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You Can't Miss What You've Never Had

by danps Sat Apr 10th, 2010 at 06:27:35 AM EST

New models have begun to elbow into spaces formerly monopolized by large news operations.  Some worry that we will be less informed for it, yet for all but the most passive consumers the reverse may be true.

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What's So Bad About A Value Added Tax?

by danps Sat Apr 3rd, 2010 at 05:11:19 AM EST

The right is already fighting a proposal that has not been announced (and might never be).  It may not be the awful thing they say it is, however.

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Political Rehabilitation and Financial Reform

by danps Sat Mar 27th, 2010 at 06:42:52 AM EST

The Republican party has had a very bad week, and its prospects have not looked so dim in a long time.  It could begin to rally almost immediately if it chooses the right villain, though.

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Will Bloggers Rescue the Lehman Story?

by danps Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 07:04:55 AM EST

Last week an explosive report on the fall of a Wall Street titan was released to relative silence in large outlets.  Will they give it the attention and analysis it deserves, or will the recent tendency to miss big stories reassert itself?

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Strange Signals From Bair and Warren

by danps Sat Mar 13th, 2010 at 06:24:56 AM EST

Two of the leading voices for financial reform have made uncharacteristically business-friendly noises lately.  Does it represent a change of position, a misunderstanding, or have they always held those opinions?

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The Many Deficiencies of the OPR Report

by danps Sat Feb 27th, 2010 at 05:58:15 AM EST

A long awaited examination of possible ethics violations by the authors of the Bush administration's torture memos was finally released late last week.  As has seemed typical on this topic, the official document raises more questions than it answers.

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Getting Beyond Regulation

by danps Sat Feb 20th, 2010 at 05:45:36 AM EST

The idea of a public option has started to pop up beyond just the health care debate, and pursuing it could provide a very effective complement to the traditional means of protecting the public.

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Living In The Age Of The Exploit

by danps Sat Feb 6th, 2010 at 05:25:26 AM EST

Shameless leaders have created a culture of impunity.  Those who want accountability might need to adapt their expectations and keep an eye on the long run.

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Thomas Hoenig Will Save Us All!

by danps Sat Jan 30th, 2010 at 06:35:43 AM EST

If Ben Bernanke's nomination to head the Federal Reserve gets scuttled, the head of the Kansas City Fed might be an attractive alternative.

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Is a Tea Party Dynamic Growing on the Left?

by danps Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 at 05:12:57 AM EST

Martha Coakley's defeat was largely about the candidate and local issues, but a restless national environment should raise some troubling parallels to Democrats.

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Deficit Chickenhawks

by danps Sat Jan 16th, 2010 at 08:06:42 AM EST

In the same way that some of the lustiest cheerleaders for war declined the opportunity to serve themselves, some of those most loudly calling for eliminating deficits seem curiously unaware of the Pentagon.

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The OLC Does Not Have a Head. Does It Need a Body?

by danps Sat Jan 9th, 2010 at 05:45:50 AM EST

The executive branch has its very own team of lawyers theoretically dedicated to providing the very best legal advice.  In practice it seems to offer more rationalization and obfuscation than gold plated counsel.  What exactly is the value to the public?

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Best Music of 2009

by danps Fri Jan 1st, 2010 at 07:57:15 AM EST

A CD's worth of the year's best songs, generally from off the beaten path.

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Why the Filibuster Isn't Going Anywhere

by danps Sat Dec 26th, 2009 at 06:59:04 AM EST

There is a great deal of frustration with the filibuster at the moment, but it tends to be unpopular across the political spectrum - and we're probably stuck with it for the foreseeable future.

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Defining Transparency Down

by danps Sat Dec 19th, 2009 at 07:10:03 AM EST

The government has an increasingly free hand in deciding what information it releases to the public, and its response has unsurprisingly been towards less disclosure.

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Thomas Hoenig For Fed Chairman

by danps Sat Dec 12th, 2009 at 05:37:22 AM EST

With the renomination of the current Federal Reserve chairman meeting some opposition, now is the time to start thinking about who might be a good replacement.

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America's Metastasizing Intelligence Apparatus

by danps Sat Dec 5th, 2009 at 05:27:04 AM EST

The president has been getting some resistance from within his party for several new proposals, but an extremely consequential area of conflict is being largely overlooked.

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Through the Looking Glass With the DOJ

by danps Sat Nov 28th, 2009 at 06:53:00 AM EST

Recent actions by the Department of Justice in the case of a Guatánamo detainee are more suited for the Queen of Hearts than a court of law, and the most plausible explanations are corruption or incompetence.

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The Long Climb Back

by danps Sat Nov 21st, 2009 at 06:03:40 AM EST

The damage done by the Bush administration to the rule of law occurred over a few years - relatively quickly in legal terms.  Repairing it will be a much longer task, as repairing always is.

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On What Planet Does Barney Frank Spend Most of His Time?

by danps Sat Nov 14th, 2009 at 06:29:20 AM EST

The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has cultivated a pugnacious persona, but on financial reform he may be fighting for the wrong side.

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