Holding Firm on the Public Option

On Memeorandum right now, there is an avalanche of commentary about the White House’s signaling that it’s ready to cave on the public option. Because there is so much progblog analysis, and because there are so many distinct issues involved with this legislation, I’ve decided to organize...

The Torture Investigation Mystery Show

So there’s been a lot of speculation in blogtopia about Attorney General Eric Holder’s reportedly renewed intentions of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the authorization and use of torture in the previous administration. The speculation — which revolves around the question...

The Voices in Marty Peretz’s Head

Pres. Obama has nominated Dr. Francis Collins, a geneticist who headed the Human Genome Project, to fill the top spot at the National Institutes of Health. Collins is certainly qualified for such a position, and the response to his nomination has generally been positive. However, Gardner Harris, who wrote...

Obama Reverses Himself on Needle Exchange

AIDS activists are furious and showed it by taking over the Capitol rotunda this morning. John Aravosis has the background: Candidate Obama said he would help overturn the ban on needle exchange. President Obama reversed himself and banned federal funding for needle exchanges in his budget this year. The...

Leon Panetta and GOP Leaders Owe Nancy Pelosi an Apology

CIA Director Leon Panetta told the House Intelligence Committee in late June that the CIA consistently misled, misinformed, and in at least one case, outright lied to Congress for eight years, beginning in 2001 and ending on the date of his testimony toward the end of last month: In a June 26 letter to Mr....

Oscar Arias to Mediate Talks Between Zelaya and Micheletti

Oscar Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for helping to end years of war and political violence between the Central American nations, has agreed to facilitate a U.S.-backed effort to resolve the conflict between the ousted but democratically elected Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, and the...

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