Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Is “Clinically Dead”

Egypt’s state news agency MENA reports former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is “clinically dead.”

Egypt’s state-run news agency reports that doctors have declared former president Hosni Mubarak clinically dead after suffering a stroke in a prison hospital. Security sources and his lawyer say he is still alive, however.

Update at 5:53 p.m. ET: Reuters now cites security sources as saying Mubarak is not dead but is unconscious and on a respirator.

It’s possible that Mubarak could be brain dead but being kept alive mechanically.

Update at 5:43 p.m. ET: Despite the reports that resuscitation efforts had failed, Mubarak’s lawyer Farid El-Deeb told Al-Hayat television channel that he is still alive and that efforts to revive him are beginning to have some effect, Ahram Online reports.

The news outlet adds that “it is understood” that Mubarak has been suffering from cancer and heart problems.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison June 2 for the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators last year during the “Arab Spring” uprising.

President Obama Immigration Policy Favored By Public

This is what I sensed was going to happen with the polling since most people in the nation have a far more nuanced view of immigration than the bashers on the right want us to believe.

President Barack Obama is winning the opening round in the battle over immigration, according to a Bloomberg poll released today, putting Republicans on the defensive with his decision to end the deportations of some illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children,

Sixty-four percent of likely voters surveyed after Obama’s June 15 announcement said they agreed with the policy, while 30 percent said they disagreed. Independents backed the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.

The results underscore the challenge facing Mitt Romney and Republicans as they try to woo Hispanic voters, who are the nation’s largest ethnic minority and made up 9 percent of the 2008 electorate, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of exit polls. Obama won the Hispanic vote 67 to 31 percent over Republican John McCain in 2008, according to exit polls.

“In that Republican Party, there is a tolerance problem,”said Carmen Nieves, 27, of Albany, New York, who is of Puerto Rican heritage and participated in the Bloomberg June 15-18 survey.

“These are things that have to be done, and I’m expecting them to be done,” said Nieves. “I see a person who is doing his job.”

Eric Hovde Wants Fewer Stories About Rich Crapping On The Poor

This is rich!

Wisconsin businessman Eric Hovde is getting attention for his Republican bid for U.S. Senate.

There would not be so many stories about poor people if Republicans did not treat workers like a double-decker outdoor toilet.  There would not be so many stories if Republicans did not let the top 5% of the richest Americans in the nation have a tax cut in the Bush years.  That was short-sighted thinking!

There would be fewer such stories if Republicans could find the responsible way forward by cutting back military spending.  Such a discussion leads to statements from irresponsible conservatives as a surrender to the enemy. Tax increases of any kind, even allowing the unaffordable Bush tax cuts to expire, are viewed as evil by the three-thumb crowd.

Which all leads to…..

In his final remarks to the group, Hovde – a millionaire many times over – complained about the prevalence of news stories focusing on the travails of poor individuals during tough economic times.

Instead, the hedge fund manager said he would prefer more coverage of the national debt and deficit, according to a video posted at the liberal Huffington Post website (starting at 13:45):

“I see a reporter here. I just pray that you start writing about these issues. I just pray. Stop always writing about, ‘Oh, the person couldn’t get, you know, their food stamps or this or that.’ You know, I saw something the other day – it’s like, another sob story, and I’m like, ‘But what about what’s happening to the country and the country as a whole?’ That’s going to devastate everybody.”

Will Scott Walker Finally Get His College Degree?

Did Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker design state program to help himself over the hurdle of securing a college degree?  While Walker put some time in on campus when younger, he was never able to graduate with a degree.

A new self-paced, competency-based model for completing online college degrees, and making higher education more affordable and accessible, was announced Tuesday by Gov. Scott Walker and two top University of Wisconsin System officials.

The new UW Flexible Degree is being touted as a transformation of higher education in Wisconsin, and an economic engine to help the state produce more college graduates.

The degree will allow students to start classes anytime and earn credit for what they already know. It may be available as soon as this fall.

Under the new model, students will be able to demonstrate college-level competencies based on material they already learned in school, on the job, or on their own.

Bush Tax Cuts For Wealthy Not Popular

Who could have predicted these tax cuts for the wealthy would be unpopular?

As President Obama navigates a choppy economy in his reelection bid, he can rely on one comforting fact: Americans continue to strongly embrace his opposition to extending tax breaks for those earning more than $250,000 a year.

A new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows that only 26 percent of the public wants to see all of the tax breaks created during the George W. Bush administration, which are set to expire at year’s end, extended for at least another year. And only 18 percent want the tax breaks across all income levels made permanent, the position taken by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Senator Marco Rubio Not To Be Mitt Romney’s VP

I had long thought Marco Rubio would be the Republican vice-presidential nominee with Mitt Romney in 2012.  The need to secure Florida in the electoral college, and the background of Rubio, in both ethnicity and teabagger politics, made him seem a very sure thing.

Not to be.

“[K]nowledgable Republican sources tell me that Senator Marco Rubio is not being vetted by Mitt Romney’s vice presidential search team. He has not been asked to complete any questionnaires or been asked to turn over any financial documents typically required of potential vice presidential candidates.”