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    FINANCIAL REFORM--THE SPECTACLE

    Watching Elizabeth Warren on Maddow last night I was uplifted by the power of her demeanor and her spectacular delivery--"they lost". She showed more backbone in those two words than the whole Obama team did in two years of pontificating.

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    Two Hundred Million a Day

    You'd think for the kind of money President Obama is spending on travel in Right-Wing Fantasy Land, there would be at least one public event during his time in Indonesia. I mean, it's not like there are occasional attacks of terrorism in a city that is beyond impossible to secure.

    Except it is exactly like that. Oh, well. I know somebody who knows somebody who is invited to dinner with the President this evening. Him and a few hundred other more important expats. Not that I'm bitter. But for $200 million a day, you'd think anybody holding a U.S. passport would be invited.

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    Hyperstagflation

    John Michael Greer

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    Building a bridge to earmark reform

    Now that Republicans have regained some of the clout they enjoyed under President Bush, what will become of talk about balanced budgets and spending reform?  Will leaders model fiscal responsibility in fresh and innovative ways that broaden public support?  Or will they merely try to entertain partisans while repackaging the status quo?

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    Eleanor Roosevelt - Activist First Lady

    Most people don't remember who the First Ladies of the White House were. There were a few that stood out. Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton. I myself cannot remember President Eisenhower's wife name. And I wonder how many remember that Bess Truman was the wife of Harry S Truman.

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    Tales of Globalization: USA and India: a marriage made in... heaven?

    "I believe that the relationship between the United States and India will, in fact, be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st Century." President Barack Obama - BBC News
    The most dramatic and remarkable improvement in consumption has been of th
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    Blowing Smoke in Washington DC: Tuesday, Nov 9 at Borders Bookstore

    Dear DC-area readers,

    Please join me at Borders at 18th and L at 6:30pm Tuesday, November 9th for a reading from Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual.

    If you don't live in the area but know people who do, please recommend the reading to them. It will be a big help, as it's always a challenge for first-time authors to fill the room and spread the word.

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    The Short Lesson of the 2010 Elections

    So almost every op-ed page agrees that the lessons of the 2010 midterms are as follows:

    1) The Democrats should compromise more with the Republicans, because the Republicans now have about a 50-vote majority in the House.

    2) The Republicans should get to decide what counts as "compromise," because the voters are on their side.

    3) Obama should apologize to everyone, all the time, for everything he did in his first two years as President. He has been Rebuked by the People and should atone for his Sin of Pride.

    That's certainly one way to look at it. Here's another:

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    Confucian Me: Regaining my Center In a World Gone Mad

    From the Desk of tmac... to the World

    Long ago, in the 1990's while I was in graduate school the first time I wrote my thesis on Confucianism and  Post-Modern Environmental Philosophy, especially in conjunction the musings of Aldo Leopold in The Land Ethic.

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    Dagbooks: Blowing Smoke

    I’ve been reading a terrific new book. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It’s called Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies About the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual, by Dagblog’s very own Michael Wolraich!

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    Three guys who seem to "get it"

    I've been a big fan of The Young Turk's Cenk Uygur for a while now, and this confirms for me exactly why.  I never agree with anyone all the time, but his world view is pretty close to mine on a lot of stuff. Ratigan and Greenwald tend to be more hit and miss.  But this segment ... the three of 'em together ... pure awesome.

     

    IS IT MEA CULPAS OR MEA CULPAE

    Should a President admit mistakes?

    Maybe if Obama could admit a mistake he would be able to turn the tables on this Republican Congress. Recently he kind of admitted a mistake, remember the "too much policy, not enough politics" gambit? Only in this case, I'm thinking too much "politics."

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    INDIAGATE and Other Musings- The RNC Congressional Investigations Road Map

    For: IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    From: Darryl Issa, Chairman, House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee

    To: AMERICA

    America,

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    There Is No Center

    Since the election, and in fact for some time before, pundits have been demanding that President Obama move to "the center." They don't have a lot of details, usually, about where that center is, and if they do suggest a detail it usually comes from one side of current debates, but they're all convinced that Obama needs to go there. But there's a reason that pundits can't describe this magical "center" better. It doesn't exist.

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    Right and Wrong: The Post Election Edition

    When Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly were helping to define what news reported on television would mean determined that

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    The Left Has No Foreign Policy

    I guess that's not a surprise.

    But after several years of blogging, with Dems in control for quite a bit of it, it's frustrating to see that we don't have an alternative to up-and-down in the Middle East.

    My biggest issue is NAFTA and China. Are they related? Kinda sorta. Mostly they're the swamp of our attention. (I saw House of Spirits last night, but won't bore you with where *THAT* takes me).

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