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Obama in a nutshell: x steps forward, y steps back

ACLU of Massachusetts's scorecard for Obama's performance so far on restoring the Constitution.

If it were an ISP, it would be NetZero. Read below the fold...

Three minute Rahm

Nobody could have predicted...

From a commenter at OpenLeft:

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Light posting from me

Not only do I have RL stuff to do, I've got to shovel out from the storm. Read below the fold...

Obama's letter to Medvedev

Times:

President Obama sent a secret letter to Russia’s president last month suggesting that he would back off deploying a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing long-range weapons, American officials said Monday.

Seems like a smart idea to me. Read below the fold...

Panic in Detroit, as CEO kleptocrats loot pensions for another few billions

Yay!

Gee, are you getting the feeling that everybody at the top of the food chain is either a thief, a tool, or a fool? [To be fair, unless proven otherwise] First, we find that GM was looting its pension fund while it was gearing up for a bailout:

Details are emerging about how General Motors Corp.'s U.S. pension funds went from a $20-billion surplus at the end of 2007 to a $12.4-billion deficit 12 months later.

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On executive power: Everything Bush is Obama again

Greenwald uses a question mark in his headline, but Glenn's a nice guy. Read the whole thing, but this caught my eye:

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"Die, CreditCard-Mommie die, die!!"

So I just got a notice from Capital One saying that:

"at Capital One we are committed to providing valuable customers like you with honest and open communication. Today, we're notifying you that terms of your account are changing."

"Due to the extraordinary changes in the economic environment, we're reviewing our existing credit card accounts. . . . [and] we will be changing your Purchase and Balance Transfer rate. "

After 2010 the rate will go up to 17.9%, and vary by adding 14.65% to the Prime Rate. Then, they are raising my default rate to 29.4%. It may vary monthly and will be determined by adding 26.15% to the Prime rate. Read below the fold...

The financial crisis is a feminist issue

Ask yourself: Who gets hurt most?

Come on, people, let's connect some dots, here. Read below the fold...

Obama reverts to the bipartisan schtick on health care "summit"

Well, that's certainly a recipe for success!* CSM:

To make that point, Obama invited key members of Congress to stand with him. "It's going to be Kathleen's job and Nancy's job to work with extraordinary leaders like the ones on this stage," he said.

• Republicans will be invited to participate in the process, starting with Thursday's "health care summit" at the White House. To symbolize that strategy, Obama had Kansas Republicans Bob Dole, a former Senate GOP leader, and Sen. Pat Roberts standing with Sebelius, a Democrat. Change should focus "not on Democratic ideas or Republican ideas, but on ideas that work," Obama said.

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Rush and women

Yesterday I watched and listened to Rush Limbaugh give his speech to the faithful of CPac. Since it was covered by FOX, he jokingly announced that it was his first address to the Nation and later on he called it his first International address, slyly noting that he was not using a teleprompter. I can remember when I'd turn off the radio if he came on but that was when there was a Democratic Party that I could identify with.

Full of himself with his usual bravado, the big guy seemed really nervous and coughed a lot. Like most of us he is much more confident alone behind his radio mic but despite all that he was his usual megaphone self, blasting away at the current administration and rallying the Conservatives to take back the country. Read below the fold...

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Our Persian Preoccupation: Iran and The Bomb

What exactly is the point of articles like this:

March 1 (Bloomberg) -- Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that he believes Iran has enough nuclear material to eventually make a bomb, concurring with a United Nations report.

“We think they do, quite frankly,” Mullen said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program today about the UN report. “Iran having a nuclear weapon, I’ve believed for a long time, is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world.”

And, Mr. Mullen, what do you suggest we do about it?

Gates then walks back Mullen's accusation: Read below the fold...

White House health insurance "summit" Thursday stiffs physicians, advocates

[Nice to see PNHP at the table. Oh, wait... Heck, it would be nice to see HCAN at the table. Does anybody have the guest list? Is Conyers on one of the Congresscritters on it? --lambert]

We've all heard about Kathleen Sibelius being nominated for HHS Secretary, but did you know that Obama also has someone to replace Daschle as Healthcare Reform Czarina?

Nancy-Ann DeParle will be director of the White House Office of Health Reform --- Read below the fold...

Monday Night Lo-Fi blogging

The first track reminds me of the Geithner interview

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