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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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The Stimulus Bill Was Small Relative to the New Deal: My Unsuccessful Efforts to Get the WashPost to Set the Record Straight

Much of the economic policy discussion over the next few months will be about how to stop the bleeding in the financial sector, and then, how to prevent it from happening again.  Understandably so. Paul Krugman is not alone, however,...

Prominent Economists Endorse Employee Free Choice Act

  Lots of distinguished names on this list of signatories endorsing the Employee Free Choice Act (scroll down below the article for the full list).  Notable for their absence are Krugman and Stiglitz--perhaps a fellow denizen knows the stories there. ...

Rec'd reading: The China Price, by Alexandra Harney

I'd like to see this book get as widespread attention as possible.  It is an engagingly reported look at working conditions in the south China industrial factories, which appears to be balanced and should help to ground discussion about our and other countries' policies...

On the Lack of Engagement of Invited Book Club Contributors

Some good comments in the book club discussion this week on Andrew Bacevich's book, both by invited contributors and cafe denizens.   It could be so much better if Michael Klare, Bacevich, and others would engage with us riffraff.  Evidently they can't...

Bipartisanship, the Stimulus Bill, and Dealing with Bad-Faith Hill Republicans

Oversimplifying somewhat, there are two basic reasons for the White House and the Democratic Congressional leadership to be open to accepting ideas/requests for changes from individual or groups of Congressional Republicans to a bill they are trying to move....

Dean Baker, Plus FDR and New Deal Reading

At the cafe we are fortunate enough to be able to read Dean Baker regularly.  But if you are looking for a nice summary, for others as well as yourself, of his explanations of the stock market and housing bubble bursts, and how...

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