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Why so surprised?

Ezra Klein:

I knew the White House wanted a compromise on the debt ceiling. I just didn’t expect them to do quite so much, well, compromising.

Jamie Galbraith

Why this is a big fucking deal.

Princess camp

No, really, feminism won and little girls aren’t molded into gender stereotypes for the benefit of selling them things:

… Your child will act, dance and play at Princess Camp, a four-week camp for children ages 3 to 7 at En Pointe Dance Studio in Northeast Philadelphia. The princesses will start each day with a one-hour dance class followed by princess story time, a snack and tea party, princess arts and crafts, and concluding with princess dress-up games.

The maximum wage

A modest proposal.


Alan Grayson’s running again.

Here comes your man

The Pixies:

Angel of the morning

Chrissie Hynde:

No you can’t

I was just on Mark Thompson’s Sirius radio show, and boy, the callers were really, really angry about proposed Medicare cuts. (And, as I reminded them, Medicaid is what pays for our parents if they need nursing home care.)

I mean really, really angry. And as Mark pointed out, it’s not as if we can go ahead and vote for Michele Bachmann, so what are people supposed to do with that anger? Bloggers are already being attacked for even criticizing Obama, as he reminded me.

It’s maddening and if there’s one thing I hate, it’s feeling powerless. Grrr.

Oh Israel

You sow the seeds of your own enmity.

Press conference

I missed it due to Comcast problems, but here’s David Dayen on today’s White House press conference:

On cutting entitlements, he made his pitch thusly. “Medicare in particular will run out of money and we will not be able to sustain that program… If you’re a progressive who cares about the integrity of Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid, then we have an obligation to make sure we make those changes required to make it sustainable on those terms… We won’t make progress on the values we care about without getting our fiscal house in order. If you care about those things, then you’ve got to be interested in figuring out how we pay for all that in a responsible way.” As for Social Security, which he acknowledged is not the source of any deficit problems, he basically said that, as long as we’re doing a big deal, we might as well throw that in. “The reason to include that in this package is, if you’re going to take a bunch of tough votes, you might as well do it now,” Obama said. He did not specify the changes.
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