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chicago dyke's picture

Contest: We Need a New Word for "Ouch"

45,000 before 9am. I'm glad the good folks at Raw are keeping up with this, in that "OMGWTFBBQ???" sort of way.

Somebody was working this weekend to make sure thousands of other people didn't.

US companies announced they're cutting 45,000 jobs by 9 am Eastern Time on Monday morning, even before the US stock market opened, according to a quick count by Raw Story.

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DCblogger's picture

Marie Antoinette speaks out about the need to take away your retirement


Andrew Sullivan

We need to take a machete to social security and Medicare and a very sharp scalpel to all domestic discretionary spending.

See any reference to the Bush tax cuts? No?

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DCblogger's picture

Hard times at Versailles

Mood of sobriety and self-recrimination at Davos

In recent years, Goldman Sachs has been renowned for hosting one of the hottest parties during the World Economic Forum’s glittering annual meeting in Davos. No longer.

This year, in a nod to the new mood of sobriety and self-recrimination, the US broker has quietly cancelled its party and sharply reduced its delegation to the event, which starts on Wednesday.

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Damon's picture

"I Won": His Will Be Done.

Now, it is not odd to hear a politician speak in the first person. It's even less odd to hear a president speak in the first person. And, it makes me good to see my president growing a backbone. What betrays all of his talk of "we", though, is when our president speaks of Democratic wins in November in the first person as if they were all his own when his party's leadership is literally seated. right. next. to. him:

At one point in Friday's meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room, GOP Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona objected to a proposal to increase benefits for low-income workers who do not owe federal income taxes.

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chicago dyke's picture

Dems Pull the Heathcare Football, Again

Not that it surprises anyone here, but health care is off the table for 2009. Sayeth the Democratic Whip:
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Damon's picture

Knock, Knock. Who's There? The IDF; Open Up.

Now, I knew the Israeli government had a plethora of tools and policies at their disposal that they use to humiliate and dehumanize those people in its occupied territories, but forcibly quartering your nation's soldiers in occupied housing was a new one, to me, and kind of goes against the "we're not occupiers" plea that the Israeli government holds to day in and day out:

What he's up against are scores of Israeli settlements dominating the lowlands like crusader fortresses. Many are little cities, and none of them existed 40 years ago. The Israelis always take the high ground, sometimes the hills, and sometimes the homes. And sometimes Arabs are occupied inside their own homes.

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Bite me, Nance. You too, Larry

7772So-Where-s-My-Fucking-Pony-PostNaked Capitalist has a terrific post on the latest TARP maneuvering showing, essentially, that the only institutional* difference between Village Republicans and Village Demorats is the Dems use lub Read below the fold...

Daschle's book: Health care system should be run by a board like the Fed

See Angry Bear.

Great idea.

I guess we'll be throwing the insurance parasites a few trillion, then? With no oversight and no accountability?

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DCblogger's picture

The health care crisis and foreclosure

Walking away: The wide and lasting impact of quitting a mortgage

Benjamin McNELLEY said he loathed the idea of walking away from the mortgage on his four-bedroom, two-bath house in Fauquier County, Va.

The former prison guard said he worried about what the decision might mean for his credit rating and whether he might still be on the hook for any outstanding debt.

But when both his father and his stepfather fell ill last summer in South Carolina, McNelley said, he had no choice but to quit his job and move.

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Mandela, King, Gandhi, Blagojevich

Blago's new "perspective":

After weeks of near-silence, Blagojevich has begun an energetic public relations campaign, comparing himself to the hero of a Frank Capra movie and a cowboy being lynched for a crime he didn't commit. He said that when he was arrested on federal corruption charges, he took solace from other leaders who have been jailed.

"I thought about Mandela, Dr. King, Gandhi" and that helped him gain perspective, he said in an interview that aired Sunday on "Today."

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vastleft's picture

What was it again? Change for hope? Hope for change? Hope, then change...?

From's home page:

You mean tax cuts, Robin-Hood-in-reverse, and lack of oversight aren't going to fix everything, and pronto?

Take your time, boys. As long as we don't do anything partisan or ideological, I'm sure everything will work out fine. Read below the fold...

Caro's picture

Politics and Media Headlines 1/25/09

I always believed, when right wingers accused us liberals of wanting America to fail because we didn't like George Bush, that they were really talking about themselves, what they would want if our guy were president. Looks as though I was right.—Caro
Internet Weekly Report

Obama tells GOP: Don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh. (Think Progress) Read below the fold...

vastleft's picture

HOLC on hold. Still.

Don't worry. A few months after you lose your home, Barack will have your back.

Perhaps we need to wait for an election cycle that favors progressive policies. With Obama's limited gift for oratory, and a year that heavily favored Republicans and insensitivity toward the American middle class, he couldn't possibly have run on a platform that boosted support for mortgage cramdowns, now could he? Read below the fold...


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