As President Obama quietly signed a bill to dump further disclosure requirements for congressional and senior executive branch staffers, his former staffers were looking to ring the cash register. Leveraging their access to the Obama Administration, these Corporate Democrats have found a way to triangulate some loot – buckraking.
|By: DSWright Thursday April 18, 2013 11:27 am|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday November 27, 2012 8:50 am|
Somehow, the Democratic majority spent two years putting a health care bill together and they somehow forgot to restrain the growth in health care programs, even though that was the main watchword of the entire policy debate, is that what I’m to believe here? In fact, the Affordable Care Act committed the federal government to $800 billion more spending on Medicaid through 2022, 99% of the total federal-state costs in expansion. I support that as the major driver of coverage expansion in the ACA, and it’s all paid for. But now we’re told it’s completely unsustainable and needs to be dealt with RIGHT NOW, the base be damned.
|By: fatster Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:15 am|
Fatsters rounds up news articles from around the globe, includin stories about drone srikes in Pakistan, bombing Red Cross, Spanish purges, Afghanistan, IDF s Gaza, Greek immigrants, Iceland banks, Standard Chartered Bank laundry, Italy vs Germany, Bain, LIBOR suits, David Plouffe, and more.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 10, 2012 2:50 pm|
Responding to a We the People petition, White House policy advisor David Plouffe said that the President would veto any effort to extend tax breaks for wealthy individuals, one of the more forceful promises made in the tax debate. This goes further than the President’s speech yesterday announcing his support for extending the Bush tax cuts only on the first $250,000 of income.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday June 17, 2012 12:30 pm|
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss recent leaks from the Obama administration; and according to Talking Points Memo, called for a new law that could be used to go after individuals who leak national security information. He specifically suggested that the law be setup to criminalize government officials who leak to the media.
“I think we need to change the law that’s applied here,” Lieberman stated. “The last person to be convicted of a crime for leaking to the media was more than 25 years ago. We’re still using a 1917 Espionage Act that requires some showing of intent and knowledge that the leak would harm the security of the United States.”
|By: Dave Weigel Saturday March 17, 2012 1:59 pm|
Welcome to a parallel universe. A casual onlooker might mistake it for our own. The same people run their Congress and their Democratic National Committee. The same election results toss out half the Republicans in 2006 and the rest in 2008. But in our universe, those events were recorded as the triumphs of smart folks like Rahm Emanuel and David Plouffe, winning despite the ruinous work of the DNC. In Herding Donkeys, Ari Berman reports from a place where Howard Dean deserves the credit.
|By: Scarecrow Sunday July 31, 2011 8:23 am|
There were no guests to represent the victims of this deal, and there will be tens of millions of them. CNN invited no one who could explain or argue what a terrible deal this would be for the nation. The nation’s economy, the elderly, the poor and the unrepresented are about to take a serious drubbing, but thank the gods both Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the President will willingly administer the beatings and continue them until morale improves.
|By: emptywheel Friday July 8, 2011 12:40 pm|
You can accuse Plouffe of being wrong in claiming that people won’t vote based on the percentage of unemployed — I tend to think it may loom in people’s minds. You can argue that it was a misstep in that the quote does sound tone-deaf when reproduced without the surrounding context, and it’s understandable why people would see it as insensitive when viewed without that context.
|By: Scarecrow Thursday July 7, 2011 2:13 pm|
I’ve always thought the pent up anger at George Bush and the frustration from the Bush years would have allowed Daisy Duck or the Chipmunks to win the Presidency in 2008. So the trick was to elect someone who understood that anger and was prepared to reverse all the reasons it existed. Sure, the Obama message people understood this, but so did my cat. Now the people who helped Obama defraud voters by channeling everyone’s hope for change have convinced themselves he won the election because they’re political geniuses.
|By: Scarecrow Thursday April 14, 2011 6:00 am|
The reaction among liberals to the President’s speech Wednesday reminds us how thirsty liberals/progressives have been for President Obama to show the slightest hint of courageous, progressive leadership. So when Obama, who has repeatedly betrayed liberal values cherished by the Democratic Party since FDR, finally said what liberals/progressives have been saying for months, much of the liberal community cheered or at least said, “finally!” But this was easy.