Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Kevin Drum Lays Out Clear Contraception Case

Kevin does a nice job presenting the issues around contraception concisely.  As others have noted, providing contraception has been widely accepted in America for a long time now – most people, including Mitt Romney, have presented it as a non-issue.  That doesn’t mean Mitt views it as a non-issue, or that it couldn’t become a […]

Three Lessons In Crisis From The Bush Administration

1. When they talk about costs in a crisis, assume true costs will be ten to 100 times estimates and that they will hide the real cost. In this current Wall Street crisis please note that the $700 billion bailout does not include the bailout costs of Bear Sterns (up to $29 billion), Fannie Mae/Freddie […]

One Of The More Powerful Critical Pieces On America I’ve Read In A Long Time

Charlie Pierce has written an extremely powerful piece, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” in this month’s Esquire. Whatever you may think of it – it’s an important criticism, made more moving by Pierce’s love for an America lost (and feared forever lost). I got there via Ezra Klein’s post, which is also well worth a […]

Barack Obama And Reverend Jeremiah Wright

[Editor Note: I've modified the last paragraph to correct a typo and improve clarity (new material in brackets).] The Tribune news reporter discussion with Barack Obama on March 14th provides a decent explanation of Obama’s relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright: “[Obama speaking]…Rev. Wright is somebody who came of age in the 60s. And so like […]

John Laesch Press Conference On Jim Oberweis Immigration ID Card

Democratic Congressional Candidate John Laesch held a press conference on November 19th (video below). The press conference was mostly about 14th District Republican Candidate Jim Oberweis’ mailing promoting the use of biometric ID cards for employment as a way to combat illegal immigration – a topic picked up by the Daily Herald last Wednesday. Laesch […]

Bill Richardson And Chris Dodd Show Importance Of Larger Democratic Presidential Field For Progressives

I have a hard time, at this point, imagining Senator Chris Dodd becoming the Democratic nominee for president. While Bill Richardson seems more plausible, and has more support in polls and money, it seems to me he too is a real long shot. But both Richardson and, in some ways more particularly Dodd, have helped […]

Verizon’s Untimely Disclosures

TPM covers Verizon’s warrant-free disclosure of phone subscriber information to the FBI. The lawless disclosure demonstrates why we need real, enforced regulation. TPM commenter Ferruge suggests the brand damage to Verizon when he says, “This sure lends a whole new meaning to ‘Can you hear me now?’” [Link is mine.] But the damage may go […]

Planned Parenthood Launches Blog In Response To Protests

Now that the Aurora Planned Parenthood facility has opened, Emily at Planned Parenthood Federation of America reports that their opponents have decided to picket Planned Parenthood clinics across the country for 40 days – September 26 – November 4. In response, Planned Parenthood is launching a blog Emily X: The True Life Diary of a […]

Rod Blagojevich Power Grab Just Making Crap Up

I haven’t mentioned Governor Rod Blagojevich for a while. I guess it’s because he’s left me speechless – even when I agree with the nominal goal of his policy proposals, like providing universal health care. Now Rod’s gone off the deep end. I protest this type of power grab when President George W. Bush does […]

Immigration, The Military And American Democracy

[Hat tip Kevin.] Michael O’Hare has a very nice (and snarky) take on new immigration policy that will cross-reference Social Security numbers and force employers to fire workers with false numbers. It’s a good take – but my guess is that he’s wrong about how it will play out. The move may force Bush’s guest […]