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Failed presidential candidate Al Gore attacks winning candidate Obama over his environment policies

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Former newspaper reporter Al Gore is attacking President Barack Obama for a lack of "bold action on climate change."

In a 7,000-word essay you won't want to fail to miss in "Rolling Stone," the former member of the House of Representatives charges that his fellow Democrat, the former state senator, "has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis. He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community ... to bring the reality of the science before the public."

The article, titled "Climate of Denial," appears in the July 7 issue of Rolling Stone.a Volcano

In it, the former senator from Tennessee likens the thoughtful people in the Science and Reason crowd to the good guy in a rigged professional wrestling match.

In Gore's scenario the bad guy in the black hood is played by "Poisonous Polluters and Right-Wing Ideologues."

The stumble-bum referee who is always looking the wrong way to catch unfairness is played by the news media.

The former vice president says he has some empathy for the White House occupant, but adds: "President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change."

The former presidential candidate then ticks off a string of inactions he sees Obama having done to not push enviromnental protection as vigorously as possible. This list of wrongs is capped by Obama's worst sin, calling for an expansion of domestic oil drilling to help reduce dependence on foreign resources.

Gore offers no explanation or excuse for his own role in worsening global warming by hiring Keith Olbermann to talk to thousands of people on Gore's cable channel.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photos: Associated Press (Gore and Obama in happier times); Associated Press (a volcano).

Weekly remarks: GOP's Scott Brown hails Bin Laden death; Obama touts more clean energy

Capitol Hill as Budget Deal is announced 4-8-11

Weekly remarks by Sen. Scott Brown, as provided by Republican Party leadership

Hello, I’m Scott Brown, and I have the honor of representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate.

Last Sunday night, we heard President Obama deliver the message that Americans have been waiting for since September 11, 2001. It’s a very rare thing when so many people across the world observe the loss of life with something other than regret. But this man, the late Osama bin Laden, had chosen his fate long before in a life filled with cruelty. If he expected mercy when our forces found him, that was asking much more than he was ever known to give. 

This was a man who rejoiced in the suffering and death of others, who set in motion all the horror and grief of 9/11 and considered it just a start. He was a teacher of evil, and now, for him, the lesson is over. It ends not in the fulfillment of some fanatical vision, but in the depths of the Arabian Sea.  

None of this can compensate for the murder of bin Laden’s victims. Nor will it....

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Sarah Palin sued by Alaska activist over traffic

Sarah Palin outdoors in Alaska

Sarah Palin is being sued for more than $100,000 by an longtime Alaska political activist who said the hockey mom tried to railroad him while she was governor.

Theodore "Chip" Thoma of Juneau alleges Palin launched a campaign "to punish, embarrass, discredit and silence" him after he raised serious concerns about traffic in the neighborhood surrounding the governor's mansion.

Thoma's attorney, James McGowan, said that after Thoma complained about tour bus traffic on the narrow streets around Palin's place, the governor attempted to turn the tables and make it appear as if Thoma were directing "some unsavory and lunatic" campaign against the first family, the Associated Press reports.

The traffic was due, in part, to Palin's sudden national fame after she was picked by Republican Sen. John McCain to be his running mate in his failed bid for president.

Thoma is a 2010 recipient of the Celia Hunter Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions presented by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

"Chip Thoma arrived in Alaska by ferry in 1971, and so began his environmental advocacy career," the blurb announcing his award states. "His volunteerism ranges from informing state officials and tourists about poor pipeline design during the Alaska pipeline build phase to working closely with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) on wilderness protection in the Tongass."

Thoma has been an enviornmental activist in Alaska for 40 years. This is the second time he has sued an Alaska governor. In 1997, Thoma claimed  Walter Hickel had engaged in a smear campaign against him over his activism.  When Thoma lost that case, he was ordered to pay the governor's legal fees totaling $77,865.50.


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-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Sarah Palin at Big Lake, Alaska, in 2009. Credit: Al Grillo/Associated Press

Weekly remarks: GOP's Johanns on less regulation, Obama on investing in energy

Capitol Hill as Budget Deal is announced 4-8-11

Weekly remarks by Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, as provided by Republican Party leadership

Hello, I’m Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska.

With debate in Washington focused on how best to address our nation's growing debt, it's important to remember the role it plays in our critical priority of job creation.

Policymakers tend to toss out the term 'job creation’ very broadly – it’s a very popular talking point. But what does it mean to create jobs?

The claim is often made that new federal policies will create jobs and paychecks for Americans.

The idea of government creating jobs; well, it simply misses the point entirely. That's just not how we get our economic engine firing on all cylinders.

Job creation in this country doesn't start with government; it starts with our businesses, especially our small businesses.

Small businesses create between 60 and 80 percent of all new jobs, according to the Small Business Administration.

Our small businesses, when free to grow and prosper, need more and more employees to sustain that success.

And that's economic growth.

That's job creation.

But, that’s stifled when the federal government...

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Charles Manson thinks Barack Obama is 'a slave of Wall Street'

Charles Manson in his booking photo taken March 18, 2009Billionaire Donald Trump recently proclaimed he is the Democrats' worst nightmare, but it's hard to imagining someone more frightening than Charles Manson ending a 20-year silence to call you out.

The 76-year-old spoke recently to Spain's Vanity Fair magazine on the 40th anniversary of his conviction in the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murders.

President Barack Obama is "a slave of Wall Street," the diminutive cult leader said by telephone from Corcoran State Prison to journalist David Lopez.

"He doesn't realize what they are doing. They are playing with him," Manson said of Obama. The president recently was being petitioned by Manson's lawyer, Giovanni Di Stefano, to free the iconic killer, who has been incarcerated since 1969. That request was refused.

When he wasn't proclaiming how "bad" he is, Manson rambled about how people need to pay attention to the enviornment and global warming.

"Everyone's God, and if we don’t wake up to that, there’s going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we’re doing bad things to the atmosphere," Manson warned.

"If we don't change that as rapidly as I’m speaking to you now, if we don’t put the green back on the planet and put the trees back that we’ve butchered, if we don’t go to war against the problem...' he said before trailing off.


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Note: Andrew Malcolm is on vacation

-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Charles Manson in his booking photo taken March 18, 2009. Credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations

Why Obama was forced to give today's deficit speech

Obama campaigns in Philadelphia 4-6-11

If President Obama is in political trouble, just wait a minute. He'll give a speech. He thinks speech-making is his best skill and clearly prefers campaigning over presidenting at a desk.

Oh, look! Obama's giving another speech this afternoon.

It's at George Washington University, the administration's new favorite homefield speech-giving place where Obama had Hillary Clinton talk about foreign policy a few weeks ago.

Obama has looked distracted in recent weeks. He launched a war in Libya while taking his family around South America. For more than a week Obama had Clinton do the public explaining and take the "Say What, a Third War?" heat for the guy who beat her in the 2008 Democratic primaries by arguing against such irrelevant foreign conflicts.

Nine days after the first Tomahawks blew something up in Tripoli, a besieged....

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Inside Obama's energy lecture series: Honest talk or phony outreach?

Obama off on another Air Force One trip 4-6-11

It's been years since Barack Obama pumped gas into his family Ford.

But somebody told the president that gas prices are going up (another two cents a gallon nationally just yesterday).

Not only are the gas pump price numbers spinning way faster than the gallon numbers, but there's an almost palpable public unease afoot these days.

A compendium of concerns involving a third Middle Eastern war, millions of unemployed, frightening federal deficit numbers, stagnant real estate prices over the foreclosure glut, a string of awful natural disasters, an uncontrollable Congress and a detached president who most Americans want to like but whose public priorities (healthcare over jobs, windmills over jobs, foreign travel over Oval Office work) and private priorities (golf, family travel, parties) often make him seem more like an out-of-touch arrogant ruler than a humble public servant.

Makes you think maybe that elitist 2007 Iowa farm forum slip by Obama revealed more than realized at the time: "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?”

Obama doesn't intend to do anything about the rising gas prices; that could ease the pressures to adopt his clean energy agenda. And, in fact, he has....

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Sunday shows: Steven Chu and that's about it

ABC "This Week With Christiane Amanpour": UPDATED: Adm. Mike Mullen, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Bill Richardson, John Ritch and Michael Chertoff, with George Will, Paul Wolfowitz,  Robin Wright and Jane Harman.Steven Chu

Bloomberg "Political Capital With Al Hunt": Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.).

CBS "Face the Nation With Bob Schieffer": UPDATED: Mullen, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ibd) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

CNN "Fareed Zakaria GPS": Sir Howard Stringer, Sony chairman; and Ahmed Rashid.

CNN "State of the Union With Candy Crowley": Chu, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Adm. William Mullen, Gen Richard Myers, Sharon Squassoni and John Boice.

"Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace": Chu, Sens. Rand Paul, (R-Ky.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), with Brit Hume, Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson and Juan Williams.

NBC "Meet the Press With David Gregory": Chu, UPDATED: Mullen, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.), with Helene Cooper, Kim Strassel and Andrea Mitchell.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press (Chu).

Al Gore update: He will write a book


Al Gore, remember him? Joe Lieberman's running mate.

A former newspaper reporter and inventor, Gore led the Democratic Party into oblivion in 2000 by losing his own home state in the presidential election against some Texas yahoo. Gore has signed to write another book.

The publisher describes the upcoming tell-all tome as "an X-rated look at the seamier side of American public life where empty-headed liberal celebrities with hypocritcally huge carbon-footprints and this year's spouse receive immense sums of money simply for showing up at glitzy ceremonies to exchange meaningless awards."

The working title is: "A Convenient Truth."

No, not really. The book will actually be another riveting account of "the political, social and economic forces that are shaping what America and the world will become in ensuing decades," according to the publisher.

According to Gore, who likes long sentences as well as long court fights:

With this new work, I hope to help start a conversation about the large-scale drivers of change that are defining and shaping our future — from the rapid development and integration of radically new technologies to the planet-changing impact of the climate crisis, to poverty, globalization, and the democratization of knowledge accompanying the emergence of a ubiquitous Internet linking ever more intelligent devices.

Could there be a Current TV reality spinoff show in the democratization of knowledge?

The book was acquired by a new Random House editor, noted talk-show guest Jon Meacham, who recently led the Newsweek print edition into oblivion.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Don Emmert / AFP / Getty Images (Happy Joe Lieberman helped Gore lose the presidential election in 2000 before switching sides and doing the same for Republican John McCain in 2008).

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 'We will not be raising taxes in this state'


After but 58 days in office, Ohio's new Republican Gov. John Kasich has already driven through the legislature several major reforms and, now, presented his first State of the State Address.

Ohio is crucial politically to both parties next year but especially Republicans, who haven't won the presidency without Ohio for more than a century. The state will lose two House districts as a result of the 2010 Census, but worse, it has lost thousands of citizens and companies in recent years.

Like Obama, Kasich is an ex-state senator. But In his hourlong speech Tuesday afternoon the veteran Kasich gave it the way he likes it -- from notes, not a text or Teleprompter, a method not for the faint-hearted or those whose mind is not chock-full of readily-available details.

The address reads that way (full transcript below), allowing for Kasich to throw in spontaneous thoughts and the names of audience members he happens to be looking at. The less....

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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