Eve Conant

Stories by Eve Conant

  • Left Wing: Pardon Me, Governor Barbour

    For its weekend edition, Counterpunch.com highlighted a story called “How an $11 Robbery in Mississippi May End in a Death Sentence: The Terrible Case of Jamie Scott.” The writers of the piece, James Ridgeway and Jean Casella, both write for Mother Jones and published the piece for Solitary Watch, a new project in collaboration with Washington and Lee University Law School’s V3 clinic, which will focus on the issues surrounding the rise of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons....
  • Right Wing: Jihad Jane Proof That Domestic Surveillance Works

    William Teach of RightWingNews.com writes: “Yes, the War on Terrorism is real and still matters.” He explores the case of Colleen LaRose, a.k.a. "Fatima LaRose" or "Jihad Jane," who has been held in U.S. custody since October and was indicted this week for providing material support to terrorists and plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist who in 2007 angered Muslims by depicting Muhammad with the body of a dog. ...
  • Right Wing: Pentagon Shooter and the Battle to Disassociate

    In a Townhall.com post titled “Tragedy Occurs. Media Rush to Blame Right-Wing” Kevin Glass writes that the stampede to peg the Pentagon shooter as a right-wing extremist is in full swing. He points to an ominous-sounding tweet by conservative blogger Allahpundit: "It begins"—which links to a Christian Science Monitor piece questioning whether right-wing extremism had led John Patrick Bedell to fire on Pentagon police officers, injuring two before being fatally shot himself. ...
  • Fox & Friends Compares Health Summit to Soap Opera

    Fox & Friends has decided that since the White House health-care summit takes place during regular working hours that it is basically a soap opera. “We’ve heard it’s going to be theatrical because after all this is a very theatrical White House” said co-anchor Steve Doocy. “Really it’s kind of a soap opera isn’t it?” It’s true that you can usually expect fireworks with that many conflicts of interest and archetypes stuffed into one small room. But doesn’t cable news also come on during soap-opera hours too? In the Dynasty video, which Media Matters posted on its Web site, Obama is cast as the “Charming (but dithering) Boss” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the "Arch Nemesis.” Sarah Palin appears as the “Wild Card” and Senator Chuck Schumer as the "Fast- Talking Hustler from the East." It’s cute, and it’s a savvy way to play down the importance of discussing health-care reform. “Comparing the bipartisan health-care summit to a soap opera is about as ...
  • The Great Glenn Beck Smackdown that Wasn't

    It's not often that Media Matters, which follows the conservative media like a hawk, blogging up every untruth or journalistic misstep, is thrilled with something a conservative has written. That happy moment came for them this past Sunday, when the National Review's Bill Bennett came out swinging against Glenn Beck, who spoke at CPAC last Saturday, where he kicked off with "Hello, my name is the Republican Party, and I have a problem!" That problem, according to Beck? "I'm addicted to spending and big government." Beck carried on with the alcoholic metaphor: "It is still morning in America," said Beck. "It just happens to be kind of a head-pounding, hungover, vomiting-for-four-hours kind of morning in America." Beck added that he had yet to hear Republicans "admit that they have a problem." ...
  • This Week in Conservative Media: Conservatives Will Challenge Health-Care Bill on Costs

    President Obama announced today that he is making a full push for health-care and insurance reform, with a plan that attempts to merge Senate and House legislation and rejects Republican calls to scrap previous efforts and start over. The plan puts a special emphasis on federal authority on health-insurance rate increases, something that has riled the conservative blogosphere for several reasons. ...
  • Whisperings of the GOP’s Candidate in 2012

    The Conservative Political Action Conference wraps up tomorrow in D.C., and by the time everyone heads home a straw poll will have announced the most popular politicians who spoke here.  “This is an exciting time for conservatives” Rep. Darrell Issa told the crowd today. Conservatives here are energized and hopeful, and many are confident that the 2012 GOP candidate will have stood at podium some time this week. Sarah Palin is on the list, but once again this year didn’t speak at CPAC, which may have hurt her among the conservative establishment gathered here. Mitt Romney seems to making something of a comeback in conservative circles, with talk of a resurgence here at CPAC this week, the same venue where in 2008 he pulled himself out of the race. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, is also on the straw poll but expectations are low that he’ll clinch it. The real contest will be between Palin and Romney but if enough people write in Marco Rubio, he could easily carry it after his...
  • The Art of the Tea Party: Grandma's Not Shovel Ready

    Every movement has its images, and the tea party movement is no exception.  While conservative speakers are making their case in the main ballroom, an exhibition hall downstairs is packed with various groups selling their wares and ideas, no one better than the tea partiers (though the NRA’s faux rifle range comes close).Yes, there are one or two fellows walking around in full tea party regalia, but the tea partiers are getting savvier, and are packaging themselves professionally. One popular stand belongs to the makers of the documentary movie Tea Party: The Documentary Film directed by young filmmaker Pritchett Cotten who could barely keep up with attendees wanting to shell out $15 for a copy.  “There’s no distribution, it’s just grassroots for now” says Cotten, but the movie is selling well online—good for him and his executive producer, who maxed out all his credit cards to make the film.The movie is about five Tea Party activists, including a young African-American man and a...
  • Pawlenty: Do It Like Elin (Not Tiger)

    Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty had some advice for conservatives this morning at CPAC. Right now, he told the crowd, Tiger Woods is about to hold his own press conference. Conservatives, however, should take a page out of Elin’s book in dealing with the administration. “Take a nine iron and smash the window of big government in this country!” The crowd, which is less energetic today, loved it. But earlier jokes of Pawlenty, who has been touted as a possible conservative pick for 2012, fell flat. He made the same jokes about the D.C. snowstorm as previous speakers have (“Any day that  Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi can’t get to work is a good day for freedom, liberty, and people’s wallets”) and also told the crowd, which has heard at least 15 different references to Obama’s schoolroom teleprompter moment, that they wouldn’t believe it—Obama needed a teleprompter! “That’s not a joke…that’s a real story,” Pawlenty told the crowd, looking out of touch but getting a polite applause. A main...
  • The Other Tax Revolt

    While TV screens have been filled with images of a small plane that flew into an IRS building in Austin, computer screens of antitax crusaders have also been especially active today. Many representatives of groups like Fair Tax or the National Taxpayers Union Foundation are here at the CPAC conference in D.C., which also marks Day One of an Online Tax Revolt, an interactive march on Washington where any tax-reform crusader can pick an avatar and start marching.Joseph Stack, the pilot of the plane, apparently left a long Web screed attacking the IRS before torching his house and then flying into the IRS offices: “Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let's try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.” The tax-reform groups here at the conference who spoke with NEWSWEEK say that violence is not the answer, but that something does need to be done. Ken Hoagland, author of The Fair Tax Solution and campaign chairman of the online tax revolt says of Stack “we have to say...
  • This Week in Conservative Media: 'Air America Has Shut Down and Gitmo Is Still Open'

    At past CPAC conferences they called it Blogger Row, the long table set up for bloggers covering the event. This year the blogger room, set up with dozens of tables for (the mostly) conservative bloggers covering the Conservative Political Action Committee is bigger than the room for regular media, and is more crowded. Red State’s Erick Erickson took a break from Blogger Row (some also call it Bloggers Lounge) winning praise from FrumForum for helping all the other bloggers get online earlier today when not setting up interviews or giving his own speech (where he pointed out Air America's demise and Gitmo's survival). The mood is pretty celebratory here, such as when Liz Cheney gleefully told the crowd, “What a fabulous time to be a conservative!” And what a good time to be a conservative blogger. Many guests this afternoon have been crediting the power of the Internet and blogging as the source of successes from the Tea Party movement to the rise of new politicos like...
  • Rubio Hits the Mainstream With CPAC Opener

    Perhaps it was the early-slated speech, the first campaign-style political speech of the conference, but Rubio’s half-hour talk produced at least five standing ovations. Some ovation-worthy comments, according to the ballroom crowd? Lowering taxes got a good one. Even better? Putting terrorists on trial in a military tribunal in Guantánamo, “not in a civilian courtroom in Manhattan.” Rubio said the recent snowstorm also was a boost to American society, slowing down government intervention in all manners of state and throwing up an obstacle to Obama in that the snow meant “the president couldn’t find a teleprompter to announce any new taxes.” (So far there have been at least four teleprompter jokes from various speakers, and this reporter is betting we will reach 15 by the end of the day).Rubio talked to the crowd about his mother and father—a Wal-Mart clerk and a bartender, respectively—and how he could hear his 70-year-old grandfather’s keys in the door each night he came from his...
  • Norquist: Palin Not Running Because She's Skipping CPAC

    Tea Party Convention? That’s old news. The conservative buzz this week is the annual kickoff of CPAC, the 37th annual Conservative Political Action Committee, which will last three days  and feature various shrinking violets like keynote speaker Glenn Beck, Florida Senate hopeful Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, tea-partiers and the gay GOProud group which is cosponsoring the event. ...
  • This Week in Conservative Media: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Don't Write About It

    As "don't ask, don't tell" goes under the microscope at the Pentagon, Fox News is leading the charge to get opposing views into the discussion. One Fox News blogger, producer Trish Turner, writes, "Just caught up with Sen John Cornyn, R-TX, a member of the Armed Services Cmte and head of the GOP re-election operation, to ask him about a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'—and he said, 'At a time when we're putting our men and women through long deployments, it's really not a good idea to engage in social engineering in the military.' Cornyn was adamant, 'I think it's not a good idea.' "...
  • How Did the Americans Being Affected React to the President's Speech? Gay Soldier Disappointed.

    Lt. Dan Choi was watching Obama’s State of the Union speech on TV from his home in New York City, his emotions a roller coaster. If anyone was anxious about what Obama would say about repealing "don't ask, don't tell," it was Choi, who was discharged from the military earlier this year for being gay. He's one of some 60,000 estimated gays in the military and, after Obama's speech, is not as thrilled as he was hoping to be. ...
  • Conservatives React to State of the Union With Sneers and Jeers

    President Obama tried in the first minutes of his State of the Union Wednesday night to make it clear to everyone that the U.S. has seen tough times, that it has fended off a second Great Depression, and that "one year later the worst of the storm has passed, but the devastation remains." ...
  • This Week in Conservative Media: Should Conservatives Rally Behind Obama's Budget Freeze?

    That's the question posed by Ed Morrissey on HotAir.com, but a firm answer eludes him. He has actually posted a poll to help figure out what people think, with options ranging from "fully and enthusiastically support it" to "oppose it as a fraud, demand across-the-board freeze and cuts."The jury is still out. Some say this is sham, that the numbers don’t add up to anything significant because of rampant spending over the past year. "Given Washington Democrats' unprecedented spending binge, this is like announcing you're going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest," said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, a Republican from Ohio. "Will the budget still double the debt over five years and triple it over 10? That's the bottom line." His comments, originally appearing in The Wall Street Journal, have gone viral in the conservative blogosphere. Michelle Malkin tweeted that the freeze was...
  • Air America Tanks, Conservatives Cheer

    Air America and Camelot snuffed out in the same week!” Mark Krikorian writes in the The National Review’s blog The Corner. “So maybe the work does not go on, the cause does not endure, the hope does not live, and the dream really can die.”It was supposed to be the progressive and provocative answer to Rush Limbaugh, but instead Air America is declaring bankruptcy and Rush is going strong. While Air America gave rise to Rachel Maddow and helped brand Democratic Senator Al Franken, it failed during its six years to become a recognized and leading brand, and will stop airing later this month.Dana Loesch, writing for the new conservative site Big Journalism wonders whether anyone but Franken or Maddow will notice. “Air America announced today, with little fanfare, that it is ceasing operations and filing for bankruptcy, citing “tough economic times” as the reason. Quite honestly, I’m shocked that they didn’t blame Bush. Or global warming.It’s not the economy, stupid.Talk radio continues...
  • This Week in Conservative Media: Tea Parties Should ‘Crank It Up Even Louder’

    While Democrats are playing the blame game in the aftermath of Martha Coakley’s dramatic loss on Tuesday, conservatives are finding every angle to gloat over their victory.Michelle Malkin, in a post titled “The Massachusetts Meltdown” and illustrated with a dramatic picture of a mushroom cloud, joins the gloatfest: “There was more finger-pointing among Bay State and Beltway Democrats than a Three Stooges TV marathon. More back-stabbing than all of the Real Housewives combined.” But despite the gain, dire warnings remain a mainstay of the conservative media landscape, and she writes that even with the success, “the battle over Demcare has only just begun. The health care takeover-peddlers are looking for a back-up plan. If they can’t get their full 'public option' Trojan Horse through the gates, they’ll settle for Trojan Ponies.” Malkin makes a direct appeal to Tea Partiers to “stay vigilant and crank it up even louder to warn of the coming big government perils.”One...
  • This Week in Conservative Media: Prop 8 Judge on Trial

    Surprisingly, conservative media hasn’t been as outspoken as gay-rights supporters as many had expected this first week of the gay marriage trial in San Francisco. Instead of covering the substance of the trial, the interest seems mostly focused on Judge Vaughn Walker and calling into question his impartiality.Commentator Ed Whelan (who was also quoted in NEWSWEEK’s profile of Ted Olson), writing for Bench Memos in The National Review’s The Corner, argues that the Supreme Court order indefinitely barring broadcasting of the trial “derails Judge Walker’s plan to turn the case into a high-profile, culture-transforming, history-making, Scopes-style show trial of the sponsors of Proposition 8.” That order, he says “strongly signals that at least five justices have serious questions about his impartiality and judgment in this matter.”Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski is also questioned by Whelan, who says he has “earned a reputation as a headstrong maverick” whose course of conduct...
  • SCOTUS Bans Video in California Gay-Marriage Trial

    By a 5–4 vote the U.S. Supreme Court has halted plans to transmit video from the Perry v. Schwarzenegger gay-marriage trial, a crushing blow for the plaintiffs. “Given the powerful evidence against Prop 8 presented in court today, we are not surprised the initiative’s defenders sought to keep this trial as private as possible,” wrote Chad Griffin, a representative for the American Foundation for Equal Rights working with the plaintiffs, in an immediate statement during court proceedings. Outside, in the hallway, defense lawyer Andy Pugno couldn’t have been more pleased as he quickly fired off some e-mails on his BlackBerry. “It appears the Supreme Court realized that the Ninth Circuit Court had violated federal law and did so purposefully to broadcast this trial in particular,” Pugno told NEWSWEEK. “This vindicates our feelings all along that our defense of Prop 8 is up against a stacked deck in many respects.”Justice Stephen Breyer dissented, along with Justices John Paul Stevens,...
  • Gay Marriage Supporters Outnumber Opponents at Trial

    Perhaps some of the most interesting people engaged in the Perry v. Schwarzennger trial this week in California are those who sit quietly in the main courtroom, observing. There is the older gay couple, David Bowers and Bruce Ivie, who were married legally in California before Prop 8 passed but want the same rights for their friends. They seem like gentle but determined watchdogs. "We are going to be here every day," says Ivie. The courtroom is small and hot and it's hard not to notice small physical reactions to testimony, like how Bowers seemed unable to breathe and then needed a Kleenex when the young plaintiff Jeff Zarrillo described how coming out "is a very personal and internal process." There is the African-American lesbian sitting right behind me, and the four young lawyers who want to see what one of them calls "our generation's Brown v. Board of Education." Inside and outside of the courtroom are journalists, legal reporters, and the lesbian...
  • Harvey Milk's Friends and Biographers on What He Would Have Thought of Prop 8 Trial

    After the trial broke up for the day on Tuesday, actor Rob Reiner joined the line to get a spot in the elevator. I asked him if anyone from the movie Milk was here, and he pointed to a stout man also trying to get into the elevator, "That guy right there is the man you really want to talk to," said Reiner. "He worked with Harvey Milk for years trying to challenge federal laws, and here, 32 years later in S.F., that's what we're doing."...
  • Gay Marriage on Trial: The Relevance of Slavery

    With the two gay couples off the stand for now, attorneys for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger are turning to experts and historians to dissect the meaning and progress of the institution of marriage. Yet instead of gay marriage, historian Nancy E. Cott, a former Yale and now Harvard professor, has been grilled today and yesterday more about slavery than homosexuality....