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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Send the Negotiators, Bring the Troops Home
Given the alarming signs of escalating U.S. involvement in Afghanistan – Obama's talk of increased troops, the recent bombings of mountainous border areas of Pakistan – the possibility of a political, not military solution to Afghanistan seems to slip further and further away. Progressive Democrats of America – "Healthcare NOT Warfare" – urges us not to let it. Why is there almost no discussion in Congress about finding a political solution? Tell them we need it here
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Monday, February 2, 2009
Oops, Changed My Mind, But I Might Not Recall Much...
Karl Rove now says he will cooperate with prosecutor Nora Dannehy's probe of the Bush Administration's firings of U.S. attorneys in 2006, Rove's attorney tells TPMmuckraker here
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Reject 'Lemon Socialism': Obama Should Nationalize Bailed Out Banks
A growing chorus of economists are urging Obama to reject 'lemon socialism' - where losses are socialized; profits privatized. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman adds his voice today: “If taxpayers are footing the bill for rescuing the banks, why shouldn’t they get ownership, at least until private buyers can be found? But the Obama administration appears to be tying itself in knots to avoid this outcome.”
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The (Changing) Color of Our Skins
Here at the dawn of the Obama era, NPR gives us an interesting look at race, which turns out to be far more mutable that many thought. An anthropologist from Penn State finds that 100 or so generations ago, "almost all of us were in a different place and we had a different color." For more, click here
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Super Ambivalent
What a thrill. What a travesty. So much grace and drama and prowess. So much hype and dross and excess. Our childlike wonder in the face of spectacle is endearing. Our gullibility and skewed value system is appalling, borderline sinful. And Bruce! What a showman! What a sell-out! The giddy overkill of the Super Bowl, this year even more than others, inspires...mixed feelings. Moral outrage is helped along, though, by the unusually scurrilous behavior of corporate America. How much good could be done with the $3 million per beer ad they spent? Ask a food bank.
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Sunday, February 1, 2009
Disgorge, Fire, Prosecute (Don't Forget Paulson) and Next Time Do Let's Ask More Relevant Questions Before, Not After, Please
More excellent ideas from Maureen Dowd in the Times about what to do with those Wall Street looters here
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Saturday, January 31, 2009
You Gotta Love Her
I'd never heard of Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri, before Friday. But who could argue with her hammering of bonus-glutted Wall Street fat cats on the Senate floor? "They don't get it. These people are idiots. You can't use taxpayer money to pay out $18 billion in bonuses... What planet are these people on?" McCaskill proposed legislation to cap executive pay at any company getting federal bailout money at $400,000, or the U.S. president's salary. "Right now, they're on the hook to us. And they owe us something more than a fancy waste basket and a $15-million dollar jet. They owe us some common sense." Okay, her language was refreshingly direct, but in truth she could have gone further. She could have capped their salary closer to many of the rest of us, say, $20,000 or $30,000. And she could have used, not only the "i" word, but the "c" word. Can you spell c-r-i-m-i-n-a-l?
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Friday, January 30, 2009
From Vermont, An FDR-Inspired Call To Accountability
With all the fevered talk about the economic crisis, there has been remarkably little talk about making accountable those Wall Street bankers, flim-flam artists and other speculators who got us into this mess. A bracing exception to the see-no-evil-hear-no-evil rule is the tireless Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator from Vermont, who is asking some hard questions – as in, who, how, why? – that would make FDR proud.
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GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Democratic Lawmakers 2 To 1 In Stimulus Debate On Cable News
Think Progress is reporting today: ...the cable networks are still turning more often to Republicans and allowing them to set the agenda on major issues, most recently on the debate over the economic recovery package.
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We May Be Thugs, But We're Profitable Ones
This week's announcement that Iraq has denied Blackwater Worldwide an operating license to provide so-called security protection to U.S. officials there seemed like promising news. But Blackwater, known for its history of excessive force and its 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians, is doing just fine, thanks, pretty much everywhere else.
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