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  • Morning Bell: Why the Netroots Will Get Sold Out on FISA

    Progressives are in full hyperventilation mode over the possibility that Congress will meet its deadline next week to permanently reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to bring current United States intelligence agency practice under the law. Last August Congress temporarily amended FISA through the Protect America Act. But due to … More

    Taxes and Recessions in the Fantasy-Based Community

    As if the rumblings from Capitol Hill suggesting President Bush is “open” to a stimulus package larger than his $150 billion offer weren’t bad enough, now Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center director Len Burman is calling for a tax increase solution to our economic woes. This while even the two leading … More

    Morning Bell: Preserving Our Terror Fighting Tools

    A federal judge in Miami sentenced Brooklyn-born convert to Islam Jose Padilla to over 17 years in prison pursuant to his jury conviction for conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism. The judge stressed that the sentence would serve as a warning to others that support for terrosism “will not … More

    Morning Bell: Anti-War Fantasies Threaten Progress in Iraq

    Last night CNN‘s Joe Johns first noted that not only is 75 percent of Baghdad now secure, but important signs of political progress were also emerging including de-Baathification. He then asked Hillary Clinton if she was “looking to end this war or win it?” Clinton responded: Of course the surge, … More

    The Moral Bankruptcy of Talking Points Memo

    Responding to a suit by the Nevada State Education Association challenging at-large caucus locations set up by the Nevada State Democratic Party, Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall wrote: If there’s one thing that’s core to the modern Democratic party is that voter suppression tactics are always wrong. Much of the … More

    Morning Bell: 'Let Freedom Ring'

    Paul Krugman titles his op-ed this Martin Luther King Day ‘Debunking the Reagan Myth‘ and while this particular column is just the latest Krugman attack on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Reagonomics, Krugman devotes much of his new book to slandering Ronald Reagan’s record on civil rights. Others have already … More

    States Falling In Line With REAL ID Reality

    This week Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley followed in the footsteps of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer deciding to comply with REAL ID standards for drivers licenses, rejecting a plan that would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain an official state idenitifcation card. O’Malley said he did not want his state … More

    Morning Bell: Free Money For Everybody!!!

    If there is one thing President Bush is good at, it’s spending other people’s money. That’s why he saw Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) $250 to individuals stimulus plan, saw the Democratic Congress’ $500 for individuals offer, and raised them both to $800 for individuals and $1,600 for families. Let’s hope … More

    Morning Bell: Make Bernanke Keep His Word on Stimulus Neutrality

    Heading into today’s testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans and Democrats are divided over what Congress’ imminent stimulus package should include. Key to any Republican sign off on a bill would be a provision making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. Democrats want up to $100 billion … More

    Free Market Dodges Trial Lawyer Bullet

    In what has been billed the ‘Roe v. Wade‘ of securities law, the Supreme Court narrowly declined to create a new investor claim against any company that did business with a fraudulent company. The Court ruled 5-3 in Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific Atlanta that investors may sue only those … More