Democratic Congressional Delegation Meets With Governor Snyder in Michigan

By: Monday December 10, 2012 11:07 am

Senator Carl Levin and most of the Democratic delegation in the House, including John Dingell, John Conyers, Sandy Levin, Gary Peters, Hansen Clark, Dave Curson and Congressman-elect Dan Kildee attended the meeting. Snyder said he would “take seriously” their concerns.


Lack of a “Foreclosure Wave” Determined By Banks

By: Friday November 30, 2012 6:37 am

Missing here is any understanding of who controls the timing of a so-called foreclosure wave. Banks do the foreclosing, after all, and it’s really up to them whether or not to put inventory on the market or to foreclose at all. And in both cases, they haven’t moved forward for very specific reasons.

Obama Plans to Hit Road With Oh-So-Popular Message of Cutting Social Security and Medicare

By: Monday November 12, 2012 2:10 pm

President Obama plans to meet with business, labor and civic leaders early this week about the fiscal slope, according to Reuters. Congressional leaders will huddle with Obama at the end of the week.

UN to Investigate US Drone Program

By: Friday October 26, 2012 4:08 pm

The United Nations special rapporteur for counterterrorism will lead an inquiry into civilian deaths from US drone strikes around the world, to determine whether the strikes violate international human rights and humanitarian laws.

Endorsing Social Security Cuts Gives Politicians the “Elite Bonus”

By: Friday October 26, 2012 9:41 am

Basically, Dean Baker implies that a stance of defending Social Security lowers your campaign contributions and labels you as “unserious” in major media. You can see this in the Washington Post’s endorsement of President Obama, mainly because he “understands the urgency of the (deficit) problems as well as anyone in the country and is committed to solving them in a balanced way.” They almost entirely based their endorsement on the likelihood of Obama reaching a deficit deal over Romney. And the Post ed board describes that “balanced way” as a combination of “entitlement reform and revenue increases.” There’s really no greater avatar of the DC elite mindset than Fred Hiatt’s scribbling crew.

Des Moines Register Shames Obama Campaign Into Putting Interview on the Record

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:15 am

The Des Moines Register, in the unique position of being the top news source in a swing state, played against this type, if only a bit. Their strategy, when President Obama called and requested that an interview be held off the record, was to take the interview, and then write an open letter to the campaign, embarrassing them for the terms of the interview and urging them to put it on the record.

The Debate’s Benghazi Moment: America Cheers the Media Correcting the Record

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 6:16 am

President Obama won the second debate against Mitt Romney last night by managing to defend elements of his first term record and articulate a second term agenda, while his opponent struggled with specifics and was haunted by the spectre of George W. Bush, who he probably thought was disappeared for electoral purposes in this country.

Signposts of Democracy: How Americans Get Taught About the Political System They Have

By: Monday October 1, 2012 11:28 am

I’ve tried really hard to avoid this brouhaha over Conor Friedersdorf’s article on why he refuses to vote for Barack Obama. It’s probably generated far more discussion than it merited, since it amounted to an unsurprising statement of support for a libertarian candidate from a right-leaning civil libertarian. That liberals pounced on it as an example of Naderite perfidy, though the circumstances are quite different, is something that I found revealing of liberals, and this post can stand in for my thoughts there.

Principal Reduction Tax Time Bomb Generates More Discussion

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:55 pm

About a month ago, I wrote in Salon about a potential time-bomb embedded in the efforts to increase debt relief for mortgages, the expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. Finally, some mainstream sources have gotten around to reporting on this, in basically the same way and with even many of the same principals quoted. Jim Puzzanghera writes at the LA Times:

Local News Answer Challenges, Calls Out President on Kill List

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 11:22 am

There are 15,000 media personnel in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention. Some of that includes photographers, but any way you slice it, you have a substantial number of journalists. Not one of them has the fortitude to pull off what Ben Swann of Fox 19 Cincinnati did in an interview with President Obama.

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