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Archive for June, 2006

Democracy (The Magazine)

June 21st, 2006

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Andrei Cherny burst onto the political scene when Bill Clinton cribbed some lines of his prose for use in his inaugural address. Heady stuff for any writer – headier still when the work the President draws upon was written while still in college. At 21, he was a White House speechwriter. Thereafter, he wrote speeches for nearly every major Democrat, served as founding Editor of the DLC’s magazine Blueprint, wrote a book and ran for office in California. Read the rest of this entry »

Shooting Blancos on the Louisiana Abortion Ban

June 21st, 2006

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Louisian Governor Kathleen Blanco is a Democrat in a very red state. And sometimes red state Democrats and blue state Republicans do things a little differently than others in their party or in their political movement. Often, such departures can be forgiven. Sometimes they cannot. Blanco’s decision to sign into law a ban on nearly all abortions – as she did last Friday – falls squarely into the latter category. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Way in Iraq #14: Purple Heart

June 14th, 2006

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June 14, 2006

Editor’s Note:

Tomorrow, Sean Barney will be awarded a Purple Heart by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, in a ceremony presided over by Senator Tom Carper. Read the rest of this entry »

Ending Al-Zarqawi’s Jihad

June 8th, 2006

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Larry was a fairly ordinary guy – he had just turned 60 and celebrated his 34th wedding anniversary. He was an affable fellow with a decent job as an administrator – in charge of personnel and property management and the like. Read the rest of this entry »

Tastes Like Chicken: The Estate Tax

June 8th, 2006

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This year, three Floridians were attacked and killed by alligators. It made national news – in fact, it was a bit of a national obsession for a few days. There were all sorts of helpful tips published by reputable newspapers about how to avoid a ‘gator attack. (Tip #1: Avoid remote swampy tropical areas.) But the truth is that most people will never see an alligator, let alone die from one. In fact, your chance of being felled by an alligator is about the same as your likelihood of having to pay the estate tax this year. You see, the estate tax – excuse me, the DEATH tax – that the conservative leadership is gunning to repeal applies to people deep into the 2-comma income range. That is, people who have more money when they die than I will earn over an entire lifetime (not that I am bitter about it). Read the rest of this entry »

The Conservatives’ Bill of Wrongs

June 7th, 2006

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In a heartening show of common sense, the Senate voted today to fend off a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
And a number of Republicans deserve praise for their sensible – and in some cases courageous – vote against this idiotic amendment. So we’ll give out a shout out to Senators Chafee, Collins, Gregg, McCain, Snowe, Specter and Sununu. Read the rest of this entry »