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Jack is really a storyteller and explorer and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Saturday
Nov072009

House Erupts in Applause with 218 Votes.

The House just reached 218 votes to pass Health Insurance Reform bill.  One step forward.

Saturday
Nov072009

U.S. House Passes Abortion Amendment to Health Insurance Reform.

As a critical piece of the health insurance reform bill, the House of Representatives passes the abortion amendment to the health insurance reform bill.  This amendment would insure that no federal funding would be provided for abortions.  This piece is necessary in order to acquire 218 votes necessary to pass the this legislation.

With the the passage of this amendment, is appears that the bill is all but assured to pass.  We are watching.

Saturday
Nov072009

Will Health Insurance Reform Happen?

The Congress is debating as we speak.  As they seem to be getting closer and closer to passing a bill in the House to reform health insurance reform, nothing is certain.  While the Republicans have made it clear where they stand on the issue, will Democrats step up and pass legislation?

It seems clear to me that the pressure is on to pass this legislation.  President Obama ran on this as a fundamental plank.  Congress did the same thing.  For them to back off now would court absolute disaster in the elections of 2010.  While some may question the benefits versus the costs, for Democrats to back down now would truly court a complete disaster from the progressives in this country.  

As we watch, and wait, we continue to look to the other House. What will the Senate do?

Saturday
Nov072009

Real Men Do Cry! Great Photo!

According to Reuters:

Owen Rabago, (L), wipes a tear away from his father, Specialist Sheldon Rabago's face, (R), as his mother Nancy wraps her arms around both of them during a candle light vigil at Hood Stadium on the Fort Hood Army Post in Fort Hood, Texas November 6, 2009. The death toll from an Army psychiatrist who opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post rose to 13 on Friday, and Army officials said the suspected shooter was hospitalized and on a ventilator.

 REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES MILITARY CRIME LAW HEALTH)

Saturday
Nov072009

I'm Appearing on MSNBC This Week!

Just learned that I'm scheduled to appear on MSNBC again this week.  Always a lot of fun to get on board and argue about the big issues of the day.  Probably talking health care, Afghanistan and who knows what else.  I will let you know.

Hope you can watch. 

Saturday
Nov072009

Approaching House Vote on Healthcare Reform Tonight!

The House has just moved an additional step forward to passing a health insurance reform bill tonight. In a vote of 242-192, the House has established procedural rules for a debate on the House floor.  With this latest move, the clock seems to be ticking.  If everything goes as expected, the House will have a final vote on legislation that House Republicans have failed to stop.  

America is watching.

Wednesday
Nov042009

@BlakeLewis of @AmericanIdol on Why it is a Dual-Edged Sword.


Former American Idol Runner-Up Blake Lewis joins the program to talk about his time on American Idol, his career, his new album, and how he goes on in the shadow of past fame.  He joins me tomorrow on Air America Radio and airamerica.com.

Hope you can catch it.

Tuesday
Nov032009

GOP Takes NJ, VA, Upstate NY? So What! @airamerica.com

Republicans will try to argue that these three races represent a complete rejection of President Obama.  They could not be more wrong.  Here are statistics.  These are facts and they can't be denied.

FACT:

The party that won the White House lost the Virginia governor's race for the last 32 years.  Since President Obama (D) took the White House, it would only make sense that VA would go Republican.

FACT:

The party that won the White House last the New Jersey governor's race for the last two decades.  Since President Obama (D) took the White House, it only makes sense the NJ would go Republican.

FACT:

The 23rd Congressional District of New York has gone Republican for the last 100 years.  It is a Republican seat as much as almost any in the country.

So, to claim that these races represent a repudiation of President Obama is to ignore history, trends, how people vote, why people vote and, yes, facts.

 

Tuesday
Nov032009

Rep. @KeithEllison Joins Me Tomorrow @airamericamedia

Rep. Keith Ellison is one of my favorite Congressman.  We have also known each other for a long time, long before he was a Congressman or even a Minnesota State Legislator.  The Congressman also has one additional distinction.  He is the only Muslim to have ever served in the Congress.  I like that!

Rep. Ellison joins me to talk about possible war crimes in Gaza tomorrow on Air America Radio and airamerica.com.

Tuesday
Nov032009

Covering the Elections at Noon @airamericamedia

I'm covering the elections today in the upstate New York Congressional race as well as the governor races in both New Jersey and Virginian Air America Radio at noon.

Hope you can join me.