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Hillary Care, Bush Care, Wyden Care

I’m going to have a lot more to say in a few weeks about the importance of proposing a universal health insurance plan if you’re running for President. But if you are going to make a health care proposal, certain minimal parameters seem obvious, especially The Two Mandatorys:
–an individual mandate, which requires everyone to buy into …

Re: Disgusting

The humorless but dedicated folks at Media Matters have been on this scurrilous Obama-the-Bomber story for days, but I’m sad to say that this is one instance in which they seem quite right about the truth still getting its boots on while the lie does the herky-jerky during the credits of “24.”

What’s especially brilliant about this …

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Disgusting

The effort to slime Barack Obama has begun in the slimiest possible way. I received the following from an outraged reader, who had received it from a friend:

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born
in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black Muslim from
Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a

Re: She’s in.

One thing for sure, this race is going to be a far different one from what HRC might have anticipated even a few months ago. Here’s what I wrote on that score for Time.com.

It also strikes me that her disastrous foray into health care might not be the political liability it once was. These days, she talks about it almost apologetically, …

Insert Bombing Pun Here

After a mixed reception to Stephen Colbert’s performance at the WHCA dinner last year, the association is giving new meaning to the word “safe” by choosing as its entertainment this year one “Rich Little.” First, apparently he is still alive. Who knew? But he’s not alive enough to cause anything more than a titter. He apparently was …

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Death Squads

A reader writes

Hey, Joe. How about addressing indications that the Bush Administration has employed the “Salvador” strategy to train death squads to take out militia leaders?

I certainly hope so. If ever there was an appropriate circumstance for covert action–in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere–it is the effort to find and eliminate …

Reporting 101

I’m a little new at this blogging business, and as a general principle, don’t think it’s a good idea to get baited. However, I’d like to clarify something:

The storm of comments on my initial post on the Senate ethics bill seem to have been generated by one on Atrios. The presumption of a lot of those comments seems to be that I was …

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Amazing…But Right

Uber-hawk Krauthammer against the surge. There’s a concensus growing for a U.S. pullout from the civil war in Baghdad toward a safer military posture. The big drawback: it will be easier for the Maliki-Sadr government to vamp on the Sunnis. Kraut’s right, though: there are no good options.

Re: Never mind…

UPDATE: The ethics bill comes back from the dead in the Senate. The most important thing in this bill is the additional disclosure requirements that it puts on lobbyists and lawmakers, which will make it much harder for them to do favors for each other without anyone knowing about it.

Does this mean Congress will be squeaky clean from …

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