The Great Society's Big Medicaid Lie

July 21, 2011

When Medicaid was first created by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it was characterized as a safety net for the poorest of the poor. In the decades since, the program has expanded dramatically beyond that purpose. Today it claims to offer coverage for 68 million people—nearly one of every four Americans is enrolled in the program. […]

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Gawker's John Cook Attempts to Out CIA Agent Who Helped Kill Bin Laden

July 10, 2011

John Cook of Gawker attempted this week to out the CIA staffer who spearheaded the effort to kill Osama bin Laden. In a post titled “Is This the Guy Who Killed Bin Laden?” Cook attempts to isolate the staffer, referred to in the AP’s coverage as an anonymous “John”, within press photography of then CIA-now […]

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The Medicaid Glitch

July 1, 2011

The AP’s report this week of a “glitch” in PPACA that would allow millions of members of the middle class to jump onto Medicaid is enough to rouse the frustrated objections of Medicare chief actuary Richard Foster: After initially downplaying any concern, the Obama administration said late Tuesday it would look for a fix. Up […]

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Is Rick Perry Too Much Like George W. Bush?

June 22, 2011

Is Texas Gov. Rick Perry too much like George W. Bush to run for president? Aaron Blake at The Fix writes an insightful piece on the question, one that has been a topic of significant internal conversation in the Perry camp for some time, even before the recent decision process began concerning a 2012 run. […]

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Huntsman's Outsourced New Media Work?

May 26, 2011

Here’s an odd little online issue for Jon Huntsman’s embryonic campaign effort. An Iowa blog stumbles onto an interesting job request on ODesk, which Ben Smith posts about here. A liberal Iowa political blog this morning came across an interesting posting on a website tech sorts use to outsource work, often overseas: A posting searching […]

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The Downfall of Cable News and the NBA

May 24, 2011

One of the really interesting trends in cable news over the past several years has been the decline in quality of on-air product. It’s obvious to the viewer: plug in CNN from the mid-1990s and I guarantee you will see far more robust coverage of what’s going on in the world than you do today, and far more information crammed into a story.

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Books and Libraries

May 16, 2011

Seth Godin has a riff about libraries here which is timely, considering the cutbacks currently being considered and adopted across the country. It’s an interesting post to some degree, but overall, I don’t buy his fanciful vision of the future for libraries or the teacher/muse function of librarians. “The next library is filled with so […]

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The White House Fumbles on Gas Prices

May 12, 2011

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, as oil and gas executives testify on Capitol Hill, we’ll discuss what’s driving gas prices and other environmental issues with James Taylor of the Heartland Institute.

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Commodities, Unemployment, and the Debt Ceiling

May 6, 2011

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, we’re talking commodities, the debt ceiling, and the unemployment rate with Francis Cianfrocca.

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The Pakistan Problem

May 5, 2011

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, we’re joined by D.B. Grady, a correspondent for The Atlantic, author, paratrooper, and veteran of Afghanistan, to discuss the regional fallout from the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

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