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Getting Away with It by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells. The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery by Noam Scheiber Simon and Schuster, 351 pp., $28.00 Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank Metropolitan, 225 pp., $25.00.

Getting Away with It by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells

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Barack Obama, the Great Deceiver. Barack Obama swept into office on a tide of giddy enthusiasm.

Barack Obama, the Great Deceiver

His “Hope and Change” was a pledge to reverse Bush era policies, including socialism for the rich, adventurism in the Middle East, and attacks on civil liberties. He announced his intention to serve as a transformational leader, invoking Abraham Lincoln, FDR and Ronald Reagan as role models. Despite the frigid temperatures, people poured into Washington, DC to hear his inauguration speech, wanting to be part of a remarkable passage. It wasn’t simply that Obama was the first black president, but also that the economic devastation of the financial crisis opened up a historic opportunity to remake the social contract, to punish the reckless and greedy, no matter how lofty, and to build new foundations and safeguards for ordinary citizens. Barack Obama Has, on Average, Attended a Fundraiser Every Five Days in 2011. Zhang Jun/Xinhua/ On Wednesday, President Obama zipped up to New York City to attend three different fundraising events.

Barack Obama Has, on Average, Attended a Fundraiser Every Five Days in 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters greeted the president outside the Sheraton New York, the site of one of Obama's fundraisers, though New York police officers kept the demonstrators penned in what NYPD called "frozen zones. " (More on that here.) Obama 'Internet kill switch' plan approved by US Senate panel. A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.

Obama 'Internet kill switch' plan approved by US Senate panel

Senator Joe Lieberman and other bill sponsors have refuted the charges that the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act gives the president an Internet "kill switch. " Instead, the bill puts limits on the powers the president already has to cause "the closing of any facility or stations for wire communication" in a time of war, as described in the Communications Act of 1934, they said in a breakdown of the bill published on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee website.

Obama’s and Bush’s effects on the deficit in one graph - Ezra Klein. Culture Connoisseur Badge Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment.

Obama’s and Bush’s effects on the deficit in one graph - Ezra Klein

More about badges | Request a badge Washingtologist Badge. Why hawks should vote for Obama. If you are someone who is inclined to favor hawkish responses to foreign policy problems, then your choice for president should be Barack Obama.

Why hawks should vote for Obama

Not because Obama is especially hawkish himself, or interested in prolonging costly and failed commitments in Iraq or Afghanistan. For that matter, his administration is making a modest and fiscally necessary effort to slow the steady rise in Pentagon spending, and they seem to understand that war with Iran is a Very Bad Idea. Jeff Connaughton: Obama and the Rule of Law. Long silent and now contradictory, President Obama needs to deliver a clarifying speech about our financial markets and the rule of law.

Jeff Connaughton: Obama and the Rule of Law

Speaking in Kansas on December 6, he said, "Too often, we've seen Wall Street firms violating major anti-fraud laws because the penalties are too weak and there's no price for being a repeat offender. " Just five days later on 60 Minutes, he said, "Some of the least ethical behavior on Wall Street wasn't illegal. " Which is it? Have there been no prosecutions because Wall Street acted legally (albeit unethically)? What Happens in Yemen: The "End" of Citizenship and How We Got Here. When Troy Davis was executed in Georgia, despite the recantation of seven of the nine witnesses who had testified against him and despite the lack of other material evidence implicating him in the murder for which he was convicted, it seemed like things could not get much worse for due process.

What Happens in Yemen: The "End" of Citizenship and How We Got Here

Two weeks later, the US skipped the messiness of court hearings altogether and executed its own citizen, Anwar Al-Awlaki, with a unpiloted drone. The government and the mainstream media tried to rationalize what had once been unthinkable: the summary execution of a citizen without due process. Obama’s War on Whistleblowers. Many comedians consider stand-up the purest form of comedy; Doug Stanhope considers it the freest.

Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

“Once you do stand-up, it spoils you for everything else,” he says. “You’re the director, performer, and producer.” Unlike most of his peers, however, Stanhope has designed his career around exploring that freedom, which means choosing a life on the road. Perhaps this is why, although he is extremely ambitious, prolific, and one of the best stand-ups performing, so many Americans haven’t heard of him. The campaign against whistleblowers in Washington. Washington, DC - On January 23, the Obama administration charged former CIA officer John Kiriakou under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information to journalists about the waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects.

The campaign against whistleblowers in Washington

His is just the latest prosecution in an unprecedented assault on government whistleblowers and leakers of every sort. Kiriakou's plight will clearly be but one more battle in a broader war to ensure that government actions and sunshine policies don't go together. There is No High Ground in American Politics" Robert Reich: The Sad Spectacle of Obama’s Super PAC, by Robert Reich: It has been said there is no high ground in American politics since any politician who claims it is likely to be gunned down by those firing from the trenches.

That’s how the Obama team justifies its decision to endorse a super PAC that can raise and spend unlimited sums for his campaign. An Analogy. I mentioned this analogy in my Twitter feed and was asked to explain it in a bit more detail: that Obama’s Presidency is increasingly resembling James Buchanan’s Presidency. Buchanan was the 15th President, holding office just before Abraham Lincoln and the outbreak of the Civil War. Historians of the U.S., especially specialists on antebellum history, are welcome to complicate, reject or deepen the comparison. Democratic politics in a nutshell - Glenn Greenwald. Let’s begin by taking note of three facts: (1) Three days ago, Democratic Rep. John Conyers, appearing at a meeting of the Out of Poverty caucus, said: “The Republicans — Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor — did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal.

The President of the United States called for that” (video here, at 1:30); (2) The reported deal on the debt ceiling is so completely one-sided — brutal domestic cuts with no tax increases on the rich and the likelihood of serious entitlement cuts in six months with a “Super Congressional” deficit commission — that even Howard Kurtz was able to observe: “If there are $3 trillion in cuts and no tax hikes, Obama will have to explain how it is that the Republicans got 98 pct. of what they wanted,” while Grover Norquist, the Right of the Right on such matters, happily proclaimed: “Sounds like a budget deal with real savings and no tax hikes is a go.”