Direct Cost of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan will hit $1 trillion

by Alan Grayson, Member of Congress, Florida

On May 30, 2010, at 10:06 a.m, the direct cost of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan will hit $1 trillion. And in a few weeks, the House of Representatives will be asked to vote for $33 billion of additional “emergency” supplemental spending to continue the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Aiding and abetting the enemy: a response to Hendrik Hertzberg

by Don Smith

In a recent Talk of the Town, The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg wrote:

And in the nether reaches of the left blogosphere the epithets flew. Obama is a “sellout.” He’s a “liar.” He’s a “Judas,” a “fraud,” a “corrupt fool.” He’s a “Liebermanite.” (Ouch!)

Was he referring to sites like OpEdNews? Sure seems that way. The point of Hertzberg’s essay was to suggest that the “system” is to blame for Obama and the Democrats’ failure to pass substantial health care reform. Hertzberg’s reasoning is flawed.
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State-of-the-Union: Smoke and Mirrors

by Dave McGill

Two of the president’s main objectives, mentioned during the pageant called the State-of-the-Union speech, were to reduce the deficits and to bring down unemployment. If he can do both at the same time he will truly be a miracle worker.
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Drifting Toward Catastrophe: A Seven-Headed Beast

by Bernard Weiner – The Crisis Papers

Sometimes when I’m on a photo shoot, I change my camera focus to close-up, which puts me just inches, say, from the inside of a flower. I can spend much time in-tight like that, marveling at the complexities of a leaf, pistil, stamen, occasionally even a bumblebee inside stuffing its pollen sacs.
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Crap we won’t believe in!

by Bernard Schaer

Harry Reid almost had me last night. As he talked about the Senate health care bill and why it needed to pass last night, he recounted some of the cases in Nevada where health care was desperately needed but not available because insurance coverage was denied, a job was lost, a decision between food or drugs had to be made. Senator Reid was distraught, you could tell. I almost cried. Almost…
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