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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

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Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE


Sept. 11 Heroes Disdained on the Right

To understand the depths of shame and cynicism in the partisan stalling of health legislation for 9/11 first responders, it is only necessary to recall how eagerly Republican politicians once rushed to identify themselves with New York City’s finest and bravest.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE


The Pride of ‘Obama’s Orphans’

This will go down as the most productive Congress since the 89th. And 52 Democratic House incumbents, most elected in 2006 or 2008, lost their seats.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

‘Don’t Ask’: Not Quite Fa La La Just Yet

It would appear that all us gay folks should don our gay apparel and go caroling from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to the Capitol, thanking our elected representatives for finally giving us the right to kill and be killed without simultaneously hiding in the closet.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The B-Plus President

I doubt that President Obama is about to sit down at the end of this year and tell Oprah Winfrey that he is giving himself a B-plus as he did just a year ago.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Obama’s 2010 Successes and Failures in the Middle East

As the decade draws to a close, it is clear that the bright hopes inspired by Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech have markedly faded, and the disappointments have outweighed achievements in the most important arena for contemporary American foreign policy.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail

One hundred and thirty-one men and women, many of them military veterans wearing old fatigues, formed a single, silent line. Under a heavy snowfall and to the slow beat of a drum, they walked to the White House fence. They stood there until they were arrested.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE


Dead Excuses

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Quit Smoking

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Assange to Launch Social Network for Diplomats: Twofacebook

Julian Assange said he came up with the idea for the new site while combing through hundreds of thousands of pages of WikiLeaks documents: “I realized that diplomats didn’t have a way to reconnect with old colleagues so they could lie to them.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE


Good Business, for CEOs and Commoners Alike

Our government already favors certain industries—finance and defense, among them. President Obama should identify the parts of the private sector that share an interest in reducing the dreadful inequalities that have metastasized over nearly four decades.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Congress Passes Obama-Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

After a brief show of disapproval, the House went along with the Senate to extend George W. Bush’s gift to the yachting community for another two years. President Obama negotiated the compromise, which will add $858 billion to the deficit, thanks in part to generous giveaways to rich Americans—and not just those who are living.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE


Why the ‘Lazy Jobless’ Myth Persists

During the recent fight over extending unemployment benefits, conservatives trotted out the shibboleth that says the program fosters sloth.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE


How the Senate Should Vote

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Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Round and Round in Afghanistan

The good news is that President Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan is “on track.” The bad news is that the track runs in a circle.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tim Keegan (CC-BY-SA)

Everything Is Negotiable, Except Nature

The president is fond of compromises, but the terms of the climate change conundrum aren’t set by contending ideologies. In the case of global warming, chemistry rules, which means there are lines, hard and fast.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE


So Far Health Care Rulings Are Disturbingly Predictable

I’m hoping for the moment when a federal judge picked by a Democratic president strikes down the health care law. Or when a Republican-appointed judge upholds it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

White House Sees Progress in Afghanistan

A White House review of the mess in Afghanistan will reportedly declare that some modest progress has been made toward the administration’s goals (vague and illogical though they may be), despite widespread skepticism and the most allied casualties since the start of the war in 2001.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE


Labels Aren’t the Problem

The “No Labels” group that held its inaugural meeting this week in the name of the political center fills me with passionate ambivalence.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


Let Me Cry for You, Argentina

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AP / Greg Baker

Democracy: Made in China

China is experimenting with representative democracy. Cynics say “don’t hold your breath,” but they fail to consider a new generation of Chinese citizens and leaders who are developing different sensibilities than their forebears.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


Weeper of the House

The speaker got weepy. No, not her—him. The incoming House speaker, Ohio Republican John Boehner, turns out to be a veritable waterworks of emotion.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Ron Paul Considers Another Run for the White House

The iconoclastic congressman is riding high in the wake of tea party hype and he tells The New York Times his chances of running again for the presidency are “at least 50-50.”

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Peter Dejong

No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted

We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


In Latest Compromise, Obama Agrees He Is a Muslim

In his latest effort to find common ground with Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama said today that he was willing to agree that he is a Muslim.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


The Specter Haunting Obama

American decline is the specter haunting our politics. This could be President Obama’s undoing—or it could provide him with the opportunity to revive his presidency.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Base

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Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE


Hold Your Nose and Vote ‘Aye’

Approve the lousy deal. It pains me to write those words, because the agreement President Obama negotiated with Republicans on tax cuts is really quite awful.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Angry House Dems Reject Bush-Obama Tax Cuts

Democrats in the House passed a resolution Thursday telling the president not to bother bringing his compromise extension of tax cuts for the wealthy to their chamber. Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would continue to work with the White House and, if history is our guide, the White House will continue to work with Republicans to get the bill passed.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


Olbermann Comments the Special Out of Obama

Maybe he heard that the president called liberals like him “sanctimonious,” but Keith Olbermann is pretty worked up. Watch to the end if you want to see the claws come out.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Speaks Ill of His Allies

What does President Obama think of those who fought and bled to pass his bills in Congress (in some cases losing in this year’s election for their pains) while also defending him against wild charges from the right wing? Are they among the liberals he described as “sanctimonious”?

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Headed for a Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid postponed a test vote Wednesday while he worked on a deal with Republican Sen. Susan Collins, but he earlier said he believed he could get the 60 votes needed to end the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE


Opportunity in a Tax Deal

President Obama’s tax deal offers him a relatively painless way to wriggle out of his most irresponsible campaign promise: to permanently extend the so-called middle-class tax cuts, the middle in this case amounting to 98 percent of households.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


One-Man Fire Brigade

Ben Bernanke may or may not succeed in saving the economy, but at least he has the courage to try—and the honesty to tell the truth. The same cannot be said of our elected officials.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Tax Cave Is Worse Than Expected

Based on what The New York Times describes as President Obama’s “substantial concessions to Republicans,” Democrats in Congress have reason to fret. Not only did Obama agree to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, but he caved in to Republican demands to neuter the estate tax. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


Going to the John

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Wikimedia Commons / Natural RX

WikiLeaks Exposes Secrecy Abuse

Ronald Goldfarb, writing in The Hill, points out that 90 percent of the 16 million classified documents generated each year should be open in the first place. “The burden,” he writes, “ought to be on those classifying confidentially to make the clear case for secrecy, and the presumption should be for openness.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE


WikiLeaks

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Global Stature

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Cutting Medicare and Social Security

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Can Democrats ‘Up Their Game’?

Being the party of “new and improved” surely beats getting trapped in a fight whose terms were set entirely by Republicans.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE


The Grinch Who Stole Washington

Why did Republicans go to the trouble and expense of winning the midterm elections?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE


Bending

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Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Just the Fibs, Ma’am

It’s a sad day when working journalists condemn those who would pry loose a few secrets from the national security state. Glenn Greenwald has done an excellent job tracking the hypocrites, hacks and access addicts. His latest target is Joe Klein (above), who describes WikiLeaks’ work as a “human disaster.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Wendell Potter on ‘Deadly Spin’

The health industry spinmaster-turned-whistle-blower says the consumer is funding the industry’s smear campaigns: “A big portion of what we spend or pay in premiums is skimmed off to operate and conduct these fear-mongering and anger-mongering campaigns.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Wendell Potter on ‘Deadly Spin’

The health industry spinmaster-turned-whistle-blower says the consumer is funding the industry’s smear campaigns: “A big portion of what we spend or pay in premiums is skimmed off to operate and conduct these fear-mongering and anger-mongering campaigns.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE



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California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



More News, Less Turkey

Today on the list: Bribing Israel, the possibilities of precognition, the value of banks (it’s complicated), and the incredible shrinking withdrawal date.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


While You Were Sleeping, California Made New Election Laws

Politicians have ways of protecting themselves from ordinary people, but Californians have passed a series of ballot measures mandating that election districts—from school boards to Congress—be redrawn by 14 randomly selected citizens.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


Thanksgiving for Nothing

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