Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher is the founder of firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on The Daily Beat, Common Dreams, AlterNet, The Nation and The American Prospect.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Writing about Politics is Hard
Dave Weigel writes : Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) announced his retirement today, mixed-but mostly dire-news for Democrats, who were hopeful that he could hold on and defeat his likely, scandal-tainted GOP opponent Tim Griffin. One of the possible reasons for the retirement? A poll conducted by SurveyUSA, paid for by the progressive blog Firedoglake, which tested negative messages about the health care reform bill and whether it made voters sour on Snyder.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Right and Left Agree: Mandates are the Road to Neo-Feudalism
There is tremendous fear rising on both the right and the left that the announced intention of Congress - to force every American to pay tribute to private corporations, with no government alternative - sets a dangerous and frightening precedent with implications far outside the scope of health care.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Why Is Obama Ditching the Public Option — and You?
Obama apparently doesn't think he campaigned on a pubic option , just because he mentioned it during his campaign and included it in his health care plan. Why would that be?
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Monday, December 21, 2009
10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill
FDL has become the go-to place for coverage of the health care bill due to the work of our incredible team.
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Obama Is 'Keeping Score' on Those Who Vote Against Him
A story in the Hill this morning lets us know that Obama is very much aware of Pete DeFazio's votes against his legislation: Obama himself has taken notice. "Don't think we're not keeping score, brother," Obama told DeFazio during a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus, according to members afterward. That's pretty powerful. The President of the United States calling you out for disloyalty in front of your peers.
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Monday, December 07, 2009
Why Progressive Activists Are Giving Obama a Pass
There are a lot of reasons why the progressive groups that would be leading campaigns on a variety of fronts against George Bush stay silent when Obama does the same thing. Randy Shaw has a thoughtful analysis that deserves attention : Why have activists not publicly challenged Obama’s largely following the moderate Clinton-Gore course, and his failure to ignite the grassroots with a sense of ongoing social transformation that Democrats felt in 1965 or Republicans
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Monday, November 23, 2009
It’s Harry Reid’s Choice: Reconciliation = Majority Rule
As the majority leader of the Senate, the power to pass a public option is squarely in Harry Reid's hands. Will he let three or four corrupt Senators owned by the insurance industry hold the public option hostage? Or will he use the reconciliation process to allow a simple, democratic majority rule?
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Saturday, November 07, 2009
And the Catholic Bishops Endorse! A Special Thank-You To Planned Parenthood and NARAL
There's a shit storm going down on TV right now on CSPAN as the health care bill hits the floor of the House. Thank you Democrats, for making women take a punch in the throat from a bunch of old men who have spent the better part of the last century avoiding their own problems. So Rahm and Obama (who did nothing to stop it) can have their "w":
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Monday, October 05, 2009
Countdown to Lieberman
The White House had to go outside the beltway to find someone to print a story about the President calling Senators and speaking positively about a public option. It's great that he said good things to Maria Cantwell, who already supports a public option. Ben Nelson too (though he doesn't say that Democrats like Nelson shouldn't side with Republicans and filibuster a bill, the only Nelson vote that will matter).
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Hey Rahm: Twist An Arm in Support of the Public Option, Not Against It
We hoped it wasn't true. We hoped that when Richard Trumka committed to back a public option and threatened to withhold support from Democrats who wouldn't vote for one that it wasn't just pre-convention rhetoric .
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