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Weekly Pulse: End-of-Life Counseling Returns, But Death Panels Still Nonsense

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger A proposed program to cover counseling sessions for seniors on end-of-life care has risen from the a...

Best Of 2010: JOKES

David Rees | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Rees

Professional funnymen had their hands full with the year's news stories and items of interest. But that's 2010 in a nutshell: The sum total of all events that occurred during it.

Obama Returns To End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over "death panels," Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul...

TIME's "Person of the Year" Should Have Been Sarah Palin

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

No person anywhere else in the cosmos of politics, culture or celebrity has caused such a stir as Sarah Palin this year. So why wasn't she even considered for TIME's annual award?

Chaplin's time traveler and the Tea Party

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been meaning to write about the supposed phenomenon of the woman with the cell phone in the extras for the DVD of the Charlie Chaplin film The Ci...

GOP: Masters of Message

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When it comes to taking credit for tilting the pre-election playing field so smoothly in their direction, the GOP is the very picture of modesty.

Three Good Things for Progressives to Take From the Midterm Election Results

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

It's been easy for the Republicans to spend the last two years demonizing and obstructing the president. Well now the GOP has a share of the power, and they can no longer just sit back and throw rocks.

A Short and Clear Guide to What a Midterm Vote Really Means

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

When you pull a lever on Tuesday, you may think you are voting for one candidate or another, but, in the big picture, the vote won't be for a person. Instead, you will be voting based on these opposing principles.

Reading the Daily Me

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has written an excellent column, "The Daily Me." I encourage you all to read it here:

GOP Congressman: Health Care & Stimulus Are 'Gonna Kill People By Denying Care'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) recently conjured the specter of death panels, claiming that "Obamacare" and the stimulus bill had effectively set up a "panel...

What If Democrats Could Just Say What They Believe?

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Too many Democratic candidates are unable to make clear, simple statements of their heartfelt convictions -- it's not that they don't have them, they just can't say them.

Sarah Palin Doubles Down on 'Death Panels'

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin is standing by her "death panels." In an interview taped last week for, a conservative website, the former Alaska governor ...

Here's a Way to Never Be Unemployed

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

Many Americans are maxing out on their unemployment benefits amid cries from Republicans that they're lazy bums who should get a job. Sure, there's on...

No Retreat on Health Care

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

It's only taken six months for President Obama's landmark health reform bill to go from stupendous historic achievement to political blunder.

Twitter and the Cowardice of Sarah Palin

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

For a medium designed to increase communication between people, Sarah Palin's use of these social networks has been remarkably one sided.

Attention Mrs. Palin: Those "Death Panel" Lies May Have Cost The Lives Of Some Grannies

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

Because of the "death panels" furor, doctors won't get paid (the fees would have been relatively small) to counsel on end-of-life decisions for Medicare patients.

Postmodern Politics and the Ground Zero Mosque Issue

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

After the symbolic politics we've been seeing, a simple and humane gesture like moving the mosque would have to be interpreted as a loss -- as backing down in the face of bigotry.

"Ground Zero Mosque:" Politics of Fear and Persecution Assail American Character

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

What the GOP and the "ground zero mosque" detractors want you to believe is that the Americans at the Muslim cultural center are not Americans. Remember the Japanese internment camps?

I Am Glad We Have a Media Accessible President

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joan E. Dowlin

I say "bravo" to the President for reaching out to a whole demographic of Americans (stay at home moms, unemployed people, students out of school for the summer) who may not watch prime time TV.

Ryan Grim

'Death Panels' Debate Returns To Congress: Congressman Building Support For Proposal | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House health care provision that Sarah Palin warned would lead to "death panels" never made it into the final bill, but its backers plan to resusc...

Spill, Baby, Spill! How the Left Can Win the PR War

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

If the left's ever gonna take back control of the message, they'll need to start dumbing-down their rhetoric so that it's clearly understood by the little guy.

Death Panels, Dignity, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We now need to revisit the issue of enhancing discussions of end-of-life care. Addressing these issues more fully can help us in many ways. But these are not easy issues.

A Key Part of Wall Street Reform Contains What the Republicans Want: Death Panels

Rep. Barney Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barney Frank

If a Wall Street bank begins to fail, threatening the safety of the financial system, it will be put to death. End of story. Republicans -- the ones who bailed out Wall Street -- just don't want to believe it.

The Good News Is We All Die

Michael Weinstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Weinstein

As someone who has watched thousands of people die in AIDS hospices in the 80s and 90s, I know that most people have not only made no plans for their last days, but stubbornly refuse to.

Have You Had Your "Information Debris " Today?

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Caryl Rivers

The beliefs held by "Truthers" and "Birthers" were culled not from mailings from extremist groups or the creepy websites of the lunatic fringe. They were discussed by the mainstream media.