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Friday Cat Blogging - 14 November 2014

As you may recall, last week I regaled you with the news that cats (allegedly) love circles. Put a circular object on the floor, and they'll flock to it. But is this true? On Saturday, my sister visited and we performed our experiment: she laid down a scarf on the floor in a circular shape and we waited. Show More Summary

People Who Use Obamacare Sure Do Like It

Jonathan Cohn points us today to a Gallup poll with yet more good news for Obamacare. In a recent survey, the people who are actually using Obamacare gave it very high marks: 74 percent said the quality of health care they received was good or excellent, and 71 percent said the overall coverage was good or excellent. Show More Summary

A Wee Caution About the Success of the Renewable Energy Loan Program

This dispatch from Bloomberg got a lot of attention yesterday: The U.S. government expects to earn $5 billion to $6 billion from the renewable-energy loan program that funded flops including Solyndra LLC, supporting President BarackShow More Summary

Elizabeth Warren Gets a Promotion -- Or Does She?

Elizabeth Warren is getting a promotion: Seeking ideological and regional balance, a chastened Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) expanded his leadership team Thursday, including the addition of liberal icon Elizabeth Warren...Show More Summary

Democrats Take Careful Aim at Feet, Prepare Both Barrels For Firing

Sen. Mary Landrieu has a tough runoff election next month, and energy policy is a big deal in Louisiana. So Senate Democrats are planning to help her out a bit by holding a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. Paul Waldman calls this one...Show More Summary

Can We Talk? Here's Why the White Working Class Hates Democrats

Noam Scheiber takes on one of the lessons du jour that always crop up after a party gets shellacked at the polls: how do we appeal to demographic group X that voted so heavily against us? In this case, the party is the Democrats, and...Show More Summary

Ebola Panic Mysteriously Disappeared Last Tuesday

This is from the LA Times yesterday, but I forgot to mention it. It's worth a quick read: A few short weeks ago, Ebola was public enemy No. 1. About 1,000 people were being monitored by health officials. Several schools in Texas and Ohio shut down because of a single patient who boarded a plane. Show More Summary

Pew: Republicans Don't Really Care About "Getting Things Done" in Washington

Here's the latest from Pew. It's offered as a wee course correction for every pundit who somehow thinks the GOP leadership will be more motivated to work with President Obama this year than they were after the 2010 election. Survey says: screw that stuff. Let the eye poking begin.

Jonathan Gruber Says Nothing New, Gets Hammered For It

Jonathan Gruber is one of the intellectual godfathers of Obamacare. Here's what he said last year about it: "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes," he said during a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania in October, 2013. Show More Summary

Obama Takes a Good Half Step Toward an Unequivocal Ban on Torture

It's worth mentioning that the Obama administration has finally decided to take a more expansive view of where torture and "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" is banned: The Obama administration, after an internal debate that has...Show More Summary

The Case Against Postal Banking

Dean Baker thinks the Washington Post is wrong to imply that the postal service hasn't been aggressive about improving its productivity. Agreed. Then this: The other point is that the Postal Service could improve its finances by expanding rather than contracting. Show More Summary

UPDATE: Republicans May Oppose China Climate Deal, But Change Is Coming Anyway

Speaking of climate change, Politico reminds us today that although Republicans may blindly oppose any and all plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there's a whole lot already baked into the cake that they can't do much about: The coming rollout includes a Dec. Show More Summary

BREAKING: Climate Deal May Face Republican Opposition

As the capstone of an "unexpectedly productive two days of meetings" between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a deal was announced yesterday that called on both the US and China to begin reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Show More Summary

The Great Wage Slowdown Finally Takes Center Stage

I'm feeling better today, but still not really in good blogging condition. So just a quick note: it appears that the great wage slowdown is finally getting lots of mainstream attention. Why? Because apparently the midterm results have persuaded a lot of people that this isn't just an economic problem, but a political problem as well. Show More Summary

Housekeeping Note

Sorry folks. Not a good day today. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow.

Republican Agenda Starts to Take Shape

Reading between the lines, I gather that Republicans are starting to coalesce around a legislative agenda to celebrate their recent midterm victory: Ban abortions after 20 weeks. Wipe out all of Obama's new and pending EPA regulations. Repeal...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 7 November 2014

Remember I told you that 56-year-old human reflexes were no match for 11-month-old kitten reflexes? Well, if you throw in a bad back, it's game over. Unless these guys are snoozing, I'd guess that only about one picture in ten is even close to catblogging material these days. Still, one in ten is one in ten, so here are today's pictures. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Takes Up Yet Another Challenge to Obamacare

It looks like the Halbig challenge to Obamacare is a go: The justices on Friday say they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. A federal...Show More Summary

Negotiating With Republicans != Negotiating With Tea Partiers

Megan McArdle was pretty unimpressed with President Obama's press conference following the Democrats' midterm defeat. "No one reasonable expected the president to grovel," she says, but surely he could have adopted a more conciliatory...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day #2: Wage Growth Is Still Lousy

In my post earlier this morning about jobs growth, I mentioned that wage growth continues to be stuck at about zero after accounting for inflation. This probably deserves a chart of its own to make it clear what things look like, so here it is: wage growth after inflation since the recovery began in 2010. Show More Summary

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