Josh Patashnik

The Great Mandate Debate Continues
December 05, 2007

Kit Seelye's piece in today's New York Times concludes fairly strongly (too strongly, Paul Krugman thinks) that Hillary Clinton's health-care plan won't actually succeed in insuring more people than Barack Obama's, even though hers includes a mandate and his doesn't. Earlier this week Jon Cohn discussed his role in coming up with the 15 million figure (the number of people Clinton claims would remain uninsured under Obama's plan). Matt Yglesias thinks what's missing from the debate is some sense of who, if anyone, would actually be worse off under Obama's plan than under Hillary's plan.

Trends In Prison Fashion
December 05, 2007

It's becoming increasingly common for sports teams to occasionally wear throwback uniforms from past glory years. I've always wondered why other uniformed occupations don't do this too, just to change things up every now and then.

Nie Fallout; Rasmussen Shows Huckabee Climbing
December 04, 2007

Hitting Back on Iran [Beth Fouhy, Associated Press]: "Hillary Rodham Clinton accused presidential rival John Edwards of making 'outlandish political charges' in portraying her vote against Iran as a pretext for war as the Democratic contenders confronted each other in a debate in Iowa just one month before the state's leadoff caucuses."   Hsu Indicted [Matthew Mosk, Washington Post]: "The U.S.

Be Careful Who You Lend Your Car To
December 04, 2007

Adam Liptak has an excellent piece in today's New York Times discussing the felony murder rule, under which (as devotees of Law and Order are well aware) accomplices to felonies can be tried for murder for deaths occuring during the course of the crime. Liptak tells the story of Ryan Holle, who drunkenly lent his car to his housemate and some friends, who committed murder while attempting to rob a drug dealer.

Don't Give It To Anybody
December 02, 2007

When Josh Levin wrote this, in Slate, arguing that they should just cancel college football's national championship game, I shrugged it off as the irrational rant of a bitter Tiger fan. Now I'm coming around to his point of view (though he might feel differently now). Ohio State? Georgia? LSU? Kansas? Really? Ugh. --Josh Patashnik 

Medicare Overspending
November 30, 2007

The New York Times has a must-read piece today detailing how Medicare often pays medical-equipment manufacturers rates well in excess of market prices for devices like oxygen tanks.

Rudy Fights Scandal; Cnn Admits Error
November 30, 2007

Rudy Plays Defense [Ben Smith, The Politico]: "Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his senior aides Thursday blamed anonymous bookkeepers for his administration's practice of billing the travel expenses for his personal security detail to obscure city agencies." More on Huckabee [Mark Barabak, Los Angeles Times]: "Huckabee's strong showing, one of the biggest surprises of the presidential race, is threatening the foundation of Romney's candidacy and has shaken up the GOP contest across the country." Oops, Says CNN [Howard Kurtz, Washington Post]: "CNN expressed regret yesterday for allowi

Thanks, Nfl Network!
November 29, 2007

I'd love to be going home after work to catch tonight's potential NFC Championship preview between the Packers and Cowboys, but instead I'll be heading out to a sports bar, since the game is one of eight this year that's being aired only on the league's two-year-old NFL Network, which isn't carried on most standard cable packages because the cable companies are refusing to pay the high subscriber fee the NFL is demanding.

Bob Knight For Vp!
November 29, 2007

Well, he meets one criterion, anyway: shooting other people while hunting. Fortunately, it was only with birdshot pellets and no one was seriously injured, but the whole thing sounds very strange: According to The Associated Press, two people said Knight or his hunting companion hit them with birdshot on two occasions last month. Neither person was injured or required medical treatment. No criminal charges were filed against Knight, and Lubbock police told the AP they wouldn't seek criminal charges.

Gop Debates; Dems Won't
November 29, 2007

Debate Wrap [Michael Cooper and Marc Santora, The New York Times]: "The Republican presidential candidates engaged in a slashing debate last night over immigration and other issues, confronting one another in testy exchanges that reflected the wide-open nature of the race in the final sprint toward the Iowa caucuses." The Denial [Liz Sidoti, Associated Press]: "Rudy Giuliani dismissed a report Wednesday that he expensed the cost of his security detail to obscure city offices for trips to a Long Island resort as the then-mayor began an extramarital affair with current wife Judith Nathan." New