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The Decision to Keep Pelosi

AKIE BERMISS: I won’t attempt to wax poetic about all the things that make Nancy Pelosi a great leader. Its all be said and said again. Even Pelosi herself said last week that they reason the GOP hates her so much is because she’s effective. That wasn’t her tooting her own horn. That was just solid fact. Pelosi has been one of the most effective Speakers of the House in years. Certainly the most effective in my generation. I really think both parties would hard pressed to find a better Speaker than Pelosi. Whether you agree with her policies or not — she does her job better than anyone else.

JESSICA BADER: I’m pretty much on board with every point that Akie is making here. It’s not exactly surprising that someone like me, a proud liberal who believes in taking what you can get but only after fighting for as much of “what you can get” as you can, deeply admires and looks up to Nancy Pelosi. What is surprising is one of the arguments made by some who wanted Pelosi to step down. Continue reading

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HOWARD MEGDAL: I am here to propose a 20-year moratorium on the word literally, effective June 1, 2010.

AKIE BERMISS: I don’t want to come off as a jerk but sometimes, it can’t be helped. And, listen, if you ask me: language is language is language is language. If you say it and you are understood, it becomes convention. By and large, I subscribe to this as a rule and usually I am thrilled to find some new idiom, misspelling, or word misappropriation. And I haven’t yet met the linguist who was able to set me straight. But even a guy like me has his limits: its not ok to over-use (or simply misuse) the word “literally.” I know it seems like a nit-picky thing to write a whole discourse on but this is scourge threatening to blight the communication skills of a generation. When in doubt: just leave it out. Don’t say it. Just leave it alone. I don’t care what really awesome thing you were going to say — if its going to be peppered with meaningless literally’s, you can take it elsewhere. Continue reading

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Perpetual Post AL East Preview

STEPHON JOHNSON: While I tire of the “American League is better than the National League” talk, there’s no denying how good the American League East is.

EMMA SPAN: The 2010 AL East race in a nutshell: Continue reading

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House Health Care Vote: Bart Stupak/John Adler

JESSICA BADER: For those of us who believe in both universal healthcare and a woman’s right to choose, the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act brought on a case of emotional whiplash, as an amendment passed in the hours leading up to the final vote threatens to place further restrictions on access to abortion. The Stupak-Pitts Amendment would prohibit anyone receiving affordability credits (subsidies to help those with incomes between 150% and 400% of the poverty line pay their insurance premiums) from purchasing an insurance plan that, like most insurance plans currently sold, covers abortion (with the standard exceptions for rape, incest, and danger to the woman’s life). This amendment goes beyond current law and is significantly more restrictive than the Capps Amendment that was considered in an earlier version of the bill (where federal funds could not be used to pay for abortions but a woman could purchase an insurance plan that covered abortion with her own money, with a mechanism in place to segregate the federal and private funds).

HOWARD MEGDAL: Jessica makes some great points on the Stupak bill, but I want to discuss the serious political miscalculation John Adler (D-NJ) made by voting against the bill itself. Continue reading

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