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Net Cemetery
October 12, 2009

Network neutrality--that’s now the official policy of the Obama administration, announced last month by the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Julius Genachowski. It’s a development that could be more significant to the future of free speech than any milestone since the Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan in 1964. The essence of net neutrality seems simple: Internet service providers should be required to treat all data equally and avoid blocking or delaying any sites or applications.

9/12 Comeback Makes Barely A Ripple
September 22, 2009

A week and a half ago, the Capital exploded in vaguely anti-government sentiment. Tuesday was supposed to be the anti-Glenn Beck crowd's rejoinder: 150 health care rallies around the country, sounding a clarion call for the public option. In Washington, a band of about 20 activists gathered on a barren strip of Pennsylvania Avenue while the occasional passerby scuttled past, probably late to lunch. "We are fired up! We are ready to go!" an organizer yelled, as if trying to convince herself.

Joe Biden, Foreigner?
September 21, 2009

Via Ben Smith, a great parody: The group is organizing through Facebook. Comments include: Biden is from Ukraine, people. That's why his tongue gets all tangled up in his mouth sometimes, because of ESL issues. Since the MSM will not report this because they're a bunch of far-left liberal terrorist-loving fascist hacks, it is our job to get the word out. Show us some ID, Joe. PUT THE "ID" BACK IN "BIDEN." You have nothing to hide. (Or do you, you stupid Ukrainian commie.) and: I watched his debate with Palin. He's a senator from MD, but he keeps talking about his home in Scranton.

Bottom Line
September 21, 2009

We’ve heard Glenn Beck’s rants on Fox and read Sarah Palin’s posts on Facebook. We’ve watched LaRouche supporters disrupt town hall meetings and seen teabaggers descend upon Washington. We’ve talked about immigrants, abortion, and death panels--and listened to a woman named Betsy McCaughey explain why reform will mean pulling the plug on grandma.    But, at the end of the day, the central challenge in crafting health care reform remains exactly what it’s always been: Coming up with the money to pay for it.

The Character of Our Country
September 09, 2009

Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment. A friend asked what I was hoping to hear tonight from President Obama. It’s surprisingly hard to answer this simple question. Like many advocates and political junkies, I listening for implicit and explicit signals concerning particular matters—a strong national insurance exchange, affordability credits up to 400% of the poverty line, and more. I admit these are dry and mechanical things.

Social Media Positions at TNR
September 08, 2009

The magazine is currently looking for two college students or recent graduates who are web savvy and interested in helping TNR increase its reach on the web. Internships are unpaid but offer substantial experience in both the production and marketing of a daily online publication. Interns must be able to work in our Washington DC office, and a full-time commitment is preferred.

Top Conservatives: Enough With The "Death Panel" Lie
August 18, 2009

Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell has written yet another column attacking the Obama administration--and advisor Ezekiel Emanuel in particular--for trying to impose harsh rationing the sick and elderly. I normally wouldn’t take Sowell’s columns on this seriously. But Sarah Palin, who quoted him in one of her now-infamous Facebook posts, does.

"Not Literally a 'Death Panel'"!
August 10, 2009

Arguing (cheekily, one hopes) that "Palin had a point," Mickey links to this guy, a Cornell Law Professor named William Jacobson, who offers an embarassingly lame defense of Sarah Palin's use of the phrase "death panel," in quotation marks, in her Facebook attack on Obama's health care plan. Quoth the legal scholar: Palin put that term in quotation marks to signify the concept of medical decisions based on the perceived societal worth of an individual, not literally a "death panel." Oh! Not literally a death panel!

"Not Literally A 'Death Panel'"!
August 10, 2009

Arguing (cheekily, one hopes) that "Palin had a point," Mickey links to this guy, a Cornell Law Professor named William Jacobson, who offers an embarassingly lame defense of Sarah Palin's use of the phrase "death panel," in quotation marks, in her Facebook attack on Obama's health care plan. Quoth the legal scholar: Palin put that term in quotation marks to signify the concept of medical decisions based on the perceived societal worth of an individual, not literally a "death panel." Oh! Not literally a death panel!

Have You No Decency?
August 08, 2009

Governor Palin issued the following statement on her Facebook page yesterday. I quote it in its entirety so you can judge for yourself. Statement on the Current Health Care Debate As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!

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