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Month: August 2009

August 31, 2009
Bill Bradley's Airball on Health Care Compromise

In a New York Times op-ed Sunday, former New Jersey Senator and legendary New York Knicks forward Bill Bradley looked back to the future of health care reform. Citing his own role in the deal with Ronald Reagan that produced the 1986 overhaul of the tax code, Bradley optimistically insisted, "a grand bipartisan compromise is […]

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August 30, 2009
WaPo Cites Blackwater's Krongard on Low CIA Morale

One day after Newt Gingrich, no friend of the CIA, called on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over his plan to investigate the agency, former Vice President Dick Cheney pronounced he was "offended as hell" by the probe. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported "Ex-Intelligence Officials Cite Low Spirits at CIA." To make its case, […]

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August 29, 2009
Hurricane Katrina and the "Nobody Could've Predicted" President

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees," President George W. Bush protested on September 1, 2005. Ultimately, Bush's feeble - and false - excuse for his tragic failure in the wake of the drowning of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina four years ago today defined his presidency. As it turns out, from […]

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August 28, 2009
Canadians Warned to Get Health Insurance for U.S. Travel

Traffic in Vancouver, as I learned the hard way during a recent trip to British Columbia, is a nightmare. The crisis has become so severe that the city is now home to North America's only commercial radio station dedicated 24/7 to traffic reports. But judging from the ads on AM 730, the only thing Canadians […]

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August 21, 2009
GOP: Health Care Needs More Senate Votes Than Social Security, Medicare

Once upon a time - a time before the 2006 midterm elections consigned the GOP to minority status in Congress, a bill generally required 51 votes in the Senate to become law. But not content to rest on their record for filibusters in the 110th term, roadblock Republicans now insist even 60 votes aren't enough. […]

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August 20, 2009
In New Book, Tom Ridge Decries Politicized Bush Terror Alerts

"In his new book, former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge confirms what most long suspected: the Bush administration manipulated the terror threat level for the President's political advantage. But while his long overdue admission is welcome, his suggestion that he resigned over the matter is laughable. As ThinkProgress and others have passed along, US News […]

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August 20, 2009
The 5 Symptoms of Incurable Republican Schizophrenia

The Mayo Clinic, the world famous institution cited by all sides in the contentious health care debate, defines schizophrenia as a serious brain disorder "in which reality is interpreted abnormally" resulting in "hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking and behavior." Apparently, that affliction is now running rampant among supporters of the Republican Party. As recent polling […]

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August 19, 2009
America Wins When Democrats Go It Alone

Back in January, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman presciently warned President Obama about the GOP's bad faith in negotiating the stimulus bill, announcing, "Look, Republicans are not going to come on board." Now Krugman's paper is reporting the White House may finally be learning its lesson and planning to "go it alone" on health […]

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August 18, 2009
CBS News Slams AARP, Promotes Right-Wing ASA Instead

As its 2003 support for President Bush's overpriced, unfunded and deeply flawed Medicare prescription benefit showed, the AARP can make some strange political bedfellows. Buti in a segment Monday slamming the 40 million member organization over its role in the current health care reform debate, CBS News made some strange bedfellows of it own. Its […]

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August 16, 2009
Obama Falling Victim to Krugman's Law. Again.

Following President Obama's lead, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday announced that a public option is "not the essential element" of the administration's health insurance reform push. Sadly, that development seems to signal that, as with the stimulus package, Obama has again fallen into a trap of his own making. In his […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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