Inside Scoop On Cutting 1% From The Military Budget
Jul30

Inside Scoop On Cutting 1% From The Military Budget

Let’s see if I got this right. According to The Washington Post, a $636 billion military spending bill scheduled for vote by the House today or tomorrow contains about $7 billion in new ships, planes, helicopters and armored vehicles Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon does not need. The waste Gates decried as “business as usual” represents about 1% of the House’s version for military spending this...

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Theme Song For Today’s Barack Obama White House Beer Summit
Jul30

Theme Song For Today’s Barack Obama White House Beer Summit

Today is the big day — a day that will go down in history: at 6 p.m. EST President Barack Obama will sit down at the White House’s first beer summit with a lreading African-American professor and the policeman who arrested him. Obama’s comments about the arrest added fuel to the polarizing fire — and this is his attempt to defuse it via a low-key session where the three deep six the rhetoric and lift some cool...

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Is Sarah Palin A Hot Talk Radio Show Host Property?
Jul30

Is Sarah Palin A Hot Talk Radio Show Host Property?

Is it “watch out Rush Limbaugh” in the future? Is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, darling of conservatives and a politician who talks the talk of the conservative talk radio political culture destined to become a radio talk show host? Speculation is increasing that Palin’s next big role on the national stage might not be as a 2012 Presidential candidate, but Rush Limbaugh in a dress (a troubling image, to be...

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The Good Citizen’s Reward
Jul30

The Good Citizen’s Reward

While the President serves beer to Henry Louis Gates and James Crowley in the White House today, Lucia Whalen will be at work in Cambridge, pondering the lessons of her phone call to the police last week. In the aftermath of Barack Obama’s gaffe in saying the police acted “stupidly,” the White House is smoothing over the ensuing national rancor with a photo-op reconciliation for the principals in the confrontation...

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Sonia Sotomayor in Haiku Form
Jul30

Sonia Sotomayor in Haiku Form

As it should have become clear from my recent writings on Dahlia Lithwick, I think she is brilliant in her analyses of the U.S. Supreme Court, its justices, cases and opinions. But her talents don’t stop at the Supreme Court’s magnificent entrance. I came across a set of 18 little poems, written by Lithwick over at Slate. I am told they are written in “haiku form.” Since I am not familiar with haiku, I looked...

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