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Michael Roston

Entries by Michael Roston

After the Nuke Test, the US and North Korea Should Keep Talking

(16) Comments | Posted May 25, 2009 | 12:12 AM

Just in time for the stock markets to open in Asia, Kim Jong-Il's North Korea conducted another nuclear weapons test, according to Reuters.

Much noise will be made by conservatives all week that President Obama's weak foreign policy is emboldening Kim and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and...

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If the Government Can Fairly Value Its "Troubled Assets," Why Not the Banks?

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2009 | 11:58 AM

A very interesting story in Friday's USA Today notes a number of federal agencies, including HUD, own a lot of houses that they're having trouble selling. Sound familiar?

In many ways, the government's situation parallels what thousands of other homeowners are confronting: The houses it owns are harder to...
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If You Were Tweeting About the 'Nerd Prom,' You Probably Weren't There

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2009 | 10:41 PM

Well it was a nice night, at least on television, where at home you could watch the White House Correspondents' Dinner and know that in fact you weren't really a part of it. Blogging about it afterward is a contrast to all the maniacs on Twitter, adding #nerdprom to their...

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For Sale: Reasonably-Sized City on Western Bank of Lake Michigan

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 4:16 PM

Forgive a native Chicagoan for a moment here, but I have to shed a virtual tear as I contemplate the renaming of another Chicago institution - the Sears Tower will be known some time soon as the Willis Tower. Far away from home as I am, I couldn't help but...

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New Rule: We Only Talk To Bloggers We Like

(11) Comments | Posted February 8, 2008 | 1:29 PM

Earlier in this new year, Paul Kiel at Muckraker, Talking Points Memo's investigative arm, took note of the fact that he had stopped receiving press releases from the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice. It sounded like retaliation. The new media press pioneers at TPM had done...

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Did Ann Romney Force Mitt Out of the Race?

(12) Comments | Posted February 7, 2008 | 5:46 PM

Yeah, pretty much.

Sometimes, as we boys need reminding, it takes a woman to inject some common sense into complicated decision-making like "Should I run for higher office?"

(Sometimes, not.)

Maybe the evidence is all circumstantial, but it's there. First there's the oft-cited story about Ann Romney not...

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Houseguests and Fish, and Rudy Giuliani

(6) Comments | Posted January 27, 2008 | 11:25 AM

My grandfather always said that after three days, houseguests and fish start to smell the same. I guess in the case of Florida and the presidential election, it's three months.

It's been close to three months since Rudy Giuliani declared that his road to the White House marched up the...

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How to Knock Rudy Out of the Campaign Before Florida

(13) Comments | Posted January 20, 2008 | 9:21 PM

The campaign for the Republican nomination doesn't have any clear winners yet. But it does have its obvious losers. Minor candidates like Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo have bowed out, and Fred Thompson's exit can't be far off. What we're all waiting for now is to see whether Jan. 29's...

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Getting A Grip On Reality Over Iran's Nuclear Program

(7) Comments | Posted December 3, 2007 | 1:07 PM

Pity the conservative thinker and reader haunted by the specter of a nuclear Iran. How would you feel if you got halfway through your day and someone punched a big hole in your already tenuous grasp on reality?

Vice President Cheney tried so hard to play his role of...

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Plants For Hillary Uprooted?

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2007 | 3:28 PM

2007-11-16-plantheadphoto.pngPlants For Hillary, we hardly knew you.

The mock website created by the Edwards campaign to hammer Hillary Clinton over planted questions has already been pulled down. Loading the site now just brings up a blank page.

Both Edwards and Barack Obama...

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Four Friday Funnies: Make Your Donation Now To The Michael Roston Legal Defense Fund

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2007 | 3:05 PM

In the future, donations to keep your favorite alleged criminal politician out of the slammer will be tax deductible. But until then, you'll just have to settle for the good feeling that comes with knowing that you financed a legal arms race that allowed an almost certainly guilty someone to...

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Some Dems Vocal About Aversion To Confronting Bush On Iraq Funding

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2007 | 4:08 PM

It is already conventional wisdom that the "bridge fund" for the Iraq war passed Wednesday night in the House will be stopped by Republicans in the Senate. And for that reason, at least a few House Democrats say that their party should not pick another fight with the president over...

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Blackwater's California Wildfire Relief Efforts Backfire With Local Residents

(64) Comments | Posted November 15, 2007 | 12:30 AM

While hundreds of thousands of citizens were fleeing Southern California's wildfires in October, Blackwater USA was charging back in.

While the fires still burned, executives from the private security firm personally delivered food and supplies to displaced residents and eventually set up temporary housing.

But don't accuse Blackwater of...

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Democrats Down To The Wire Rounding Up Iraq Withdrawal Votes

(4) Comments | Posted November 14, 2007 | 4:00 PM

House Democratic leaders were hard at work on Wednesday to round up the votes in favor of a $50 billion "bridge fund" that would require the president start bringing US troops home.

A Democratic leadership aide said she expected the bill to pass by a margin similar to the...

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It's So Hard To Be A Unitary Executive These Days

(4) Comments | Posted November 14, 2007 | 10:19 AM

It would appear that the lamest of the lame duckedness at the end of any President's second term is already creeping into the White House's official pronouncements.

President Bush yesterday phoned in a "presidential signing statement," one of the acts by which the president claims he can ignore...

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Freedom's Watch Watch: Vulnerable Democrats Shrug Off New Iraq Ads

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2007 | 8:55 AM

If House Democrats are worried about Freedom's Watch calling them out in newspaper ads in their local districts, they aren't showing it.

"In an age of global threats, I do not believe our nation is best served by devoting so many of our military resources to Iraq," Rep. Nancy Boyda...

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Freedom's Watch Watch: New Veterans Day Ads Target Dems On Iraq

(16) Comments | Posted November 13, 2007 | 1:10 PM

The morning after the country observed Veterans Day, newspaper readers in seven cities woke up to full page ads blasting their local Democratic representative over the war in Iraq. "Stop the politics," the ads charge, and "fund the troops."

After two relatively quiet months, Freedom's Watch is back. The...

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Giuliani Advisors: We'll Win The Nomination In February

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2007 | 10:29 AM

The top campaign staffers for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani want everyone to ignore the significant leads that ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has in Iowa and New Hampshire. They say the Republican presidential hopeful will race to a triple-digit delegate lead after the February 5 "super primary"...

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Democrats' New Bill Gives Blackwater, Contractors Six Months Notice In Iraq

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2007 | 12:26 PM

A group of House members and one Senator came together on Tuesday to introduce the "Stop Outsourcing Security Act," a bill that will give pink slips to private security guards employed by contractors like Blackwater USA in Iraq and other settings.

"Our bill would essentially put private...

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Obama Refers To "Social Security Crisis"

(113) Comments | Posted November 9, 2007 | 11:50 AM

In an interview yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) explicitly used the word "crisis" in reference to Social Security, seemingly contradicting a progressive refrain that such talk is a red herring advanced by proponents of privatization.

"You know, Senator Clinton says that she's concerned about Social Security but is...

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