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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

A Desperate President
Barack Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address to the nation tonight at 9pm at a low point in his presidency. Obama’s biggest domestic undertaking, health care reform, is on death’s door after Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley in Massachusetts. Unemployment is still sky high and the deficit continues to rise. “Tonight you’re going to see a desperate president trying to hold onto whatever minimal credibility he may have left,” Sean commented. Obama's speech will likely contain myriad pledges of his undying support for the middle class. Yet, the mainstream "Obama-mania" media won’t report that less than 2 percent of the stimulus funds actually made it to the middle class and small businesses. Sean obtained a copy of the White House pre-State of the Union talking points and details them here.

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
Rep. Anthony Weiner joined Sean on the NewsMaker hotline to discuss the status of Obama care. Behind the scenes, Nancy Pelosi has tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade the congressman to go along with the President’s vision of health care reform. “It’s not that I disagree totally with what [Obama] has done, it’s that I feel we’ve lost sight of what we’re trying to do here.” Weiner feels that the public option should be a necessary part of the final health care reform bill. “Letting people go out and purchase their own health care doesn’t allow us to contain costs,” Weiner argued. “Your version of competition is to force the private sector out of the health care business and let the government take over!” Sean retorted. And we’ve all seen how successful government-run programs have been in the past as evidenced by Medicare and Social Security.

Whose side is the Justice Department on?
Sean pointed out an excellent editorial appearing in today’s NY Post (Article) that criticizes the Justice Department. Neal Katyal, a lawyer who defended Osama bin Laden’s driver and bodyguard now has the job of principal deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department. If that isn’t enough to make your jaw drop, then you'll be shocked to learn that Jennifer Daskal, an anti-Guantanamo activist months ago, is now employed in the Justice’s National Security Division – working on detainee issues! The Post article raises an excellent question: The call to treat terrorists like civilians in court has been all Team Obama. Which means the president and his administration also owe the American people an answer: Is the government's prosecutorial deck stacked in favor of the terrorists?

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Anthony Weiner

Anthony David Weiner (pronounced /'wi?n?r/; born September 4, 1964) is a Democratic politician from New York. He represents New York's ninth Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. It includes parts of south-central and eastern Brooklyn and south-central Queens. In Queens, the ninth district includes the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Maspeth, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Middle Village, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Rego Park, Rockaway Beach, Belle Harbor, and Woodhaven. Its Brooklyn component includes Flatlands, Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, Mill Basin, and Sheepshead Bay.