We should be inspired to honor and fight for the cause of Senator Kennedy's life. The Senate's fighting liberal would not place the fate of affordable health insurance back in the hands of the private sector.
The White House is sorely mistaken if it thinks that the public option belongs in the "nice but not necessary" category. Without it, there's little hope of containing costs or reigning in the power of insurance companies.
After watching this absurdity playing out in the stimulus debate, people are calling on Sen. Reid to make the Republicans follow through and actually filibuster legislation and show this spectacle to the public.
Harry Shearer's main criticism of The Nation's investigation into Katrina's hidden race war is that it wasn't something else. He attacked us for writing an expose about race, violence and police brutality in New Orleans and not on his preferred subject.
McCain not only pointed his finger angrily at his opponent, but chose to refer to a black man in a way that omitted any reference to his humanity. Even if that was not his intention, it was not a particularly deft move.