Politics

December 11, 2008

Obama’s Health Care Plans: ‘this Year … This Administration’
12:00 AM

At the Chicago press conference, Obama just gave the clearest signal yet that he intends to make health care reform a top priority. After running through the litany of familiar problems--rising costs, faltering coverage, poor quality--he vowed to tackle the problem "this year and in this administration." Afterwards, he confronted head-on the argument that the rough economy makes this a poor time to try health care reform.

Obama’s Health Care Plans: ‘this Year … This Administration’
12:00 AM

 Obama on Health Care: "This Year ... This Administration" At the Chicago press conference, Obama just gave the clearest signal yet that he intends to make health care reform a top priority. After running through the litany of familiar problems--rising costs, faltering coverage, poor quality--he vowed to tackle the problem "this year and in this administration." Afterwards, he confronted head-on the argument that the rough economy makes this a poor time to try health care reform.

Quick Hits: My Burger Can Beat Up Your Burger
12:00 AM

* As a rule, fast-food companies don't divulge where their ingredients come from. But that didn't faze Hope Kahren and Rebecca Kraft, two researchers who analyzed the isotopes various fast-food staples and tracked down their origins for the scientific journal PNAS.

Obama Deterrence Theory
12:00 AM

Ha'aretz: U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's administration will offer Israel a "nuclear umbrella" against the threat of a nuclear attack by Iran, a well-placed American source said earlier this week. The source, who is close to the new administration, said the U.S. will declare that an attack on Israel by Tehran would result in a devastating U.S. nuclear response against Iran.  This has conservatives like Michael Ledeen upset at the implication, in their reading, that Obama is resigned to an Iranian bomb and hasn't meant it when he's promised to do everything necessary to prevent one.

A Business View Of Obama's New Picks
12:00 AM

Interesting take on Obama's energy/environment appointments today from the blog of the powerful National Association of Manufacturers: First reaction: Classic inside-outside game. Chu, with his stellar reputation and record of accomplishments, will handle the image and PR side of the Administration’s energy push. Browner, the regulator and political infighter, will be responsible for managing the internal disputes, imposing discipline, pushing the regulatory, legislative and policy agenda. Smart politics. Hard to see how the combination will improve U.S.

The Labor Secretary Guessing Game
12:00 AM

Tim Fernholz at The American Prospect reports today that union leaders are pleased as punch with Obama, particularly after he sided recently with workers protesting at a closed factory in Illinois. Jim Grossfeld, a labor consultant who's worked with several unions and congressional leaders, recently told me that "no one has ever been elected president who has as sophisticated an understanding of the labor movement as Barack Obama. ... He's a guy who's seen first-hand how collective bargaining can empower poor people in Chicago. That's huge." This is all good news.

Change We Can Believe In: Green Edition
12:00 AM

Obama's energy and environment team—a Nobel scientist at the Department of Energy, a California bureaucrat at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and the first African American (from New Jersey!) to head the EPA—is, well, fairly gangster. In response to the good news, particularly the changes at CEQ, Grist's Dave Roberts emails: To head up the White House Council on Environmental Quality, George W. Bush chose the odious and oleaginous James L. Connaughton, a pasty balding white guy's pasty balding white guy. Obama just chose a lesbian born in South America.

Transition News 12/11
12:00 AM

Chicagoans ask why Blago would ruin their Obama euphoria. Not transparency we can believe in: Change.gov censors Blago questions. Still-defense secretary Gates says the Pentagon wants to send thousands of new troops to Afghanistan as early as spring 2009. After a rocky start to the transition, labor is pleased with Obama. How Obama is giving Washington's economy a whole lot of hope. Why Obama needs the Warren Buffet ofnational intelligence. Let Obama smoke in the White House. It'll calm his nerves. Kristof proposes a new secretary of food. --Seyward Darby

Obama On Health Care: "this Year ... This Administration"
12:00 AM

At the Chicago press conference, Obama just gave the clearest signal yet that he intends to make health care reform a top priority. After running through the litany of familiar problems--rising costs, faltering coverage, poor quality--he vowed to tackle the problem "this year and in this administration." Afterwards, he confronted head-on the argument that the rough economy makes this a poor time to try health care reform. He noted that economic insecurity and our health care crisis our inextricably linked.

December 10, 2008

Pink Panther

It's hard to be a feminist when you're drunk. It's not that drinking isn't ladylike or that women shouldn't drink at all; my point is neither meant to be puritanical nor draconian. But how true to your own ideals, principles, and sense of self can you be if one is drowning that sense of self in booze?Whenever a woman hands her power to someone else--in this case, something else, alcohol--she is less than.

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