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Daschle Withdraws Nomination for HHS Job
AP is reporting: WASHINGTON - Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary. That's according to a joint White House statement from President Barack Obama and his former nominee. Obama said Tuesday he accepted the withdrawal "with sadness and regret." Daschle...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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," she said. "These people are idiots. You can't use taxpayer money to pay out $18 billion in bonuses...
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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,...
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GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Democratic Lawmakers 2 To 1 In Stimulus Debate On Cable News
Think Progress is reporting today: As Media Matters has documented, during the Bush administration, the media consistently allowed conservatives to dominate their shows , booking them as guests far more often than progressives. The rationale was that Republicans were " in power ." It appears that...
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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,...
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Good News, Always Worthy of Note, and Thanks
Barack Obama today signed the first bill of his presidency: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restores the rights of workers - in this case, a woman - to sue in the face of workplace discrimination. Obama called the bill "a simple fix to ensure fundamental fairness to American workers." Equal...
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