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  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 30th, 2015

    2015-01-31 05:14:12View | Delete

    Petraeus and O’Hanlon determined to strike in US.

    Indeed, however our nation’s political parties differ on a variety of issues, Democrats and Republicans should agree on one proposition: This is another American century, and the future has seldom looked brighter. Washington policymakers do not need to rescue the nation from the precipice so much as to make reasonable, mid-size compromises on a number of policies and otherwise get out of the way.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 30th, 2015

    2015-01-30 13:14:09View | Delete

    The astrophysics discovery of the 21st century may be wrong

    Back in March 2014, at a press conference at Harvard, physicists announced they’d made one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the 21st century.

    But it’s increasingly looking like that discovery was an error.

    Cough, cough.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 29th, 2015

    2015-01-30 06:26:12View | Delete

    WaPo’s factchecker Glenn Kessler gives the claims that TPP will create 650,000 jobs four Pinocchios.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 29th, 2015

    2015-01-29 18:28:04View | Delete

    But nobody can help him now: Is Rupert Murdoch Tweeting While Drunk?

  • allan commented on the blog post Does Uber Make A Universal Basic Income Inevitable?

    2015-01-29 10:35:38View | Delete

    the yearning for job security and stability will become an increasingly popular sentiment

    … just as the full force of Citizens United kicks in,
    so that incumbents can safely ignore popular sentiment.

    On a closely related note, the WH domestic policy people loooove Uber
    and want to Uberize lots of other professions. [Warning: neoliberal word salad incoming.]

    Job Licenses in Spotlight as Uber Rises

    Sometimes professional licenses make sense, ensuring decent standards of health and safety. … We don’t want to return to the 19th century, when barbers pulled teeth and freelance doctors with no certification peddled miraculous cures.

    But like taxi medallions, state licenses required to practice all sorts of jobs often serve merely to cordon off occupations for the benefit of licensed workers and their lobbying groups, protecting them from legitimate competition….

    In a study commissioned by [even the liberal] Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, Morris Kleiner of the University of Minnesota found that almost three out of 10 workers in the United States need a license from state governments to do their jobs, up from one in 20 in the 1950s. By cordoning off so many occupations, he estimates, professional licensing by state governments ultimately reduces employment by up to 2.8 million jobs.

    The trend worries the Obama administration. The president’s budget, to be unveiled on Monday, will include $15 million for states to analyze the costs and benefits of their licensing rules, identify best practices and explore making licenses portable across state lines.


  • allan commented on the blog post Andrew Sullivan To Quit Blogging

    2015-01-29 07:33:40View | Delete

    No matter how many uninsured Americans or innocent Iraqis died, it was always about Sully.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 28th, 2015

    2015-01-28 18:53:42View | Delete

    Study Finds H.I.V. Drugs Priced Out of Reach

    Drugs to treat H.I.V. and AIDS are being priced out of reach for many patients enrolled in insurance plans through the new health care exchanges, despite warnings that such practices are illegal under the Obama administration’s health care law … The financial impact can be drastic, the researchers found: A patient taking a common H.I.V. treatment, Atripla, would pay about $3,000 more a year in a restrictive plan compared with someone enrolled in a more generous plan, even after accounting for the fact that the more restrictive plans tended to charge lower monthly premiums.

    Surely an ACA fan like … just to pick a name at random … Jon Chait could TNRsplain to the researchers why this isn’t actually happening.

  • Check out Progressive Economy, the pro-TPP astroturf flavor of the month.

    Progressive Economy develops ideas and practical public policy solutions for trade and globalization, to promote widely shared prosperity and opportunity, strengthen peace and security, establish and enhance the rule of law, encourage scientific and technological progress, and reduce global poverty. Former President Clinton laid the foundation for such a framework in his call to “put a human face on the global economy.”

    And to continue with the Newspeak, we all know what happens to a human face.

  • allan commented on the blog post Jonathan Chait Upset About Diversity In Media

    2015-01-28 10:33:41View | Delete

    And speaking of TNR alums: Andrew Sullivan will blog no more forever.

  • allan commented on the blog post Jonathan Chait Upset About Diversity In Media

    2015-01-28 07:59:24View | Delete

    Chait in the NYT Magazine in 2011, mansplaining to all us DFHs:

    What the Left Doesn’t Understand About Obama

    Someone (with a strong stomach) should go through all of Chait’s condescending Obot pronouncements during the health-care debates and document how many times he was right versus how many times The Left (as in FDL) was correct.
    Chait is the perfect distillation of everything that went wrong with both The New Republic and Serious (a/k/a Loser) Liberalism over the last 35 years. He put the glib in neogliberal.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 27th, 2015

    2015-01-28 04:47:05View | Delete

    Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Omitted HSBC Interview From Senate Questionnaire

    In advance of her nomination hearing, Loretta Lynch did what every cabinet nominee is required to do: fill out a questionnaire listing all her media interviews so lawmakers can evaluate her candor. But the questionnaire U.S. attorney general nominee Lynch submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee has a notable omission. Lynch failed to include an interview in which she defended the controversial settlement she orchestrated with the bank HSBC. …

    Critics slammed the deal as an example of the Obama administration’s pattern of going easy on the financial industry. In the Dec. 11, 2012, interview she did with CBS News, Lynch endorsed the settlement and dismissed criticism of the deal as “shortsighted.”

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 26th, 2015

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    Documents Show N.S.A.’s Moves on Surveillance Before Congress’s Approval

    A federal judge ruled in 2007 that the U.S.A. Patriot Act empowered the National Security Agency to collect foreigners’ emails and phone calls from domestic networks without prior judicial approval, newly declassified documents show. …

    The disclosure also brought into public view a previously unknown example of how the surveillance court, which hears arguments only from the government before issuing secret rulings, sometimes accepts novel interpretations of the law to bless government requests for spying powers.

    A secret court sometimes advances state interests over the clear meaning of laws and the Constitution.
    Who could have predicted?

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 26th, 2015

    2015-01-26 19:49:46View | Delete

    The .01%’s court jester mansplains why math class is hard it’s hard to calculate the

    Tricky Ratio of Chief Executive’s Pay To Workers’

  • allan commented on the blog post Pentagon Launches Essay Contest To Glorify Former King Abdullah

    2015-01-26 11:20:05View | Delete

    I can think of an essay 28 pages long that would definitely be worth reading.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Weekend Roundup for January 24-25th, 2015

    2015-01-25 16:48:32View | Delete

    Greece: Right before the election, Bill Black had a good piece on the MSM’s hostility to SYRIZA:

    The NYT Gives S&M Advice to the Greeks: Stand by Your Sadist

    And right on cue, after the election, the Fifty Shades of Grey Lady chimes in:

    Many analysts say Mr. Tsipras must moderate his campaign promises and take a more centrist approach if he wants to save the economy and keep Greece solvent. “That will be the best possible outcome for Greece and for Europe, because it would show that these protest movements ultimately recognize reality – which is that they are in the euro, and they have to play by the rules,” said Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

    Because if there’s anyone who knows what’s good for the little people,
    it’s someone who works for Pete Peterson.

    Thanks for the Roundup, Brandon.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 23rd, 2015

    2015-01-24 07:13:44View | Delete

    Shorter Most Transparent Administration Ever™, Part 2:
    What is this Trans Pacific Partnership of which you speak?

    Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Isn’t Secret, Says US Official, But Access To Text Is Highly Restricted

    The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the U.S. and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy — but don’t ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted. Nevertheless, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman defended the Obama administration Friday at the World Economic Forum from intensifying criticism of its refusal to release the full text of the proposed TPP. …

    Yet the actual text of the agreement remains under lock and key. That represents a significant break from the Bush administration, which in 2001 published the text of a proposed multinational trade agreement with Latin American nations. …

    [Sen. Bernie] Sander’s office confirmed to International Business Times that congressional lawmakers are permitted to view the text of the agreement only in the Trade Representative’s office, without their own staff members or experts present. They are not allowed to take copies of the agreement back to Capitol Hill for deeper, independent evaluation.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 23rd, 2015

    2015-01-24 07:09:37View | Delete

    Shorter Most Transparent Administration Ever™, Part 1:
    What is this torture report of which you speak?

    CIA Torture Report Sinks A Little More, As Agencies Don’t Bother To Read It

    In response to a Freedom of Information Act request for the full, still-classified 6,900-page torture report, government lawyers wrote that most of the executive agencies that had been copied on the transmission of the full report to the White House from then-Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) hadn’t opened their sealed copy — and in one case, never even picked it up.

  • allan commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 21st, 2015

    2015-01-22 09:34:42View | Delete

    I wasn’t aware that the State Department is part of the judicial branch.
    Thanks for the clarification.

    As it happens, in the 1980s Saints Ronnie and Newtie used the Logan Act
    to threaten House Speaker (!) Jim Wright.
    From the wiki link above:

    In 1987 and 1988, President Reagan was furious at what he felt to be House Speaker Jim Wright’s “intrusion” into the negotiations between Nicaragua’s Sandinista government and the Contras for a cease-fire in the long civil war. The National Security Council considered using the Logan Act to muzzle Wright, but nothing ever came of it.

    But you knew that.

  • allan commented on the blog post GOP Congress Votes Climate Is Changing, Not Humans’ Fault

    2015-01-22 07:14:48View | Delete

    But, but … Buffalo.

    And you know what other senator’s name begins with In …?

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