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Spare Change

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:41 am by HL

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Donnie Fowler: Stanford Doesn’t Want Condi Rice Back?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

Donnie Fowler: Stanford Doesn’t Want Condi Rice Back?
Will Condoleezza Rice be welcome when she returns to Stanford’s campus after eight years away serving President Bush? Maybe, but some students clearly think otherwise.

Russell Simmons: An Open Letter To My Friend Michael Steele
Don’t let those who are angry in your base guide your choices or let the people to the left of President Obama push your buttons. This is your chance to make history and real change.

Labor To Open Fire Over Solis Confirmation
The country’s largest labor and Hispanic groups are ratcheting up the confirmation fight over Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis, preparing a full-out political and media…

Obama Stimulus Speech Rallies Democrats (VIDEO)
SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO AND FULL TEXT OF PREPARED REMARKS President Obama, in some of the strongest language he’s used since the presidential campaign, forcefully…

Karen Dalton-Beninato: Boxer KO’s Graham in Battle of Theatrics (VIDEO)
TPM featured this footage from yesterday’s congressional debate between Senators Barbara Boxer and Lindsey Graham. In wordage that has the internets buzzing, Boxer twice…


Gregg Will Help Move Entitlement Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Gregg Will Help Move Entitlement Reform
WASHINGTON — In a striking repetition of the up-and-down pattern of the Democratic primaries a year ago, President Obama filled one Cabinet vacancy on Tuesday but saw another one embarrassingly come open. I had just begun a column congratulating him on recruiting Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire as commerce secretary when news broke that Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader who left lots of taxes unpaid, was withdrawing as the nominee for secretary of health and human services.

It’s Going to Get Worse for Wall Street Execs
WASHINGTON — Hot tip to Wall Street: We don’t have Tom Daschle to kick around anymore. Or even Rod Blagojevich. You may wonder what the now-withdrawn Cabinet nominee and the now-removed Illinois governor have to do with you. Well, a very good editor once told me that Washington can handle just two stories at a time.


Committee: Don’t Worry, CEOs Will Testify

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Committee: Don’t Worry, CEOs Will Testify
Remember that saying about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar? Yesterday we wrote that the House Financial Services committee, chaired by Rep. Barney Frank, had invited the CEOs of eight big banks — including Bank of America, Goldman…

Markopolos: SEC Couldn’t Find First Base In Fenway Park
Throughout his testimony, Harry Markopolos seemed to be refining his effort to express, in one crisp sound byte, his low opinion of the SEC’s investigative powers. And right at the end, he seemed to hit on it. He told the…


Bush Jacketless in the Oval Office

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Bush Jacketless in the Oval Office
The Huffington Post unearthed a photo of President Bush not wearing a jacket in the Oval Office on January 22, 2001 — just two days after his inauguration.

Who will tell Andy Card?


Why Obama’s Plan to Help Renewable Energy May Backfire and Aid Big Coal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

Why Obama’s Plan to Help Renewable Energy May Backfire and Aid Big Coal
Obama’s plan for a "national smart" grid needs closer examination. An expanded national grid would be anything but smart.

Facing Foreclosure? Don’t Leave. Squat.
In a recent interview, Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur told Americans: ‘Be squatters in your own homes. Don’t you leave.’

Amy Goodman: Facing Foreclosure? Don’t Leave. Squat.
In a recent interview, Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur told Americans: ‘Be squatters in your own homes. Don’t you leave.’

Suicides Surge as Financial Crisis Worsens
Our readers respond to a recent story about the increase in suicides as more Americans face economic desperation.

Why Military Responses to Terror Attacks Are Always Doomed to Fail
Our only hope against Islamic terrorism is to police it in the short run, and offer a more enticing idea in the long run.


Insuring Bankers’ Bonuses

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Insuring Bankers’ Bonuses
Here’s what we know so far about the plans for the US banking system that Tim Geithner will unveil next week. The heart of the scheme will, most likely, be an insurance arrangement, in which the government (part Treasury and…

Senate Republicans and the Stimulus: Playing Politics When the Economy Burns
Tomorrow’s job report is likely to be awful. January’s job losses could easily top half a million. We’re deep into the most vicious of economic cycles: Consumers are slashing their spending because they’re perilously in debt and worried about keeping…

Demanding Transparency in Federal and State Recovery Spending
With the federal government about to transfer hundreds of billions of dollars to the states, with many of those funds going to private contractors, a broad-based, bi-partisan coalition of organizations has come together in a Coalition for an Accountable Recovery…


Justice Ginsburg hospitalized for surgery for pancreatic cancer.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:33 am by HL

Justice Ginsburg hospitalized for surgery for pancreatic cancer.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been “hospitalized for surgery for pancreatic cancer.” NPR reports: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only woman currently serving on the nation’s highest court, underwent surgery Thursday for removal of a cancerous tumor from her pancreas. … Ginsburg has served on the court since 1993. She was […]

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been “hospitalized for surgery for pancreatic cancer.” NPR reports:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only woman currently serving on the nation’s highest court, underwent surgery Thursday for removal of a cancerous tumor from her pancreas. … Ginsburg has served on the court since 1993. She was treated for colon cancer 10 years ago.

Ginsburg’s pancreatic cancer was discovered early, in the course of a routine annual screening, but medical literature says even in this circumstance, a patient’s five-year survival chances range from 10 to 30 percent.

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How to Save Your Newspaper

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 6th, 2009 5:29 am by HL

How to Save Your Newspaper
Walter Isaacson, Time

The Limits of Bipartisanship
Jay Cost, HorseRaceBlog

The Stimulus Bill is a Bomb
Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal