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The SwampSen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, with Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, left, and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano at a rally in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008.(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay) by John McCormick DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Appearing in a.......
The Swampby Frank James As one of the scariest weeks on record for the nation's financial markets came to an end, the thought occurred to me that we probably wouldn't be hearing about the creation of private accounts for Social Security......
Spin CycleThe Long Island Rail Road has a comparatively astounding -- and plainly suspicious -- number of disability claims that lead to fatter pensions, compared to other transit systems, according to an in-depth New York Times story here. Reacting to the......
Tags: Lawyers, New York, Government, Politics, Long Island
The Swampby Frank James Factcheck.org has caught Sen. Barack Obama seriously distorting Sen. John McCain's position on Social Security personal accounts as well as important details about Republican proposals for such accounts, all apparently to scare seniors...
The Swampby Mark Silva Count both Barack Obama and John McCain, the candidates for president, as avowedly cautious in the face of the $700 billion bailout that the Bush administration proposes for banks and other financial institutions holding bad mortgage debts.....
Spin CycleYesterday, McCain went on the attack and Obama tried to frame himself as the calm head, rising above partisanship. Today, Obama starts off on the attack: The volatility of the stock market provides one opening to focus on McCain's......
Spin CycleGov. David Paterson, reacting again today to the Long Island Rail Road disability-pension scandal, leans toward the federal in his public statement: "The Governor called on Congress to look into the workings of the federal Railroad Retirement Board, and...
Palm Beach Politics | Sun-Sentinel BlogsWhat's a "living wage" in Palm Beach County? Try $11.03 an hour --- an increase of 31 cents over last year, according to a memo today from the County Attorney's office. Eleven bucks. What's that get you? For an hour's......
Spin CycleObama, speaking in Reno, adds another idea to the rescue plan: a fee on Wall Street to eventually make the taxpayers whole. It's been kicking around, supported by some Dems, but not part of the plan voted down yesterday: "If......
The Swampby Mark Silva Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are on top. Let history record that, for one fleeting moment perhaps this week, the most anti-establishment candidates for either major parties' presidential nominations this year - two who stirred a lot......
Tags: Ohio, Dennis J. Kucinich, Parliament, Lower House, Government
Spin CycleNewsday alum Paul Moses (left) offers this clear-eyed analysis of Bloomberg's third-term power grab. It appears on the blog site of Commonweal magazine. It provokes the sense that we tend to look at political corruption through a very narrow......
The Swampby Frank James The economy continued to lose jobs in September, with 159,000 jobs evaporating during the month, producing the highest number of job losses in five years though the unemployment rate held steady at 6.1 percent. The job losses......
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