Enough Tinkering

The following post is a part of this week’s TPMCafe Book Club group discussion of the new book “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis — and the […]
Roger Hickey

Newt Tries To Shift The Global Warming Debate

The Kerry-Newt debate on global warming wrapped up this morning (video is up on C-Span.org , more at John Kerry’s blog). It may well shift the overall debate, away from […]
Bill Scher

Climate: Debating The Nondebatable

Newt Gingrich’s style of debate was recently summed up this way by Paul Abrams of The Huffington Post (and Washington State’s Apollo Alliance): “After his  high-minded talk … Newt immediately […]
Bill Scher

Climate: Debating The Nondebatable

Newt Gingrich’s style of debate was recently summed up this way by Paul Abrams of The Huffington Post (and Washington State’s Apollo Alliance): “After his  high-minded talk … Newt immediately […]
Bill Scher

Bush to WI: No Negotiation For You

Last week, I talked about how the big pharmaceutical companies are working with the White House to keep the ban on Medicare negotiating for lower drug prices. They claim negotiation […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog:Newt’s Misstep

Every Friday afternoon, Bill Scher posts on the Common Sense blog “Weekend Watchdog,” a list of questions that guests on the upcoming Sunday morning talk shows should be asked. Then each Monday, Bill […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

Were the questions posed here on Friday’s “Weekend Watchdogs” actually asked on the Sunday shows? Fox News’ Chris Wallace did ask Newt Gingrich about the contradiction between his criticism of […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, Common Sense will post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include […]
Bill Scher

Think Politically, Act Globally

We already knew the Bushies were trying to muzzle American climate scientists. Now, they’re going global. Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report detailing how global […]
Bill Scher

Recesspool Deepening?

There are reports that the President’s Recesspool could get worse. The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire reported Friday that Bush is considering putting the executive vice president of the National […]
Bill Scher

Recesspool

The abuse of the recess appointment perhaps isn’t President Bush’s most egregious attack on our Founders’ carefully crafted system of checks and balances, since others before him have exploited this […]
Bill Scher

Recesspool

The abuse of the recess appointment perhaps isn’t President Bush’s most egregious attack on our Founders’ carefully crafted system of checks and balances, since others before him have exploited this […]
Bill Scher

Recesspool

Yesterday, President Bush made three significant recess appointments, installing officials without Senate confirmation during the congressional recess. The abuse of the recess appointment perhaps isn’t Bush’s most egregious attack on […]
Bill Scher

Fighting the Pharma Goliath

Over at TomPaine.com, I have a piece tying together my last several posts on the Medicare prescription drug battle, Fighting the Pharma Goalith. Enjoy!
Bill Scher

Putting Corporations First

The free market is the engine of our economy, conservatives like to say, so be quiet and let corporations take us for a ride. But the reminders are piling up […]
Bill Scher

Putting Corporations First

The free market is the engine of our economy, conservatives like to say, so be quiet and let corporations take us for a ride. But the reminders are piling up […]
Bill Scher

Bush’s Drug Plan Wasteful, Inefficient

A report released today concludes: “Allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices would bring around $30 billion in savings that can help American seniors and taxpayers.” That finding was in […]
Bill Scher

Bush’s Drug Plan Wasteful, Inefficient

A report released today concludes: “Allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices would bring around $30 billion in savings that can help American seniors and taxpayers.” That finding was in […]
Bill Scher

Putting Corporations First

The free market is the engine of our economy, conservatives like to say, so be quiet and let corporations take us for a ride. But the reminders are piling up […]
Bill Scher

Iraq Enablers In The Crosshairs

A coalition of activists leading the opposition to the war in Iraq is refusing to give an inch to President Bush, who today unleashed more venom at Democrats for doing […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Iraq Enablers In The Crosshairs

A coalition of activists leading the opposition to the war in Iraq is refusing to give an inch to President Bush, who today unleashed more venom at Democrats for doing […]
Isaiah J. Poole

There Oughta Be a Law

In the wake of yesterday’s important Supreme Court ruling on climate change, we can’t forget that the global warming deniers still have friends in the White House. Remember that last […]
Bill Scher

Bush: Too Many Kids With Health Insurance

Since President Bush has made it clear he will not sign any universal health insurance plan into law, the short-term goal of congressional leaders is to get coverage to more […]
Bill Scher

Bush Loses, Earth Wins

Presidemt Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency claimed   that, despite the Clean Air Act, it didn’t have the authority to combat the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. And even it […]
Bill Scher

Bush Loses, Earth Wins

Presidemt Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency claimed   that, despite the Clean Air Act, it didn’t have the authority to combat the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. And even it […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-up

On Friday, we introduced “Weekend Watchdogs,” raising the questions the Sunday talk show hosts should ask their scheduled guests. So, how’d they do? On NBC’s Meet The Press, host Tim […]
Bill Scher

Introducing “Weekend Watchdogs”

Do you ever find yourself watching the Sunday morning talk shows, tearing your hair out because the host isn’t asking the most pertinent questions? Let’s see what we can do […]
Bill Scher

Cheap Labor First, Healthy Families Last

The conservative movement has long been split on immigration. Nativist conservatives fear diversity and want to keep immigrants out. Corporate conservatives fear paying fair wages and want cheap immigrant labor. […]
Bill Scher

“Does That Work For You?”

Another Bush administration official has been caught fixing scientific reports for the benefit of White House cronies and ideological soul mates. The culprit this time is one Julie MacDonald, the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Which Scandal To Focus On Today?

It’s a tough question for this White House: which scandal to focus on today? Today, they’re going for Walter Reed, as President Bush is slated to tour the military hospital. […]
Bill Scher

Politics Over Performance

Much of the focus of the Senate’s questioning of Kyle Sampson, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ former chief of staff, is on how Sampson’s story squares with other Justice Department and […]
Bill Scher
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