Ukraine: A Feast of Fallacies

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*+-John Peeler: The world is messy and complicated. It’s easy to miscalculate, and when multiple actors pile one miscalculation on another, the consequences are always un intended, and usually unpleasant.

Where Obama’s Done Well

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*+-Obama Victories: Obamacare will change the provision of health care in this country by giving every American adequate health care free.

A New New Deal

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*+-Equality and Democracy — Progressives should be prepared for the long game, building critical mass to seize the national agenda.

NSA Loses a Round

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*+-NSA Ruling — At least the issues can now be argued in court. Thank you, Edward Snowden!

Mandela: Africa Without Him

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*+-John Peeler: He might have died in prison, tortured, broken, disappeared. And yet we can scarcely conceive how his country, his continent, the world would have been different without him. That is the measure of his greatness.

What To Say When They’re Ready to Talk

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*+-John Peeler: Suppose that employers could get rid of their healthcare paperwork obligation, offloading it onto the federal government: we could back into single payer as a way to respond to employers.

Debt Ceiling: Obama’s Nuclear Option?

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*+-John Peeler: If President Obama defers to Congress and accepts a default on the debt, with its attendant catastrophic economic consequences, he would be a party to Congress’ violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Obama, Putin, and Assad: It Just Gets Weirder

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*+-John Peeler: Obama faces the likelihood of a defeat in Congress (and in public opinion), after which he would have to choose between acting anyway, in total political isolation, or backing off and looking weak. Either way he would look foolish.

Syria: Just Say No

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*+-John Peeler: Barack Obama, apparently against his better judgment, is about to feed our nation’s addiction to addressing insoluble problems with bombs, with predictably perverse results. He ought to “just say no.”