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A Small, Good Thing, With Apologies to Raymond Carver
A modest but important note to the refreshingly frank assessment by President Obama in the Tom Daschle fiasco that, "I screwed up." Obama didn't say, "Mistakes were made," the favorite dodge of errant leaders who hope the passive verb somehow thrusts the burden of the crime to an amorphous, distant...
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Not Change: Is Obama's Rightwing Pick for Commerce Secretary Corrupt Too?
From Mark Nickolas' excellent blog : Yesterday, President Obama nominated Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) as his Commerce secretary. Many Democrats and some Republicans aren't thrilled by the pick. For Democrats, Gregg's record in the Senate shows a strong conservative philosophy that is destined to clash...
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Next Up For the Kids: Their Own Little Guantanamo Play Set. Tasers Optional.
From the Surreal Adventures in Capitalism Department comes Playmobil's Security Check Point ($62), where kids can learn about racial profiling, metal detectors, full body searches, questionable abridgements of civil rights and other pleasures of our so-called war on terror. This toy is real. The...
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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AP is reporting: WASHINGTON - Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to be Health and Human Services secretary.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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