Tag Archives: Barack Obama

“No increase in part-time work over the past year”

Dear me. Published in America’s most liberal newspaper: If the health law were driving employers to cut employees’ hours, the most vulnerable workers would likely be those working just above the 30-hour cutoff. That means the data would show a … Continue reading

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“I’m not at all convinced that President Obama even wants to do away with the sequester.”

Seriously. We’re already talking “entitlement reform,” aka “raising the retirement age of people in no condition to work harder.” Kevin Drum: I’m not at all convinced that President Obama even wants to do away with the sequester. He says he … Continue reading

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“The default has begun”

Good Felix Salmon post: Right now, with the shutdown, we’ve already reached the point at which the government is breaking very important promises indeed: we promised to pay hundreds of thousands of government employees a certain amount on certain dates, … Continue reading

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“Most people are deterred by those leaks prosecutions. They’re scared to death.”

Not a surprise but assembling the facts this fetchingly tells a grim story: Six government employees, plus two contractors including Edward Snowden, have been subjects of felony criminal prosecutions since 2009 under the 1917 Espionage Act, accused of leaking classified … Continue reading

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“There are breakdowns at every point, and there is no one there to fix them”

Awful: “There are breakdowns at every point, and there is no one there to fix them,” said Michael Campbell, executive director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. Calls for help to Pennsylvania’s health insurance hotline have reached record levels, and … Continue reading

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“Individual state operations are more adaptable”

Conservatives revere federalism. Behold…federalism! While many people have been frustrated in their efforts to obtain coverage through the federal exchange, which is used by more than 30 states, consumers have had more success signing up for health insurance through many … Continue reading

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“Republicans have thrashed this way and that throughout the year”

As the first morning of a government shutdown unfolds, I was pleased to see that our Beltway masters haven’t much lamented the collapse of Tip ‘n’ Ronnie-esque bipartisanship, in part due to the latest polls showing the public blames the … Continue reading

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“If he’s talking about the Republicans coming to their senses, he’s just wrong.”

Charles Pierce: If he’s talking about the economy and we, somehow, come out out of this with a bogus “bipartisan” solution along the lines of the bogus Simpson-Bowles extravaganza, the Republicans will have won more than the Democrats have, because … Continue reading

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“The recent growth of SNAP has indeed been unusual, but then so have the times, in the worst possible way”

Well, yeah, Obama is the food stamp president: In a way, you can see why the food stamp program — or, to use its proper name, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) — has become a target. Conservatives are deeply … Continue reading

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“If young people do opt out en mass, it will put the law in a bind”

Because college guys fear anal penetration, college women fear their OB/GYN, and, uh, everyone is afraid of clowns, the superbly named Generation Opportunity hopes to convince this cohort from signing up for the Affordable Care Act, aka Reason #21295 Why … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Drew: “There’s always a more drastic proposal, and a demand from the base that they support it. “

Elizabeth Drew’s New York Review of Books essay on Washington is a must-read, putting the events and reporting of the months since November 2012 in context: The 2010 elections were the single most important event leading up to the domination … Continue reading

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Meep Meep, or, Andrew Sullivan, birdbrain

It’s possible that developments in Syria will prove John Kerry’s infamous admission wasn’t just fatuity, but, still, can’t Andrew Sullivan calm down? It’s been awesome to watch today as all the jerking knees quieted a little and all the instant … Continue reading

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