When my first-grader came home yesterday, she proudly announced that the first thing she’d written in her journal at school was, “Today is the integration in Washington.”
My wife gave her a puzzled look.
“Wait, what’s the word?” my daughter asked.
“Yes, that’s what I mean. Inauguration.”
She had not a clue.
Via War Room:
“On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.
While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.
On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That is what I want for women everywhere.”
And his administration’s position is here.
War Room gives props to the current president:
Thursday, President Obama signed four executive orders that represent a break with Bush administration policies about the treatment of detainees suspected of involvement with terrorism. One order mandates the closing of the prison at Guantánamo Bay within a year; another lays out rules for interrogation, a third establishes a task force to determine how to deal with those currently held at Guantánamo and the fourth is about the case of detainee Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri.
By the time Obama signed the orders, they weren’t a surprise. But some of the wording still stands out, particularly this section from the order regarding interrogations:
From this day forward, unless the Attorney General with appropriate consultation provides further guidance, officers, employees, and other agents of the United States Government may, in conducting interrogations, act in reliance upon Army Field Manual 2 22.3, but may not, in conducting interrogations, rely upon any interpretation of the law governing interrogation — including interpretations of Federal criminal laws, the Convention Against Torture, Common Article 3, Army Field Manual 2 22.3, and its predecessor document, Army Field Manual 34 52 issued by the Department of Justice between September 11, 2001, and January 20, 2009.
Short version: With one stroke of a pen, Obama just erased more than seven years of the Justice Department’s legal justifications for the Bush administration’s interrogation policies.
I’m all ready to start beating up on 44 and his administration where warranted, but I expect nowhere near the excesses (in breadth or depth, quality or quantity) of Team 43, and certainly none of the viscera.
Is the safest bet in the world that in far worse circumstances, 44 will do better than his predecessor? Like, duh.
Do I expect all my dreams to come true in this administration? Like, duh.
I’m watching, eyes wide open.
But, Goddam, this is cool. If it doesn’t make you smile….
This may well be a procipitous time for a significant national health insurance. Helps people battered by the economy to get or remain insured, and removes an economic burden from businesses including, maybe that vile Joe the faux-Plumber.
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will release a sweeping proposal to overhaul the health-care system that largely reflects President-elect Barack Obama’s vision, increasing the chances for action next year.
There is one important difference between the initiative coming from Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus and the plan Mr. Obama laid out during his presidential campaign: Mr. Baucus would require all Americans to have health insurance, while Mr. Obama has rejected the idea of a mandate.