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Oil Spill Far Worse than BP Admits

Check out this video from an amatuer photographer flying over the gulf oil spill. It demonstrates clearly why BP is restrcting access and limiting media coverage.

 

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It will live on…

After a rather lengthy vacation, Capitol Street will begin to breath with new life. Look for regular posts over the next few weeks and into June. We’ll be back with all of your favorite daily info including “Your Morning Cereal” and “Saturday Morning Cartoons” along with some new stuff.

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BREAKING NEWS – ‘The Sock Obama’ Company No Longer Selling Monkey Doll

It took less than 72 hours to savor victory after this story hit the progressive blogs. ‘The Sock Obama’ company has posted a statement on their website as follows:

“An Apology

We are very apologetic to all who were upset by our toy idea.

We will not be proceeding with the manufacturing of this toy.

Thank you.

GD”

Way to go and congratulations to my fellow progressive bloggers!!! This is proof that when enough moral people band together to combat this type of hatred and ignorance, we can drive positive change for all. 

A quick note to David and Elizabeth Lawson of Utah – may TheSockObama become a toilet wash rag in it’s next life, because that is exactly where it belongs.

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UK Newspaper Says that Obama Devising a ‘Dignified Exit’ for Clinton

A story appeared in the UK Telegraph, saying that the Obama is developing a strategy that would offer a ‘dignified exit’ for Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton will be offered a dignified exit from the presidential race and the prospect of a place in Barack Obama’s cabinet under plans for a ‘negotiated surrender’ of her White House ambitions being drawn up by Senator Obama’s aides.” It goes on to say, “The former First Lady would get the chance to pilot Mr Obama’s reforms of the American healthcare system if she agrees to clear the path to his nomination as Democratic presidential candidate.”

Hillary in charge of healthcare reform? As I recall, that didn’t work out to well in 1992. The article continues by saying:

“Despite pressure from some Clinton allies, Mr. Obama and his advisers do not wish to ask her to be his vice-presidential running mate. ‘They will talk to her,’ one Democrat strategist close to senior figures in the Obama camp told The Sunday Telegraph. ‘They will give her the respect she deserves. She will get something to do with health care, a cabinet post or the chance to lead the legislation through the Senate.’”
“Mr. Obama hinted at the plan last week. ‘One of my heroes is Abraham Lincoln,’ he said. ‘Lincoln basically pulled in all the people who had been running against him into his cabinet because whatever personal feelings there were, the issue was ‘how can we get this country through this time of crisis?’ And I think that has to be the approach that one takes.’”

This type of negotiating is common after a long and drawn out primary process, but what is Obama thinking? If his followers are even remotely worried that Clinton will be too powerful as Vice President, can you imagine the power she’ll wield behind the scenes with a cabinet position and a budget line behind her? 

Then there’s the money.

“Informal talks have already begun between Obama and Clinton fundraisers to discuss a merger, enabling Mr Obama to pay off Mrs Clinton’s campaign debts of $11 million.” The article continues, “Mrs Clinton’s aides, while acknowledging that she will have to abandon her White House dream, do not feel they are in a position to negotiate on her behalf. ‘She has not surrendered in her own mind yet and until she does it’s very difficult to have these conversations,’ the second strategist said.”

And the drama continues…

Read UK telegraph article here

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BREAKING NEWS – Sources Say Hillary Willing to be Obama Vice President

3:00pm EST…

Sources close to the Hillary Clinton campaign have told several news sources that Sen. Hillary Clinton is willing to take the vice presidential slot on a Barack Obama presidential ticket.

Capitol Street has verified this with an inside campaign volunteer.

The sources are said to be New York lawmakers. Her campaign stated earlier that Clinton is “absolutely not” prepared to admit Obama has beaten her, but it appears things have changed.

The senator’s remarks came in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez who said she believed the best way for Obama to win key voting blocs like Hispanics, would be for him to choose Clinton as his running mate.

“I am open to it,” Clinton replied. It is also rumored Clinton will concede the race tonight in New York City.

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination may be over as early as 9:00pm EST tonight.

We’ll post the most recent information as it becomes available.

Read the CNN article here

Read RawStory article here

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Reactions to Kennedy Brain Tumor

“Laura and I are concerned to learn of our friend Senator Kennedy‘s diagnosis. Ted Kennedy is a man of tremendous courage, remarkable strength and powerful spirit. Our thoughts are with Senator Kennedy and his family during this difficult period. We join our fellow Americans in praying for his full recovery.” — George Bush.

“He’s comforted by the fact that his dad is such a fighter, and if anyone can get through something as challenging as this, it would be his father. … He’s hopeful that his father is going to beat this and be back at it. This is definitely a medical challenge that his dad can get through.” — Robin Costello, spokeswoman for Rep. Ratrick Kennedy, D-R.I.

“I am so deeply saddened I have lost the words.” — Sen. John Warner, R-Va.

“Every one of us knows what a big heart this fellow has. He’s helped millions and millions of people in so many ways at so many different times — from the biggest of the legislation on the floor to the most personal when he would call you and help arrange a discussion. … Now everybody needs to do that on behalf of Ted.” — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

“Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to him. We hope and pray that they will be able to treat it and that he will experience a full recovery. I have said on numerous occasions, I have described Ted Kennedy as the last lion in the Senate, and I have held that view because he remains the single most effective member of the Senate if you want to get results.” — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

“He knows how we feel about him, without our even telling him. … And so we stand as a body, and as certainly a Democratic family, with our affection, our love and our prayers with Senator Ted Kennedy.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Senator Kennedy is a real fighter. We all know that. I’m betting on Senator Kennedy.” — Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.

“I have confidence though because Senator Kennedy has been a fighter all his life. He is a fighter — a fighter for our children, for our workers, for our seniors. He is a champion fighting for health care for all Americans. I know that that fighting spirit will hold him in good stead in the challenge that he faces now.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“He fights for what he thinks is right. And we want to make sure that he’s fighting this illness. And it’s our job now to support him in the way that he has supported us for so many years. He’s not just a great senator, he is a great friend. He is beloved by me, and beloved by my colleagues. ” — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

“Ted Kennedy’s courage and resolve are unmatched, and they have made him one of the greatest legislators in Senate history. Our thoughts are with him and Vicki and we are praying for a quick and full recovery.” — Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

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Breaking News – Senator Edward Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumor

Several news outlets, including Raw Story and the AP, report 30 minutes ago that Senator Edward Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor. The tumor was discovered by doctors after Kennedy was tested following his recent seizure.

“Doctors say Sen. Edward Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor; a condition discovered after he had seizure,” according to the AP.

“Doctors for the Massachusetts Democrat say tests conducted after Kennedy suffered a seizure this weekend show a tumor in his left parietal lobe. His treatment will be decided after more tests but the usual course includes combinations of radiation and chemotherapy.”

Kennedy, 76, has been hospitalized in Boston since Saturday, when he was airlifted from Cape Cod after a seizure at his home.

No public statements have been made by the family about the tumor to this point. 

His doctors said in a statement released to the AP that he has had no further seizures, and is in good spirits.

Read the AP story here

We’ll be posting on this throughout the evening.

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