The Uptake wants to hear your voice. Submit your own video "letter to the editor." More information here: http://opinion-editorial.groups.theuptake.org/en/summary/ ABOUTH THIS VIDEO: Barack Obama wrote the headline to chapter one in his own administration's history when, with George Bush sitting just feet away and the whole world watching, he seemed to wipe away a whole doctrine with:"We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals." As he the new president was signing executive orders that shut down the detention facilities at GITMO, U.S. military drones fired missiles that killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan, leaving people around the world asking if the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush had changed after all. Dennis Trainor, Jr has worked as a writer/ media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign. In addition to contributing video commentator to The Uptake (http://www.theuptake.org ), he is host at Operation Itch ( http://www.operationitch.com )
More at http://www.theuptake.org US Senate candidate Al Franken was loose and making jokes as his legal team prepared for Monday's election contest trial that could determine who is Minnesota's next US Senator. After a state-wide hand recount, Franken holds a 225-vote lead over former US Senator Norm Coleman. Coleman is taking the election to court claiming irregularities on how some of the votes were counted and handled. You can watch that trial live on The UpTake http://www.theuptake.org starting Monday at 1pm CT/ 2pm ET/ Noon MT/ 11am PT. Known initially as a comedian, Franken solidified his seriousness about politics while hosting a radio show on Air America. Saturday he recalled those days while speaking at a party thrown by the Minnesota Air America affiliate AM 950, KTNF "The Voice of Minnesota". While he joked he has "lost his sense of humor", Franken showed that he still has his comic chops and used them to make points about the right wing, the recount and the future of America. Partial Transcript: I feel coming to the Blue State Ball that this is my base. I am very proud of what we did with progressive radio. I am very proud of people like Rachel Maddow who have gone on to such great things. And we've really established a foothold. We really have. The other side is really floundering. They don't know what to do. Rush is now " I want 'em to fail". It's pretty amazing, huh? Showing their stripes. And don't they show their stripes. First of all I want to say something about Amy. Amy really taught me how to run for the Senate. In the '06 cycle I must have done about 50 or 60 bean feeds and burger bashes and spaghetti dinners around the state. And everywhere I went, out of the 60, say Amy was at 40. And if Amy wasn't there, her husband John was there. And if John wasn't there her dad Jim was there. And if none of them were there I wondered 'why am I here, there must be something wrong with this, must be something wrong with this one' (laughter) And when I started, and it's ...
More at http://opinion-editorial.groups.theuptake.org/en/summary/ Dennis Trainor talks about today's inauguration. No longer with head in the sand, is America really going to change? To submit a video for The UpTake's Op/Ed section (we're going to have a better name for it soon) follow these steps: 1) Have something intelligent to say 2) Record it on a video using your real name. 3) Upload it at www.tubemogul.com using firstname.lastname@example.org as your log in and uptake411 as your password. 4) Send an email to email@example.com telling us about your video.
Students at the traditionally African-American Howard University in Washington D.C. are committed to a long struggle for progress after Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States. Cognizant that it might take at least eight years to resolve the problems of the past administration, students are ready to simultaneously support President Obama while holding him accountable for his campaign promises.
More at http://www.theuptake.org. Noah Kunin and Salimah Ebrahim moonlight as security consultants and review the security arrangements put in place at the US Capitol for Barack Obama's inauguration as the next US President. They find zip ties. VIDEO: Noah Kunin 1/19/2009 7:20am EST
More at http://www.theuptake.org. The UpTake is opening up a call for Opinion/Editorial videos. To kick this off, we bring you all the first video by Dennis Trainor, who will be providing a regular voice to our media palette. We do not have a name for the show yet, and look forward to hearing ideas for the show's name from our audience. We also hope that more people feel inspired to send us "video op/eds" and will be providing guidance in the near future on how to submit your own opinions to our site.
Day 3 of Minnesota's Senate recount brings some welcome comic relief in the name of write-in candidates on challenged ballots: Lizard People and Flying Spaghetti Monster, with a little Frankenstin [sic] for good measure. Video by Noah Kunin and edited by Chuck Olsen for The UpTake: http://theuptake.org
More at http://www.theuptake.org. At the Hennepin County election warehouse in Minneapolis, the search is on for 133 missing ballots. In the process of searching for those ballots, another envelope was found containing what appears to be overseas ballots that were not counted. It is believed that the envelope contains less than 20 ballots. The state canvassing board will likely determine whether those votes are counted. EDIT, 2:30 PM CT: The missing ballots were NOT found in the Minneapolis warehouse. The search will continue elsewhere. See this later interview with Minneapolis Elections Director Cynthia Reichert: http://the-uptake.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/1400/ Report by The UpTake's Tom Elko, edited by Chuck Olsen. More at http://theuptake.org
More at http://www.theuptake.org. Franken attorney Marc Elias gave an audio-only press conference from DC today. While most of the conference was a repeat from previous days, news broke of 171 missing ballots in Ramsey County.
At the Hennepin County elections warehouse in Minneapolis, one calm person is in the eye of the storm between election judges, the media, and campaign lawyers: Cindy Reichert, Director of Elections for Minneapolis. Cindy describes the challenges that arose on the first day of Minnesota's senate recount. We also take a look at a sampling of challenged ballots, including a glimpse of a "Mickey Mouse" ballot, and a bit of MN GOP chair Ron Carey being interviewed. Produced by Chuck Olsen for The UpTake: http://theuptake.org
More at http://www.theuptake.org. Common Cause, a nonpartisan organization designed to hold local government accountable to public interest, will be overseeing the Minneota Senate recount, which begins on November 18th. The advocacy group held a press conference to address their role in observing the recount process.
More at http://www.theuptake.org One of the undisputed stars of the Minnesota Republican Party was, and will remain to be, Michele Bachmann. Her penchant for outrageous comments coupled with a hard-right bent has earned her intense scrutiny from the media and strong support from Republican activists. With the results of her race against DFL and Independent endorsed candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg still in doubt Bachmann entered the ballroom floor relatively early in the evening to talk with a select few members of the media. Bachmann stopped to talk with former Minnesota Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and conservative talk show host Jason Lewis. Lewis appeared to suggest that if Bachmann had tied her controversial comments about Barack Obama and some of her congressional coleagues holding "anti-American" views to the KKK and individuals such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney then more of the public would have understood. Sometime after midnight, Tinklenberg conceded and Bachmann delivered her acceptance speech to roaring approval. Minnesota GOP Chair Ron Carey was particularly fired up for the occasion. Many late polls had Bachmann trailing Tinklenberg.
More at http://www.theuptake.org. New Mexico's elections, like almost all of the rest of the nation's, are carried out by private companies on electronic voting machines. These machines have vulnerabilities, and the contractors running them inspire suspicion as well. See a previous story about Auburn See Wolf, the company that keeps New Mexico's voting data in a guy's basement here: http://blip.tv/file/1415128/
More at http://www.theuptake.org. In Greeley, Colorado, at the University of Northern Colorado, after hearing about possible long lines due to voter cards and the surprising presence of a Sherrif's Deputy, we spoke to a student who had just finished casting his first ballot.
More at http://www.theuptake.org. With Minnesota's US Senate race still undecided, Senator Norm Coleman addresses GOP supporters on election night. Barb Davis-White concedes in the 5th District race. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann claims victory in what was supposed to be an easy race for her to win but became close after she remarked that Barack Obama "may have anti-American views". We also see Republican reaction to Senator John McCain's concession speech and President-elect Barack Obama's victory speech.