31 Dec 2012

When You’ve Lost Ezra Klein….

President Obama campaigned for re-election on one central theme: those who’ve done well in America should pay more of their fair share. If you asked the lowest-information voter of 2012, s/he could probably tell you that Obama wanted to raise taxes on people making more than a quarter-million dollars a year. $250,000 was a number woven into every speech he made.

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31 Dec 2012

No Deal! House Expected To Adjourn Without Fiscal Cliff Vote

Even if the Senate comes up with a deal tonight the United States of America is still likely to go off the “fiscal cliff”: President Obama said Monday that Congress is making progress on a short-term “fiscal cliff” deal, but it is increasingly clear as a midnight deadline approaches that

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31 Dec 2012

Obama Will Keep Pushing for More Deficit Deals

Obama could have used this revenue-increasing deal to finally pivot to immigration, education, climate change, gun control or any of a dozen other issues that have been completely neglected while Washington has been overwhelmed with deficit hysteria. There is no shortage of more pressing problems in America that need to be dealt with. Instead Obama seems to be signalling that much of his second term is also going to be consumed with his desire to get a balanced deal to reduce the deficit, and in Washington “balanced deficit reduction” is basically the code word for cutting entitlements.

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31 Dec 2012

When You’ve Lost Ezra Klein …

President Obama campaigned for re-election on one central theme: those who’ve done well in America should pay more of their fair share. If you asked the lowest-information voter of 2012, s/he could probably tell you that Obama wanted to raise taxes on people making more than a quarter-million dollars a

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31 Dec 2012

Anti-Leaks Provision in Intelligence Authorization Bill May Encourage Selective Leaking

The new provision notably applies to all “government officials,” including White House officials. It may oblige the Administration either to abstain from authorized disclosures of classified intelligence to the press, or to revise its policies to more clearly permit such disclosures, or to somehow evade the new reporting requirement, perhaps by defining it away. Thus, for example, Vice President Dick Cheney stated in 2004 that classified information could be used “to shape and inform what one says publicly” without violating prohibitions on disclosure of classified information

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31 Dec 2012

Obama Will Keep Pushing for More Deficit Deals

Obama could have used this revenue-increasing deal to finally pivot to immigration, education, climate change, gun control or any of a dozen other issues that have been completely neglected while Washington has been overwhelmed with deficit hysteria. There is no shortage of more pressing problems in America that need to be dealt with. Instead Obama seems to be signalling that much of his second term is also going to be consumed with his desire to get a balanced deal to reduce the deficit, and in Washington “balanced deficit reduction” is basically the code word for cutting entitlements.

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31 Dec 2012

Anti-Leaks Provision in Intelligence Authorization Bill May Encourage Selective Leaking

Though most of the anti-leaks proposals in the Senate were droppedfrom the intelligence authorization bill, one provision remains in the bill that could potentially encourage selective leaking. One section of the bill requires government officials “responsible for making certain authorized disclosures of national intelligence or intelligence related to national security to notify

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31 Dec 2012

Liveblog: #IdleNoMore in DC

Drummers are at the Canadian Embassy in DC now: http://www.ustream.tv/occupycarlisle Video streaming by Ustream Come by and Chat! Update 1: Here are some photos by way of the Twitter posts announcing them: YourMediaTeam ?@OCCUPYCARLISLE “@krzyndn13: http://instagr.am/p/T60JFoD7g3/ ” #IdleNoMore DC photo 3:47 PM – 31 Dec 12 · Details YourMediaTeam ?@OCCUPYCARLISLE

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31 Dec 2012

2012: Another Year in Mainstream Media Malpractice

As we ring in 2013, it’s time to recognize how the major media buries the issues most important to Americans. With newsrooms focusing so much right now on the fiscal cliff and gun rights, it’s instructive to see nobody looking at the heart of either issue. But even bigger issues

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31 Dec 2012

Obama Ready to Fold on Tax Rates

This again reinforces that the best negotiation tactic with Obama is for the Republicans to be purposely disingenuous.The GOP should pretend to be close to a deal so Obama publicly says what concessions he will make, only to have the GOP predictably blow up the deal. After that, the GOP can start negotiations again but use Obama’s concessions as the new goal posts. Works every time.

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