Tuesday, June 30, 2009


In this in-depth profile from the upcoming August issue, Todd S. Purdum exposes Sarah Palin’s campaign missteps and trail of broken relationships. Plus: Who is the most powerful woman in the G.O.P.?

The Sickening Influence of Campaign Contributions By Joe Conason
Democrats who are talking down Obama’s health care initiative tend to have something in common—their abject dependence on campaign contributions from the insurance and pharmaceutical corporations fighting against real reform.

Obama and the Stone Tablets By E.J. Dionne
The president has shied away from handing Congress his own plans on “stone tablets,” but if he doesn’t intervene in the health care debate, and soon, lawmakers are going to send him an unworkable monstrosity of a bill.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"I've spent the last five days crying in Argentina"
Gov. Sanford admits his affair -- and we have just the musical accompaniment
By Mark Schone and Caitlin Shamberg

The Love Party
by Gail Collins
Mark Sanford is the latest G.O.P. hopeful to do a swan dive off the adultery cliff. Perhaps the Republican Party has been too strict about the no-girlfriends-while-running-for-president rule.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sunday Loon Watch: GOP vs. Obama on Iran
by Jed Lewison

On the Sunday shows yesterday, Republicans attacked President Obama over his response to the protests in Iran, claiming he has refused to speak out in support of democratic ideals and principles.

Just one problem: as this video shows, President Obama has been defending the protesters since last Monday.

The only major difference between President Obama’s approach and the GOP’s approach is that President Obama chose not to sound like a trigger-happy, arrogant cowboy.

They gave us eight years of that shoot-from-the-hip Bush-Cheney foreign policy. The least they could do is shut up for eight months to give President Obama a chance to start rebuilding the damage they caused to America.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

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The Bipartisanship of Fools By E.J. Dionne
Where did we get the idea that the only good health care bill is a bipartisan bill? Is bipartisanship more important than whether a proposal is practical and effective?
The AMA’s Unhealthy Obsession By Joe Conason
The real question is not what the AMA will support or whether the attitudes of the AMA have changed, but why anyone would still heed its policy prescriptions. Very few national organizations have been so wrong for so long about the matters most salient to their own members.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Obama's Economic Misfits Finally Get It
By Robert Scheer —
On Monday, two men with considerable responsibility for enabling the banking meltdown confronted the error of their ways. Hopefully Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers’ sudden conversion to common sense indicates the seriousness of the banking regulation plan that their boss, President Obama, will present to Congress today.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The shameless fools whose Iraq folly empowered Iran's hard-liners are back, smearing Obama as an appeaser
By Gary Kamiya

Monday, June 15, 2009

Obama and the politics of short memories
By E.J. Dionne —
Business has been on the ropes since last fall’s financial collapse, but the first glimmerings of recovery are calling forth a capitalist counteroffensive.
Obama Talks Health Care Reform to the AMA
President Obama spoke to the American Medical Association on Monday, trying to win doctors over to his cause for health care reform. His speech came after the AMA declared that it would reject a government-sponsored insurance plan. Check out the clip below of the president’s speech.
You can read his entire speech here.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Obama-Haters' Silent Enablers
WHEN a Fox News anchor, reacting to his own network’s surging e-mail traffic, warns urgently on-camera of a rise in hate-filled, “amped up” Americans who are “taking the extra step and getting the gun out,” maybe we should listen. He has better sources in that underground than most.
State Senate Coup Exposes Albany’s Lack of Order
ALBANY — As New York’s governor, David A. Paterson might be expected to act as the leader of his party. But when two renegade Democrats handed control of the State Senate to the Republicans, he said there was little he could do but vent.

Friday, June 12, 2009

by Mike Murphy
The demographics of America are changing in a way that is deadly for the Republican Party as it exists today. A GOP ice age is on the way.

Inside the movement that spawned von Brunn and Roeder
By Joe Conason
Paul Krugman: The Big Hate
Moyers on Single Payer Healthcare 1 of 3

Moyers on Single Payer Healthcare 2 of 3

Moyers on Single Payer Healthcare 3 of 3

Why So Scared of a Public Plan?
By Joe Conason —
Big insurance and pharmaceutical companies are lobbying frantically (and spending millions of dollars) to foreclose the possibility of the most promising aspect of health care reform: a public insurance option.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Letterman - Dave Discusses Sarah Palin
Can right-wing hate talk lead to murder?
Two terror events in two weeks makes me wonder if media extremists might turn down the ugly rhetoric for a bit.
by Joan Walsh

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Bruce Lee co-star Shih Kien dies at age 96
HONG KONG (AP) — Veteran Hong Kong actor Shih Kien, who played Bruce Lee's archrival in the 1973 movie "Enter the Dragon," has died at age 96.

Domestic Terrorism by Any Standard By Joe Conason —
If right-wing broadcasters don’t want to be blamed when someone murders a person they have demonized repeatedly—as in the case of George Tiller, the doctor shot dead in his Wichita, Kan., church last Sunday—then they ought to moderate their rhetoric.

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