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07/07/11 02:44PM

Hard to complain about the attention being given to today's big story. It certainly deserves it. That said, other stories deserve some attention today, too. Here's a handful that caught my eye, put your own links in the comments, please...Senate Republicans are blocking trade deals. Why? To protect American jobs? Nope. Just the opposite. They want the trade deals. read more

The Thursday Outlook: Infectious Insanity

07/07/11 02:16PM

Just days after David Brooks signals to the Democrats that they will have the upper hand if they stand their ground in the spending battle, what do Democrats do? They swallow whole almost-literally insane Republican talking points and put the three bedrock elements of the social safety net on the table: Medicare, Medicaid and, yep, Social Security. So let's look at some of what Democrats are saying on this stuff.First, what Democrats would get in return: Taxes. A big component of what Democrats are negotiating for here is an agreement to let the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of next year. read more

Morning EDition: July 7, 2011

07/07/11 10:55AM

Obviously, today's big political story is whether Pres. Obama is really willing to crack the frontline defenses of America's social safety net -- or whether he just wants to look like he is to woo independents and marginalize the Republicans. Either way, debate is raging over whether this is the right way to go. read more

Health care for all

Health care for all

07/06/11 08:00PM

MSNBC and the Ed Show are teaming up with the National Association of Free Clinics-- to learn more, go to watch


07/06/11 02:31PM

Here's my list of today's underbuzzed stories. Add your own in the comments, as always.Even including Pres. Obama's twitter town hall today, I think the day's most telling tweet came from Speaker Boehner (R-OH). He said, asking of the president:Will you outline a plan #4jobs - other than more spending - for the American people? #askobama GOP plan:'s so telling about this is that Boehner implicitly acknowledges that spending is a plan 4jobs. And then rules it out. Why? Because the deficit is more important? But then why the refusal to raise taxes? read more