President Barack Obama said, oh, 5,038 words this morning about security, privacy and the NSA. You could read the whole thing by clicking here, or check out the New York Times‘s analysis here. Or you could just read the highlights below, bulleted and accompanied by easily digestible Betabeat commentary.
Basically, you can kill, roast, skin and eat an entire pig — or just down some hot dogs. We think we know what your choice is going to be. Now grab a hold of your buns because there’s a whole lot of frankfurter coming your way.
Michael Bloomberg will join U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Washington Wednesday for a “frank discussion” hosted by the Center for American Progress.
The event provides Bloomberg a national platform and a friendly audience. Duncan contacted local lawmakers to urge them to support extending mayoral control. And the founder of C.A.P., John Podesta—Bill Read More
Michael Bloomberg’s endorsements yesterday by John Podesta was, according to David Chen “is the clearest indication yet that Mr. Thompson should not expect a political lifeline anytime soon” from Podesta’s former boss Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. (Podesta led Obama’s transition team.)
It’s the latest slight Bloomberg’s Democratic rival, Bill Read More
WASHINGTON–The festivities have started early.
Even as young couples and groups of bleary-eyed friends emerged from the Dupont Circle metro stop with rolled up sleeping bags tied to their backpacks in preparation for the week-long party surrounding Barack Obama’s swearing in, black sedans and cabs began depositing some of the town’s powerbrokers at the nearby Read More
Talk about revenge of the nerds! If President-elect Barack Obama actually fulfills his promises to bring the White House into the Web world, the techiest among us may have the loudest voices of all when it comes to influencing our government. Because let’s face it: It took a year to get used to Read More
Is it too late for Al Gore to get in the race?
John Podesta thinks so.
“Yeah,” said Podesta, when I caught up with him yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in midtown. “I don’t think he wants to.”
At last year’s conference, the speculation surrounding Gore's potential bid was very much Read More
In his column on Spitzer’s ideology today, Ben makes mention of Spitzer’s short romance with the idea of a New York chapter of the Democratic Leadership Council. When Ben asked him about the resolutely centrist DLC, Spitzer seemed to distance himself from the Al From crowd: “I don’t know what Read More
A tidbit from the meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative at the Time Warner Center today: Laura Bush will participate in September’s second Davos-on-Hudson.
Murdoch will be there too, of course. And the main underwriter, again, is Tom Golisano, incongruously seated front and center between his wife and Democratic partisan warrior John Read More
Sean Hannity, the 42-year-old Fox News star, says he gets no special kick from hammering the lefties on his television program. If they squirm, plead, cry, scream, it’s strictly business.
“It has no impact,” Mr. Hannity said, then made a chopping motion and added a sound effect: ” Shht, shht . Doesn’t faze me.”