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Monday Mix January 26, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Film Awards, Photography, Politics, Videos, Zoos.
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lemurhuddleThe beginning of the week sees stories across the board. I am going to try not to obsess over Kirsten Gillibrand and let he pieces fall where they may. There is a lot going on today. Check out some of the stories that caught my eye as we start week two of President Obama’s administration.

–  New York Magazine has a juicy article, The zany adventures of Caroline Kennedy, about the behind the scenes machinations of the Caroline Kennedy, David Paterson debacle.

–  The Muckraker has an article about John Thain’s Top Ten Greatest Moments. Thud.

– The Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out last night. Oscar predictor? Hmmmm.

Ensemble Cast: Slumdog Millionaire
Lead Actress: Meryl Streep, Doubt
Lead Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

–  Gasp! George Will: Let Them Eat McDonald’s! George Will argues that the rising consumption of cheap fast food during the Bush Recession shows the market works, saying the boost in quarterly profits at McDonald’s is a perfect example of “the market sorting this out.”

–  If you missed this piece on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, check it out.

– Politifact.com has a cool page all about truth. A scorecard separating fact from fiction.

– Watch Joe Biden on Face the Nation speak about Gitmo:

–  Feingold to introduce constutional amendment to require Senate special elections. File this under another good idea from U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, issued the following statement today on plans to introduce an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end appointments to the Senate by state governors and require special elections in the event of a Senate seat vacancy. “The controversies surrounding some of the recent gubernatorial appointments to vacant Senate seats make it painfully clear that such appointments are an anachronism that must end.  In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution gave the citizens of this country the power to finally elect their senators.  They should have the same power in the case of unexpected mid term vacancies, so that the Senate is as responsive as possible to the will of the people.  I plan to introduce a constitutional amendment this week to require special elections when a Senate seat is vacant, as the Constitution mandates for the House, and as my own state of Wisconsin already requires by statute.  As the Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee, I will hold a hearing on this important topic soon.” -(demconwatch)

–  “¡Yo Quiero Taco Bell Dinero!”: Restaurant Chain Loses Case Over Talking Chihuahua. Taco Bell must pay the entirely of a $42 million in breach-of-contract award to the two Michigan men who created the idea of a taco-selling Chihuahua.

– Let’s point fingers and fix blame. The Guardian has come out with a list of the 25 people they think are at the heart of the financial meltdown. “The worst economic turmoil since the Great Depression is not a natural phenomenon but a man-made disaster in which we all played a part”.

–  Happy New Year. China Welcomes Year of the Ox

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