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Obama and Libya: Not Another Cowboy?

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Barack Obama wasn't going to be a cowboy president. He was measured, intelligent and peaceful. He would never get us mired in a war."

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Libya: No End in Sight

Monday, March 21, 2011

"I don’t believe the American people have been asked what they are willing to invest – to sacrifice – and for what goals."

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Obama and Libya: Where's the Leadership?

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Sometimes it really does seem like President Obama is actively trying to fit the stereotype of the weak liberal on foreign policy issues."

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Stucknation: Profit and Probability - Is Fukushima Another Ford Pinto?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

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The collapse of the World Trade Center towers, the failure of New Orleans' levies during hurricane Katrina, and the destruction of the half dozen Fukushima General Electric boiling water nuclear reactors are all monuments to "good enough" engineering.

In our free-market world, what gets built and how robust it is constructed is the result of a dynamic tension between profit and probability. What are the odds that "X" will happen versus the cost of preventing or anticipating it, otherwise known as the "Pinto principle."

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Crisis: When You Need a Functional Government

Friday, March 18, 2011

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"As we face the threat of a government shutdown, we remember that this isn’t just a political game. When there’s an earthquake, a nuclear meltdown or any one of a thousand everyday issues, we need a functioning government at the service of its people."

-- Justin Krebs

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The Soros / Koch Effect? Blame Campaign Finance Reform

Friday, March 18, 2011

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"Direct donations to candidate campaigns should be only allowed for individuals, cutting one more leash with which special interest groups control the politicians who represent us in Washington."

-- Solomon Kleinsmith

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Huntsman Must Build a GOP Bid on NH Granite

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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For a moderate like Jon Huntsman, to have any kind of chance of winning the Republican nomination, a whole lot of things have to go for him. The more ideologically pure base has to split between at least two major rivals, a sizable portion of rank-and-file types have to be convinced that he is the best (or only) shot they have of defeating Obama in the general election, and he's got to rack up big wins in open primary states.

That last point is where the rubber hits the road, and if Huntsman, who also serves as the current U.S. ambassador to China, doesn't win big in the first open primary state, New Hampshire, his campaign might as well pack up and go home to Utah.

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Clinton Won't Seek Second Term

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer today that she would not serve a second term if Obama is reelcted. In a transcript of the conversation, which aired on Wednesday's program the Situation Room, Clinton said she would not seek future political office.

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A Tea Party of the Left Has to Spring From Labor

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Really, it should have been obvious that the only segment under the Democrats' tent that had it in them to spark a movement would be the unions.

-- Solomon Kleinsmith

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Moderate Dems: Obama Failing to Lead on Budget

Monday, March 14, 2011

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There is no shortage of people who are willing to pretend they know what Obama "really" isn't getting his hands dirty in this debate, but what is clear is he just isn't willing to use the power of the bully pulpit to help on this extremely important issue.

--Solomon Kleinsmith

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NYC Airwaves Beck Free?

Monday, March 14, 2011

If you’ve recently felt a burst of joy in your heart, and a lighter mood in the air, it’s not just the coming of spring. It may be the sound of NYC airwaves free of Glenn Beck.

Ever since WOR dropped the conservative radio host at the start of the ...

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Stucknation: Tax Shelters and Shorting the Economy

Sunday, March 13, 2011

In the immediate aftermath of Japan's worst earthquake on record and the cataclysmic tsunami that followed, the business wires found a silver lining.

Now, they cheerfully chirped the Yen was showing surprising strength. Why? Because odds were improving that Japanese multinational companies would begin to repatriate tens of billions of ...

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Politics of Destruction and Distraction in Wisconsin

Friday, March 11, 2011

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I realized something. While workers are having their rights stripped away, while historic protests are gripping Madison and while Americans are showing solidarity across the country, I was about to argue protocol for a legislature in a state I’ve never lived in. And I’m not a lawyer.

Related: MoveOn's Wisconsin Message - Pot, Kettle, Black

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Clarence Thomas and the Vast - Liberal - Conspiracy

Friday, March 11, 2011

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When that line of attack would begin - that Republicans are super organized, with tight messaging, coordinated attacks and a top-down organization where we all follow the leader - I usually end up saying "I wish." Liberals, on the other hand, always seem all-too-willing to join together and do some dirty work in a very strategic way. Nothing is sacred from their attacks, not even the Supreme Court.

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Moveon.org's Wisconsin Message: Pot, Kettle, Black

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Just as hypocritical as it was for Republican constituency groups to complain about the way the healthcare bill was passed last year, the ideological perspective of the most well-known liberal organization in the country has conveniently forgotten its own position from just last year.

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When CEOs Become Politicians

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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A huge airplane with TRUMP splattered on the side landed in Des Moines Monday. The Donald was not on board. No doubt too busy yelling "You're Fired!" at some of his peeps. His right-hand-man was onboard, having arrived in Iowa to work the state for Trump and suck the oxygen out of a church-sponsored event for a bunch of actual Republican presidential wannabes.

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GOP Hopefuls Give Iowa Presidential Pitch

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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The Iowa Caucus is a little less than a year away and some Republicans who are considering a run for president have been spending time in Iowa to test the waters. On Monday night, the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted five likely presidential candidates at the Pointe of Grace Church in Des Moines — and the house was packed.

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New York Banks Get a Citizen Audit

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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When New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams visited a branch of Chase bank recently, it wasn’t business as usual. The bank locked its doors and refused to let him in. Then again, Council Member Williams did have a crowd of protesters with him and had just called JP Morgan Chase a group of "bloodsuckers."

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Mideast Meets Midwest: Protest Edition

Monday, March 07, 2011

In the face of popular protest, a vindictive leader scapegoats the protesters, blaming outside agitators for the very real frustrations of his citizens. He seeks to take away the rights of the opposition and continues a crusade on behalf of the oligarchs against the masses. Middle East or Midwest?

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Obama's Immigration Catch and Release

Monday, March 07, 2011

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It's almost as if President Obama asked his advisers what the worst way he could implement immigration enforcement rules would be... and then took that advice.

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