Two of the nation's best-known lesbian activists enjoyed a big first yesterday. Phyllis Lyon, 84 (seated) and Del Martin, 87 became the first lesbian couple to marry under California's gay marriage law, which was upheld by the state Supreme Court last month.
Even in political blogs and among online political chatterboxes, Gore's endorsement today didn't generate the same buzz that John Edwards' endorsement did. It was very low-key, generating at most a paragraph or two:
ABC News' Sunlen Miller and Nitya Venkataraman Report:
Former Vice President Al Gore will endorse Sen. Barack Obama Monday night in Detroit, appearing on stage alongside the presumptive Democratic nominee for the first time in the 2008 election cycle.
Just a little music and video to celebrate summer.
This was one of my favorite summer songs. Every time I hear it (which isn't very often these days) I think of summer and remember some great times past, enjoy summer present, and look forward to some great summer times future.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Friday called for higher payroll taxes on wage-earners making more than $250,000 annually, a step that would affect the wealthiest 3 percent of Americans.
Not everybody in the Democratic Party is ready to make nice and unify.
Take some of Hillary Clinton's top fundraisers, who held a meeting on Thursday with Obama Campaign manager, David Plouffe. The sit-down was cordial; lots of questions were asked and answered; several fundraisers volunteered to host parties and other events for Obama and the Democratic Party. But not all:
Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former President William Jefferson Clinton on the Death of Tim Russert
“We were stunned and deeply saddened to hear of the passing today of Tim Russert. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maureen, his son Luke, his father who we all have come to know as Big Russ, his extended family and all of his many friends and colleagues at NBC who have suffered a tremendous loss. Always true to his proud Buffalo roots, Tim had a love of public service and a dedication to journalism that rightfully earned him the respect and admiration of not only his colleagues but also those of us who had the privilege to go toe to toe with him. In seeking answers to tough questions, he helped inform the American people and make our democracy stronger. We join his friends, fans and loved ones in mourning his loss and celebrating his remarkable contribution to our nation."
CNN and MSNBC suspended regular programming, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams devoted most of its broadcast to tributes from journalists and friends of Russert. Tributes have also been written by writers at many of the nation's leading newspapers and magazines, including U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Time, Reuters, Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Forbes, The Village Voice, and both of Seattle's dailies.
Russert is survived by his wife, Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, and their son, Luke, who had just graduated from Boston College. The family had just returned from a trip to Rome. Russert was 58. News reports indicate that he died of a coronary embolism, but an autopsy is pending.
Condolences to Russert's family, friends and colleagues.
I found this nugget posted yesterday at The Carpetbagger Report. Because I'm sort of a geeky person and frequently like to (try to) wrap my head around economics (it was one of my favorite subjects in college!), I followed their link to this blog, which provides some helpful non-geek speak on tax policies. The bottom line difference between a John McCain tax policy and a Barack Obama tax policy is this:
I never cease to be amazed at our vacuous, vapid and venal purveyors of "information" and enlightenment: the media. In all its forms it fails us miserably. Individually there are a few decent examples of honest journalism. Keith Olbermann is not one of them, no matter how much in love with him progressives have fallen. Perhaps somebody should wake me when (and if) he proves why anybody should trust or respect him, ever again. There are, however, still depths to which he can and will sink: