Thomas Jefferson Street

December 2009


Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus--Still

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Back in 1897, a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote the following to the editor of the New York Sun:

DEAR EDITOR,

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

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holidays

CBO: Senate Health Reform Bill Won't Help Medicare

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The Congressional Budget Office cast doubt Wednesday on claims that the healthcare bill currently before the United States Senate would help Medicare remain solvent. The nonpartisan agency, which is charged with determining the cost of proposals before ...

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health care
Medicare
Sanders, Bernie
Reid, Harry
Nelson, Ben
Levin, Carl
Leahy, Pat
Landrieu, Mary
Dodd, Chris
health care reform

Health Reform Politics Proving Hazardous to Democrats

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

President Obama invited the 60 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus down to the White House Tuesday for a healthcare pep talk. Apparently, it didn't do much good. The president's advice, according to sources inside the U.S. Senate, was for his fellow ...

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Democratic Party
health care
Lieberman, Joe
McCaskill, Claire
Burris, Roland
McCain, John
Landrieu, Mary
McConnell, Mitch
Reid, Harry
Webb, Jim
health care reform

Obama's Afghanistan Speech Was a Brilliant Start, But Will This End As Well?

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By Jamie Stiehm, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

It was the best possible speech a president about to accept the Nobel Peace Prize could have given as he prepared to renew fighting a long war.

I give Barack Obama enormous credit for going up to West Point yesterday to face young Army officers in ...

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War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Obama, Barack
military
national security terrorism and the military