Late Late Night FDL: Tainted “Obama” Love

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 10:00 pm

Featuring a classic Gloria Jones piece and a new video from Wye Oak


A Brief History of Communism, from Race Mixing to the Public Option

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 9:16 pm

The people who pushed to censor President Obama’s speech and who habitually call him a Communist or Socialist are not only the same ones who approve of Bush and Reagan speaking to our kids, they (or their parents) were running around calling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a Commie, and holding up signs at anti-civil-rights protests that read “RACE MIXING IS COMMUNISM”.

Health Care Reform: Democrats Can Honor Their Legacy, America’s Will, and Also Win Elections

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 8:35 pm

What’s the way forward? It’s time for the White House and Democratic Leadership to get its act together and put together the votes. The political reality is that passing a bill with a robust public option is NOT a liability.

Video: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC2) Calls Obama “Liar” During Joint Session

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 7:38 pm

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC2) calls President Obama a ‘liar’ during joint session of Congress.

Obama on the Public Option: More Careful Words, No Commitments

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 6:38 pm

I have two major reactions to the President’s speech. First, he laid out, in clear, simple terms, the strongest case I’ve seen from him for the key elements of health insurance reforms, all of which are in the House and HELP Committee bills.

It was an excellent statement, made even stronger by his public putdown of all the lies and distortions of the last two months.

Obama’s Health Care Address: The Republican Response

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 6:11 pm

Rep. Charles Boustany (Birther-LA) delivers the Republican “response” to the President’s address. Please join us in comments as we continue to liveblog the speeches and reactions.

President’s Comments on Public Option: No Commitment, Open to Triggers

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 5:36 pm

They have released more of the President’s prepared comments from tonight, including those on a public option

Excerpts Released from President’s Speech Make No Mention of Public Option

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 4:50 pm

NYCEve and I met with Rep. Ellison and Rep. Grijalva today, who have been key organizers working to form a progressive block to insist that any health care reform bill that passes have a public option. Both indicated that when progressives spoke to President Obama this week, they emphasized how important it was that he mention the public option in his speech tonight.

Rep. Mike Ross in “Key Talks” with Republican Boustany on Health Reform

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 4:03 pm

Rep. Mike Ross, who flip-flopped on the public option and has authored an amendment that seems like a copycat of Max Baucus’s no-good, terribly bad bill, has been in secretive talks with a Republican, Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), for weeks. Guess what? Rep. Boustany’s the one that’s scheduled to give the GOP address to President Obama’s speech tonight.

Public Option: Simple, Familiar, Essential, and Deserving of Obama’s Support

By: Wednesday September 9, 2009 3:00 pm

The Public Option. Lots of controversy right? Well, there shouldn’t be. Since the New Deal, ’public options’ have played a key role in preserving America’s standard of living and our way of life. Social Security provides public options for income protection for seniors and disabled people. Medicare, the VA, Medicaid, and MinnesotaCare are public health insurance options available to some members of our community, but not to enough of us.

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