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Tom Matzzie

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You Ended the War in Iraq

(114) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM

Today the war in Iraq is ending. After nearly nine years our long national nightmare in Iraq is almost over. This day may not have come were it not for the years of work by all of the millions of Americans who volunteered, protested, lobbied, organized, donated, wept, prayed and...

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Solyndra Scandal-Mongering Is The REAL Scandal

(336) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 9:40 AM

Washington Republicans and some in the media have seized upon the unfortunate bankruptcy of Solyndra, a company once regarded as one of the most innovative in the world and which the Wall Street Journal last year said might be "the Next Big Thing," to try to invent a...

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Anti-War, But Supporting Obama on Libya

(160) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 12:37 PM

The beginning of U.S. and NATO military attacks on Libya came as a surprise to most Americans -- not least anti-war and pro-peace voters like myself who have supported President Obama as a candidate and now as chief executive. I was at the start, and remain, deeply concerned about the...

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CES 2011: Looking for Green Tech

(12) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 12:45 PM

Wheels down in Vegas and there is a lot going on at the 2011 Consumers Electronics Show. While a lot of the news you will hear about over the next few days will focus on the next "iPad Killer" device or what's around the corner for television, one of the...

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No Regrets the Day After Election Day

(203) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 2:56 PM

Imagine for one minute that you wake up the day after Election Day this year and the horrible has happened: Republicans have captured new majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.

Do you want to look back and wish that you remembered to vote or volunteer or contribute?

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Senate Invites Arsonist to Testify on Cause of Fire... Kind Of

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 2:04 PM

Sometimes the ways of Washington, DC are truly baffling.

In the U.S. Senate this morning a hedge fund manager gave testimony to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on a set of higher education companies.

The only problem is that the witness, financier Steven Eisman of FrontPoint...

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Is Greenspan Kidding? He Was "Right 70%" of the Time?

(45) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 7:26 PM

In testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan defended his record during questions by Chairman Phil Angelides by saying he was "right 70 percent" and "wrong 30 percent" of the time.

When asked whether the financial crisis was one of the...

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Financial Crisis Commission Needs to Get to Work

(7) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 2:17 PM

Have you heard of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission? If not, that's because this Commission with responsibility for investigating the financial crisis has so far failed to get to work. Last May Congress passed legislation creating the Commission with a broad mandate and specific powers including subpoena, public hearings, cross...

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Obama is Right: Don't Blow College Money in Vegas

(70) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 7:29 AM

Somebody needs to give Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman a dope slap. Goodman, a Democrat turned Independent, refused to meet with President Obama on his recent trip to Las Vegas and publicly insulted the president after Obama said, "You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when...

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Keep the "Internet Bus" Rolling for Kids, Jobs

(17) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 7:41 AM

Here is a good idea. The New York Times reports on a school district in Arizona that has put WiFi on a single school bus serving High School students. The results have been a marked improvement in student behavior, as the bus has become a rolling study hall....

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John Murtha Showed Us How to Be Strong

(23) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 3:20 PM

I hope that we will remember John Murtha for his strengths. It is a good way to encourage others in Congress to show strength. Murtha did something very important on Iraq -- he showed leadership when there was a lack of it. He took a risk when others were hiding....

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One More Thing Obama Can Do for Haitians (updated)

(113) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 10:31 AM

UPDATE: The AP is reporting at 5:16 PM ET Friday afternoon that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano granted Temporary Protected Status to Haitian refugees already in the U.S. before the earthquake.

The original post below was written earlier in the day on Friday before this announcement....

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CES 2010: Mobile Battery Woes? Battery Case A Lifesaver

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2010 | 6:06 PM

After three days of CES your head starts to spin with all the products. But the noise can help you focus on what is actually a good product or idea.

Among the topics I'm tracking is MOBILE. I'm asking the question of how the powerful computers that are part of...

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CES 2010: A Taxonomy of the Crowd

(7) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 11:51 AM

A big part of the spectacle of the Consumer Electronics Show are the people. Lots of them. There are some 110,000 attendees according to Consumers Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro--and they come in all shapes and sizes. You'll hear dozens of languages on the floor all day long.

I've attended...

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CES 2010: Showing How to Put WiFi in Your Camping Tent

(12) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 11:09 AM

This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas kicked off Wednesday night with a keynote address by Microsoft's Steve Ballmer.

So far a lot of the buzz has been about 3D television and devices. To cut to the chase on 3D (which isn't the subject of this...

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CES 2010: Three Trends To Look For At This Year's Consumer Electronics Show

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 3:22 PM

The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show starts this week in lovely Las Vegas. I'm going, and I'll be looking for a few things and hoping to learn a few things.

There will be some 2,500 exhibitors and 110,000 attendees. I don't know what the CES can be compared to--it's big, it's...

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Obama's Visit to Section 60 Reminds America of War Dead -- Again

(49) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 4:32 PM

Two weeks ago on October 29 President Obama made a middle-of-the-night visit to Dover Air Force base to greet the caskets of America’s most recent war dead returning from Afghanistan. The president’s visit, recorded on news video and by press photographers, thrust the sadness of the war onto the...

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Obama's Dover Salute Is an Iconic Image of His Presidency

(943) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 9:14 AM

We woke up this morning with images on cable news and the Internet of President Obama solemnly saluting as the casket of a fallen soldier was carried in honor from a C-17 in Dover back home into the United States. The president, through his visit, brought a national spotlight...

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Meet Wall Street's Man in the Adirondacks

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 12:16 PM

A funny thing is happening in upstate New York right now. The collusion between the grassroots populist anger of the “teabaggers” and the more elitist pro-Wall Street agenda of the Club for Growth is being unmasked all at once--just in time for Halloween.

Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman is either...

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Take the "Opt Out" Public Option--Good Policy, Politics

(75) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 11:15 AM

In recent days a proposal has emerged in Senate discussions over health care reform legislation. The idea is an adaptation of the much-debated Public Option proposal that would create a government-backed insurance choice for consumers trying to buy coverage.

In this new proposal, called the “Opt Out,” individual...

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