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Pelosi vows new “Pecora-style” commission to investigate economic collapse

Speaking Wednesday at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she will act next week to begin setting up an investigatory committee to examine and document what went wrong with economic policy and practices.

Pelosi stated that her decision was the result of persistent complaints from citizens about the collapse and bailout. Read more about Pelosi vows new “Pecora-style” commission to investigate economic collapse

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Putting in a vegetable garden, from the ground up

It is all about the dirt.

For years I’ve kept a big garden, and supplied family members as well as neighbors with assorted fresh and tasty veggies. Last year, one thing and another, I scaled way back to just tomatoes and cucumbers and in consequence my brother decided to put in a vegetable garden of his own.

Things went OK for his tomatoes but not for anything else, and so I’ve offered to work with him and start over this spring – a twofer, teaching little brother while scratching my gardening jones in some one else’s yard and on someone else’s dime. Read more about Putting in a vegetable garden, from the ground up

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Is Obama a Socialist?

Well, no.

But if he was, and a practical sort of Socialist at that, he might be saying things like this and saying them to Bill Moyers:

[special for Lambert] Read more about Is Obama a Socialist?

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Hey, Ellen Tauscher; don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!

If the door breaks, nobody out here can afford to get it fixed.

Hillary Clinton has picked BFF Ellen Tauscher to be the new Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, and Tauscher’s Fellow Traveler Barack Obama has agreed. Read more about Hey, Ellen Tauscher; don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!

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Madam Speaker in her own words

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Content, Effect and Implications

This stimulus act isn’t all it should be, maybe five-eighths of a loaf, but it is better on close examination than first appearance and media reports had suggested. Read more about American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Content, Effect and Implications

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Tristero wants the Left to attack BlueDogs

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A small number of legislators, the BlueDogs, have conspired with the repulsive Republicans to try and destroy the American economy and the economic future of American workers for the sake of political gamesmanship. They must be punished. Read more about Tristero wants the Left to attack BlueDogs

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The enemy within - BlueDogs join with Republicans to enslave the working class and destroy America

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The lines of battle over the economic salvation of America and our working class are now crystal clear. It is Republicans and BlueDogs together on one side, acting in furtherance of the same Corporatists who ran public policy under Reagan and the Bushs, versus the rest of us.

What was a back-room systematic undermining of anything remotely effective in the way of an economic stimulus bill is now an open threat: Read more about The enemy within - BlueDogs join with Republicans to enslave the working class and destroy America

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Just to be clear on who the "terrorists" are

One of them has come forward to identify himself and his cadre.

Jeff Pete Sessions, (R-TX), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, answering a question from a National Journal Hotline editor: Read more about Just to be clear on who the "terrorists" are

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Barack Obama, Rick Warren, Joseph Lowery and symbolism at the Inaugural

A lot is being made of the symbolism attached to Rick Warren, in giving the Invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration. Much less has been said about the symbolic importance of Joseph Lowery giving the Benediction. Read more about Barack Obama, Rick Warren, Joseph Lowery and symbolism at the Inaugural

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Krugman pens an open letter to Obama

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A long piece, in Rolling Stone. I won't try to, ahem, summarize him here, the work is very dense and any attempt to condense it I fear would leave out something important. Go and read, please. Read more about Krugman pens an open letter to Obama

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