Category Archives: Politics

Woz Larry Summers who dunnit

If I were king, I’d send any advisor who did this to me off to a life cleaning the royal chicken coops: Noam Scheiber: The Memo that Larry Summers Didn’t Want Obama to See, by Noam Scheiber: …Last month,… Ryan … Continue reading

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Palin announces that she’s not running. David Frum says amen. Andrew Sullivan grieves awkwardly.

Sarah Palin released a letter yesterday officially announcing the non-news that she’s not running. She explained her low-key statement by telling Greta van Sustern, “I didn’t want my announcement to be all showboaty like that Christie guy.” Because that’s not … Continue reading

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Fed Chief Bernanke to GOP legislators: stop sabotaging the economy

Kevin  Drum (via Professor DeLong): Bernanke to GOP: Stop Sabotaging the Economy: From Ben Bernanke, in testimony before Congress today:  The recovery is close to faltering. It’s good to see that someone is noticing. In Bernanke’s prepared remarks, after noting tight credit, … Continue reading

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The GOP’s opposition to red tape does not seem to apply to their drive to make it more difficult for the young and the poor to vote

Andrew Sprung makes such a good point: The New York Times’ front-page review of efforts by Republican-controlled state governments to prevent “voter fraud” — i.e., voting by people who in the good old days would have failed to meet property … Continue reading

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Give this Wall Street protester a microphone !!!

Actually, Fox News did give him a microphone. But they didn’t air the interview. Can’t imagine why. (The New York Observer via Balloon Juice)

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The cost to a low-income family of having one child in high school band

According to my once-per-week housekeeper, Gloria — the single mother of one bright and hard-working kid who loves the clarinet and plays one in his high school marching band — during her son’s first year in the band she incurred these … Continue reading

Posted in Government social programs, Income inequality, Politics, Poverty, Voting | 2 Comments

Recent GOP-tilted changes to state voting laws will affect 5 million in 2012 — mostly poor, minority, or young voters

The Brennan Center at NYU School of Law has released its study, billed as “the first full accounting and analysis of this year’s voting cutbacks.” The bottom line: These new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, … Continue reading

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