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Health Care Is Not About Numbers

Romney made news today, at least in the left-of-center blogosphere, with the claim that, “[N]o one in this country dies because they don’t have health insurance” (an assertion I’d argue the former Governor of...

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On Liberal Media Bias

A few years ago, there was a mini-uproar about a supposedly “racist” computer webcam that failed to detect the faces of black folks and others with darker skin tones.  As the video below demonstrates,...

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Scott H. Payne, Politician

In case anyone is wondering what Original Gentleman Scott Payne is doing, he’s running for the NDP nomination in Calgary Centre for an upcoming federal by-election. I’m sure we all wish him the best....

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Bubbly Joe Biden vs. Attila the Republican

It’s just not fair. Our sassy and vivacious Vice President is about to get smushed by his younger, smarter, wittier, more able, more fit, more handsome, more charismatic, more knowledgeable, more prepared, more everythingish...

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The Challenge of Avoiding Student Debt

Laura McKenna has a piece up at The Atlantic which joins the chorus of voices across the internet and print media that are examining the realities of student debt. It’s painful to read, especially as...

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Kill List Democracy

Barack Obama has a kill list. Its legal justification is a secret. Its contents are secret, too. You don’t get to see who’s on it. Nor do any members of Congress. Nor any federal...

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On Form, Function, Art and Commerce

  From Noah Millman’s post at his Shakesblog at The American Conservative about Paul Thomas’ new film The Master: I still can’t make up my mind what to think about Paul Thomas Anderson’s new...

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Barack Obama is Not a Hippy

“If you rely on strength, when you hit the enemy’s sword you will inevitably hit too hard. If you do this, your own sword will be carried along as a result.” – Miyamoto Musashi...

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U is for Undecided…

So Big Bird is backing Obama? Not so fast, Mr. President.  Big Bird’s, um, handlers had this to say: “We have approved no campaign ads, and, as is our general practice, have requested that...

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Simpson-Bowles Will Not Save Us

Responding to the tidal wave of criticism his recent, much-discussed, and epic freak-out inspired, Andrew Sullivan today offered his best distillation thus far of the presidential campaign’s fundamental dynamic

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Week Five Wrapup

And we have a new leader! In what promises to be one of the last Monday night writeups I’ll be able to do, I can see that the three-way fight for first place has...

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Statistics and Narratives

Like most deeply patriotic American progressives, I love baseball above nearly all other things—mom and apple pie excepted, of course. I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan and was profoundly wounded by the experience....

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The Campaign Is a Performance

I maintain that Barack Obama was terrible during last week’s debate and that many liberals — goaded on by a political media desperate for a new storyline and thrilled with the prospect that November’s election...