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Bogus Polls and Misinformation Fuel Unrest and Discontent

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

50% don't think President Obama deserves re-election 65% think most members of Congress don't deserve re-election 28% say they support anti-big govern...

Health Care Was Not the 'Best-Covered News Story, Ever'

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allison Kilkenny

To be sure, there were positive media moments during health care reform, but let's not pat the media collectively on the back for an overall shoddy performance.

Individuals Who Label Obama a Socialist to be Sentenced to Four Months of Mr. Bilweki's World History Class (Satire)

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Brock Cohen

Conservatives railed against the Obama administration this week in response to a key provision buried within the nation's landmark health care reform law.

5 Years After Terri Schiavo: What Have We Learned?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

More than ever, we need Congress to take end-of-life care seriously. We still need legislation that will encourage physicians to take the time to talk to patients about the choices that are available to them.

"I'd Even Vote For a Communist Right Now": My Trip to the Showdown in Searchlight

Ari Rabin-Havt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Rabin-Havt

The Tea Party protesters were no longer focusing on issues (such as health care), but rather turning their attention to the election of conservative candidates. The message was clear: they must work to defeat Democrats in November.

If Democrats Were Republican

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

I have an idea for Obama and the Democrats as they embark on financial reform, the next mission on the progressive/liberal agenda: How about ramming home the following talking points?

GOP Hypocrisy Has Been Exposed by the BP Oil Disaster

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

What's most politically disturbing about the gulf spill is the cowardice of the right in failing to take any responsibility for its positions. Let us not forget the primary plank of the 2008 GOP platform: "Drill baby, drill!"

70% Say Country "Dangerously Divided" by Health Care Debate

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

Our latest survey, taken immediately after the House passed health care, found 70% said the country has become "dangerously divided" by the debate, and 16% believe these feelings will quickly fade.

The Coming Policy Debate Even Uglier Than Heath Care

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

One of the dirtiest political fights in memory is over (sort of). But if you think the health care debate got rough, wait until President Obama and Congress turn to energy and climate.

Death Panels for Everyone: A Health Care Q & A

Guy Nicolucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Guy Nicolucci

If you think the Republicans will repeal the Health-Care Bill, then you shouldn't be on a Death Panel, you should be on MTV's "Tool Academy."

Republican Crybabies Meet Their Waterloo

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Yes, I'd really love to see the GOP run on a repeal platform. Because I wonder exactly which parts of the bill Americans will want to give up next year.

The Pulse: House Passes Health Care Reform

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Last night, the House of Representatives passed comprehensive health care reform after more than a yea...

The Tears of 24 Years May Finally Slow Down

Ann J. Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ann J. Atkinson

Almost every day of my law practice for the past 24 years has involved listening to someone tearfully tell the same tale. They worked until they got sick or injured.

Health Care Post-Mortem: Dems Feel the Wind at Their Back, GOP Hoisted With Its Own Cynical Petard

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The lives of millions of Americans will be improved because of what the Democrats have done. The Republicans, meanwhile, have been hoisted with their own deeply cynical petard.

The (Mis) Information Age

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dr. Jim Taylor

The problem is that there is no longer any source of objective and trusted information. These days, you can't find "fair and balanced" news anywhere.

What the Health Care Bill Might Mean

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If the Democrats can create some momentum of their own, and learn the lessons of health care, then they may be able to substantially reduce the electoral damage in November.

A Guide for Those Traumatized by Right-Wing, Fear-Mongering Lies on Health Care Reform

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Since the right has had no trouble reducing nuanced issues to sound bytes, I have no choice but to provide more accurate characterizations than some of the common themes being pushed on the right.

Obama, Death Panels, and the Washington Redskins: Targeted Assassinations or Murder?

Morris Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morris Davis

There are a few jobs in Washington where a losing record will get you a pink slip, ushered to the door with your belongings in a cardboard box, and un...

Sarkozy Adviser Minc Triggers French Death Panel Debate

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Ridley Scott's Robin Hood opened the Golden Lion awards at Cannes. But this year's golden coffin will go to Alain Minc, the spin doctor who advises French president Nicholas Sarkozy.

Michele Bachmann Overdrive: GOP Accelerates Down Fallacy Lane

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Reality does not treat conservatives well, so they create a parallel universe in which truth is defined as anything stated more than once by more than one pundit in one news cycle.

Quitting For Dummies! by Sarah Palin

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Shannyn Moore

Publisher HarperCollins has announced Sarah Palin's next venture in book makin.' According to them, she is working on a "celebration of American virtues and strengths." Good Lord, you've got to be kidding.

Attention Democrats: When the House Is on Fire, Don't Cower, Grab a Hose

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Voters are angry, and while it is illogical that people seem to be looking to break the gridlock in Washington by voting in Republicans who are no better, the anger is based on real concerns.

Say No to "Death Panels"

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The real purveyors of "death panels" are those who would deny a proportion of the population the chance to live based on whether or not they could afford healthcare.

I Can't Think Of One Religious Reason Against Health Care Reform -- Can You?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Health care reform is fundamentally about keeping health care costs affordable for those who already have some kind of insurance, and making it available for the millions who do not have it.

New article on health care misinformation

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

I have a new article on health care misinformation in The Forum that may be of interest to readers (link requires free registration; unga...