Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Bush: Peace and Prosperity at Stake

President Bush addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee gathering in Washington today, and, according to the White House, he told the group that our “peace and prosperity” are at stake […]
Robert Borosage
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Katrina on the Potomac

There are natural disasters and man-made disasters. There are those who look upon the aftermath of disaster and see things as they should be. We call them conservatives. As I […]
Terrance Heath
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Behold the Coming Progressive Sea Change

David Frum, noted neocon and former Bush adviser, who is generally wrong about just about everything, just penned a lament for the Financial Times on the coming “Democratic sea-change.” This […]
Robert Borosage
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What Should the Next President Read?

Our friend Bill Moyers is asking an interesting question: “What’s the one book you wish the winning presidential candidate would take to the White House?” For the next few hours, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obstruction Again: GOP Minority Blocks Stimulus

Once again, an obstinate Republican minority in the Senate vetoes the majority will, this time on a stimulus package that had bipartisan legislative and broad public support. Forty senators voted […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Super Tuesday Analysis: Bryant Park Project

NPR’s Bryant Park Project had me on today to analyze the Super Tuesday’s results, along with Dan McClaughlin of RedState.com. I offered that even if a Clinton-Obama race becomes protracted […]
Bill Scher
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Mythbusting Canadian Health Care — Part I

2008 is shaping up to be the election year that we finally get to have the Great American Healthcare Debate again. Harry and Louise are back with a vengeance. Conservatives […]
Sara Robinson
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Mythbusting Canadian Health Care — Part I

2008 is shaping up to be the election year that we finally get to have the Great American Healthcare Debate again. Harry and Louise are back with a vengeance. Conservatives […]
Sara Robinson
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Bush’s 2009 Budget Shouldn’t Be Ignored

As a detailed outline of how the government will spend your tax dollars in fiscal year 2009, which starts October 1, the budget submitted to Congress by President Bush on […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows score one for the Watchdog, actually asking a relevant question for Sen. John McCain. When on Face The Nation, Sen. McCain proposed we “eliminate the AMT [Alternative […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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The Gas Price Rebate

Economic data have you down? The net loss of 17,000 jobs in January. Wages continuing to fail to keep up with higher prices. Just the latest evidence of an economy […]
Bill Scher
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1,900 Years of Salmonella

(With apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.) It began with Veggie Booty. Or rather, I should say, it ended with Veggie Booty. As was my habit, I’d tossed it into the […]
Terrance Heath
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A Very Basic Failure

Everyone has heard at least one “health care nightmare” story, like the death of 17-year-old Nataline Sarkysian hours after her insurance company approved coverage a liver transplant after repeated denials. […]
Terrance Heath
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Smirk of the Union: The Show’s Over; Shelve the Sequel

The old routines don’t work anymore. The presidential smirk seems sheepish. The threats seem like bluster. No one really listens anymore. Even George W. Bush seemed almost giddy that he […]
Robert Borosage
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Deadline Tomorrow for Maria Leavey Award Nominations

Midnight tomorrow is the deadline to submit a nomination for the second annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award, to be announced at Take Back America 2008, convening March 17th to 19th. […]
Bill Scher
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State of Bush’s Union: Whining For Credit

The Washington Post previews tonight’s State of the Union address with this: For years, President Bush and his advisers expressed frustration that the White House received little credit for the […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

For the second week in a row, the Sunday shows ask a Watchdog question. But this week’s victory is a little hollow. After Sen. John McCain lied to Tim Russert […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Stimulus Deal: the Bane of Bipartisanship

Barbara Ehrenreich memorably called the talk about the stimulus “clitoral economics.” And that was before we got screwed. The stimulus deal just announced is being praised more for its existence […]
Robert Borosage
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A Wimpy Stimulus Compromise

The early reviews are in on the economic stimulus plan that has emerged out of talks between the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelost and House Minority John Boehner. And […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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What’s Your State of the Union?

The following was originally posted at The Huffington Post. President Bush delivers his seventh — and mercifully, last — State of the Union address on Monday. If it’s going to […]
Bill Scher
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Moderation Takes on Radical Conservatism (and Loses)

Today’s New York Times worries “That the Good Times Were Mostly a Mirage.” The chair of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, gave our (former) prosperity and stability a name. He […]
Eric Lotke
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Who’s Really Sick?

Anyone can get health care in the United States. Just ask George W. Bush. Last year in Cleveland, he had this to say to the 47 million Americans without health […]
Tula Connell
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Keep Dancing, Chuck

“As long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance. We’re still dancing.” These now-immortal words of former Citibank President Charles “Chuck” Prince were uttered in […]
Robert Borosage
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No Medication for Kids, No Stimulation For the Economy

As expected, today the conservative minority in the House obstructed the public will, sustained President Bush’s veto of bipartisan legislation and denied four million kids health insurance. Advocates for children […]
Bill Scher
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As Recession Looms, Another SCHIP Veto

Tomorrow, the conservative minority in the House is expected to sustain President Bush’s second veto of expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. SCHIP has already successfully provided health coverage […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows score their first question for the Watchdog in 2008! Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace did ask Mitt Romney about the federal lobbyists on his campaign team, despite […]
Bill Scher
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It Takes a Movement

Wading into the storm kicked up by Sen. Hillary Clinton’s comment that “it took a president” to turn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality into a reality, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher
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Katrina: Conservatism’s Catastrophic Success

It’s been a long time since I blogged about Katrina or its aftermath. But I was reminded of it by the steady stream of Katrina-related headlines I’ve been reading lately. […]
Terrance Heath
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Fossil Fuel CEOs On Their Heels

Today’s edition of Environment & Energy Daily (sub. req’d) reports on a conference featuring the chief lobbyists for the fossil fuel industries. And they’re in panic mode. While David Parker, […]
Bill Scher
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No Half-Stepping Stimulus

Democratic leaders in the House are currently sketching out the details of an economic stimulus package designed to soften the blow later this year of the now-apparent recession. But Robert […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Hilariously Delusional

National Review editor Rich Lowry, while trying to dismiss the potency of economic populism among middle-class Republican voters, offered this analysis of Mitt Romney’s victory in Michigan and the limited […]
Bill Scher
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Conservatives Try (and Fail) To Deal With The Economy

Conservatives appear confused what argument to make about the struggling economy: pander with newfound populism, make excuses for tax handouts to CEOs, and/or insist everything is going fine. Mitt Romney […]
Bill Scher
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