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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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Have we mentioned lately that Bernie Sanders is god?

Introduced by Bernie Sanders, The Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act of 2009:

A BILL
To address the concept of ‘‘Too Big To Fail’’ with respect to certain financial entities.

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Goodie, a new pledge from "progressives"

Plum Line:

Now we know — at least 41 House Dems are writing directly to Pelosi, telling her that they will not vote for anything “that contains language that restricts women’s right to choose any further than current law.”

I’m told that the letter is still being circulated for even more signatures, and I’ll bring you a list of signatories when I have it.

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Obama's real problem?

Krugman gets it wrong on "Tea Party Republicans"

Krugman:

[T]he G.O.P. has been taken over by the people it used to exploit.

If only the same thing would happen with the Democrats!

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The Democratic narrative of weakness

For awhile, I've been harping on my opposition to what I've been calling the Democratic Narrative of Weakness, viz. "If only _____ (D-___) had a [spine|balls|stones], we would have [passed|stopped|won] ____."

My riposte has been that the Democrats aren't weak; they're servicing the only constituencies that matter to them, which have very little to do with the citizens who voted them into office. So, the Dems aren't weak. They suck.

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Manhattan animal -- well, cat -- rescue

Cooked, or at least toasted, books on productivity

Times:

A widening gap between data and reality is distorting the government’s picture of the country’s economic health, overstating growth and productivity in ways that could affect the political debate on issues like trade, wages and job creation.

The shortcomings of the data-gathering system came through loud and clear here Friday and Saturday at a first-of-its-kind gathering of economists from academia and government determined to come up with a more accurate statistical picture.

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Access bloggers suck

I know, you're shocked. Ian Welsh:

The last couple weeks have been very revealing as to what various people, including politicians, ["]progressive["] bloggers and activists, are really willing to fight for, and what their bottom line really is.

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Marcy, Marcy, Marcy

Great on the banksters. And then there's the whole Health Insurance Reform -- Just For Him thing.

Couldn't we get a Dem, and preferably a woman, who's good on both? Why not? Read below the fold...

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