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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


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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



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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


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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


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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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The Politics of Earthquakes

If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Big Lie About ‘Reconciliation’

The claim that Democrats are just “ramming through” a health bill is, I am sorry to say, one big lie—or, if you’re sensitive, an astonishing exercise in hypocrisy.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Going Nuclear, Again

Get ready for the new nuclear option. You may remember the old version, legislatively speaking, which came up during the George W. Bush-era controversy over filibustering judicial nominees.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



Fun With Geography Edition

There’s talk of single-payer in Pennsylvania, Bibles-for-porn in Texas and iPhones everywhere. Plus: the Arab Jew cultural connection, and why Republicans and Greens are so mad at Obama.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Jim Bunning Feels Jim Bunning’s Pain

Objection-raising robot Sen. Jim Bunning sure had his day, and his night, on Friday, what with his single-handed stymieing of the proposed extension of health care and unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. But, as he pointed out near the end of Friday’s jousting session on the Senate floor, it’s not as if he wasn’t inconvenienced himself.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Considers Adding GOP-Generated Ideas to Health Bill

It doesn’t seem possible, but it could maybe perhaps be the case that some kind of resolution in the health care reform saga might be achievable soon. At least that’s the tone President Barack Obama struck in a letter he sent Tuesday to prominent members of Congress that included conciliatory language on the subject of four ideas advanced by Republicans at last week’s health care summit.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



Free Umbrella Edition

Inside Citibank’s homophobia, how to clean art with tattoo removal lasers, and populism with brains. All this and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

The System Works, Obama’s Approach Doesn’t

Divided government need not mean gridlock. Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan made it work. Obama can, too.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Democrat Challenges the Senator From Wal-Mart

One of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats now faces a primary challenge on her left flank. Blanche Lincoln, who betrayed the unions that had supported her and who had bitterly fought off a public option in health care reform, was already headed for a tough race. (continued)

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


Can’t We All Just Get Along? No

If we learn nothing else in 2010, can we please finally acknowledge that our partisan divisions are about authentic principles that lead to very different approaches to governing?

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


Coming Together









Posted on Feb 28, 2010 ENLARGE


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Obama Healthy, Still Sins

As most recent presidents have done, Barack Obama has released the results of his annual physical examination. Doctors are reporting the president is in “excellent health” despite his continued struggle with addiction to nicotine.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE



Millennial Edition

Why the brain forgets things on purpose, the ugliest fish in the world, and finding out how millennial you are. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Feeds Health Reform to GOP









Posted on Feb 26, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Pat Sullivan

Behind the Tea Party Facade, Just Another Bush-League Republican

Ron Paul proté gé Debra Medina is shaking up the Texas gubernatorial race, but scratch the surface of this rising tea party star and you’ll find a Bush-style big-government hypocrite.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


Dealing With the Democrats

President Obama’s health care fight is not with the Republicans, but with members of his own party, especially those in the House.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Reid Tells Republicans to ‘Stop Crying’

With more Senate Democrats urging Harry Reid to revive the public option and pass health care reform through budget reconciliation, the Senate majority leader said Republicans “should stop crying about reconciliation as if it’s never been done before.” Reid said the maneuver is used nearly every year, usually by Republicans.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Douglass

Your Handy Guide to Obama’s Health Care Proposal

Here we have Linda Douglass, communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, lending her interpretive skills to C-SPAN to talk up some of the details of Barack Obama’s health care reform proposal, which she calls an “opening bid” by the president ahead of Thursday’s big bipartisan health care huddle.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Mixed Pairs









Posted on Feb 23, 2010 ENLARGE


Health Care: Pass It or Perish

Now that Obama has finally put a health care proposal on the table, the Democratic leaders in Congress have only one rational course of action: pass the thing, and quickly, or risk their party becoming the loyal minority.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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