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The Public Option is Popular, Moral and Inexpensive, Therefore it Must Die

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

There's no ambiguity about it. The public option is resoundingly popular, fiscally conservative and morally sound. It's centrist, it's liberal, it's conservative. Unless you don't believe in, you know, numbers.

Obama's Best Frenemy

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

Obama put his persuasive power on hold while he got sucked into an insider negotiation with Congressional centrists -- and has been unable to make a morally compelling case for his agenda.

David Brooks' Barack Obama Bromance: Inside The Unlikely Situation

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

These days, the center-right Brooks frequently seems more sympathetic toward Obama than the liberal Paul Krugman. He has written columns praising Obam...

O'Reilly, Beck, Olbermann and Maddow: Venomous Snakes?

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

No one wants to watch normal, well-adjusted, happy, rational, reasonable people on TV; they're boring -- like C-SPAN or the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

Brooks and the 'Obama Slide'

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

David Brooks' column in yesterday's New York Times has provoked considerable debate on both the Left and Right. It makes a number of assertions about ...

Addicted to Health Care

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Americans are addicted to health care. They demand more and more of it, at any cost, whatever the consequences.

Sotomayor and the Fundamentals of Diversity and Affirmative Action

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

In the story of creation in Genesis we see that the image of God is best reflected not through sameness, but through the breadth that exists within the grand diversity of creation.

The Simple Arithmetic of David Brooks' Deceitful Claims on Health Care Reform

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Fiderer

Only a tiny percentage of millionaires would ever pay a significant dollar amount for the tax surcharge associated with health care reform. To obscure this obvious truth, David Brooks has launched a series of deceptions.

David Brooks Slams Obama's "Liberal Suicide March"

New York Times | DAVID BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was interesting to watch the Republican Party lose touch with America. You had a party led by conservative Southerners who neither understood nor s...

This Preposterous Week in Review: Bachmann, Beck, Brooks, And More!

Paul Slansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Paul Slansky

Here's my look at this wild week: An index of people, places, things and why you should care about them.

Half-Baked Alaska: Palin's Confused Vision of Energy & Environment

Ben Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ben Carmichael

Palin's argument is so dependent on established Republican strategy that is reads like a grab bag of worn-out phrases.

Punching the Tar Baby

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

From the moment Judge Sotomayor was nominated to the court, the Right wing made it clear that they were going to play the only card left in the Republican deck -- the race card.

The Health Care Pundits Get It Right ... And Wrong

John Kenagy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Kenagy

The cost of health care is the most pressing issue and current reform proposals don't address it. But telling more patients "no" and gathering more data to implement more solutions are not the answers.

David Brooks: A Republican Senator 'Had His Hand On My Inner Thigh' For A 'Whole' Dinner Party (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Think Progress flags David Brooks telling a fantastic anecdote that supports his recent New York Times column lamenting the loss of dignity in America...

George Washington: The Dignity and the Slavery

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

In his catalog of Washington's public virtues and civility, David Brooks neglected to mention that George Washington owned, bought and sold his fellow human beings.

Become David Brooks in an Hour or Less; Become a NY Times Columnist in Your Spare Time

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Want to be David Brooks? Just follow my free columnist-in-a box plan.

David Brooks: Obama "May Revitalize The Concept Of Dignity"

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Americans still admire dignity. But the word has become unmoored from any larger set of rules or ethical system. But it's not right to end on a note...

Obama's Agenda: Hope, Change and Lobby-Centricity

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Obama's self-imposed rule against lobbyists in his administration, and the method whereby he is now implementing his progressive agenda, hews toward a rather perverse irony, if not hypocrisy.

David Brooks: Why Lobbyists Are Prevailing In Health Care Fight

The New York Times | David Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Clintoncare collapse and the ensuing decade in the wilderness drove home the costs of failure. This has produced a Vince Lombardi attitude toward ...

Brooks Suggests Education Course of Action

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

I'm trying to figure out whether the stimulus bill and a hard charging Secretary of Education will produce any real progress.

Babbling Brooks

Tom Gilroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Gilroy

Can we finally do away with the niceties of treating New York Times columnist David Brooks as some kind of reasoned conservative centrist providing 'balance' to the liberal media?

Dullness: A Euphemism for Status Quo

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Judith Ellis

Brooks and his ilk also like to pretend that there is some big separation between government and big business when in reality they have been in bed for years.

Michael Lewis on Warren Buffett

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

The irony of Buffett is that his talent and his will are unfathomable, but his flaws are not. The one thing we can truly understand about him is the part of him that's just like the rest of us.

Who Do You Despise More, Dick or Liz?

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

The Cheneys are seeking to lay the groundwork for a "Who Lost America?" debate should there be another terrorist attack during the Obama presidency.

The Levin Report Prompts A Second Look At Other Bush-Era Whitewashes

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Fiderer

The story of Taguba's report reflects a truism applicable to every investigation: When large swaths of information are declared off limits, the resulting work product may be fatally flawed.