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President Obama: “Our task…is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy”

Click here for a report by Michael Shear of the Washington Post.
The president had already expressed his anger about what he called the failures that led to the blast, and has pledged federal action to reveal the causes of the accident and safeguard other mines.

"How can we fail them?" he asked the hundreds assembled in what had once been the Beckley armory. "How can a nation that relies on its miners not do everything in its power to protect them?

"Our task here on Earth," he said, "is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy."

Speaking before Obama, Vice President Biden hinted at the long debate to come about how to make mining safer.

"As a community and a nation, we could compound tragedy if we let life go on unchanged," he said. "Certainly, no one should have to sacrifice his life for his livelihood."

Biden promised that the nation will "have that conversation later."

I couldn't agree more with both President Obama and Vice President Biden; at the minimum, if we are going to keep consuming coal, we need to do everything we can to ensure that no more miners are killed producing it for us.  

Coffee Party Video: Lawrence Lessig Says “Clean Up Wall Street & K Street”

Nice job by Laurence Lessig and the Coffee Party Movement.
...The financial system has been so mismanaged, because Congress is terrified that if they do the right thing they will be punished by the very people they are trying to regulate. And that's why it is so critical right now, for people across the country, whether from the left or the right, to push extraordinarily hard to achieve two critical reforms.  Number one, a reform of the banking system, so that these people don't have the power to blackmail our Congress into giving them the special deals that they want. And number two, a reform of campaign financing, so that people cannot use their extraordinarily powerful wealth and influence to affect and hold hostage our Congress. These are critical reforms and we need them right now...

Obama: “Good News from the Auto Industry”

"As the auto industry and financial markets begin to stabilize, the President says the government's emergency interventions are now winding down. He pledges that real reform, particularly on Wall Street, must now begin."

Warner Talks to NBC12

If you really want to enjoy this video, I suggest you take a shot every time you hear Mark Warner use the words "moderate," "bipartisan," or "work across the aisle." Cheers! :)

Virginia Democrats Question Priorities of McDonnell’s First 100 Days

From the Democratic Party of Virginia, check out their strong statement on Bob McDonnell's first 100 days in office. I just wish we would get a lot more of this kind of thing from the DPVA. I also wish they hadn't put this out late on a Friday afternoon when nobody is paying attention. Other than that, it's superb! :)

RICHMOND - The administration of Governor Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling will have been in power for 100 days as of Sunday, April 25, 2010. As the first traditional time stamp approaches, Virginia Democrats must question the priorities of the McDonnell Administration.

Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Dick Cranwell released the following statement Friday declaring that Virginians deserve more from their elected officials, citing ideological distractions that have damaged Virginia's reputation at home and around the nation:

"Governor McDonnell, Attorney General Cuccinelli, and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling have been in office for 100 days.  In that time it has become clear that this administration is struggling on one major front: setting clear priorities.  Virginians overwhelmingly expect a commonsense, results-oriented government, yet what we have endured for the last 100 days is a distracted government."

Much more after the "flip."

Pay Attention, Corey Stewart

Our failure to act responsible at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," the president said at a naturalization ceremony for members of the military.

In fact, I've instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation. But if we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country.

He added, "As a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future - a future that keeps faith with our history, with our heritage, and with the hope that America has always inspired in the hearts of people all over the world."

"Misguided efforts" like...portrayed here, for instance?

Cenk Uygur: “Where Are the Tea Party Protests About Wall Street?”

I don't always agree with Cenk Uygur, but this is an instant classic. Watch as Cenk asks former vice presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, Wayne Allyn Root, where the Tea Party protests of Wall Street are exactly. The answer, although Root won't outright admit it, is that "there are no such protests and there never will be." Fascinating.
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