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Inversion or Perversion?

The house is on fire and the occupants are eating dinner and not paying attention. While our tax base is being whittled away by large American corporations, members of Congress are twiddling their thumbs and doing nothing. The willingness of Congress to allow these “inversions” to occur is another sign of the dysfunction in Washington [...]

Cohn on 2014 Mid-Terms

Nate Cohn weighs the chances of a GOP wave in this fall’s mid-term election in The New York Times. Republicans entered this election cycle with high hopes. President Obama’s approval ratings had sunk into the low 40s, and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act had been an unmitigated disaster. In an off-year election, Democrats [...]

The Medal of Honor for a Soldier’s Actions When ‘Valor Was Everywhere’

One month ago, we reported on the White House announcement that President Barack Obama would award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Today that moment came. At a moving ceremony in the White House this afternoon, attended by SSG Pitt’s wife Amy and their [...]

Respected Medical Periodical Reviews ‘Obamacare’

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) — not a slouch — has just published a progress report on “Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act” — “an overview of Obamacare’s first year, its successes and the challenges ahead.” Talking Points Memo (TPM) says: The NEJM report pulled a wealth of information, much of [...]

What’s The Matter With Thomas Frank?

Thomas Frank has fallen for the Green Lantern view of the presidency, thinking that the president has the power to do anything he wishes. His criticism of Obama: Why did he do nothing, or next to nothing, about the crazy high price of a college education, the Great Good Thing that he has said, time [...]

Where People Live

This is interesting, half of all Americans live in 146 of 3,000 counties in the US. Using Census data, we’ve figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here’s the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list [...]

White House press secretary criticizes anonymous sources, yet scheduled anonymous chat

If you live in a glass house … be careful of the stones you throw.@PressSec condemns anonymous sources. Just arriving in email: White House invitation to reporters for call with anonymous admin officials. — Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) July 21, 2014 In the daily briefing Monday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest criticized a story [...]

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Agents of SHIELD; Gotham; Doctor Who; Hannibal; Daredevil; True Blood; The Leftovers; The Last Ship; 24; Penny Dreadful

TV Guide interviewed Andrew Kreisberg about the third season of Arrow: Can Arrow‘s consummate hero have it all? The third season of The CW series will dare to answer that question when Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) attempts to have his cake and eat it too — in this case, that means being a superhero that [...]

Hospitals And Medicaid Expansion

It’s no secret that Texas hospitals were lobbying Governor Rick Perry and the Texas legislature to expand Medicad coverage under the ACA – they didn’t.  It’s also no secret that hospitals are closing in states that didn’t expand Medicaid coverage.  Forbes has a rundown: Hospitals See Troubles In Red States That Snubbed Obamacare’s Medicaid Deal [...]

Another Picture From Balch Creek Canyon

I have already posted a couple of pictures from Balch Creek Canyon in NW Portland here and here.  What I haven’t told you is that I grew up a block away from that canyon.  In the summer my friends and I would pack a lunch after breakfast and take off into the canyon on exciting and [...]

This Week in Pantsuit Politics: Lucy Flores Speaks Out About Abortion and Renee Ellmers Calls Women Way Dumb

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, we focus on powerful political women in the news who are creating (or sometimes preventing) new cracks in the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making. Politicos, move aside. [...]

My First ‘Cell Phone’

I have been writing so much about ongoing tragedies, wars and conflicts that I need to give it a rest. So, for a change, I decided to read an article about the evolution of cell phones. One of the first sentences was “Cell phones have evolved immensely since 1983, both in design and function.” No [...]

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and [...]

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another garish bare-chested, bareback photo opportunity? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he [...]

Happy 45th Moon Day

The world is finally remembering Moon Day. This year, at least. But it all will depend on who runs the world.

Three Reasons Democrats Might Retain Control Of The Senate

Republicans have an excellent chance to gain control of the Senate this year due to a combination of Republican voters traditionally turning out in higher percentages in midterm elections and the need for Democrats to defend several seats in red states. Current projections from most sources give the Republicans a slight edge but there are [...]

Comedic Macho Man

James Garner has died at 86.  He was a rare hybrid – a comedic macho/tough guy. Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on “Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private eye on “The Rockford Files,” has died at age 86, the celebrity news website TMZ reported [...]

House GOP’s Hilarious Strategy is Born to Lose

House GOP’s Hilarious Strategy is Born to Lose By Dick Polman Recently, I wrote that summer is the time for stupid political stunts, and John Boehner should honor that tradition by making good on his vow to sue President Obama for alleged executive abuses. “Do it, Mr. Speaker,” I urged. “Give us a laugh during [...]

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