Warren takes post; liberals cheer (WP)

Why is anyone cheering the latest Obama half-measure? Or is the real story that Elizabeth Warren is better at critiquing than governing? Get some spine, liberals! Demand real change.

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Gray defeats Fenty as voters choose conciliatory approach over brash tactics (WP)

Welcome to a return of the misrule made infamous by crack-smoking former mayor-for-life Marion Barry of Washington, D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray is an inept manager put up by the deadwood-supporting unions that brought us failing schools, dead children under city care and hours of waiting in line at DMV.

Down with Gray and the re-bureaucratization and restoration of patronage, poverty-pimping and payola in D.C.!

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In Ad Wars, Democrats Shy From Ties to Own Party (NYT)

So what else is new about the Republicrats in Congress?

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The harsh math behind Obama’s tax-cut pledge (WP)

Why are we even debating whether people making six figures should pay proportionately fewer taxes than the overwhelming majority, the average Joes and Janes making less than half? Columnist Ruth Marcus, who is not an economist, begins to ask the important question.

Sure, there’s the insufferable inside baseball at its utmost — no, Peter Orszag’s rhetorical hand grenade in The New York Times two days ago (see here) was not lobbed at White House request. Marcus, a former political reporter, knows how to dial a building three blocks from her office to ask sources she knows from forever— why didn’t an active reporter do it?

Never mind those making more than $250,000 — yes, Virginia, the Repubs want to liberate them forever from paying their responsible share.

So? Why?

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An Open Letter to President Obama (Street Sense)

With this heading a vendor of the newspaper of the homeless in Washington, D.C., offers the man in the White House, just a few blocks away, his “indicators” of well-being.

From his spot on K Street, Jeff McNeil points to four gauges: mood, size of donations, frequency of customers, overall health of those who beg for money.

Sample: “I can tell people have money when I see a lot of smiles instead of scowls.” Move over, Paul Krugman.

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Obama Takes Off The Gloves [The Presidential Address We Will Never Hear]

What if a presidential speech began with “I’m goddamn sick and tired of all this Republican-rigged obstructionist crap! Who do those conservative dingle-berries think they are, holding up employment benefits to millions of Americans who are out of work because of a recession for which they are directly responsible?”

That would be news; and it is.

The piece appears today on Swan’s Commentary, an online magazine founded in 1996 devoted to “thinking, questioning, observing, and providing ideas that are lacking in the mainstream media.”

Now all we need is for Obama to get on television and read it.

“Democrats Sketch Ad Plan For Defending House Seats” and “Democrats Call Off Effort For Climate Bill in Senate” (NYT, p. A14)

Since we’re off on weekends, here’s a twofer: Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot in the most crucial congressional election in the last 20 years.