500 items by Matt Taibbi

  • Translating David Brooks

    Translating David Brooks | BLOG ENTRY

    A friend of mine sent a link to Sunday's David Brooks column on Haiti, a genuinely beautiful piece of occasional literature. Not many writers would have the courage to...

    January 19, 2010 11:00 AM ET
  • Counterparty On, Garth!

    Counterparty On, Garth! | BLOG ENTRY

    WASHINGTON — Targeting an industry whose political deafness has vexed his administration, President Barack Obama is weighing recovering tax dollars from government-rescued financial institutions with a levy. The proposed levy could put Obama on the popular side of...

    January 12, 2010 12:58 PM ET
  • The Near Assassination of John Helmer?

    The Near Assassination of John Helmer? | BLOG ENTRY

    THREE armed men have been arrested outside the home of an Australian freelance journalist in Moscow just a week after the federal government warned him it had confidential information he was in danger. The journalist, John Helmer, said...

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Obama's Health Care Reversals

    Obama's Health Care Reversals | BLOG ENTRY

    During the presidential primary, in the spring of 2008, Obama ran a campaign ad aimed directly at Tauzin, chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. In the ad, titled "Billy," Obama tells a...

    January 11, 2010 9:26 AM ET
  • Geithner's In The Soup

    Geithner's In The Soup | BLOG ENTRY

    AIG said in a draft of a regulatory filing that the insurer paid banks, which included Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Societe Generale SA, 100 cents on the dollar for credit-default swaps they bought from the firm....

    January 8, 2010 10:31 AM ET
  • Fannie, Freddie, and the New Red and Blue

    Fannie, Freddie, and the New Red and Blue | BLOG ENTRY

    It has become conventional wisdom, perhaps even cliche, to pin the origins of the credit crisis on the big banks or, AIG or even the practice of financial modeling. Certainly, these actors have received the most play...

    January 5, 2010 11:00 AM ET
  • Lohan Denies Vagina Kick

    Lohan Denies Vagina Kick | BLOG ENTRY

    Michael Lohan is adamant that he never laid a single toe on his ex-fiancee's no no special zone — claiming Erin Muller's allegations that he abused her over a two year span is "patently untrue." via Celebrity Gossip...

    January 5, 2010 10:57 AM ET
  • Onward Christian Warriors!

    Onward Christian Warriors! | BLOG ENTRY

    But after Vietnam, most liberals moved on. It became unfashionable to talk about evil. Some liberals came to believe in the inherent goodness of man and the limitless possibilities of negotiation. Some blamed conflicts on weapons systems...

    January 5, 2010 10:56 AM ET
  • Re: Bill Moyers Journal

    Re: Bill Moyers Journal | BLOG ENTRY

    When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, he had no shortage of challenges to address: an economy on the verge of complete meltdown, two wars, and a health care system so broken that 44,000 people...

    December 21, 2009 9:22 AM ET
  • Defense Bill Raids Personnel Funds to Pay For Weapons

    Defense Bill Raids Personnel Funds to Pay For Weapons | BLOG ENTRY

    The measure also trims personnel and maintenance accounts from previous versions of the measure to pump up weapons procurement for Afghanistan and Iraq by almost $2 billion. via The Associated Press: Wrap-up...

    December 18, 2009 12:33 PM ET
  • TIME's Person of the Year revealed

    TIME's Person of the Year revealed | BLOG ENTRY

    msnbc.com:TIME's Person of the Year revealed. Well, now I've seen everything.

    December 16, 2009 9:33 AM ET
  • PhRMA Hack: Campaign Promises Are Just That

    PhRMA Hack: Campaign Promises Are Just That | BLOG ENTRY

    The dispute traps Obama between his campaign rhetoric and the political realities of health-care reform, which depends in large part on tacit support from drugmakers and other industry groups. Under the earlier agreement with the White House,...

    December 16, 2009 9:31 AM ET
  • Obamania

    Obamania | BLOG ENTRY

    There is an important parallel between those who believe all criticism of Obama to be illegitimate and those on the Right who despise him without pause. The latter is every bit as personality-driven as the former: they...

    December 14, 2009 11:52 AM ET
  • On Obama's Sellout

    On Obama's Sellout | BLOG ENTRY

    This is pernicious for a lot of journalistic reasons, but politically it's bad for progressives beacuse conspiracy theories stand in the way of good policy analysis and good activism, replacing them with apathy and fear.

    December 14, 2009 11:48 AM ET
  • Health Care For Almost One-Third of Everyone (Who is Left-Handed and Over 50)!

    Health Care For Almost One-Third of Everyone (Who is Left-Handed and Over 50)! | BLOG ENTRY

    The short answer - subject to Senate revisions - is that those without employer-provided insurance would have more options for buying coverage, but if they are younger than 55, their money would go to a private insurer,...

    December 10, 2009 11:55 AM ET
  • Palin Goes Birther

    Palin Goes Birther | BLOG ENTRY

    Well, the best way not to get tagged as a Birther is to refrain from saying that people are "rightfully making it an issue" and that the only reason that she would avoid doing that herself is...

    December 7, 2009 10:41 AM ET
  • The Ultimate Vanity Plate

    The Ultimate Vanity Plate | BLOG ENTRY

    The License Plate That Says It All: 2BG2FAIL | Andrew Ross Sorkin. I'm going to give this one at least an 8 on the funniness scale, leaning toward a 9. The plate belongs to

    December 4, 2009 11:23 AM ET
  • Seeking: Owners of ARM Mortgages

    Seeking: Owners of ARM Mortgages | BLOG ENTRY

    Quick note to readers — I'm doing some research and would like to hear from people who bought adjustable rate mortgages in 2004-2005. If you have a horror story to tell there, please write to the press...

    December 3, 2009 4:21 PM ET
  • Sanders's hold on Bernanke shows rising public concern about the Fed

    Sanders's hold on Bernanke shows rising public concern about the Fed | BLOG ENTRY

    WASHINGTON, December 2 ? Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today placed a hold on the nomination of Ben Bernanke for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. "The American people overwhelmingly voted last year for a change...

    December 3, 2009 2:05 PM ET
  • Matt Taibbi on Obama's Economy

    Matt Taibbi on Obama's Economy | BLOG ENTRY

    In "Obama's Big Sellout", Matt Taibbi argues that President Obama has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway. Rather than keeping his progressive campaign advisers...

    December 1, 2009 6:03 PM ET