September 18, 2008

Taxes As Patriotism: Not A Goofy Idea!
12:00 AM

So, as Joe Klein and then I were saying, the McCain campaign has been lashing out at Joe Biden for suggesting it's the patriotic duty of wealthy Americans to pay higher taxes at this time of domestic and foreign crisis. Here's what Sarah Palin had to say about it today, while appearing in Iowa: To them, raising taxes--and Joe Biden said it again today--raising taxes is about patriotism.

The Spanish-american War
12:00 AM

Jonathan Martin at Politico has a characteristically level-headed reading of the evident McCain gaffe regarding whether or not he'd be willing to meet with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero: John McCain pointedly declined to commit to a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in a radio interview this week, sparking a major story in Madrid.

Hey, Big Spender!
12:00 AM

And now, for something new, John McCain is attacking Barack Obama over his big-spending ways: The text of this new advertisement, for those who don't want to sit through the cilp, goes like this: When our economy's in crisis, a big government casts a big shadow on us all. Obama and his liberal Congressional allies want a massive government, billions in spending increases, wasteful pork. And, we would pay--painful income taxes, skyrocketing taxes on life savings, electricity and home heating oil. Can your family afford that?  I have no idea whether this is an actual television advertisement

September 17, 2008

When Wells Dry
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SAO PAULO, Brazil--In the United States, offshore drilling is so controversial that it has become the stuff of heated presidential campaign debate. But in Brazil, it is so popular that everyone wants a piece of it. The Tupi oil field, an underwater formation discovered in Brazil's Santos Basin at the end of last year, contains some of the world's largest known reserves. And it is fast eroding some myths about Brazil.The Brazilian government owns the majority of the voting shares in Petrobras, the company that discovered Tupi, but about 60 percent of the total shares are traded publicly.

Fingerpoint And Click
12:00 AM

st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } It is not a question of whether or not we esteem Paris Match magazine.Or whether we prefer the shock of words to the weightiness of photos, or the other way around.Or whether these particular photos--of the Taliban displaying the combat uniforms and weapons of 10 French paratroopers killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug.

Could The Election Be Decided By.... Maine Moose Hunters?
12:00 AM

On local public radio I just heard a journalist from Maine theorize that Sarah Palin might be extremely popular in the state's wilderness-y west, which is filled with hunters, fishers and other non-crunchy sporting types.

So The Democrats Caved On Drilling. What Next?
12:00 AM

Last night, House Democrats tacked pretty sharply to the right and voted to relax the congressional ban on offshore drilling, as part of a broader energy package that had money for wind, solar, energy efficiency, clean coal... the works. There's also a national renewable-electricity standard in there, which would count as a massive step forward for clean energy.

September 16, 2008

Reality Check
12:00 AM

WASHINGTON--In democracies, all political factions run against an elite. Since the New Deal, Democrats have cast themselves against the financial and business elite. Since the 1960s, Republicans have thrashed the cultural and intellectual elite.Over the weekend, the moneyed class became much more vulnerable. The foolishness of our financial geniuses now threatens to bring economic sorrow to Main Street. Franklin Roosevelt's 1936 attack on "the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties" never sounded so up to date.

Running Against Sarah
12:00 AM

Palin's former foes offer battle-worn advice.

September 15, 2008

Why The Feds Were Right Not To Bail Out Lehman
12:00 AM

"Those opposed to a bailout, like me, did so mainly out of fears of creating a moral hazard."