Tag Archives: Barack Obama

“Narratives feed on themselves, and there was a time when Obamacare just kept losing.”

The conventional wisdom keeps being conventional. Now that the Affordable Care Act looks like it won’t collapse, the headlines have changed: Narratives feed on themselves, and there was a time when Obamacare just kept losing. HealthCare.gov didn’t work. That made … Continue reading

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The evolution of Barack Obama

One of the more amusing bits about political journalism in the last five years since the world went mad over the election of a black centrist as president is watching reporters do all they can to avoid winking and elbowing … Continue reading

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For the déjà vu file

Why can’t Barack Hussein Obama be more like LBJ? “The nature of politics has changed,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “The electorate is more polarized. I think often members of Congress are more concerned with how the … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s election: more as “an anesthetic than as an antidote to the criminality of his predecessor’s government”

Charles Pierce: The current constitutional crisis between the CIA and the Senate committee tasked with investigating its policies regarding torture during the previous administration has only one real solution that is consonant with the rule of law. Either CIA director … Continue reading

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Adolph Reed, Jr. and the collapse of the left

There’s too many provocative points in Adolph Reed, Jr.’s Salon interview with Thomas Frank. The essence: two neoliberal parties control America, one of which believes in a multicultural society while the other recoils from this society. Barack Obama meanwhile shimmers … Continue reading

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Why Wall Street so sad: “That kind of scare is not easy to forget.”

Reminding audiences that its excellent reporting can’t quite mitigate the sordidness of its editorial page, The Wall Street Journal ran a string of syllables by a sad venture capitalist named Tom Perkins who despite not knowing what words mean got … Continue reading

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Book reviews: Christina Stead, Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Man Who loved Children is one of those novels you let friends borrow with no expectation that it’ll get returned; my adventures with it remind of the anecdote about post-divorce Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick fighting over who kept … Continue reading

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Council on Environmental Quality: “bold new regulatory moves aimed at curbing greenhouse gases”

The president seems to have realized the potential of the executive branch to promote policy when Congress won’t or can’t lead: The administration, led by newly installed senior adviser John Podesta, is expected to boost the profile of the Council … Continue reading

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“An estimated 1.3 million people will be cut off when the federally funded unemployment payments end Saturday.”

Happy new year! WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A … Continue reading

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Greenwald: “If you look at the history of people who seek out political power, of the kind that they’ve acquired, it becomes its own intoxicating force”

Thanks to $250 million in startup funds from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenald and Jeremy Scahill hope to launch NewCo, devoted to anti-establishment journalism. In this interview Greenwald discusses the venture, the nature of First Amendment freedom in the … Continue reading

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Rubio: “We will inevitably see more cases of people fraudulently posing as navigators”

I still admire how organized the GOP is. Yesterday the alarmingly healthy Adam conceded that the Affordable Care Act website will get fixed. The better to inject the news cycle with this: Beware anybody trying to help people sign up … Continue reading

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Obamacare and the shrinking middle class

Josh Barro explains how Obamacare changes insurance premiums. This is the gist of the problem: The best I can do is say the ACA will create “several million losers.” They’re a small slice of the population: in good health, relatively … Continue reading

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