On This Day: President Obama in Sioux City, IA, September 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)
12:05 EDT: The President departs the White House
1:05 CDT: Arrives Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1:55 CDT: Delivers remarks at Laborfest 2014
2:50 CDT: Departs Milwaukee
5:50 EDT: Arrives the White House
(Audio only – live video here)
9:30 EDT: Vice President Biden Speaks at Detroit’s Labor Day Parade Gathering
Paul Krugman: The Medicare Miracle
So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers? What, you haven’t heard about them? Well, they haven’t been front-page news. But something remarkable has been happening on the health-spending front, and it should (but probably won’t) transform a lot of our political debate.
….. Health spending has slowed sharply, and it’s already well below projections made just a few years ago. The falloff has been especially pronounced in Medicare, which is spending $1,000 less per beneficiary than the Congressional Budget Office projected just four years ago.
…. What’s the moral here? For years, pundits and politicians have insisted that guaranteed health care is an impossible dream, even though every other advanced country has it. Covering the uninsured was supposed to be unaffordable; Medicare as we know it was supposed to be unsustainable. But it turns out that incremental steps to improve incentives and reduce costs can achieve a lot, and covering the uninsured isn’t hard at all.
When it comes to ensuring that Americans have access to health care, the message of the data is simple: Yes, we can.
Full post here
Because it can never be read enough:
ICYMI: My essay for the NY Daily News on the limits of American power – and a president who understands them: http://t.co/Qu0yXpHYMN
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) September 1, 2014
Washington Post: U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi forces break Islamic State’s siege
Iraqi troops and militias aided by U.S. airstrikes broke through a two-month siege of the town of Amerli on Sunday, opening up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had been trapped by Sunni militants and deprived of food, water, and medicine.
“Amerli has been liberated,” said Mahdi Taqi, a local official who spoke by phone from inside the town after the army had entered. “There is so much joy and people are cheering in the streets.”
Sunni militants from the Islamic State group, which seized much of northern Iraq in June, had surrounded Amerli, cutting off access to supplies and electricity.
President Obama isnt just Ending the Wars REPUBLICANS got us into. He’s keeping us OUT of New Wars theyre trying to create.
— Ina (@InaMaziarcz) August 31, 2014
Carol Anderson (Washington Post): Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress
When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.
Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or seek to slash the government payrolls that have long served as sources of black employment. It goes virtually unnoticed, however, because white rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors, who cast its efforts as noble, though they are actually driven by the most ignoble motivations.
Mothpiece….. I. Am. Dyyyyyying:
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) September 1, 2014
On This Day
Pete Souza: “Prior to the start of their working dinner during the Middle East negotiations, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel check their watches to see if it is officially sunset. During Ramadan, fasting continues throughout the day until after sunset.” Sept. 1, 2010 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama in Sioux City, IA, September 1, 2012
President Obama in Des Moines, September 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)