09.05.10

September 5: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

Tony Blair defends the Iraq War, David Plouffe fires back at the GOP’s “intolerance” and “extremism,” and John McCain invites Obama to the border. That and more in our roundup.

Does Tony Blair Regret Iraq?

In an in-depth interview with Christiane Amanpour on This Week, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair opened up about his thoughts on the Iraq War, specifically about whether he’s unhappy with the outcome. "You can't not have regrets about the lives lost," Blair said. "I mean, you would be inhuman if you didn't regret the death of so many extraordinary, brave, and committed soldiers, of civilians that have died in Iraq, or die still now in Afghanistan. And of course you feel an enormous responsibility for that, not just regret.”

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Graham: History Will Justify the Iraq War

On Meet the Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham was similarly bullish on the Iraq War, saying, “History will judge us not by what we did wrong at the beginning [of the war], but what we got right at the end.”

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McCain to Obama: Come to the Border!

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked John McCain whether he “sold his soul for reelection” by hedging on his political stances in order to secure his seat. McCain said no, he’s maintained his position on "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and immigration, and furthermore, “I’d love for the president to come and visit the border, unfortunately he hasn’t had time to do so.” Consider the gauntlet thrown down….

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Tony Blair’s Special Relationship… With Alcohol?

Later in his interview on This Week, Blair opened up about his relationship with alcohol, then blushed when Amanpour asked him about a sweet—and somewhat naughty—passage from his recent memoir concerning his wife Cherie.

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Plouffe: Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin are Bad for the GOP

Harsh words for some of America’s demagogues from David Plouffe. Obama's political adviser told Meet the Press that “Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, they are the leaders of the [Republican] party. … There is an intolerance in that party and an extremism that I think is where the real energy is, and so I think you'll see in '11 and '12 with that presidential primary, those are going to be the people who come out to vote."

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Laura Tyson Talks Tax Cuts

On Face the Nation, economist Laura Tyson talked about tax cuts for research and development, saying that while whole tax cuts for R&D won’t necessarily have an immediate impact on the economy, they are important for its long-term health.

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Richard Stengel to Obama: Refute Those Rumors!

Reliable Sources talked to Time magazine’s Richard Stengel about the persistent rumors that President Obama is Muslim. Stengel’s advice? Obama needs to refute those rumors. More than he has already? Is that possible?

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