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Archive for April 9th, 2010

Why the Pope Should Take Responsibility and Meet with Victims of Pedophile Priests

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 9th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Why the Pope Should Take Responsibility and Meet with Victims of Pedophile Priests
Instead of resigning, the Pope should clear his calendar for the next six months and meet with the countless victims of sexual abuse who had their childhoods stolen.

Instead of resigning, the Pope should clear his calendar for the next six months and meet with the countless victims of sexual abuse who had their childhoods stolen.

Weekly Diaspora: Busting Immigration Myths
Feature by The Media Consortium’s Immigration Blogger, with links to the week’s best independent, progressive reporting about immigration.

Feature by The Media Consortium's Immigration Blogger, with links to the week's best independent, progressive reporting about immigration.


Your Guide to National Nuke Policy History Month

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 9th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

Your Guide to National Nuke Policy History Month
Busy times indeed for US nuclear weapons policy makers. The administration today released the first Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) in eight years (and the first ever to be published as an unclassified document). On Thursday, President Obama and Russian President…



United States - Nuclear weapon - North Korea - Warfare and Conflict - New START

Making The One State Solution Inevitable
Other than screaming by the right, there does not seem to be any significant aftermath to President Obama’s decision to oppose Israeli settlement expansion. The Israeli government is simply ignoring Obama’s demand to stop building in the Arab neighborhoods in…


Barack Obama - Israel - Israeli government - Israeli settlement - United States


Romney Says Massachusetts Not A Model For Health Reform, After Urging Dems To Use It As Model

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 9th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

Romney Says Massachusetts Not A Model For Health Reform, After Urging Dems To Use It As Model
Mitt Romney continues to struggle with questions about why he wants to repeal a health care law that is so similar to the health reforms he signed in 2006 as Governor of Massachusetts, particularly since he used to argue that RomneyCare should serve as a template for national reform. In October of 2009, Romney urged […]

Mitt Romney continues to struggle with questions about why he wants to repeal a health care law that is so similar to the health reforms he signed in 2006 as Governor of Massachusetts, particularly since he used to argue that RomneyCare should serve as a template for national reform.

In October of 2009, Romney urged Democrats to use the Massachusetts law as a model to expand coverage. “We have found that we can get everybody insured without breaking the bank and without a public option,” Romney told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta. “Massachusetts is a model for getting everybody insured in a way that doesn’t break the bank, doesn’t put the government in the driver’s seat and allows people to own their own insurance policies and not to have to worry about losing coverage. That’s what Massachusetts did,” he said.

But since federal reformers adopted Massachusetts’ individual mandate and standard benefit provisions (among many others), Romney has found himself in the awkward position of having to defend his biggest legislative accomplishment while simultaneously attacking its federal twin. Yesterday, during a book signing in New Hampshire, Romney said that Massachusetts is not a model for coverage expansion:

Had they brought the federal bill to my desk when I was governor, I’d have vetoed it,” Romney told an audience of 150 yesterday at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester…”We solved a problem in the state with a state answer,” Romney said. “We didn’t have the federal government come in and intrude on the rights of states.”…Romney said the federal government created its plan without learning from Massachusetts or any other state. “It shouldn’t have been put in place without experimentation,” Romney said.

Incidentally, Romney used the 2009 interview (at that point, he was too focused on criticizing the public option to worry about other arguments) to berate Democrats for not using Massachusetts as a model. They did, and now he’s pretending that they didn’t.

Cross-posted on The Wonk Room.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 9th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

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W.Va. mine has years of serious violations, officials say
The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has ordered the evacuation of miners from parts of the Upper Big Branch coal mine 64 times since the beginning of 2009 because of safety violations, but federal regulators said the mine did not show the “pattern of violation” that would have allowed them to take harsher measures.

Lawmakers, advocates push administration for appointments to privacy board
Lawmakers and privacy advocates are stepping up the pressure on the Obama administration to fill the five vacant seats on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a panel created in 2004 to ensure that executive branch counterterrorism policies protect Americans’ civil liberties.


Anger over health-care reform spurs rise in threats against Congress members
Anger over the health-care overhaul has led to a nearly threefold increase in recent months in the number of serious threats against members of Congress, federal law enforcement officials said.


Obama Has Bungled Handling of Karzai

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 9th, 2010 4:31 am by HL

Obama Has Bungled Handling of Karzai
Trudy Rubin, Philly Inquirer
KABUL, Afghanistan - When Afghan President Hamid Karzai was meeting with provincial governors recently, he looked at his dinner and remarked, “Maybe the foreigners put some poison in my food.”This story was told to me by someone who attended the event and said he thought Karzai was joking. But the Afghan leader's remark shows how low U.S.-Afghan diplomatic relations have sunk in a week when Karzai has repeatedly railed against foreigners and declared he won't be anyone's puppet.In recent weeks, Karzai has rushed to Iran and China to prove he doesn't depend…

States Reignite Abortion Debate

Rescuing Capitalism from Wall Street
Matt Miller, Washington Post
At what point does the ubiquity of the undeserving rich become so corrosive in a democracy that it sparks a backlash that wrongly discredits capitalism altogether?That's my question for Bob Rubin and Charles Prince, both formerly of Citigroup, when they testify before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission on Thursday. Though first I'd put it this way: How'd you guys make so much money running Citigroup into the ground and leaving it a ward of the state? 

Rebuilding an American Legacy
Joe Conason, New York Observer
If there is any subject that enrages those who now call themselves conservatives, it is federal spending — and especially the stimulus program enacted by the Democratic administration and Congress last year. The government can do nothing right, they say. The stimulus was pure waste that created no jobs at all. The country would be better off without Washington taxing and spending at all.And in the next breath, those same furious folks will say that we are robbing the generations ahead by burdening them with a legacy of debt.



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