Once again, the Republicans are trying to rebuild their shattered and broken party by pointing the fingers at Democratic failings. The latest: advocating for pre-emptive strikes while playing politics on appropriations bills that would help stop terrorist attacks.
Forget Harry Reid. His fifteen seconds of "fame" are over. Nancy Pelosi is the new heathcare reform It Pol, and she's thrown all her cards on the table: We need a "robust" public option in this bill.
Both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin wrote, and published, op-eds this morning. While Secretary Clinton argues that food security and agricultural stability is vital to national security in the Guardian, Palin pushes "drill baby drill" in the National Review.
"For me, Don't Ask, Don't Tell isn't just an equality issue. It is also a national-security issue." In the aftermath of this weekend's National Equality March, the media examines the role of Don't Ask Don't Tell as a policy.
Wendell Potter, former health care executive: "We will be essentially paying a tax that will help support these insurance companies. It will be an enormous bailout of the health insurance industry." Partial transcript after the jump.
Obama went for the media blitz yesterday morning, but it ended up as a bunch of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Over the weekend, Crystal Lee Sutton, labor activist and inspiration for the movie Norma Rae, died of cancer after struggling with her insurance company, which had delayed her treatment. So why is the current health care discussion focusing on abortion?
"As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education - it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality." What. The. Fuck. How did a speech asking students to work hard become a political clusterfuck?
The media spotlight is on gubernatorial hopeful Robert McDonnell who is currently launching his 2009 campaign for governor of Virginia. McDonnell finds himself in hot water for his 1989 thesis, which outlines a position hostile to women's interests and feminism.
"We ask [the CIA] to do some very difficult things [...] — in this case, we had specific legal authority from the Justice Department."
ZOMG! Michelle Obama has worn shorts in public. How will the other nations respect us now that they've seen our First Lady's knees?!!?
Whoa. This "death panel" thing formerly-important-fifteen-minutes-of-fame-over-no-longer-elected-official Sarah Palin describes seems really scary. She even mentions that poor little pimped-out Trig might have gone before one of these death panels! It's a good thing then that death panels don't exist!