Monthly Archives: February 2012

NYT Behind The Times On Military Bait ‘n’ Switch Discharges

Saturday’s New York Times featured this Page One report about the U.S. military using “personality disorder” diagnoses to discharge thousands of soldiers and save billions of dollars. Nut graf: Since 2001, the military has discharged at least 31,000 service members because … Continue reading

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Journo-Tweeters Of The World, Unite!

This week’s WSJ Friday Journal section features an Oscar-themed front page piece: I’d Like to Thank My Twitter Followers With a slate of small, arty movie nominees and an old-school host who is more reliable than buzzy, this year’s Academy … Continue reading

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Super (Val) PAC: Handy Clip ‘n’ Save Guide

Third-party political groups are all the rage these days, thanks to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision deregulating corporate election expenditures. Bottom line: Newly constituted Super PACs can collect as much money as they want from whomever they want … Continue reading

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Oops, Mitt Said It Again! (Michigan Trees Division)

You’d think Mitt Romney (R-Yardstick) would’ve had his fill of being mocked after he said on the campaign trail in Michigan last week, “It feels right here. Trees are the right height.”   But in front of the Detroit Economic … Continue reading

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Bar(ack)ing Online Privacy Invasion

The Obama administration has been far more aggressive than its predecessor in protecting consumer privacy, as witness its latest initiative (via Politico’s Playbook): Obama unveils online privacy plan The Obama administration is taking a two-pronged approach to online privacy, calling on Congress to … Continue reading

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It’s Good To Live In A Two-Radio-Ad Town (Brown/Warren Edition)

From our Everything That Rises Must Converge desk: The Massachusetts U.S. Senate race is heating up, starting with this radio bakeoff between incumbent Scott Brown (R-Regular Guy) and presumptive challenger Elizabeth Warren (D-Regular Gal). It’s all about the current contraception … Continue reading

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It’s Good To Live In A Two-Daily Town (Mattapan Quadruple Murder Edition)

Testimony in the truly horrific 2010 Mattapan quadruple murder trial began this week, and the appearance of a key witness, Kimani Washington, played very differently in Boston’s local dailies. From Page One of Wednesday’s Boston Globe: Key witness testifies on Mattapan … Continue reading

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Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Energize Gingrich Edition)

Newt Gingrich wants to end the Obama administration’s Era of Big Government. Unfortunately, Gingrich wants to replace it with the Era of Big-Mouth Government. Exhibit A: His new 30-minute TV ad scheduled to run in key Super Tuesday markets over the … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Desperation Watch (pat. pending)

Three for the road (home): • From MSNBC’s First Read: *** Campaign cash drying up? For Romney, what’s also at stake at next week’s Michigan primary is whether or not his campaign funds begin to dry up. Yesterday, the Romney campaign reported … Continue reading

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Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Paul On Santorum Edition)

Ron Paul (R-Does This Shirt Fit?) has found his Motor City mojo with this “devastating ad that excoriates Rick Santorum for voting to raise the debt ceiling five times, double the size of the Department of Education, create the Medicare … Continue reading

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