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Mike Allen: "Taking lessons from the Clinton years, when a Republican Congress prompted more focus on executive authority, the Center for American Progress today is releasing a report, ‘Power of the President,; proposing 30 executive actions the president can take to advance progressive change in the areas of energy, the economy, health care, education, foreign policy, and national security."
Obama’s latest book out today…for his daughters, a picture book on 13 great Americans. First printing: half a million. Acquired before Obama took office.
Ted Koppel’s op-ed blast at cable news pundits was ripped last night by two guys he hit, Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. Olbermann with strong "comment" pointing out that the two men most often hailed as heroes of "objective" TV journalism—Ed Murrow and Walter Cronkite—actually are most famous for when they took very strong stands. And Koppel himself came to fame via the bold birth of "Nightline" to cover the Iran hostage crisis. Here’s Jack Shafer’s take at Slate.
Jeffrey Goldberg on Colbert hit hard the new invasive TSA airport screening tactics, aka "Groping Grandma"… Full-body digital x-ray machines to screen passengers at airports: Should be used 81 percent / Should not be 15 percent (CBS Poll)…. I believe it was William Burroughs who probably first said, "Don’t touch my junk." Or Charlie Parker. Or Fred Sanford. Or maybe an ancient Chinese boatman.
We can work it out: front-page NYT piece and no wonder, on iTunes finally offering The Beatles catalog… Springsteen performs with The Roots tonite on Jimmy Fallon’s show….
HOW BAD DO YOU HAVE TO BE? George W. Bush: One of greatest presidents 4 percent / Good 24 percent / Average 33 percent / Poor 40 percent (CNN/ORC Poll)