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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on November 11 at 7:00 AM

Auto loans: Obama presses Bush on bailout money for Detroit.

Emerging Obama doctrine: A new approach for the war in Afghanistan.

Sasha Obama: Youngest White House occupant since the Kennedy kids lived there.

Minnesota Senate race: Still going, and getting ugly.

Howard Dean: Stepping aside.

The long winter: Mars lander obituary.

Weak coffee: Starbucks profits down 97 percent.

Storm! For those who follow local TV news hyperventilation.

Parts not included: The toll story.

The Gregoire stimulus package: $300 million.

And once again, just for kicks:

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Dean, hopefully, to be rewarded with a Cabinet position? (HHS Sec'y, please oh please oh please)

Posted by emma's bee | November 11, 2008 7:46 AM

I think Barack and George will end up being good friends, much like Bill and George H.W.

Posted by raindrop | November 11, 2008 8:14 AM

Great news about the auto industry getting help from us. I hear the (insert arbitrary poor corporation who sucks at 10 yr plans) is doing bad, too. Let's give them our $, also!
If only you listened to the hippies, Detroit! The earth is revolting.

Posted by henry o henry | November 11, 2008 8:22 AM

I loved Barack's little "after you" pat on W's back, like he's the host and W is the guest.

Posted by Bruce | November 11, 2008 8:32 AM

That's right, blue ties Mr. Obama & Bush.

Posted by Anon | November 11, 2008 8:32 AM

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | November 11, 2008 8:39 AM

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | November 11, 2008 8:41 AM

I am very excited to march today! Keynote shouty speakers at noon in rainy, drizzly, downpoury Volunteer Park. Actual march around one - have a friend text you when the actual march begins.

Dream speakers: Riz, Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney, Ursula Android, Matthew Richter
Probable actual speakers: Jamie Pedersen, Dan Savage, Ed Murray, the hairless Mormon organizer, that one other guy from a year or so ago who did the Safeco thing, assorted other caucasian gentlemen, possibly including the Seattle Men's Chorus making themselves cry.

Posted by tomasyalba | November 11, 2008 8:51 AM

Where'd my Bloody Mary go! Today's not Saturday! Must keep momentum...going...zzzzz.

Posted by tomasyalba | November 11, 2008 9:00 AM

As someone who had to endure their insults for years, the demise of Starbucks would be welcome...very welcome.

Posted by John Bailo | November 11, 2008 9:11 AM

I still think bailing out the American auto industry is a mistake. If they hadn't made every bad business decision possible, and then whined about it instead of, you know, innovating for the last 25 years, they wouldn't be about to go under. Does anybody else remember what Bush's trip to Japan (the one where he puked on the Japanese PM) was about?

Posted by Greg | November 11, 2008 9:36 AM

Michelle is looking at Georgetown Country Day School and Sidwell Friends. Like -- the 2 most exclusive private schools in DC.

I'll bet 90% of all senators and congresspeople who live in DC don't send their kids to the DC public schools. Would be interesting to know, right?

The kids going to public schools in DC should have the same right to safety, education, and um, food, as the kids of the politicans, right?

Somehow I doubt think they're getting those things.


Posted by PC | November 11, 2008 9:50 AM

2 minutes googling turns up recent major WahPO article on DC public schools.

--"Just over half of teenage students attend schools that meet the District's definition of "persistently dangerous" because of the number of violent crimes, according to an analysis of school reports. Across the city, nine violent incidents are reported on a typical day, including fights and attacks with weapons. Fire officials receive about one complaint a week of locked fire doors, and health inspections show that more than a third of schools have been infested by mice."

--They also studied poor students in DC schools versus poor students in other big city schools and found out DC is the worst performing and far behind other big city shcool systems.

--They note the per pupil expenditure is over $12,000.

Hmmm, looks like money may not be the problem.

--DC now has 1/4 of the public school population in charter schools. Some public schools have had a 50% decline in population due to competition from charter schools. There is some kind of voucher program.

I think it's kind of interesting because I heard Obama say he wants to take on entrenched public school failures and he's not like totally against vouchers or stuff.

So...why isn't he sending his kids to public schools?
Or to a charter school?

He's looking at the 2 fanciest schools and hey, Carter's kid went to Sidwell and few bitched about that. And yes he has every right to act just like a white rich well off successful dude in DC and we know all of THEM send their kids to private schools. Btw the white percentage in DC public schools is 6%, far under the total white percentage in Dc which is I think about 25%.

So if he sends his kids to the fancy Georgetown school (in the white part of town) or the fancy Sidwell school in upper Northwest (also in the white part of town) no one can say he's being......racist.

He's just doing what all the white politicians do.

But basically we're going to all defend him for sending his kids to private schools, talk of the security threats, etc., and then forget all those kids in DC who don't get to go to private schools that have safety, learning, food and no violence everywhere.

And no "mice." What a nice sounding euphemism tha was, wasn't it? Sounds kind of friendly and magical, like Disney.


Posted by PC | November 11, 2008 10:06 AM

Though I am a long-time Franken supporter, I hope that if Coleman wins, even by 10 votes, Franken concedes and Coleman gets seated.

It's hard to imagine anything killing President-Elect Obama's hopes for bipartisanship more than 58 Democratic Senators voting to seat Franken.

Posted by Big Sven | November 11, 2008 10:23 AM

Guess how many commenters on the Franken story blame ACORN. That organization, for the most part, does very good work. Fuck John McCain for scapegoating them. If that organization goes under in the near future, it will be that motherfucker's fault.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 11, 2008 11:00 AM

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