06 Oct 2009

My Public Option

If a public option has worked for my disease for the last 36 years, why aren’t more Americans clamoring for the same health security I have? Maybe it’s because they’ve never heard of it.

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06 Oct 2009

My Public Option

If a public option has worked for my disease for the last 36 years, why aren’t more Americans clamoring for the same health security I have? Maybe it’s because they’ve never heard of it.

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06 Oct 2006

Of Books and Blogs

I started reading Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life in the Emerald City yesterday, and I know what will be consuming my weekend. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, get thee to a bookstore or an online retailer and be prepared to get hoppin' mad. And ready yourself for discussions

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06 Oct 2006

Of Books and Blogs

I started reading Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life in the Emerald City yesterday, and I know what will be consuming my weekend. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, get thee to a bookstore or an online retailer and be prepared to get hoppin' mad. And ready yourself for discussions

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02 Oct 2006

No More Dancing Bears

Know much about dancing bears? These poor creatures are held in captivity and all but starved to death. Their noses and palates are pierced clean through, then muzzles and chains are attached. And when their masters yank those chains? The bears dance, just to make the excruciating pain stop. Thankfully, this

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29 Sep 2006

Foley: “We Track Library Books Better Than We Do Sexual Predators.”

Republican Mark Foley in happier times, at the American Council of Life Insurers 1999 Capitol Challenge invitational. That’s all I’m sayin’. JN Nothing like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Representative Mark Foley was the chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. That headline is a reference to Foley’s

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25 Sep 2006

We the Blogs

Well, kids. I’m back. Thank goodness for your optimism and tremendous insights on Friday night. You pulled me back from the  brink, after my depressing dinner with some of the centrist and monied Dem gentry. Thank you kindly for your heroic efforts in the comments section. You fortified me so that

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22 Sep 2006

Hey, Funders. Opportunity’s Knocking

Last night, I found myself in a private dining room at an upscale San Francisco eatery with four Democratic funding luminaries: a Bay Area venture capitalist, a honcho from an online auction site that shall remain nameless, a member of the Democracy Alliance and a Bay Area developer. I was, by the

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21 Sep 2006

And If They Were American Nurses?

Imagine, if you will, that: “Five American nurses and a British doctor have been detained and tortured in a Libyan prison since 1999, and that a Libyan prosecutor called at the end of August for their execution… on trumped-up charges of deliberately contaminating more than 400 children with HIV in

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20 Sep 2006

People-Powered Publishing to the Rescue

Update: Please use the donation link to the right of this post. JN  Regard the current conventional wisdom about what has become of media coverage of PlameGate. These would be the pearls of one Rem Reider from the American Journalism Review: There are many ways to characterize the media’s response to

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