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  • The NYT Reports on Failed Privatization in Britain

    Britain privatized its train system under Margaret Thatcher. Tony Blair continued and extended the policy even though it had failed to improve service and lower cost. The NYT reports today that the train system is still poorly run, but neglects to mention the privatization experiment. --Dean Baker
  • LAST BLOGGERS POST....

    LAST BLOGGERS POST. They were fired, and then rehired. Salon has the tick tock . Meanwhile, the new progressive infrastructure giddily declares war on the Catholic League. --Garance Franke-Ruta
  • DONOHUE'S NEXT MOVE....

    DONOHUE'S NEXT MOVE. Not surprisingly, the Catholic League is unsatisfied with Edwards ' statement. This is not over. Not by a long shot. Says Donohue : Edwards said today that �We�re beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can�t let it be hijacked.� I have news for him�the Catholic League�not Edwards�will decide what the debate will be about, and it won�t be about the nation. It will be about the glaring double standard that colors the entire conversation about bigotry. We will launch a nationwide public relations blitz that will be conducted on the pages of the New York Times, as well as in Catholic newspapers and periodicals. It will be on-going, breaking like a wave, starting next week and continuing through 2007. It will be an education campaign, informing the public of what he did today. We will also reach out to our allies in the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist communities. They worked with us before on many issues, and are sure to do...
  • WHAT'S THIS? Who...

    WHAT'S THIS? Who is Chris Bowers accusing, and what is he accusing them of? He didn�t throw us under the bus, and so we can�t let him get thrown under the bus, even�especially�if another Democratic campaign is trying to do the throwing. Inquiring minds want to know. --Garance Franke-Ruta
  • MINDBOGGLING

    MINDBOGGLING . I am learning more than I ever wanted to know about government contracting in Iraq from the hearings headed by Congressman Henry Waxman , but I still have difficulty with the last sentence (in parentheses) of this quote from Melinda Henneberger at the Huffington Post : The committee chairman, Congressman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, noted in his opening statement that the contractors' deaths in Fallujah opened America's eyes to the fact that civilian contractors -- some 50,000 of them -- were in effect also fighting in Iraq, and that many of them are doing work done by the military itself in previous wars. Government oversight has been so lax, he said, that, "It is now almost three years later, and we still don't know for sure the identity of the prime contractor under which the four Blackwater employees were working." (Blackwater was hired by a Kuwaiti company called Regency, which was a subcontractor for ESS Support Services, which was a subcontractor for both...
  • ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT.

    ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT. For DCers, Harold will be debating Edward Gresser of the Progressive Policy Institute tomorrow about deindustrialization and trade. (PPI's Will Marshall will be moderating.) The basis of the debate is a forthcoming paper by Gresser entitled "Healthy Factories, Anxious Workers: Or, Why Lou Dobbs is Wrong." Harold would like to make clear that, while he's taking up the "con" side in the debate, he's not actually going to be arguing why Lou Dobbs is right. Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 9:30 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m. Progressive Policy Institute 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Suite 400 RSVP (202) 547-0001 or ppievents - at - ppionline - dot - org --The Editors
  • JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: THE RECRUIT

    JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: THE RECRUIT . Some of us had a good chuckle when former megachurch pastor (and male prostitute-hirer) Ted Haggard was pronounced "completely heterosexual." But, Sarah Posner explains , fundamentalist Christians aren't laughing. Haggard's admission of homosexual tendencies only reinforced their belief that gay people are on a quest to convert heterosexuals -- and even the holiest pastors can fall under their spell. -- The Editors
  • QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT

    QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT . For readers in Connecticut, TAP senior editor Tara McKelvey will be taking part in a human rights workshop at Yale Law School tomorrow. Here's the relevant info: Belated Justice: The Politics of Restitution for Victims of U.S. Torture Location: Faculty Lounge, Yale Law School (127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511) Date: Tomorrow (Friday, February 9) Time: 12:10 PM to 1:45 PM The event is free and open to the public. -- The Editors
  • EDWARDS KEEPS HIS...

    EDWARDS KEEPS HIS BLOGGERS. His campaign just issued these statements: Senator John Edwards: The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte's and Melissa McEwen's posts personally offended me. It's not how I talk to people, and it's not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it's intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in giving everyone a fair shake. I've talked to Amanda and Melissa; they have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign anyone's faith, and I take them at their word. We're beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can't let it be hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the America we believe in. Amanda Marcotte: My writings on my personal blog, Pandagon on the issue of religion are generally satirical in nature and always...
  • TACTICAL SHIFT.

    TACTICAL SHIFT. Good stuff this morning on shifting insurgent tactics and attacks on helicopters. As Josh Marshall notes , the cause seems to be a shift or development in tactics, rather than the acquisition of new weapons. Most of the reports of the crashes have concentrated on small arms fire as the cause. However, Defense Tech has some reports that suggest al-Qaeda cells may be using shoulder-fired SAMs, and both the January 20th attack and the latest attack may well have involved missiles. Yglesias brings up an important point connecting this question to the debate over Iranian arms supply to insurgents. Iraqi insurgents have thus far exhibited tactics and used weapons that are by and large crude compared to Hezbollah. Were Iran serious about helping the insurgents, they could at the least supply much more effective weaponry, if not the extensive tactical experience that Hezbollah has developed. One reason why Iran, and states in general, don't supply insurgents with extremely...

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