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This picture irritates me

Whoever in the State Department that is advising Hillary and Nancy on how to cover their heads on visits to Muslim countries should be fired. It is not like we do not have hats in our own style that...

Taking predatory lending to a whole new level

Excerpted from report by Gillian Tett of The Financial Times: As the financial crisis virus has swept around the globe in recent months, Kazakhstan's banking sector has been engulfed in turmoil. This is not just creating a headache for the...

$7,400,000,000,000

Bloomberg is not happy.  They've added up the numbers, really big numbers, and want to know what the US is getting in return.  The Treasury and the Fed have not been forthcoming, Bernanke thinks it would be 'counterproductive' so Bloomberg has filed a...

Please index the archives of the TPMCafe Book Club & Table for One

There have been some very interesting book club recommendations and discussions that have been hosted here at TPMCafe.  Unfortunately I have not been able to follow all of them in real time and find it extremely difficult, really practically impossible, to go...

The Palin Monologue

The Palin monologue was a pretty good routine. . . lots of snarky one liners competently delivered to a friendly crowd.  Did McCain borrow The Tonight Show writers?  Gov Palin has a promising future -- in standup comedy (da-da-drum).But wait,...

Georgia Young Republicans say talk radio divisive

Yesterday Georgia's Young Republicans passed a formal resolution denouncing leading right-wing talking heads for spreading disunity in the ranks.  Maybe some sanity is returning to the country.  One can only hop. Therefore, be it resolved, this 5th Day of February,...

Between Soapboxes

An open thread to which I invite you to share what you are reading, thinking, viewing but don't feel like writing a dissertation about.  ...

Crypto-evangelical code?!?

WTF?  is an uncharacteristically shrill post by Josh over at TPM.WTF, indeed.If Huckabee communicating in the traditional idioms and current themes from his culture is crypto-evangelical code, is Yiddish cryto-Judaic code?  Meshuge.And enough already with the deliberately derogatory dog-whistle analogy.  How would you...

Mandates: a Rube Goldberg solution

 There is a growing consensus that our healthcare system is broken.  That is wrong.  There is no system.  System implies some sort of order.  What we have is healthcare chaos.  Mandates will expand the chaos and do nothing to improve...

Hard Times

Like canaries in a coalmine, the poor and near poor suffer the worst effects of an ailing economy. From Associated Press last night: Living paycheck to paycheck gets harder - Yahoo! News “Across the nation, Americans are increasingly unable to...

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