Don't forget to brush your teeth.
Don't forget to brush your teeth.
On November 1st, tomorrow, I will write a column about how last night's debate performance pretty much ensured that Hillary Clinton would get beat in the general election if she becomes the nominee.
Hint: it has to do with immigration.
Now here is an issue that John Kerry could have brought up in the 2004 race, but instead chose not to get his feet wet.
Nearly 1.8 million U.S. veterans are withouthealth insurance, and more than half of them said they have no place togo when they are sick, Harvard Medical School researchers reportedTuesday.
The study also found that more than 25 percent of uninsured veteranssaid they could not afford prescriptions, while more than 20 percentsaid they could not afford eyeglasses.
So what seems to be the problem then? Why aren't they on Medicaid?
The researchers said the uninsured veterans are primarily low- tomiddle-income workers, aged 44 to 64, who are too poor to affordprivate insurance coverage but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaidor VA health care.
OK, so why did the federal government let this happen? Thank George W. Bush
The researchers said the main cause for the large number ofuninsured veterans was the narrowing of eligibility for health careprovided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2003, the Bushadministration limited VA health care eligibility to veterans withcombat-related health problems or those making less than $30,000 a year.
And four years later we finally get these numbers. Absolutely disgraceful. Conservatives who oppose single-payer, not-for-profit health care should try looking these brave veterans in the eye and telling them that to their face, instead of hiding behind the holier than thou 'moral majority' label.
Towards the end of the presidential debate, Joe Biden said that as nominee he would
"And the irony is, Rudy Giuliani, probably the most underqualified mansince George Bush to seek the presidency, is here talking about any ofthe people here. Rudy Giuliani... I mean, think about it! RudyGiuliani. There's only three things he mentions in a sentence -- anoun, a verb, and 9/11. There's nothing else! There's nothing else! AndI mean this sincerely. He's genuinely not qualified to be president."
Mildly funny, but definitely true. Immediately after the debate ended, Giuliani's campaign issued a response:
???¬?Senator Biden???¬??s comments were of particular interest. The good Senatoris quite correct that there are many differences between Rudy and him.For starters, Rudy rarely reads prepared speeches and when he does heisn???¬??t prone to ripping off the text from others. And, Senator Bidencertainly falls in to the bucket of those on the stage tonight who havenever had executive experience and have never run anything. Wait, Itake that back, Senator Biden has never run anything but his mouth.
???¬?Such a desperate attack from Senator Biden is to be expectedconsidering I ???¬??? Katie Levinson ???¬??? have a better chance of becomingPresident than he does.???¬??
And what did Giuliani actually do after 9/11, since that is what he is running on? Oh yeah -- he
For the first time since the formation of the CIA,
The Bush administration said it had spent $43.5 billion on spying infiscal 2007, as it bowed on Tuesday to a law ordering disclosure of afigure the government has kept secret for most of the past 60 years.
"Disclosure of the amount of the budget is a good first step towardaccountability," said Steven Aftergood of the Federation of AmericanScientists, which has campaigned for publication of the annualintelligence budget.
The figure, which is roughly equal to the entire economy of Croatia orQatar, dwarfs the estimated intelligence budgets of any other countryincluding the closest U.S. ally, Britain, which spends about 10 percentof the amount, he said.
Now that the lid is off on intelligence funding, the debate will begin on whether spending nearly $50 billion per year is worth it.
I post each morning, here are some of the political stories thatmight not be worthy of their own posts, but are nonetheless newsworthy:
If we left something out, it's because we either wrote about ityesterday or are scheduled to do so in an individual post later today. Otherwise, feel free to add any stories to the commentbox.
Following the Democratic debate, here are some of the political clips making their rounds on the blogs at this hour.
More clips tomorrow. The Blue Radar, with all of the Wednesday headlines, will be posted at 4 AM, several hours from now.
When you say, "Look how great it was during the 90s," and then refuse to release your records from that time, you cannot expect to get off easy. On immigration, on Iraq, Iran and Social Security, both John Edwards and Barack Obama finally took a stand. As I write this, many of the pundits are writing that Obama won the debate. I would say that overall John Edwards got the edge -- although barely. He was much more forceful, and came across as the more charismatic one. Obama was strong as well, and had a moment when he physically turned towards Clinton and accused her of doublespeak. Both Edwards and Obama were very strong. Hillary Clinton played rope-a-dope, and survived only because of how far ahead she is in the polls.
Here's my debate rankings:
One more note. You can thank Hillary Clinton and all the other Senators who voted for the Iran bill for the recent spike in oil.
Maybe the question of the day is why would you give someone a
So what will end up happening?
For some reason, the Obama camp spends a lot of time telegraphingwhat they are going to do. This has allowed the front-running Clinton???¬??steam plenty of opportunities to prepare counter-offensives or schedulenews-making announcements that eclipse Obama???¬??s plans.
In the days leading up to tonight???¬??s debate, Obama and his aides haverepeatedly predicted that he will come out swinging, detailing theissues that he will raise against Clinton, ranging from her policyviews on Iran and Social Security to doubts about her electability. Notsurprisingly, Clinton???¬??s public schedule was cleared yesterday so thatshe can prepare in detail for all the attacks that Obama has been kindenough to preview.
Perhaps the Illinois senator ???¬??? and runner-up to his New Yorkcolleague in Democratic preference polls ???¬??? has saved something for asurprise. But so far, he has not displayed much savvy for doing that.
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