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Letter to Senator Jim Webb, in re to his WashPost op-ed on Afghanistan

One of my senators, Senator Jim Webb, wrote an op-ed piece on Afghanistan published Friday, December 4 in the Washington Post: A plan in need of clarity By Senator Jim WebbDecember 4, 2009 I have great regard for the careful process...

"The Nation I Am Most Interested in Building Is Our Own"

(edited, from a comment bslev requested that I post as a blog) Ok, that sounds good. How about a large public jobs bill, focusing on (green, of course) infrastructure upgrades, to reposition our country to better compete globally going forward,...

Some Thoughts on a Way Forward

I have more or less reached the dismaying political conclusions that, first, a health care bill which provides tangible benefits must pass (by no means is it a given that something will pass), and second, any bill that passes is...

A Thought on How Deeds Might Yet Pull Out the Virginia Gov Race

By most of the recent polls, the Democratic nominee for Virginia's next Governor, state senator Creigh Deeds, is trailing in the polls by around 7 points to his Republican challenger, Bob McDonnell. When I watch the TV ads for...

George Will Back to His Old Nonsense

There have been times, as when he recently raised questions about the wisdom of continuing the fighting in Afghanistan/Pakistan, when George Will seems to rise above his past, arch, too-clever-by-half partisan efforts to take Democrats and liberals down a peg. ...

WSJ Op-Ed Piece on HC Still Doesn't Get It

Where to start with this piece below in the WSJ?    What the public option is about is people not wanting to pay private insurance companies' advertising and market segmentation strategy implementation costs, and for a degree of administrative complexity Kafka...

The Challenge Obama Faces With Congress

I do think David Brooks the other day stumbled onto some truth when he said Obama is not at this point feared by Congress.  I think that's accurate.  I think over the next couple of months re health care...

A Comment on How the Health Care Debate is Evolving

One observation I am led to on health care based on discussions at the cafe is that many members of Congress seem either to have gotten the message that there is considerable support for including a public option in the...

On the Obama Hating

This is the only post I hope I make on this odious subject.Bush was deeply hated by many. But I don't believe I have ever seen a single comment by a tpmcafe denizen even suggesting or intimating violence against Bush...

Excellent Read on What (I hope) US Foreign Policy Will Move Towards

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