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10 Awesome Reasons to Pass Health Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

10 Awesome Reasons to Pass Health Reform
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Paul Abrams: Some Ammo for Health Care Reform: A Little Help for Your Friends

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:42 am by HL

Paul Abrams: Some Ammo for Health Care Reform: A Little Help for Your Friends
Here’s help for those struggling with friends and family who may be shaken by what has occurred during our own August recess in the health care debate.

Krugman: All That Stands In Way Of Universal Health Care Is Greed, Lies And Gullibility
So we can do this. At this point, all that stands in the way of universal health care in America are the greed of the…

Leonie Haimson: Arne Duncan Has Become a National Embarrassment, Part II
It would be a pity if Obama were to repeat the mistakes of the Bush administration by promoting education policies based on the political biases of inside-the-beltway ideologues rather than solid research.


Tucker Carlson absurdly claims it’s “absurd” to think insurance industry involved in protests

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Tucker Carlson absurdly claims it’s “absurd” to think insurance industry involved in protests

On Fox News’ Hannity, contributor Tucker Carlson called the idea that “town hall meetings are somehow being infiltrated by industry, opponents to the plan, and their shills, basically, working on behalf of trade groups” a “conspiracy theory” and “absurd,” and agreed with host Sean Hannity that the protests are “organic.” However, both Carlson and Hannity ignored evidence that insurance companies and other conservative groups are sending people to town halls to “rebut” the White House and Democratic leaders.

From the August 14 edition of Fox News’ Hannity:

CARLSON: Well, the conspiracy theories that arise are the ones that amuse me most. There are two. One, that this is all — these town hall meetings are somehow being infiltrated by industry, opponents to the plan, and their shills, basically, working on behalf of trade groups — most of which actually support the plan or have remained mum on it. So that’s absurd.

Or, it’s the Republican Party, which all of a sudden has become incredibly organized. A party that couldn’t organize my eighth-grader’s birthday party all of a sudden is able to, you know, rally these unseen forces to derail the health care plan. I mean, it’s absurd. This is a real grassroots movement.

HANNITY: It’s organic.

CARLSON: Yes it is.

HANNITY: This is real.

Insurance industry groups are reportedly sending employees to protests

Health industry’s main lobby reportedly deploying employees to “track[] where local lawmakers hold town-hall meetings,” “rebut” Democrats. On July 30, The Wall Street Journal reported: “[I]nsurers continue to wage an aggressive campaign against Democrats’ proposals to create a public health-insurance plan. [The health insurance industry lobbying group] America’s Health Insurance Plans has stationed employees in 30 states who are tracking where local lawmakers hold town-hall meetings.” And on August 5, the paper reported: “The health-insurance industry said Tuesday it is launching an effort to send insurance-company employees to public meetings nationwide this month to rebut increasing criticism of the industry from the White House and top Democrats.”

Conservative organizations — several of which receive funding from industry groups — are also organizing protests

Washington Post: Loose network of activists drives reform opposition. On August 16, The Washington Post reported:

The rowdy protests that threaten President Obama’s health-care reform efforts have been spurred on by a loose network of activists — from veteran advocacy groups with millions of dollars in funding to casual alliances of like-minded conservatives unhappy over issues from taxes to deficits to environmental laws.

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Several of the biggest efforts are led by established veterans in the conservative movement, whose organizations receive heavy funding from industry groups and sympathetic billionaires. [Washington Post, 8/16/09]

There is an organized effort by conservative groups to pack town halls. As Media Matters for America has noted, conservative organizations opposed to the bill, such as FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and Conservatives for Patients’ Rights (CPR), are conducting a campaign to turn out their supporters to attend those events, with the support of conservative media figures and outlets such as Rush Limbaugh, the Fox Nation, Lou Dobbs, and several Fox News media figures. CPR has reportedly “confirmed that it has undertaken a concerted effort to get people out to the town hall meetings to protest reform,” while FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity have reportedly “organized” the town hall protesters and are “harnessing social networking Web sites to organize their supporters in much the same way Mr. Obama did during his election campaign.” [Greg Sargent, The Plum Line, 8/4/09; The New York Times, 8/3/09]


Did Christie Play Politics With Probe? U.S. Attorney Docs Add To Questions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Did Christie Play Politics With Probe? U.S. Attorney Docs Add To Questions
Those newly released documents from the U.S. attorney firings raise a few questions about the Republican who may be his party’s highest profile electoral contender this year. That’s Chris Christie, the former U.S. attorney from New Jersey, who’s also leading…





Christian News Show Poses The Real Question On C St.: How Many Affairs Has It Thwarted?
Here’s some summer Friday fun. The right-wing Christian Broadcasting Network does damage control for C Street, explaining that the real question isn’t, how many affairs were covered up, but rather, “how many affairs were thwarted.”…

Ohio Ballclub Cancels ‘Traficant Release Night’
Take me out to the corrupt ex-Rep. Traficant prison release party? Alas, no — a planned “Traficant Release Night” was canceled today by the Single-A Cleveland Indians affiliate in the disgraced former congressman’s district after angry residents complained, the AP…


you will be covered

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

you will be covered


What People Watch

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

What People Watch
A new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll looked at who watched the three big cable news networks (Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC), and whether they thought them reliable sources of news.

Key findings:

  • Conservatives (and the South) watch Fox News and little else.
  • Independents watch little at all
  • Democrats split their dial between CNN and MSNBC
  • 18-29 year olds don’t watch much cable news, but they particularly shun Fox.

Sebelius Misspoke?
An administration official told Marc Ambinder that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “misspoke” when she told CNN that a government run health insurance option “is not an essential part” of reform.

“This official asked not to be identified in exchange for providing clarity about the intentions of the President. The official said that the White House did not intend to change its messaging and that Sebelius simply meant to echo the president, who has acknowledged that the public option is a tough sell in the Senate and is, at the same time, a must-pass for House Democrats, and is not, in the president’s view, the most important element of the reform package.”


Rachel Maddow Slams Dick Armey for Stirring Up Hate in Town Halls

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Rachel Maddow Slams Dick Armey for Stirring Up Hate in Town Halls
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Rachel Maddow took on Dick Armey for his role in the violent town hall protests.

Why Are Cops Tasering Grandmothers, Pregnant Women and Kids?
Police officers are brutalizing innocent civilians with accelerating lunacy. How did this happen? How can we make it stop?

Our Last Chance to Preserve Life On Earth Is Slipping Away
Shallow news coverage causes most Americans to underestimate the urgency of the threat of global warming.


Fooled by Nanostories

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Fooled by Nanostories
This post won’t be about indie rock! But I do want to pick up on a bigger point made by Amanda in her post on that subject. She writes: [I]t’s hard to tell in the melee what’s going to…






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SOLVING THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN DIVIDE WITHOUT CHANGING ANYONE’S NARRATIVE MINDS
Seasoned peace campaigners Rob Malley and Hussein Agha argue in a recent New York Times oped that the two state solution is doomed because each side’s narrative stands in the way. You can read their argument and decide for yourself….


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Addicted to The Mall Economy
As this chart shows, almost every major country is experiencing an upturn in export volume, except the U.S.. The news yesterday that retail back-to-school sales were down spooked investors. Halfway through the back-to-school shopping season, retail professionals are predicting the…


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Corzine on Christie: He?s ?a lawbreaker? who ?gets the reputation of being the king of law enforcement.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Corzine on Christie: He?s ?a lawbreaker? who ?gets the reputation of being the king of law enforcement.?
For years, GOP leaders have been eyeing former U.S. attorney Chris Christie for national political office. In recent congressional testimony, Karl Rove revealed that “he had conversations with Christie about a possible run for governor while Christie was serving in the non-political position of U.S. attorney.” Christie’s campaign has said it was just an “informal […]

For years, GOP leaders have been eyeing former U.S. attorney Chris Christie for national political office. In recent congressional testimony, Karl Rove revealed that “he had conversations with Christie about a possible run for governor while Christie was serving in the non-political position of U.S. attorney.” Christie’s campaign has said it was just an “informal conversation.” However, Christie’s challenger in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Gov. Jon Corzine (D), contends that it was a violation of the Hatch Act, which says that federal employees can’t even engage in “any act in furtherance of candidacy” for an elected office. Yesterday at Netroots Nation, Corzine met with a group of progressive bloggers and sharply criticized Christie’s discussion with Rove:

It is hard to understand how a lawbreaker gets the reputation of being the king of law enforcement, and uses that as a platform. It’s the Hatch Act.

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Rep. Meek: There are members of Congress telling health insurers, ?We have your back.?
In an interview with ThinkProgress yesterday, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) — who is now running for Senate — warned that special interests’ influence over Congress has impeded efforts at health care reform. Insurance companies are now promising to cover individuals with preexisting conditions. Meek told us, “That’s major. That could have happened 10 years ago, […]

In an interview with ThinkProgress yesterday, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) — who is now running for Senate — warned that special interests’ influence over Congress has impeded efforts at health care reform. Insurance companies are now promising to cover individuals with preexisting conditions. Meek told us, “That’s major. That could have happened 10 years ago, but because of the special interests and the protection of some of these individuals that are in Congress now that are saying, ‘We have your back,’ they didn’t have to worry about that.” Meek went on to explain that health insurers have a strong “arsenal of communication and also of political influence” among members of Congress “in keeping the status quo.” Watch it:


Under the Microscope: President’s Coverage Promise Is No Keeper

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 17th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Under the Microscope: President’s Coverage Promise Is No Keeper
The debate over health care has become an all-out battle, as the administration, lawmakers and a panoply of interest groups vie to promote their own agendas. In coming weeks, we’ll be putting some of their competing claims to the test Under the Microscope.

Japan Joins Recent Wave Of Economic Expansion
TOKYO, Aug. 17 — Japan announced Monday that its economy has returned to growth, bouncing back from what had been the steepest slide of any industrialized nation during the global economic crisis.

Threat Theater
Five minutes before his job interview, John Fisher parks at Ace Fire Extinguisher Services in College Park, his window open and his stomach jumpy. He is nibbling on spoonfuls of cottage cheese when shouts erupt from the car next to his.