The Roundup

By: Monday December 27, 2010 1:51 pm

It’s holiday schedule time. Let me reiterate that I’ll be on Countdown (MSNBC, 8pm ET) tonight with Sam Seder talking about the Republican war on public employees and their pensions. Personally, I was hoping to get a cameo on Lockup. But I’ll take what I can get. To the (relatively meager) links: • Are we [...]

In Unfolding War on Public Employees, State Lawmakers and Media Likely to Do the Work Themselves

By: Monday December 27, 2010 1:11 pm

(I’ll actually be talking about this on Countdown tonight on MSNBC, with guest host Sam Seder, at 8pm ET.) A few weeks ago, James Pethokoukis made waves with an article suggesting a “secret GOP plan” that would give states the ability to declare bankruptcy and basically default on their public employee union and pension contracts. [...]

Meet Your New GOP Chairmen: Ralph Hall

By: Monday December 27, 2010 12:24 pm

Ralph Hall (R-TX) is the unassuming new chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee. Like many Americans these days, Hall considers the pinnacle of American advancement in science and technology to be ‘splosions. There’s no way to read his praise of the BP oil spill – that’s not a typo, I wrote “praise” – [...]

Health Care Law Polling Remarkably Consistent

By: Monday December 27, 2010 11:43 am

What struck me in the CNN polling on the health care law was how much it matched previous polling on the subject. Like before, only a minority of Americans support the new law. Like before, a quarter of those opposed think that the law wasn’t liberal enough. As you may know, a bill that makes [...]

9-11 Health Bill the Only Worker Safety Measure Passed in Lame Duck Session

By: Monday December 27, 2010 11:08 am

Everyone’s patting either themselves or Jon Stewart on the back for the passage of a 9-11 health care and victim’s compensation fund late in the lame duck session. And looking at the particulars, the bill is worth supporting. Despite a few scattered claims about the distributive justice aspects of the bill, it basically says that [...]

Anonymous Wikileaks Supporters Begin Assault on BankofAmerica.com

By: Monday December 27, 2010 10:25 am

Bank of America’s website isn’t loading for some customers at the moment, the victim of what appears to be another denial of service attack from supporters of Wikileaks. Greg Mitchell notes that the attack, known as #operationBOA on Twitter, started around noon. Here’s a countdown of the time since the DDoS attack began. It’s coming [...]

Republicans Plan to Use More Resolutions of Disapproval Next Year

By: Monday December 27, 2010 9:52 am

Brian Beutler reports on an expected increase in the Congressional Review Act in the next Congress. Lisa Murkowski actually used the CRA for a “resolution of disapproval” of EPA regulations on greenhouse gases earlier this year, but could not get 51 votes. That would have been sufficient, however, as resolutions of disapproval cannot be filibustered. [...]

Ivory Coast Election Troubles Have Ring of Familiarity

By: Monday December 27, 2010 9:11 am

The situation in Ivory Coast feels like a rerun of multiple other African crises in recent years, and the strongmen with the guns have a habit of winning out, so it’s depressing to contemplate in many respects. But let’s just run down what’s happening. Laurent Gbagbo was the incumbent President, but in a runoff election [...]

DREAM Act Chimera Looks Like the Beginning of 2012 Campaign Agenda

By: Monday December 27, 2010 8:32 am

In his end-of-the-year news conference, the President claimed he would be “persistent” on those parts of his agenda which have not yet been realized. This was particularly true of immigration, as the President spoke eloquently of the DREAM Act, the plan to allow undocumented students brought to America as children to obtain a path to [...]

HHS Delivers Incentive Payments to States for Enrolling Low-Income Children in Health Insurance Plan

By: Monday December 27, 2010 8:03 am

It’s a sad state of affairs that you have to bribe state governments to get them to give health insurance coverage to children, but that’s where we are in this new cruel version of America. So bribe the states we must, and we will. The Obama administration plans to announce Monday that it will make [...]

More on the Economy in 2011 – Republicans Let Their Slip Show

By: Monday December 27, 2010 7:43 am

As long as I gave you my take on the economy in 2011, I might as well show you the wide-eyed optimistic viewpoint. Jim O’Neill, the Goldman Sachs guru who has been largely right throughout the past decade, predicts that 2011 will be “the year of the US.” Of course, this is an investor guideline. [...]

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