Category Archives: Obama administration

FISA 702 or PATRIOT Act 215? Questions on the Guardian/Wapo surveillance scoops

The Glenn Greenwald/Guardian story about a memo leaked to Greenwald about the NSA obtaining a court order to seize Verizon phone records, was topped by a Washington Post article stating that the NSA had “back door” access to 9 different … Continue reading

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This week’s Herald column: Hagel in … neocons out

Chuck Hagel isn’t perfect, but making him Secretary of Defense would go a long way toward showing neoconservatives the door. …

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Full text: President Obama’s State of the Union speech

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Here is the full text of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, in which he called for a “return to the American values of fair play … Continue reading

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The Daley shuffle

Politico is reporting that the White House will make some changes at the point of greatest liberal resistance.

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How to beat a billionaire (or, enter the ‘Buffett rule’)

If you’re fighting against a very rich man, in a very deep economic malaise, the best way to beat the rich man is simply to point him out.

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(Video) Riots in the streets? Joy debates Michael Steele, Dinesh D’Souza and Larry Kudlow

One of my favorite shows to appear on, The Kudlow Report, invited me on-set for their “free market Friday” panel, to discuss New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s comments about “riots in the streets” if young Americans don’t start seeing the … Continue reading

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Jonathan Chait deconstructs the left’s magical thinking on Obama

A brilliant, must-read essay in today’s New York Times Magazine.

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What’s the frequency, Eric?

Why is Eric Holder’s Justice Department spending time (and tax money) on John Edwards, but dragging its feet on John Ensign? And what about those torture guys?

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Catching bin laden: an alternate history; plus, the judo jihadi?

What if the U.S. had captured Osama bin Laden alive, and attempted to put him on trial, instead of killing him?

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**UPDATE: Qaida: yes, bin Laden’s dead. U.S. group may sue to get death pic; POTUS to meet SEALs, film in the works

UPDATE: A communique from al-Qaida makes it clear that whoever might not believe that Osama bin Laden is dead, the organization he headed believes it, and they’re not amused.

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