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Andrew Cuomo's 'other half'…..

[ Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee]

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is single…

But not unattached….

The divorced father of three daughter’s……

By Robert Kenndey’s daughter Kerry Kennedy…is involved with the ‘Food Channel’s’ blond Sandra Lee…..

The man hasn’t had any recent… ‘no name’ companions…..

The New York Times does a nice piece on the childless, 43 year old, Ms. Lee….

And the world she will enter as a the ‘other half’ of one of the most visible Governor’s in America….

That world will include …..

Security Details, Media attention, Gossip and a loss of privacy…….

The Dog believes that Andrew Cuomo isn’t planing to stop at Governor….

Doing her show for the Food Channel is going to be get away time for her once her guy assumes the Governorship….

Cuomo is said to be very fond of Ms. Lee, who gets along very well with his daughters…..

The girl WILL have to marry him someday……

Ms. Lee, the companion of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, has invited his young daughters onto her Food Network show to bake cupcakes. “Good job, sweetheart!” she exclaimed after Mariah, one of Mr. Cuomo’s 15-year-old twins, expertly applied icing.

She takes Mr. Cuomo’s mother, Matilda, antiquing in upstate New York, and bakes brownies for Mr. Cuomo’s staff.

She has even become a rallying cry in the attorney general’s office. When Mr. Cuomo is flustered by a bureaucratic logjam, he is known to complain that the hyper-organized Sandy “could have gotten this done already.”

Mr. Cuomo rarely talks about Ms. Lee in public and is eager to shield her from the slings and arrows of the campaign trail.

But she is expected to join him for a kind of political coming out when he announces his candidacy for governor about a week from now. Their relationship of five years has already put her at the center of a political dynasty and raised the possibility that the state’s next first lady will be a celebrity chef, decorator and party planner whose wealth and star power outstrip that of the governor himself.

Even in New York, where Mr. Cuomo has run for statewide office twice, Ms. Lee is just as likely as he is to show up on television or stroll across a red carpet.

Or to be recognized on the street. A woman recently approached Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Lee on the street and gushed about Ms. Lee’s recipes. “I just made your cupcakes,” she said. The woman seemed to barely notice Mr. Cuomo.

Friends said that Ms. Lee, 43, had started to imagine how her life would change if Mr. Cuomo won, and the kind of role she would play if he were to become governor.

Brooke Johnson, the president of the Food Network, recalled asking Ms. Lee whether a campaign would leave her with less control over her time. She replied, “If it happens, supporting Andrew will be a top priority.”

She may think so…….But, She has NO idea what she’s getting herself into…….

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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 8 Comments

Andrew Cuomo’s ‘other half’…..

[ Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee]

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is single…

But not unattached….

The divorced father of three daughter’s……

By Robert Kenndey’s daughter Kerry Kennedy…is involved with the ‘Food Channel’s’ blond Sandra Lee…..

The man hasn’t had any recent… ‘no name’ companions…..

The New York Times does a nice piece on the childless, 43 year old, Ms. Lee….

And the world she will enter as a the ‘other half’ of one of the most visible Governor’s in America….

That world will include …..

Security Details, Media attention, Gossip and a loss of privacy…….

The Dog believes that Andrew Cuomo isn’t planing to stop at Governor….

Doing her show for the Food Channel is going to be get away time for her once her guy assumes the Governorship….

Cuomo is said to be very fond of Ms. Lee, who gets along very well with his daughters…..

The girl WILL have to marry him someday……

Ms. Lee, the companion of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, has invited his young daughters onto her Food Network show to bake cupcakes. “Good job, sweetheart!” she exclaimed after Mariah, one of Mr. Cuomo’s 15-year-old twins, expertly applied icing.

She takes Mr. Cuomo’s mother, Matilda, antiquing in upstate New York, and bakes brownies for Mr. Cuomo’s staff.

She has even become a rallying cry in the attorney general’s office. When Mr. Cuomo is flustered by a bureaucratic logjam, he is known to complain that the hyper-organized Sandy “could have gotten this done already.”

Mr. Cuomo rarely talks about Ms. Lee in public and is eager to shield her from the slings and arrows of the campaign trail.

But she is expected to join him for a kind of political coming out when he announces his candidacy for governor about a week from now. Their relationship of five years has already put her at the center of a political dynasty and raised the possibility that the state’s next first lady will be a celebrity chef, decorator and party planner whose wealth and star power outstrip that of the governor himself.

Even in New York, where Mr. Cuomo has run for statewide office twice, Ms. Lee is just as likely as he is to show up on television or stroll across a red carpet.

Or to be recognized on the street. A woman recently approached Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Lee on the street and gushed about Ms. Lee’s recipes. “I just made your cupcakes,” she said. The woman seemed to barely notice Mr. Cuomo.

Friends said that Ms. Lee, 43, had started to imagine how her life would change if Mr. Cuomo won, and the kind of role she would play if he were to become governor.

Brooke Johnson, the president of the Food Network, recalled asking Ms. Lee whether a campaign would leave her with less control over her time. She replied, “If it happens, supporting Andrew will be a top priority.”

She may think so…….But, She has NO idea what she’s getting herself into…….

More……..

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 8 Comments

The Healthcare Bill is already in effect……Dates of benefits listed…….

For those who have been reading the stories about the law suits against the Healthcare bill be advised that some provisions of the bill are already in gear…..

Here’s the basic time table from Wikipedia……..

H.R. 3590 is divided into 10 titles.

The bill contains provisions that will go into effect immediately; on June 21, 2010 (90 days after enactment); on September 23, 2010 (six months after enactment); and provisions that will go into effect in 2014. For simplicity, the amendments in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 are integrated into this timeline.

Below are some of the key provisions of the bill:

Effective at enactment

  • The Food and Drug Administration is now authorized to approve generic versions of biologic drugs and grant biologics manufacturers 12 years of exclusive use before generics can be developed.
  • The Medicaid drug rebate for brand name drugs is increased to 23.1% (except the rebate for clotting factors and drugs approved exclusively for pediatric use increases to 17.1%), and the rebate is extended to Medicaid managed care plans; the Medicaid rebate for non-innovator, multiple source drugs is increased to 13% of average manufacturer price.
  • Support Comparative Effectiveness research by establishing a non-profit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
  • Creation of task forces on Preventive Services and Community Preventive Services to develop, update, and disseminate evidenced-based recommendations on the use of clinical and community prevention services.
  • The Indian Health Care Improvement Act is reauthorized and amended.

Effective June 21, 2010

  • Adults with pre-existing conditions will be eligible to join a temporary high-risk pool, which will be superseded by the health care exchange in 2014.

Effective September 23, 2010

  • Dependent children will be permitted to remain on their parents’ insurance plan until their 26th birthday.
  • Insurers are prohibited from discriminating against any individuals under the age of 19 based on pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Insurers are prohibited from charging co-payments or deductibles for Level A or Level B preventive care and medical screenings on all newinsurance plans.
  • Individuals affected by the Medicare Part D coverage gap will receive a $250 rebate, and 50% of the gap will be eliminated in 2011. The gap will be eliminated by 2020.
  • Insurers’ abilities to enforce annual spending caps will be restricted, and completely prohibited by 2014.
  • Insurers are prohibited from dropping policyholders when they get sick.
  • Insurers are required to reveal details about administrative and executive expenditures.
  • Insurers are required to implement an appeals process for coverage determination and claims on all new plans.
  • Indoor tanning services are subjected to a 10% service tax.
  • Enhanced methods of fraud detection are implemented.
  • Medicare is expanded to small, rural hospitals and facilities.
  • Non-profit Blue Cross insurers are required to maintain a loss ratio (money spent on procedures over money incoming) of 85% or higher to take advantage of IRS tax benefits.
  • Companies which provide early retiree benefits for individuals aged 55–64 are eligible to participate in a temporary program which reduces premium costs.
  • A new website installed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services will provide consumer insurance information for individuals and small businesses in all states.
  • A temporary credit program is established to encourage private investment in new therapies for disease treatment and prevention.
  • Effective by January 1, 2011
  • Insurers will be required to spend 85% of large-group and 80% of small-group plan premiums (with certain adjustments) on health care or to improve health-care quality, or return the difference to the customer as a rebate.
  • Companies will be required to issue 1099 forms to any vendor of services or rental property to which the business has paid more than $600. Form 1099 is also sent to the IRS. Under the existing law, businesses issued the Form 1099 only to individuals who provided services to a business. The healthcare law included the same form be issued to corporations as well, and that the form be issued to individuals and corporations that provide property to the business.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is responsible for developing the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and overseeing the testing of innovative payment and delivery models.
  • Effective by January 1, 2014
  • Insurers are prohibited from discriminating against or charging higher rates for any individuals based on pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Insurers are prohibited from establishing annual spending caps.
  • Expand Medicaid eligibility; individuals with income up to 133% of the poverty line qualify for coverage, including adults without dependent children.
  • Offer tax credits to small businesses who have fewer than 25 employees and provide health care benefits for them.
  • Impose a $2000 per employee tax penalty on employers with over 50 employees who do not offer health insurance to their full-time workers (as amended by the reconciliation bill).
  • (In 2008, over 95% of employers with at least 50 employees offered health insurance.
  • Impose an annual penalty of $95, or up to 1% of income, whichever is greater, on individuals who do not secure insurance; this will rise to $695, or 2.5% of income, by 2016. This is an individual limit; families have a limit of $2,085. Exemptions to the fine in cases of financial hardship or religious beliefs are permitted.
  • Under the CLASS Act provision, creates a new voluntary long-term care insurance program; enrollees who have paid premiums into the program and become eligible (due to disability or chronic illnesses) would receive benefits that help pay for assistance in the home or in a facility.
  • Employed individuals who pay more than 9.5% of their income on health insurance premiums will be permitted to purchase insurance policies from a state-controlled health insurance option.
  • Pay for new spending, in part, through spending and coverage cuts in Medicare Advantage, slowing the growth of Medicare provider payments (in part through the creation of a new Independent Payment Advisory Board), reducing Medicare and Medicaid drug reimbursement rate, cutting other Medicare and Medicaid spending.
  • Revenue increases from a new $2,500 limit on tax-free contributions to flexible spending accounts (FSAs), which allow for payment of health costs.
  • Chain restaurants and food vendors with 20 or more locations are required to display the caloric content of their foods on menus, drive-through menus, and vending machines. Additional information, such as saturated fatcarbohydrate, andsodium content, must also be made available upon request.
  • Establish health insurance exchanges, and subsidization of insurance premiums for individuals with income up to 400% of the poverty line, as well as single adults. Section 1401(36B) of PPACA explains that the subsidy will be provided as a advanceable, refundable tax credit and gives a formula for its calculation. Refundable tax credit is a way to provide government benefit to people even with no tax liability(example: Child Tax Credit). According to White House and Congressional Budget Office estimates, in 2016 the income-based premium caps for a “silver” healthcare plan for family of four would be the following:
Income Premium Cap as a Share of Income Middle of Income Rangea Avg Annual Enrollee Premium Premium Subsidy (share of premium) Avg Cost-Sharing Subsidy
100–150% of federal poverty level 2.1–4.7% of income $30,000 $600 96% $3,300
150–200% of federal poverty level 4.7–6.5% of income $42,000 $2,400 83% $1,800
200–250% of federal poverty level 6.5–8.4% of income $54,000 $4,000 72% 0
250–300% of federal poverty level 8.4–10.2% of income $66,000 $6,100 57% 0
300–350% of federal poverty level 10.2% of income $78,000 $9,200 44% 0
350–400% of federal poverty level 10.2% of income $90,100 $14,100 35% 0

a.^ Note: In 2016, the FPL is projected to equal about $11,800 for a single person and about $24,000 for family of four. See Subsidy Calculator for specific dollar amount.

  • Members of Congress and their staff will only be offered health care plans through the exchange or plans otherwise established by the bill (instead of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program that they currently use).
  • Earned income of individuals above $200,000 annually or couples above $250,000 annually will be subject to Medicaid Payroll withholding of 3.8%.
  • Investment income of individuals above $200,000 annually or couples above $250,000 annually will be subject to Medicaid Payroll withholding of 3.8%.
  • A new excise tax goes into effect that is applicable to pharmaceutical companies and is based on the market share of the company; it is expected to create $2.5 billion in annual revenue.
  • Most medical devices become subject to a 2.9% excise tax collected at the time of purchase.
  • Health insurance companies become subject to a new excise tax based on their market share; the rate gradually raises between 2014 and 2018 and thereafter increases at the rate of inflation. The tax is expected to yield up to $14.3 billion in annual revenue.
  • The qualifying medical expenses deduction for Schedule A tax filings increases from 7.5% to 10% of earned income.

Effective by January 1, 2017

  • A state may apply to the Secretary of Health & Human Services for a waiver of certain sections in the law, with respect to that state, such as the individual mandate provided that the state develops a detailed alternative that “will provide coverage that is at least as comprehensive” and “at least as affordable” for “at least a comparable number of its residents” as the waived provisions. The decision of whether to grant this waiver is up to the Secretary (who must annually report to Congress on the waiver process) after a public comment period.

Effective by 2018

  • All existing health insurance plans must cover approved preventive care and checkups without co-payment.
  • A new 40% excise tax on high cost (“Cadillac”) insurance plans is introduced. The tax (as amended by the reconciliation bill)is on the cost of coverage in excess of $27,500 (family coverage) and $10,200 (individual coverage), and it is increased to $30,950 (family) and $11,850 (individual) for retirees and employees in high risk professions. The dollar thresholds are indexed with inflation; employers with higher costs on account of the age or gender demographics of their employees may value their coverage using the age and gender demographics of a national risk pool.

Note….The Bill was signed into law on March 23th, 2010….. (52 days ago……. as of this date  May 14, 2010 )

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Boeing threatens to NOT bid on thr Aerial Tanker contract…Are they serious?

[ The Boeing 767 based Aerial Tanker in Italian Air Force colors ]

I wouldn’t think so…….

The Dog see’s this as a chess move….

They are complaining about Airbus subsidies…..

Airbus IS supported by the French, British, German and Italian countries…..

That’s fact….

It isn’t gonna change anytime soon in this economic atmosphere…

But lets be fair here…

The United States government goes to bat for Boeing  with tax credits and reserach…..and provides subsidies for countries that buy American Defense products…..

WTF?

The Dog still does not understand why PRESIDENT OBAMA doesn’t over-rule Defense Secretary Gates and cut a duel award contract deal????

It is a win-win solution to a big problem….

Boeing wins with a smaller tanker…

Airbus wins with a larger tanker….

The state of Washington winds with a order for airplanes…

The state of Alabama wins with an order for airplanes….

The Europeans are happy the American brought their plane…

And the Air Force finally will get a replacement ‘short ‘ tanker and ‘bridge’ tanker…..

JUST LIKE THEY HAVE NOW……(KC-135 and the KC-10 )….

WHAT IS HOLDING THEM UP????

TELL GATES HE WORKS THE PRESIDENT…..IT’S NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!

Boeing is considering not bidding for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker contract, a company source said May 14.

That would leave Europe’s EADS – which earlier this year had threatened its own pullout – as the sole bidder for the multibillion-dollar prize.

CEO Jim McNerney and other executives are privately debating whether their company can even win, much less make a profit, on the fixed-price contract, one senior Boeing executive said.

“Is it conceivable that we wouldn’t bid?” the executive said. “We are proud of the fleet and want it to win the contract so the Air Force keeps flying our planes. Your heart says you have to be part of it, but a CEO’s job is to make sure that the heart doesn’t make a decision the head can’t live with.”

Boeing spokesman Damien Mills insisted May 13 that the firm will bid.

But Boeing supporters have long complained that illegal subsidies would lower EADS’ bid price, and company officials have said for several weeks that the Pentagon appears to have shifted requirements to favor the European firm.

Earlier this year, DoD officials – eager to avoid a sole-source award to Boeing in the wake of Northrop Grumman’s withdrawal – delayed the bidding deadline 60 days to allow EADS to bid. DoD also allowed the European firm to enter the contest without a U.S. firm as a partner.

Pentagon officials say they have changed neither the requirements nor the way the bids will be evaluated.

“Jim doesn’t want to be in a position that we are going to bid a losing bid,” the Boeing executive said. “It gets difficult when you’re dealing with a competitor who has flat-out said on several occasions that they’re going to underbid us. How can they do that if the list price of their plane is higher than the list on our plane? Because they are subsidized and we’re a for-profit company, so the question we’re asking is: How do we compete against four governments?”

The average cost of a Boeing 767-200ER is $133 million, of an Airbus A330-200F, $194.8 million, according to Teal Group aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia.

The executive said Boeing has not arrived at a decision. He said raising the prospect of sitting out was not a negotiating tactic. ( BULL S*#T)

………..

Boeing executives and its supporters say Airbus, which has garnered more than half of the commercial jet market in recent years, has been powered by nearly $200 billion in subsidies over four decades. The World Trade Organization recently resolved a 2009 lawsuit filed by the U.S. government, finding Airbus guilty of using illegal subsidies to win contracts with predatory pricing. Europe has countersued, claiming Boeing benefits from research and development tax credits.

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DSD…..Poll gives Lib Dem/Con coalition 60% approval…..

From the Liberal Democratic Voice blog in Britain

By The Voice | Published 14th May 2010 – 5:48 pm

A YouGov poll suggests that the Lib Dem/Conservative coalition has the approval of 60% of the public – almost exactly the combined vote of the two parties in last week’s General Election.

Of course, the reality is slightly more complex than this, with a significant minority of Labour voters approving and not every Lib Dem or Conservative voter being in favour.

Here’s what YouGov say:

The British public broadly approve of the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition that, under Tory David Cameron, now forms the Government at Westminster. 60% of the British public say they approve of the Conservative-LibDem coalition, following an unprecedented week in British politics. This is more than double the percentage of those who disapprove (33%), and it seems that, Labour supporters excepted, the majority of those across the nation either strongly approve or tend to approve of the controversial union between these hitherto political rivals.

The approval rate among Labour supporters is at a less positive 25% in comparison to a huge 87% of Conservative supporters, and 69% of Liberal Democrat supporters.

[For a general Tory blog, see Conservative Home. I don’t know right now what are good representative blogs for Labour or the Greens, although you could start at sites like the New Statesman or Tribune.]

Is there really a progressive majority? (in Britain)

Fri, 14/05/2010 – 09:30

by Peter Kellner in the New Statesman

See this column.

Kellner says that the first British general election television debates did make a discernible difference, although not as great as the mid-campaign polls had indicated. He also suggests that, despite the numbers, it’s not clear that a Labour-Liberal Democratic coalition would have commanded more support in the country than the present (Conservative-LDP) one.

Democratic Socialist Dave

Hey DSD…I dodn’t know how long the coalition wil stand…These two guys and their parties go at things from different directions…..

It’s bad enough that their internal struggles within one’s own party….

These guys will have to bargain ……all THE TIME!

Once the clapping ends they have some serious getting along to do!…..


I wonder hoe they are going to deal with the White House?

It’s one thing to campaign against Tony Blair…but there is a whole lot of  water under the bridge…..

People have their careers invested in the close British/American ties…….

The Dog….

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Daily Manila…….5/14

Some notes:

“And won’t hold her lack of time on the bench against her ( Does that have something to do with having been the Dean of Havard Law School? )”

This will be like asking Irving Berlin about song writing.

Defiantly overqualified!

And it’s Harvard with an R. Appeal rejected!

“We’ll see how she handles herself under fire during the week of questioning by Republicans…”

Why on earth should a US court get involved with British Soccer clubs like “Citizens United”?

And will Al Franken ask her how she feels about “Law and Order” being canceled?

PS: Spector is preparing his barbecue.

Manila

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Terrance Howard and Iron Man 2…….???

Hey, Sometimes Things happen?

From Popcrunch…..

Ouch — The Neptune Theater in Seattle is using his marquee to totally own Terrance Howard for not making it into Iron Man 2. As you’ll recall, Terrance — who appeared in 2008’s Iron Man — was unceremoniously dropped from the blockbuster sequel and recast with fellow Oscar nominee Don Cheadle.

On a more positive note, Terrance was recently cast to play civil rights icon Nelson Mandela alongside Jennifer Hudson in the forthcoming biopic Winnie.

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Open Thread for May 15th…….

Another Weekend is upon us….

It’s been a quiet week here at the Dog…

That’s Ok…we all need the rest…

We look forward to Tuesday’s Political Primaries and our Special Coverage…..

We’re following the Kagan Supreme story……

And whole lot of other stuff……

We Welcome Oligrahkings to our family

The sign-ups for the Dog keep coming…..

And Thank you for looking in… Folks…..

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New Jersey Governor…and the media….

Chris Christie

Ok…if you’re a politcian…

You are supposted to have thick skin….

Things like this don’t get you points with the media…

Even if you may be right….

Who you work with everyday and need………

They guy HAS been picked on by the media ever since he signed up to run…..

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opened up Thursday on a reporter who challenged the Republican’s tone, telling the reporter that he “must be the thinnest-skinned guy in America.”

The reporter, Star-Ledger columnist Tom Moran, was inquiring about a contentious school voucher bill the governor is trying to push through the state Legislature.

“Governor, do you think this sort of confrontational tone can increase your odds in getting this through the Legislature?” Moran asked at a news conference.

After identifying the reporter by name, Christie responded: “You must be the thinnest-skinned guy in America.”

“If you think that’s a confrontational tone, then you should really see me when I’m pissed,” he said. “That’s not confrontational. I love when people say they don’t want to have an argument, that’s what we were sent here for.”

Christie then said he wasn’t bothered by tempers flaring in the state’s political dialogue, pointing out that he intends to be tough in his opposition to Democratic initiatives.

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Elena Kagan is doing fine right… now…..Obama does good…..

[ Kagan and Senator Scott Brown ]

The political party of her job interview is occurring…

She is making the intro rounds up at the Senate …..

The media is poking around and doing it thing….

The White House is sending her under escort…..

And has taken speaking to her family off bounds…

The media has offered assurances (or have they ? ) that she isn’t gay …while telling everyone it isn’t their business…

And the moderate Republicans that are still in the Senate have indicated that they are pleased with meeting her….

And won’t hold her lack of time on the bench against her ( Does that have something to do with having been the Dean of Havard Law School? )

So……

Right now….She’s doing Okay……

Whew!

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan made a key advance toward confirmation Thursday, winning praise from a moderate Senate Republican, while easing the concerns of another about her view of the military.

The solicitor general met with several senators, including Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Most of the senators indicated after meeting with Kagan that she had the requisite experience and judicial acumen to serve on the Court.

Collins also said Kagan had the right judicial philosophy to serve on the Court. “I was pleased to hear…she viewed the Court as having a limited role,” she said.

Collins said she would wait until the Senate Judiciary Committee completed its confirmation hearings before making her decision on the nominee. But, she did offer a hint about Republican strategy regarding the nomination. “At this point, I do not see any grounds for a filibuster,” she said.

Kagan made progress in gaining Brown’s support by apparently allaying his concerns over her opposition to the campus presence of military recruiters when she was dean of Harvard Law School because of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.Brown said Kagan had “honestly” answered his questions about the controversy and said that after meeting with Kagan, “it was very clear to me that she would be supportive of the men and women who are fighting to protect us.”The issue of Kagan’s stance on that issue emerged as a potential point of contention with Senate Republicans after Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, described her opposition to the recruiters as “a big mistake.”Brown did not reveal where he is leaning with his vote on Kagan’s confirmation. “I’m going to continue to evaluate her and reserve my decision,” he said.Kagan also garnered further support from Senate Democrats. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered an effusive evaluation of her. He countered suggestions that she does not have sufficient experience for the Court.”I think if you had to pick some practical experience that would help you be a good Supreme Court justice, running a large law school is probably a pretty good thing,” he said.Conversely, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who last year voted against Kagan’s confirmation as solicitor general, was more circumspect in his assessment of her nomination……

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Analysis….

When people question why Brack Obama is the President and Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State …send them here….Obama while much less experienced in the technical part of the political game has something Hillary has to work for….The’ feel’  for the right thing….

This choice so far is right on point….a job candidate that has no history, sort to speak just like him…

A young nice looking woman that has a great educational background….

Another pick from New York….which 1/3 of the justices are from…

And most of all someone not an extremist…..

Someone that moderate Republicans can embrace without getting into trouble….

We’ll see how she handles herself under fire during the week of questioning by Republicans…

But so far so good…

Again….Not someone the liberal’s would NOT pick…..

The Dog

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