Revisiting Real Americas.

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Sarah Palin wouldn’t recognize these places. [...]

Kinda Like a Big Deal: Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization.

It took a lame duck session and some nasty compromises to do it, but the House finally passed S. 3307,  the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, which is aimed at feeding more children in school (and making that food more nutritious).   The Senate version differs significantly from the (better) House version of [...]

‘I was in the White House for Six Months. That’s Six Months Longer Than You.’

I spent most of yesterday off the grid, running around the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC helping my colleagues pull off an amazing conference for Campus Progress.

Van Jones was one of the keynotes (aside: who knew dude was so goofy? I didn’t.) and much of the coverage of the conference has focused on [...]

Obama’s Oval Office Speech.

Cross-posted from TAPPED.

Obama’s speech on the BP Gulf oil spill yesterday combined the best of Obama. He retold the story of the workers who lost their lives in the explosion, he appealed to our reason by making a case for his technocratic administration while acknowledging the limits of our technical abilities, and he [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin’.

“If I was the president, then I would state facts/You leave it up to me, I paint the White House black”:

There’s only a few hours left before President Obama gives his first State of the Union address, and this might be the absolute worst time to comment upon less substantive matters related to [...]

Negroes Aren’t Magic.

Larry Wilmore informs us, as if we didn’t already know:

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But somehow, I still think a lot of people – including an increasing number of progressives – [...]

Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: The One Where We Don’t Talk About Tiger Woods.

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m here to take care of you all this week, since Blackink is on his way down to Louisiana. And speaking of Louisiana, here’s James Perry, NOLA mayoral candidate, in a recent campaign ad.

It seems things are a little different down south.

And by the way, if you’re looking for [...]

Executive Mandates, Executive Power and Health Care Reform.

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I predicted this story a few months ago; a grudging acknowledgment that President Barack Obama’s hands-off approach on health care might have been the right one after all. It’s not that I necessarily think it’s better that Obama let Congress hash out the health care plan and then let the town hall [...]