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White House / Pete Souza

Nice Speech. Now What?

Words won’t put people to work. Not even Obama’s eloquence—and he did reach that point on occasion—will be enough to inject courage into the gutless Democrats running from a mild heath care reform bill. Nor will words turn Republicans away from the unrelenting opposition they think will bring down the Democrats.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Losing the Health Care Battle Is Not an Option

Just pass the damn thing. If the health care bill fails, President Barack Obama’s legacy could be limited to the failing war in Afghanistan. Worse yet, many thousands more Americans will die because they don’t have adequate medical care.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


proposition 8 protesters
AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Making the Case for Gay Marriage

Why should we care about the Proposition 8 same-sex marriage trial in San Francisco? Most people aren’t gay or lesbian. Many think marriage is unimportant. Others feel Afghanistan, unemployment, Haiti and health care are much more deserving of attention.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

It’s Not Too Late to Mend the Ailing Health Care Bill

The flawed health care bill could still be improved if the president would stand up to the insurance companies that have, so far, been the most powerful force shaping reform.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


Howard Dean
AP / Charles Dharapak

The Deadly Cost of Blocking Health Care Reform

The liberals attacking the Senate health reform bill must never have known real illness. They’ve never been fired at the age of 50 and left without health insurance. They’ve probably never known anyone who died for lack of health insurance.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


Obama signature
White House / Chuck Kennedy

Two Sides of the Obama White House

Two Obama administrations are now on view. The good one is for health care reform, the bad one for war escalation.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


health care news conference
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Time for Our Second Bill of Rights

In his powerful new book, “The Healing of America,” T.R. Reid asks, “Which inequalities will society tolerate? Is it acceptable that some people are left to die because they can’t see a doctor when they get sick? That question encompasses a more basic question: Is health care a human right?”

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


I.F. Stone
kean.edu

Keep the Government Out of the News Business

I’ve been thinking of I.F. Stone while reading the growing stack of reports and essays giving recommendations on how to save the declining news business. The outrageous solution increasingly favored by the journalism establishment is one that Stone would have hated—turning to Washington for help.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Baucus bait
AP / Evan Vucci

Health Care Reform Insurance Companies Can Believe In

It’s now clear that health care “reform” is a bonanza for the insurance companies. But these acquisitive businesses want even more. Their efforts to increase their profits are at the center of the clandestine Senate and House negotiations currently shaping the health bill.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Gerald Herbert

He’s Earned It—for Now

In Obama’s nine months as president, he has put U.S. relations with Russia on a more constructive course; has seen Iran agree to open its nuclear facility near Qom to international inspection; and, despite Israeli and Palestinian intransigence, has kept the two sides negotiating with America’s dogged envoy, George Mitchell, who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


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