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McCain Calls Hecklers 'Low Life Scum'        Video        The New York Times        29 January 2015

 

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona,

admonished members of an antiwar group

who were heckling

former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger

during a committee hearing.

 

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Last Kiss

cartoon

by John Lustig

Gocomics

January 13, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Eagan

cartoon

Deep Cover

Cagle

16 October 2008

http://www.coxandforkum.com/

 

First pic, L to R:

Barack Obama,

John McCain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian        G2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian        p. 13        12 March 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

argue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slam        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/03/
michigan-gretchen-whitmer-lockdown-protest-racism

 

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2006/sep/27/
mediaunions.pressandpublishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slam        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/30/
765721764/ousted-national-security-adviser-bolton-slams-trumps-approach-to-north-korea

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/12/22/
460729830/donald-trump-slams-hillary-clinton-using-crude-slang-term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bash        USA

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/02/
445287450/is-marco-rubio-turning-the-grand-old-party-young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

attack / attack        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/18/
jk-rowling-government-poor-people

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/may/24/
morrissey-kate-middleton-foie-gras

 

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2006/sep/20/
newsstory.sport5 

 

 

 

 

launch a blistering counter-attack

 

 

 

 

his most outspoken attack yet on N        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/09/
prince-charles-climate-change-sceptics

 

 

 

 

an outspoken attack on the war on Iraq

 

 

 

 

single out        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/may/24/
morrissey-kate-middleton-foie-gras

 

 

 

 

rail at N        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/mar/02/
qpr-harry-redknapp-dubai

 

 

 

 

rail against N        USA

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/
trump-coronavirus-briefing-jared-kushner-witch-hunt

 

 

 

 

according to a devastating report

 

 

 

 

condemn        UK / USA

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/16/
jimmy-carter-you-lie-racist

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/jan/07/uk.iraq 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-06-29-
intelligence-leaks_x.htm

 

 

 

 

condemnation        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/jan/07/uk.iraq 

 

 

 

 

brand N an elitist

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1116676020080414

 

 

 

 

scold

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/world/middleeast/russia
-is-scolded-as-us-weighs-syria-options.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/07/world/middleeast/
obama-rebukes-gop-critics-of-his-iran-policy.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/
politics/hewitt-scolds-pm-over-oil-crisis-852034.html

 

 

 

 

assail        USA

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/
in-speech-to-planned-parenthood-obama-criticizes-new-abortion-laws/

 

 

 

 

jeer        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/jun/23/uk
crime.prisonsandprobation 

 

 

 

 

jeered        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/sports/tennis/
timeout-by-victoria-azarenka-in-match-with-sloane-stephens-at-australian-open-
raises-questions.html

 

 

 

 

harsh words        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/
us/politics/09memo.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

criticism

 

 

 

 

sharp criticism        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jun/29/
orson-welles-criticism-hollywood-stars-tapes

 

 

 

 

fire off criticisms N        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/11/
627932769/trump-unloads-on-nato-secretary-general-over-defense-spending

 

 

 

 

step up criticism of N        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/world/middleeast/
russia-is-scolded-as-us-weighs-syria-options.html

 

 

 

 

criticise        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/18/
jk-rowling-government-poor-people

 

 

 

 

criticize        USA

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/26/
717154905/indiscriminate-strikes-amnesty-criticizes-u-s-led-coalition-s-actions-in-raqqa

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/us/
slain-teenagers-mother-says-use-my-tragedy-to-fight-stand-your-ground.html

 

 

 

 

be criticized        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/sports/ncaafootball/
brent-musburger-criticized-for-remarks-about-miss-alabama.html

 

 

 

 

critics

 

 

 

 

critical

 

 

 

 

outspoken

 

 

 

 

patronising        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/20/
thanks-obama-but-these-patronising-lectures-are-getting-old

 

 

 

 

receive a critical mauling        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/27/
do-comedians-lose-their-edge

 

 

 

 

chastise        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/05/
new-zealand-passes-1000-coronavirus-cases-as-pm-chastises-idiots-ignoring-lockdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blame        UK

 

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tomchivers/100046969/
pope-visit-blaming-atheists-for-nazism-is-both-silly-and-demonstrably-wrong/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blame N for N        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/31/
866390952/former-naacp-head-cornell-brooks-blames-derek-chauvin-for-violence-at-protests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lay blame for N on N

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/31/
866369727/trump-lays-blame-for-clashes-on-radical-left-anarchists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scathing        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2020/jun/25/
how-damaging-is-john-boltons-scathing-account-of-donald-trumps-presidency-podcast

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/22/
790281142/scathing-report-puts-secret-fisa-court-into-the-spotlight-will-congress-act

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

be scathing about N        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/
opinion/sunday/kristof-where-pimps-peddle-their-goods.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rebuke N for N        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/12/
955873886/public-radio-stations-rebuke-times-for-ethical-lapses-related-to-caliphate-podca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rebuke        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/
opinion/a-powerful-rebuke-of-mass-surveillance.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

snark        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/29/
digital-media-celebrity-snark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blast        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/27/
822528695/trump-blasts-gop-congressman-who-may-delay-coronavirus-vote

 

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/15/
702707734/sen-elizabeth-warren-takes-longtime-fight-for-a-level-playing-field-to-2020-race

 

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/15/
520342737/trump-blasts-courts-travel-ban-block-this-ruling-makes-us-look-weak

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/14/
us-usa-campaign-republicans-idUSTRE75C0NY20110614

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/22/
us-syria-usa-obama-statement-idUSTRE73L47I20110422

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dismal        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/25/
hamlet-barbican-review-benedict-cumberbatch-imprisoned-prince

 

 

 

 

dismal, lifeless, spineless        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/25/
jeremy-corbyn-referedum-campaign

 

 

 

 

denounce        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/16/
zimbabwe.gordonbrown

 

 

 

 

decry        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/31/
new-york-andrew-cuomo-coronavirus-ventilators

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/24/
pope-christmas-eve-address-christ

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/12/
new-york-mosque-quran-burning

 

 

 

 

decry        USA

https://www.npr.org/sections/congress-electoral-college-tally-live-updates/2021/01/10/
955435826/recalling-nazis-from-his-childhood-arnold-schwarzenegger-decries-the-capitol-ass

 

 

 

 

decried        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/13/
cancel-culture-elites-power-social-media-age-online-mobs

 

 

 

 

liar        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/25/
boris-johnson-michael-gove-eu-liars

 

 

 

 

mendacious liar

http://www.npr.org/2015/12/13/
459574441/how-should-the-media-cover-donald-trump

 

 

 

 

chide N over N        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2008-08-01-
2824987828_x.htm

 

 

 

 

trade jabs with N

 

 

 

 

bicker and snipe at each other

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jan/12/
parents-fighting-problem-for-adult-children

 

 

 

 

gibe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

deride        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/10/
labour-derides-12tn-tory-costing-claims-as-work-of-fiction-corbyn

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/11/
ken-livingstone-derides-tax-avoidance-smear

 

 

 

 

demean        UK

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/
robert-fiskrsquos-world-examine-the-popes-words-
and-theres-only-one-thing-to-conclude-1634266.html

 

 

 

 

demeaning        USA

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/02/
g-o-p-s-new-obama-label-president-zero/

 

 

 

 

berate        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2011/apr/12/gillian-duffy-nick-clegg

 

 

 

 

pooh-pooh        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2006/nov/02/
theairlineindustry.greenpolitics 

 

 

 

 

derail

 

 

 

 

torpedo

 

 

 

lampoon

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/may/13/
men-victims-new-oppression

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/
religulous-boratstyle-satire-on-faith-causes-outrage-1651318.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/feb/14/national-theatre-racism-row

 

 

 

 

despise        UK

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/
i-despise-islamism-ian-mcewan-faces-backlash-over-press-interview-852030.html

 

 

 

 

despicable        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/world/middleeast/
18press.html

 

 

 

 

USA > denigrate        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2020/sep/04/
my-son-wasnt-a-sucker-joe-biden-reacts-to-report-that-trump-denigrated-veterans-video

 

 

 

 

disparage        USA

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/08/
561059555/trump-used-to-disparage-an-anti-bribery-law-will-he-enforce-it-now

 

 

 

 

disparaging        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/
us/politics/trump-veterans-losers.html

 

 

 

 

wicked

 

 

 

 

evil        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2013/apr/09/
arthur-scargill-wife-margaret-thatcher-evil-video

 

 

 

 

pure evil

 

 

 

 

outburst        UK

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?
xml=/news/2006/09/26/nbrown26.xml

 

 

 

 

invective        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/may/18/usa.iraq

 

 

 

 

boring        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jun/21/
independence-day-2-resurgence-review-sequel-jeff-goldblum-charlotte-gainsbourg

 

 

 

 

rubbish        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2008/apr/29/
boris.london08 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2006/aug/07/
theairlineindustry.travelnews 

 

 

 

 

rubbish

 

 

 

 

utter rubbish        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/feb/28/
primary-school-teachers-work-60-hour-week

 

 

 

 

scumbag        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/14/
rupert-murdoch-phone-hacking-scumbags

 

 

 

 

barbs        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/us/politics/13mccain.html

 

 

 

 

trade barbs over N

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1931827220080420

 

 

 

 

trade ill-tempered barbs

 

 

 

 

rant        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/01/
axed-danny-baker-bbc-rant

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-news-blog/2012/apr/06/
john-derbyshire-firestorm-race-column

 

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/oliver_miles/2006/08/
gwot_another_lookingglass_war.html

 

 

 

 

rant        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/14/us/
14abortion.html

 

 

 

 

gabble        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/22/
tv-debate-leaders-brown-cameron-clegg

 

 

 

 

incense

 

 

 

 

take a tongue-lashing from ... over ...

 

 

 

 

settle an argument

 

 

 

 

deny        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-10-01-
rice-arab-allies_x.htm

 

 

 

 

square off

 

 

 

 

skepticism

 

 

 

 

simplistic        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/us/
mixed-reaction-to-call-for-armed-guards-in-schools.html

 

 

 

 

quixotic        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/opinion/l02health.html

 

 

 

 

flippant        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jan/10/
django-unchained-portrayal-slavery-flippant

 

 

 

 

gist

 

 

 

 

fair criticism

 

 

 

 

scathing criticism

 

 

 

 

be in for criticism

 

 

 

 

damning report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unfair

 

 

 

 

irrelevant        UK / USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/
opinion/sunday/kristof-professors-we-need-you.html

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2013/feb/03/
russell-brand-irrelevant-what-other-people-think

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/us/
politics/13palin.html

 

 

 

 

irrelevance        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/
opinion/the-tea-partys-path-to-irrelevance.html

 

 

 

 

vapid        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/feb/14/
oktv-channel5-show-aims-low

 

 

 

 

pointless        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/25/
opinion/l25herbert.html

 

 

 

 

meaningless        UK / USA

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/dec/12/
menezes-police-open-verdict

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/us/
politics/13palin.html

 

 

 

 

feckless        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/poll/2008/aug/04/
michaelgove.davidcameron

 

 

 

 

jibe        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/apr/29/
manchesterunited.chelsea

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/oct/06/
pressandpublishing.localgovernment 

 

 

 

 

cheap jibe

 

 

 

 

accuse        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/jun/23/
ukcrime.prisonsandprobation 

 

 

 

 

accuse N of double standards        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/20/
iran-criticises-us-double-standards

 

 

 

 

double standards        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/may/20/
usa.venezuela 

 

 

 

 

be accused of double dealing        UK

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/6123736/
Gordon-Brown-accused-of-double-dealing-over-Lockerbie.html

 

 

 

 

be accused by N of N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

debate

 

 

 

 

tense debate        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/17/us/
politics/17debate.html

 

 

 

 

contentious debate

 

 

 

 

contentious        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/us/
florida-self-defense-law-hung-over-jury-in-michael-dunn-trial.html

 

 

 

 

spar on N

 

 

 

 

clash on N

 

 

 

 

lay into N        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/27/
uselections2008.hillaryclinton

 

 

 

 

knife        UK

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/
flint-knifes-brown-after-reshuffle-chaos-1697487.html

 

 

 

 

if you don't mind me saying so

 

 

 

 

there is no denying that...

 

 

 

 

issue

 

 

 

 

key issue

 

 

 

 

hotly disputed question

 

 

 

 

for a start

 

 

 

 

secondly

 

 

 

 

thirdly

 

 

 

 

what's more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

savaging

 

 

 

 

bemoan        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/jun/23/
ukcrime.prisonsandprobation 

 

 

 

 

cry foul over N        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2005/may/19/
newsstory.arsenal 

 

 

 

 

under fire        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/may/24/
hsbc-agm-protests

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2006/aug/07/
channel4.bigbrother 

 

 

 

 

come under fire over N

 

 

 

 

be panned

 

 

 

 

oh come, come

 

 

 

 

it is sheer bunkum

 

 

 

 

yahoo knockabout stuff

 

 

 

 

be against N

 

 

 

 

bad

 

 

 

 

lousy        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/11/
opinion/no-jobs-no-benefits-and-lousy-pay.html

 

 

 

 

useless

 

 

 

 

gimmick        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jan/13/
online-university-courses-education-moocs

 

 

 

 

crap        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/28/
robert-de-niro-the-family

 

www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/07/
bank-holidays-crap-scrap-them

 

 

 

 

distateful        UK

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/games/archives/2006/07/05/
sony_ad_provokes_race_accusations.html

 

 

 

 

appalling        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/07/
485066807/police-stop-ends-in-black-mans-death-aftermath-is-livestreamed-online-video

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/17/
opinion/an-appalling-silence-on-gun-control.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/
opinion/the-forgotten-50000.html

 

 

 

 

absolutely appalling

 

 

 

 

row        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/oct/12/religion.news 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/may/22/books.race 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/may/20/race.ukcrime 

 

 

 

 

a new twist in the row

 

 

 

 

row over  N

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/dec/14/
keynesian-economic-recovery-brown-germany

 

 

 

 

pros and cons

 

 

 

 

ethical dilemma        UK

http://comment.independent.co.uk/leading_articles/article3093761.ece

 

 

 

 

claim

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2196030,00.html

 

 

 

 

dismiss the idea

 

 

 

 

dismiss N as ...

 

 

 

 

give someone a dressing down

 

 

 

 

have a dressing down

 

 

 

 

public dressing down of...        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/11/
627932769/trump-unloads-on-nato-secretary-general-over-defense-spending

 

 

 

 

lambast        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/27/
nelson-mandela-daughter-media-vultures-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/01/
axed-danny-baker-bbc-rant

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2006/aug/07/
transportintheuk.travelnews 

 

 

 

 

lambast someone over N

 

 

 

 

be lambasted        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/
us-west-coast-choked-by-smoke-as-firefighters-tackle-deadly-wildfires

 

 

 

 

go to town on N

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2010/sep/24/
boston-the-town-ben-affleck

 

 

 

 

belittle        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/us/
politics/donald-trump-khizr-khan-wife-ghazala.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/
opinion/l27lipman.html

 

 

 

 

disagree with       USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/04/opinion/l04library.html

 

 

 

 

agree to disagree

 

 

 

 

level criticism at N

 

 

 

 

hit out at N

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/mar/02/
qpr-harry-redknapp-dubai

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics/
obama-hits-out-at-clinton-for-negative-campaign-idUSN19318272
20080419

 

 

 

finger someone for N

 

 

 

 

launch a broadside against N

 

 

 

 

launch into the broadside

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/11/
627932769/trump-unloads-on-nato-secretary-general-over-defense-spending

 

 

 

 

launch verbal broadsides at N

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/dec/15/
imf-world-risks-1930s-style-slump

 

 

 

 

hurl broadsides at N        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/us/politics/24campaign.html

 

 

 

 

unload on N        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/11/
627932769/trump-unloads-on-nato-secretary-general-over-defense-spending

 

 

 

 

launch a scathing attack on N

 

 

 

 

vent fury at N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it beggars belief

 

 

 

 

that's completely untrue

 

 

 

 

I don't buy the idea that...

 

 

 

 

I beg to differ with N        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/26/
opinion/l26evolution.html

 

 

 

 

Let's be quite clear about this

 

 

 

 

let me remind you

 

 

 

 

let me be quite blunt

 

 

 

 

I think what is clear is...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

deliver a damning indictment of N

 

 

 

 

lash out at  N

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/
arts/music/eminem-donald-trump-bet.html

 

 

 

 

oppose

 

 

 

 

be dead against  N

 

 

 

 

(be) at odds with  N

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/
technology/bill-gates-virus-conspiracy-theories.html

 

 

 

 

as you know

 

 

 

 

a... and b...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The idea that ... is absolute nonsense

 

 

 

 

mindless nonsense        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/mar/12/
comment.law 

 

 

 

 

baloney        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jun/05/
burger-king-global-warming-us

 

 

 

 

That's baloney        USA

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/28/
823292062/who-reviews-available-evidence-on-coronavirus-transmission-through-air

 

 

 

 

it is just barmy

 

 

 

 

ridiculous

 

 

 

 

ludicrous        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/jul/30/
u2-tour-carbon-footprint 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/
this-britain/the-50-most-ludicrous-britons-2008-1066098.html

 

 

 

 

ludicrous        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/15/us/milwaukee-
shaken-by-eruption-of-violence-after-shooting-by-police.html

 

 

 

 

I find it ludicrous

 

 

 

 

preposterous        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/13/
sadiq-khan-preposterous-hits-back-at-trump-over-and-terrorism

 

 

 

 

preposterous        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/01/opinion/
my-valuable-cheap-college-degree.html

 

 

 

 

irrational        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jan/14/
fracking-opponents-irrational-says-david-cameron

 

 

 

 

non-sensical

 

 

 

 

over the top

 

 

 

 

farcical        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/28/
campaign-deter-romanian-bulgarian-immigrants-farcical

 

 

 

 

idiocy

 

 

 

 

daft        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2013/jan/07/suede-barriers

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/feb/27/freedom-of-information-straw

 

 

 

 

naff        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2003/oct/28/1 

 

 

 

 

stupid        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/jan/20/
david-hare-interview-judas-kiss 

 

 

 

 

dumb        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/
opinion/smartphones-dont-make-us-dumb.html

 

 

 

 

silly        UK

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tomchivers/100046969/
pope-visit-blaming-atheists-for-nazism-is-both-silly-and-demonstrably-wrong/

 

 

 

 

that's just plain silly        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/mar/25/
dickens-sentence-worst-writer-bulwer-lytton

 

 

 

 

that's just plain silly        USA

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/15/
509937056/-pretty-big-movement-takes-on-dance-company-stereotypes

 

 

 

 

lunacy        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/
opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-disneyland-measles-and-madness.html

 

 

 

 

fool

 

 

 

 

foolish        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/aug/14/terrorism.syria 

 

 

 

 

phoney        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/oct/10/
houseofcommons.davidcameron 

 

 

 

 

buffoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bonkers        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/jun/17/
blair-brown-rivalry-leveson 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This / it is absolutely bonkers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it's bonkers        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/30/
951095644/even-if-its-bonkers-poll-finds-many-believe-qanon-and-other-conspiracy-theories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

absolutely shambolic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moocher        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/
opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-wheres-the-empathy.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

whack        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/
weekinreview/11leibovich.html

 

 

 

 

offensive        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/aug/12/
terrorism.religion 

 

 

 

 

unsuitable        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/aug/12/
terrorism.religion 

 

 

 

 

obnoxious        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/oct/10/
comment.religion 

 

 

 

 

delusional, narcissistic, vengeful and profane        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/us/10blago.html

 

 

 

 

double-dealing

 

 

 

 

deceitful

 

 

 

 

deluded

 

 

 

 

self-indulgent

 

 

 

 

incompetent

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/leading-article-
reckless-incompetent-and-lethal-policing-1064488.html - 13 December 2008

 

 

 

 

shallow

 

 

 

 

vain

 

 

 

 

inefficient

 

 

 

 

ineffective

 

 

 

 

hypocritical        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/jul/30/
u2-tour-carbon-footprint 

 

 

 

 

corrupt

 

 

 

 

coward

 

 

 

 

cowardice        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/jul/21/
comment.politics 

 

 

 

 

pettishness        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2012/jan/19/
madonna-beats-elton-john-pettishness

 

 

 

 

reckless        UK / USA

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/11/
reckless-christmas-rule-relaxation-blamed-for-irelands-dire-covid-surge

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/01/
opinion/The-CIAs-Reckless-Breach-of-Trust.html

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/leading-article-
reckless-incompetent-and-lethal-policing-1064488.html - 13 December 2008

 

 

 

 

dangerous        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/aug/14/
terrorism.syria 

 

 

 

 

a recipe for disaster

 

 

 

 

mendacious

 

 

 

 

fraudulent

 

 

 

 

lying

 

 

 

 

embattled

 

 

 

 

beleaguered

 

 

 

 

tedious

 

 

 

 

slipshod

 

 

 

 

trifling

 

 

 

 

sycophant        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/dec/14/
tony-blair-ken-macdonald-deceit

 

 

 

 

diatribe

 

 

 

 

rap

 

 

 

 

rap        USA

http://www.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2008-06-21-2873054939_x.htm

 

 

 

 

bile

 

 

 

 

rhetoric        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/aug/12/
comment.terrorism 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2006/jun/18/
politics 

 

 

 

 

rehash        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/opinion/29easterbrook.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really do think

 

doauxiliaire > rhétorique > insistance, emphase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in my mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

name and shame

 

 

 

 

shameful        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/
opinion/blow-on-guns-america-stands-out.html

 

 

 

 

shameful and disgraceful        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/13/
northern-ireland-police-loyalist-rioting 

 

 

 

 

disgraceful        USA

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/
police-officers-killer-is-freed-after-35-years/

 

 

 

 

philistine, sanctimonious, and disgraceful        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/jul/29/
topstories3.books 

 

 

 

 

disgrace        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/15/
welfare-reform-disgrace-archbishop-westminster

 

 

 

 

disgrace        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/us/
politics/colin-powell-emails-hack-donald-trump.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/24/
floor-first-class-railways-jeremy-corbyn-privatisation-train

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshly Squeezed

by Ed Stein

Gocomics

January 20, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

outcry        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/us/
immigration-arrests-lead-to-online-outcry-and-release.html

 

 

 

 

outrage        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/14/
515046376/duchenne-drug-delayed-after-outrage-over-price

 

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/11/
getting-past-the-outrage-on-race/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/15/
george-zimmerman-gun-conceal-carry

 

 

 

 

 

outrage        UK

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/14/
515046376/duchenne-drug-delayed-after-outrage-over-price

 

 

 

 

outrageous

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jun/17/
helen-mirren-ageism-hollywood-women

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/04/
opinion/a-population-betrayed.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2007/sep/15/
greatinterviews1

 

 

 

 

uproar

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2013/jul/16/
the-color-purple

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/
technology/fwdus-raises-uproar-with-advocacy-tactics.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/us/
30bully.html

 

 

 

 

cause a national uproar        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/us/
george-zimmerman-released-after-posting-bail-in-trayvon-martin-case.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

overrated        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/11/
victoria-coren-ebooks

 

 

 

 

overpriced        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/11/
victoria-coren-ebooks

 

 

 

 

overblown        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2009/oct/11/
gavin-turk-tate-modern

 

 

 

 

overhyped        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/aug/27/
grayling-wiregate-alastair-campbell

 

 

 

 

overdone        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/jan/19/
the-pass-review

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/10/
labour-conservatives-debt-spending-cuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

verbal barbs

 

 

 

 

devastating wit        UK

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/robin-cook-laid-to-rest-553561 

 

 

 

 

sharp-witted        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2009/oct/04/
david-letterman-affairs-blackmail-jokes 

 

 

 

 

telling phrase

 

 

 

 

slashing witticisms

 

 

 

 

deadpan

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/opinion/20dowd.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unclear

 

 

 

 

unjustified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

heckle

 

 

 

 

heckler        USA        2005

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOUsKYD2zsA

 

 

 

 

heckling        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/apr/28/past.labour

 

 

 

 

be heckled and jeered        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/16/
theresa-may-heckled-police-conference

 

 

 

 

heckling        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/apr/28/
past.labour

 

 

 

 

catcalls and slow handclaps        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/apr/28/past.labour 

 

 

 

 

derisive laughter

 

 

 

 

drubbing

 

 

 

 

verbal rapier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

schmaltzy        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/jan/04/1

 

 

 

 

self-indulgent        UK

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/may/22/
cannes-film-festival-heath-ledger-terry-gilliam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slur        USA

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/12/
577598401/in-morning-tweet-trump-denies-calling-african-countries-by-a-vulgar-slur

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/06/
491535541/sept-11-legacy-one-endless-war-against-many-radical-enemies

 

 

 

 

disparaging words        USA

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/
us/politics/trump-shithole-countries.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Retarded” and “retard”        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/
opinion/sunday/a-word-gone-wrong.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian        p. 11        28 April 2006

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/apr/28/past.labour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian        Review        p. 24        2 June 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corpus of news articles

 

Language > Debate, Rhetorics

 

Criticism, blame

 

 

 

Obama Scolds G.O.P. Critics of Iran Policy

 

March 6, 2012

The New York Times

By JACKIE CALMES

and MARK LANDLER

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday forcefully rebuked Republicans on the presidential campaign trail and in Congress for “beating the drums of war” in criticizing his efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, underscoring how squarely the national security issue had entered the election-year debate.

Mr. Obama’s comments, in which he suggested without naming Iraq that the United States had only recently gone to war “wrapped up in politics,” came in a televised news conference. The White House scheduled it on a day when leading Republicans were addressing an influential pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, known as Aipac, at its annual conference.

There, the two leading Republican presidential candidates, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, assailed Mr. Obama’s foreign policy as ineffective and weak in their appeals to the group. The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, called for Congress to authorize the use of force against Iran.

The president was withering in his retort. “Those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities,” Mr. Obama said. “They’re not commander in chief. When I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I’m reminded of the costs involved in war” — for those who go into combat, for national security and for the economy. “This is not a game,” he added. “And there’s nothing casual about it.”

“If some of these folks think that it’s time to launch a war, they should say so, and they should explain to the American people exactly why they would do that and what the consequences would be,” he said.

While the debate over Iran is unlikely to overshadow the economy as the predominant election issue, the heated back-and-forth this week — and the international tension over suspicions that Iran may seek to build nuclear weapons — ensure that it is now a part of the presidential contest.

The spark was the Aipac meeting, where members of both parties sought to show their support for Israel, especially against the potential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Mr. Obama spoke on Sunday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel addressed the conference on Monday night after meeting earlier with Mr. Obama at the White House. The president, in his speech to Aipac, said military force was one option on the table for dealing with Iran. At the White House, Mr. Netanyahu told Mr. Obama that he had not made a decision on an Israeli strike, officials said, though he expressed deep skepticism that the president’s strategy of diplomatic and economic sanctions would force Iran to change course.

In his speech to Aipac, Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, accused Mr. Obama of allowing Iran “another appeasement, another delay, another opportunity for them to go forward while we talk.” When he addressed the group, Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, said, “The only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve, backed by our power and our readiness to use it.”

For a president who inherited wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has spent three years trying to wind them down, the talk of war plainly rankled. Mr. Obama’s early opposition to the Bush administration’s war against Iraq helped him to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 over Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had voted to authorize force against Iraq as a senator, and he seemed to recall the period in drawing parallels to the current debate on Iran.

Citing the costs in lives lost or forever changed at his news conference, Mr. Obama said: “Sometimes we bear that cost, but we think it through. We don’t play politics with it. When we have in the past — when we haven’t thought it through and it gets wrapped up in politics — we make mistakes. And typically it’s not the folks who are popping off who pay the price.”

The politics aside, Mr. Obama struck a markedly more circumspect note on Iran a day after he expressed solidarity with Mr. Netanyahu. He reiterated at the news conference the need for time to allow diplomacy and sanctions to work, and rejected suggestions that Iran was so close to a nuclear weapon that the situation needed to be resolved “in the next week or two weeks or month or two months.”

The president added that sanctions were starting to squeeze Iran’s oil industry and central bank, and would intensify in coming months. He said that Iran was now signaling that it wanted to return to the negotiating table over its nuclear program, and he emphasized the risks of what he called premature military action.

“It’s also not just an issue of consequences for Israel if action is taken prematurely,” he said. “There are consequences to the United States as well.” As a friend of Israel, he said, it is the job of the United States “to make sure that we provide honest and unvarnished advice.”

Finally, Mr. Obama made clear that when he said the United States “has Israel’s back” — a phrase he used in his speech on Sunday and in the Oval Office with Mr. Netanyahu — it should not be interpreted to mean that he was giving Israel any kind of go-ahead for a pre-emptive strike on Iran.

His statement, Mr. Obama said, was a more general expression of American support for an ally, like Britain or Japan. “It was not a military doctrine that we were laying out for any particular military action,” he said.

Mr. Netanyahu and other Israeli officials attached great importance to Mr. Obama’s statement, on Sunday and at the White House, that Israel had a sovereign right to defend itself.

It was one of four remarks the president made that Israeli officials said they thought had drawn the United States closer to Israel in recent days. The others were Mr. Obama’s vow to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, his rejection of a policy aimed at containing a nuclear-armed Iran and his explicit reference to military force as an option on the table.

Mr. Netanyahu, in his address to Aipac on Monday, appeared comfortable with the results of his meeting with the president, even as he rejected warnings voiced by Mr. Obama and others that a strike on Iran could unleash even more dangerous consequences for Israel and the United States.

“It’s about time we start talking about the cost of not stopping Iran,” said Mr. Netanyahu, at one point holding up copies of letters from 1944, in which the War Department, the precursor of what is now the Defense Department, rebuffed an appeal by the World Jewish Congress to bomb Auschwitz because, the American officials said, it might drive Nazi Germany to even more “vindictive action.”

Obama Scolds G.O.P. Critics of Iran Policy,
NYT,
6.3.2012,
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/07/world/
middleeast/obama-rebukes-gop-critics-of-his-iran-policy.html

 

 

 

 

 

9/11’s White Elephant

 

August 19, 2011

The New York Times

By JOE NOCERA

 

There is nothing wrong — and much that is right — with building a national monument to memorialize the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks a decade ago. The awful events of that day traumatized the country — and changed it. The dead deserve to be remembered. Far be it from me to suggest otherwise.

What I do want to suggest, though, is that what’s being built in the name of 9/11 — a staggering $11 billion worth of government-sponsored construction on the 16 acres we now call ground zero — is an example of just about everything wrong with modern government. When the World Trade Center site is finally completed, it will include a state-of-the-art train station whose cost overruns have surpassed $1 billion. The 9/11 memorial itself, which covers the footprint of the former twin towers, was so far behind schedule that it is now being hastily constructed, out of sequence, so that it will be ready by the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

And then there’s 1 World Trade Center, scheduled to be completed in 2013, which will add 2.6 million square feet of office space in a city that doesn’t need it, at a cost so high that it will be a cash drain for decades to come. Where’s the Tea Party when you need them?

Last year, I wrote about 1 World Trade Center, pointing out that its $3.3 billion price tag made it, by far, the most expensive office building ever constructed in America. At the time, Richard Gladstone, the project manager for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is in charge of rebuilding ground zero, told me point-blank that despite its costs, the new skyscraper would not affect the commuters who pay the tolls to cross the six bridges and tunnels the agency operates.

But, on Friday, that statement was shown to be — how to put this nicely? — untrue. The Port Authority, with the complicity of Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie, the governors of New York and New Jersey, who oversee the agency, approved a series of toll increases so onerous that by 2015, a typical commuter who uses the George Washington Bridge will have to pay $62.50 a week to get to work.

What has been especially galling has been the cynicism surrounding the efforts to get the toll increases. First, the Port Authority said that unless it could increase the tolls, it would have to “slow or stop” the construction of 1 World Trade Center. Though this scenario was highly unlikely, it got the construction unions duly aroused, as it was intended to do. They began calling in favors among the politicians.

The Port Authority was originally going to propose two increases of $2, spaced a few years apart. But the politicos in both Cuomo’s and Christie’s offices suggested that the agency come forth with a much higher initial toll increase — thus allowing the two governors to look like heroes when they “persuaded” the Port Authority to lower the increases. The governors also railed on about waste and fraud at the Port Authority, while knowing full well the real problem was the fact that $3.3 billion — money that could have been spent on needed infrastructure improvements — was instead diverted to a white elephant at ground zero.

I understand that it’s hard, even for a blunt-talking fiscal conservative like Christie, to openly criticize 1 World Trade Center. For many people, its rebuilding has enormous symbolic importance. George Pataki, the former New York governor, who pushed hardest for the rebuilding, originally named the building Freedom Tower. Recent editorials in the New York tabloids objecting to the toll increases nevertheless tiptoed gingerly around the outrageous costs of 1 World Trade Center.

But despite the shroud of patriotism that its supporters have always cloaked it in, it’s really just a big, fancy office building. An office building with such poor economics that it will soak New Jersey and New York commuters for decades to come. An office building only the government could love.

Lately, supporters of the project have begun saying that its economics have improved. They point to the fact that Condé Nast, the publishing giant, has agreed to be the anchor tenant. What they fail to point out is that Condé Nast’s rent is less than half the break-even cost of the 1 million square feet it will occupy. In other words, a company that publishes high-end magazines aimed at rich people will be getting an enormous government subsidy for the foreseeable future.

And who will be paying for that subsidy? The mailroom attendants who use the Lincoln Tunnel to get to work. The middle-class New Jersey-ites who use the George Washington Bridge. The firefighters and police officers who live in Staten Island. Thus, in the name of 9/11, does New York and New Jersey place another economic burden on the already overburdened middle class. How sad.

9/11’s White Elephant,
NYT,
19.8.2011,
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/20/
opinion/nocera-911s-white-elephant.html

 

 

 

 

 

Obama blasts Syria's Assad

for "outrageous" violence

 

WASHINGTON

Fri Apr 22, 2011

6:34pm EDT

Reuters

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called on the Syrian government on Friday to stop using "outrageous" violence against demonstrators and accused President Bashar al-Assad of seeking help from Iran.

"This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now," Obama said in a statement.

"Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is blaming outsiders while seeking Iranian assistance
in repressing Syria's citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies."

 

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland)

    Obama blasts Syria's Assad for "outrageous" violence, R, 22.4.2011,
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/22/
    us-syria-usa-obama-statement-idUSTRE73L47I20110422

 

 

 

 

 

Senate panel slams Goldman

in scathing crisis report

 

WASHINGTON | Wed Apr 13, 2011
8:49pm EDT
By Kevin Drawbaugh

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the most damning official U.S. report yet produced on Wall Street's role in the financial crisis, a Senate panel accused powerhouse Goldman Sachs of misleading clients and manipulating markets, while also condemning greed, weak regulation and conflicts of interest throughout the financial system.

Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, one of Capitol Hill's most feared panels, has a history with Goldman Sachs.

He clashed publicly with its Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein a year ago at a hearing on the crisis.

The Democratic lawmaker again tore into Goldman at a press briefing on his panel's 639-page report, which is based on a review of tens of millions of documents over two years.

Levin accused Goldman of profiting at clients' expense as the mortgage market crashed in 2007. "In my judgment, Goldman clearly misled their clients and they misled Congress," he said, reading glasses perched as ever on the tip of his nose.

A Goldman Sachs spokesman said, "While we disagree with many of the conclusions of the report, we take seriously the issues explored by the subcommittee."

The panel's report is harder hitting than one issued in January by the government-appointed Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which "didn't report anything of significance," Republican Senator Tom Coburn said at the briefing.

More than two years since the crisis peaked, denunciations of Wall Street misconduct are less often heard on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers focused on fiscal issues. But Coburn joined Levin at Wednesday's bipartisan briefing, firing his own sharp attacks on the financial industry.

"Blame for this mess lies everywhere -- from federal regulators who cast a blind eye, Wall Street bankers who let greed run wild, and members of Congress who failed to provide oversight," said Coburn, the subcommittee's top Republican.

"It shows without a doubt the lack of ethics in some of our financial institutions who embraced known conflicts of interest to accomplish wealth for themselves, not caring about the outcome for their customers," he said.

The Levin-Coburn report criticized not only Goldman, but Deutsche Bank, the former Washington Mutual Bank, the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision and credit rating agencies Moody's and Standard & Poor's.

"We will be referring this matter to the Justice Department and to the SEC," Levin said at the briefing, though he did not elaborate. A spokesman later said, "The subcommittee does not intend to reveal the specifics of any referral."

The report offered 19 recommendations for reform going beyond changes already enacted after the crisis in 2010's Dodd-Frank Wall Street and banking regulation overhaul.

Case studies from the go-go years of the real estate bubble formed the bulk of the report, which said a runaway mortgage securitization machine churned out abusive loans, toxic securities, and big fees for lenders and Wall Street.

It cited internal emails by Wall Street executives that described mortgage-backed securities underlying many collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs, as "crap" and "pigs."

It said Washington Mutual -- which became the largest failed bank in U.S. history in 2008 -- embraced a high-risk home loan strategy in 2005 while its own top executives were warning of a bubble that "will come back to haunt us."

The U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision -- which will be shut down and merged into another agency under 2010's Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul -- logged 500 serious deficiencies at Washington Mutual from 2003-2008, but no crackdown followed, the report said.

Mass downgrades of mortgage-related investments in July 2007 by Moody's and Standard & Poor's constituted "the most immediate cause of the financial crisis," it said.

Investment banks, it said, charged $1 million to $8 million in fees to construct, underwrite and sell a mortgage-backed security in the bubble, and $5 million to $10 million per CDO.

As for Goldman, the subcommittee said, the firm "used net short positions to benefit from the downturn in the mortgage market." It said Goldman designed, marketed, and sold CDOs in ways that created conflicts of interest with clients, while also at times providing the bank with profits "from the same products that caused substantial losses for its clients."

 

(Additional reporting by Lauren LaCapra and Kim Dixon;

Editing Steve Orlofsky)

Senate panel slams Goldman in scathing crisis report,
R, 13.4.2011,
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/14/
us-financial-regulation-report-idUSTRE73C8JR20110414

 

 

 

 

 

McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry

as Distortions

 

September 13, 2008

The New York Times

By MICHAEL COOPER

and JIM RUTENBERG

 

Harsh advertisements and negative attacks are a staple of presidential campaigns, but Senator John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and even some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Senator Barack Obama’s record and positions.

Mr. Obama has also been accused of distortions, but this week Mr. McCain has found himself under particularly heavy fire for a pair of headline-grabbing attacks. First the McCain campaign twisted Mr. Obama’s words to suggest that he had compared Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, to a pig after Mr. Obama said, in questioning Mr. McCain’s claim to be the change agent in the race, “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig.” (Mr. McCain once used the same expression to describe Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health plan.)

Then he falsely claimed that Mr. Obama supported “comprehensive sex education” for kindergartners (he supported teaching them to be alert for inappropriate advances from adults).

Those attacks followed weeks in which Mr. McCain repeatedly, and incorrectly, asserted that Mr. Obama would raise taxes on the middle class, even though analysts say he would cut taxes on the middle class more than Mr. McCain would, and misrepresented Mr. Obama’s positions on energy and health care.

A McCain advertisement called “Fact Check” was itself found to be “less than honest” by FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan group. The group complained that the McCain campaign had cited its work debunking various Internet rumors about Ms. Palin and implied in the advertisement that the rumors had originated with Mr. Obama.

In an interview Friday on the NY1 cable news channel, a McCain supporter, Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, called “ridiculous” the implication that Mr. Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” comment was a reference to Ms. Palin, whom he also defended as coming under unfair attack.

“The last month, for sure,” said Don Sipple, a Republican advertising strategist, “I think the predominance of liberty taken with truth and the facts has been more McCain than Obama.”

Indeed, in recent days, Mr. McCain has been increasingly called out by news organizations, editorial boards and independent analysts like FactCheck.org. The group, which does not judge whether one candidate is more misleading than another, has cried foul on Mr. McCain more than twice as often since the start of the political conventions as it has on Mr. Obama.

A McCain spokesman, Brian Rogers, said the campaign had evidence for all its claims. “We stand fully by everything that’s in our ads,” Mr. Rogers said, “and everything that we’ve been saying we provide detailed backup for — everything. And if you and the Obama campaign want to disagree, that’s your call.”

Mr. McCain came into the race promoting himself as a truth teller and has long publicly deplored the kinds of negative tactics that helped sink his candidacy in the Republican primaries in 2000. But his strategy now reflects a calculation advisers made this summer — over the strenuous objections of some longtime hands who helped him build his “Straight Talk” image — to shift the campaign more toward disqualifying Mr. Obama in the eyes of voters.

“I think the McCain folks realize if they can get this thing down in the mud, drag Obama into the mud, that’s where they have the best advantage to win,” said Matthew Dowd, who worked with many top McCain campaign advisers when he was President Bush’s chief strategist in the 2004 campaign, but who has since had a falling out with the White House. “If they stay up at 10,000 feet, they don’t.”

For all the criticism, the offensive seems to be having an impact. It has been widely credited by strategists in both parties with rejuvenating Mr. McCain’s campaign and putting Mr. Obama on the defensive since it began early this summer.

Some who have criticized Mr. McCain have accused him of blatant untruths and of failing to correct himself when errors were pointed out.

On Friday on “The View,” generally friendly territory for politicians, one co-host, Joy Behar, criticized his new advertisements. “We know that those two ads are untrue,” Ms. Behar said. “They are lies. And yet you, at the end of it, say, ‘I approve these messages.’ Do you really approve them?”

“Actually they are not lies,” Mr. McCain said crisply, “and have you seen some of the ads that are running against me?”

Mr. Obama’s hands have not always been clean in this regard. He was called out earlier for saying, incorrectly, that Mr. McCain supported a “hundred-year war” in Iraq after Mr. McCain said in January that he would be fine with a hypothetical 100-year American presence in Iraq, as long as Americans were not being injured or killed there.

More recently, Mr. Obama has been criticized for advertisements that have distorted Mr. McCain’s record on schools financing and incorrectly accused him of not supporting loan guarantees for the auto industry — a hot topic in Michigan. He has also taken Mr. McCain’s repeated comments that American economy is “fundamentally sound” out of context, leaving out the fact that Mr. McCain almost always adds at the same time that he understands that times are tough and “people are hurting.”

But sensing an opening in the mounting criticism of Mr. McCain, the Obama campaign released a withering statement after Mr. McCain’s appearance on “The View.”

“In running the sleaziest campaign since South Carolina in 2000 and standing by completely debunked lies on national television, it’s clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election,” Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said in a statement.

At an event in Dover, N.H., a voter asked Mr. Obama when he would start “fighting back.” Mr. Obama, who began his own confrontational advertising campaign Friday, said, “Our ads have been pretty tough, but I just have a different philosophy that I’m going to respond with the truth.”

“I’m not going to start making up lies about John McCain,” Mr. Obama said.

The McCain advertisements are devised to draw the interest of bloggers and cable news producers — but not necessarily always intended for wide, actual use on television stations — to shift the terms of the debate by questioning Mr. Obama’s character and qualifications.

Mr. Sipple, the Republican strategist, voiced concern that Mr. McCain’s approach could backfire. “Any campaign that is taking liberty with the truth and does it in a serial manner will end up paying for it in the end,” he said. “But it’s very unbecoming to a political figure like John McCain whose flag was planted long ago in ground that was about ‘straight talk’ and integrity.”

The campaign has also been selective in its portrayal of Mr. McCain’s running mate, Ms. Palin. The campaign’s efforts to portray her as the bane of federal earmark spending was complicated by evidence that she had sought a great deal of federal money both as governor of Alaska and as mayor of Wasilla.

Ms. Palin has often told audiences about pulling the plug on the so-called Bridge to Nowhere, an expensive federal project to build a bridge to a sparsely populated Alaskan island that became a symbol of wasteful federal spending. “I told Congress, ‘Thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska,” she said this week in Virginia.

But her position was more like “please” before it became “no thanks.” Ms. Palin supported the bridge project while running for governor, and abandoned it after it became a national scandal and Congress said the state could keep the money for other projects. As a mayor and governor, she hired lobbyists to request millions in federal spending for Alaska. In an ABC News interview on Friday with Charles Gibson, Ms. Palin largely stuck to her version of the events.

Disputed characterizations are not uncommon on the trail. At a campaign stop this week in Missouri, Mr. McCain said that Mr. Obama’s plan would “force small businesses to cut jobs and reduce wages and force families into a government-run health care system where a bureaucrat stands between you and your doctor.”

Jonathan B. Oberlander, who teaches health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that Mr. Obama’s plan would not force families into a government-run system. “I would say this is an inaccurate and false characterization of the Obama plan,” he said. “I don’t use those words lightly.”

 

Jeff Zeleny contributed reporting from Dover, N.H.

McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions,
NYT,
13.9.2008,
https://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/
us/politics/13mccain.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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