Senators Write Letter To Harry Reid Opposing Fast Track Authority For TPP and TTIP

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 9:55 am

According to a letter obtained by Firedoglake, 12 United States Senators have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convey their opposition to the “prospect of renewing Trade Promotion Authority” or fast track authority. Specifically mentioned in the context of that opposition is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment [...]

Democrats Pushing War With Iran Includes Those From Blue States

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 8:27 am

Where is the push back from the left on the Democrats promoting a war with Iran? While it has become clear during the Obama presidency that partisan Democrats can look the other way at war crimes and questionable killings, the Iran peace talks could end up as the greatest achievement of President Obama’s foreign policy. [...]

FHFA Bullying States into Making Foreclosures Faster

By: Friday September 21, 2012 7:43 am

The Federal Housing Finance Agency has decided to raise guarantee fees from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac on mortgages in states that respect the rule of law. Really, that’s about the size of it. As Shahien Nasiripour points out today, the g-fees will go up in five states that have slowed the foreclosure process by [...]

Rep. Walsh’s Rant Pathetic, and Also Indicative of Washington’s No-Accountability Policy

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 2:47 pm

Either Rep. Joe Walsh or someone associated with posting the video of his meltdown at a meeting with constituents has now made the clip private, which is kind of hysterical in and of itself (UPDATE: there’s another version of the exchange here). But Think Progress provided a transcript so you can get the gist of [...]

Connecticut Suspends All Foreclosures; BofA Close to Doing the Same

By: Friday October 1, 2010 2:09 pm

This story is moving fast. First to Connecticut, where Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (also running for US Senate) just put a halt to all foreclosures from all banks. California followed suit on a limited basis, with the banks that have already suspended evictions while they review their processes. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Friday [...]

AZ-Gov: Brewer Fibs About Her Father’s Death

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 11:50 am

If nothing else, Richard Blumenthal has kicked off a series of critical inquiries into the lazy, casual exaggerations that politicians try to pull off every day. Sometimes these rest on a mischaracterization of the remarks (Al Gore never said he invented the Internet), sometimes they just get right by a glazed-over press corps. But now, [...]

IL-Sen: Mark Kirk’s Bigger-Than-Blumenthal Problem

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 6:49 am

If you get past the shoddy journalism of the New York Times article that started it all, Richard Blumenthal was guilty of misspeaking once or twice among hundreds of times where he accurately described his service in the Marine reserves. I think that’s quantitatively and qualitatively different than Mark Kirk claiming to win a “Navy [...]

IL-Sen: Kirk’s Embellishment of His Military Service

By: Sunday May 30, 2010 2:08 pm

Mark Kirk, the Republican US Senate candidate in Illinois, has been a Navy reservist for many years, including a tour in Aviano, Italy during the Serbian conflict. He’s talked of collecting multiple awards for service, particularly the Intelligence Officer of the Year award, which has been at times a centerpiece of his political campaigns for [...]

NYT Looking Worse On Blumenthal Story, But He’s Not In The Clear

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 9:51 am

Colin McEnroe has a great piece pointing out a number of flaws in the New York Times story on Richard Blumenthal’s military record. He pointed out the vagueness of the story, the fact that it relied heavily on a clipped speech where Blumenthal properly described his service just minutes before, and then he asked local [...]

Full Blumenthal Video Shows He Correctly Defined His Service

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 11:27 am

The New York Times article threatening to sink Richard Blumenthal’s election chances by claiming he incorrectly stated his military record is starting to look more and more like a naked political hit. The article threw up a lot of smoke, but made major use of one incident from 2008 where Blumenthal saying he served in [...]

Blumenthal Attempting to Weather the Storm, National Dems Behind Him

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 11:17 am

Richard Blumenthal is about to appear with several military veterans and defend his record amid today’s story in the New York Times about him falsely claiming, or at least leaving the impression, that he served in Vietnam. And it looks like national Democrats are not ready to drop him yet, preferring to let this play [...]

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