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Lieberman Won’t Budge on Health Care

Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he will never let any form of public option—opt-out, trigger or otherwise—through the Senate, citing budget concerns. This—despite CBO estimates showing the health reform bill reducing the deficit over 10 years—from a senator who has thrown billions at boondoggles ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Third Way in Afghanistan

The president’s mix-and-match approach to Afghanistan will make no one very happy. Yet it might be the least dangerous choice.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 READ MORE


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GOP Obstruction Goes Unnoticed—and Unpunished

Democrats in the Senate may engage in collective suicide, but it’s Republicans who, with Machiavellian brilliance, have brought the country to a halt.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Three Abortion Coverage Myths

Let’s dispense with three fallacies swirling about the question of abortion coverage in health care reform.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE



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Catholic Bishops Put Sex Obsession Ahead of the Sick and the Poor

First they threatened to take down health care reform over abortion coverage. Now they’re threatening services to the sick and poor of Washington, D.C., over same-sex marriage.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



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Senate Liberals to Majority Leader: No More Compromise

Sherrod Brown and other progressive senators held a meeting Monday night with Harry Reid to let the majority leader know they don’t intend to give up any more of an already weakened public option. (continued)

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Let Abortion Destroy Health Care Reform

Pro-choice Democrats need to accept that their House majority depends on a large cadre of anti-abortion colleagues. They can denounce that reality, or they can learn to live with it.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Testing Next Year’s Lies Today

Republicans have made it clear they aren’t going to let honesty become an obstacle in the midterm elections.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Where Does the Caving End?

If pro-choice Democrats turn back reproductive rights, it proves that they can be rolled by intransigent opposition. And once rolled, it’s all downhill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


When Voters Disrupt the Tea Party

Here’s a story you may have missed because it flies in the face of the dreary conventional wisdom: When advocates of public programs take on the right-wing anti-government crowd directly, the government-haters lose.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

House Passes Health Care Bill

With a few dozen Democrats jumping ship and the support of just one Republican, the House passed a historic health reform bill by just five votes. The measure would expand coverage to most Americans through individual and employer mandates, outlaw some of the insurance companies’ more unsavory tactics and provide a weakened public insurance option. (continued)

Posted on Nov 7, 2009 READ MORE


Republicans vs. the Palinites

Democrats have some thinking to do after Tuesday’s elections, but Republicans don’t have time to think. They’re too busy trying to survive the party’s internal purge and avoid being shipped off to political Siberia.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


The GOP’s Toxic Tea Party

The more that Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and kindred spirits appear to represent the Republican brand, the less appeal that brand possesses.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Not Right Wing but Still Angry

Tuesday’s elections were a rebuke to the right wing and a warning to Democrats. President Obama has work to do, but the night’s biggest loser was the Palin-Limbaugh-Beck complex.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


Dems Win N.Y. Consolation Prize

They may have lost the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia, but Democrats expanded their majority in the House of Representatives by one seat Tuesday. Bill Owens won a surprise victory after a bizarre race that saw a third-party conservative candidate drive the Republican in this staunchly GOP district out of the running and into the arms of the Democrats.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


2009 Elections Don’t Foretell a Thing

Advice to readers about the coming orgy of analysis about the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections: Ignore it.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



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Republican Wins in New Jersey, Too

It was a night of disappointment for Democrats, who lost the governor’s mansion in New Jersey shortly after losing in Virginia. But was it a referendum on President Barack Obama’s agenda, as some pundits claimed, or testament to the unpopularity of incumbent governor and former Goldman Sachs CEO (great timing) Jon Corzine? (Continued)

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Record You Can Believe In

It’s been a year since a healthy majority of American voters elected Barack Obama to change the world. Which is precisely what he’s doing.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



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New York 3-Way Gets Even More Interesting

The party lines in New York’s 23rd Congressional District got even more confused Sunday. A day after a conservative third-party campaign hounded Dede Scozzafava out of the race, the moderate Republican turned around and endorsed her Democratic rival. Politico reports on the Democrats’ ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

The Battle to Define the New Health Care System

Barring astoundingly self-defeating behavior by Democrats, a decent bill will get to Obama’s desk. Whether lawmakers are rewarded or punished for their efforts will largely be decided in the coming weeks.

Posted on Nov 1, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

TARP on Steroids

The former financial executives inside the Obama administration have labeled their bill the “Financial Stability Improvement Act,” but it’s more like the 9/11 of bailouts.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Hug Obama, Find the Moderates

Those are the two outstanding lessons from the campaigns for next Tuesday’s governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia. Both parties would be smart to apply them in 2010.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Dennis Cook

The Party of Choice

By acting on their convictions rather than their fears, the Democrats could ultimately find that the public option can be turned to their advantage for years to come.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



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House Dems Water Down Public Option

If the point of health care reform is to do something about skyrocketing medical costs, then the House reform bill just got a little more pointless. Although the speaker and other House liberals had hoped to hitch the public option’s negotiating power to Medicare’s wagon ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Blue Dog Fundraising Dries Up

The Blue Dog Coalition’s political action committee took in just $12,500 in September, from a total of three donations. The group raised $1.1 million between January and June. Could it be the steadfast opposition to health care reform, or perhaps the perception among donors that the conservative Democrats just won’t be able to deliver?

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Surprise! Lieberman Stabs Dems in the Back

Now that serial opportunist Joe Lieberman is holding health care reform hostage in the Senate, we wonder whether the president regrets shielding the Connecticut independent from political retribution. (continued)

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE



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War Is a Hate Crime

The first major federal civil rights law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, passed last week, was attached to a measure funding ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE



NLN / Thomas Good

Don’t Ruin the Public Option for Everyone Else, Arkansas

While the House is chugging along with what’s shaping up to be a strong public option, the Senate has come up with a compromise that might make room for government insurance. Essentially, states that don’t dig government-run health care wouldn’t have to have it.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


GOP Civil War Flares in New York

Judging by the race in upstate New York, conservatives are determined to keep the Republican Party as small and irrelevant as possible.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Attn. Senate: Most Americans Want a Public Option

There may not be enough support in the Senate for a public option, as Finance Committee chair and health industry plaything Max Baucus contends, but according to a new poll, a growing majority of Americans wants one. President Obama says ...

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Can’t Lose the Young

Will the young and hopeful abandon the political playing field to older voters who are angry? That is the quiet crisis confronting President Obama and the Democrats.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

When Did Olympia Snowe Become Queen of America?

Democrats are willing to do anything to win over this unaccomplished backbencher whose vote they don’t even need.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Poll Puts Clinton Over Obama

While the presidential election is three years out, Barack Obama might have to look over his shoulder as his slipping popularity now ranks him behind Hillary Clinton: A new Gallup Poll shows Obama’s favorable rating at 56 percent and Clinton’s at 62 percent.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bribe, Vote, Repeat

The votes of lawmakers are so routinely purchased by corporations that it takes a scandal of unusual proportions to generate news coverage.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Poor Will Have to Wait for Health Care Help

Democrats have lousy timing, according to the AP: “Under the Democratic bills, federal tax credits to help make health insurance affordable for millions of low- and middle-income households won’t start flowing until 2013—after the next presidential election. But Medicare cuts and a sizable chunk of the tax increases to pay for the overhaul kick in immediately.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 READ MORE



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Redefining Hate

The House has voted to strengthen the definition of hate crimes to include those carried out on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, marking a step toward protecting gay, lesbian and transgender people under the federal statute. The bill still needs to go through the Senate and be signed by President Obama.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Unintended Consequences in Nuclear Pakistan

The Obama administration has already begun to escalate the fighting in Pakistan, a policy that could make even the Nixon-Kissinger destruction of Cambodia seem like a pleasant memory.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


Rangel’s Portrait of Corruption

The House Democrats who took a majority away from a “culture of corruption” had better start taking the ethics allegations against Rep. Charlie Rangel seriously.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE



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German Socialists Make Do Without Socialized Medicine

Germany is one of the world’s great welfare states, but the country’s health care system isn’t strictly socialist. Nonetheless, lots of options, tight regulation and universal coverage are helping Germans live longer than Americans. Might the German example offer a way out of America’s health care struggles?

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE



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Pelosi Responds to Republicans’ Sexist Nonsense

Nancy Pelosi wasted no time slapping down a National Republican Congressional Committee press release that said “taxpayers can only hope [Gen. Stanley] McChrystal is able to put her in her place.” That’s “her,” as in the House speaker, whose place is running one of the coequal branches of government.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


Stimulation Without the S-Word

So now we know: The economic stimulus plan passed by Congress at the beginning of the year was not big enough.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Why Obama Must Spend More

If the president and Congress don’t come to the aid of workers, the political consequences will be severe, and deservedly so.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE



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How Fox News Rigs Polls

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight explains how the mad polling scientists at Fox News manage to produce results that look so bad for the Democrats. Before asking about health care reform, for example, Fox pollsters ask dozens of questions that “run the gamut [from] slightly leading to full-frontal Republican talking points.”

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE



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D.C. Expected to Legalize Gay Marriage

The nation’s capital is likely to approve a law legalizing gay marriage, much to the chagrin of the less tolerant politicians who work there. The city’s congressional overlords have the power to overturn the measure, but even opponents of gay marriage don’t expect that to happen.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Schwarzenegger Pumps Up Health Care Reform

The California governor and rare Hollywood Republican released a statement Tuesday in support of health care reform, in which he praised the president and urged his “colleagues on both sides of the political aisle at the national level to move forward and accomplish these vital goals for the American people.”

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Pressures Senate on Public Option

Like a reluctant Sisyphus, the president is still pushing the public option up Capitol Hill. According to a report in the L.A. Times, Obama has been trying to sell moderate Democrats on the idea. That’s no easy task, as many have taken gobs of money from the private health industry and coincidentally oppose meaningful reform.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


The Public Option Only Looks Dead

The strangest aspect of the debate over a public option for health coverage is that the centrists who oppose it should actually love it.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


A Question of Health—and Equality

My favorite moment so far in the health care debate was when Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl argued against mandating maternity benefits as part of a basic insurance coverage. “I don’t need maternity care,” he blurted out. At which point, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow quipped, “I think your mom probably did.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Massachusetts Looks for Life After Teddy

All the Democrats running to replace the late senator are on a Be-Like-Ted ticket, but there are degrees of Ted-ness. Who will win the heart of this state that loves liberals, tradition and Kennedys?

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 READ MORE


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