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Are You Afraid to Plan for Your Own Death?

There’s great value in exploring our rights to make the death and funerary process more personal and less of a consumer affair.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ross D. Franklin

How Long Can GOP Leaders Ignore Tea Party Death Threats?

Let’s not pretend anymore that the tea party movement is harmless. Even Sarah Palin is making comments that could have lethal consequences, such as “Don’t Retreat, Instead—RELOAD!”

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Difference Between Liberalism and Progressivism

Even as the word progressive is now ubiquitous, a perverted form of liberalism has almost completely snuffed out genuine progressivism.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


David Frum
American Enterprise Institute

Conservative Fired for Speaking Truth to Limbaugh?

The Washington Post, among others, is reporting rather matter-of-factly that conservative commentator David Frum (who, as a Bush speechwriter, coined “axis of evil”) has been fired by the American Enterprise Institute for criticizing the Republican approach to the health care fight. (continued)

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Right-Wingers Who Cried Wolf

Going too far for Bill O’Reilly is going very far indeed, but the madness of the conservative reaction to the health care bill has yet to abate.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Health Care’s New Nullifiers

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seems determined to use an attack on health care reform to bring us back to the 1830s.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Yes We Can / Hell No You Can’t

It was only a matter of time before someone worked something magical out of John Boehner’s health care vote speech.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Mar 24, 2010 ENLARGE



Noam Chomsky Edition

The water disaster that could destroy California, how much NATO pays for dead Afghan children, and answers to frequently asked questions about health care reform.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Take Two Doses of Caution and Call Me in 2014

No one really knows how such sweeping changes to the health care system are going to play out.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


Biden Calls Health Care a BFD

Let there be no doubt that Vice President Joe Biden feels the gravity of the health care bill being signed into law.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Jose Luis Magana

Will True Conservatives Stand Up?

The debate over the health care bill, which mercifully came to a close Sunday night, was not American conservatism’s finest hour.

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Makes Health Care Reform Official

After months of partisan bickering, “Obamacare” paranoia and tea-party whimsy, President Obama made the health care reform bill law on Tuesday, signing it with studied deliberation as Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others from among Fox News’ most beloved federal officials looked on.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



‘Health Care Reform Is Law’ Edition

Why are Scandinavians so good at murder mysteries? Was Cleopatra really hot? Plus: Stealing your water and the secret deal Obama made to kill the public option.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / ajagendorf25

Tea Party-GOP Relations Show Signs of Strain

Tea party loyalists may be situated at the right side of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t mean the upstart political movement is an adjunct to the Republican Party, no siree. As it evolves, the loosely unified conservative coalition may be moving farther away from the GOP’s orbit.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Yes, They Made History

The passage of health care reform provided the first piece of incontestable evidence that Washington has changed.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Party Bigotry Can’t Stop History

On Sunday, as comprehensive health care reform was becoming a reality, some people couldn’t bear what they saw.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

The Health Care Hindenburg Has Landed

As politicians go, Rep. Dennis Kucinich is about as good as they get, but he is still a politician. And so he signed on to a bill that will do nothing to ameliorate the suffering of many Americans, will force tens of millions of people to fork over a lot of money for a defective product and, in the end, will add to the ranks of our uninsured.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


In Texas, History Isn’t What It Used to Be

If you were the state responsible for George W. Bush being elected president, you’d throw out your history books, too.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama: ‘This Government Still Works’

The president, speaking after the passage of health care reform, said, “We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Boehner’s ‘Hell No’ Speech

The House minority leader got a bit hot and bothered just before the House vote approving the Senate’s version of health care reform, repeatedly dropping H-E-double hockey sticks. Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke instead to history.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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House Passes Health Care Reform

After a long day of dealing and debate, the Democrats passed health care reform by a slim vote of 219 to 212.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


Live Blogging the Health Care Vote

As the U.S. House saddles up to decide on the latest health care bill, check out The New York Times’ coverage of the vote in all its live-blogging, a-critical glory.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Kucinich: ‘I’m Just Trying to Do the Best I Can’

Ohio’s Rep. Dennis Kucinich told us “I have a responsibility to the people of the district that sent me here, not to cling to some ideological purity. ... But there comes a point when you have to look at the real world and say, ‘Is there anything that we can get out of here that would lead to something better?’ And that’s ultimately where I came down.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Kucinich Predicts Health Care Will Pass by One Vote

Congressman Dennis Kucinich predicted Saturday that the health reform bill will win passage in the House on Sunday by just one vote. Kucinich likened the bill to “the political equivalent of castor oil” but said he has been working to get remaining holdout Democrats to vote for it. The Ohio Democrat, who earlier was a holdout himself, made the comments in an interview conducted by Truthdig Managing Editor Peter Z. Scheer and podcast producer Joshua Scheer.

Posted on Mar 20, 2010 READ MORE


What’s the Matter With Democrats?

Democrats are now preposterously selling giveaways to insurance and pharmaceutical executives as a middle-class agenda.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


‘Kumbaya’ No More

No matter what the Democrats attempt or how they go about it, Republicans are going to complain, obstruct and attack. It’s hard to fathom why that took so long to sink in.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Score One for Skepticism

Democrats are delighted with the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of their health care bill, but the Republicans have good reason to be skeptical.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Reschedules Pacific Trip, Citing Health Care, Manners

The White House already postponed the president’s trip to Indonesia (with a stopover Down Under) once in order to get health care done. With lobbying still to do and fears of having to cancel at the last minute, the trip has been pushed to June and could be combined with a visit to India.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


On Health Care, Listen to the Nuns

One of the tragedies of the viciously politicized battle over health care reform is the defection of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops from a cause they have championed for decades. Thank God for the nuns.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Asks Fox News to Stop Interrupting

The president took a break from leaning on House members Wednesday to pitch his health care plan to Fox News. Things got a little testy, but Fox’s Bret Baier ended up apologizing for interrupting so much.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Kucinich Switches Health Care Vote to ‘Yes’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich told everyone who would listen, including us, what was wrong with the health care bill and why he couldn’t support it. On Wednesday, he had a change of heart: “After careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth and close friends, I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.”

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


This Bill Is Pro-Life Enough Already

There are any number of good reasons for House Democrats to vote against health care reform. Abortion isn’t one of them.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Captain Moneybags Crashes Health Execs’ Party

How are those poor, downtrodden and hurting health care executives supposed to recover from ... billions in profits? Double-digit percentage hikes for the captive audience known as their paying customers? Captain Moneybags brings his “Daily Show” camera crew to investigate ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Wade Payne

The Americans Who Can’t Wait for a Better Bill

The lines at health care centers in working class communities around the country start forming when other Americans are going to bed, and they’re getting longer.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The Doodler

Katrina’s Toxic Trailers Are No Bargain

FEMA is selling more than 100,000 contaminated trailers and mobile homes that are toxic enough to make people very sick.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Looks for Votes, Support in Ohio

President Obama flew to Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s neck of the woods Monday to rally support for his health care reform package. Kucinich, who has said he would oppose the bill, flew with the president. House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Sunday that Obama didn’t yet have enough votes in his chamber.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE


Rising Health Care Costs









Posted on Mar 14, 2010 ENLARGE


Good Debt, Bad Debt

There is a pathetic quality to our discussion of deficits and fiscal responsibility because we never face up to how much we need government to do.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason Reed, pool

Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’ (Update: Transcript)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill: “Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason Reed, pool

Kucinich: ‘Heads They Win, Tails We Lose’

Rep. Dennis Kucinich tells us why he isn’t buckling under pressure to vote for the president’s health care reform bill (“Every plan that’s put forth by our government ends up benefiting the health insurance industry”).

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


GOP Damned









Posted on Mar 9, 2010 ENLARGE    


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AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Surviving Without a Safety Net

People are just barely hanging on at employment offices, homeless shelters, food banks and community centers around the country. Help is needed right away and Barack Obama is struggling to give it.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


Indian women
Flickr / mckaysavage

Tracking the Status of the World’s Women

To mark International Women’s Day, Ms. magazine has helpfully broken down some femme-focused reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, detailing how the global group’s Platform for Action empowerment program is faring after 15 years and describing the challenges and gains that women around the world are facing in 2010.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ben Margot

Calling All Rebels

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


GOP Lawmaker Demands Recall of Car That Drove Him to Gay Club

The senator said not only did the car drive him to the gay nightclub, but it forced him to enter the club and party there for hours, resulting in his later arrest for DUI. (Editor’s note: Although Roy Ashburn is a real state senator who really was arrested on a DUI charge after allegedly being at a gay club, in this column Borowitz takes the liberty of manufacturing a set of quotations for satire’s sake.)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Best Politician Is a Nervous Politician

Moneyed interests, unaccountable lawmakers and a servile press have made Washington undemocratic.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE


Stupak
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress

Abortion Debate Looms (Again) Over Health Care Reform

“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Mark Stupak told Fox News on Thursday, owing in part to the way in which the bill was passed—“the special deals,” as he put it. After Fox co-anchor Liz Claman reminded him that he “could hold this whole thing up” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


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