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|The Greatest Progressive Legislation in Decades
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|Shameless Grassley Takes Credit for Health Care Reform
They did it for the stimulus bill - demonize it and then take credit for it to their constituents - and now it starts for the health care bill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) crafted the "death panels" ...
|One Last Chance for the Public Option - Really!
Ok, you probably don't even want to hear about it anymore, but Ryan Grim says that in this week's Senate vote on the health care reconciliation package there may be one more chance for the public ...
Uber-wingnut Mark Steyn [looks down the long, dark road http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NWI3MGNjMjVlMmJmYjEwNzdlYTYzZWYwNDlmNWIxNzg=] beyond the passage of health care reform and sees utter ...
|Selling Out Choice to Widen the Tent
There's a very interesting piece on Bart Stupak at [rhrealitycheck http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2010/03/19/bart-stupak]. As it points out, Stupak has voted reliably with his caucus 96 percent ...
|Public Option Not Completely Dead?
A promise to do something in the future in order to get out of having to do it now is not worth much, imo, but here's a new promise from Harry Reid [about the public option http://www.huffingtonpost....
|Learn From Failure, Don't Make Excuses
Chris Bowers over at Open Left is [engaged in the laughable exercise http://www.openleft.com/diary/17739/one-reason-why-the-progressive-block-was-largely-ineffective] of trying to justify the ...
|Why Aren't Backers of Health Care Reform Talking About This?
According to [The Hill http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/84969-howard-dean-health-bill-hangs-dem-incumbents-and-obama-out-to-dry-in-elections] (so take it with a grain of salt), ...
|UI: GOP Undermines Business and the Middle Class, Again
So Republican whip Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona thinks that letting people have unemployment benefits and other middle class social safety net benefits like COBRA is a bad thing because it makes them [...
|Liberal Atheists More Intelligent? Be Very Wary
Before you start patting yourself on the back for your liberalism and/or atheism which [supposedly means http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/26/liberals.atheists.sex.intelligence/] you're smarter than ...
|President Obama's YouTube Interview
Yesterday's CitizenTube/YouTube interview with President Obama is up:
|GOP Plan For Getting Rid of Deficit, Solving Healthcare
GOP Rep. Paul Ryan floats a budget proposal for getting rid of the country's massive deficit. All it will take is [privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security http://voices.washingtonpost.com/
|What Happens When the Corporations Buy Up All the Free Speech?
A good point from [John Amato http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/what-happens-when-corporations-buy-last] about the impact Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will have in the ...
|Death to Bipartisanship
Chris Bowers looks at the challenge for Democrats in turning out the base in 2010 and wonders [what can be done http://www.openleft.com/diary/17153/there-is-nothing-we-can-do-to-turn-out-the-base]:
|False Claims About Waterboarding 'A CIA Dirty Trick'
John Kiriakou was the CIA operative who managed to convince Americans that waterboarding was acceptable because it "worked." Now he says that not only was he not present for that supposedly ...
|Cornel West Calls Out President Obama
Cornel West calls out President Obama (via truthdig , ...
|The Message of MA
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill) [gets the message right http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/19/weiner-house-leadership-w_n_429019.html]: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) put all the blame on ...
|So, Does This Fire You Up?
President Obama [unveils the Dem strategy for the midterms http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/01/barack_obama_on_repeal_of_heal.html], and it comes down to Do you really want to go ...
|$33 Billion More For War
America can't afford single-payer, but there's always more money [for war http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/12/AR2010011203181.html]: WASHINGTON -- The Obama ...
|Current Form of Senate Filibuster Unconstitutional
Tom Geoghegan, labor lawyer, writer, and (hopefully) the progressive who will win Rahm's old seat (IL-5), argues that the current form of the Senate filibuster is unconstitutional, and that [it can ...
|'To Control Them, You Need Simple Rules'
On [Bill Moyers' (Jan. 8, 2010) http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/01082010/profile.html], Kevin Drum and David Corn made a point about financial reform that actually applies to many of the other ...
|Don't Attack the Mandate
When you're grousing about the individual mandate as part of health care reform, you should remember to aim your ire where it belongs, and not where it will hurt progressive goals in the long run. ...
|What's Really Wrong with the Health Care Reforms
Back in the summer Ezra Klein [wrote about http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/28/AR2009072802114.html?hpid=opinionsbox1] what he thought the Obama WH strategy would be on ...
|Lies Upon Lies Upon Lies
Ann Althouse [gets herself http://althouse.blogspot.com/2009/12/cnn-idiotically-imagines-al-qaeda.html] twisted in a writhing little ball of outrage about an article on CNN: CNN ...
|Healthcare: The Market the Government Constructs
Ezra Klein [thinks http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/12/i_cant_see_it_olympia.html#more] the exchanges will make the US healthcare market work like the system of private health ...
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I was curious about what the right-wing pundits would have to say about [Obama's Nobel speech http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html?_r=1&ref=europe&pagewanted=all]. While ...
|Who's Bamboozling Who on Afghanistan?
On December 1, President Obama [said about Afghanistan http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-address-nation-way-forward-afghanistan-and-pakistan]: These are the ...
|Raise, Fold, or Call in Afghanistan?
Diplomat, scholar, soldier, and Afghanistan expert Rory Stewart was at the New York Review of Books conference and had some interesting things to say about Afghanistan. The [video http://www....
|Never Mind About Global Warming
The polar ice and the glaciers are melting, but that problem might be [just the tip of the iceberg http://www.esf.org/media-centre/press-releases/ext-single-news/article/big-freeze-plunged-europe-...
|Yet Another Public Option Plan in the Senate
Another public option plan will be unveiled in the Senate next week in hopes of finding a compromise that can get 60 votes. This one is being designed by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), in consultation ...
|Making the Tough Choices On Afghanistan
The DLC faux progressive view on Afghanistan is that liberals, progressives, and Democrats generally should just STFU and get with the program of supporting the president, whatever he decides to do ...
|If They Really Wanted to Fix Afghanistan
If the Obama administration and the international community really wanted to fix Afghanistan, they wouldn't be preparing to pour tens of thousands of new combat troops into the country, spending ...
|On Needing a General to Go Against the Generals
Like [Laura Rozen http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/1109/The_Eikenberry_memo_and_the_leak_war_more_pushback_against_a_nudgey_Pentagon_.html] and others, Democracy Arsenal's Michael Cohen ...
|There's a Name For This
Jon Stewart generally does a wonderful job of deconstructing and skewering the tropes and memes and [outright falsifications http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/11/jon-stewart-catches-sean_n_353447.
|RNC Health Insurance Covers Elective Abortion
Well good for Republicans. The Republican National Committee offers its members health care coverage that [includes elective abortion http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29456.html]:
|Making Lemonade Out Of Stupak's Lemons
There are a lot of things about the health care reform process that have been, as President Obama likes to say, "not perfect" - to say the least. The Stupak amendment may have been the straw that ...
|We Need More Women In Office
More women need to run and to be supported in their run for office specifically because they're women . I can't tell you how much I hate the idea of having to look at it like that - I prefer ...
|Are They Really Rethinking Afghanistan?
President Obama is taking his time deciding on how to proceed with Afghanistan, and has asked for new options from military planners for the war. Spencer Ackerman [lays out some of the concerns http:/
|Grayson: Best Foreign Policy Is 'Leave People Alone'
As if we needed any more reasons to like Alan Grayson, here's this (via [Think Progress http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/02/matthew-hoh-civil-war/]): Last month, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL)
|How Close to the Rack and Screw?
From the DOJ document dump yesterday, a little [true-life horror from the overseas CIA dungeons http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/us/01justice.html?_r=2&ref=world]: F.B.I. agents who ...
Eminent military historian and professor of international relations Andrew Bacevich notices that when it comes to American policy in Afghanistan, [the emperor has no clothes http://www.tnr.com/...
|The Fox News Cuckoos
White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was [caught a bit flat-footed http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/10/27/jarrett-makes-retracts-charge-fox-is-biased/] yesterday talking about how Fox ...
|Why We Fight: 'Progressives Forced Our Hand'
Here's why it's a good thing for [blogs like HuffPo to criticize http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/10/25/211330/81] the WH and the Dem leadership when they stray from trying to move progressive ...
|The Public Option: Unnamed Sources Say
It really is amazing how the human mind can string together disparate pieces of information to create any number of narratives. [Booman http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/10/24/796656/-So,-Whats-...
|Public Option Now Inevitable?
The [WaPo is reporting http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/23/AR2009102304081_pf.html] that Senate Majority Leader Reid has decided he wants to include an opt-out public ...
|Gluttony Versus the Public Option (Video)
MoveOn has a nice video about the public option making the health insurance industry shape up through competition, via [BAGnewsNotes http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2009/10/eating-our-lunch.html]:
|Rebranding Public Option as Medicare Part E
If it's true, [this http://thehill.com/homenews/house/64029-medicare-for-everyone] would be a great idea: Say hello to “Medicare Part E” — as in, “Medicare for ...
|It's Alive! (Public Option Back Again)
It looks like the public option may be gaining strength again in the Senate : The idea of creating a government-run ...
|The Mission in Afghanistan: 'Armed Social Work'
If you're in favor of escalating the US military presence in Afghanistan,
|Will It Be Hubris Or Humility In Afghanistan?
If only a little of the humility President Obama regularly [expresses http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/10/09/nobel.peace.prize/index.html] would rub off on some others in Washington. Tom ...
|Peace Prize Winner Sends Yet More Troops to Afghanistan
[HuffPo http://www.huffingtonpost.com/] notes the irony in its top headline: PEACE PRIZE? White House Quietly Authorized 13,000 More Troops For Afghan War : President ...
|Health Care Reform: How Much Patience Do You Have?
If Senate Dems decide to include [Carper's version of a public plan http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125484809195668015.html?mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDLEThirdNews] as a compromise, there are some positives to ...
|ABC News 'Stunned' To Discover Dead Peasant Insurance
Michael Moore's Capitalism, A Love Story has revealed a deep dark secret to the intrepid reporters of ABC News - so-called Dead Peasant Insurance, the practice of companies taking out ...
|Grayson: Republicans Are A LIE FACTORY
Alan Grayson was great on the Ed Schultz Show. He really knows how to laugh off an attack and turn it around not just to beat up on the attacker but to make the point he wants to make in an even ...
|Dodd, Feingold: Repeal Telecoms' Retroactive Immunity!
Senators Dodd, Leahy, Feingold, and Merkley are going to introduce a bill to [repeal the retroactive immunity for the telecoms http://dodd.senate.gov/?q=node/5238] that was passed last July to ...
|A Scapegoat For What Ails Them
Frank Rich [writes http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/opinion/20rich.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss] about Glenn Beck and the teabaggers: [T]here is a national conversation we must have ...
|Republicans In Disarray On Health Care Reform
So the Republicans are afraid that when the time comes for the rubber to hit the road, some of them might defect and [vote for a Democratic health reform bill http://washingtonindependent.com/59507/...
|Ghost Fleet Shows Global Recession Still Deepening
The Daily Mail [reports http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1212013/Revealed-The-ghost-fleet-recession.html] there is a vast congregation of empty container ships lying at ...
|Stepping Up the Pressure to Get Health Care Reform
Efforts [like this http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/9/8/778621/-Please-CALL-Rep.-Capuano-Today-On-The-Public-Option!!-] to hold Democrats accountable for the support they received from ...
|No Wonder the Public's Confused about the Public Option
Is it any wonder the American people are confused about what President Obama is planning in the way of health reform? "Reporters" like CNN's Ed Henry [still can't get the most basic facts about it ...
|Health Care: It Won't Be the Senate's Fault
Jon Chait [says http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=0cec8e5a-e6d4-428c-8a34-cc5569ce217d] the Senate is "the chokepoint for any health care bill" and that's true. But what about the ...
|Time to End the Filibuster
Tom Geoghegan [sets out the case http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090831/geoghegan/single] for ending the filibuster and describes the admittedly difficult path to doing it: This past ...
|What's Obama Up To On Health Care Reform?
There are as many theories as there are pundits about what the Obama White House is up to on health care reform. Let's assume that, [as a poker player http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/...
|Wingnut Screenwriter Imagines Death Panels
Wow, [Roger Ebert is right http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/08/death_panels_an_excellent_phra.html] about the "death panel" meme - it's a term of genius, if what you want to do is short-circuit ...
It's nice to see the lies of GOP Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri [are catching up with him http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/political-media/house-gop-leader-vows-to-stop-spreading-health-care-falsehood-...
|Fart-Ins On the Right
So [Rules for Radicals http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Radicals-Saul-Alinsky/dp/0679721134], Saul Alinsky's 1989 manual for progressive community organizing, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. It's ...
|Health Care Rejectionists - It's Always Been About Race
Academic Gerard Boychuk illuminates why the United States has followed such a different course of public policy on health care from Canada's: ([PDF http://cpsa-acsp.ca/papers-2008/Boychuk.pdf])
|Healthcare Reform: How Bad Will It Be for Republicans?
Conditions in the country have changed for the worse since the last try at health care reform, with much greater income inequality now and with people increasingly aware of their own economic ...
|Don't Let Blue Dogs Lie
The Blue Dogs claim they have to vote with Republicans on the issues because their mostly rural constituents are Red and demand it of them. Michael Tomasky crunches some numbers and finds that ...
|Why They Hate Single-Payer
The anxiety about Obama's communist marxist socialist health-care reform is getting out of hand. You really couldn't [make this up if you tried http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/...
|Health Care Reform - What's the Point?
Paul Krugman [says http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/27/opinion/27krugman.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss] the demands of the Blue Dogs for "fiscal responsibility" in health care reform are ...
|Words You Won't Hear in Canadian Health Care
Canuckistanian at DU [lists some of the words http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132x8540107] every American knows but that mean virtually nothing to ...
|The Truth About Canadians and Health Care
William Kristol urges Republicans to [stop Obama's health care reform in its tracks http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/07/kristol_kill_it_and_start_over.asp]: This is the ...
|Dialog With Depraved, Corrupt Imbeciles
Hilzoy [takes the high road http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2009/07/last-post.html]: I’ve always thought that a good citizenry is also composed of people who assume, ...
|What Exactly Were They Testing?
As expected, it looks like the Republicans are going to try to use Sonia Sotomayor's ruling in the case of the [white firefighter in New Haven http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricci_v._DeStefano] to ...
|Who's To Blame? Don't Take the Bait
Michael Lewis (of [Liar's Poker http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liar%27s_Poker] fame), has an "investigation" [in August's Vanity Fair http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/08/aig200908?...
|Humanity In Political Blogging - Too Much to Ask?
Here's an unusual event in the political blogosphere - a request to remember the humanity of a political opponent. [Peter Daou considers the reaction http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-daou/palin-...
|The Republican Base Speaks
The rabid anti-government ideology of the far-right base of the Republican Party is finally reaching its logical conclusion. According to the true believers, Sarah Palin's resignation is a higher ...
Whatever motivated Sarah Palin's resignation - and from her spooked look during her speech I suspect it wasn't a willing or happy choice on her part - I wouldn't count her out as a force to be ...
|Where Is the Outrage Over This?
Rush Limbaugh and the heartless Republican minority he speaks for says: There really isn't a crisis in health care in this country.... Day to day, there is no health care crisis in this ...
|Torture and American Values
President Obama made a number of remarks about torture at his [first 100 days press conference http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/29/obama-100-days-press-conf_n_193283.html]: What I'...
|It's Not for the Suicide Bombers in Baghdad
Andrew Bacevich waves good riddance to the American Century and its destructive myths:
|Torture: The Next Excuse
Will there ever be an end to the excuses for Bush torture policies? Now they're saying they [didn't know it was wrong http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/us/politics/22detain.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=...
|Moral Clarity, Then and Now
Andrew Sullivan [writes http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/04/the-case-of-richard-wilhelm-hermann-bruns-et-al.html#more] about the war crimes trial of Nazi officers for using "
|Feingold: It's Not Over On Prosecuting for Torture
President Obama may be hoping to turn the page on the Bush torture years, but Sen. Russ Feingold suggests that prosecution may still be forthcoming. [He points out http://politics.theatlantic.com/...
|Tea Party Tax Protestors Have a Point
Maybe today's Teaparty tax protestors DO have a point. Do you feel you get value from the taxes you pay? A [new report out from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives http://www.theglobeandmail.
|Banks and the First Priority of Politicians
Today President Obama offered a comforting vision of his administration's efforts to right the struggling economy. He answered critics from both the doing-too-much and the doing-too-little sides of ...
|Not Enough Propaganda
Ed Kilgore [wonders http://www.thedemocraticstrategist.org/strategist/2009/04/no_clean_hands_for_republican.php] what critics on the right are asking for when they complain that Obama has abandoned ...
|Twittering Into Oblivion
William Beutler [writes http://www.blogpi.net/everyone-an-instapundit-how-the-left-underestimates-twitter] that the left blogosphere is making a mistake by dismissing Twitter as a medium worth ...
|Questions About Free-Market Capitalism
Globalization and free trade are wonderful aren't they? Corporations love "open" trade when they can use it to pit workers in the advanced economies against workers in the most desperate ones in a ...
|U-Turn On Free Trade?
It looks like the Obama administration may turn more to fair trade instead of free trade if new commerce secretary Gary Locke [has his way http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123844914267871037.html]:
|End of War On Drugs? Not Really
Earlier this week The Guardian [reported that http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/16/drug-policy-obama-needle-exchange] The Obama administration signalled today that it ...
|A Different Problem With Pork
President Obama talked today about dealing with problems of safety in the food supply:
|'Health Care Is Not a Right'
Over at The Corner , Stephen Spruiell writes a lucid defense of what most people consider to be an indefensible position, that [health care is not a right http://corner.nationalreview.com/...
|Santelli Rant a 'Carefully Planned Trigger' For Anti-Obama Campaign
Playboy has a scoop: the Rick Santelli rant was a PR event planned by the usual right-wing suspects as early as August 2008. via [The Big Picture http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/02/rick-santellis-...
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