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by | Dec 30, 2009

Apparently TurboTax tweaked the 2009 version of their software to prevent anyone from claiming, as Tim Geithner did during his nomination, that they failed to report self-employment income because of TurboTax. Because, after all, it was Geithner’s fault that he…

by | Dec 30, 2009

Hillary edges Sarah Palin and crushes Michelle Obama in popularity poll; is “most admired woman in America” (Politico) The government needs more tax dollars for its car company’s financing arm. 3.5 billion tax dollars (Miami Herald) The Danish media’s dark…

by | Dec 29, 2009

Liberals, apparently, are having a hard time incorporating libertarian Whole Foods CEO John Mackey into their worldviews (New Yorker), while Reason‘s Matt Welch is not. Correlation between playgrounds and economic class in NYC, or Sesame Street unpaved (Sociological Images) The…

by | Dec 22, 2009

It’s a commonplace that “reform” opponents are lying, distorting, and misinforming their way to “reform” obstruction, Matt Welch has a very good post consolidating and updating Barack Obama’s own similar activities. It hits on quite a few subtle points —…

by | Dec 22, 2009

The Commerce Department has revised third quarter GDP down, again. Unfortunately, what originally appeared to be fairly strong growth of 3.5 percent was first downgraded to 2.8 percent, and now again to 2.2 percent. While not that much of a…

by | Dec 18, 2009

The New York Times Magazine for this weekend features a long profile of Princeton professor Robert P. George, written by David D. Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick dubs George “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker,” and the “reigning brain of the Christian…

by | Dec 17, 2009

Patrick Appel, guestblogging for Andrew Sullivan: I’m not nearly as talented a writer as Andrew is, a fact readers ceaseless remind me of whenever I guest-blog for the Dish. Andrew has an inhuman ability to write a well-reasoned and beautifully-crafted…

by | Dec 17, 2009

Reihan Salam makes an astute observation about the left’s netroots. Once viewed as the rise of a new kind of political movement, one critically independent of those in power, they have become, with the ascent of the Democratic Party and…

by | Dec 17, 2009

In response to Switzerland’s recent referendum to prohibit the construction of new minarets, Turkish muslims in eastern Turkey have threatened to kill a Christian priest unless he tears down his church’s bell tower. Three Muslims on Dec. 4 entered the…

by | Dec 17, 2009

The Senate Banking committee has approved the nomination of Fed chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term in a 16-7 vote. Voting against him were Republicans Shelby, Bennett, Bunning, Crapo, DeMint, Vitter, and Hutchison, and Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon….

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