• Roe v. Wade, Men v. Women

    Via Steve Soto, here's some interesting poll data:

    While American voters have mixed opinions about abortion, they support the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision 63 - 33 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Men support it 68 - 28 percent, while women support it 58 - 37 percent.

  • More on Insurance

    Tim* has an interesting response to my health care post below. What he puts out is something of a extended meditation on the nature of health insurance, and how it differs from other forms of insurance. Oddly enough, his post, to me, seemed like an excellent argument for nationalizing health insurance in the country, but I assume that wasn't his intent. In any case, it is worth keeping in mind that health insurance does subsidize a number of known conditions and is not, in that way, a simple insurance market. It does redistribute some wealth from the potentially healthy to those known to be sick, but that's necessary.

  • Get Up, Stand Up...

    The nation's big journalism schools are pooling resources to create new investigative journalism structures that they can aspire to send their students to. Why? Because the current lights of reporting are being tarnished and dimmed daily, and as a result, there's less and less for wannabe reporters to shoot for. The article's a little unclear on exactly what's going to happen -- the first project, it seems, is a 9/11 documentary with ABC News, hardly cutting edge stuff -- but the folks involved are smart and there's a bit of money backing it, so I'm glad to see the effort.

  • Hillary's Turn

    A majority of Americans now say they're likely to vote for Hillary.  In the last year, her strong support has jumped by 8% and strong opposition has dropped by 5%.  This doesn't mean you should vote for her, but the whispers of giant anti-Hillary armies populating the heartland and preparing to take over the country come the kickoff of a Hillary candidacy are simply false.  She's legitimately well-liked now, with 53% saying they want to vote for her and only 39% saying they simply won't vote for her, which is about the same number that'd sooner push a Democrat off a cliff than hand him a favorable ballot. 

  • In Defense of Socialized Medicine

    CATO's Tim Lee has been running a very good blog named Binary Bits which seems, in large part, dedicated to correcting Matt, myself, and a few others on our health care posts. Oftentimes, Tim is right and I am wrong. But today he wrote a long post, in response to me, which lets me be right and him wrong (and they say liberals are wishy-washy), so let's get to it.

  • Bigger Media Matt

    Congratulations are in order to Matt Yglesias, who's closing down his site and thus reducing my competition.




  • The Country Veers Right...

    Wow. Excuse my lapse into Brad DeLongism, but the Washington Post's Jim Vanderhei is getting shrill:

    The campaign to prevent the Senate filibuster of the president's judicial nominations was simply the latest and most public example of similar transformations in Congress and the executive branch stretching back a decade. The common theme is to consolidate influence in a small circle of Republicans and to marginalize dissenting voices that would try to impede a conservative agenda.

  • No on Bolton

    Democrats voted to reject cloture on Bolton, in other words, they're filibustering him until they get the NSA intercepts and other documents that have thus far been withheld. Looks like the opposition party has decided against going quietly into the sweet night.

  • Fun Fact of the Day

    There was a time in this country when corporations sought not to cut and run from pension plans, shift health costs onto employees, and shortchange their workers. Indeed, their was a time when companies sought to invest in their workforces, under the assumption that their workforces would respond in kind. This comes from page 23 Of Robert Collins' More:

  • Clark Comes Back

    Via The Carpetbagger we get a Roll Call article on Wesley Clark's continuing efforts to insinuate himself into the national Democratic structure as the go-to guy on national security. As The Bagger says:

    The implications in the 2008 race are obvious, and the article notes that Clark is continuing to cultivate his relationships with key Dem leaders, including Reps. Charlie Rangel (N.Y.) and Rahm Emanuel (Ill.). Of course, it’s not just beltway activities either — Clark is maintaining a busy speaking schedule with Dems across the country, including a speech next month at the annual Flag Day Dinner of the Manchester City Democratic Committee in New Hampshire.