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James Stewart at Firedoglake

I have not had a chance to read through all the comments. Did anyone hold Stewart accountable for his role in the Whitewater witch hunt? Shame on Hamsher for inviting him to Book Salon. Read more about James Stewart at Firedoglake

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It is good to be a parasite

Health insurers see record profits amid hard times

With gas and food prices going up, doctor says many patients 'are deciding to put some of their health care off'

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Why does the House of Representatives have a Chaplain?

Fight over new Catholic chaplain

The Rev. Patrick Conroy worked for a Jesuit group ordered to pay $166 million over child sexual abuse claims, though he was not personally accused of misconduct.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is reconsidering her support for a Catholic priest nominated as House chaplain after learning that he works for a Jesuit group ordered to pay $166 million for more than 400 claims of child sexual abuse. ...

... Plaintiff’s attorneys involved in the massive lawsuit said Conroy has not been accused of abusing any children or even covering up for other priests. In fact, Conroy blew the whistle on at least one case of abuse at a prior job.

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Claire McCaskill (D-Kleptocracy)

Now what, Claire?: spending caps - the republican plan with lipstick

"...The McCaskill/Corker spending cap would also make it impossible for government to boost the economy in recessions, which would lead to even higher unemployment, lasting longer..." Yeah, we got that one covered, don't we Claire? Just ask Paul Krugman.

You'd think that it would eventually sink in that Lucy always pulls the football away. Always.

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Obama and netroots


Two posts from Peter Daou:

How a handful of liberal bloggers are bringing down the Obama presidency

Liberal bloggers are bringing down Obama, part II: It’s NOT the economy, stupid, it’s Obama’s character

It is easy in our anger over the blogs wars of 2008 and the Public Option Sparkle Pony follies to lose sight of the fact that many formerly supportive of Obama have become increasingly critical.

My sense is that these bloggers are not ready to abandon Obama or the Democrats, but many of their readers are. Read more about Obama and netroots

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When the parasite kills the host

Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke at work

CEO: Wal-Mart Shoppers 'Running Out Of Money'

On the same day that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the economy continues to make a moderate recovery, Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke delivered a different assessment.

Wal-Mart customers, he said, are running out of money at a faster pace. He sees it in end-of-the-month sales figures, when sales drop off more sharply than in the past.

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The view from Pakistan 3


Najam Sethi’s editorial in The Friday Times: Operation Get OBL Read more about The view from Pakistan 3

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The view from Pakistan


This is from LAST Friday's editorial in Pakistan's Friday Times:

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Goldman Sachs behind skyrocketing food prices


Foreign Policy

For just under a decade, the GSCI remained a relatively static investment vehicle, as bankers remained more interested in risk and collateralized debt than in anything that could be literally sowed or reaped. Then, in 1999, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission deregulated futures markets. All of a sudden, bankers could take as large a position in grains as they liked, an opportunity that had, since the Great Depression, only been available to those who actually had something to do with the production of our food. ...

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The Donald Diversion

note - the following is my theory of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy based on sheer speculation

Going back to 2008, there seemed to be some sort of understanding between General Electric and candidate Obama. Rachel Maddow got a show (I think Schultz's show did not come until after the election.)

From GE's point of view they needed a plan B. Judging from executive stock dumping, they knew that they had driven the company off the rails and would need a bail out, and must have felt out all the major presidential contenders. Obama must have given them some reassurance. Read more about The Donald Diversion

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How about a job guarantee?


Tell you what Rafael Pastor, how about a job guarantee? Rather than rationalize disemployment, why not embrace a policy that would actually make things better for your fellow citizens? Read more about How about a job guarantee?

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Gimmicks of the clue imparied


yes, this is the Democrats idea of a clever notion.

Because we are too stupid to notice who is President and who controls the Senate? Read more about Gimmicks of the clue imparied

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Your violent kleptocracy in action

From Booman of all people:

When I think of an ideal Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib scandal doesn't immediately leap to mind. But it looks like that is who DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray has recruited to run for the open Senate seat in Texas.

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Healthcare-NOW! needs a new hat

Healthcare-NOW! is a little like Bullwinkle, they just can't learn that some tricks are not going to work. I received yet another email encouraging me to contact my member of congress.

Who is on Healthcare-NOW's list? Most likely people who have already contacted their member a dozen times on this issue. In other words, a regular customer. Members of Congress track their mail, if they have you typed as a health care activists, your follow up letters do not pack much of a punch. Read more about Healthcare-NOW! needs a new hat


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