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VIDEO – White House health-care summit

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The health care summit at the White House has begun – here’s the live video feed from Whitehouse.gov: JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV mcjoan at dkos had a preview of the summit earlier which takes a pretty pessimistic view […]

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reconciliation and healthcare – the R in COBRA

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Have you ever had COBRA health insurance coverage? It’s the stopgap insurance coverage you get after you leave a job, intended to fill the gap in your coverage until you find a new job (and doesn’t last forever, which is […]

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nuclear Iran – III

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’ve been saying repeatedly, a nuclear Iran is inevitable and neither increased engagement nor sanctions nor outright invasion or attack will prevent it. The brain trust at LoG are in agreement: My friends, the Iranians are going to get a […]

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the public demands an up or down vote on health care

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Back in 2005, the then-majority Republicans were the ones who insisted that filibusters were obstructing the will of the people and that the Senate had a democratic obligation to do an “up or down vote”. Today, the Republicans are the […]

using reconciliation to pass health care; Republican hypocrisy redux

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

“Budget reconciliation” is a technique that lets important bills in Congress pass the Senate with immunity from the filibuster. The bill must have direct relevance to budget issues, not policy, and the Senate Parliamentarian (not an elected official) is the […]

plane crash in Austin

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In Austin, a man has deliberately crashed his private plane into an office building. Thankfully, no one has yet been reported killed, though there are people injured – details are still coming in and we probably won’t know the full […]

nuclear Iran – II

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Daniel Larison argues that the Obama Administration is making a mistake of giving up on engagement with Iran: First, Washington believes that the “international community” objects to Iran’s nuclear program and is prepared to punish Iran for it. The truth […]

political stimulus: Is Obama out of touch?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today is the one-year anniversary of the landmark stimulus bill which most economists agree has staved off a second Great Depression. The evidence that the stimulus has worked is overwhelming – the New York Times has an in-depth article looking […]

Obama promotes new nuclear power plants

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is really good news – for the first time in decades, new nuclear power plants will be built: On Tuesday, President Obama will announce plans to break ground on two new nuclear reactors at a Southern Company plant in […]

Andre Carson for Indiana Senate?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The bombshell announcement by Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) that he won’t be running for re-election this year has shaken up the politicos. Many on the left are furious with Bayh because he dropped out only days before the filing deadline, […]

Bombing in Pune, India

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Nine people are dead in Pune, India after a bombing at a bakery in Koreagon Park: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday linked a bombing at a popular bakery in Pune that killed nine people to jailed Pakistan-born American Islamist […]

The Na’vi march for Palestine

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This type of story is why I created a “stranger than fiction” category on this blog in the first place – these are images of a Palestinian rally against the Separation Wall, in which the Palestinians dressed up as Na’vi […]

nuclear Iran

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Daniel Larison has a February 11th/22nd Bahman post-mortem: The case for real, sustained engagement with Tehran is more compelling now than it was before. Nothing has better demonstrated the lack of U.S. influence than the meaningless debate here at home […]

The view from inside Israel

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a pretty depressing assessment by Joel Rubin at Democracy Arsenal, who just returned from the Herzliya conference in Israel (the premier security summit attended by all major Israeli politicians). It was clear, after attending this conference, that the […]

Kudos to RedState

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

and in particular kudos to Erick Erickson for taking a firm (albeit small) stand in recognition that the “Birthers” are just as crazy and harmful as the “Truthers” and deserve to be treated accordingly. Banning crazies on your website is […]

Let’s dedicate this Valentine’s Day to fighting domestic violence

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I think it fitting that as Valentine’s Day approaches, we should pause to remember that as we celebrate love, we should also act to preserve and protect it from darker impulses. For far too many women, just being alone of […]

Remembering Aasiya: A Call to Action

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a press release from Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence, who are issuing a call to action in honor of Aasiya Zubair Hassan, who was murdered by her husband one year ago. Please redistribute and also check out the […]

Revolutionizing the Iran Revolution

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Today is the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran – the original one in 1979 which  overthrew the Shah and ushered in the era of theological “vilayat-e-faqih” rule by the Ayatollah. There’s probably no better resource on the history […]

Republicans: It’s a trap!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

All along, the Republicans have insisted that they are not merely obstructionists seeking to derail health care for purely political purposes (“It’s Obama’s Waterloo”, etc), but rather that they have genuine ideas on reform to contribute, but have been excluded […]

Lancet retracts vaccine/autism study

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is great news for public health – esteemed medical journal The Lancet has formally retracted a contentious 1998 paper that asserted a link between vaccines and autism: The Lancet medical journal formally retracted a paper Tuesday that caused a […]

Obama crosses forward; Republicans in Retreat

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Last week, President Obama attended the House Republican retreat in Baltimore by invitation to interact with the opposition caucus and try to seek some common ground. It’s a remarkable event because he also directly answered questions from the Representatives. He […]

Groundhog Day, Daniel Pipes, and Bombing Iran

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Ah, it must be Groundhog Day. In the movie, Bill Murray wakes up every day to the same day, where everything happens over and over again. In real life, conservatives argue for bombing Iran as if the Iraq war or […]

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This is a popular graphic that makes the ruonds on Facebook from time to time, so I thought I'd publish it here for reference. These five verses are among the most common ones that Islamophobes use to justify arguments that Muslims are evil ...

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