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It's a Bunch of Malarkey

By Nancy-Ann DeParle
Director, White House Office of Health Reform
September 25, 2009

That’s how the Vice President summed up the ongoing effort by many in Washington to scare America’s seniors with myths about what reform would mean for their health care benefits. On Wednesday, he spoke to seniors in Maryland to set the record straight about how the President’s plan to reform health care would affect Medicare.

Morality is the Key Issue in the Health Reform Battle

By Sam Stark, People's Weekly World Newspaper
September 22, 2009

“Should a homeless woman or a garbage man receive the same level of health care as a corporate CEO?”

Forget about “socialized medicine.” Forget about “government takeover.” Forget about “death panels.” This is the one big question health care reform advocates need to address before we can hope to see major change in this country.

Surge the Afghan Army

By Carl Levin, U.S. Senate
September 18, 2009

I recently returned from a visit to Afghanistan, where I found the battle against the Taliban and al Qaeda to be at a crucial stage. The situation is serious. Security has deteriorated.

The Obama Administration's new strategy, focusing on securing the safety of the Afghan population and partnering with the Afghan army in that effort, is an important start at reversing these trends.

Back to School Tips

By State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton
September 8, 2009

Another school year has arrived. Here are a few tips about how parents can take steps to make the months ahead a success. Have a great school year!

Mentor a Student and Change the World

By State Senator Gilda Z. Jacobs
September 1, 2009

For the past couple of years I have served on the advisory board of the Mentor Connection. I felt guilty at every meeting because I was not mentoring a young person. After all, if Governor Granholm and Dan Mulhern can find time to mentor, then so should I. When the opportunity for a three month mentoring relationship came up, I jumped at the chance... and I am so glad that I did.

The Passing of a Legend

By Phil O'Dwyer, Chair
August 26, 2009

Sen. Ted Kennedy's 77 year old robust life came to an end in Hyannis Port as the initial diagnosis foreshadowed. The announcement of his death evokes a sense of sadness and loss for the nation.

For five decades Ted was the voice of Progressive Democratic values in the US Senate. He was first elected in 1962, at the age of 30, when one of his brothers was President and the other Attorney General. Within five years he suffered the loss of both brothers to assassins' bullets and later encountered a sustained train of family tragedies and personal demons.

Yet despite these experiences Ted never grew bitter about life and never became cynical about government. Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "...some get stronger in the broken places," and this was surely the case with Ted. There was substance to the mystique.

Health Care Benefits, Myths, and Rationale

from David Axelrod, Senior Adviser to the President
August 13, 2009

Across the country we are seeing vigorous debate about health insurance reform. Unfortunately, some of the old tactics we know so well are back — even the viral emails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies and distortions.

In this message, you’ll find a lot of information about health insurance reform, distilled into (a) eight ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage, (b) eight common myths about reform, and (c) eight reasons we need health insurance reform now.

Saving Michigan’s Heritage

By John P. DuLong
August 10, 2009

As a Democrat it is always embarrassing for me when someone I have voted for and supported has made what I consider a misguided move. Fortunately, I rarely face this situation. Unfortunately, I face it today. Our good Governor Jennifer Granholm dissolved the Department of History, Arts & Libraries by executive order. This decision had imperiled the future of the Michigan Historical Center which consists of the Library of Michigan, the Archives of Michigan, and the Museum of Michigan.