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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Here's Yet Another Rage-Inducing Scam in the American Health Care System

Here is your statistic of the day: The average salary of an emergency room physician was $311,000 in 2014, rising from $247,000 since 2010 — a period when many other types of doctors experienced declines in salaries, according to Merritt...Show More Summary

Republicans Once Again Favored to Take Control of the Senate

Remember my post a couple of weeks ago saying that Republicans were no longer favored to take control of the Senate? Well, recent polls have not been kind to the Ds, and now everyone—including Sam Wang—agrees that Republicans are once again favored. Show More Summary

Obama Needs to Learn How to Admit Error on National TV

So President Obama was on 60 Minutes last night. Steve Kroft asked about the meteoric rise of ISIS in northern Iraq: Steve Kroft: How did they end up where they are in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you? President...Show More Summary

Obama Threatened Far More Often Than Any Previous President

Carol Leonnig has a piece in the Washington Post today about a botched Secret Service response to a 2011 shooting at the White House: The suspect was able to park his car on a public street, take several shots and then speed off without being detected. Show More Summary

A Very Special Friday Cat Blogging - 26 September 2014

So. Marian and I paid a visit to our local shelter on Monday. We figured on adopting an adult cat. Maybe a calico, if one was available. So naturally we walked out with two kittens, one gray and white and the other black and white. They're brother and sister, 10 months old. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: The Death of Print

Here's a BLS chart that shows how much we spend on reading-related materials. But what does it mean? It's true that young folks spend less on reading material than anyone else, but that's mostly because of their complete non-interest in dead-tree magazines and newspapers. Show More Summary

Republicans Already Planning Big Fight Over Nominee They Don't Even Know Yet

Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation yesterday. The tea party show horses are already in full war cry mode: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) issued a political call to arms for conservatives, saying that outgoing senators should not vote on the nominee during the post-election lame-duck session. Show More Summary

South Carolina Cop Unloads on Unarmed Driver Reaching for His License

This video of a traffic stop in South Carolina earlier this month was published yesterday, and it's been making the rounds today. You really need to watch it to get a sense for just how appalling it is, but in a nutshell, here's what happened. Show More Summary

The Wild West Days of Pharmaceutical Sales Are Coming To an End

Pharmaceutical sales reps used to spend all their time inviting doctors to Hawaii for "conferences" and giving out lots of free samples. But the times, they are a changing: Kendall French used to pitch drugs to doctors who could prescribe...Show More Summary

Republicans Still Having a Hard Time Believing In Racism

The chart below, from a recent PRRI survey, has gotten a fair amount of attention on the intertubes over the past couple of days: Adam Serwer thinks the change between 2013 and 2014 is due to backlash from the Ferguson shooting, but I suspect that's only part of the story. Show More Summary

RED 3: Mitt Romney May Be Retired, But Still Extremely Dangerous

Byron York says that Mitt Romney aspires to be the Harold Stassen of the 21st century: Romney is talking with advisers, consulting with his family, keeping a close eye on the emerging '16 Republican field, and carefully weighing the pluses and minuses of another run. Show More Summary

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Emails (Non-IRS Version)

In the famous case of Lois Lerner's missing IRS emails, it really does appear that the whole affair was the result of nothing more than a genuine hard drive crash combined with outdated IT procedures for saving backup tapes. Needless...Show More Summary

Pat Roberts Apparently Too Dumb to Realize He Called Obama a Nazi

Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said this on the campaign trail a couple of days ago: There's a palpable fear among Kansans all across this state that the America that we love and cherish and honor will not be the same America for our kids...Show More Summary

Bill Clinton Is Right: Storyline Reporting Has Poisoned the Political Press

Today brings a remarkable column from the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza. It's about the Clinton family's adversarial relationship with the press: Put simply: Neither Hillary nor Bill Clinton likes the media or, increasingly, seesShow More Summary

The Rich Are Getting Richer, Part the Millionth

It's not easy finding new and interesting ways to illustrate the growth of income inequality over the past few decades. But here are a couple of related ones. The first is from "Survival of the Richest" in the current issue of Mother...Show More Summary

Does Congress Ever Turn Down a Request For War?

Plenty of people think Congress should be called back into session to conduct a vote on the bombing campaign in Syria. John Boehner disagrees: Boehner’s office deferred to the White House when asked about the issue. “As the Speaker has...Show More Summary

The Rich Have Always Been Obnoxious and Entitled

I'm not sure what's going on with David Brooks. It's something, obviously, but I can't put my finger on it. In any case, he thinks we should all cheer up because America's cities are safer and more interesting than ever; poverty is down;...Show More Summary

State Department: Iraqi Ground Troops Not Going To Be eady Any Time Soon

From a New York Times piece about today's bombing campaign against ISIS targets in eastern Syria: In Iraq, American advisers need to train the 26 Iraqi brigades that the Pentagon says are still intact and loyal to the government andShow More Summary

Quote of the Day: Marco Rubio Thinks US Troops Would Have Intimidated Nouri al-Maliki

From Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.), explaining why he'd keep a big slug of troops somewhere in the Middle East if he were president: If the U.S. had had a presence [in Iraq], we would have had more leverage over how Maliki conducted hisShow More Summary

The Heartwarming Story of Arab Support for Our Bombing Campaign

Speaking of things to remain skeptical of, the very top of the list certainly has to include the news that our staunch allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan participated in yesterday's airstrikes in Syria: A U.S. Show More Summary

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