[Updated x5] Pres. Obama, how's that bipartisan thingy shaping up?

Much has been said about poisonous partisanship and high Broderism on this blog but I have never been one for bipartisanship, you do not harbor the rat that is trying to sink your ship, you throw it overboard. Unfortunately in spite of having the biggest legislative mandate, this WH is more focused on image control and bipartisanship than about taking legislative initiative. Why do I say this?

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[updated x 2] Shot in his church!

President Obama in his very thoughtful speech at Notre Dame said that he wants to find a common ground with anti-choice forces to limit abortion.

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Don't let the torturers go free

If you can spare the time, I request you to watch this gut-wrenching documentary on torture at Bill Moyers' Journal at PBS.

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The return of Harry and Louise: the Insurance industry strikes back

First off thanks to the people who recommended my previous diary. But on the heels of that diary comes this new one based on the developments of the day. I have made my suspicion for the theater being conducted in Senate by Max Baucus pretty well known. Seemingly the notion is if a public option is kept on the table as a threat, the insurance industry will come crawling like little misbehaving puppies wanting to be disciplined, in this case be regulated. But with each passing day it is becoming increasing apparent that not only are they against strict regulation, but they are willing to kill the nascent public option plan to maintain their monopoly, profiting on people's sickness and misery.

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Required reading: Robert Reich on health care

The name of his piece up on TPM is The Health Care Cave-In.
Powerful as the piece is, it lays out point by point the developments that are aimed to dilute this bill from achieving truly universal or even affordable health care while leaving the veneer of yet another much-ado-about-nothing effort by our elected officials.

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Will the White House still stonewall a torture investigation?

Sometimes the truth cannot be bottled up. Sometimes events gets so way out hand that the inevitable cannot be stopped. Right now an investigation into torture is no longer an "if" but a "when" and after today it seems sooner rather than later.

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The insulated club of Beltway Punditocracy

I made a big mistake today. I watched the Sunday talk shows. I could not sit through any of them as a whole but flipped through listening to various predictions of doom and gloom and ever growing sense of despair when I finally gave up, switched on to King Crimson's Island LP and drank my coffee.

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[UPDATED]Krugman on the "stress test" theater: Required reading

Short diary but we have gone through another round of the Geithner/Summer/Bernanke "stress test" theater. We all know what happened: the banks lobbied Geithner to water down the results and after a long delay and many leaks the results are out. Yeah BofA requires more money, but Citigroup, that is probably in worse shape, is really doing quite alright. Hey we are back from the precipice...right? Only one thing, they can call it "stress" test but it was not an audit in the real sense. So for all the theater and ballyhoo it is just more of the usual white-wash, or as they said during the campaign...you know the one about the lipstick and the pig.

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Tea-baggers: a big bust

Numbers speak louder than anything else. I am sure right now the right wingnuts are going crazy photoshopping their pictures to enhance the crowd. But over at FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver did a quick analysis of all the crowd reports.

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Stop O'Reilly's harassment

Most people here are aware of the ambush "journalism" being practiced by the falafel man and his minions. I wonder which school of journalism condones stalking, harassment in their curriculum but I think when FNC and falafel man endangers the personal space and right of privacy of private citizens, it is well within the rights of private citizens to launch a campaign and hit back where it hurts, i.e. his sponsors.

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