Pushing America Off A Cliff

You wouldn’t know it from the deafening lack of covering today but yesterday was an extraordinary news day. It is not every day that one get’s to witness an historic public admission of guilt by someone who was a principle in a campaign of willful deceit that leads to the death of 45,000...

The Old Deal

[This essay, about Obama’s past, is the first essay I’ve published about the president today. The second essay is about Obama’s future, and you can read it on Pushing Rope.] In January 2009, at the beginning of the Obama Administration, I thought everyone knew the deal. The Republicans’...

TNR Helps to Debunk Right Wing Propaganda RE: Healthcare

Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic uses the McDonald’s example to point out that the Professional Right has taken to misleading their followers in an attempt to overturn heath care reform. Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that, because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,...

US Health Care Reform: Made in…Afghanistan?

Stephen M. Walt, commenting on Obama’s recent AfPak escalation and the incongruity of domestic spending initatives vs expensive foreign military endeavours on the part of the US: As I’ve said before, Americans have come to believe that spending government revenues on U.S. citizens here at home...

White House Is Discouraging Senate Dems From Pursuing Opt-Out Public Option

This really is bizarre. I don’t know what to make of it: President Barack Obama is actively discouraging Senate Democrats in their effort to include a public insurance option with a state opt-out clause as part of health care reform. In its place, say multiple Democratic sources, Obama has indicated a...

Democrats Want Obama to Get Tough on Public Option

Sam Stein at The Huffington Post: There is a growing sense on Capitol Hill that the White House’s refusal to weigh in more forcefully in the health care debate could come at the cost of a public option for insurance coverage. Democratic aides said that a “handful” of senators who are...

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