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Thursday Links

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* Following up on my article in the Indy this week on the excessive costs of nuclear power, here’s a report from the head of FERC claiming “We may not need any [new nuclear or coal plants], ever.”

* Also at Climate Progress: Obama vs. the Ponzi scheme and what the climate of the U.S. might look like a hundred years from now.

* Republicans aren’t just talking about secession to rile up the base; they’re actually invoking neo-secessionist legal strategies. It’s funny, but it’s not a joke.

* Jonathan Martin on why the Republican noise machine can’t seem to get anywhere against Obama. It’s interesting that the issue that seems to have to most traction against this White House is his failure to prosecute the previous, Republication administration for its many crimes. It’s the only place where their attempts to derail Obama have worked, but it’s not a viable strategy for electoral success.

* And speaking of prosecuting the Bush White House: Vermont Senator (and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee) Patrick Leahy is determined to move forward with a torture probe. Amen to that.

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April 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm


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Lots of angst today about Obama’s DOJ retaining Bush administration policy on state secrets and extraordinary rendition. (Via MeFi; here’s a more Obama-friendly take on this than the ACLU’s. Here’s a rather less one.) I don’t like this, and it’s a clear early sign that even a government that runs on 100% Pure Love can’t be trusted with the sort of extreme executive power that was gleefully handed over to Bush/Cheney by the GOP and the media powers-that-be.

Patrick Leahy’s right: we need to set a precedent that abuse will not be tolerated.

We need to get to the bottom of what happened — and why — so we make sure it never happens again.

One path to that goal would be a reconciliation process and truth commission. We could develop and authorize a person or group of people universally recognized as fair minded, and without axes to grind. Their straightforward mission would be to find the truth. People would be invited to come forward and share their knowledge and experiences, not for purposes of constructing criminal indictments, but to assemble the facts. If needed, such a process could involve subpoena powers, and even the authority to obtain immunity from prosecutions in order to get to the whole truth.

I’ve been in favor of (at least) the truth and reconciliation model for some time. There has to be an accounting. What happened has to be aired and expiated. Obama doesn’t want to waste his political capital “looking backward” and I don’t blame him—that’s what Congress is for.

Politics Links

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A few politics links:

* Bill Clinton’s got a crazy new argument.

“Right now, among all the primary states, believe it or not, Hillary’s only 16 votes behind in pledged delegates,” said Bill, “and she’s gonna wind up with the lead in the popular vote in the primary states. She’s gonna wind up with the lead in the delegates.”

And if only you count states with four letters that voted in March she’s winning by a ton

* Leahy says the primary’s over.

“There is no way that Senator Clinton is going to win enough delegates to get the nomination. She ought to withdraw and she ought to be backing Senator Obama. Now, obviously that’s a decision that only she can make frankly I feel that she would have a tremendous career in the Senate.”

Reality check, check. Vague moral threat, check. Quiet promise of a bribe, check. Too bad Clinton won’t listen.

* Bob Casey jumps off the fence and endorses Barack. Richardson, Leahy, Casey, Pelosi: are the supers finally moving?

* Ezra has your definition of the day.

“National Greatness” is what results when unacknowledged feelings of sexual inadequacy manifest themselves as a theory of foreign policy.

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March 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Obamavermontdirtyhippieblogging (UPDATED)

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Hot on the heels of a successful bid to secure the dirty hippie vote, Barack Obama seals the deal today with an endorsement from Vermont warhorse Senator Patrick Leahy.

UPDATE: Text from the endorsement here.

“We need a president who can reintroduce America to the world, and reintroduce America to ourselves,” Leahy said, later adding, “Barack Obama represents the America we once were and want to be again.”

Leahy likened his support of Obama to the 1968 presidential campaign, when as a young prosecutor he endorsed Robert Kennedy over Hubert Humphrey. “He was bringing us a sense of hope, bringing us together,” Leahy said. “I know those are intangibles, but it encouraged me to go against the establishment in my own state, and go with Bobby Kennedy.”

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January 17, 2008 at 4:10 pm

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