Late Night: The Dogs That Didn’t Bark

By: Thursday February 7, 2013 8:00 pm

Watching MSNBC last night, I was as surprised as I was delighted to see that in the wake of NBC News’ revelations about Obama’s drone-killing program, the indefensible policy was being directly confronted, and harshly, even by those often afflicted with the Obamabot disease. 


Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign: Brought to You by a Massive Capitulation on Civilian Law

By: Monday April 4, 2011 9:35 am

Because nothing says “laying the foundation” of a Presidential campaign and “inspiring new” supporters like caving to fearmongering.

The Weird “Liberal” Obsession with Defending the Individual Mandate

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 7:01 am

Here’s one of the clearest signs that much of the so-called ideology in Washington is tribal partisanship: take note how many “liberals” rush to defend the individual mandate that forces people to buy private health insurance. An individual mandate to buy private health insurance has never been progressive. It is less cost effective, less consumer [...]

The Logical Outcome of Juan Williams’ Legitimization of Irrational Fears

By: Wednesday October 27, 2010 2:45 pm

Thanks to Juan Williams’ legitimization of this kind of irrational response, I guess people dressed in religious garb no longer can pee in crappy airplane bathrooms without expecting to be detained by the FBI.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jocelyn Jones Evans, One Nation Under Siege: Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy

By: Saturday October 16, 2010 1:59 pm

Many books about terrorism begin with a personal anecdote about where the author was on 9/11. Political Scientist Jocelyn Jones Evans was working on the Hill when the planes hit and changed the course of American national security policy.

“For the first and only time in my life,” she recalls, “I remember rolling down my windows to see and to hear the news for myself.”

One Nation Under Siege though, isn’t a book about policy. It’s a book about how 9/11 and its aftermath changed the culture of Congress, and how those changes have affected the work of government and the American people’s access to their own representatives. Drawing on dozens of interviews with Hill staff and legislators, Evans vividly depicts the impact of the threat of terrorism on congressional culture after 9/11 through a combination of narrative and political science.

NN10 Amazing Simultaneous Three-Way Liveblog!

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 1:30 pm

The last afternoon of panels is stacked, and three of our best have been scheduled at the same time, so FDL will attempt the unprecedented, unscripted and extremely dangerous triple liveblog!

Over on Emptywheel, Rayne will be covering Marcy as she takes on one of Obama’s signature broken promises: the failure to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. On our Elections page, Michael Whitney will liveblog a panel on marijuana policy and politics featuring Jon Walker. And at the FDL News Desk, my fingers will do their level best to keep up with David Dayen as he tackles the foreclosure crisis.

Predator Jokes: Only Funny When You’re Not the One Dying (and Not Even Then)

By: Monday May 3, 2010 4:10 pm

Simply put, when you consider our nation’s long-standing unwillingness to confront the costs of our policies, Obama’s “joke” isn’t really all that surprising. Like most Americans, Obama and his writers didn’t give any real thought to the real people affected by our actions. It’s depressing, sure, but it’s also very typical.

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