From NBC's Ali Weinberg
Liberal blogs have lit up with health care, climate change and jobs all making headlines this week.
Daily Kos quotes a Roll Call article that it says, "Gives a forum to Olympia Snowe, to whine about how Harry Reid was mean to her by addressing the concerns of the majority of members in his own caucus rather than catering to her." In the Roll Call piece, Snowe responds to Reid's calling her "frightened" of the public option at an October press conference, when he decided to forego her "trigger" proposal. Said Snowe: "It is not easy frankly, you know, to play the role that I did in the Finance Committee standing alone. And I just thought that was diminished in the way that he, you know, expressed, you know, my views towards a public option." But, the blog notes, Snowe met on Saturday with President Obama to discuss the trigger, writing, "this might mollify her a bit."
ThinkProgress fact-checks Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)'s statements today that a group of meteorologists are "changing their position" on global warming: "The group to which Inhofe is referring -- the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) -- did indeed come out with a position this morning. It just happens to be a position which does nothing to validate Inhofe's skepticism." A WMO statement released today reads, in part: "The year 2009 is likely to rank in the top 10 warmest on record since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850."
*** UPDATE *** Inhofe's office takes issue with the ThinkProgress report, calling its fact-check "bogus." According to an Inhofe spokesman, the senator was referring to a CBS News article, not the World Meterorological Organization.
Of President Obama's jobs creation speech today at the Brookings Institution, Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly asks for "more of this, please."
Andrew Sullivan responds to an article by Pollster.com's Charlies Franklin, noteing the "similarity of approval trajectories" between Presidents Obama and Reagan, when examined on a chart of the ten post-World War II presidents. Writes Franklin, "Of the ten... Reagan and Obama currently stand as the two lowest at this point in their first term."
Sullivan writes that he "didn't recognize how close the parallels were" until Franklin's map was released, though he "has noticed the uncanny resemblance...They both inherited disastrous legacies -- although Bush had the chance to double the disaster with two terms. They both had deep recessions early. They were both lionized and loathed, and both had problems with their base early on."
Talking Points Memo's Christina Bellantoni spotlights the efforts of the Obama administration, especially the State Department, to use social networking tools to reach people in far-flung and dangerous areas of the world. After Obama's Afghanistan speech last week, for example, the State Department translated key sentences that sent the message that "America seeks an end to this era of war and suffering," into several languages, and transmitted compressed video clips that could be watched on mobile devices around the world.