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Pot clubs close down in San Mateo County 11.12.2009 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Two cannabis cooperatives in unincorporated North Fair Oaks near Redwood City apparently closed after county officials denied their applications for licenses under an ordinance regulating pot clubs that the Board of Supervisors approved in April.
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The church, with one ideological foundation 11.12.2009 Star Tribune: Commentary
American bishops are willing to make the perfect the enemy of the common good.
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A Tax at Every Turn 11.12.2009 NY Times: Business
Runaway federal deficits have thrust a politically unsavory savior into the spotlight: a nationwide tax on goods and services.

Tim Rutten: Will abortion derail healthcare reform? 9.12.2009 LA Times: Opinion
Tim Rutten: Will abortion derail healthcare reform?
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We Need A Revolution In Primary Health Care In America! Senator Bernie Sanders 8.12.2009 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
DOWNLOADS: (164) PLAYS: (717) November 07, 2009 C-SPAN From the floor of the Senate, Senator Bernie Sanders makes an impassioned plea "unless we do something and DO IT NOW! Our primary health care system infrastructure is close to collapse!" ...
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John Marty: Pragmatism makes for bad policy 5.12.2009 Star Tribune: Commentary
Progressives need to stand up and be heard on issues from health care to the environment.
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Our Defense Budget Pours Trillions - Yes, Trillions - Down A Hole. Maybe It's Time To Fix That. 4.12.2009 Crooks Liars
As David Sirota points out , here are some "objective, nonpartisan, non-ideological facts": -- The 2010 Pentagon budget means "every man, woman and child in the United States will spend more than $2,700 on (defense) programs and agencies next year," reports the Cato Institute. "By way of comparison, the average Japanese spends less than $330; the average German about $520; China's per capita spending is less than $100." -- "(The Pentagon budget) dwarfs the combined defense budgets of U.S. allies and potential U.S. enemies alike," reports Hearst Newspapers. -- "President (Obama) is on track to spend more on defense, in real dollars, than any other president has in one term of office since World War II," reports National Journal's Government Executive magazine. -- In 2000, the Pentagon admitted it has lost -- yes, lost -- $2.3 trillion. In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that a subsequent Department of Defense study said it was only $1 trillion. To put such numbers in ...
Chat transcript 4.12.2009 Ezra Klein
Washington, D.C.: Hi Ezra, I've been reading your chats for about the last two months, and I'm not quite sure what to make of you yet -- whether you're a straight shooter, or pushing an agenda. One columnist I do believe I get unbiased economic analysis from is Robert Samuelson. Can you please critique his Monday column on the current proposed health care reform? It sounds a lot scarier than what you've been talking about. Ezra Klein: I didn't think it did a very good job following its own premises. Samuelson is right that America faces a long-term deficit threat that has the potential to literally bankrupt the country. It is a threat as serious, if not more so, than the financial crisis. But his argument, then, is astonishing. Even though the Senate bill reduces spending, he thinks Congress won't stick to the terms of the legislation. That may be right, but it's nihilism. Given the trends. Samuelson knows perfectly well that we go bankrupt with or without health-care reform (the bill is ...
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The Leaning Tower of Jello: Why No-one Believes Health Reform will be Deficit Neutral 1.12.2009 The Health Care Blog
By JEFF GOLDSMITH President Obama has promised not to sign any health reform legislation that increases the federal deficit. This promise recognized rising public concern about an Argentinean fiscal trend that, unchecked, could leave us with $19 trillion in federal...
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Defense Spending on Personnel is Over $300 Billion a Year 1.12.2009 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
In the DOD’s official breakdown of its budget, it has a $136 billion line item for “personnel.” But as Jim Arkedis points out this is a pretty massive undercount by any reasonable standard. A better account gets you a figure more like $301 billion: Note that this leaves the money we’re talking about spending on universal [...]
Ben Beall: Observations upon returning from Latin America 29.11.2009 Steamboat Pilot
My wife, Millie, and I just returned from 27 months in the Peace Corps working in the Andes of Bolivia and the rain forests of Costa Rica. We are glad to be home, and in this week of Thanksgiving, we believe that every one of us needs to give thanks for our good fortune to live in these United States. We also have a new feeling about the need for all of us to work together for the global common good.
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The Military Budget Is Bleeding Us Dry. It's Time We Addressed That. 29.11.2009 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
You know, between the crooks, the politicians and the payoffs, this issue shouldn't be a third rail anymore. Democrats need to decide which we can afford: Shoveling trillions of dollars into the military-industrial-congressional complex (and the pockets of defense donors), or rebuilding this country's economic and social infrastructure. David Sirota: In 2000, the Pentagon admitted it has lost -- yes, lost -- $2.3 trillion. In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that a subsequent Department of Defense study said it was only $1 trillion. To put such numbers in perspective, contemplate what those sums could finance. $1 trillion, for instance, could pay the total cost of universal healthcare for the long haul. $2.3 trillion would cover universal healthcare plus the bank bailout plus the stimulus package. Obviously -- obviously! -- these points are no cause for alarm and certainly no cause for defense spending reductions, right? All they must prove is that the archconservative Cato ...
How Health Care Reform Could Fall Apart 22.11.2009 Common Dreams: Headlines
by Carrie Budoff Brown and Patrick O'Connor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid eked out 60 votes on a procedural motion to start the health care debate Saturday night - so there's no guarantee he can pass a bill on the merits.

And if he struggles, the reasons will be clear: deep divides among Democrats on a public insurance plan, abortion, tax hikes and cost-cutting. Liberals want the plan to be generous enough. Moderates fear a budget-buster. And everyone is trying to avoid angering seniors.

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Protests Don't Stop UC Regents' 32 Percent Fee Hike 21.11.2009 Truthout.com

Surrounded by campus police dressed in protective riot gear and armed with beanbag guns, hundreds of student protesters at UCLA Thursday chanted "Shame on You, Shame on You" toward the building where the UC Regents had just voted to raise tuition and fees by $2,500 over the next year.

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Protests Don't Stop UC Regents' 32 Percent Fee Hike 21.11.2009 Truthout.com

Surrounded by campus police dressed in protective riot gear and armed with beanbag guns, hundreds of student protesters at UCLA Thursday chanted "Shame on You, Shame on You" toward the building where the UC Regents had just voted to raise tuition and fees by $2,500 over the next year.

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For Pagliuca, health reform trumps choice 20.11.2009 Boston Globe: Opinion
For Pagliuca, health reform trumps choice
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The Bronze Plan 19.11.2009 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
One of the obvious ways to keep the price of a universal health insurance plan relatively modest is to water-down the definition of “insurance.” Nick Beaudrot observes that this is essentially what’s been done by Harry Reid to make the math work. The weakest form of insurance allowable inside the exchange—the so-called Bronze Plan—is not [...]
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Scary Porches, Scarier Doctors 18.11.2009 American Spectator
Scary Porches, Scarier Doctors
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Obama’s Bad Case Against Single Payer 18.11.2009 Common Dreams: Views
by Alan Nasser
The Obama administration has broadened the scope of what it wants to dismiss as unrealistic, utopian and unpragmatic, i.e. as for all practical purposes impossible. These claims have typically been accompanied by the assurance that “This is not something that Americans would go for – it’s not the American way.”  Obama’s case against a single payer health care system is a conspicuous case in point. His position on this issue features weak  arguments and serious factual errors.
 
The Alleged Impossibility of Universal Health Care

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'Fearmonger in Chief' Beck goes militia, warns of impending 'New World Order' 18.11.2009 Crooks Liars
DOWNLOADS: (1161) PLAYS: (2486) Glenn Beck has apparently decided he doesn't care how big a public nutcase he is making himself into. Because, you know, the black helicopters are coming!!!!!! And he's just the guy to get the warning out. Back when he started his Fox show in January, I wondered how long it would take Beck to become an outright Patriot conspiracy-monger -- especially because he dabbled in it early on, and it's been building ever since. I knew we had to be getting close when Beck's buddy Chuck Norris went full-bore militia earlier this week. So the answer is: about ten and a half months. Because yesterday on his show, he just threw the chips all in and went for your classic militia black-helicopter conspiracy theory: Beck: On the scale of insane things, I want to show what we skipped past. Ready? Look at this. Put it up here. We're in a recession now. People argue over whether we're even in a recession! We're in a deep recession. I think we're on the edge ...
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