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Friday Talking Points -- PBS, Citizen Koch, and Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Love him or hate him, call him "patriot" or "traitor" -- it is now absolutely impossible to argue that Edward Snowden's leaks weren't effective, meaningful, and will actually cause the federal government to have a national conversation with its citizens about what it feels it is legally able to do.

There's A-gonna Be a Shootout (in the Obamacare Corral)!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Millions of Americans are going to be downright shocked when Obamacare is fully implemented and nothing changes for them. Millions of other Americans will also be pleasantly surprised that things have gotten better for their own health care choices.

What's At Stake if the Health Law Is Repealed

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Today, for nearly the 40th time since it's been the law of the land, House Republicans staged yet another repeal vote in their latest attempt to turn back the clock on progress and deny Americans health insurance coverage they can count on.

A Woman's Right to Lose?

James Moore | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics
James Moore

When the ACA began to provide contraceptive services for women, the plan acquired the kind of traction not possible through political rhetoric. But some are determined to stop full implementation of "Obamacare." And their political intransigence is certain to create victims.

The Irrelevance of Mitt Romney

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There is only one thing important to know about Mitt Romney, and we already know it. He has no deep convictions. Without convictions, he is not going to step in front of the machine that brought him the White House, his cherished dream, and say "no."

Zach Carter

Swipe Fee Fallout Has Small Banks Relishing Rare Advantage Over Wall Street | Zach Carter | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

Last year's wild legislative melee over debit card swipe fees featured a curious contradiction: Although big Wall Street banks stood to lose the most ...

After Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Meaning of Repeal to America

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

"Don't ask, don't tell" -- the policy and even the mere phrase -- says much about who we are as Americans. What we do in its wake will help shape what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century -- well beyond the rise and fall of this bizarre and convoluted law.

America Supports Gay Marriage!

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Today, we found out that Obama no longer thinks the federal government should ban gay marriage. This is not likely a change in the man's personal views -- but it does indicate a huge change in the U.S. cultural climate.

Why Government Dictating What People Put In Their Bodies Violates Personal Liberty

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

If people can't regulate their chemical intake for themselves, what hope is there for them in the modern universe?

The "Broccoli" Argument and Health Care Reform's Constitutionality

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

While we should all heed our mother's advice to eat our vegetables, what matters for the courts should be the text and history of the U.S. Constitution.

Friday Talking Points [152] -- A Palin-Free Month?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With some regularity, this column excoriates the mainstream news media for all sorts of continued idiocy in the way it conducts its business. But eve...

Symbolism Versus Substance

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans know full well that their healthcare repeal vote today is nothing more than empty symbolism. They should enjoy their symbolic moment in the sunshine, as the substance that follows is not going to be anywhere near as much fun.

The Republican NoCare Agenda Just Had a Big Day -- Here's What Happens Next

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

Is this vote purely symbolic, or the first step on a longer road? I strongly believe it's the latter. Everyone, especially the progressive political community, should view this as the opening in a battle of messages that won't end soon.

Weekly Pulse: White House Takes Offensive Against Health Care Repeal

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger This week, House Republicans will hold a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill is expecte...

Stopping the Republican Repeal in the House

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

I urge my colleagues to stand against this reckless repeal of critical health care reform and vote against the Patients' Rights Repeal Act.

Weekly Pulse: Giffords Shooting Reveals Flaws in U.S. Mental Health Services

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head at a constituent outreach event in a supermarket...

Health Reform Under Attack

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The health reform law is already helping children and families and stopping some of the most egregious abuses of health insurers. Why would any sensible person want to go backwards and take these protections away?

For the Right: A Regular Deregulation Celebration

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

When it comes to regulating, the Right is downright irregular. Now that Republicans control the House, they're hell-bent on further deregulating cor...

Friday Talking Points [150] -- A Fortean Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a metaphor to describe the week that was. This was not one of those weeks.

Weekly Pulse: On Health Care Repeal, House GOP Full of Sound and Fury

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger House Republicans will hold a symbolic vote to overturn health care reform on January 12. The bill, ...

Republican-Hood: Steal from the Workers; Pander to the Rich

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans want to, as they put it, 'undo' the health insurance benefits that the Affordable Care Act provides to Americans. And they're offering nothing in return to the uninsured.

Dangerous to America's Health: The Effects of Republicans' Push to Repeal Health Reform

Rep. Pete Stark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Pete Stark

The health reform law is making improvements across all sectors of the American health care system, so you may not be aware of the many dangers of repeal. But everyone should be equipped with this information.

Friday Talking Points [146] -- Clowning Around

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Send in the clowns! No, that's not a statement on Congress returning to Washington next week. Although if you choose to read it that way, I certainly...

Mandate to Repeal Health Care Is a Republican Pipe Dream

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Democrats shouldn't be cowed when the Republicans claim last night's elections were a mandate for repeal. The voters, even this frustrated, angry bunch, said no such thing.

John McCain: I'd 'Absolutely' Block 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled over the weekend that he would filibuster any measure put forth in the Senate aiming to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't T...