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Tea Party Convention Is Canceled

New York Times – September 24, 2010, 11:04 am

By KATE ZERNIKE

The Tea Party is off.

At least, the National Tea Party Unity Convention that was being planned for mid-October in Las Vegas is off. It was supposed to be a repeat of the convention in Nashville last February, which drew 600 “delegates” (and almost as many reporters) and an adoring audience for Sarah Palin, the keynote speaker.

Sponsored by Tea Party Nation, a social networking site, the convention was supposed to emphasize Tea Party groups working together — a contrast to the convention in February, which was plagued by infighting among groups, with sponsors and speakers dropping out right up until its opening hours. Organizers chose Las Vegas not least because it is the center of the Senate race that Tea Party activists would most dearly love to win: Sharron Angle, a Republican supported by Tea Party groups, is challenging Harry Reid, the leader of the Democratic majority.

Barbee Kinnison, a Tea Party activist in Las Vegas who had been helping organize the convention, sent an e-mail to supporters saying that it was with “deep sorrow” that she had to announce “the convention is just not going to happen.”

Tea Party Nation still draws scorn from some other Tea Party groups, which have raised eyebrows at asking people to spend more than $200 to attend a convention, so it was not clear what this said about the strength of the movement. Tea Party Patriots, a large umbrella for about 2,700 local Tea Party groups nationwide, had criticized the media attention on the convention in February, saying it was not a real representation of Tea Party activism.

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Glenn Beck vs. Fox News: ‘Tension’ Between Beck & Network

Huff Post- Posted: 09-29-10 11:11 AM

Glenn Beck appears on the cover of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine in a lengthy profile written by Mark Leibovich.

In the profile, Leibovich touches on tensions between Beck and Fox News, the network that catapulted him to stardom.

News of tension between Beck and his network colleagues (and bosses) is nothing new — in March, the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz described Fox News as “a network divided” over Beck, which prompted network boss Roger Ailes to issue a stern “no trash-talking” message to his DC bureau — but Leibovich’s article sheds new light on the extent to which Beck and Fox News have clashed.

Leibovich reports that Ailes “has complained about Beck’s hawking his non-Fox ventures too much on his Fox show” and that Ailes believes Beck “does not fully appreciate the degree to which Fox News has made him the sensation he has become in recent months.” Leibovich also notes that Beck is “the only major personality at the network whose office is not at Fox News headquarters.”

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Sheriff Paul Babeu

AZ Sheriff’s Dept Reopens Case Of Deputy Allegedly Shot By Drug Smugglers

TPM Muckraker

Eric Lach | September 27, 2010, 3:35PM

The Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff’s Office has announced that it is reopening the case of a sheriff’s deputy who was shot on April 30, after an article last week raised questions about the deputy’s story that he’d been involved in a shoot-out with drug smugglers — and just hours after telling TPM that the department stood by the original investigation.

In April, the case of Deputy Louie Puroll received widespread media attention, as it came at the height of the debate over the state’s controversial new immigration law. The tale was seized upon by anti-immigration activists to whip up support for the state’s new law. Puroll said that he was shot by drug smugglers during an altercation in the Arizona desert.

Last week, a Phoenix New Times article solicited the opinion of several experts (who were then also contacted by the Associated Press), who said that the wound suffered by Puroll looked like it had been made by a close-range shot, not one fired from 25 yards away, as Puroll had claimed.

“Two individuals reported to a Phoenix media outlet that they felt Deputy Puroll had been shot at a close distance (“within a couple of inches”) and not at a distance as the investigation has determined,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement. “In an effort to maintain the transparency of our criminal investigation, we are reopening this case.”

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NATO Confirms Apache Helicopters Launched Attacks Against Pakistani Territory

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com,  September 26, 2010

NATO spokesmen are confirming tonight that a pair of US Apache helicopters crossed the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan, launching an attack against tribesmen in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which killed over 50.

NATO says that the tribesmen they attacked were believed to be the same ones responsible for an attack against a NATO base in the Khost Province of Afghanistan. The Khost Province borders FATA’s North Waziristan Agency, a regular target for US drone strikes.

Though it is not the first time US forces have crossed the border and launched attacks into Pakistan, such attacks have been exceedingly rare (and followed by angry reactions from Pakistan’s military and civilian government). NATO has also repeatedly tried to distance itself from previous attacks, insisting there is no basis for crossing the border.

NATO depends on Pakistani territory as a supply route for its troops in land-locked Afghanistan, and following a pair of 2008 raids by US troops into Pakistan the nation’s government briefly blocked the supplies. With many, many more NATO troops in Afghanistan now than in 2008 the supply route is all the more vital, though simultaneously all the more fragile.

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Christine O’Donnell: ‘Evolution Is A Myth. Why Aren’t Monkeys Still Evolving Into Humans?’ (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post |  Nicholas Graham
First Posted: 09-25-10 11:01 AM   |   Updated: 09-25-10 11:07 AM

Bill Maher has so far kept his promise to air an embarrassing clip of Tea Party favorite and Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell every week that she refuses to be a guest on his HBO show, “Real Time.”

Last night Maher showed a video from an appearance she made in 1998 on his old program “Politically Incorrect” in which she calls evolution “a myth” and backs up her claim with the question: if evolution is real, “why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”

This latest uncovered statement comes on the heels of a clip unearthed from an old “Scarborough Country” episode in which she insists that we stop the whole nation from having sex.

Since she was a guest on Maher’s previous show 22 times, it’s unlikely that the steady stream of past statements coming to light will stop any time soon.

For more on Christine O’Donnell’s controversial statements and positions, click here and here.

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SNL Returns with Christine O’Donnell as First Political Target with Masturbation Parody

Crooks & Liars- By Heather

September 26, 2010 04:00 AM

Saturday Night Live started off their season premier with having a bit of fun at Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s expense and her remarks on witchcraft and masturbation. I await her response where she again plays the victim card like her mentor Sarah Palin and comes on Fox and tells the rest of us how that “liberal mainstream media”, otherwise known as a comedy show on NBC is picking on her.

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Obama’s Massive Power Struggle with the American War Machine

Even if Barack Obama is seriously betting on his exit strategy, the Pentagon wants infinite war.
September 24, 2010 |

As that self-appointed court stenographer Bob Woodward reveals in his latest court opus Obama’s Wars – conveniently leaked to the Washington Post and the New York Times – the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is shelling out the moolah for its own, 3,000-assassin-plus Murder Inc to roam in AfPak. These paramilitary – brigade-size – outfits, “elite and well trained”, have been branded Counter-terrorist Pursuit Teams (CPT).

Much is being made in US corporate media that this shady CPT posse is able to “cross-over” to the tribal areas in Pakistani territory and, like in that famous Heineken ad campaign, reach the parts US intelligence are not able to reach. Aware Latin Americans – with a shrug – will see this as Bad Joke redux: the “Salvador option” is back. As much as these Afghan assassins have been flown to the US for training, the infamous School of the Americas in the 1970s and 1980s trained death squads of natives to kill their compatriots from Chile to El Salvador. The CIA not exactly excels on thinking outside the box.

Old Afghan hands will also be thrilled; this is a small-scale remix of the Afghan mujahideen fighting the anti-Soviet 1980s jihad. Everyone knows what happened afterwards to those bad asses Ronald Reagan called “freedom fighters”; they turned against the US. Maybe some enterprising CIA analysts should share a kebab with their old pal on a payroll, former Afghan prime minister Gulbuddin “bomb, bomb Kabul” Hekmatyar, an eternal mujahid today on Washington’s most wanted list.

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