Archive of Articles for January, 2013

Four Years Ago

[ Posted Thursday, January 17th, 2013 – 17:45 UTC ]

We're going to spend today waxing nostalgic, just to warn everyone up front. Because four years ago I traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama's first term in office. Next Monday will be his second swearing-in ceremony (he will actually be officially sworn in on Sunday, as the Constitution dictates, but since it falls on a Sunday the public event will be held on Monday -- which just happens to be Martin Luther King Jr.'s federal holiday as well). On top of this symbology, exactly 150 Januaries ago American witnessed President Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. So it's going to be a meaningful event, one assumes, in all sorts of ways.

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No Silver Bullet

[ Posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 – 16:51 UTC ]

There is no silver bullet.
--Vice President Joe Biden

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Guest Author: Cops In Schools

[ Posted Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 – 18:00 UTC ]

Vice President Joe Biden's office is on a fast track to issue recommendations for reducing gun violence in response to the Newtown school shootings. In terrible incidents like this, the public demand that policymakers "do something" is high; however, too often, a quickly-crafted "solution" creates lasting harm to the very people it seeks to protect, in this instance, the students themselves. This certainly will be the case if special interests like the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) have their way and we see the number of police in schools begin once again to rise.

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Obama's Line In The Sand

[ Posted Monday, January 14th, 2013 – 17:29 UTC ]

President Obama held the last press conference of his first term in office today. He used the opportunity to clearly stake out his position on the looming debt ceiling fight. Obama's position: he's not going to have this fight. Period. Congress can either pass a bill he can sign, or we're going to hit the debt ceiling. Either way, Obama will not treat the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip in the ongoing partisan struggle over the federal budget. Obama will refuse to negotiate over the debt ceiling at all, and is not even entertaining ideas of any sort of "Plan B."

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Friday Talking Points [240] -- Time To Dust Off The Fourteenth Option

[ Posted Friday, January 11th, 2013 – 17:24 UTC ]

According to the news media, America's biggest concern right now should be the silliness of Jack Lew's signature. That's the kind of week it's been, at least among the inside-the-Beltway cocktail party circuit.

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Reader Poll

[ Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2013 – 19:39 UTC ]

OK, I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but it just wasn't possible before last month's Obama Poll Watch chart (which was done right after New Year's Eve, I would point out in my defense), and I haven't gotten around to it. Until now, that is!

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Dare Not Speak Its Name

[ Posted Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 – 18:28 UTC ]

Last night, on a primetime television show, a character had an abortion. Does this shock you? It might, if only for the fact that such a plotline is so incredibly rare on American television. In less than two weeks, the Supreme Court decision in the landmark Roe v. Wade case will be forty years old. Four decades later, the debate over abortion still rages. But it is a debate which is largely silent on the small screen. Even last night, abortion did not really dare to speak its name.

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Free Aaron Sandusky, Mister President

[ Posted Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 – 18:53 UTC ]

President Barack Obama has it within his power to chart a new course for his administration on the Justice Department's continuing refusal to take into account the will of the voters in over one-third of the United States on medical marijuana. He could do so quite easily, by issuing a presidential pardon for Aaron Sandusky, who just received a 10-year prison sentence for running medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of California -- where such activities were legalized by the state's voters.

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Republicans Creating National Health Insurance Exchange?

[ Posted Monday, January 7th, 2013 – 16:13 UTC ]

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as "Obamacare") put Republican governors between an ideological rock and a very hard place for conservatives. After losing their court challenge on the constitutionality of Obamacare, each state's governor was faced with a clear choice: either set up a state-run health insurance marketplace (or "exchange"), or refuse to do so and pass the buck to the federal government, which will set up an exchange for states who opt not to create one on their own.

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Friday Talking Points [239] -- Talking About The Deal

[ Posted Friday, January 4th, 2013 – 17:32 UTC ]

If we had a "best quote" awards category, we'd certainly have to nominate what outgoing House Republican Steven La Tourette had to say about the whole situation, after the Senate had voted 89-8 to approve the fiscal cliff avoidance deal: "We should not take a package put together by a bunch of sleep-deprived octogenarians on New Year's Eve." Now that's funny!

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