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AP / Amr Nabil

A New Egypt on the Brink of Being Born

“No [political] parties, no Muslim Brotherhood! The Egyptian people are in the square! La ahzab, la Ikhwan! Al-Sha’b al-Misri fi al-Maydan!” “The blood of the martyrs won’t be wasted,” the crowds chanted.

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Obama Losing Patience as Republicans Panic

At long last, President Obama seems to have run out of patience with the truculent Republicans who have rejected all of his overtures for a budget deal—just as Moody’s and other economic authorities again warned of the potentially catastrophic consequences of a debt default.

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Make My Day

President Obama has had it up to here with the preening and posturing of Republican “negotiators” who won’t negotiate. Who could blame him?

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Toward a New Politics of Food

The easiest way to explain Gallup’s discovery that millions of Americans are eating fewer fruits and vegetables than they ate last year is to simply crack a snarky joke about Whole Foods really being “Whole Paycheck.”

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AP / Susan Walsh

‘Entitlement’ Is a Republican Word

Rather than trying to conciliate the Republicans, Obama ought to speak out against them. The truth is that Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell don’t want to work with him.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



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I Missed My Chance to Pee on Rupert Murdoch

I first met Rupert Murdoch at the urinal in the men’s room. It was 1976 in an office building somewhere in Manhattan.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Can’t Celebrate Yet

The wounded are especially dangerous fighters. President Obama now occupies the high ground in the debt ceiling debate, having called the Republicans’ bluff on the debt. He showed that deficit reduction is not now, and never has been, the GOP’s priority. He dare not get overconfident.

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The GOP’s Sick Priorities

These threatened programs are not government handouts to a privileged class, like defense contractors and bailed-out bankers, who do feel eminently entitled to pig out at the federal trough.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Soldier Suicides and the Politics of Presidential Condolences

President Barack Obama just announced a reversal of a long-standing policy that denied presidential condolence letters to the family members of soldiers who commit suicide.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Robin Hood in Reverse

The internal American debate may be said to center around how much to rob the poor, and how much to enrich the rich.

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