The Ledes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Guardian: "Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, has been sentenced to death by a court in Tripoli. Saif, once seen as his father’s heir apparent, was condemned to death along with eight other figures from the former dictatorship, including the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and Gaddafi’s last prime minister, Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi."

Reuters: "FIFA boss Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize for his stewardship of soccer's governing body, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview aired by Swiss broadcaster RTS on Monday."

The Wires

The Ledes

Monday, July 27, 2015.

Boston Globe: "Boston’s Olympic bid is dead. In a joint statement, United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun and Steve Pagliuca, chairman of bidding group Boston 2024, characterized the decision to pull the plug as a mutual one."

New York Times: "Peg Lynch, who wrote and starred in 'Ethel and Albert,' one of television’s earliest situation comedies, died on Friday at her home in Becket, Mass. She was 98.... Ms. Lynch, who wrote nearly 11,000 scripts for radio and television without the benefit of a writer’s room committee (or even a co-writer), was a pioneering woman in broadcast entertainment. As a creator of original characters and a performer of her own written work — every bit of it live! — she might be said to have created the mold that decades later produced the likes of Tina Fey and Amy Schumer."

Public Service Announcement

Washington Post: "A novel data-mining project reveals evidence that a common group of heartburn medications taken by more than 100 million people every year is associated with a greater risk of heart attacks, Stanford University researchers reported Wednesday."

AP: "Federal health advisers on Tuesday[, June 9,] recommended approval for a highly anticipated cholesterol drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, but with the caveat that more data is needed about its long-term ability to reduce heart attacks. The expert panel recommended by a 13-3 vote that the Food and Drug Administration approve the injectable drug, called Praluent."

Washington Post (June 4): "The first-ever 'female Viagra' came one step closer to coming to market, as a key advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted Thursday afternoon to recommend that the FDA approve the drug with conditions. The committee voted 18-6 to recommend that the FDA approve flibanserin, a drug designed to boost the low sexual desire of otherwise healthy women."

White House Live Video
July 28

6:35 am ET: President Obama speaks to the African Union

Go to WhiteHouse.gov/live.

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Fuck off! I’m done with you. -- Jon Stewart, to Wyatt Cenac

... Alex Jung of New York: Jon Stewart repeatedly yelled at Wyatt Cenac when Cenac questioned a "Daily Show" segment meant to be a defense against Fox "News" allegations that Stewart's Herman Cain imitation was racist. ...

... Maron's WTF podcast of his interview with Cenac is here. ...

... CW: Here's the thing, black people. When you confront white liberals with accusations of racial bias, WE WILL NEVER ADMIT IT. We will remind you that we have been fighting for black civil rights for 50 years (Bernie Sanders). We will tell you all lives matter (Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley). We will tell you that white people are responsible for expanding your rights (Hillary Clinton). We will deny your accusations (Every one of us). And all the while, we will be highly insulted, even if we don't tell you to fuck off. Because white people's feelings matter. And, after all we've done, we can't believe you would accuse us of racism.

Even when they're only lip-syncing, some entertainers are pretty damned talented. I'm not much of a fan of Tom Cruise's, but ...

Tech Crunch: "It’s no secret that Google+ didn’t quite work out the way Google envisioned and now, after already moving Google Photos out of the service, it’s starting to decouple Google+ profiles from its regular Google accounts."

Stupid Pet Tricks, Reptile Edition:

Lloyd Grove of the Daily Beast: NBC News Chairman Andy Lack is replacing MSNBC's Ed Schultz with -- Chuck Todd. [CW: Excellent decision! Let's change "MSNBC" to "VPN" -- "Village People's Network."] "The only programs that appeared safe from disruption were Morning Joe..., hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski; Hardball ... with Chris Matthews; and The Rachel Maddow Show at 9 p.m. Those programs have performed respectably...." ...

We live in a time when much of the corporate media regards politics as a baseball game or a soap opera. Ed Schultz has treated the American people with respect by focusing on the most important issues impacting their lives.... I am very disappointed that Comcast [the parent company of NBC & MSNBC] chose to remove Ed Schultz from its lineup. We need more people who talk about the real issues facing our country, not fewer.... At a time when a handful of large, multi-national corporations own our major media outlets, I hope they will allow voices to be heard from those who dissent from the corporate agenda. -- Sen. Bernie Sanders

Washington Post: "The latest update from NASA's Kepler space telescope — designed to spot distant exoplanets — adds more than 500 new possible planets to the fray. That's in addition to the 4,175 planets already found by Kepler. And of those 500 new potential planets, scientists say, a dozen could be remarkably Earth-like. That means they're less than twice as large as Earth, are potentially rocky and are at the right distance from their host stars to harbor liquid water." ...

... Guardian: "Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered 'the closest twin to Earth' outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday."

Worst Person Ratings in the World. Andrew Kirell of Mediaite: Rumors are a'flyin' that MSNBC is headed for another line-up shake-up, which could include the Return of Dr. Olbermann, who is departing ESPN -- again. Because their third place in cable ratings wasn't as bad as their third place is now (sometimes 4th, behind Al Jazeera). And because the New Olbermann is now a suits-licking pussycat, unlike the Old Olbermann from way last week.

Some Would Be Heroes. Washington Post: Coast Guardsman Darren Harrity swims a mile in choppy, fuel-slicked sea to save four men in a leaky lifeboat.

New York Times: "What Pet Should I Get?" -- an aide to Dr. Suess's widow found the manuscript in a box. Dr. Suess -- Theodore Geisel -- died in 1991.

     ... Via BuzzFeed, for the fun of it.

Washington Post: "On Monday, famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tycoon Yuri Milner held a news conference in London to announce their new project: injecting $100 million and a whole lot of brain power into the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, an endeavor they're calling Breakthrough Listen." ...

... CW: What a waste. You know all they'll find is angels hovering around a pantheon of some sort & maybe, if they're lucky, their long-dead pooches floating around Pet Heaven, which is real & wonderful.

New York Times: "In a pair of legal filings on Friday, two nuns who object to [singer Katy] Perry’s proposed purchase of their order’s convent on eight acres [in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles] disclosed an email describing any sale to the saucy pop singer as a breach of their sacred vows.... The court papers include claims by several of five surviving nuns in the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary that the archdiocese is betraying them and bullying them into supporting a sale other than their preferred transaction with [another buyer]."

NASA: "In the latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes. This frozen region is north of Pluto’s icy mountains, in the center-left of the heart feature, informally named 'Tombaugh Regio' (Tombaugh Region) after Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930."

Hill: "President Obama is making a final 'Daily Show' appearance before host Jon Stewart leaves the political comedy program after 17 years. Obama will sit down for his final chat with Stewart on Tuesday, the White House confirmed Friday."

For an actual feel-good moment, Lindsey Bever of the Washington Post tells the story of 16-year-old small-plane crash survivor Autumn Veatch. Veatch, who was injured in the crash that killed her grandparents, walked untold mild through rough terrain until she came to a public road & parking area.

Washington Post: "Nearly two months after a molestation scandal prompted TLC to pull reruns of the popular reality program '19 Kids and Counting' from the air and online, the network announced that it has officially canceled the program."

Washington Post: "Filmmaker George Lucas, singer-songwriter Carole King and dancer-actress Rita Moreno are among an unprecedented six honorees to be saluted at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Seventies rockers the Eagles, actress Cicely Tyson and conductor Seiji Ozawa will also be honored at the Dec. 6 event, Kennedy Center officials said Wednesday. A major fundraiser for the arts center, the gala celebration will be televised on CBS on Dec. 29."

Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker reviews Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman. ...

... Laura Marsh of the New Republic: "Scolars have been pointing out Atticus Finch's racism for years."

New York Times (July 15): "It was the last day of business at F. A. O. Schwarz on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan."

New York Times: "A day after its successful flyby, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back the first close-up photographs of Pluto, revealing a young surface dotted with ice mountains. The piano-size spacecraft traveled nine years and three billion miles to study the dwarf planet and its five moons." Includes one close-up photo from 25 miles out. More on NASA's site.

New York (July 14): "We're halfway through July, but until this morning, there was still snow on the ground in Boston. The last of the city's historic snowfall, a disgusting frozen mass of dirt, snow, and trash, was officially pronounced melted this morning"."

Here are time-lapse photos of the long melt:

Sean Hollister of Gizmodo: "The Mozilla Firefox web browser now blocks Flash by default. And when I say “blocks,” I don’t mean it asks you nicely if you’d really like to use Flash. I don’t mean it automatically pauses Flash videos like Google Chrome. I mean Mozilla has decided that Flash is going down.... Why such a hard-on for Flash? Why now? Well, it could be that the world just rediscovered just how prone Flash is to nasty, nasty vulnerabilities. When the Hacking Team — an Italian security company that sold intrusive spy tools — got hacked, one of those tools got out into the wild. A nasty hole in Flash that Adobe has yet to patch.... It’s probably worth noting that [Monday July 13], Mozilla’s Facebook’s chief security officer publicly asked Adobe to kill off Flash once and for all.... Update: Adobe has already released a newer version of Flash, 18.0.0.209, which Firefox doesn’t block by default. You’ll want to manually download it."

Contributor Nisky Guy takes us back in time to February 2006, when Lewis Black complained, "I can't wait that long":

Washington Post: "On its approach to Pluto, the spacecraft [New Horizons] obtained the most arresting image yet of the dwarf planet. Pluto is not a bland and featureless ball of ice, but rather a complex, variegated, mottled world with broad snowfields, structures that look like cliffs or fault lines, and a strikingly bright heart-shaped area that could be the eroded remnant of a giant impact crater."

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Ed Vogel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 6: "Harry Reid won re-election because he got of a lot of Republican votes.

** NBC News projects that Nevada Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will win re-election. Las Vegas Sun story here.

NBC News projects that Nevada Republican Brian Sandoval defeated Harry Reid's son Rory Reid for the governorship. Las Vegas Sun story here.

Screenshot from Angle's "Amnesty Game" page.More last-minute hilarity from Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post: "Toymaker Hasbro has sent Sharron Angle's Senate campaign a cease and desist letter, saying the Nevada Republican never received permission to use the rights to Monopoly for its "Harry Reid Amnesty Game" website." As of 10:45 am., the Angle site was still up.

AP: "Republicans outperformed Democrats getting to the polls in Nevada, a promising sign for Republican tea party favorite Sharron Angle in her dead-heat race with Majority Leader Harry Reid, figures showed Monday. Final tallies for two weeks of in-person voting and a preliminary count of mail-in ballots for the state's two most populous counties, Clark and Washoe, gave Democrats about a 9,000-voter edge. The slim margin stands out because Democrats hold a 60,000-voter edge in statewide registration."

Las Vegas Sun, November 1: "First Lady Michelle Obama, in North Las Vegas today to stump for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, appealed to people's parental and civic responsibility in urging them to vote Democratic...."

Greg Sargent: "Has any campaign ever been quite this direct in claiming that their opponent is, well, a complete whack-job? The Reid team has completely emptied the thesaurus":

Jon Ralston tweets, "Another run-in w/evil, lamestream media by Angle at airport in Vegas after northern/rural tour. Team Angle says TVs banned from events now."

Sam Stein: Sharron Angle says she'll talk to the press, but only after she's elected. With audio.

Las Vegas Sun: "A lawyer for the Nevada Republican Party has demanded Secretary of State Ross Miller investigate and resolve multiple issues the party is raising about early voting."

Harry Reid intends to steal this election if he can't win it outright. -- Cleta Mitchell, attorney for Sharron Angle

Las Vegas Sun: "A national advocacy organization for immigrants is launching a Spanish-language media blitz in Nevada today in an attempt to use a recent stream of anti-illegal immigration ads from Sharron Angle’s campaign as a reason for Hispanics to vote.... The sixty-second spots – 154 of them – will air on Spanish-language radio from now until Election Day...." ...

... Sharron Angle's latest fearmongering, racist ad:

... Michael Scherer of Time comments: "Sadly, Sharron Angle's latest ad ... joins a long tradition of down-to-the-wire political advertising that cynically exploits racial fears to win elections.... Perhaps the best antecedent for the Angle spot is the 1988 Willie Horton spot.... The Republican Party is stuck with having to explain spots like hers to Hispanic Americans, who are the fastest growing voting demographic in the country and the likely key to winning presidential swing states for decades to come."

Shailagh Murray of the Washington Post: "Gritty and stoic, [Majority Leader Harry] Reid embodies Nevada's paradoxical relationship with the federal government, a can't-live-with-him, can't-live without-him dilemma that has turned his quest for a fifth Senate term into the fight of his long career. Win or lose, most of Reid's elections have been decided by whisker-thin margins and his battle against tea party star Sharron Angle figures to be another. But the dynamics of this one are different. Never before has Nevada been so tired of Reid - and yet so dependent on him."

Sam Stein, October 25: "Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle used a decoy to dodge members of the press at an event on Monday, a reporter on the scene tells the Huffington Post."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks to Ed Schultz & pulls no punches against his opponent Sharon Angle:

Here's a good report from Nevada's Channel 8 on Sharron Angle's telling Hispanic high school students, "Some of you look more Asian to me":

... Susan Saulny of the New York Times takes a broader look at how race issues are playing out in 2010 campaigns.

Nicholas Lemann has a good, in-depth article in The New Yorker on Harry Reid & this year's Nevada Senatorial race.

Karoun Demirjian of the Las Vegas Sun recaps the debate/smackdown between Harry Reid & Sharron Angle. CW: rhymes with "witch." You can watch it on C-SPAN. Here's Angle telling Reid to "man up."

Adam Nagourney & Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times on the Nevada Senate race. Here's a factoid: "records analyzed by CQ Moneyline show that 80 percent of the money donated to both campaigns has come from outside of Nevada, a near mirror image of the other major Senate races."

KTVN (Reno), October 11: Ana Padilla, who is now a U.S. citizen, claims she worked for Nevada's Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval while she was in the country illegally & the Sandovals never asked her for documentation. She says she is coming forward now because of Sandoval's opposition to amnesty for undocumented aliens. Sandoval denies that Padilla worked for his family & blames his Democratic opponent Rory Reid for manufacturing the story.

Las Vegas Sun, October 10: Super-PACS are pouring money into Nevada.

AP, October 10: "In a dramatic shift, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle says she won't privatize Veterans Affairs, dismantle Social Security or dismiss unemployment benefits as welfare." ...

... Angle Publicly Calls Reid a "Whore." Las Vegas Sun: "Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle on Saturday bashed 'favor-buying whore' politicians, seemingly oblivious to the hypocrisy of her remarks given that she offered her own political 'juice' as leverage in trying to persuade a third-party candidate to drop out of the race. While talking about the health care reform bill that Congress passed this year, Angle said: 'We don’t need some kind of favor-buying whore ... Harry Reid isn’t just another vote. He pushed it, he promoted it, he made the deals.'”

Stupid Candidate Tricks. Jeff Simon of CNN: "Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle told a crowd of Tea Party rally-goers last week that two cities — Dearborn, Michigan and Frankford, Texas — are under Sharia law, the sacred law of Islam.... Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly told the Associated Press that Angle’s comments were 'shameful' and 'totally irresponsible.'" Another problem? "Well, Frankford, Texas doesn’t really exist."

Brent Budowsky of The Hill, October 8: "Bill Raggio, the minority leader in the Nevada state Senate and a leading Silver State Republican, added a major new dimension to the U.S. Senate race there by blasting Sharron Angle for being radical and extreme, and endorsing Sen. Harry Reid (D) for reelection.... Raggio has never before endorsed a Democratic candidate in a major race. His political viewpoint is Republican-conservative."

CW: I don't do polls, BUT ... from Rasmussen: "Republican challenger Sharron Angle has now moved to a four-point lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada’s bare-knuckles U.S. Senate race." In November 2008, I really thought we had moved out of a country that could ever again elect an insane, lying right-wing extremist to Congress. We have not.

AP: "U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle told a crowd of supporters that the country needs to address a "militant terrorist situation" that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities."

The Party of Racists. Andrea Nill of Think Progress: Republicans Sharron Angle & David Vitter use the same photo of menacing-looking young Hispanic men in their scary video ads. In Angle's ad she seems to be attacking Harry Reid for his support of the DREAM bill which would offer a path to citizenship for young people who served in the military or went to college (the ad copy is so misleading, tho it's hard to tell what she's talking about). Igor Volsky of Think Progress posts the ad pictures ...

     ... then writes that beneficiaries of the DREAM legislation would look more like this:

     ... "Angle's 'Willie Horton' Ad. Adam Serwer, writing in the Washington Post, elaborates.

New York Times, October 5: Syd James, "the head of the Nevada Tea Party, resigned Tuesday after its candidate for Senate leaked a recording of Sharron Angle – the Republican running to replace Senator Harry Reid, the leader of the Democratic majority — in which she complained about Republican leaders and confessed that she does not know if she can win." James set up the meeting between Angle her Tea Party rival Scott Ashjian.

New York Times: "The largest union of registered nurses in the country will begin a $200,000 advertising campaign on Monday aimed at defeating Sharron Angle, the Republican challenger to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader.... The advertising campaign is the largest ever expenditure on a political race by the union, National Nurses United, officials said."  Here are the ads:

The Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles.... Really that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me.... They have never really gone along with lower taxes and less government. -- Sharron Angle, in a closed-door meeting with a tea party opponent

Scoop! Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun (October 3) obtained a tape of a meeting among Sharron Angle, her Tea Party of Nevada opponent Scott Ashjian, & their minions. Pretty raw stuff. Includes audio of the meeting. ...

     ... Update from Shira Toeplitz of Politico: "Nevada Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian admitted Sunday that he secretly recorded a conversation with Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, at a meeting in which she asks him to get out of the race, and that he leaked the tape to a journalist." The recording, according to a Harvard Law professor, was illegal.

     ... Update: or maybe Ashjian isn't a teabagger at all. Here's an  the Tea Party Express produced:

     ... AND Christiana Bellantoni of Talking Points Memo adds, "Cleta Mitchell, a top Republican lawyer representing Sharron Angle's Senate bid in Nevada, told TPM ... that the meeting [with Ashjian] ... was 'a setup.'"

Las Vegas Review Journal: "Supporters of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his GOP challenger Sharron Angle brawled at the end of a Senate race forum at a local Christian school."

Sharron Angle sided with the abuser:

Jon Ralston in the Las Vegas Sun, September 12: "... former Senate hopeful, Danny Tarkanian, said he disagreed with those who suggest a civil uprising might be necessary -- a reference to Sharron Angle's quote in January on another conservative talker's program." Notice that his right-right radio host Mike Wiley thinks revolution is cool: when Tarkanian says, "I’m not going to take the position that we need a civil uprising to overthrow our government," Wiley butts in & counters, "The Declaration of Independence gives us that right." [Here one presumes he means the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, but, hey, why quibble?] Tarkanian says it doesn't.

What Works in Las Vegas May Only Work in Las Vegas. Adam Sorensen of Time on why Harry Reid's negative campaign against Sharron Angle may not work for other Democratic candidates.

Greg Sargent: "In an interview with a conservative talk show host yesterday, Sharron Angle was given two clear chances to disavow the claim that there are 'domestic enemies' within Congress, an assertion she previously expressed unequivocal agreement with. Both times, Angle refused."

Black Is the Color of the Devil. Jonathan Chait of The New Republic: "Sharron Angle ... is not merely a candidate with extremely radical views, like Rand Paul, she inhabits an ideological grey area where radicalism starts to become indistinguishable with actual mental illness." ...

     ... Chait cites this post by Bill Roberts of the Pahrump Valley News (great name!), who recount a 20-year-old episode in which, on religious grounds, Angle opposed a high school coach's decision to change the football team's jerseys to black; Angle's group associated black with the devil & the supernatural.

Adam Nagourney of the New York Times interviews! Sharron Angle & assesses her campaign & her prospects of winning the Senate race.

Keach Hagey of Politico profiles Nevada journalist & "one-man media franchise" Jon Ralston, who is far & away the most influential political reporter & pundit in Nevada.

Chris Matthews, Eric Boehlert of Media Matters & Ryan Grim of the HuffPost elaborate on Sharron Angle's relationship with the press:

 

Angle Gaffe #98. In a vid that deserves to become a classic, Sharron Angle explains to Fox "News"' Carl Cameron that the media should report the news the way she wants them to. She explains that she wants to take only pre-approved questions & be able to use the media to tout her campaign donations site:

Angle Gaffe #97. Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun: Sharron Angle says the DISCLOSE bill, which the Senate failed to even bring to a vote, is settled law.

Roll the Video Tape. Steve Benen: I've never said I want to eliminate, I always said I want to save Social Security by paying back. -- Sharron Angle, July 24, 2010....

     ... Sharron Angle, way back in June 2010. Who could remember?

Anjeanette Damon of the Las Vegas Sun: Nevada tea party groups do their own thing, not always to their advantage.

Las Vegas Sun: "After more than a month dodging the press, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle on Wednesday invited reporters to an event intended to amplify her campaign message.... Angle delivered a three-minute speech on her desire to permanently repeal the estate tax. When invited by the final speaker to stay and answer a few questions, she turned on her heel and rushed out a back door with a small cadre of staff members. Reporters, including one who is six months pregnant, chased after her, calling out questions...."

... Angle refuses to answer media questions ... at her own "press conference":

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. The Reid campaign cuts a new ad:

"The only job Sharron Angle wants to fight for is hers":

Sam Stein has more on Sharron Angle's theory of "God's plan" for rape victims -- women should use their pregnancies to improve their situations. Or something about "making lemonade from lemons."

Greg Sargent, July 8: "During a radio appearance [Sharron Angle] labeled the $20 billion BP escrow fund secured by the White House as a 'slush fund.' Angle also seemed to agree with a caller who flatly described the fund as extortion, and added: 'Government shouldn't be doing that to a private company.' For good measure, she said Dems are exploiting the crisis to push energy reform and are following 'Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.'" ...

     ... Update: Angle tries to walk back the "slush fund" remark. ...

     ... The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Alex Altman of Time comments on Angle's latest gaffe.

Greg Sargent, July 7: Sharron Angle says she will "pursue" her claim that Harry Reid's campaign is misusing (or something) her "intellectual property." Sargent sees Angle's strategy, whatever it is, as a really bad idea. CW: besides, Reid could win the case by merely demonstrating that Angle & "intellectual" were mutually exclusive concepts. ...

... Las Vegas Sun, July 6: "Nevada Democrats today re-launched their version of GOP senate candidate Sharron Angle’s old campaign website. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign yanked the website over the weekend after Angle’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter, claiming Reid abused 'proprietary materials' from Angle’s old site. This afternoon, however, the Nevada Democratic Party put the site back up, claiming protection under the First Amendment." Reid's "The Real Sharron Angle" page is here.

Jon Ralston: during my interview of her, a new, fake Sharron Angle emerged, one who parrots scripted, more moderate talking points on some issues in which she has been "out there."

Angle Speaks! to Jon Ralston:


     ... Here's a related Las Vegas Sun story.

Think Progress: in a January 25 radio interview, Sharron Angle said that abortions for victims of rape & incest would interfere with "God's plan." CW: because one of the mysterious ways god works is through rape & incest?

Brian Stelter of the New York Times: Nevada reporters are playing a game of "Where's Sharron?" ...

... BUT Sharron Angle will talk to political reporter Jon Ralston this afternoon, June 29.

Jay Newton-Small of Time on why Harry Reid's chances are improving -- Sharron Angle.

"This Is Crazy." Harry Reid is up with a new hard-hitting spot against Sharron Angle:

Dave Weigel of the Washington Post: Sharron Angle's campaign denies a staffer called a reporter an "unprintable." CW: I wish the MSM would at least let us fill in the blanks on these "unprintable" epithets. Was it "fuckhead" or "my good man"? The backstory, in which Weigel is even less specific, is interesting: Angle refuses to endorse her own stated positions.

Matt Yglesias: according to Sharron Angle, Scientology is natural homepathic medicine.

The Las Vegas Sun has a big ol' feature on Sharron Angle's Second Amendment Solution to fixing the federal government. 

Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun says Harry Reid's attack ad on Sharron Angle "rings true."


The Reid operation is gearing up to paint Angle as, well, a nutjob, as a cross between Rand Paul and Orly Taitz. There doesn't appear to be a shortage of material. -- Greg Sargent

Greg Sargent of the Washington Post: Sharron "Angle said in a recent interview that the Gulf spill was an 'accident' and opined that we need to further 'deregulate' the oil industry in the wake of the disaster."

Washington Post: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said "reporters would have 'complete access' to Sharron Angle... 'in a few weeks,' but not now." Cornyn said Angle "needed to get 'prepared.'"

AP: "Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle, a tea party favorite who describes herself as a conservative's conservative, left the Republican Party at the height of the Reagan revolution and became a Democrat for at least several years, government records show."

Talking Points Memo: "The peculiar ideology of Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada, is perhaps no better illustrated than by her embrace of the patriot group Oath Keepers, whose membership of uniformed soldiers and police take an oath to refuse orders they see as unconstitutional -- including enforcement of gun laws, violations of states' sovereignty, and 'any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.'"

First, Kill Harry Reid. Greg Sargent of the Washington Post: in an interview she gave earlier this year, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle advocated armed insurrection against the federal government. The Las Vegas Review-Journal also carried the story.

You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out. -- Sharron Angle

Odd Couple. Alex Pareene of Salon: John Ensign takes Sharron Angle to lunch, forgets to tell other Republicans he invited her to join them. Pareene has fun with this one. ...

... AND, as Ryan Grim reports, so is Nevada's Democratic party, who have prepared a little introductory speech for Ensign to deliver. It covers all of Ensign's AND Angle's good points.

Fox & Friends "interview" Sharron Angle, Harry Reid's nutty opponent, so they can all lie about Angle's nutty views. Jon Ralston, the Sun's political reporter & columnist, for one was not amused. Think Progress has video of the "interview."

Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday that Nevadans are right to be angry about record high unemployment and home foreclosures, but he said voters shouldn't punish U.S. Sen. Harry Reid because Republicans -- not Democrats -- caused the economic crisis."

Read It & Weep. Talking Points Memo: "The new Rasmussen poll of the Nevada Senate race shows Republican nominee Sharron Angle leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the wake of her big win in Tuesday's primary. The numbers: Angle 50%, Reid 39%."

Dana Milbank: "Only weeks ago, [Harry Reid] the Senate majority leader was...facing a seemingly inevitable defeat in his reelection battle in Nevada. But then came Tuesday's primary, and Republicans selected as their candidate Sharron Angle, a woman who, among other things, favors bringing more nuclear waste to Nevada, floated the idea of outlawing alcohol, and wants to abolish the Education Department, the Energy Department, the EPA, the United Nations and most of the IRS. She's not so keen on Social Security, Medicare or unemployment insurance, either." ...

... Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times profiles Sharron Angle.

Las Vegas Sun: Jim Gibbons becomes the first governor in Nevada's history to lose a primary race.

Las Vegas Sun: "...Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got the race he wanted. Sharron Angle, a former Reno assemblywoman and Tea Party favorite, emerged from Tuesday’s Republican primary..., but carrying political baggage that experts say gives the embattled Reid a new lease on political life."

"A...tea party-backed contender..., Sharron Angle, led a crowded field for the right to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada in the fall."

AP: Gov. Jim Gibbons lost "to Brian Sandoval, a former federal judge.... Rory Reid, Harry Reid's son, won the Democratic nomination."

John Bresnahan & Manu Raju of Politico: Harry Reid is "angling" to pick his Republican foe: Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. "On her website — full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors — Angle" says

She wants to privatize Social Security; cut federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; abolish the federal income tax and institute a 'simpler, fairer, flatter tax system'; 'defund Obamacare'; pull the United States out of the United Nations; ban nearly all abortions; get rid of the Energy and Education departments as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and remove all campaign finance restrictions, requiring instead immediate reporting of donations.