President Obama’s Bahrain Burden Grows

On Tuesday, President Obama took a victory lap on his handling of the crises in Egypt. “Without revisiting all the events over the last three weeks, I think history will end up recording that at every juncture in the situation in Egypt that we were on the right side of history,” Obama said in a press conference. “At each juncture I …

Health Care Reform the Day After

In the wake of last night’s election, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have both said they’re open to “tweaks” of the Affordable Care Act, but don’t think they have any interest in fundamentally changing the law.

Obama said today he thinks the 1099 provisions for small business in the ACA are too …

Pawlenty Will Take Extra Medicaid Funds

Today, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who’s apparently trying to build GOP party cred by bucking the Affordable Care Act, said he will take about $260 million in Medicaid funds approved by the Obama Administration.

Last week, Pawlenty signed an executive order banning state agencies from applying for grant funding provided by the new …

The DADT Survey

The survey the Department of Defense is giving to 400,000 service members about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is now online. Read it here.

The questions in the survey ask respondents to answer 32 pages of questions that include whether they know of gays serving in the military with them, how they feel repealing DADT would affect morale and …

Feds to Sue Arizona Over Immigration Law – UPDATE

As the Obama Administration continues to push Congress on comprehensive immigration reform, the Department of Justice is expected to file a lawsuit today against Arizona’s controversial new immigration law. The border state’s new law, scheduled to go into effect later this month, allows local law enforcement to question a person’s …

Building Immunity to Iocane Powder

NBC’s First Read has found a videotape of RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a Connecticut fundraiser (above). The audio’s not great but in it Steele seems to suggest that President Obama is responsible for the war in Afghanistan. “Keep in mind again, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This was not something the United States had …

Marco Rubio Doesn’t – or Didn’t – Get It

There are a few very simple truths about how health insurance works, which some commentators and politicians can’t seem to grasp. The result is a constant drumbeat of disingenuous statements that misrepresent how health reform will work and why the Affordable Care Act was written as it is.

The latest failure to grasp comes from …

In the Arena In the Arena


The new conservative style of commentary is, apparently, to opine on implausible rumors. So we have this from the deathless Fred Barnes:

In Washington these days, President Obama is rumored to be hoping Republicans capture the House of Representatives in the midterm election in November. There’s no evidence for this speculation, so far

Obama on the Gulf Coast

Standing in the sun surrounded by state and local officials, President Obama sought to send a message of resolve to Gulf Coast residents and the American public.

“You will not be abandoned. You will not be left behind,” he said, clearly trying to draw a distinction between the BP oil spill and the federal response to Hurricane …

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