Friday, June 19, 2009

The TR: Democracy in Iran, Feeding the iPhone Frenzy and Red Carpets in DC

It's been a busy, busy, busy week. We mean, you HAVE been checking your Twitter lately, right? (And, by the way, did you know you can follow The Turner Report on Twitter?) From massive protests in Iran to star-sightings in DC, we have the global scoop this week. You might want to sit down for this one...

Forecast

Healthcare has remained one of the many, many above-the-fold issues this week, and it'll stay that way for the near future. Haven't kept up? Check out the Dummy's Guide. O sought out the AMA's support for his reform plans, but Senate Democrats are putting the breaks on as they try to hash out the costs -- and Republicans are already shoutin' some fightin' words. This is going to be a long and painful process, folks. Next week, check out O's healthcare forum on ABC and tell us if the Republicans are right in warning that it'll be an infomercial.

More on Congress' plate this week: energy! Well, it's been there all the time, but now we're paying attention. Energetically, natch. The cap and trade bill is hitting the floor next week -- maybe -- and while Democrats argue about the specifics, we and the enviros around here are hoping this will finally happen. Oh, and that "cash for clunkers" bill passed -- fuel efficiency for the win!

However, a Republican senator really pissed us off with this one: a resolution condemning violence against health providers was blocked anonymously -- and why, do you ask? Let RH Reality Check explain.

Is the economy fixed yet?! These two graphs show positive growth. Go ahead and read the rest of this article for us, though, 'cause we are waaay too busy for this kind of eco-jargon.

Bushie is lashing out again -- just in time for more news about the rest of the Republican Party's implosion. Is he just trying to provide a distraction, or is he just bored? We dunno, but we hope he'll go back to the ranch soon... they need him out there.

We figure that most of you are already on top of this, but in News-That-Makes-Us-Pee-A-Little, the new iPhone is here! Yay! Oh, and the new Google Phone. Whatever THAT is...

The Week That Was

We hope you've been paying as much rabid attention to the situation in Iran as we have. Nico Pitney has been liveblogging the election fall-out from the Huffington Post; check it out for videos, pictures, quotes, articles and more. Here's more from Guardian. A special shout-out to the Lipstick Revolution -- Iranian women have been taking to the streets by the thousands to fight for equal rights. And another shout-out to Jared Cohen from the State Department, who, as We Love DC pointed out, was key in keeping the Fail Whale away from election coverage. But remember, kiddos -- we love Twitter, we love social media, but 140 characters and a green avatar doth not a revolution make.

More on Iran: Facebook and Google offering Persian translation; the House bill condemning the violence against the demonstrators; Iranian soccer players that joined in the protests suspended; and Pete Hoekstra Tweets a terrible simile that's now an awesome meme.

Ooh, get well soon, Hillary! And you too, Walter Cronkite.

Hey, y'all, here's the Sotomayor WTF of the Week! And one more, just for good measure.

Many people have been describing the "honeymoon with Obama" as fully over, and, in an ironic move, Bill Maher has added himself to the list with his recent screed. What do you think? Do you agree?

OMG CELEBS! DC is red-carpet friendly this week: Angie was here for World Refugee Day, they're filming a Reese Witherspoon/Owen Wilson/Paul Rudd movie around town and people are still pissed off about Real World DC and The Real Housewives. We're cool, you guys! Right? (Hey, at least we have Ovechkin -- MVP, baby!)

Also, two more must-sees from our Culture Minister: something to make you giggle and something to make you cry. Whew -- emotional rollercoaster!

Scorecard

We'll close with a hearty round of Limbaugh Karaoke and this awesome photo of our own Jen Dickson, Morning Joe and Mika B. Really!

Didja make your plans for July 4 yet? Invite us over -- we make a mean red, white and blue jello mold.

Have a great weekend!

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