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Happy 40th Sesame Street

Posted on Nov 12, 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

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Harsh Methods Help China Keep Swine Flu at Bay

China’s authoritarianism has apparently helped the country keep a lid on the global H1N1 pandemic. Similarly populated India has experienced nearly 17 times as many deaths from the disease. The United States, with less than a quarter of China’s population, has recorded about 133 times as many deaths. (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE

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Lousy Sex Life? Blame Plastic

A study has found that workers exposed to high levels of bisphenol A, a chemical widely used in the manufacture of plastics and other consumer goods, were at least four times likelier to report sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction. (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE

Department of Health Care Misinformation

The outright falsehoods peddled by Republican opponents to the House health reform bill lead one to wonder whether they have any genuine fact-based objections.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE

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Kucinich: Why I Voted No

Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he voted against the landmark health reform bill, which he says “continues the redistribution of wealth to Wall Street at the expense of America’s manufacturing and service economies.”

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

We Are What We Trade and How We Trade It

The rules governing what we buy and sell are now playing such a decisive role in almost every major policy that we ignore them at our peril.

Posted on Nov 5, 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

Barack Obama
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

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Pot Politics: California Could Go All the Way

California was the first to legalize medicinal marijuana and, if three ballot measures and a bill floating around the state legislature have anything to say about it, the Golden State could be the first to legalize and tax adult marijuana use across the board. (continued)

Posted on Oct 29, 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

U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol

The War Condolences Obama Hasn’t Sent

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Chancellor Keesling died in Iraq on June 19, 2009, from “a non-combat related incident,” according to the Pentagon. Keesling had killed himself.

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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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

A Tale of Two Supermen—and Their Drugs

We can look to two superjocks—Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps—for the key lesson about our absurd drug policy.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE

Playing Monopoly With America’s Health

Anyone infuriated by the grossly inflated compensation of the masters of finance should check out the incredible earnings of the top executives in the health insurance business.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE

Don’t Worry About Us Seniors

You can’t go wrong in politics giving money to seniors, but it’s the poor and hungry—often kids—who need $250 checks.

Posted on Oct 21, 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

White House / Lawrence Jackson

Nancy Pelosi Promises Public Option on the Cheap

The House speaker is thrilled to hear from the Congressional Budget Office that all three versions of the public option under consideration in the lower chamber would be cheaper than expected and would actually reduce the deficit over 10 years.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE

Flickr / Brent Morales

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

Progressive Group Targets Harry Reid

The Bold Progressives (aka PCCC) have taken the health care fight to the home states of conservacrats Ben Nelson and Max Baucus and Republican swinger Olympia Snowe. Now the group is going after the man himself with a new public-option pressure ad.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE

Olympia Snowe
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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Sorry Grandma, No COLA for You

For the first time in 34 years, Social Security beneficiaries will not get a benefit boost from a cost-of-living adjustment. Falling energy prices, in particular, should keep seniors flush with their monthly average $1,094 checks. So what if their health care costs have gone up by a third?

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE

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Looking for a Middle Class

The challenge of our time is to re-create America as a middle-class nation. [This is Marie Cocco’s last column.]

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE

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Condoms, Not Laws, Help Cut Abortions

This isn’t going to sound all that shocking, but remember that this country is still wrapping its head around evolution: Criminalizing abortion does not reduce the number of abortions; it reduces the number of safe abortions. Contraception, however, does reduce abortions, according to an epic study of 197 countries.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE

Olympia Snowe
AP / Charles Dharapak

Snowe Helps Baucus Bill Pass Committee Hurdle

Maine’s Olympia Snowe explained her vote for health care reform by saying “when history calls, history calls.” It called, she answered, and now the Senate Finance Committee’s Baucus bill, which would force Americans to buy health insurance without offering a public option, is off to get married to the more progressive Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill.

Posted on Oct 13, 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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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

Keith Olbermann: Saving American Lives

The “Countdown” host, having just emerged from a personal encounter with the system, pulls out all the stops for a special hour-long comment on the need for health care reform.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE

Meltdown After the Meltdown

The fevered urgency with which the bailout was pushed by the Bush administration and enacted by the Democratic Congress last year has been followed by dithering in the midst of the employment crisis.

Posted on Oct 7, 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

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

Vegetarian [A Cartoon From Latin America]

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE

AP / Jae C. Hong

The Missing Health Care Debate

One way to give people a good deal on their health care is the so-called public option. A better way is the kind of strong regulation that isn’t even being discussed.

Posted on Oct 5, 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

White House / Pete Souza

War Kills Off Great Reform Movements

The hawks urging President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan have no interest in his domestic policy. The 20th century is a graveyard of good ideas that lost out to war.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE

Pox Americana: The Real Cost of Bailing Out Wall Street

In the 20th century, smallpox killed more people than all of that bloody century’s wars combined. It cost $300 million to eradicate the disease. What might have been achieved with the $4 trillion we gave Wall Street?

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE

‘Socialism’ and Sham in the Senate

Listening closely to the politicians with the most clout in the debate over health care, it is startling to discover how little they actually seem to know about the subject.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE

Congressman: Republicans Are ‘Knuckle-Dragging Neanderthals’

Rep. Alan Grayson, the congressman who said the Republican health care plan is for Americans to die quicker, tells Wolf Blitzer and friends what’s up: “Democrats have to have guts. And now we have to have the guts to take the majority that the American people have given us and do something with it.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE

Making Tragedy Out of Farce

The Senate Finance Committee’s health care debate has given Michael Moore hours of footage for his next cinematic assault on the system.

Posted on Oct 1, 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

Sen. Robert Byrd

Is Byrd’s Health a Factor for Health Reform?

Not to be morbid or insensitive, but the succession of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat got us thinking about another Democrat among the 60 probably needed to push through health care reform.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE

HIV Vaccine

HIV Vaccine May Cut Infection Rate

After almost 30 years since HIV surfaced in the United States, researchers in Thailand and the U.S. have created an experimental vaccine that has, over a seven-year study, been found to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by one-third. The vaccine is a combination of two existing vaccinations that were not successful in reducing infection.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE

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