Thomas Jefferson Street

June 2009


America Suffers No 'Crisis in Philanthropy'

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The cap and trade national energy tax bill is not the only solution to a manufactured problem drawing attention in the nation's capital. The Washington Examiner ' s generally excellent David Freddoso explains Friday that efforts are under way to make ...

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philanthropy

New York Times's Brooks Misses the Politics of Healthcare Reform

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

David Brooks has a typically interesting column in today's Times arguing in favor of ending the tax exemption on employer-provided health benefits specifically and more broadly for a health overhaul plan (which contains that idea) cosponsored ...

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health care
Senate
politics
Wyden, Ron
Congress
Bennett, Robert
Alexander, Lamar
Cantwell, Maria
Landrieu, Mary
Lieberman, Joe
Stabenow, Debbie
Crapo, Mike
Graham, Lindsey
Gregg, Judd
Inouye, Daniel
Merkley, Jeff
Nelson, Bill
health care reform

My Father's Day, and My Own

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Today marks a first for me—a Father's Day on which I am a father (for all of a bit more than three weeks). And while I continue to regard Father's Day as a "Hallmark holiday," I've nevertheless pondered how much things have changed during my ...

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Whether or Not Ahmadinejad Weathers the Iran Election Probe, Khamenei Is Still in Charge

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

In a perverse way, the alleged Iranian vote-rigging is reassuring and a bit gratifying: It's a concession on the part of the country's unelected leaders—starting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei—that they require at least a patina of legitimacy ...

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Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Iran
elections
Khamenei, Ali
Mousavi, Mir-Hossein

Iran Election Is Obama's First Foreign Policy Test—And He's Failing

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Though it is difficult to be certain, the popular reaction to the results of Friday's Iranian presidential election clearly suggests some monkey business was afoot. The latest reports indicate thousands of people, at the very least, have taken to the ...

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Iran
elections
Obama, Barack
Obama administration
foreign policy
Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud