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Sep 9, 2009 9 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Salon.com: What a difference a month makes! When my last controversial column posted on Salon in the second week of August, most Democrats seemed frozen in suspended animation, not daring to criticize the Obama administration's bungling of healthcare reform lest it give aid and comfort to the GOP. Well, that ice dam sure broke with a ...

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Sep 9, 2009 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Hill: The Senate must move legislation to raise the federal debt limit beyond $12.1 trillion by mid-October, a move viewed as necessary despite protests about the record levels of red ink. The move will highlight the nation’s record debt, which has been central to Republican attacks against Democratic congressional leaders and President Barack Obama. The year’s ...

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Sep 9, 2009 14 Comments ›› Erik Wong

The Telegraph: The dollar should be replaced with a global currency, the United Nations has said, proposing the biggest overhaul of the world's monetary system since the Second World War. In a radical report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said the system of currencies and capital rules which binds the world economy ...

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Sep 9, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

ABC News: While White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today refrained from telling reporters whether President Obama in his speech Wednesday night will set a deadline for passing health care reform, sources tell ABC News that in his private meeting with Democratic congressional leaders this afternoon the key word was urgency. The president told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ...

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Sep 7, 2009 12 Comments ›› Erik Wong

WASHINGTON - Sen. Max Baucus on Monday pushed a new health care plan including an industry fee to help pay for covering the uninsured as President Barack Obama said insurance companies must share accountability for the troubled system. The Finance Committee is the last best hope for a bipartisan bill since four of five congressional ...

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Sep 7, 2009 11 Comments ›› Erik Wong

WASHINGTON, Pa. - They've heard it all before—the tanking economy, the bleeding of jobs, the creeping hardship that never seems to ebb. And the desperate hope that hangs over everything and whispers that maybe, just maybe, tomorrow might be a tiny bit better. In the river valley where Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia meet, the ...

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Sep 7, 2009 43 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Glenn Beck statement on resignation of Van Jones September 6, 2009 - 18:38 ET The American people stood up and demanded answers. Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness. I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change in our government through honest questioning, and judging ...

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Sep 7, 2009 8 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Washington Examiner: Byron York has already weighed in here on Gallup’s striking finding that labor unions are suddenly much less popular with Americans than they were a year or even nine months ago, right after the November 2008 election. ...

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Sep 7, 2009 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Fox News: Van Jones, the Obama green jobs czar who resigned shortly after midnight Sunday, did not fill out the exhaustive questionnaire White House officials required of every Cabinet-level secretary and deputy-secretary position. An administration official said special advisers to the president, or czars, are not required to fill out the questionnaire that runs 7 pages and ...

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Sep 7, 2009 15 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

The Telegraph: Barack Obama accused of making 'Depression' mistakes Barack Obama is committing the same mistakes made by policymakers during the Great Depression, according to a new study endorsed by Nobel laureate James Buchanan. His policies even have the potential to consign the US to a similar fate as Argentina, which suffered a painful and humiliating slide from ...

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Sep 7, 2009 5 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: The resignation early Sunday of “green jobs” adviser Van Jones says as much about the Obama White House as it does about Jones – marking the latest sacrifice to the political gods after a long summer of compromises and surrenders highlighted the limits of White House power. The departure – nominally the choice of a still-defiant ...

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Sep 6, 2009 20 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

VENICE (Reuters) - Capitalism is evil. That is the conclusion U.S. documentary maker Michael Moore comes to in his latest movie "Capitalism: A Love Story," which premieres at the Venice film festival Sunday. Blending his trademark humor with tragic individual stories, archive footage and publicity stunts, the 55-year-old launches an all out attack on the capitalist ...

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Sep 6, 2009 9 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Sep 6, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's bottom line on a government health insurance option blurred Sunday as White House officials stressed support but stopped short of calling it a must-have part of an overhaul. As President Barack Obama prepares for a Wednesday night speech to Congress in a risky bid to salvage his top domestic priority, ...

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Sep 5, 2009 24 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

What Obama Will Say In His Health Care Congressional Address

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Sep 5, 2009 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

"The job market is in lousy shape and will stay that way for a while." WASHINGTON (AP) - Every day it's a battle. The nearly 15 million unemployed Americans won't enjoy Labor Day as a relaxing respite from work. Instead, they'll once again need to prepare to get up, hit the pavement and keep hunting for a ...

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Sep 5, 2009 4 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Sep 4, 2009 2 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

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Sep 4, 2009 13 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama returns to Washington next week in search of one thing that can revive his health-care overhaul: a sense of crisis. Bloomberg: Facing polls showing a drop in his approval, diminished support from independents, factions within his Democratic Party and a united Republican opposition, Obama must recapture the sense of urgency ...

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Sep 4, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 4, 2009 5 Comments ›› Erik Wong

IBD Editorials: Economy: The jobless rate has hit a 26-year high. More than 200,000 jobs were lost last month. Yet the White House continues to claim its stimulus legislation is working. When does the charade end? The unemployment rate reached 9.7% in August, up from 9.4% in July, the worst we have seen in this country since ...

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Sep 4, 2009 2 Comments ›› Erik Wong

Bloomberg: The pace of U.S. job losses slowed in August while the unemployment rate reached a 26-year high, signaling the recovery from recession will be slow to develop. Employers cut payrolls by 216,000, fewer than forecast, after a 276,000 drop in July, Labor Department data showed today in Washington. The jobless rate rose to 9.7 percent; the ...

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Sep 4, 2009 1 Comment ›› Erik Wong

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Sep 3, 2009 49 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Politico: A high-profile White House official is apologizing for a series of provocative statements on race and politics, and denying he ever backed a statement suggesting President Bush was complicit in the September 11 terror attacks, which appeared above his signature. "Green jobs" pioneer Van Jones -- who made his name fusing environmentalism with anti-poverty efforts in ...

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Sep 3, 2009 3 Comments ›› Erik Wong

WashingtonTimes: By Joseph Curl There's no "I" in "team," but there is definitely one in "Biden." With President Obama off on vacation, his second in two weeks, unofficial Acting President Joe Biden has stepped into the vacuum, claiming credit Thursday for the successes of the administration's $787 billion stimulus package and fielding questions on health care reform ...

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