Monthly Archives: January 2010

In like FDR, out like … Hoover?

If ever there was a bad idea for this president to turn to, this is it. The AP leak, followed by the Team Obama trial balloon, floated, and then summarily shot down, on Rachel Maddow’s show last night, regarding a … Continue reading

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Ed Schultz vs. The Man on healthcare

For months now, MSNBC/Jones Radio Network talk host Ed Schultz has been the bain of the White House’s existence when it comes to riling up the populists on the left (and to be honest, in the middle, too) on the … Continue reading

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SC’s Bauer doubles down on ‘poor people = animals’ reference, cites feeding cats

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer just can’t help himself. The man who would succeed Mark “Appalachian Trail” Sanford now says that when he compared poor people to animals, he specifically meant cuddly, lovable kitties: In a phone interview with … Continue reading

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You’re welcome: SCOTUS decision lets foreign companies buy U.S. elections

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which, as Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick put it, the John Roberts “Pinnochio project” turned a corporation into a real boy, is bad on so many levels, it’s hard … Continue reading

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SC Lieutenant Gov: the poor are like stray animals … starve them and they’ll stop ‘breeding’

Mark Sanford: you are now free to move about the Appalachian trail, as you are no longer the most embarrassing politician in South Carolina. From Newser, word that South Carolina Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who is running for Sanford’s job, … Continue reading

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Haiti’s official death toll tops 150,000, aid effort shifts toward health, housing

The stunning figure comes as the Haiti government confirms that 111,481 bodies have been buried, not counting those still lost in the rubble, or buried by family members on their own. And while the official death toll is 150,000 as … Continue reading

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Cornell West’s message to Obama: show your love for the working class

The professor schools the president: “don’t be a colorful caretaker of an empire in decline,” warns the president against being “seduced by the elite,” and offers a prescription for turning the corner, in the form of a question: “how deep … Continue reading

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For the White House, a matter of (no) trust

An item from TPMDC on Friday that should be sobering for the White House. Democratic members of the House of Representatives just don’t trust the White House anymore, having delivered their 218 votes, only to watch the White House defer … Continue reading

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DeMint tries to walk back ‘Waterloo’

On “This Week,” Terry Moran calls Sen. Jim DeMint on the Waterloo comments he was still promoting a week ago, and DeMint flat-out lied about it, saying “I did not want this to be the President’s Waterloo. But pushing through … Continue reading

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Hope for Haiti Now: Best performances of the night

(UPDATED, had to jettison the MTV embed videos, which play automatically. Also, note that the male look of the night was “the beard.”) Congrats to MTV, George Clooney, Wyclef Jean and all the celebs who got together to put on … Continue reading

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