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The Jehoshua Novels


In a Shock to No One…

…Joe Biden got out in front of the White House and shamed them into a policy change:

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Finally!

The day has arrived when Obamacare comes out of rehearsals and goes fully live, and guess what? It’s already outperformed expectations:

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No Exit. Frank Luntz Suffers an Existential Crisis

Poor, sorrowful, Frank Luntz. The man who banished rational discourse from the Republican Party, replacing it with raw, negative emotions; the political consultant who did more to divide the American people than virtually any other public figure. Frank Luntz is having an existential crisis. The American people he has spent all his adult life interviewing, [...]

Not Wrong

Jonathan Chait is not wrong.

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The Saving Grace of Saving Face

Nancy realizes she will be Speaker again, soon.

Comes the salvage operation for the House Republican caucus:

House Republicans, increasingly isolated from even some of their strongest supporters more than a week into a government shutdown, began on Wednesday to consider a path out of the fiscal impasse that would raise the debt ceiling [...]

Why Is Weaker Boener Killing Children?

And why is this man smiling? Oh. Right. Cuz he’s winning!

There are more than enough votes to put a clean continuing resolution (CR) up for a vote.

So why won’t Weaker Boener do it?

He’s Speaker of the House, and can destroy any member of his caucus who opposes him (oh, for the [...]

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Day 2 of the Republican temper tantrum, but the end is in sight.

No, there’s no secret backroom negotiations. It’s merely the will of the American people being exercised.

You see, nobody expected the volume of people who wanted – no, needed – to sign up for health insurance. “Needed,” because under the old system [...]

Blinkmanship

At 12:01 tonight, the government may shut down.

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Someone Should Kick His Legs Out

I’ll give Ted Cruz credit for one thing, and one thing only: he’s not making a bullshit filibuster:

Would You Buy A Used Car From This Man?

Republican Ted Cruz of Texas was still on the Senate floor talking Wednesday– a dramatic step in defense of his high profile and controversial plan to prevent [...]

Exclusive: The Koch brothers’ secret bank

Politico, By Mike Allen & Jim Vandenhei, September 11

An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide.

The group, Freedom Partners, and its president, Marc Short, serve as an outlet for the ideas [...]

Was Cruz’s Texas Senate Election Legal?

Chris Nelson has some interesting thoughts on this topic and Texas moderates and Democrats ought to take notice, possibly start a lawsuit.

SUMMARY: purely in the spirit of patriotic, non-partisan inquiry, Your Editor would like to know how come he was forced to go through the full US naturalization legal process back in 1962, but [...]

Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead!

Michele Bachmann. We won’t have her to kick around anymore.

Obviously, she is spinning this along the lines of a…well, she never really says why she won’t run, only that it has nothing to do with the various criminal investigations she is about to undergo or with the early polling for 2014 which shows her [...]

GIN!

Here’s the thing: the best strategy for Republicans is to just let it go:

WASHINGTON — The scandals dogging President Barack Obama are a political gift to Republicans, who could use some good luck after recent election losses. It’s not clear, however, how Republicans can best capitalize on Democrats’ woes, legislatively or politically.

Last November’s [...]

He Just Don’t Get It, Do He?

President Obama, I mean:

WASHINGTON – In his fifth annual budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday, President Obama once again has put forward a fiscal mix of investments in infrastructure, education and research with further deficit reduction through tax increases and spending cuts. But for the first time he has included changes to Medicare and [...]

Bad Medicine

Run, do not walk, to the local newsstand and pick up a copy of this week’s Time Magazine for the lengthy investigative reporting done by Steven Brill on the price-gouging and profiteering of the American medical system. From doctors to hospitals to insurance companies (which actually almost come off as heroes in this tale), Brill [...]