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The “Right Thing” in Iraq? Fox News recently reported that 58% of U.S. residents believe that the U.S. “did the right thing” in going to war in Iraq. This reflects the fact that most have been persuaded that combat is over, the troops having succeeding in toppling a dictator and establishing a democracy. I don’t know how accurate the statistic is, but my gut feeling is that it’s probably pretty accurate. FRED More Services Events Information on conferences, seminars, and workshops sponsered by the Research Division. 8th District Economy Find economic data and reports on economic conditions in the Federal Reserve's Eighth District. Careers Job Opportunities offered by the Research Division Page One Economics Includes a newsletter, data "starter set", and other economic resources.

Bill Would Give Justice Department Power to Shutter Piracy Sites Worldwide | Threat Level Lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would let the Justice Department seek U.S. court orders against piracy websites anywhere in the world, and shut them down through the sites’ domain registration. The bipartisan legislation, dubbed the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, (.pdf) amounts to the Holy Grail of intellectual-property enforcement. The recording industry and movie studios have been clamoring for such a capability since the George W. Bush administration. Jon Stewart plans D.C. rally - PATRICK GAVIN | POLITICO CLICK For weeks, "Comedy Central"'s Jon Stewart has been teasing a "big announcement," and he finally revealed it Thursday night: In response to the political spectrum's extremes, Stewart will spearhead a rally in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 30. The event, called "The Rally To Restore Sanity," (or as he later called it, a "Million Moderate March"), aims to bring together those turned off by political shenanigans on both the right and the left. On the right, Stewart rejected those who question Obama's citizenship and patriotism and, on the left, he knocked those who called President George W. Bush a war criminal. Stewart's "Comedy Central" colleague, Stephen Colbert, is also set to appear, killing two birds with one stone: There have already been a grassroots movements underway to encourage Colbert to stage a Washington, D.C. event of his own in the wake of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in August.

How To Spot A Whitewash In Army’s Death-Squad Inquiry | Danger Room According to Army investigators at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, soldiers in the 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment of what’s now the 2nd Stryker Brigade hunted and killed Afghan civilians for sport. If this gruesome tale turns out to be true, then it means American soldiers in Afghanistan became something we associate with the worst of all war crimes, something that we’d like to believe simply doesn’t exist among our troops: a death squad. A small group of soldiers in the platoon, report the Washington Post and the Army Times before it, hatched a plot to target Afghan civilians for death. Three alleged murders occurred between January and May in Kandahar at the hands of the self-described “Kill Team” headed by a staff sergeant in the platoon who apparently boasted of getting away with abuse in Iraq.

Tony Blair's Journey: Questions Before Charge of War Crimes in International Court By David Halpin Your 'Journey' has been long on miles but absent of humanity, reason and law. 'It can only get better'. Could it have got any worse? Your vapour trails have left millions weeping. One million of those are widows in Iraq, at least 1.2 million humans with their Allah, five million orphans and four million refugees. We will leave out the blood and the mayhem you have left in Afghanistan, Somalia and the Yemen. With 2012 Plans in Limbo, Palin Steps Into Kingmaker Role | PBS NewsHour | Sept. 20, 2010 JEFFREY BROWN: And now to politics. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been rallying her supporters to help Republican candidates across the country this year. Judy Woodruff checks in on Palin’s latest political moves and what they may tell us about her future. JUDY WOODRUFF: While a debate simmers on over whether Sarah Palin’s presence in this year’s Republican primaries have helped or hurt the party, there can be no doubt she has played a pivotal role in shaping the 2010 GOP field. Palin’s clout was on display just last week, as two of her preferred U.S.

Right-wing media attack Michelle Obama for fighting childhood obesity Conservative media figures are attacking Michelle Obama over her efforts to encourage healthy eating and reduce childhood obesity, baselessly claiming that Americans "will be reported" or be "jail[ed]" for eating french fries. Fox News figures attack Michelle Obama's efforts to reduce childhood obesity Beck fearmongers that philosophy behind offering children healthy food choices will lead to riots, imprisonment, and global government.

Map of the Day: DC Mayoral Primary Highlights Cultural and Racial Divides - Patrick Ottenhoff - Politics The District of Columbia is a blanket of blue on the electoral map, but the 2010 Democratic primary for mayor revealed some cultural and racial divides that are as sharp as any of the states south of the Potomac. Mayor Fenty won all the white areas and ran well in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and Tenleytown. Mayor-elect Gray won all the black areas and ran well in Anacostia (particularly Ward 8) and Northeast. The battleground neighborhoods were U Street, Shaw, and downtown. I don't know enough about Gray to provide an educated analysis of his constituency, but I do know that Fenty represents the white-collar, socially liberal wing of the Democratic Party. He is perhaps known best for riding his bike around the city and hiring Michelle Rhee to scrap the failed programs and entrenched interests in the school system.

Two views: Should GOP get behind the tea party? | Georgia Elections News 9:11 am September 20, 2010, by Staff reports Should the Republican Party get behind tea party-backed nominees such as Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, who upset establishment candidates in the primaries? Here are two views (and feel free to add yours): Will Hinton, Atlanta conservative blogger: Unfortunately for the Republican Party leadership, they have no choice but to support tea party nominees and they have no one but themselves to blame. US Democrats are having their own struggle with union power In a characteristically astute piece of analysis, Michael Barone describes the power struggle taking place within the Democratic party, and makes it clear that its implications for the future of US politics are at least as serious as the well-publicised rift among Republicans over the Tea Party candidates. The antagonists in the Democrats' internal war will be altogether too familiar to a British audience: the public employee unions vs what Barone calls "gentry liberals" (a wonderful epithet which I shall certainly borrow). Both these camps have their precise counterparts in Britain and, in both countries, it is the alliance between them that has tended to secure electoral victories for the left-of-centre parties. And in a further parallel, American public sector super-unions hold huge power over the Democratic party through their funding of its campaigning machine, much like our own dear unions do with Labour.

Rallies planned for soldier charged in WikiLeaks case By the CNN Wire Staff September 17, 2010 6:27 a.m. EDT Mitt Romney Could Be The Hillary Clinton Of 2012 : It's All Politics hide captionFormer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press

Steve King Demands “Blood Oath” From GOP Leadership – For Government Shutdown by Sandi Behrns Rep. Steve King (R-IA) can always be counted upon to go over the top with his rhetoric. He’s done it again, this time demanding that Minority Leader John Boehner and the GOP House leadership swear a “blood oath” promising to force a government shutdown over repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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