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Nov. 29-Dec. 4, 2010 ROTOGRAVURE: From Wikileaks to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

The courtyard of the United States State Department.

YOUR LAME DUCK CONGRESS AT WORK: The Simpson-Bowles deficit commission fails to reach consensus for immediate consideration by Congress but inches closer to a bipartisan solution; Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)  raised the heat against “tax cuts for millionaires” as the Senate considers extending Bush era tax cuts, Pelosi restates her claim that unemployment benefits creates jobs; Military chiefs support repeal and a delay of DADT.

BREAD AND CIRCUSES: Sens. Tom Harkin and Michael Enzi talking to reporters after the Senate bill passed legislation that would grant the F.D.A. new powers to recall tainted foods, increase inspections, demand accountability from food companies and oversee farming.

DON”T ASK, DON”T TELL, DON”T DECIDE: Appearing before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing reviewing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, 2nd from left, and Marine Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, 3rd from left, said they do not recommend Congress change the law to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. Sen. Joe Lieberman talks to reporters after the hearing. In the background, third from left, is former Air Force Maj. Mike Almy, who was discharged for being gay.

REINING IN TAX CUTS: Senator Charles Schumer looks over to a sign critical of the Republican Tax cut plan during a press conference at the US Capitol. With him are Democratic Sens. (l-r); Claire McCaskill and Dianne Feinstein. On Saturday the Senate rejected Schumer’s proposal to end tax breaks only on income exceeding $1 million.

RAINING ON COAL PROTEST: Lacking a demonstration permit that would have allowed them to turn their shelter in an upright position, Sierra Club members from Michigan State University braved inclimate weather in a park outside the Senate Russell Building on Capitol Hill. The organization is urging the United States to “move beyond dirty coal”.

© Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

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Air Force One arrives at Andrews Air Force Base. (25 sec exposure)

NATO Sees Long-Term Role After Afghan Combat

By STEVEN ERLANGER and JACKIE CALMES
Published: November 20, 2010

LISBON — NATO and Afghanistan agreed Saturday to the goal of a phased transfer of security responsibility to the Afghan government by the end of 2014, but NATO officials acknowledged that allied forces would remain in Afghanistan, at least in a support role, well beyond that date.

more HERE:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/world/europe/21nato.html?hpw

President Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan during a bilateral meeting at the NATO;

Afghanistan and US delegation meeting privately.

© Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

 


NATO Agrees to Build Missile Defense System

By STEVEN ERLANGER and JACKIE CALMES

LISBON — NATO leaders agreed on Friday evening to establish a missile defense shield that would cover all NATO member states, and on Saturday they expect Russia to agree to discuss the possibility of cooperating on the system’s development.

President Obama, who has promoted a less costly, more flexible missile defense system that will have components in Europe and at sea, praised the day’s work, saying that for the first time “we’ve agreed to develop a missile defense capability that is strong enough to cover all NATO European territory and populations as well as the United States.”

More here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/world/europe/20prexy.html?hp

President Barack Obama with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain during a group portrait session at the NATO meeting in Lisbon on Friday.

President Barack Obama signals to an interpreter that his earpiece is working after it failed while Jose Socrates, PM of Portugal, was addressing the media at his office in Lisbon, Portugal.

A sealed trash container along President Barack Obama’s motorcade route and a guard at the Belem National Palace in Lisbon,  Portugal.

© Stephen Crowley/The New York Times


Call for Censure for Rangel

November 18, 2010, 12:03 pm

By ANDY NEWMAN

The House ethics committee is to determine the punishment for Representative Charles B. Rangel’s ethics violations at a hearing that began at noon.

The committee’s counsel, R. Blake Chisam, who acted as prosecutor in the case, recommended that Mr. Rangel be censured, a stronger punishment than a reprimand but well short of expulsion. Mr. Rangel responded with a rambling statement. More HERE: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/live-blogging-rangels-punishment/?hp

Rep. Charles Rangel on Monday.   © Stephen Crowley/The New York Times


Meet The New Boss (Same as the old boss)

The results are in. Here are the party leaders:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leaving his office at the US Capitol.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC. On the right is his wife, former Secretary Elaine Chao and former Attorney General and Counselor to President Ronald Reagan.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will continue to lead House Democrats as Minority Leader. Rep. James  Clyburn and Rep. Steny Hoyer will serve as Assistant Leaders.

Representative John Boehner of Ohio was, as expected, picked as the new majority’s candidate for Speaker of the House.

The voters are watching.

© Stephen Crowley/The New York Times


The Fall of Rangel

Rangel Inquiry Finds Evidence Beyond Dispute

By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
Published: November 15, 2010The House ethics committee ruled on Monday that there was evidence to support 13 counts of misconduct by Representative Charles B. Rangel, and began considering whether to formally convict and recommend punishment against him.

The ruling came after a dramatic and puzzling appearance by Mr. Rangel, 80, in which he protested that he could no longer afford to pay his lawyers, and indignantly walked out of the proceedings, calling them unfair.

Rangel, in protest, walked out on his House ethics hearing on Capitol Hill on Monday. Read more HERE: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/nyregion/16rangel.html?scp=3&sq=crowley%20rangel&st=cse

©Stephen Crowley/The New York Times


Atheists and Theists

ATHEIST GROUPS PROMOTE A HOLIDAY MESSAGE: JOIN US by Laurie Goodstein–Just in time for the holiday season, Americans are about to be hit with a spate of advertisements promoting the joy and wisdom of atheism.

Four separate and competing national organizations representing various streams of atheists, humanists and freethinkers will soon be spreading their gospel through advertisements on billboards, buses and trains, and in newspapers and magazines. READ THE REST HERE: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/us/10atheist.html?ref=us

After covering the AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION’S sparsely attended press conference/ad campaign roll-out,  I stumbled across a group of theists near the US Capitol probably praying about thishttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/world/middleeast/11iraq.html?_r=1&ref=world