Bachmann Stars, Romney Skates, Pawlenty Blows It

By |June 14th, 2011|

Granted, it was a fundraiser, not a free rally. But the empty seats were hard to miss. The top level of the 2,200-seat concert hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts was entirely empty, as were the seats along the side of the second and third levels. - Obama fundraiser underwhelms E.J. Dionne [...]

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Democratic Message Stumble isn’t Weiner’s Fault

By |June 13th, 2011|

When Democrats congregate, some lawmakers are going to argue "why are we cannibalizing ourselves," said a senior Democratic aide. "Plus, he's not going anywhere, so we just look like a bunch of idiots." - Democrats worry Anthony Weiner will hurt agenda A bunch of idiots gets it exactly right. When a leader targets one of [...]

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Karl Rove & Republicans Take Hit Out on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

By |June 10th, 2011|

… Wasserman Schultz is kind of an easy target. Any “aggressive messenger” is. Extreme and shrill is always far easier to spoof than subtle and nuanced. – Hot Air …and the D.C. political class is sucking it up. Democrats are freaked that Karl Rove is leading the Right, The Hill and other Republican-leaning outfits in a targeting campaign to discredit Debbie Wasserman Schultz, all in attempt to Pelosi her. And, yep, right on schedule, the Democratic boys club is getting nervous. […]

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Health Care ACA on Trial

By |June 9th, 2011|

In the most important appeal of the Obamacare constitutional saga, today was the best day yet for individual freedom. The government's lawyer, Neal Katyal, spent most of the hearing on the ropes, with the judicial panel extremely cautious not to extend federal power beyond its present outer limits of regulating economic activity that has a [...]

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Celebrating Griswold v. Connecticut

By |June 7th, 2011|

June 7th, 2011 marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark 1965 Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized family planning and the right to individual privacy in family planning decisions. But nearly 50 years later, women in the United States can hardly find cause for celebration, because we are engaged in a full-on battle [...]

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Weiner Should Pull a Hugh Grant and Talk to Jon Stewart

By |June 7th, 2011|

"I don't represent the hide-under-the-desk wing of the Democratic Party." - Rep. Anthony Weiner Rep. Weiner was not shy or quiet about taking on Pres. Obama and Speaker Pelosi, whom he believed hadn't made the case on health care strongly enough. He also told Republicans to "put up or shut up" on the necessity of [...]

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Dems Excited About Medicare Fight, But It’s Virtual Silence on Medicaid

By |June 6th, 2011|

The Affordable Care Act will expand eligibility for Medicaid, beginning January 1, 2014, to cover all Americans with family incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty guidelines ($29,326.50 for a family of four in 2010). This expansion is one of the three primary mechanisms for covering additional uninsured Americans, along with reliance on [...]

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Judge Strikes Down Walker’s Anti-Union Law (while Vermont goes single-payer)

By |May 26th, 2011|

Along with the news that Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont has signed into law a single-payer health system in Vermont, comes this news from Huffington Post: Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled Thursday that Republican legislators violated Wisconsin's open meetings law during the run up to passage. She says that renders the law void. [...]

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The Ugly, The Bad, & The Good Can Oust the Worst

By |April 26th, 2011|

Donald Trump is upping the ante against President Barack Obama's legitimacy, raising questions on Monday night about how the president was admitted to two Ivy League schools. Trump openly questioned how Obama, who he said had been a "terrible student," got accepted into Columbia University for undergraduate studies and then Harvard Law School. - Donald [...]

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Trump: What Does Privacy have to do with ‘Pro-life’?

By |April 20th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Nice, soft ball question. But as we found out with Sarah Palin there aren't any. --updated-- Speaking of Sarah, it really does look as if Donald Trump's media blitz and poll explosion has team Sarah concerned. David Weigel did screen captures of [...]

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