News Roundup for 7/8/10

Ancient gargoyle with foot in mouth
Sharron Angle

-Headline of the day-
"Angle: I shouldn't have used term 'slush fund.'"

In an interview with some rightwing talk radio robot, Nevada GOP senate candidate Sharron Angle called the escrow account set up by the Obama administration and BP a "$20 billion slush fund" that was "basically extorted" from "a private company." This sort of thing hasn't worked out well for Joe Barton or Rand Paul, but Sharron thinks she's special or something and tried her luck. It didn't go well. Greg Sargent reported this at 10:58 AM ET.

By 1:30 PM ET, someone with the Angle campaign had finally managed to explain to her what a "slush fund" and "extortion" actually are.

"Having had some time to think about it, the caller and I shouldn't have used the term slush fund; that was incorrect," she later clarified. "My position is that the creation of this fund to compensate victims was an important first step -- BP caused this disaster and they should pay for it. But there are multiple parties at fault here and there should be a thorough investigation. We need to look into the actions, or inactions, of the Administration and why the regulatory agency in charge of oversight was asleep at the wheel while BP was cutting corners. Every party involved should be held fully accountable."

OK, so this is all BP's fault and BP should pay for everything, but it's important to remember that it's not all BP's fault and we should investigate the White House.

Nice clarification, Sharron. (Plum Line)

-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, Jobless Joe is back -- and he's going to the fair! Yay!

Economic Fun Fair
Click for animation

OK, so it's not the best fair ever. But we're in an economic downturn, ya know... (MarkFiore.com)

-Bonus HotD-
"Steele: 'I ain't going anywhere.'"

That wild applause is from Democrats (MSNBC.com)

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