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Tim Dickinson

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Price Waterhouse and Big Tobacco

(11) Comments | Posted October 12, 2009 | 1:20 PM

There's a big scary new study out today from the health insurance lobby and PriceWaterhouseCoopers purporting to show that the Senate Finance Committee's reform bill -- funded by new excise taxes on "Cadillac" health plans -- would cause future health insurance premiums to spiral out of control.

Before this...

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"Real" American Newspapers Reject McCain

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2008 | 12:31 PM

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The Vet Who Didn't Vet

(42) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 3:26 PM

If School House Rock made a campaign ad it might look something like this:

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Who Runs the McCain Campaign? Or: Why Isn't Joe Lieberman on the GOP Ticket?

(107) Comments | Posted October 14, 2008 | 7:21 PM

Stop me if you've heard this before: "They" didn't let John McCain pick Joe Lieberman as his running mate.

Former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd gives this claim the loudest voicing I've heard yet:

"They didn't let John McCain pick the person he wanted to pick as VP. When...

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McCain Still Wistful for "Charlie Keating's Shangri-la"

(5) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 1:43 PM

I write about John McCain's shady dealings with the felonious financier Charlie Keating in this section of Rolling Stone's current cover story -- which includes Charlie Keating's bald declaration that he was, indeed, buying favors from the politicians whose war chests he larded.

But there's quite a bit more...

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Obama's Cash Conundrum

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2008 | 3:00 PM

Let's step into Bizarro World for a second and pretend that Obama had decided to stick to his original vow, abandoning the prospect of raising untold hundreds of millions of dollars in favor of accepting the <$90 million constraints of public financing.

Can you imagine what the reaction would have...

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The Bush Legacy: A $100 Per-Barrel Increase In The Price of Oil

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2008 | 4:49 PM

We've reached a crude milestone today in the history of the Bush administration.

Oil prices have skyrocketed $100 per barrel since Bush took office.

Oil traded at $32.19 a barrel on the first business day after George W. Bush's inauguration in January 2001.

Today, oil is trading at $132...

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Pentagon Definitively Debunks Hillary Clinton's Pre-War Claim of Saddam/Al Qaeda Link

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2008 | 1:52 PM

An exhaustive Pentagon review has established definitively that there was no pre-war operational link between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Al Qaeda.

So here's the question for Hillary Clinton. In the senator's war-authorization speech in October 2002, she claimed this:

Saddam "has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to...
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Kerry Hits Clinton for Florida Flip-Flop

(21) Comments | Posted January 29, 2008 | 12:57 PM

The Obama campaign just held a conference call with Senator John Kerry who slammed Hillary Clinton for abandoning her previous commitment not to contest Florida or seek its forfeited delegates.

The Massachusetts senator couldn't quite bring himself to call the reversal a flip-flop, opting instead for this phrasing -- "a...

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Why Hillary's Men Troubles Explain Her Race to the Bottom

(80) Comments | Posted January 15, 2008 | 1:51 PM

There's only one thing that makes sense of the Clinton campaign's clumsy and classless injection of race into her primary battle with Barack Obama. And that is that her victory in New Hampshire -- impressive though it was -- threatened to transform her into a special-interest candidate.

Hillary would...

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Is Bill Hamilton Serious?

(14) Comments | Posted December 5, 2007 | 3:32 PM

Didja hear? There's a rumor that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim. No really, I read it in the Washington Post....

The first rule of recovering from a bout of shitty journalism is to stop defending it. That's true whether you're the New Republic, the National Review,...

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Rudy's Line

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2007 | 1:49 PM


Intensive questioning has to be used. Torture should not be used. The line between the two is a difficult one. --Rudy Giuliani

That line is not difficult. It's the line between us. And them. Or at least it was until Bush and Cheney and...

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White House Rebrands CDC: Censors For Damage Control

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2007 | 5:06 PM

So in addition to telling America last week that Global Warming is good for you, Presidential spokesperson Dana Perino insisted that the White-House's edits to the Senate testimony of CDC Chief Julie Gerberding had not "watered down" the facts.

As we can see from the unedited version,...

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TiVo This: A Summer in the Cage

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2007 | 6:47 PM

Short Film Review: Documentary lovers. Do yourself a favor tonight at 9PM and check out A Summer in the Cage on the Sundance Channel.

Long Film Review:

Buddy flicks come in all shades and flavors, but Ben Selkow's film is probably the world's first guy movie about manic...

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Edwards Adviser Trippi: Public Financing Would Leave Nominee Like Dukakis -- "Getting the Living Shit Kicked Out of Him All Summer Long"

(23) Comments | Posted September 28, 2007 | 3:07 PM

The Edwards presidential bid may just be over. Just ask Edwards' adviser Joe Trippi.

The Edwards campaign has decided to accept public matching funds in the primary -- and also accept federal spending limits. This gives the campaign a cash infusion of up to $21 million that it must...

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Petraeus And Iran: Establishing a Casus Belli?

(4) Comments | Posted September 12, 2007 | 4:40 PM

The most troubling part about General Petraeus' report to Congress this week had little to do with Iraq. His bald statements about Iran should give us all pause. Here's the New Jesus speaking from high atop the Hill, passing down as fact what is in many cases contested intelligence about...

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Candidate Fred Thompson... A Gift to Rudy?

(27) Comments | Posted September 7, 2007 | 6:20 PM

The Fred Thompson moment, if there ever was one, is already passed. It's strange how passed-the-sell-by-date his candidacy already feels. A lazy-man's John McCain to start with, I can't see Hollywood Fred catching fire... or really even sending off sparks.

But his candidacy is fantastic news for Mr. 9/11. And...

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RuPaul McRompson

(36) Comments | Posted July 11, 2007 | 2:06 PM

Let me get this straight:

Rudy's top advisers are into coke, hookers, race baiting and flattening Persia.

John McCain has less money than Ron Paul and just fired (as in axed) his campaign's top guns, leaving him essentially dead in the water.

Fred Thompson,...

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Calling 'Clemency' by Its Name

(17) Comments | Posted July 3, 2007 | 11:09 AM

Language is important in moments like this.

The White House has done a great job of framing this as a 'commutation' of Libby's sentence. 'To commute' is a cold, technocratic, emotionless verb.

But look at the actual order Bush signed and it calls the presidential quasi-pardon by its real name:...

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Smoke Filled Chat Rooms?

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2007 | 3:41 PM

"It's fucking Skull and Bones, man. The very secretive, behind-closed-doors nature of it is anathema to everything that blogging is supposed to be about: accountability. We are supposed to be showing the way, not skulking around behind closed doors, coming up with strategies. Those are the people who we're trying...

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