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How politicians are using BlackBerry to sidestep transparency

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nydailynews.com

f aides can’t talk in person or by phone, they are told to use the BlackBerry PIN-to-PIN messaging system — a function that leaves no lasting trail because it bypasses data-saving email servers. It allows users to connect directly through their devices using Personal Identification Numbers.

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Republicans Blast Democrats on Medicare Cuts

Saturday, July 14, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nytimes.com

Since the Supreme Court upheld the Democrats’ 2010 health care law, Republicans, led by Mitt Romney, have reversed tactics and attacked the president and Democrats in Congress by saying that Medicare will be cut too much as part of that law.

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The Source of Barack Obama’s Power to Trick Us

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

Politicians play hardball all the time. They lie on a regular basis, it’s one of the tricks of the trade. But Obama’s politics, and his career, are built on an exquisitely and brilliantly constructed narrative of integrity and progress.

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Hillary Clinton: Head of State

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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.foreignpolicy.com

Grand sweeping deals that change the world with the stroke of a fountain pen are in short supply these days. It has been 40 years since Henry Kissinger secretly flew into Beijing to open talks with the Chinese, and besides, as Clinton herself noted recently, can you imagine Kissinger today getting away with covertly leaving Pakistan for China and simply disappearing from the public radar for two days? It′s just not possible in the age of Twitter.

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French Politics: The Center Did Not Hold--or Did It?

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Politics

From artgoldhammer.blogspot.com

he Socialist Party is no longer a workers′ party. Most of the "workers" it retains are in fact public sector employees: schoolteachers, government workers, etc. Socially liberal professionals are plentiful in both Socialist and centrist ranks.

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What kind of mandate should “the right” have supported?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Category: Politics

From marginalrevolution.com

The conservatives and libertarians who earlier supported a mandate, ideally, should have been looking for the following qualities in a health care policy.

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Sally Quinn Forced to Dine With Non-Fake Friends

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Monday, June 18, 2012
Category: Politics

From nymag.com

The bipartisanship cargo cult in Washington is a rather sad tribe of people that laments the decline of bipartisanship, fails to grasp the larger historic forces that made bipartisanship appear and then disappear, and concludes that the problem is the lack of dinner parties.

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Election Forecast: Obama Begins With Tenuous Advantage - NYTimes.com

Monday, June 18, 2012
Category: Politics

From fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com

The model will be updated several times a week at first, and then nearly every day once we reach the summer.

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The Mischiefs of Faction: It′s Worse Than It Looks

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Category: Politics

From mischiefsoffaction.blogspot.com

The period when parties were undisciplined collections of disagreeable members was brief, in the middle part of the 20th century. Otherwise, here and everywhere in the world, we have programmatic parties.

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Leaking War

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.thenation.com

The issue of whether the White House leaked information to support the president’s re-election while crushing whistleblower leaks it disfavors shouldn’t be seen as just another O’Reilly v. Maddow sporting event.

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