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"Fiscal conservatives": Shutting Down Gitmo Would Save a 1%er's Fortune


It's costing the American people about a billion per Guantanamo detainee.

Let that sink in.

President Obama was elected in part on his promise to shut that human rights travesty down, and as we finally look toward evacuating Afghanistan of most American troops, it is past time to close the Gitmo 'detaining' facilities adjacent to Cuba and move forward with justice.

Of course Fvx Nation disagrees. They are unaccountably fond of Gitmo, practice NIMBY religiously and of course oppose anything Obama might even consider.


Up with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC's weekend early a.m. program, had a terrific panel this morning to hash out the predictably Coiffure On Fire reaction of the Tea-driven GOP to any discussion of Gitmo, non-military courts and sanity.

It included David Corn of Mother Jones and the admirable military vet slash ex-Representative slash cable reporter-pundit and host of his own Sunday show, Taking the Hill, Patrick Murphy. ['Cycle' co-host Krystal Ball is subbing for Steve, so don't think he decided to go on set in drag to celebrate Summer Solstice.]


For contrast, Fvx Noise ran endless loops of how dangerous the released, unreleased, hypothetically detained and utterly mythical 'prisoners' are our new greatest threat in the fictional War on Terror. Here 'ya go, Fox:



John Dean: "McConnell campaign recording sounds like one of Nixon's Tapes." Here's the AUDIO, Ashley Judd's response.


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Oppo research meeting against Ashley Judd. Recorded February 2, 2013 in Louisville, KY. Read the full story here:

Last year, David Corn at Mother Jones helped derail Mitt Romney's campaign by releasing bartender Scott Prouty's secret recording of Romney's offensive, tone deaf "47 percent" comments at a fundraiser.

Presenting David Corn tapes: The sequel.

Back in February, good old family values Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) discussed Ashley Judd's history with depression and how it might be used in a campaign. (As you know, Ashley Judd has said she will not run for Senate.) But oops, his little opposition research meeting was secretly taped, and now he wants to turn the smears into a Watergate Moment.  Team McConnell wants the FBI to investigate

But David Corn said in his Mother Jones report that the recording "wasn't the product of a Watergate-style bugging." In fact, on MSNBC just now, he called the accusations an attempt to distract by McConnell, and also said that the Senator has yet to respond to the substance of his reporting.

Ironically, it's the McConnell audio that sounds Nixonian. Just ask former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean, or rather, read his tweet above.


The McConnell aides, though, raised the possibility of doing more than calling attention to Judd's well-known history; they discussed how they could make her seem a true weirdo.

Ashley Judd has responded. Via TPM:

"This is year another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch McConnell and are pervasive in Washington, D.C," Judd said in the statement. "We expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis, and turn it into a laughing matter."

Here's how they talked about the "weirdo" who they found so amusing. This is the voice of an aide, who David Corn refers to as the meeting leader:

"She's clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it's been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s."

You can find Corn's entire piece here, including more details, audio, and his response to McConnell's accusations.


VIDEO-- Hubris: Selling the Iraq War. BushCo saw an opportunity and took it, and took us.



If you missed this exposé of how the Bush administration snookered this country into a fraudulent war on a sovereign country that never invaded us, then here's your chance. Please take a look and share widely.

Sadly, the Obama administration and many Congress members want to "look forward, as opposed to looking backwards" instead of investigating and eventually prosecuting those who might have broken the law:

Here are a few excerpts from the text:

By the end of 2002, the U.S military is headed to the Gulf. Congress is on board, as are British Prime Minister Tony Blair and most of the mainstream media. The stage is set for war. [...]

We were moving along the path of getting a good inspection going that would probably come to fruition one way or the other, but once you start military forces flowing to the extent that we did for Iraq, it's hard to pull them back.

As the inevitable moves closer, President Bush reargues the case and ups the ante with 16 infamous words in a state of the union address: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

That would be yellowcake, again. But by referring to a six-month-old British white paper, the president does an end-run around a claim discredited by his own intelligence service.

It wasn't a matter of lying about this or lying about that, but rather through the artistry of speech writers and case presenters, conveying an impression to the American people that certain things were true.

It's a real sleight of hand. And I think it's kind to call that disingenuous.

He walked into my office with a sheaf of papers in my hand and he threw them down on the desk and said that's the script of my presentation at the United Nations. it came from the vice president's office. It was junk. It was pure junk. I was in charge of putting it together. [...]

On February 5th, 2003, the moment of truth arrives. The 4,701st meeting of the Security Council is called to order.

The world witnesses Colin Powell deliver the ultimate argument for war against Iraq. [...]

As he is talking about this and showing vials of white powder and so forth, I turned to a woman next to me who had followed this whole case of Curveball much more closely than I, I said, "What the hell is going on?" And my colleague said, "I don't know. I don't know what is going on. What is this?"

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Video- Joan Walsh Thumps Chris Matthews, David Corn Over Dick Armey, "Bunch of Grifters"


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The guys were soooo clueless in this.


Press Sec.-- Pres. Obama's "firm postion": He will not approve Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000



I like that tweet, but I still fear for Medicare and Medicaid. The GOP wants to cut into them the way many of us sliced into our Thanksgiving turkeys.

Zeke Miller also tweeted:

He’s willing to make tough choices as president to achieve that balanced approach,” Carney says, after saying tax cuts 4 rich are off table. 

Which is why I fear for Medicare and Medicaid.

And he tweeted:

Carney: I think we remain confident that we can achieve an agreement.

Democrats have been afraid, very afraid, of being labeled as "tax-raisers" by Republicans, and so they have found themselves backed into corner after legislative corner.

So how many of you thought President Obama caved on the last battle over extending the Bush tax cuts? Hands?

David Corn disagrees, and says so in his "The Myth of the Obama Cave-In":

But that narrative was wrong when it emerged—and it is not the key to predicting what Obama will do in the present predicament. Obama didn't wave the white flag in 2010. He turned a face-off over the Bush tax cuts into an opportunity to enact a second stimulus that he otherwise could not get past Senate Republicans. His failure at that time was not that he mustered insufficient mettle; he failed to convey to the world that he had jujitsued the GOPers. [...]

A game of chicken was on. Obama and the Democrats claimed the Republicans were holding tax cuts for the middle class hostage. (No tax breaks for the rich, then no tax breaks for anyone else.) And the GOPers were daring Obama to stick to his position, see all the tax cuts perish, and end up being blamed for a rise in taxes for everyone. [...]

Obama and his aides felt boxed in. ... Obama was willing to eschew the fight his Democratic comrades yearned for in order to win something bigger and better: more stimulus to aid the ailing economy. The president was also reluctant to see the game of chicken conclude with a crash that would result in taxes going up for the middle class and out-of-work Americans seeing the end to unemployment benefits. That could cause hardship for these Americans—and hinder the entire economy.... Obama could stop the continuation of the tax breaks for millionaires, yet quite possibly only until the new Congress came to town—and there would be no new stimulus to boost the flagging economy.

He also wanted to achieve other goals, like ending Don't Ask Don't Tell and immigration reform, among others. He felt that if he went nuclear on the GOP over tax cuts, he'd never stand a chance with other agenda items. Not at that point, anyway.

So what he ended up with was a payroll tax cut, a child tax credit, additional unemployment insurance, renewable energy grants, and more. As David Corn points out, Obama "won $238 billion of stimulus in return for yielding on $114 billion in high-income tax cuts." And yes, it came at a political price.

But, as Corn writes, "This was not full capitulation. It was a strategic retreat to accomplish a bigger mission." The problem was, he says, that the president didn't communicate what he was trying to, and actually did, pull off. Instead, it looked to us like he caved.

Corn ends his piece with this: "What happened two years ago is not an indication that Obama is likely to yield in the new face-off, but that he will be assessing the political dynamics in gridlocked Washington and be willing to bargain hard for a good deal with true benefits. That's not caving in. It's governing."

Which is why I fear for Medicare and Medicaid. I'm in wait and see mode.

Please read his entire Mother Jones piece here.


Mitt Romney rails against China poaching US jobs, but at Bain he invested in a Chinese company that did just that


David Corn does it again. First he reported about Mitt Romney investing in a company that disposed of aborted fetuses and challenged his claim that he left Bain in early 1999.

In fact, more has come to light about that: Mitt Romney did not leave Bain in 1999. And Willard himself suggested that he left Bain in 2002. If so, he “would be guilty of a federal felony” per

Now David Corn is breaking more news. It feels like every hour more comes to light and there is further confirmation of what a lying phony Willard M. Romney is. Will America catch on to his dishonesty and blatant hypocrisy?

According to government documents reviewed by Mother Jones, Romney, when he was in charge of Bain, invested heavily in a Chinese manufacturing company that depended on US outsourcing for its profits—and that explicitly stated that such outsourcing was crucial to its success.

This previously unreported deal runs counter to Romney's tough talk on the campaign trail regarding China. "We will not let China continue to steal jobs from the United States of America," Romney declared in February. But with this investment, Romney sought to make money off a foreign company that banked on American firms outsourcing manufacturing overseas. [...]

Both SEC filings identified Romney as the person in control of this investment: "Mr. W. Mitt Romney is the sole shareholder, sole director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookside Inc. and thus is the controlling person of Brookside Inc." [...] [T]he Global-Tech Appliances transactions occurred long before Romney jetted off to Utah.

Of course, Team Romney takes the "neener nanner, I'm rubber and you're glue" approach by accusing President Obama of being the real "outsourcer-in-chief," because they claim he funded "energy companies, solar and wind energy companies that end up making their products outside the United States."

As David Corn notes, "the New York Times immediately debunked much of Romney's attack, and the Washington Post's 'Fact Checker' column awarded four Pinocchios to an Americans for Prosperity ad that in April made a similar claim about Obama and green-jobs outsourcing."



VIDEO- David Corn bets Brad Blakeman $1000 that he, Karl Rove lied


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Dee-lish! David Corn offered to bet former Bush spokesman Brad Blakeman $1000 that he and Rove were lying about the WMD inspectors being denied access to inspection sites. Right there on the Tee Vee Machine.

March 20, 2003:

Bush urged journalists to leave the country in his television address late Monday. "For their own safety, all foreign nationals — including journalists and inspectors — should leave Iraq immediately," the president said.

Bush ordered the inspectors out. Blakeman owes David Corn $1000.