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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)

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Going to the John

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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.”

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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.

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The Grinch Who Stole Washington

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

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Bending

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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



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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.”

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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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10 (Fake) Plagiarized Lines From Bush’s Book

After it emerged that entire sections of George W. Bush’s new memoir, “Decision Points,” were plagiarized from books by former aides, The Borowitz Report asked our followers on Twitter to come up with the best plagiarized first line for the book.

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 READ MORE


Lame Duck

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White House / Pete Souza

Look Who’s the Decider Now

Forget the Republicans. It’s the president who sets the agenda, and who ultimately is held accountable for America’s successes and failures.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



The Warning Cell Phone Makers Keep Hidden

Today on the list: Cell phone companies conceal a health warning, Michelangelo’s David the way it was meant to be seen, and Hollywood doesn’t care about poor people—or old people.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


Saying Goodbye to Compassionate Conservatism

The real point of the tea party may be to get the GOP to say goodbye to the idea of a compassionate conservatism and to Bush’s peculiar but real brand of multiculturalism.

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McFlip-Flop

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House Leadership Same As It Ever Was

John Boehner will be the next speaker of the House. Now on to the bigger news: Nancy Pelosi’s leadership was retained by the surviving House Democrats. She will be minority leader, having beaten one Heath Shuler, 150-43.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Republicans Give Up Pork

Senate Republicans have agreed not to use earmarks, the bacon delivery system favored by many a senator. It’s a party decision, but there’s movement for a floor vote banning earmarks altogether, and the White House and some Democrats are on board.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Congress Convicts Rangel

Rep. Charlie Rangel may as well have stuck around for the full hearing. An ethics subcommittee convicted the veteran lawmaker Tuesday of 11 counts of naughty, having to do with fundraising, cheap rent and taxes. Rangel’s colleagues could decide to give him the boot, but he’s likelier to get off with just a reprimand.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Murkowski’s Miracle on Ice

Officials are still counting and campaigns are still jockeying, but it looks like Sen. Lisa Murkowski has pulled off a minor political miracle by winning a write-in campaign after getting bounced from the GOP ticket by tea party upstart Joe Miller.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

Kandahar: The Latest Casualty of an Invisible War

The military’s major campaign in Kandahar has been largely ignored. The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


California Is Sick

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Obama Hype

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The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum

The country suffers an impoverishment of ideas and analysis at a moment when we desperately need radical voices to make sense of the corporate destruction of the global economy and the ecosystem.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


A Lame and Spineless Duck?

The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh, and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


Professor Obama’s Teachable Moment

The predictably childish reactions of the left and right to the budget blueprint unveiled by the co-chairs of President Obama’s debt commission offer the president a chance to play a role to which he may be uniquely suited: the grown-up in the room.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE


Tea Party in Charge

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Decision Points

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AP / Charlie Litchfield

Connecting the Dots on the Great Disconnect

The nation is dividing into ever-more-irreconcilable niches—like fans of competing teams, rather than members of a greater whole with shared purpose.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


Rank-and-File Frustration

“Why don’t they fight back?” That’s the question I’ve been hearing from the Democratic Party’s stunned and dispirited base.

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AP / Chitose Suzuki

The Elites Are Having a Tea Party

Taxes are the best weapon against the kind of self-perpetuating Ivy League elitism so despised by the tea party.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Republicans Repeal Health Care at Their Peril

Election Day exit polls showed that the health care bill is not nearly so widely despised as right-wing propaganda suggests—and that its demise is certainly not the highest priority of voters.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE


Do Only Conservative Victories Count?

In 2008, the largest number of voters in American history gave the Democrats their largest share of the presidential vote in 44 years and big majorities in the House and Senate.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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In Politics, Money Isn’t Everything

Much has been made of the $4 billion spent in the midterm elections, including $140 million of Meg Whitman’s own money, but spending, as Ms. Whitman found out, does not equal victory. Sharron Angle spent more per voter than any other candidate—about $97—and still lost.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


When Liberals Attack

Glenn Greenwald of Salon and Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC share a lot of views, but the two got into a shouting match over the value of conservative Democrats in the aftermath of the tea party holocaust. Here the two hash out their differences, with a little “West Wing” digestif.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


More Than a Failure to Communicate

The day after his shellacking, the bruised president offered a sober, tripartite analysis of voters’ message.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Washington Laughs at ‘Revolution’

Washingtonians giggle at the new and the recycled anti-Washington loudmouths coming or coming back to our capital city. There are no outsiders inside the Beltway.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Promises, Promises

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Noam Chomsky on Misguided Outrage

Today on the list: President Obama confirms that his is a Republican health care plan, Noam Chomsky considers “a level of anger ... like nothing I can recall in my lifetime,” and a random act of culture that brings a Macy’s crowd to its feet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Wanted: Mojo All Around

In his only interview since the GOP rampage, with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” President Obama was reasonable, analytical, professorial—but also uninspired and uninspiring.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


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