Thomas Jefferson Street

March 2009


Conservatives Are Making the Wrong Argument on GM and Rick Wagoner

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Reading through some of the conservative blog-reactions to the announcement that the administration has decapitated General Motors while giving both GM and Chrysler a firm deadline, it strikes me that they are still stuck on the last auto ...

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government intervention
Obama, Barack
car manufacturers
General Motors
Wagoner, Rick
conservatives

Obama, Holder's Drug Policy Partially Decriminalizes Pot—Time to Go All the Way?

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Eric Holder essentially gave federal approval Wednesday to partial decriminalization of marijuana in certain states. "The policy is to go after those people who violate both federal and state law," Holder told reporters. In other words, medical ...

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Holder, Eric
Obama, Barack
Obama administration
marijuana
drugs
California

Ex-Joint Chiefs Chairman Myers Doubts Hersh Assassination Squad Story

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Put Richard Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the category of those who don't buy Seymour Hersh's recent claim that during the last administration, Vice President Cheney's office ran a covert "executive assassination ...

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Cheney, Dick
assassinations
military
national security terrorism and the military

The AIG Bonus Solution: Fire the Financial Products People Who Got Us Into This

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

AIG's financial products unit is getting $450 million in bonuses. AIG's financial products unit is that elite group which crippled AIG and threatened to bring down the entire financial system. Imagine what kind of cash they'd be pulling down if ...

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AIG, Inc.
executive pay
income
government intervention
Wall Street

Obama Rolls Back Unconstitutional George W. Bush Signing Statement Policy

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

In case you missed it, Barack Obama took a rare presidential step today—rolling back a predecessor's executive overreach.

Obama declared that the signing statements George W. Bush employed during his reign to selectively nullify laws he ...

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Obama, Barack
Bush administration
Bush, George W.
Obama administration
Constitution

Time to End the Filibuster By Making It Real

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Is it time to eliminate the filibuster? Definitely not. But David RePass, an emeritus professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, has an interesting suggestion in today's New York Times along those lines but distinctly ...

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Senate