Glenn Beck loves them. Tea Partiers court them. Congressmen listen to them. Meet the fast-growing “patriot” group that’s recruiting soldiers to resist the Obama administration.
Justine Sharrock, Mother Jones | THE .50 CALIBER Bushmaster bolt action rifle is a serious weapon. The model that Pvt. 1st Class Lee Pray is saving up for has a 2,500-yard range and comes with a Mark IV scope and an easy-load magazine. When the 25-year-old drove me to a mall in Watertown, New York, near the Fort Drum Army base, he brought me to see it in its glass case—he visits it periodically, like a kid coveting something at the toy store. It’ll take plenty of military paychecks to cover the $5,600 price tag, but he considers the Bushmaster essential in his preparations to take on the US government when it declares martial law. | More >>
Whether or not the men’s hockey team beats the U.S. in the gold medal final and despite lagging far behind the Americans in the overall medal count, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Own The Podium program can claim almost complete vindication after matching the Winter Olympics record for the most gold medals won by a country.
Jason Linkins, The Huffington Post | The two or three people in the world who believed that lawmakers were going to emerge from yesterday’s Health Care Summit having forged a brave new path of bipartisanship or a collective decision on a new Pope must be feeling disappointed today. | More >>
Steven Mufson and John Pomfret, The Washington Post | This new Red Scare says a lot about America’s collective psyche at this moment. A nation with a per capita income of $6,546—ensconced above Ukraine and below Namibia, according to the International Monetary Fund—is putting the fear of God, or Mao, into our hearts. | More >>
Paul Krugman, The New York Times | Maybe we knew, at some unconscious, instinctive level, that it would be an era best forgotten. Whatever the reason, we got through the first decade of the new millennium without ever agreeing on what to call it. The aughts? The naughties? Whatever.
But from an economic point of view, I’d suggest that we call the decade past the Big Zero. It was a decade in which nothing good happened, and none of the optimistic things we were supposed to believe turned out to be true | More >>
James Dao, The New York Times | The early and undermanned effort to use counterinsurgency is one of several examples of how American forces, hamstrung by inadequate resources, missed opportunities to stabilize Afghanistan during the early years of the war, according to the history, “A Different Kind of War.” | More >>
Margaret Talev, McClatchy Newspapers | An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one. | More >>
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CBC News’s new Web site, called Smart Shift: Conversations for Change is clearly labeled as “presented by IBM.” But what does the century-old US$109 billion business consulting firm get out of this partnership with Canada’s national public news source? And what do CBC.ca readers receive in the end? | More >>
Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf, Time | Obama turned to Craig to roll back Bush-era policies in the war on terrorism. But by September, Craig had been sidelined by pragmatists. | More >>
Don Newman, CBC News | Parliament used to work because of majority governments but also because MPs made it function. That is not the case today. The fraying was not—it might surprise some I’m sure—the fault of the Bloc Québécois. Rather it came from the Reform party led by Preston Manning. | More >>
Sure, he’s a sellout. But Joe Lieberman is a product of an over-complicated American political system that makes voters just another special interest.
In one fell swoop, Joe Lieberman, once Democratic candidate for vice president, then neocon stoolie, and now so-called “moderate” independent senator from Connecticut, both put the Democratic health proposal’s essential public option in doubt and proved James Madison wrong.
What a sellout. After Lieberman announced he would join a Republican filibuster against any health reform bill that included a public insurance option, Norman Lear called him a backpfeifengesicht, or a person whose face should be slapped, "Because the smirking arrogance oozing from that face is all the assurance you need that whatever the man is thinking and doing cannot be good for you, your children, your friends, your children’s friends, or anyone else you care about." Stephen Colbert’s take-down was particularly hostile, noting that Lieberman changed face after 10 years of support for health reform despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of his constituents supported the public option:
Joe’s party is Connecticut for Lieberman, not Lieberman for Connecticut. Big difference. You see, Joe is a true independent: He’s independent of parties, he’s independent of voters. So I say stick to your principles Joe. And as soon as you can, let us know what those are.
Harsh and deserved. But this isn’t just Joe’s story. It’s Max’s, and Olympia’s, and Arlen’s and Kent’s—all senators who have both baffled analysts and stood in the way of progress on health care in one way or another for the simple, galling reason that they can. It’s the story of Founding Father Madison’s Federalist ideas gone wild, creating a government so complicated that politics has become the exclusive sport of the wily and the well-funded, the common good be damned. And since every sport has its losers, I might as well mention the also-rans: Accountability and you. | More >>
CBC News | In an unprecedented decision, Justice André Denis wrote the sentence is severe because "the law considers the crimes committed by the accused to be the worst in existence." | More >>
Michelle Shephard, The Toronto Star | Classified photos show Toronto-born Omar Khadr lying buried and hurt in a trench during a firefight in Afghanistan that killed a U.S. commando. His lawyers say that proves he couldn’t have thrown the lethal grenade. | More >>
The New York Times | If the federal government’s strategy to save the banks was meant to get them back into the business of lending to American consumers and businesses, it has not worked yet. | More >>
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Graham Bowley, The New York Times | How can some banks be prospering so soon after a financial collapse, even as legions of people worry about losing their jobs and their homes?
It may come as a surprise that one of the most powerful forces driving the resurgence on Wall Street is not the banks but Washington. Many of the steps that policy makers took last year to stabilize the financial system—reducing interest rates to near zero, bolstering big banks with taxpayer money, guaranteeing billions of dollars of financial institutions’ debts—helped set the stage for this new era of Wall Street wealth. | More >>
Joan Bryden, The Toronto Star | OTTAWA—The Harper government has quietly nixed recommendations to expand and modernize Canada’s access-to-information and privacy laws. | More >>
Dan Eggen, The Washington Post | A prominent Democratic fundraiser and ally of Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) is attempting to secure a lobbying contract with the pariah regime in Sudan, which has embarked on an aggressive effort to enlist U.S. support against allegations of genocide and war crimes. | More >>
In one fell swoop, Joe Lieberman, once Democratic candidate for vice president, then neocon stoolie, and now so-called “moderate” independent senator from Connecticut, both put the Democratic health proposal’s essential public option in doubt and proved James Madison wrong. | More >>
Is Ron Paul really the spirit behind the Tea Party protests? ALSO: Charging for software, and other horrible things; Different planets saw different Obama speeches; And the numbers still suck | More >>
Robert Wright thinks there can be a ‘grand bargain’ on evolution. But there’s no such thing as a compromise in a culture war. | More >>
Michael Ignatieff outright condemns torture in his book, “The Lesser Evil.” So why do the rest of his arguments sound like John Yoo? | More >>
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