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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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
We Want the Public Option
When Barack Obama speaks before Congress on healthcare tonight , he'll either mention a public option or he won't.
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Thursday, September 03, 2009
Rahm Pushing Triggers Through Olympia Snowe - The Question: Why?
I thought it was weird when Olympia Snowe suddenly started pushing triggers. Rahm Emanuel has been lobbying for them since early in the year, and lately the White House has been trying to burnish the image of "triggers" by pressing liberal validators into service. And now, according to Marc Ambinder, lo and behold :
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Sunday, August 09, 2009
Democrats in Pay-For-Play Deal With PhRMA?
The NYT is reporting that PhRMA will spend $150 million in advertising to support the White House health care plan in August : The drug industry has already contributed millions of dollars to advertising campaigns for the health care overhaul through the advocacy groups like Healthy Economies Now and Families USA. It has spent about $1 million on similar advertisements under its own name.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Why Can’t a Better Health Care Plan Be the Next Stimulus?
We bailed out the banks to the tune of 2 trillion dollars in the past year, put through an enormous stimulus bill, bailed out the European banks, put through yet another war supplemental, and never asked how we were going to pay for it. We just wrote a bunch of big checks. But now that it has come to taking care of the health of Americans, well, we have to tighten the old belt and it's suddenly "pay-as-you-go."
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
A Movement to Make Obama Bring an End to War
In 2007, 82 Democratic members of Congress signed a pledge. They would never again vote to fund the war in Iraq without plans for troop withdrawal. Republican critics accused them of demagoguing the war. Of using our soldiers as a political pawns, of not meaning what they said. Those who signed that pledge need to cast their vote against the Supplemental Appropriations Act on Tuesday and prove them wrong.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Alan Grayson says 'Audit the Fed'
Eighty thousand people have now seen the famous Youtube of Fed Vice Chair Donald Kohn refusing to answer Alan Grayson's questions about where all the money is going. By law he doesn't have to. Despite the fact that they have printed or guaranteed some $2 trillion dollars in the past year , the Fed answers to no one, and no government entity can audit them.
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Friday, April 24, 2009
FBI Weren't the Only Ones Objecting to Torture in 2002 - So Did the Army, Marines & Air Force
There were already serious objections to the use of torture when the Bush administration made it legal in 2002 -- FBI chief Robert Mueller refused to let his agents participate in the CIA's "coercive interrogations" in June of that year , well before the Bybee memo made them legal on August 1.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Corporate Lobbyists Behind the Tea Parties
Anyone who has watched Fox News of late has seen them talking about the April 15 "tea party" demonstrations, which they take pains to characterize as a spontaneous grassroots uprising against government spending that they are simply "covering." Neil Cavuto said :
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Ellen Tauscher (D-BofA) Helps Bank Lobbyists Write Our Laws
I've talked to probably a dozen people involved with the bill allowing bankruptcy judges to write-down mortgages, which would reduce foreclosures by 20% and wouldn't cost the taxpayers one dime. Every single person I spoke to said the same thing -- it's disgusting that banks are writing the legislation, watering it down so it is meaningless with the help of Ellen Tauscher and the New Democrat coalition .
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
DC Journalists Love GOP Obstructionists, But Americans Don't
There appears to be a pretty big gap between what DC journalists think Americans think, and what Americans actually think. No better example of this can be found than the "winners" and "losers" that DC media are proclaiming in the wake of the passage of the stimulus bill, and what DailyKos/Research 2000 polling on the subject indicates. DC opinion: It's good for the Republicans!
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