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  • Monthly Archives: January 2009

    A Double Standard on Inaugural Tickets

    Let’s say you decide tomorrow that you want to attend the inauguration the week after next. And let’s assume that, like most Americans, you do not have any political ‘in’ with the new administration or any of the congressional offices handing tickets out to donors and supporters. What are your … More

    Making Entitlement Reform a "Central Part" of Deficit Reduction

    Responding to the sticker shock of the Congressional Budget Office’s projected record $1.2 trillion budget deficit, President-elect Barack Obama said: We will — we are working currently on our budget plans. We are beginning consultations with members of Congress around how we expect to approach the deficit. We expect that … More

    Energy Dependence Threatens Europe's Security

    18 countries ranging from large European Union members, including Germany to small ex-Soviet Moldova, have been affected by Russian quasi-governmental gas giant Gazprom’s cut in natural gas supplies to Ukraine. Gazprom has become synonymous with energy intimidation and has specifically targeted former Soviet states such as Ukraine as it seeks … More

    Reid's Omnibus Bill Worse Than Before

    Doesn’t Harry Reid know that Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest? A day for NFL playoffs. Apparently not, since he’s calling for a special Sunday vote on an omnibus lands bill that removes public land that would be available for recreational, commercial, and private ownership use by … More

    Doing Ledbetter One Better

    One failure of news coverage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—which would open the courts to claims of pay discrimination dating back years or decades—is that it has completely ignored a thoughtful alternative proposed by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Hutchison’s Title VII Fairness Act (just reintroduced as S. … More

    Obamas Choose Choice

    Everyone has been so excited about the Obama children’s first week in school in the District. As a parent I am happy that the President-elect and Mrs. Obama have found an incredible school, the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Northwest D.C., that meets their children’s educational needs. Of course, I … More

    Major Obstacle to Prolonging the Housing Crisis Clears Hurdle

    If the Senate Democrat/Citigroup plan to allow bankruptcy judges to rewrite mortgage contracts becomes law, there is no doubt that many homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages will be helped in the short term. But there is never any such thing as a free lunch. What benefits these … More

    Morning Bell: Workers Deserve Better Than a Big Labor Lackey

    Today may well turn out to be a major turning point in the history of the labor movement, and not because Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) will face questions at her Secretary of Labor confirmation hearings in the Senate. No, the bigger story is the voice vote conference call Service Employees … More

    CAP: The Country Needs More Bush/Obamaism

    The Center for American Progress’ Matthew Yglesias asserts that “George W. Bush was a terrible president” and that since “the end of his administration coincides with everything being in a sorry state” that “it would be appropriate to respond with new and different policies.” We’ll let history judge how terrible … More

    Mumbai Aftermath Update

    Indian Prime Minister Singh upped the ante with Pakistan on Tuesday when he hinted that official elements within Pakistan “must have been involved” in the November 26 – 29 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Up until Tuesday, New Delhi had carefully avoided blaming Pakistan directly for the attacks even as it … More