The Uninsured, a Middle Class Issue
November 10, 2010

So far, the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act has focused mostly on the cost of the program and how it will or won't affect people who already have health insurance. It's not too hard to figure out why. Most Americans have insurance and those who don't have insurance are more likely to be poor. But middle-class people lose coverage too, as a new government study makes clear. Via CBS News: More than 59 million Americans had no health insurance for at least part of 2010, an increase of 4 million from the previous year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported Tuesday.

The Messy Mortgage Market Just Got Messier (UPDATED)
October 13, 2010

Today, 49 states have launched a joint investigation “ into allegations that mortgage companies mishandled documents and broke laws in foreclosing on hundreds of thousands of homeowners.” But it appears the mortgage market is even messier than that massive investigation would suggest--Felix Salmon at Reuters is onto another (and possibly even larger) problem. Here's the quick version of what happened:  Big banks bought up big pools of mortgages to package and sell as mortgage-backed securities.

Yes, Liberals Matter. Or At Least They Can.
August 02, 2010

Last week I suggested that liberals who shrug at the legislative accomplishments of Obama's first term do prominent Democrats, and the liberal cause more generally, a disservice. Many Democrats in Congress took political risks, and incurred sharp attacks from conservatives, by voting for measures like health care reform.

Pizza Delivery Guy Saves Customer's Life
July 22, 2010

This probably resulted in a good tip: Christopher Wuebben, 22, was delivering a pizza late last week to the suburban Denver home of George Linn, when he heard the man's wife screaming for help, according to Wuebben's boss, John Keiley. "Chris told the woman that he was trained in CPR and knew what to do," Keiley, owner of Johnny's New York Pizza, said on Tuesday.

North Korea, Nuclear Proliferator… And China Does Nothing
May 28, 2010

A seven-member United Nations panel—yes, even a U.N. panel—without stammer and without dodging yesterday accused North Korea of providing banned nuclear and ballistic missile technology to Iran and Syria. The news was reported by the Associated Press, Ha'aretz, the Global Security Newswire of the NTI (an outfit founded by Sen. Richard Lugar and former senator Sam Nunn) and Reuters. The U.N.

John Brennan, Obama’s (Alas) Nitwit Counterterrorism Adviser, And His Plans To Make Hezbollah Moderate. He’s Also The Inventor And The Watchdog Of The Watchlist. My, My.
May 20, 2010

The dispatch is from Reuters. And the dateline is Wonderland. Flush with success in turning Iran away from nukes and Syria away from Tehran, the administration seems to be setting its sights on turning Hezbollah away from Hezbollah. If this is truly the goal of the administration, look for an another spectacular humiliation. No, worse: It will be a spectacular self-abasement. After all, there’s no evidence that the Lebanese terror fraternity is looking to become mild and modest.

Hall And Oates, Cool At Last
March 29, 2010

Music critics have always detested Hall and Oates, but the 1980s pop due has enjoyed a hipster resurgence. Reuters has an interesting feature about the Hall and Oates comeback, focusing on the new ones the internet has allowed minority tastes to bypass cultural gatekeepers. The first sign of the Hall and Oates comeback was probably this clever election themed skit from 2008:

Obama's Turkish Ally: Denying The Armenian Massacre, Now Threatening an Armenian Deportation. Not a Single Media Report.
March 22, 2010

I don't want to break President Obama's healthfest. And I also don't won't to distract you from Jon Chait's and John Judis' analyses of how all of us got there. The Republicans still have some games to play in the senate. But the real delays will come from postponements of entitlements and other time-lag provisions included in the legislation itself. Still, since it has been uniformly ignored in the United States and also neglected by the "progressive" media in the United Kingdom (including the BBC), I want to call your attention to a dictator's threat to 100,000 of his people.

Whose Breitbart Idea Was This
March 15, 2010

Good profile of conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart in Wired. This passage was especially fun: His first solo Web site,, got 2.6 million readers in its first month thanks in large part to links from the Drudge Report. But Breitbart needed to turn that traffic into ad revenue, and he wasn’t much of a businessperson. A pair of conservative entrepreneurs volunteered to act as his sales agents. Brian Cartmell, a quiet programmer with money from his own antispam company, offered his coding expertise.

A Few Good Dems
February 15, 2010

The Democrats’ recent electoral woes have been well-chronicled. Within the last six months, the party has been plagued by high-profile losses (Martha Coakley, Jon Corzine), high-profile retirements (Byron Dorgan, Marion Berry), and, yes, even high-profile deaths (Ted Kennedy, John Murtha). Stack those on top of a faltering economy, a stalled-out Congress, and a pissed-off populace (to name just three bits of bad news), and the first Tuesday in November is looking nasty.