got their marching orders yesterday. Someone mentioned either here or on twitter that it’s interesting that these women don’t have many children – so they must be using contraception themselves, yet they’re advocating on behalf of misogynistic men who want to take that right away from other women. It’s disgusting and pathetic. If the GOP think that making women come and feed that crap to other women will make women get back in line behind them, then they are insane and insulting. Women are smarter than that, and we recognize a hoodwink when we see it.

          • 90 jackiegrumbacher
            April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

            In what universe does it work to tell someone what they are concerned with when they know damned well what worries them. My first reaction to someone telling me what I think is to get angry. Insult added to endless injury is to suggest that women don’t have enough brains to know what concerns them and they have to be told what it is. There’s a big potential for backlash here against the GOP. Walk down any street in America and ask all the women you see what most concerns her. You could walk all day and blisters on your feet before any women would spontaneously say, “Gee, I toss and turn all night worrying about the national debt.” This is idiocy.

            • 91 theo67
              April 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

              Just one of many things for which they deserve severe backlash. But, you have to know that this will actually work with some women… sadly…

        • 92 Linda
          April 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

          She repeated it…

          That is the new strategy, I guess….get the female Republicans on the tube to tell woman they don’t care about women’s health….

          The are pushing the meme that woman care about the economy and the debt..

          They are making fools of themselves..

          Ann Romney
          Kelly Ayotte
          Nikki Haley

          • April 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

            totally fucking clueless.

          • 94 aquagranny911
            April 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

            Women don’t give a flying roasted fig about the “DEBT” and they care about the “economy” in so far as they can have health care, keep or get jobs that will actually pay to support them & their families & provide for their children’s education & know that their elders will continue to have Social Security & Medicare. Women have ever been the real pragmatists. They want a roof over their heads, food on the table, security for their families & the government out of their scared lady parts!

            Women do not forget who really supports their issues (our Prez) & who likens them to farm animals & worms (GOP) I would think that most American women will not be ready to “make nice” with the Repugnants for 100 years. Ms Ann better watch out or she could get some real “B” slapping if she tries to talk to women outside her country club.

    • 95 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Brilliant. RWNJ foiled again. They sure do love picking on women, don’t they?

    • 96 theo67
      April 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      I was livid when I watched this last night on Lawrence’s show. This is the beginning of the end of justice in this country if this so-called judge gets away with this kind of behavior and doesn’t get sanctioned – privately or otherwise. This was so out of line, and so petty, and so disrespectful. Considering that the last Republican President cannot leave the country without fear of being hauled into The Hague for legal proceedings for violating international treaties, and that he flouted the law by invading another country on false pretences, and that he violated the Constitution by tapping into the phones of private citizens, and that eh stole the election to begin with – aided by the Republican led Supreme Court and his brother…. Who. do. they. think. they. are!?!

      I guess I’m still mad.

    • 99 57andfemale
      April 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      oh, snap, AG Holder!

    • 100 Ladyhawke
      April 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      ‘I FIND ALL OF THIS A BIT INCREDIBLE’

      By Steve Benen

      ————————————————–

      Brian Fitzpatrick, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, put it this way: “I find all of this a bit incredible.”
      .
      The irony, as Jonathan Bernstein explained, is that “a major plank in the GOP platform for the last few years has been to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over entire areas of federal law.”
      .
      Indeed, throughout the Bush era, Republican leaders threatened to undermine the power of the federal courts. In one jarring instance, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) went so far as to say judges who are the victims of violence may bring the attacks onto themselves with liberal rulings.

      Remind me, were there center-left appeals court judges assigning Republicans homework assignment at the time?

      —————————————————

      http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/04/11018829-i-find-all-of-this-a-bit-incredible

      • 101 theo67
        April 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        Republicans will destroy this country (and the world) if we let them. Their secret plans are frightening, and they’ve been at it for a long, long time.

    • 102 Ladyhawke
      April 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      WILL THE RIGHT WING EVER LEARN??

      Here is yet another example of knee jerk opposition to any and everything that President Obama says backfiring on the GOP and biting them in the arse.

      President Obama responds to a question about the ACA and the Supreme Court and the right wing has a cow. They all race to the fainting couches in horror. How dare he weigh in and respond to questions about the ACA. Who does he think he is. Some kine of constitutional law professor. The nerve. Anyway, the right wing rage was so intense that even a Republican appellate judge got into the act. As soon as he used the term “Obamacare” the jig was up. The weird homework assignment was embarrassing, unprofessional and totally uncalled for.

      Fast forward to today’s classy response directly from Attorney General Eric Holder to the judge. And you have to wonder if the judge wishes he had kept his mouth shut and not shown his bias.

    • April 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Beautiful. When you know law, you know law. Legal smackdown!

  9. 104 Ladyhawke
    April 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    SPECULATION & HIGH GAS PRICES 101

    This is the most informative and revealing hearing I have ever heard about high gas prices and the impact of speculation. It just confirms everything that President Obama has been saying for months now. There is no supply and demand problem, production is up and exports are up. Americans are buying more energy efficient cars. We have high gas prices because of “GAMBLING” pure and simple. The GOP and their friends on Wall Street are doing everything in their power to prevent the implementation of Dodd-Frank regulations that would address speculation. So as usual, they are blaming President Obama for high gas prices while blocking legislation that designed to prevent abusive speculation. The GOP majority in the House of Representatives would never hold a hearing like this. Too many facts might get out to the American people. Highly recommended.

    Democratic Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Gas Prices and Excessive Oil Speculation

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Hold-Hearing-on-Gas-Prices-and-Excessive-Oil-Speculation/10737429634/

  10. April 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    President Obama thinks women should be allowed membership in the Georgia golf club that is hosting the Masters tournament this week, according to the White House.  

    “His personal opinion is women should be admitted,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a press briefing on Thursday.

    The Augusta National Golf Club, where the Masters golf tournament began on Thursday morning, only accepts male members, and is considered sacred ground in the world of professional golf.   

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/220143-obama-men-only-golf-club-should-accept-female-members

    Agreed.

    • 106 theo67
      April 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      More GOP heads will be exploding soon. I heard a man on the radio (a host on NPR I think) this morning saying that he thinks Augusta needs to open up to women. He said he’s got two daughters and he doesn’t want them denied entry anywhere.

    • 107 57andfemale
      April 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      The facts are that Augusta is hosting the Masters golf tournament. The sponsor is IBM. IBM’s CEO is a woman, who is not allowed to join the club.

      The head of Augusta was an absolute d*** today in some press conference.

      This is not the most pressing issue of the Republic today but it shines a big, bright light on what is still discrimination against women in the 21st century and it is unacceptable. the glass ceiling still exists. It’s legal, yes, because it is a private club. But they will reap immense benefits from the televising of this event and should join the 21st century.

      • 108 theo67
        April 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        One more small fact – the sponsors always get offered membership – that’s why this is a big deal. They are refusing to honor the tradition of membership to the sponsoring CEO because she’s a woman.

      • 109 0388jojothecat
        April 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        Didn’t they JUST open the Masters golf tournment to African Americans in the 1975 with Lee Elder.

      • 110 Bill
        April 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

        The CEO of IBM is hosting clients at Augusta National today. There is a good chance she is a member. The club does not comment on membership.

  11. 111 auni
    April 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I can send some money to Hachiko from here in Battle Ground WA as soon as something is set up. I loved the outpouring of support from this family to her. This is what President Obama is all about–being your brothers, and sisters, keeper. I am furious about this homework assignment thing–three pages, single spaced. Do any of you know of any other incidence of such a belittling assignment from a court being made to a president? I know, it went to the justice dept., but it was a slap in the face to our President. I’m not going to forget this one—

    • 112 Dudette
      April 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Just incredible, auni. SMDH!

    • 113 theo67
      April 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      I think it’s going to work against them, because it just gave the Administration another chance to demonstrate their case for constitutionality. Nobody can read that letter and still argue that the Supreme Court should even have taken that case, let alone give it a full hearing, let alone, find against the law. They laid it out pretty clearly.

      What these GOP and their judge-puppets keep forgetting is that President Obama was editor of the Harvard Law review, and a Constitutional scholar. He’s also a man of integrity and honor, and he takes his oath of office seriously – to uphold the Constitution, a document he clearly reveres. If even one word of this law is struck down, then we’ll know it’s not about the law, but about politics. I see this letter as a warning shot across the bow. The Administration is prepared.

    • 114 0388jojothecat
      April 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Hi auni, I have a friend who used to live in Battle Ground, WA. WA state is like my 2nd adopted home.

    • 115 miss pat
      April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      She’ll be here tonight. She will be at my house so she can be on as long as she likes. Maybe she can make arrangements to recieve all your pledges.
      And they can continue dissing the Presisdent all they want. He is the best thing that ever happened to this country.
      Ungrateful wretches.

      • 116 Pamela
        April 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        Yay, Miss Pat, now lovely, and lovely for you too! Will Tucker be with Hachiko? Oh, I do hope so! You are blessed, so blessed!

        • 117 miss pat
          April 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

          Unfortunately pets are not allowed in my building. She found a place for him so that’s taken care of. She will be with me tonight and come on here to be with you all.

      • 118 aquagranny911
        April 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        Miss pat, you are an angel! As soon as you know how we can help. Please post here & I will do what I can. Please give Hachiko/Marabout40 a big hug from me. Thank you!

        Yes, our President is the best thing that ever happened to this country. He just keeps on keeping on despite all the criticism & disrespect. WE”VE GOT HIS BACK!!! 4 MORE FOR 44!!!

      • 119 sjterrid
        April 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Miss Pat bless you and Lunarsea for giving Hachiko a place to stay.

  12. 120 sherijr
    April 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    just a quick question, I’m on twitter and suddenly unable to access my ‘connect’ page.. it comes up blank, I’m wondering if anyone else on twitter is having the same problem? thanks~

  13. 123 amk for obama
    April 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  14. 125 hopefruit2
    April 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  15. April 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder responded Thursday to a federal appeals court’s request for a letter explaining President Obama’s assertion that the Affordable Care Act must be upheld, a move that even some conservatives considered a bridge too far.

    Holder reminded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the president was making the point that the law jibes with longstanding precedent, but — contrary to what the Republican-appointed judges suggested — he wasn’t challenging the judicial branch’s authority to strike down laws that violate the Constitution.

    The key portion of the DOJ letter:

    The Department has not in this litigation, nor in any other litigation of which I am aware, ever asked this or any other Court to reconsider or limit long-established precedent concerning judicial review of the constitutionality of federal legislation.
    At no point has the government suggested that the Court would lack authority to review plaintiffs’ constitutional claims if the Court were to conclude that jurisdiction exists. The case has been fully briefed and argued, and it is ready for disposition. The question posed by the Court regarding judicial review does not concern any argument made in the government’s brief or at oral argument in this case …

    The power of the courts to review the constitutionality of legislation is beyond dispute.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/doj-no-obama-didnt-say-courts-cant-strike-down-laws-1.php?m=1

    • 131 Dudette
      April 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Sigh! My Eric… ain’t he somethin’? 🙂

      • April 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

        Ohh, you like him? That is good. Obviously, very smart, sticks up for AA community, albeit, I thought he was a little intimidated by the Republicans on the whole KSM trial Thingy!

        • 133 Dudette
          April 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm

          The Attorney General doesn’t work in a vaccuum, neither does The President. Admittedly, the whole Guantanamo thingy in general is something that shook my confidence in this Administration. I don’t like how this went down either.
          —————–
          “On January 7, 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama signed National Defense Authorization Act which explicitly prohibits the use of US Defense Department funds to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States or other countries. It also bars Pentagon funds from being used to build facilities in the United States to house detainees, as the president originally suggested. The move essentially barred the administration from trying detainees in civilian courts. The president objected to the provision in the bill before signing it, calling it “a dangerous and unprecedented challenge to critical executive branch authority” but also said his team would work with the US Congress to “seek repeal of these restrictions.”

          On April 4, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 terror suspects will face a military trial at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. In announcing his decision, Holder was highly critical of Congress for imposing restrictions on the Justice Department’s ability to bring the men to New York for civilian trials. “After thoroughly studying the case, it became clear to me that the best venue for prosecution was in federal court. I stand by that decision today,” Holder said. “As the president has said, those unwise and unwarranted restrictions (imposed by Congress) undermine our counterterrorism efforts and could harm our national security. Decisions about who, where and how to prosecute have always been—and must remain—the responsibility of the executive branch.” Holder insisted, “We were prepared to bring a powerful case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators—one of the most well-researched and documented cases I have ever seen in my decades of experience as a prosecutor.” He added, “Had this case proceeded in Manhattan or in an alternative venue in the United States, as I seriously explored in the past year, I am confident that our justice system would have performed with the same distinction that has been its hallmark for over 200 years.” Holder had promised to seek the death penalty for each of the five men and on 4 April he warned that it is an “open question” if such a penalty can be imposed by a military commission if the defendants plead guilty
          —————–

          I’m still hoping after PBO’s re-election and a new Democratic-majority congress gets seated, they’ll fix this.

          • 134 theo67
            April 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

            That excerpt implies that the National Defense Authorization Act was all about prohibiting funding for detainee transfer, and ignores that it was actually a bill to fund the military – who were actively engaged in two wars. The President could have stood his ground and said he’d refuse to sign the bill, or he could put the safety and security of the military and their families first and sign the bill, despite his extreme objection to the clause added by the Republican Party.

            The Gitmo debacle has been the clearest case of Democratic weakness in supporting the President, and GOP disregard for national security and the country and the military. They’ll use anything to get what they want. They don’t see people. They don’t care about the consequences. They are cowards.

        • April 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

          Holder stood up to Repubs on that issue quite loudly until……. Bloomberg and Cuomo folded.

    • 136 Don
      April 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      You should read the letter that Eric Holder wrote, I’m not a lawyer nor do I play one on teevee, but it was beautiful in its simplicity. Basically Holder told the judge to mind his own business and tend to the matter that’s before your own court.

      • 137 theo67
        April 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        He also said that the courts don’t automatically assume that a matter is unconstitutional, and that there is an extremely high burden on the complaining party to prove that a matter is unconstitutional – basically implying that this should never have come before the court to begin with because the courts typically give deference to the equal branches of government to uphold the Constitution. It should have been an extraordinary circumstance. Also, he said that there is precedents that state that the courts don’t strike down an entire law in order to address one grievance.

        • 138 57andfemale
          April 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

          When Kennedy stated in oral arguments that the burden of ‘proving’ constitutionality was the government’s burden — that was when my heart sank. Bills are considered constitutional unless proven otherwise. The burden in on the party bringing the issue before the Court and the Court has a responsibility to assume that the other branches of government have done their jobs appropriately. That, unfortunately, is no longer the standard of the Roberts Court.

          Kennedy is less a jackass on issues of the death penalty, etc. which is how he got his reputation as a swing vote but he is a Republican through and through.

          • 139 theo67
            April 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

            I think that Holder outlining the case law might bring the Supreme Court to their senses, or shame them, if that’s possible.

            • 140 57andfemale
              April 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

              These are the justices who hunt with Cheney; Scalia’s son actively working on Bush v. Gore; Ginny Thomas working on the Bush transition team, and a host of other conflicts of interest that would get a dogcatcher booted out. I have little confidence they have any shame whatsoever. They are political hacks who relish their job to undo every progressive action of the last century.

              • 141 theo67
                April 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

                Eeesh! This country is in trouble. You’re right, of course. I even heard on Randi that this is the same court that forced a young girl to pay the $40K legal fees to a man who raped her, because they went to the same school and she was a cheerleader and didn’t want to cheer for her rapist. This court ruled against her. If they can do that to a young, innocent victim, they won’t think twice about disrespecting the President.

  16. April 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Rachel Maddiw is advertising her new Anti War book on Talking points Memo.
    Nowhere, dies she explain the War Powers Act and why John Adams chose the President as the Commander in Chief and not Congress.
    This Book suggests that this President is power happy.
    Absurd. Every President has had the right, under law, to do the aforementioned. Another Book, smearing this President.
    Thanks Rachel…

    • 143 theo67
      April 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Yes, I’ve stopped watching Rachel again. She has a nerve to imply that President Obama “power happy”, when the evidence against his predecessor of being a power happy president is astounding. She was ranting last night about President Obama not prosecuting Bush, and I decided to give her a break for a while again. We all wanted Bush prosecuted (believe me, I REALLY wanted him prosecuted), but there are more important factors to focus on right now. We don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, if anything at all. I don’t blame President Obama for any of it. He didn’t start the wars – he’s ending them. He didn’t stand by silently while Bush and his cronies made the false case for war – he spoke up against it, and he ran against the wars. He has to run the country, and prosecuting Bush and friends may be satisfying, but will come at a very high cost that would have an impact on generations to come. I can understand his decision to battle the economic collapse, pass health care, fix the auto industry, run the government – instead of pursuing his predecessor. Rachel needs to grow up.

      I see that her media cronies are all lining up behind her with praise for her book. It’s that same media that helped Bush make the case for war. It’s that same media that hasn’t told the truth about who is actually keeping Gitmo open. It’s that same media that covers for the GOP on every failed policy they’re still peddling. They are all the same and they stick together.

      • 144 Eleroy
        April 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

        Caught a clip of Rachel on Jon Stewart’s show where they were high-fiving each other on apportionaing blame equally to both Democrats and Republicans!!! False equivalencies 3.0, 4.0, 5.0!!!

        Still have no use for either of them and my sentiments continue to be validated!!!

        • 145 Eleroy
          April 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

          apportioning

        • 146 theo67
          April 6, 2012 at 1:28 am

          I’m glad I didn’t see that crap. These emoprogs are so dangerous. They play with fire, and don’t care who gets burned. Their reckless false equivalence hurts real people. It doesn’t further any cause, because we’re not dealing with a rational opposition party. The stakes are so high, and people like Maddow and Stewart make me sick with their nonsense.

  17. 147 sherijr
    April 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    okay POTUS up now ~

  18. 151 amk for obama
    April 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Ah, Karma, the sweet beeyotch strikes again.

  19. 157 amk for obama
    April 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  20. 165 donna dem 4 obama
    April 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    TOD this is why we will win this November. Our campaign never stops working until the final vote is casts. The other side just pulls up stakes and moves on because they feel entitled so they they think they should be crowned the winner. I can’t wait to kick the Repubs butts this Fall.

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Almost three months after his resounding victory in the New Hampshire primary launched Mitt Romney toward the Republican nomination, his former campaign headquarters here is empty.

    A “for lease” sign is plastered across the window of the inconspicuous storefront on Elm Street, and there are no indications that the staff and resources devoted to Romney’s strongest early primary win are close to getting back to work in what is shaping up as an important swing state in the general election.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/04/05/obamas_organizational_advantage_on_full_display_in_nh__113748.html

  21. 169 amk for obama
    April 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm
  22. April 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

  23. 178 FoxfireTX
    April 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Hachiko, I am so sorry about your current plight but thrilled that you are finding options here. I am in to help when you have a PayPal account set up. I have both dogs and cats, and appreciate your concern about getting Tucker taken care of first. Once he is settled in you will be in a better position to focus on what you need to get done.

    On a lighter note, this article is hilarious! Mitt Unzipped: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/post/mitt-romney–raw-wild-and-unleashed/2012/04/04/gIQA7AR9vS_blog.html

  24. April 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Perfect! Looks like my Lab.

  25. 186 Ladyhawke
    April 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    HOLDER RESPONDS TO 5TH CIRCUIT TANTRUM

    By Steve Benen

    ————————————————-

    So why did Judge Smith lose his cool and play the role of a partisan activist? I suppose that’s up to him to explain, but whatever his motivation, his tirade was an embarrassment to the federal judiciary at a time when the institution can least afford another setback in its credibility.

    As we talked about on Tuesday, the larger concern, especially after last week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court, is that Americans may no longer have confidence that judges, especially on the right, are guided by anything other than partisan and ideological goals. Our system of government relies heavily on an independent judiciary, but some judges appear willing, even eager, to blur the line between their duties and political activism.

    When Americans start to see conservative judges as Republicans, rather than just Republican appointees, the integrity of the courts suffers in immeasurable ways. It’s something for Smith to think about when he receives Holder’s letter, accepts its argument, and moves on to other matters.

    ————————————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/05/11039590-holder-responds-to-5th-circuit-tantrum

  26. April 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Woodhouse is having a twitter fight with the RNC SPOX-

  27. April 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Comparing women to an insect?

  28. 189 ChristiMTL
    April 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I knew when right winger Stephen Harper got elected Prime Minister with majority…we were in trouble….I wasn’t wrong.

    The New Democrats slammed Stephen Harper’s Conservatives for introducing a budget that recklessly cuts the vital services that Canadians rely on—such as Old Age Security and health care.

    The Harper government promised jobs and growth, but is delivering reckless cuts instead

    The budget outlines the Conservative plan to raise the OAS (old age security pension) eligibility age from 65 to 67, forcing seniors to work two years longer to make ends meet.

    It also unilaterally changes the funding formula for federal health transfers, short-changing provinces by a whopping $31 billion, opening the door to privatization and two-tier health care.

    As recently as last June, Mr. Harper solemnly stated in the House of Commons “We will not cut pensions.

    We will not cut transfers to the provinces for major programs such as health care.”

    ——-

    Another lying right winger….what a surprise

    So it doesn’t matter what country you are from….if you are to the right, the far right….you should never be in power, it’s like a disease….hurt people, the poor….help the rich……sick ideology

    He must have Paul Ryan on speed dial…..

    • April 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      He but more importantly and unfortunately the people of Canada are in for a rude awakening. What does it take to get these officials to realize austerity does not work?

      • 191 ChristiMTL
        April 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        It’s just power and greed, that’s all they care about.

        • 192 PoliticalJunkessa
          April 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

          Indeed. People = money to be made in their worldview. Nothing more, nothing less. Their god is Mammon. Will be interesting to see how the Canadians respond.

      • 193 globalcitizenlinda
        April 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

        the garbage of austerity has been spread far and wide by rightwingers and the results of this actual experiment are in – austerity has failed to revive the economy

  29. April 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

  30. April 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Robme is up in Pennsylvania. Well, that did not take long.
    That said, his Campaign and Super PAC has had to spend about 25-30 million more than they would have liked, during Primary!

  31. 196 globalcitizenlinda
    April 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Can we start to twit Harvad the following: ” enrolling rich legacy rightwingers leads to trashing Harvad’s name for political gain. Harvard, demand your degrees back from Mitt the liar

  32. 201 Liberal Librarian
    April 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    A public suicide in Greece and Hachiko’s plight inspired my newest piece on TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/04/new-savagery.html

    • 202 theo67
      April 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      I heard that story last night. Very sad. I wonder if people who vote for Republicans in this country realize that this could be them?

      • 203 Liberal Librarian
        April 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        many people have a supreme ability to not put themselves in others’ shoes. I think that tide is turning, but some will always lack that empathy.

    • 204 desertflower
      April 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Excellent piece, LL.Wake Up People!!!!

  33. April 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I am having a hard time believing that even Romney thinks he is going to become President. This whole Republican party is such a sham.

    • 208 globalcitizenlinda
      April 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      mitt the liar feels entitled to the presidency. after all, he is rich and was raised to expect to become president one day.

      My prayer is that President Obama not only gives rich boy liar mitt a political thrashing but that it is in form of a landslide that leaves permanent mental scars to the out-sourcing, worker-abusing, dog-abusing entitled liar

    • 209 lisalovesobama
      April 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      delusional. It’s a real thing. Some people’s sense of reality is very fragile so as a defense they make up a world where things look brighter for themselves. Shit happens. Can’t wait to violate his sense of reality come November. I can’t even pity him. Rat fucker.

  34. April 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Santorum back Home in Virginia! Chilling, taking a break.
    Is he giving up?

  35. 214 Linda
    April 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Asked whether women should be admitted to the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, Mitt Romney on Thursday said “yes.”

    “Certainly if I were a member and if I could run Augusta …of course I’d have women,” Romney added.

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday said that President Obama believes women should be admitted to the club.
    —-

    ” if I could run Augusta ” ? This man is power mad…

    • 215 0388jojothecat
      April 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Well Myth Robme might have an career there after he loses the election.

    • April 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Must not have been aware of what PBO said. He pretty much pre-empts the “Obama injecting himself” criticism that was going to be ppouring out.

  36. 217 Linda
    April 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    File this under awkward: Jon Huntsman, who endorsed Mitt Romney after dropping out of the presidential race in January, is “not a surrogate for Romney” and will not be campaigning for him, according to his daughter, Abby Huntsman Livingston.

    ABC News has the quote from Livingston:

    “My dad is not a surrogate for Romney and will not be out stumping for him in the general,” she said in an email. “He is enjoying private life.”

  37. April 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I am soooooooooooooooooo late with this, but you can send more birthday greetings to Joan here:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/04/05/to-our-beloved-joan/

    Thanks everyone 😉

  38. 219 Dudette
    April 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    As you might know Stephen Colbert is among this year’s Peabody Award winners for his SuperPAC satire. Here’s the complete list of recipients:
    http://www.peabody.uga.edu/71stwinners.php

    The awards will be formally presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on May 21.
    [Zoinks! Trekkie Alert!! OMG, Patrick Stewart is hosting!!]

    Nice to see StoryCorps and Homeland get some recognition. Lots of shows and documentaries to check out.


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