If you have "no place to go," come here!

Paper towel, Marc?

Marc Ambinder on Obama's Fort Hood speech. "I guarantee: They'll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes."

Truer words. What is it with these blogger boiz?

And how's that decision on Af-Pak coming?

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Legal Challenges to Health Insurance Giveaway bill

On a separate thread where folks are discussing possible legal challenges health care bill, I said I'd look around to see if there have been any challenges to Massachusetts mandatory coverage law and how they fared. This is by no means comprehensive:

Against the Mass. law, I could find only one challenge and that was thrown out on what seem to be procedural grounds rather than on the merits. (I can't find the slip op. online to confirm).

Tea Party Challenges Read below the fold...

First Draft fundraiser

Here. Although it's officially over, I doubt they'd turn down a contribution. Read below the fold...

How the mandate tax penalties in HR3962 would work

[no-glossary]From the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, this letter (PDF). This seems to be the authority of everything else on this topic.

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[I thought I'd update and re-post this, since with HR3962 our GENIUS Dems have really outdone themselves their indefatigable efforts to preserve the two-party system by giving the Republicans ever better odds in 2010 and 2012. Not that it matters to them; they're all made in Versailles by now anyhow. --lambert] Read below the fold...

Baby steps

And late baby steps at that.

Not that I can imagine anybody who's -- haw -- serious on DADT and DOMA still being an OFA subscriber anyhow, so it's unclear what effect this latest campaign will have. Maybe it's all aimed at staffers. Who knows? We can only hope it's not "some victory, any victory" kabuki. Of course, having no access, we can't be sure of that. Time, and actions, will tell. Read below the fold...

Kucinich: Health insurance "reform" increases privatization, redistributes wealth upwards, and isn't better than what we've got

Who knew? But it's nice to see it all put together:

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Because it’s not the best we can do. It mandates people purchase private insurance. It is a $70 billion giveaway to private insurance companies and locks in this system that’s the problem, not the solution.

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What next? The labor theory of value?

Via Baseline Scenario, where James Kwok comments that Brad DeLong is never afraid to admit error, this from DeLong:

“Back in the 1930s there was a Polish Marxist economist, Michel Kalecki, who argued that recessions were functional for the ruling class and for capitalism because they created excess supply of labor, forced workers to work harder to keep their jobs, and so produced a rise in the rate of relative surplus-value.

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Obama turns to the racist Bill Clinton to drag health insurance "reform" over the finish line in time for the midterms


The headline was ironic, for those who haven't been following along at home. Read below the fold...

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NPR Christmas Commercials


[cross posted at NPR Check]

Monday meant that there were only 45 shopping days before Christmas, and NPR was in full consumerism mode.

If you were casually listening to Morning Edition, you might have thought NPR was reporting on its own newsreader stars - Montagne, Inskeep, Siegel, Norris, and Block -

"[They]...have names like Mr. Squiggles, Chunk, Pipsqueak....[and] are embedded with a computer chip so they can squeak, chirp and respond"

- and not the $10 MUST HAVE TOY of the season - computerized hamsters: Read below the fold...

It's been a long time since I read Ana Marie Cox...

... but here she seems to have gotten one right:

Ana Marie Cox tweets:

Things now looking even grimmer in Maine... 76% in, @nomtweets asshats up 52/47.8 (Thanks, Obama, for all the help!)

A short while ago, she re/tweeted:

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Conyers: As with impeachment, so with single payer

Arthur urges us to go read David Swanson on...

... how and why John Conyers, once an admirable politician in many ways, slowly and inevitably surrendered certain key principles that Conyers himself had repeatedly declared to be of supreme importance to him.

History doesn't repeat, but it rhymes. And as for surrender of key principles...

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Is the health insurance reform mandate constitutional?

David Jenny writes* in the Bangor Daily News:

The president and Congress agree: Washington’s solution to 46 million uninsured Americans is to “mandate” that they all purchase health insurance from private companies, or — if the president’s view should prevail — a government-run “public option.”

Until now, our federal government has never claimed the power to compel individual citizens to pay insurance premiums to either private companies or government entities.

Astonishingly, no one is asking: “Does the federal government actually have the power to dictate that individuals purchase health insurance?” ....

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Obama nails Overton Window firmly in place

Fascinating throwaway remark on the pro-sepsis HR3962 in Obama's interview with Jake Tapper:

"I laid out a very simple principle, which is this is a health care bill, not an abortion bill," Obama said. "And we're not looking to change what is the principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions."

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