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    05/10/2011 4:25:24 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | May 10, 2011 | Tim Blair
    In 2009, leftoids Keith Olbermann and Jonathan Alter were shocked by Seymour Hersh’s claims that Dick Cheney ran assassination squads using military personnel to take out enemy targets – you know, just like the current President... “There’s a lot more that happened in that Bush administration, directly out of the vice-president’s office, that we don’t know about yet,” warned Alter, adding that once the full details become known, they “will curl our hair.” That last line would carry greater power if Alter weren’t bald. And also a screaming hypocrite. Now that Barack Obama is running an assassination squad – directly...
  • Furloughs Alter Routines for President’s Staff

    10/04/2013 5:16:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — Shortly before the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, a small group of top White House officials huddled in the West Wing for what turned out to be a discussion of critical importance: how to run the place. They listened as soon-to-be-furloughed junior staff members showed them how to send a news release, issue a proclamation and distribute daily reports of President Obama’s activities. One crucial piece of information was how to clear someone through the security gates for Oval Office appointments. “I didn’t know how to do that before Monday night,” said Josh Earnest, the...
  • Imus Tells Alter ‘Shove it,’ Calls Fineman ‘Sniveling Little Weasel’ and Meacham ‘Phony B*st*rd’

    06/07/2013 7:07:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 35 replies ^ | 6-6-2013 | Noel Sheppard
    Fox Business’s Don Imus had a delicious trifecta Thursday trashing three perilously liberal journalists in less than 90 seconds. After telling Jonathan Alter to “shove” his request to come on the program and hawk his new book, Imus called Howard Fineman a “sniveling little weasel” and Jon Meacham a “phony b*st*rd” (video follows with transcript and commentary): DON IMUS: "I’m in a horrible mood because of a couple of reasons. And I don’t like it when people tell me what a great friend they are of mine, because I know it’s nonsense. And here’s, you don’t need to tell me...
  • Steve Jobs ordered Apple ads off Fox News

    05/07/2013 9:47:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 84 replies
    NetworkWorld ^ | 5/6/13 | Paul McNamara
    Add another one to the man's list of prudent business decisions. As relates to his previously documented loathing of Fox News, it's now known that the late Steve Jobs backed up his harsh words by wisely withholding Apple's advertising dollars, according to an upcoming book about the 2012 presidential campaign. The book's author, Jonathan Alter, a Bloomberg political columnist and contributor to MSNBC, tells of Jobs "personally ordering that Apple ads be removed from Fox News," according to a blog post in the New York Times over the weekend. Alter's book, "The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies," is scheduled...
  • Article devotes 5 pages marvelling lack of scandals; 1 sentence to 'Gunwalker'

    11/09/2011 6:05:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 November, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    Writing for Washington Monthly, Jonathan Alter seems impressed that the Obama administration has, in his view, avoided scandal so far: Yet for almost three years, the administration has been scandal-less, not scandalous. Apparently we have become so inured to egregious misconduct on the part of those whom we have elected to serve in the highest positions of public trust, that an absence of such behavior is an occasion to celebrate. "But wait," readers might ask, "what about 'Project Gunwalker'? Is it not scandalous that our own government armed the most brutal criminals in North America, contributing to the deaths of...
  • Answering Jonathan Alter

    08/28/2011 9:41:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 28, 2011 | Carl Paulus
    On Friday, Jonathan Alter wrote a column challenging his readers to "prove" why Obama "has been a bad president." He ended his piece, which he based off of the old Mission Impossible television show, by saying, "Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to be specific and rational, not vague and visceral." I wish to take up that task, but before I do so, readers must understand something about Jonathan Alter and his views. The former editor of Newsweek, Alter has written books and articles defending liberalism for decades. His latest book, The Promise: President Obama, Year...
  • Answering Jonathan Alter’s Challenge

    08/26/2011 11:57:22 AM PDT · by cruise_missile · 21 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 8/26/2011 | Peter Wehner
    “Tell me again why Barack Obama has been such a bad president?” Jonathan Alter writes in his column. Alter tells us he’s not talking here about Obama as a tactician and communicator, and he’s not interested in hearing ad hominem attacks or about people’s generalized “disappointment.” (Neither am I.) He wants to know on a substantive basis why Obama should be judged to have failed so far. In Alter’s words, “Your mission, Jim [or anyone else for that matter], should you decide to accept it, is to be specific and rational, not vague and visceral.” Consider the mission accepted. In...
  • Who caused the politicizing of the Arizona Murders?

    01/21/2011 5:38:47 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 21 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 1/21/11 | Alaphiah
    Since the president’s call for the end of hatful political discourse let’s determine who started it so that their voices will be forever known as untrustworthy partisan politicos who place ideology above truth. Paul Krugman, Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga and Jonathan Alter are not the only ones on the left that politicized the murders and mayhem in Arizona. However, they have distinguished themselves as the grossest continuing purveyors of fact less hateful political rhetoric. (see 1:23min video) It is time that all of these instigators of hate and lies be call out for their destructive contribution to the civil meltdown of...
  • The Devil Made Him Do It

    01/10/2011 12:25:40 PM PST · by Biggirl · 23 replies ^ | January 10, 2011 | annem040359
    The picture itself is truly disturbing. From the New York Daily News online, in an exclusive news report, which includes this picture, from what I have heard this afternoon from conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh, the parents took down this human skull replica today as well as local police closing the street off to the news media where Jared Lee Loughner’s home is located.
  • Why the Midterms Matter: The GOP’s agenda has to be stopped.

    10/23/2010 7:14:37 AM PDT · by paudio · 59 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/23/10 | Jonathan Alter
    The depressed Democratic base needs to ask itself some questions: Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion? Do Hispanics want to see immigration reform postponed? Do young voters want college loans slashed? If they don’t, they’ll set aside whatever valid grievances they may have with Obama and mobilize. If Democrats lose control anyway, maybe nothing too bad will happen. Obama will veto GOP bills, and politics will be paralyzed for two years as the parties jostle for 2012. But a right-wing Republican takeover of Congress and state capitals isn’t something to accept with indifference. Midterms matter, and voters tempted...
  • Obama hits Clinton: “I wasn’t sent here to do school uniforms”

    05/14/2010 8:18:17 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 77 replies · 2,697+ views ^ | 05/14/10 | jeff j
    In his new book on President Obama’s first year in office, “The Promise,” Jonathan Alter includes a quote from the president’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, illustrating just how opposed Emanuel was to the president’s push for comprehensive health care reform.
  • New Obama book by Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter airs private flares of temper

    05/08/2010 5:51:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 68 replies · 2,868+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | May 5, 2010 | David Saltonstall
    President Obama may cultivate an image as the unflappable Mr. Cool, but he can get hot under the collar too, according to a new book. In "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," by Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter, the author recounts a series of private blow-ups - including a particularly fiery one involving the nation's top military brass. "A presidential dressing down unlike any in the United States in more than half a century," is how Alter describes the October 2009 eruption. [Snip] But it's often the flashes of anger, not amour, that shine through Alter's tome, including: Asked...
  • Olbermann Accuses Rep. Michele Bachmann of Breaking 'Serious Laws'

    03/28/2009 1:25:40 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 72 replies · 2,871+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 28, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Just hours after MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews calls Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., the "Mata Hari of Minnesota" and Rolling Stone editor Matt Taibbi says "a guy huffing glue out of a paper bag" was making more sense the Bachmann, MSNBC "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann comes in for clean-up duties. On the March 27 broadcast "Countdown," Olbermann confirms that Michele Bachmann Derangement Syndrome is alive and well at MSNBC. Dedicating the top of his show to Bachmann, Olbermann accuses the Minnesota congresswoman of breaking "several serious laws," for suggesting the American people should rise up against some of the liberal...
  • Alter Rejects Notion GOP Stimulus Opposition is Principled, Blames Politics

    02/12/2009 7:27:02 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 17 replies · 726+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 12, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    How could anyone take a principled stand against the $789 billion economic stimulus bill? Any opposition to this massive expansion of the federal government must be sheer political posturing. Or so said Newsweek magazine's Jonathan Alter. Alter said on MSNBC's Feb. 11 "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" that congressional Republicans oppose the stimulus bill based on an ill-conceived, low-percentage bet that the proposal would fail. "Well, they're betting on the 30 percent chance, as Joe Biden put it, that it's not going to work," Alter said. "Then they can say, ‘I told you so, it didn't do any good.'" ..more (w/video)..
  • Newsweek's Jonathan Alter Slams 'So Lame,' Sarah Palin

    01/08/2009 5:47:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 71 replies · 2,335+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 1-8-09 | Geoffrey Dickens
    On Thursday night's "Hardball," Chris Matthews played several clips from documentarian John Zeigler's interview with Sarah Palin, in which the former GOP VP candidate criticized Katie Couric and the press as a whole for bias against her but his guest, Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, dismissed Palin's charges as "So lame," and called her "a Nixonian Nanook of the North." The following exchanges were aired on the January 8, edition of "Hardball": First up, after Matthews aired a clip of Palin criticizing the McCain campaign for forcing her to conduct continuing interviews with Couric, Alter called the Alaskan governor: "So lame."...
  • Gov. Palin Graces Cover Of Parade Magazine

    12/28/2008 8:30:25 AM PST · by curth · 62 replies · 2,339+ views
    Parade ^ | 12/28/2009 | Curth
    Parade features Governor Sarah Palin on it's cover for it's Best and Worst of the Year edition. Unfortunately , there isn't much about her there, other than this debunked story: LOW- People shouting, “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” when Obama’s name was mentioned at some John Mc-Cain-Sarah Palin rallies. While this was neither Mc-Cain’s nor Palin’s fault, it revealed the thin membrane separating civility from mob rule in politics today. —Jonathan Alter, NBC News analyst and author of “Between the Lines” Cover: Home:
  • Why McCain Won

    11/02/2008 6:30:36 PM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 73 replies · 3,248+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Oct 25, 2008 | Jonathan Alter
    The conventional wisdom, which I share, is that Barack Obama will win this election, perhaps by a healthy margin. But Democrats are nervous wrecks; they're having nightmares that defeat will be snatched from the jaws of victory. To add to their misery (and guard against complacency), here's how that horror film could play out: In the end, the problem was the LIVs. That's short for "low-information voters," the three fifths of the electorate that show up once every four years to vote for president but mostly hate politics. These are the 75 million folks who didn't vote in the primaries....
  • Why McCain Won [RACISM]

    10/25/2008 1:23:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 52 replies · 3,462+ views ^ | October 25, 2008 | Jonathan Alter
    The conventional wisdom, which I share, is that Barack Obama will win this election, perhaps by a healthy margin. But Democrats are nervous wrecks; they're having nightmares that defeat will be snatched from the jaws of victory. To add to their misery (and guard against complacency), here's how that horror film could play out: In the end, the problem was the LIVs. That's short for "low-information voters," the three fifths of the electorate that shows up once every four years to vote for president but mostly hates politics. These are the 75 million folks who didn't vote in the primaries....
  • We’re Heading Left Once Again

    10/18/2008 12:16:09 PM PDT · by americanophile · 48 replies · 1,205+ views
    Newsweek ^ | October 18, 2008 | Jonathan Alter
    The test for the next president is whether he can use the powers of government to act on behalf of Americans. That's a liberal idea. John McCain's "Joe the Plumber" would no doubt like to have a beer with Sarah Palin's "Joe Six-Pack." In truth, Joe Wurzelbacher isn't a licensed plumber and Joe Six-Pack is a horrible cliché, but no matter. They're cultural kin to the iconic "Average Joe" who was part of Richard Nixon's "Silent Majority" in the early 1970s and Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority in the 1980s. But conservative majorities come and go. If the polls are to...
  • Jonathan Alter on McCain campaign, “Perhaps risking some peoples lives.”

    10/07/2008 11:00:06 PM PDT · by · 2 replies · 530+ views ^ | October 8, 2008 |
    Congratulations to Jonathan Alter, he wins the Lighten Up Francis award for the week: Jonathan Alter: “Unleashing the furies of the dark side of American politics, perhaps risking some peoples lives if things get out of control. All of that is out the window in the service of winning an election.”Tried to embed the video, perhaps someone can do it, video at the link.
  • McCain’s ‘Hail Sarah’ Pass [Alter channels the ghost of Pauline Kael]

    08/30/2008 8:36:57 AM PDT · by oblomov · 56 replies · 172+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 29 August 2008 | Johnathan Alter
    Happy birthday, Johnny Mac! You're 72 now, a cancer survivor, and a presidential candidate who has said on many occasions that the most important criteria for picking a vice president is whether he or she could immediately step in if something happened to the president. Your campaign against Barack Obama is based on the simple idea that he is unready to be president. So you've picked a running mate who a year and a half ago was the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a town of 8,500 people. You've selected a potential leader of the free world who knows little or...
  • The Power of Images

    07/15/2008 6:28:37 AM PDT · by libstripper · 19 replies · 261+ views
    Newsweek ^ | JUly 15, 2008 | Jonathan Alter
    When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, he told potential investors that it was not edited for "the little old lady from Dubuque." This is still true, as the flap over the latest cover suggests. Publishing an illustration of Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim fist-bumping his wife Michelle (with a semi-automatic over her shoulder) may have been meant as a parody of the dopey Internet rumor-mongering that has dogged the campaign for close to two years. But it is indisputably harmful to the Obama campaign, which is why, though Obama himself wouldn't comment, his spokesman called the...
  • Popular Vote Poison - How Hillary's latest math hurts the party

    05/21/2008 10:09:56 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 22 replies · 51+ views
    Newsweek ^ | May 22nd, 2008 | Jonathan Alter
    Give credit where it's due: Hillary Clinton has shown grit and determination in finishing out the race. She has proved herself a strong campaigner. And in the week since West Virginia, she has stopped the cheap shots that had marred her campaign this year. But Clinton has continued with one claim that could have a pernicious effect on the Democrats' chances in November. While she knows that the nomination is determined by delegates, Hillary insists on saying at every opportunity that she is winning the popular vote. And she has now taken to touting the new HBO movie "Recount," which...
  • Hillary?s Consolation Prize? (BARF ALERT!!!)

    04/01/2008 4:09:33 PM PDT · by paltz · 11 replies · 65+ views ^ | 3/28/08 | Jonathan Alter
    Some Democrats terrified that their bloody primary campaign will doom them in November are floating a consolation prize for Hillary Clinton: governor of New York. The travails of New York Gov. David Paterson have opened up a new potential career path for Clinton, according to well-informed Democratic Party insiders who refused to allow their names to be used when discussing contingencies. They want her to consider the option if she concludes after the April 22 Pennsylvania primary that she cannot overtake Barack Obama for the party's presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton, while fully committed to continuing her presidential campaign, was said...
  • The Tales Hillary Tells

    03/30/2008 10:15:00 AM PDT · by kingattax · 35 replies · 2,151+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 4-7-08 issue | Jonathan Alter
    We know why politicians lie when they get in trouble: they think the consequences of telling the truth are too severe to bear. That's why Richard Nixon lied about Watergate, and Bill Clinton about Monica Lewinsky. The more complicated question is why they fib—why politicians insist on stretching unimportant stories in ways that are easy to check and refute. Hillary Clinton's oft-told yarn about ducking sniper fire on the tarmac in Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996 has gotten a lot of publicity, maybe too much. Her misrepresentation of her role in the Northern Ireland peace talks was more serious but less...
  • Hillary’s Consolation Prize?

    03/28/2008 5:28:12 PM PDT · by kingattax · 72 replies · 1,813+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 3-28-08 | Jonathan Alter
    Some Dems float the New York Statehouse as an option. Some Democrats terrified that their bloody primary campaign will doom them in November are floating a consolation prize for Hillary Clinton: governor of New York. The travails of New York Gov. David Paterson have opened up a new potential career path for Clinton, according to well-informed Democratic Party insiders who refused to allow their names to be used when discussing contingencies. They want her to consider the option if she concludes after the April 22 Pennsylvania primary that she cannot overtake Barack Obama for the party's presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton,...
  • Obama is a Generation Jones, not Boomer or Xer

    02/03/2008 8:44:02 PM PST · by Linda is Watching · 53 replies · 977+ views
    Newsweek ^ | February 11, 2008 | Jonathan Alter
    A generational struggle is underway. What's so unusual is it's taking place within a single generation [Obama] represents a new generation of leadership, even though technically he's part of the same generation as Hillary, the baby boomers. Here's where it gets a bit complicated. This tussle pits an Early Boomer vs. a Late Boomer, and the two cohorts have little in common... In the case of boomers—those born between 1946 and 1964—the whole frame is wrong. It's based on birthrates, not common cultural and political affinities... Worse, the Early Boomer sensibility gets all the attention. Five decades of newsmagazine boomer...
  • Court case could alter Nev. outcome (Who's crying foul now and going to court?)

    01/16/2008 4:05:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 35+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/16/08 | Kathleen Hessessey - ap
    LAS VEGAS - A last-minute federal court battle over caucus rules demonstrates just how important a tight three-way Democratic presidential contest in Nevada has become in the battle for momentum headed into Super Tuesday's votes. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are in a statistical dead heat in polling here before Saturday's caucuses. And Nevada's sizable blocs of Hispanic, union and urban voters could provide an indicator of where the race is headed on Feb. 5, when hundreds of delegates will be awarded in states with significant minority populations. By contrast, Republican candidates have stayed away from the...
  • The Clinton Battle Plan :: Bill and Hillary Clinton’s War Plan

    11/19/2006 2:14:40 PM PST · by Cincinna · 31 replies · 1,650+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Nov. 27, 2006 | Jonathan Alter with Eleanor Clift
    For right-wing conspiracy theorists, this is the belly of the beast—a dinner at the Four Seasons in New York for the 20th anniversary of Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Portentous Ivy League professors, Upper East Side gazillionaires, Precambrian media pooh-bahs; Dan Rather and Al Franken and Paul Pelosi, spouse of the Speaker-elect. Almost all in attendance cheer the results of the midterms while bemoaning the demise of old media. Suddenly, shimmering over the tabletops, comes a vision of what was and might yet be again: in full plumage, arriving and departing separately per their...
  • Huckabee: The GOP's Best Bet?

    10/24/2007 5:52:38 AM PDT · by dano1 · 92 replies · 926+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 10/22/2007 | Jonathan Alter
    The GOP is in a deep hole and keeps digging. Even after Mike Huckabee won big among attendees at last week's "Values Voters Convention," many evangelicals have been telling the former Arkansas governor—and onetime Baptist minister—that they like him but won't back him because he can't beat Hillary Clinton. They have it exactly backward. He may be the only Republican candidate with a decent chance to beat the Democrats next November. Huckabee? Yes, Huckabee. To explain why, let's look at the shortcomings of the other Republican candidates first. Rudy Giuliani's performance so far has turned the conventional wisdom about him...
  • Backing Bush

    08/17/2007 4:28:10 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 8 replies · 761+ views
    NY Sun ^ | August 17, 2007 | Russ Smith
    One of the more absurd complaints leveled against President Bush during his tumultuous tenure in office is that, in combating terrorism, he's eviscerated the Constitution. This hysteria is not confined to critics in the blogosphere or strident left-wing magazines such as the Nation but is found, as well, in mass-market newspapers and magazines. A citizen who reads, in a vacuum, editorials and oped columnists in the New York Times, say, might believe that since September 11 America, led by the Bush administration, has become a police state. The latest round of hyperbolic arguments offered by anti-administration partisans concerns the acquiescence...
  • A Red [GOP] Play for The Golden State

    08/08/2007 4:48:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 852+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Aug. 13, 2007 issue | Jonathan Alter
    Our way of electing presidents has always been fertile ground for mischief. But there's sensible mischief—toying with existing laws and the Constitution to reflect popular will—and then there's the other kind, which tries to rig admission to the Electoral College for strictly partisan purposes. Mischief-makers in California (Republicans) and North Carolina (Democrats) are at work on changes that would subvert the system for momentary advantage and—in ways the political world is only beginning to understand—dramatically increase the odds that a Republican will be elected president in 2008. Right now, every state except Nebraska and Maine awards all of its electoral...
  • (Jonathan Alter) Newsweek Editor Advises Dems on Surrendering While Saving Face

    06/18/2007 8:39:22 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies · 759+ views ^ | June 18, 2007 | Matthew Sheffield
    Newsweek Editor Advises Dems on Surrendering While Saving Face Posted by Matthew Sheffield on June 18, 2007 - 10:23. With congressional Democrats' approval ratings in the basement (lower than President Bush's), some in the media are attributing this to the fact that the Dems have not succeeded in cutting off the war in Iraq. Trouble is, while that strategy may be beneficial in the short run, it makes Democrats play to their stereotype of being soft when it comes to foreign policy.To help his fellow liberals out, Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter offers Democrats a way to surrender, "without looking like...
  • 'Today' Goes To War For Dem Majority

    10/17/2006 5:35:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 969+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein October 17, 2006 - 08:26 "General Pelosi, I'm Matt Lauer, and I'm reporting for duty!" OK, Matt didn't quite say that as 'Today' kicked off its 'The War at Home' three-part series this morning on the lives of American veterans once they return home from war. But judging from the opening episode and the tease of what's to come tomorrow, he might just as well. NBC is clearly doing its part to tend the Dems' Victory Garden. Of all the reporters in the NBC News stable, 'Today' tapped for this segment Jonathan Alter, a regular guest on...
  • (Karen) Hughes says it could take decades to alter anti-American feelings around the world

    09/28/2006 9:23:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,137+ views
    AP on North County Times ^ | 9/28/06 | Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON -- It may take decades to change anti-American feelings around the world that have been aggravated by war in Iraq, U.S. policy toward Israel and America's "sex and violence" culture, the State Department official in charge of dealing with the U.S. image abroad said Thursday. "The anti-Americanism, the concern around the world ... this ideological struggle, it's not going to change" quickly, Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It's going to be the work of years and maybe decades." Hughes, a longtime adviser to President Bush, has worked for more than a...
  • Al-Qaida likely to alter marketing efforts

    06/09/2006 7:16:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 560+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/06 | Katherine Shrader - ap
    WASHINGTON - With the demise of charismatic terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida will be looking for a new sales approach in its worldwide fundraising campaigns. Al-Zarqawi had become a key part of al-Qaida's marketing: He was a terror operator who stole headlines with jarring, gruesome attacks carried out by a network of foreign and Iraqi fighters. For more than three years, he evaded an international manhunt. Counterterrorism officials have said al-Zarqawi served as a worldwide jihadist rallying point and a fundraising icon. "The terrorist celeb, if you will," said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., a former FBI agent who serves...
  • CA: Assembly panel OKs bills that could alter presidential campaigns (primary,electoral college)

    04/25/2006 6:43:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 544+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/25/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    Two bills that could shake up presidential politics by giving California one of the earliest primaries in the nation and undercutting the Electoral College were approved Tuesday by the Assembly elections committee. The bills' author, committee chairman Tom Umberg, D-Santa Ana, said the measures were designed to increase California's clout in determining who sits in the Oval Office. "It's an effort to make California relevant again in presidential elections," he said. One of the bills would put California in competition with New Hampshire to have the earliest presidential primary elections in the nation. It would require the secretary of state...
  • The Imperial (Vice) Presidency (Evil Cheney Alert)

    02/21/2006 6:21:33 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 26 replies · 779+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/21/06 | Jonathan Alter
    Cheney has simultaneously expanded the power of the vice presidency and reduced its accountability. Because his health made him the first veep since ancient Alben Barkley (under Harry Truman) with no realistic chance of moving up, he felt he could change the rules. Fears of terrorism made his decision to go to an "undisclosed location" understandable, but he has taken secrecy about his whereabouts to inexplicable lengths. News organizations went along with this partly to save money by not sending reporters to cover his trips. They rationalized it by explaining that Cheney never said anything to reporters anyway.
  • 7000 Year-Old Sacrificial Altar Found In Hunan

    01/29/2006 2:23:12 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,002+ views
    7000 year-old sacrificial altar found in Hunan 2006-01-29 11:23:54 BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- A sacrificial altar, dating back about 7,000 years, has been discovered in central China's Hunan Province, according to Chinese archaeologists. The altar is the earliest sacrificial site so far found in China, said He Gang, a researcher with the Hunan Institute of Archaeology. "Ancients prayed to the gods of nature, such as the gods of the earth, river and heaven," said He at a archaeological forum held by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently in Beijing. Archaeologists have found China's oldest white pottery specimens...
  • BUSH'S SNOOPGATE - Jonathan Alter's Newsweek Web-Exclusive Commentary

    12/21/2005 5:25:25 AM PST · by Kimberly GG · 41 replies · 1,192+ views
    Newsweek On-Line ^ | 12/19/05 | Jonathan Alter
    WEB-EXCLUSIVE COMMENTARY By Jonathan Alter Newsweek Updated: 6:17 p.m. ET Dec. 19, 2005 Dec. 19, 2005 - Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power. President Bush came out swinging on Snoopgate—he made it seem as if those who didn’t agree with him wanted to leave us vulnerable to Al Qaeda—but it will not work. We’re seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham...
  • Newsweek's Jonathan Alter V. Hugh over the president's authority to conduct wiretaps (interview)

    12/21/2005 3:55:17 AM PST · by frankjr · 29 replies · 1,160+ views ^ | 12/20/05 | Hewitt & Alter
    HH: Very pleased to welcome Jonathan Alter to the Hugh Hewitt Show for the first time. We've had his colleague, Howard Fineman, on a number of times. But Jonathan Alter is of course a senior writer and reporter for Newsweek. You see him a lot of MSNBC and other cable channels, and yesterday authored a column on the Newsweek website, Bush's Snoopgate, which has become probably the most controversial thing written about the NSA surveillance of al Qaeda communicating with American citizens controversy. Jonathan Alter, welcome to the program. JA: Thanks very much, Hugh. HH: Were you on the Crimson...
  • Alter Beats Impeachment Drum over NSA Surveillance

    12/20/2005 4:59:35 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies · 1,660+ views
    Mark Finkelstein December 20, 2005 - 19:40 Chris Matthews might be off tonight, but with Andrea Mitchell sitting in, the hysterical anti-Bush beat goes on at Hardball. Mitchell interviewed a panel in which far-left Jonathan Alter was 'balanced' by the politically-androgynous David Gergen. When Alter surmised that the impeachment of President Bush is a real possibility in light of the NSA surveillance matter, Mitchell, rather than bursting into laughter, asked Gergen with a straight face: "Are we headed toward a constitutional crisis?" Gergen didn't seem to think so, but, ever the suck-up, later bent over backwards to congratulate Alter on...
  • Jonathan Alter & The Ghost of Nixon (Alter - The Real Bubble Boy)

    12/20/2005 1:16:32 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 18 replies · 767+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 20, 2005 | John McIntyre
    Jonathan Alter provides a classic liberal misreading of the political dynamics at play in the leaked story on the NSA’s covert spy program. Alter reports that President Bush called in both the publisher and the executive editor of the New York Times on December 6 in a “futile attempt to talk them out of running the story… can only imagine the president’s desperation.” Alter ridicules the idea that Bush’s concern in seeing the story published was U.S. national security. No, Bush was desperate to keep the Times from running this important story…..because he knew that it would reveal him as...
  • Jonathan Alter (Bush's Snoopgate) Gets First Place In MRC's 1998 'Presidential Kneepad Awards'

    12/20/2005 4:59:54 AM PST · by an amused spectator · 15 replies · 539+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | December 20, 2005 | aas
    Presidential Kneepad Award (for Best Lewinsky Impression) First Place "The ironies for a President not given to irony are endless. Consider this: the best chance for Clinton to shine in history might be for Congress to force him to pay the price for lying about sex. In the unlikely event he is pushed from office, it would take only weeks, maybe just days, before a vast national remorse set in. We destroyed our lovable rogue prince of prosperity over this? Clinton would become a martyr to a legal system run amok. His defeat would mean victory over not just...
  • Bush’s Snoopgate

    12/19/2005 4:52:33 PM PST · by Xanadu2112 · 104 replies · 2,408+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 12/19/06 | Jonathan Alter
    Dec. 19, 2005 - Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power. President Bush came out swinging on Snoopgate—he made it seem as if those who didn’t agree with him wanted to leave us vulnerable to Al Qaeda—but it will not work. We’re seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
  • Newsweek's Jonathan Alter vs. Free Republic "Hit Men"

    12/09/2005 3:33:38 PM PST · by md2576 · 87 replies · 4,017+ views
    News Busters ^ | 11/21/05 | Clay Waters
    In the New York Times Sunday book review, Newsweek Senior Editor Jonathan Alter checks out "Truth and Duty," the apologia from Mary Mapes, the disgraced former CBS News producer of "Memogate" infamy, in which she blames right-wing bloggers and everyone but herself for how her "expose" of Bush's National Guard duty blew up in the face of her network. The liberal Alter is highly critical of Mapes and CBS, but makes a rather paranoid and over-the-top claim about "Buckhead," the Atlanta attorney who originally questioned the fake documents used by CBS's "60 Minutes II" to attack President Bush's Texas Air...
  • Newsweek's Jonathan Alter Uses Propaganda to Attack Propaganda!!!

    12/05/2005 2:43:18 PM PST · by Only Waxing · 9 replies · 703+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/5/05 | Noel Sheppard
    Newsweek’s senior editor Jonathan Alter wrote an article for this week’s issue entitled “The Real Price of Propaganda” wherein he came down strongly against recent revelations that the Pentagon might be “buying” articles to be placed in Iraqi newspapers. On the one hand, there is some delicious irony in seeing an anti-propaganda column in an American periodical that is periodically so full of it. Yet, maybe more curious is how Alter seemed mostly disgusted by the amount of money the Pentagon might be paying for such an exercise without recognizing how inexpensive this is compared to the cost of waging...
  • Network Error [NYT Mary Mapes Book Review]

    11/19/2005 6:42:27 PM PST · by ncountylee · 34 replies · 1,515+ views
    NYT ^ | November 20, 2005 | JONATHAN ALTER
    I REALIZED Mary Mapes had not told the whole story of the CBS-National Guard fiasco when I looked in the index to her book for a reference to The Boston Globe. It wasn't there. Why is this such a telltale omission? In an article published in February 2004, seven months before CBS News imploded, The Globe, under the headline "Doubts Raised on Bush Accuser," essentially destroyed the credibility of a man named Bill Burkett, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Texas National Guard. Burkett claimed to have stumbled upon some of George W. Bush's Guard records in a trash can...
  • The Price Of Loyalty (uber barf alert)

    10/29/2005 9:29:55 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 10 replies · 401+ views
    Newsweek ^ | October 30 2005 | Jonathan Alter
    Paul Schroeder says that well-meaning people offer their condolences over Augie, "then they whisper to us, 'We oppose the war, too.' Why do they whisper?" Why? Because until now, the Bush White House has successfully peddled the idea that dissent is somehow unpatriotic. Paul and his wife, Rosemary, take a different view. "I think it's more patriotic to speak up," Rosemary says. "If the emperor has no clothes, or the president has no plan—then you have to speak out. Otherwise, you're putting all these lives in danger for no good cause." The good news about the president's bad week is...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger vetoes bills to alter high school exit exam (re: special education students)

    10/07/2005 4:56:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 488+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/7/05 | Jennifer Coleman - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Friday that would have given special education students a reprieve from the state's high-stakes exit exam. The bill would have implemented a legal settlement between the California Department of Education and the Oakland-based Disability Rights Advocates, which filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of special education students. The bill sent to the governor by the Legislature differed from the settlement, however, and drew objections from the state's school superintendent. Schwarzenegger also vetoed a bill that would have eased the exit exam rules by allowing high school students to graduate without passing...