Entries by Tom Levenson

It’s Baaaaacccckkkk (Sort Of, Maybe)

It is impossible to overstate the Republican commitment to ripping health care from millions, while taking a chainsaw to our medical system. Rand Paul has just announced that he will vote “Yes” on the Trumpcare motion to proceed as long as he is given a clean vote on his amendment, which would simply repeal the […]

A Modest Proposal

We’ve talked about Senator John McCain’s diagnosis with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in several threads below.  So there are a just a couple of thoughts I’d like to add here. First, obviously, best wishes to Senator McCain and his family. This is a very tough diagnosis, as we all know.  The next several months […]

Post-Lunch Naptime Open Thread

Waaaaaay behind on today’s writing quota, so none of the posts I have queued up in my lizard brain can issue here.  But we need some more conversation, so to prod any dulled after-lunch synapses, here’s a little internet goody my musicologist sister sent me: This was stimulated by Tikka’s just-now, post-midday-kibble behavior:  a leap […]

Village Idiot: Somewhere, A Pig Wants Its Skin Back

Sometimes you get the greatest insight into folks when they think the pressure is off. What follows has exactly no political import, and, truly, says nothing about the writer in question’s journalistic chops or beat-acumen…at least not directly. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, given my Bayesian prior holding that anything that comes out of Chuck Todd’s mouth […]

In Re: Calls

Following up Doug’s post, and Doug’s post, and David’s post, and…you get the idea… Keep calling, and don’t restrict yourself to your senators’ DC offices.  Each and every senator has several in-state offices. They’re populated mostly by actual staffers, not interns.  Real people answer the phones — and if the one nearest you doesn’t pick […]

The Tree of Liberty…

…is a f**king vampire: Nearly 1300 children die and 5790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year. Boys, older children, and minorities are disproportionately affected. Although unintentional firearm deaths among children declined from 2002 to 2014 and firearm homicides declined from 2007 to 2014, firearm suicides decreased between 2002 and 2007 and then showed a […]