Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Why does the GOP hide its agenda?
by Joan Walsh
Ryan stays mum about his budget-busting "Roadmap" while Bachmann peddles debunked myths in rebutting Obama's SOTU

By Richard Reeves
If Americans had really understood what was happening with the Peace Corps, we might be a much greater country today and the world might be a better place as well.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The implicit lie the GOP will endlessly repeat
by Jay Bookman
Government spending did not cause the recession. Government spending had nothing to do with the recession. Government spending is not responsible for killing the 8 million jobs that have vanished from this country. In fact, there is no economic mechanism, no plausible cause and effect relationship, by which that can be said to be true.
Fudging the Facts on Health Care and Deficits
By Joe Conason
Data sets and out-year projections may make everybody’s eyes glaze over, but without accurate information, the end result of legislation is disaster.

JFK’s Eloquence, 50 Years Later
By E.J. Dionne, Jr.
It’s remembered as a day chilled by “a Siberian wind knifing down Pennsylvania Avenue” and illuminated by “the dazzling combination of bright sunshine and deep snow.”

Was Olbermann's Abrupt Departure From MSNBC Part of a Corporate "Shakedown" Precipitated by the Comcast/NBC Merger?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Palin Fails The Test
by John Dickerson
Sarah Palin's response to the Tucson shooting is defensive, illogical, distracting—and late.

Friday, January 14, 2011

How We Enable Crimes of Insanity
By Joe Conason —
The law requires us to assess Jared Lee Loughner’s mental state and motivations, but we might do better to analyze our own craziness.

How Violent Talk Blocks Sane Gun Laws
By E.J. Dionne, Jr. —
The descriptions of President Obama as a “tyrant,” the intimations that he is “alien” and the suggestions that his presidency is illegitimate are essential to the core rationale for resisting any restrictions on firearms.

Words That Don’t Heal
By Ruth Marcus
Blood libel is a term with a specific and terrible history. It refers to the scurrilous accusation that Jews kidnapped and murdered Christian children to use their blood to prepare Passover matzo.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sam Stein: Obama Re-Introduces the Human Element to the Giffords Tragedy
It is when there is a human element to his presidency that Barack Obama tends to stand the tallest. And on Wednesday evening, as he spoke to 20,000-plus at a memorial service at the University of Arizona, there was, if nothing else, an emotional honesty to what he had to say. To a nation looking for clarity, Obama didn't pretend to have all the answers. There is, he noted, a tendency to demand "order" from "chaos," to try and "make sense out of that which seems senseless." Life doesn't always comply.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Weapon in rampage was banned under Clinton-era law
The now-expired assault weapons ban made it illegal to make the type of magazine used in the Giffords shooting
by Justin Elliott

Gail Collins: A Right to Bear Glocks?


Sunday, January 09, 2011

Comedian Frank Conniff tweeted: "Hey, Sarah Palin, hows that hatey, killy, reloady, crosshairsy thing working out for ya?"
Shame on Sarah Palin
by Matthew Rothschild
She played recklessly with violent rhetoric, and she literally targeted Gabrielle Giffords.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Matt Taibbi: The Crying Shame of John Boehner
Faux Faithful Abuse Constitution
by James Zogby
This tendency to make "idolatrous worship of the American nation", its rituals, artifacts, and places, is as old as the country itself.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Health-care melodrama
by Eugene Robinson
The whole idea of repealing the law is theatrical -- and woefully ill-advised.
Get Ready for a G.O.P. Rerun
by Bob Herbert
The Republican agenda: more riches for the rich, more misery for the rest.

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