In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

Health Care: Congress must extend Medicare to cover all citizens

Although Medicare has problems as a coverage, it is good and viable enough that the government should extend it to cover all Americans. In fact, there are more problems in the current private health care system than in the Medicare program, of which most problem issues pertain to the private industry that is covering the elderly under the Medicare program.

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Our twittering world – the dark side.

For those who aren’t  cool or hip (do folks still use those words?) Wiki defines twitter as  "a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 bytes in length. "

Think of it as a tiny, speedy, badly spelled e-mail between friends.  Gee, you even get a whole 140 bytes at the apple, even if you don’t have a mac. 

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N.Y. Special Election Is Too Close to Call

NEW YORK, March 27 — The only competitive House race in the nation entered its final weekend as a virtual dead heat, with Democratic newcomer Scott Murphy taking a slight lead in the traditionally conservative Republican district, according to a new poll released today.

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Columnist’s lament: The irrelevancy of easy targets

 A friend writes, referring to Obama, "Capitol Hill Blue is slamming your man lately ????" I wrote back "I think in part this is because it is easier for writers to attack than praise. The later is generally boring and with the Internet you can see how many people read your articles. On the hit counter, nasty beats nice.

Who do the Republicans have for us to bash? 
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More American troops headed for Afghanistan

Grappling with a war gone awry, President Barack Obama plans to send thousands more U.S. forces into Afghanistan, hoping to hasten the end of a conflict that still has no clear end in sight.

Obama on Friday will announce a multitiered strategy that banks heavily on world help and invigorated U.S. diplomacy. The Afghanistan war, which Obama calls adrift, is now his, and a central part of the new strategy is to build up the Afghan army.

The broad U.S goal remains much as it was when the war began in the fallout of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks: To dismantle the operations of the Taliban and al-Qaida, which have shifted their power base from Afghanistan to Pakistan in recent years.

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Obama’s media blitz: Style over substance?

I fully expect the next "Law and Order" or "CSI" or "24" episode to feature an embattled president racing against time trying to boost national economic confidence. It will star, as himself, Barack Obama.

Then, we’ll see Obama singing on "American Idol," twirling on "Dancing With the Stars" and dissecting the American psyche while sitting on Oprah’s sofa.

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Obama’s manipulated non-press conference

Here’s today’s puzzler. When is a press conference not a press conference?

The answer is:

When the person pretending to conduct the exercise picks those who will be allowed to ask questions ahead of time and then spends almost an hour artfully dodging any direct answer to a direct inquiry, essentially making a speech or, if you prefer as some analysts have suggested, filibustering.

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We deserve better than Tim Geithner

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner nearly struck out Wednesday morning despite multiple opportunities to defend the dollar. Geithner’s narrowly averted gaffe was sadly typical, given the greenback’s shabby treatment these days.

While addressing a jam-packed meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations, Geithner answered Standard Chartered Bank’s Doug Smith who wanted the secretary’s thoughts on "the Chinese government proposal about a global currency." People’s Bank of China governor Zhao Xiaochuan would shift Earth’s reserve currency from the dollar to "Special Drawing Rights" (SDR), combining the dollar, Britain’s pound, Japan’s yen, and the euro. Call it the international "globo."

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Our future will be a regulated one

The Obama administration proposes to vastly expand federal oversight of the U.S. financial system. There is broad agreement that a new, more powerful regulatory framework is needed. For the moment — at least, until the economy turns around — the laissez-faire, deregulatory types are in hiding.

The plan would establish federal regulation of the larger hedge funds — meaning their books would be open; derivatives trading — the downfall of several big investment houses; and large insurance companies — to avoid a repeat of the AIG flameout.

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