Lawsuit over Jimmy Carter’s book on Palestine dropped

A $5 million lawsuit over former President Jimmy Carter’s book “Palestine Peace Not a Apartheid” was dropped Thursday, today’s New York Times tells us:

When the suit was filed in February, Simon & Schuster immediately condemned it, calling it frivolous, without merit and a “chilling attack on free speech.”

On Thursday, after the suit was dropped, Adam Rothberg, a spokesman for Simon & Schuster, said in a statement: “In the face of a powerful argument for the rights of free speech for authors and publishers, the plaintiffs wisely withdrew their action. We hope that they will consider this the end of the matter.

Mr. Rothberg said there had been no financial settlement between the parties.

The suit was filed by David I. Schoen, a lawyer in Montgomery, Ala. He said the book contained inaccuracies that the publisher refused to correct. Some reviews of the book, which was published in 2007, said that Mr. Carter had included misrepresentations of the history of the conflict in the Middle East.

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Foreign policy dominated last night’s first debate of the GOP presidential candidates – an interesting experience, considering that two of the five on state were libertarians suspicious of all efforts to use U.S. troops abroad.

The pizza guy from McDonough wasn’t one of them. From Politico.com:

Herman Cain diverged from the pack of presidential hopefuls Thursday night when he questioned how President Barack Obama handled the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

Calling Obama a “very weak and timid” president, Cain told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Obama had dithered on Afghanistan, and that the same sort of delay might have threatened the mission that killed the 9/11 mastermind.

“He sat on the [Afghanistan] surge decision for months,” Cain said. “We don’t know how many men and women might have been killed while he was waiting. We don’t know how much it jeopardized this latest mission to get bin Laden because he waited 16 hours to make the decision. When you’ve got a mission that is that precise, down to every little detail, a president that procrastinates puts people’s lives in jeopardy.”

While Obama’s GOP rivals haven’t shied from taking shots at his foreign policy, Cain’s comments made him the first to fire off such a pointed critique of how Obama orchestrated the mission itself.

His remarks were particularly striking considering that, just moments earlier while sharing a stage with four likely rivals during the first Republican debate, he declined to offer up a strategy for the war in Afghanistan, saying he doesn’t have enough information to provide specifics.

The New York Times focused on former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s awkward apology for at one time supporting a cap-and-trade policy:

”[I]n a response that was clearly carefully prepared, Mr. Pawlenty looked right at the camera after the radio ad played, apologized to the American people, and said he had made a “mistake.”

“I’ve said I was wrong. It was a mistake, and I’m sorry,” Mr. Pawlenty told the Fox television audience, presumably filled with potential Republican primary voters. “You’re going to have a few clunkers in your record, and we all do, and that’s one of mine. I just admit it. I don’t try to duck it, bob it, weave it, try to explain it away. I’m just telling you, I made a mistake.”

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The wife of failed Democratic gubernatorial hopeful David Poythress is taking the helm of the Georgia chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Associated Press reports.

Elizabeth Poythress was elected by the group’s leaders at a recent meeting in Carrollton, Ga.

Poythress wants the league to make political civility a part of its agenda. She said the group will play an important role monitoring reapportionment, in which lawmakers later this year will redraw congressional and legislative district lines.

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Today’s AJC Politifact Georgia takes a look at a claim by MARTA Board Chairman Jim Durrett, who recently said that “riding MARTA has been becoming more and more safe over the years.”

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39 comments Add your comment

Romegaguy

May 6th, 2011
9:36 am

a “debate of the GOP presidential candidates for governor”… so they are running for President AND Governor at the same time?

joe

May 6th, 2011
9:50 am

Did you see the focus group that commented on the debate after it was over? The room had 30 people and before the debate, only 1 person had Cain leading for her vote. After the debate, more than 75% of the people in the room had him leading for their votes. He was impressive to say the least.

How many people thought that a room full of SC conservatives would ever support a black candidate for President? Shows times have changed and race has nothing to do with it. Conservatives simply don’t like Obama’s quazi-socialist policies, not the color of his skin.

I wonder if black voters research Herman Can and listen to his points of view, if they would support Cain like they do Obama, over a white Democratic presidential candidate? I’d like to think they would, but something tells me because Herman supports freedom and personal responsibility and not entitlements and welfare, the majority of black voters would not (support Cain).

If you are an AA, would like to see your comments on Herman Cain and whether or not you would support him for President (or VP).

Frederick Douglass

May 6th, 2011
9:51 am

Herman Cain might as well have shown up with a banjo, a straw hat ,and sang Mammy, I have a better shot at the GOP nomination than he does. If you ever run into a rough spot in your life Herman, see how many people from that crowd offers you solace, or anything else for that matter—–sad.

Centrist

May 6th, 2011
9:53 am

Herman Cain may be on to something. Not only did Obama dither the last day, but he and his administration had the OBL “trusted courier” living at the compound since last August.

This may be what forced the hand wringing Obama administration’s hand: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/04/973052/-How-WikiLeaks-Almost-Prevented-the-Capture-of-Osama-bin-Laden

joe

May 6th, 2011
10:19 am

@ Fredrick…I expected as much from you…basically you are calling him an Uncle Tom. if you really think you have a better shot than he does, you don’t have a brain in your head. If you saw the focus groups excitement for him (which I doubt you did), they were willing to afford him solace, support, money or anything else he needs to get his message out to the masses. You are the sad one…

mum

May 6th, 2011
10:20 am

I really don’t care what hue your complexion carries, I don’t trust people who will do and say anything to get their name out there. Herman Cain seems to go out of his way to say something negative about Obama. Makes you wonder if he’s trying his best not to be seen as a black man. It all gets monotonous after the first couple of times though, but he’s playing to that base who would support a Pinnochio so long as the puppet said what they wanted to hear. Would they vote for Cain for President vs a white guy with the same credentials?

joe

May 6th, 2011
10:24 am

@ mum, How else is he supposed to get his name out there? You can’t play if you’re on the bench…and that crack about him not wanting to be seen as a black man makes you sound like a racist.

mehlman rings twice

May 6th, 2011
10:26 am

So Herman was saying that since all the defense and intelligence professionals were only 60% to 70% sure that OBL was in the house that no thoughtful analysis should have taken place, just jump right in. I’ve got all I need to know about Herman Cain.

By the way joe, if Herman Cain “supports freedom and believe in personal responsibility and not entitlements and welfare” he would be the direct polar opposite of SC conservatives since they re-elected Strom Thurmond time after time, one of the biggest welfare queens in the history of the Senate.

Shannon, M.Div.

May 6th, 2011
10:26 am

@joe: From the article, I’m unsurprised that the focus groups liked Cain. I assume that the focus groups were comprised of likely Republican voters (conservatives). Cain criticizes Obama more than anyone else does = Cain is more popular than anyone else for conservatives.

joe

May 6th, 2011
10:32 am

@ mehman, good point, but didn’t Thurmond’s career span 50s-70s or 60s-80s or something like that? Times have changed. Back then, SC conservatives wouldn’t have supported a black candidate no matter what party he was in…now, that is not the case according to the focus group from last night.

mehlman rings twice

May 6th, 2011
10:37 am

Actually, I’d like to see Herman Cain stand up in front of a group of conservatives and remind them that the Constitution doesn’t mention anything about farm subsidies.

joe

May 6th, 2011
10:39 am

I would too…but I think he’s got the stones to do it…he doesn’t rattle and that is one of the reasons I like him…if he doesn’t get the nod for Pres, he’d make a great running mate for VP.

Last Man Standing

May 6th, 2011
10:44 am

I watched the debate, and thought Herman Cain very impressive. His answers were direct and to the point. I can’t speak about any of the other candidates who were present, but Herman is definitely conservative and is what this country badly needs. My hope is that he continues to do well. He certainly has my support.

Centrist

May 6th, 2011
11:06 am

@ mehlmen rings twice said: “So Herman was saying that since all the defense and intelligence professionals were only 60% to 70% sure that OBL was in the house that no thoughtful analysis should have taken place, just jump right in.”

That was precisely the situation last week. There was doubt until OBL was found – but since last August they knew this was a high value target with at least OBL’s “trusted courier” living there. Instead of taking it out long ago and likely saving American lives, they were more interested in a political victory by confirming who they got. Someday we may hear from military and intelligence analysts that they disagreed with this long wait which jeopardized American lives.

Tom

May 6th, 2011
11:18 am

Santorum needs to go ahead and get out of the race……maybe Pawlenty, too.

Theocrats and those who continue to overtly pander to ultra-rightwing social conservatives have no shot. Nada.

[...] The pizza guy from McDonough wasn’t one of them. From Politico.com: Herman Cain diverged from the pack of presidential hopefuls Thursday night when he questioned how President Barack Obama handled the military operation that resulted in the death of … read full article… [...]

mum

May 6th, 2011
11:31 am

@Joe, it’s not racist, it’s just an observation having listened to his show for some time, and my impression. He strikes me as someone who is trying to in a sense say, “I’m not one of them, I’m just like you, see!”

GaBlue

May 6th, 2011
11:32 am

Centrist,

If you’re so qualified in matters of secret national security intelligence that you can make such allegations, what are you doing HERE on a blog, whining to us all the time? You understand that most of us are not briefed by the CIA on a daily basis, like those who make these decisions are, don’t you? If YOU get those updates while enjoying your poached egg and grapefruit every morning, then I defer to your superior knowledge on the subject. If you don’t, then you’re just blowing your own frustration, envy, and partisanship out of your behind.

I suspect that if this raid had not gone successfully, or if any of those SEALS had died in the mission, you’d be dismantling the President ala Pres. Carter after the failed hostage rescue. But it WAS successful, so some of you feel compelled to dismantle the President because…. because….. yeah… that’s rhetorical. I don’t give a *bleep* what compells some of you to be nasty no matter what. Yuk.

joe

May 6th, 2011
11:39 am

@ mum, what do you mean by “I’m not one of them?” Are you saying blacks cannot be conservative and if they are, there is something wrong with their beliefs on the way our country should be governed?

Just trying to get to the bottom of what makes you think like you do…I’m an independent and I follow what fits my vision of what our country was founded on…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…not what my race, creed or religion tells me I should follow.

mehlman rings twice

May 6th, 2011
11:52 am

Also, I’d like to see Herman Cain advise us of the time for Tea Party rally on the steps of the capitol regarding the Oaky Woods purchase which has mysteriously dropped from the news.

Aquagirl

May 6th, 2011
12:04 pm

“If you’re so qualified in matters of secret national security intelligence that you can make such allegations, what are you doing HERE on a blog, whining to us all the time?”

BWAH!

It’s bad enough we have to listen to the pizza delivery guy playing candidate to pimp his radio show. Every swinging richard is now an authority on secret military ops. Since Al Queda confirmed Bin Laden’s death, y’all are now scraping the bottom of the barrel for something else to b!^ch about.

Keep it up. Keep pushing independents to vote for Obama in 2012. You’ll have another four years of complaining to fill your empty lives.

Centrist

May 6th, 2011
12:29 pm

The leftists are out in force today.

I am consistent since I blamed the Bush administration when they had OBL targeted and the cumbersome chain of command to get permission to take him out allowed him to get away. We are at war, and should act more swiftly on solid battlefield intelligence and military matters. I no longer have a Top Secret Noforn clearance and wouldn’t have had access to realtime OBL tracking anyway, but can easily understand the after action reports that are sanitized and given to the media.

Pretending this delay may not have been in our best interest in order to back Obama as “gutsy” is just politics. Politics is what this blog is about, and all of us are allowed to offer our opinions – whether some like it or not.

Frederick Douglass

May 6th, 2011
12:56 pm

On 5-6-2011, millions are voting for Herman Cain on an AJC blog, too bad for Cain that the rubber meets the road in the upcoming GOP primaries. I wish y’all would quit lying to that man, he’s unelectable in the GOP topsy turvy crazy world. I’d go as far to say that he couldn’t win a mayor’s race in Alpharetta.

mehlman rings twice

May 6th, 2011
1:15 pm

People consider the following (my disclaimer – I’m just thinking out loud):
1. We learned of this house last August, not knowing (and probably not imagining) that OBL is living there.
2. Maybe we want to observe it for a while to see how many high value targets visit.
3. Maybe it takes a month to build a viable cover put an observation team on the ground in place in order to refine our intelligence.
4. Maybe we determine that there is 60% to 70% chance that OBL is there.
5. Maybe it takes a total of one month to complete intel about the compound and build the mock-up.
6. Maybe it takes a month to train the team, all at the same time figure out how to deceive the Pakistani military, how to knock out local communications, etc.
7. Maybe there is a technical problem with the helicopters.
8. Maybe we get intel that a source in the Pakistani military is willing to give up the target and putting a US special forces team at risk may not be required. Maybe our source gets cold feet or our intel is wrong.
9. Maybe after the decision is made on the operation, we inform some of our previously unaware assets who then need time to limit and secure their exposure to retaliation.

Just some random thoughts from someone who doesn’t pretend to know all the answers.

Last Man Standing

May 6th, 2011
1:44 pm

Centrist

May 6th, 2011
1:44 pm

@ mehlman rings twice – Your random thoughts may have some validity, but how about these:

President Obama has shown many times he is slow to make decisions – do you need examples?

Cruise missiles or a Predator attack could have taken out that compound anytime after your step 2 without risking American lives in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, or potential terrorist attacks planned around the world.

Last Man Standing

May 6th, 2011
1:49 pm

Centrist:

“Politics is what this blog is about, and all of us are allowed to offer our opinions – whether some like it or not.”

Don’t worry about it. GaBlue just OD’d on hormones today.

Aquagirl

May 6th, 2011
1:49 pm

I no longer have a security clearance either, so I don’t second guess the people who do.

“but can easily understand the after action reports that are sanitized and given to the media.”

Yeah, right. I’m sure if the were waiting until some Pakistani tattletale was out of the picture you could glean that out of the media. There’s a million reasons like those and you and I both would have absolutely no clue.

We made an uninvited military incursion on an “ally” who has nukes to get Bin Laden. It was successful. All we lost was one helicopter. I’m sooooooo sorry that’s stuck in your craw for POLITICAL reasons.

Alabama Communist

May 6th, 2011
1:50 pm

Herman Cain Wins South Carolina Republican Presidential Debate?
High anxiety

According to Republican political consultant Frank Lutz, who poll 30 selected South Carolina Republican Citizens after the debate. 27 said Cain was the most impress…ive Candiate with amazing ideas and would vote for him in a Donald Trump heartbeat. Most of the Pollers said they impressed with his answer on Torture where he said he was half for it and the other half him said let Jesus decide their future. A majority said his business sense was needed in Government where he could break the Pizza monopoly in Detriot. One Poller said Cain could clean up the mess that Obama has cause by simply working at the White House as a Bus Boy in one week. 4 Pollers said that Cain would end Slavely in the United States since he was the only true Republican presidential candiate since Lincoln. Alvin Green former Democat Candiate for Senator, who attended the event as a Observer said that Cain is in the wrong party and belongs in the ” Rent Is Too Damn High” Party. State Party Chairwomen Karen Floyd said the debate was a total success and put Obama and the Democrats on notice that South Carolina was coming after them like they did in the Civil War. When Chairwomen Floyd was informed that the South lost the war. She responsed that it was nothing but Yankee myths that keeps that lie alive.. Ron Paul Supporters were disappointed when he was only asked 2 questions during the debate, where Cain had 26 questions directed at him by the Fox network poltical star journalists. In fact, Cain was reading answers to the questions while they were being asked to him at the same time. He claim that he had simply adopted the Obama method by reading the Teleprompters and improve on it.. Cain did stunned his supporters when he commented that he wouldn’t release the picture of a Dead Osama trying to swin in the Arabian Sea without a life jacket. However, Ron Paul stunned the Cain Republicans after the Cain comment saying that Heroin should be legal if Cain really believe there was a Muslin religious rite about swinning nude in the Arabian Sea. Other than that, The debate ended without much fanfare like finding a used Condom in the Tea Party Punch at their meet and greet the Candiates after debate party.

Centrist

May 6th, 2011
1:56 pm

Reality

May 6th, 2011
1:58 pm

FD

Nothing but a bigot, hiding in the anonymity of a blog, like a coward.

DannyX

May 6th, 2011
2:00 pm

“The leftists are out in force today.”

LOL! I suppose you are a “centrist”

In your book going from one extreme to the other makes you a centrist.

GaBlue

May 6th, 2011
2:13 pm

Last Man Standing has hormone envy. Heh…. (Deleting off-color joke about LMS and the last time he got close to one.) Heh…

Jon Lester

May 6th, 2011
4:16 pm

That Herman Cain won over a poorly informed Fox focus group on the basis of faulty foreign policy reasoning and posturing does not impress me. It also doesn’t matter, because once more people are aware that he once served on the board of directors for the Kansas City Federal Reserve, he’ll have to stay on the defensive. His advocacy of the “FAIR Tax” also won’t win him many votes from the working poor.

Frederick Douglass

May 6th, 2011
4:53 pm

Reality:

My supposed blog hiding isn’t what’s caught in your craw. You’re just unaccustomed to encountering a black person that doesn’t fit your stereotypes, and preconceived notions, whether on a blog, or in real life. It’s probably salient that you and I not meet in person, such an encounter would probably involve police cruisers, EMT, and fire trucks.

Last Fart Stinking

May 6th, 2011
5:16 pm

joe is a Cain ho…

Bill Orvis White

May 6th, 2011
6:25 pm

First of all, Jimmah was always an anti-Semite-that is a total no-brainer. He should have been found guilty of libel and then shipped off to be with his buddy Fidel in Havana. Second of all, Bill White is Right. I picked Herman Cain to run back in November, where were you all? http://tinyurl.com/27q8oww

Eli

May 6th, 2011
10:15 pm

All I can say about the GOP field thus far is this: I wouldn’t p!ss on them if they were on fire.

HERMAN CAIN

May 7th, 2011
1:43 pm

I PLAN TO ROLL back all the big guvment liberal policies , starting with the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT …we coloreds dont need no equal rights….