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Entries by Dan Froomkin from 03/2010

Rahm Emanuel: Obama's Chief Of Sabotage

Posted 03.02.2010 | Politics

The latest toxic meme to spread across the pages of my once-beloved Washington Post is that President Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is the one...

Student Loan Overhaul Taking Filibuster-Proof Route To Overcome Corporate Opposition

Posted 03.12.2010 | Politics

Having finally decided to use the filibuster-proof budget reconciliation process to push health-care reform over the finish line, Democratic leaders h...

Social Immobility: Climbing The Economic Ladder Is Harder In The U.S. Than In Most European Countries

Posted 03.17.2010 | Politics

Is America the "land of opportunity"? Not so much. A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) finds that soc...

How Do You Disenfranchise 1 In 8 Black Men?

Posted 03.17.2010 | Politics

State laws that ban convicted felons from voting are having the unintentional (or is it intentional?) effect of disenfranchising one in eight African-...

Job-Creation Advocates Say Obama Just Doesn't Get It

Posted 03.18.2010 | Politics

This morning in Washington, President Obama was in the Rose Garden trying to make the jobs bill he was signing sound like a big success, chief economi...

10 Things Obama Won't Tell Us (Happy Sunshine Week!)

Posted 03.19.2010 | Politics

President Obama's very public embrace of open government -- starting on his first full day in office -- has been a welcome change from the regime of ...

Even As Reform Passes, State Cuts Imperil Health Coverage

Posted 03.22.2010 | Politics

Sunday's House vote means there's a new era dawning for health insurance in this country -- but not for tens of thousands of poor children about to lo...

'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal Falling Victim To Foot-Dragging

Posted 03.23.2010 | Politics

Why is it taking so long to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell"? President Obama has repeatedly vowed to end the policy; the Democratic leadership of Congr...

Drone Wars, Without Any Rules

Posted 03.24.2010 | Politics

The CIA's extensive use of unmanned drones to kill alleged terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere is arguably against international law and raises the p...

Chertoff Joins BAE, Defense Contractor Recently Embroiled In Bribery Scandal

Posted 03.25.2010 | Business
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BAE Systems, the British defense giant that is the eighth-biggest contractor to the U.S. government, recently promised it wouldn't bribe people anymor...

Obama Recess Appoints 15 Top Officials, End-Running GOP Obstruction

Posted 03.27.2010 | Politics

President Obama on Saturday announced the recess appointment of 15 political appointees whose nominations had been stalled by Republicans. "The Unit...

Obama Recess Appointments: 5 More He Should Make (Vote For Your Favorites)

Posted 03.27.2010 | Politics

President Obama on Saturday made 15 recess appointments, using his power to unilaterally install top officials in his government when the Senate isn't...

With Greg Craig Out Of The Way, Coast Is Clear For White House To Make Legal Calls On Political Grounds

Posted 03.30.2010 | Politics

The White House counsel ideally serves as the president's conscience. But late last year, Barack Obama's conscience was surgically removed. Greg Cra...

Insurance Industry Already Finding Ways To Game New System

Posted 03.31.2010 | Business

The insurance industry's attempt to weasel out of one of the few provisions of the new health care reform law that took effect immediately is a harbin...

White House Launches Push For Workplace Flexibility

Posted 03.31.2010 | Politics

Two out of three American families are so-called "juggler families," in which parents are forever trying to balance the needs of their job with the ne...