Tag Archives: Barack Obama

National unity. Again.

Why the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee had to submit the torture report to the White House for redactions as if Barack Obama’s lawyers were teaching assistants grading the work of bored undergraduates is one of those questions … Continue reading

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The state of health care, Florida edition

In Florida, where Governor Rick Scott repeats “jobs, jobs, jobs” often enough to wonder if it was the first and last English word he learned, the state-run website dedicated to sign the uninsured with crapulent health care has shown splendid … Continue reading

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“Whatever the policy is, the barrage begins as soon as it is announced”

Charles Pierce on the state of the Obama presidency and its dealings with the worst elected Congress in history: For all the fervor of his followers, and for all the tearful wonder that greeted the election of the nation’s first … Continue reading

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“We tortured some folks”

It may turn out that “We tortured some folks” will be the sentence that law and order voters will remember when the Obama administration has ended. As the release of the CIA report on torture approaches, it’s important to remember … Continue reading

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“This report tells a story of which no American is proud”

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who has rarely uttered a word of demotic English in decades of public life, finds her tongue. To prove no replicant has replaced her, though, she shoehorns a qualifier: The CIA, she says, might have … Continue reading

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“I have to find doctors who will treat me out of charity.”

I hear about this a lot: When Angel Cardenas, a single mother with a modest income, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, she struggled to pay for her treatment, which ultimately involved a double mastectomy. Although Cardenas … Continue reading

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Ralph Nader and the collapse of the Democratic left

Every few weeks one of these gets commissioned and an editor publishes it: the sick soul of the Democratic Party gets exorcised from its suppurating host. Bill Curry’s piece has incoherences: traditional populists of both parties didn’t believe in raising … Continue reading

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