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The Contradictions of Obamaism

It turns out there were core contradictions in the promises Barack Obama made to the country in 2008. They caught up with his party on Tuesday in Massachusetts.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Three Nagging Questions About Barack Obama

Since the start of his presidency, I’ve been wrestling with three questions about Barack Obama: Did he take on too much? Is he too hands-off in his dealings with Congress? And the biggest, which puzzled me throughout the campaign as well—where is he, exactly, on the political spectrum?

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Coakley
AP / Steven Senne

What Massachusetts Got Right

The president got creamed in Massachusetts. No amount of blaming this disastrous outcome on the weaknesses of the local Democratic candidate or her Republican opponent’s strengths can gainsay that fact.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Hard Lessons of a Rookie Year

There are important lessons from the past year that Barack Obama and his team had better learn if he is to achieve his goal of being a “transformational” president.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Bay State Lesson

Democrats should be worried about the trouble in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate race that forced President Obama to Boston on Sunday for a last-minute campaign rescue mission.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tragedy in Haiti; the Evils of Wall Street

Is the tragic story of the Haiti earthquake as much about poverty and failed governance as it is about a natural disaster? Is the Banking Commission a kangaroo court? And what does the Massachusetts special election have to do with the future of the health care plan in Congress? All this and more on this week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti report

News Minute: Haiti, Health Care, Arenas’ Plea

In this brief news update, The Associated Press reports about the status of relief efforts in Haiti and the latest in the ongoing saga of health care reform in Washington. In other news from our nation’s capital, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleads guilty to a felony gun charge.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


Newsflash: Right Is Not Center

On economic issues, we are often told that right is center, center is left, and left is fringe. For a year, national reporters (with help from conservative talk-radio goons) have depicted the center-right Obama administration and its corporatist policies as quasi-Marxist.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The End of Wall Street Liberalism

If you held a contest to pick the worst thing a politician could be called at this moment, my nominee would be Wall Street Liberal—which is why President Obama’s new fees on the biggest banks comes just in time.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care Reform: Easier Than It Looks

There is broad agreement on the kinds of concessions the Senate can make to the House and still preserve the 60 votes needed for passage of a unified health care reform bill.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE


The Byron Dorgan Thunderclap

The North Dakota senator’s retirement after three decades is an unfortunate twist for Democrats already looking at a difficult election year.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Sick With Terror

The underwear bomber has reignited the debates about how best to protect the American people, while a killer that claims 45,000 lives annually—one dead American about every 10 minutes—goes unchecked.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Irish Atheist Edition

Ireland’s atheists are battling a blasphemy law while the year of gay China is moving forward. And you won’t believe what you’ve been eating. These stories and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


Why 2010 Doesn’t Have to Be 1994

Democrats can avoid a midterm rout if they get progressives excited without turning off independent voters. Here’s how.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE


2009 and 2010
Flickr/Optical Illusion

Poll Finds 2009 Was a Pretty Lousy Year

This just in from the Annals of Utterly Unsurprising Polling Results: Nearly 75 percent of Americans won’t be sorry to kiss 2009 goodbye, according to a year-end AP-GfK poll. But wait—there’s a silver lining to be found, in that about the same percentage of respondents are optimistic about 2010.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Jewish Mother Edition

Today on the list: Twitter for your Jewish mother, why the health care bill supporters are full of it, inheriting 9/11 and more.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 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


In Defense of Harry Reid

Punditry in the nation’s capital has its own rhythms, and one common practice involves almost everyone beating up on the same politician at the same time.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Christmas Cheer, at Last

Last Christmas we were staring into the economic abyss. A year later, there’s reason to smile—but no telling where we’ll be a year from now.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 READ MORE


The Politics of Politics as Usual

It’s certainly not pretty, but looking out for the interests of their states is a big part of what lawmakers are elected to do.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Biden
AP / Evan Vucci

Senate Passes Health Care Bill

Meeting its Christmas Eve deadline, the Senate passed its version of the health care reform legislation that’s been rankling Republicans (and even some from the left) for months now.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Ad Slams Obama for Failing to Deliver on Health Care Goals

Hey, guess what? Politicians don’t always make good on their campaign pledges—and Barack Obama is no exception, unfortunately. Although the president challenged his critics Tuesday on the subject of his campaign pledges about health care compared to the current version of reform legislation taking shape in Congress, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee begs to differ in its newly released media spot.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Demonizing Dean Won’t Absolve This Health Care Sham

Howard Dean was roundly condemned for casting aspersions on what even many of its more ardent supporters admit is an obviously flawed bill.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


Decades From Hell: One Down, One to Go

This was, nationally and globally, a lousy decade. I hate to put a damper on your holiday season, but the next one has every prospect of being worse.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


Griffith
griffith.house.gov

Alabama Congressman Changes Parties Over Health Care

Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman congressman who formerly figured among the famous “Blue Dog” Democrats in Congress, has reportedly decided to defect to the GOP after breaking with his party over health care reform. This shift in the Democratic ranks could spell trouble for the 2010 election, especially if Rep. Griffith’s switchover inspires others to follow suit.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Winning Ugly

When all is said and done the health care reform legislation that President Obama now seems likely to sign into law, while an unlovely mess, will be remembered as a landmark accomplishment.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


Michelle Bachmann
AP / Charles Dharapak

Michele Bachmann: Welfare Queen

The anti-government insurrectionist has taken more than a quarter-million dollars in government handouts thanks to corrupt farming subsidies she has been collecting for at least a decade.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Harry Hamburg

Senate Leaps Health Care Hurdle

The Senate health care bill found 60 votes and cleared a major obstacle Monday morning. The diluted bill—which is expected to win final approval in the Senate this week—is a far cry from the public option-based draft initially proposed months ago. Nonetheless it aims to provide health coverage for 30 million who are now uninsured.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph

Ralph Nader describes his new book as a “practical utopia.” His quixotic answer to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” it is a window into the world the consumer advocate and independent presidential candidate wishes he could create.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives: Don’t Scream, Organize (update)

For progressives, the question on the health care battle going forward is not whether they have a right to be angry but whether they can direct their fury toward constructive ends. This column has been updated by the author.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Hanukkah Hangover Edition

Put down the dreidel and step away from the latkes. It’s time to read about the mercenary surge in Afghanistan, Sarah Palin the Terminator, why your boss is incompetent and much more.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


Warts and All

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Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / laura padgett

GOP Fails in Bid to Filibuster Military Spending Bill in Senate

If it wasn’t crystal clear before that Senate Republicans will stop at nothing to make sure their Democratic rivals don’t pass a health care reform bill by Christmas, or anytime, it should be now. On Friday, GOP senators attempted, unsuccessfully, to filibuster a huge military spending bill that needed to be passed before midnight ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


Nancy Pelosi
speaker.gov

Democrats Need More Pelosi, Less Reid

The fact is some can play this game and some can’t. Nancy Pelosi delivers time and again. Harry Reid hasn’t. The president and his chief of staff could use some coaching, too.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Liebermancare Edition

Oh what to make of Sen. Joe Lieberman’s dark influence on health care reform? Should it be passed or torpedoed for the greater good? And what about sexting? Hey, there’s more to life than health care. And it’s all here, in today’s list.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Franken
Wikimedia Commons / Jonathunder

Franken Limits Lieberman’s Talking Time on Senate Floor (Update: Video)

Perhaps reflecting a frustration among Democrats over Joe Lieberman’s role in shaping the Senate’s health care proposal, Sen. Al Franken nipped in the bud the Connecticut senator’s discussion of amendments to the bill Thursday. Updated: Now with video!

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


The Grinch Who Stole Health Care

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Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Olbermann: Obama Could Face Primary Challenge

Keith Olbermann has had it with Liebermancare, and he says the president will lose the left and possibly face a primary challenger if he doesn’t kill the “heinous mandate” in the health reform bill.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann
msnbc.com

Feeling Burned on Health Care

Those who denounce the Senate plan imagine that Obama and fellow Democrats possess political muscle to achieve something more. They don’t.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Democrats Blinked

By bowing to Sen. Lieberman and his obstructive pals in both parties on health care reform, Obama has confirmed what Republicans always say about Democrats: They simply aren’t strong enough to govern.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


George W. Bush
White House Archives / Eric Draper

The Democrats’ Bush Nostalgia

Here’s what Democrats need to ponder: Can they prosper in the absence of George W. Bush?

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Howard Dean
Flickr / Liberal Democrats

Howard Dean: Kill the Health Care Bill

Now that health care reform has been tailored to the demands of Sen. Joe Lieberman, there’s real debate among progressives about whether it’s worth doing at all. Howard Dean writes: “Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform.” (continued)

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
abcnews.go.com

Senate Republicans Trotting Out the Delay Tactics

President Barack Obama’s hope of getting new health care legislation passed by Christmas may not be realized, especially if Senate Republicans, who seem intent on using whatever strategies they can to delay the vote until next year, have anything to do with it. That’s not to say all Democrats are particularly thrilled with the way it’s shaping up either.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Gay-Prostitution-Gets-Legal Edition

Las Vegas is out to ruin the sanctity of prostitution, and the Joe Lieberman-shaped health care bill violates the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. These arguments and more in today’s list.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


In Need of a Watchdog on Health Spending

There was a nice, albeit fleeting, moment in the spring when hospitals, doctors, drug companies and insurers came together at the White House, pledging to do their part to get health care costs under control.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Koji Sasahara

It’s Not About Tiger Woods, It’s About Us

The world is living from development to development, suggesting something much more important is going on. What will it take, exactly, before we butt out?

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE



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Putting Lieberman in Charge of Health Care

The health care deal the Senate and president are so excited about would scrap a public option in favor of a plan administered by the Office of Personnel Management. Guess who oversees the OPM? Joe Lieberman, unless Democrats take away his chairmanship, which they’ve shown no inclination of doing. (continued)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Tactics of Mass Obstruction

Here’s some shocking news: Certain members of the U.S. Senate may be employing stalling tactics to make sure their version of the highly contested health care reform legislation, should it ever see the light of day, takes freaking forever to create.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


‘It’s All About Joe’

Those feisty progressives are at it again, running an ad against Joe Lieberman that features the actual chairman of the Connecticut for Lieberman party—but what exactly is the Connecticut for Lieberman party?

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


Senate Debate to Focus on Abortion

The health care reform bill that made it through the House of Representatives last month didn’t exactly win rave reviews from the pro-choice camp, and now it’s the Senate’s turn to have it out over whether government-subsidized health care should ever include coverage for abortions and, if so, under what circumstances that should be allowed.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


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