Sunday Morning Gotcha: Gregory Busts Hatch
August 23, 2009
Health care was the main topic of discussion on Meet the Press this morning. And at one point, Senator Orrin Hatch made a misleading, if all too familiar, claim. If reform includes a public insurance plan, Hatch said, tens of millions of people would lose their private insurance and enroll in the public plan instead. Hatch went on to say that both government and private-sector economists agree, citing one estimate that more than a hundred million people could end up in the government-run plan. The claim is misleading because the government and private-sector economists didn't say that.
Is Schumer The New Kennedy?
October 21, 2008
Via Mark Halperin, here's an attack ad against Charles Schumer that Mitch McConnell is running as he attempts to hold on to his Kentucky Senate seat. Now, on one level, the choice of Schumer as McConnell's Democratic bogeyman makes sense--since it's Schumer, as chairman of the DSCC, who's targeted McConnell for defeat. But you have to wonder if McConnell was forced to choose Schumer for this role since good taste prevented him from using the GOP's usual Democratic bogeyman, Ted Kennedy. If Schumer is going to be the GOP's new Kennedy, they do need to work out a few kinks.
September 27, 2004
Michael Crowley explains why the Democratic Party has failed to push for responsible national gun control.
August 01, 2003
Since the joint congressional committee investigating September 11 issued a censored version of its report on July 24, there's been considerable speculation about the 28 pages blanked out from the section entitled "Certain Sensitive National Security Matters." The section cites "specific sources of foreign support for some of the September 11 hijackers," which most commentators have interpreted to mean Saudi contributions to Al Qaeda-linked charities.
December 14, 1998
"You have no right or authority under the law, as independent counsel, to advocate for a particular position on the evidence before the Judiciary Committee," Sam Dash wrote to Kenneth Starr last week, announcing his decision to resign as Starr's $400-an-hour ethics adviser. But Dash's frantic attempt to save his tattered reputation after Starr's appearance before the House was several months too late.
Guns 'n' Moses
June 22, 1998
Jonathan Cohn: Meet the Jews against gun control.
July 05, 1993
In every Supreme Court term, there is at least one case that tests, and vividly exposes, the character of the justices. Last year it was abortion; this year it is hate crimes. The outcome of Wisconsin v. Mitchell--which upheld a law that requires harsher sentences for criminals who "intentionally select" their victims "because of race, religion" and the like--was never really in doubt. But instead of being sensitive to the intricate First Amendment concerns that the case raised, William Rehnquist dismissed them contemptuously.