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Will there a be new Gene McCarthy? McClatchy: Obama already moving away from Afghan pullout promise……Joe Scarborough tweets: "The United States spends $2.5 billion a WEEK in Afghanistan. We cannot afford to continue this endless, meandering war" Even adds hashtag: #bringthemhome. Went after it on Morning Joe today—Veterans Day.
If you (somehow) missed me on Countdown last night, talking about Keith’s donations and what other newspeople/pundits should do, watch below.
Countdown also did a full segment on the report by the heads of the President’s deficit commission panel and their call for cuts for working and middle-class people, and Social Security, unlikely to be backed by Democrats. Here’s NYT report and critique at Mother Jones.… Plus, it looks to some for certain now that White House will accept continuation of Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest. Axelord with firm denial.
Reportedly terrific HBO doc War Torn on tonight, with James Gandolfini, on subject I have written about over and over since 2003—mental fallout for vets and suicide—but also with historical approach going back to Civil War. Great piece by Ashley Gilbertson in VQR on soldier suicide featured in show (I wrote about it myself back in 2007).