Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from March 2010

Freedom of the Press

March 31st, 2010 · Comments Off

Another day, another shining instance of the Chinese government’s take on the freedom of the press. In what appears to be a coordinated assault, the e-mail accounts of more than a dozen rights activists, academics and journalists who cover China have been compromised by unknown intruders. A Chinese human rights organization also said that hackers disabled its […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Leo Hindery on Dissent

March 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

Leo Hindery has a great piece on Huffington Post about the need for the administration to shift its focus and stop triangulating against the left to set itself out as moderate and reasonable. It’s pretty obvious that there are people in the administration telling the president every day that he’s exactly ‘where he needs to […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

What’s Next?

March 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

As regular readers know, I haven’t spent a lot of time over the first 15 months of the Obama administration feeling great about how things are going. But the passage of healthcare, while not the bill that I would have written in the slightest, does allow for an opening for the administration to do more […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

Freedom of the Press

March 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

Chinese government style: Editor’s note: Google announced this week that it would move its Chinese search engine to Hong Kong and stop censoring search results to suit China’s leaders. In China, the government has sought to control how Chinese media portray Google’s decision. Below we reprint the government’s instructions to domestic news Web sites. The instructions […]

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Tags: Technology · Tibet & China

Finally, Google.cn Is Shut Down

March 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

This should have been done four years ago, but it’s still great to see Google finally get to the right place and shut down Google.cn. The search engine was built to spec for the Chinese government, enabling their to be both censorship of search results and rigged returns for results that favored the Chinese government […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

The Modern Republican Party

March 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum: No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a […]

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Tags: Health Care · Republicans

What Progressives Won

March 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

This post by Chris Bowers is really worth a read, especially as the wheels of “Rahm was right to shit on progressives” get going in the Beltway. The main point by Bowers: It is factually untrue that progressives won no concessions in this bill. People are free to debate over whether the concessions are enough […]

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Tags: Health Care

Not Done Yet

March 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

I find it really hard to believe that the final chapters have been written on the Lehman Brothers collapse, especially with regard to holding their executives and Board accountable for the firm’s actions in the lead-up. But it’s looking increasingly like the New York Fed and the SEC played a serious role in allowing Lehman […]

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Tags: Economy

The Cost of Inaction

March 18th, 2010 · Comments Off

This is an absolutely brilliant and powerful animated video from OFA.  It’s great stuff. Top notch. Wish we had it 9 or 12 months ago. What makes it effective is that it is a top-level message about the need for reform, without addressing any specifics. No mention of the public option. No mention of individual […]

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Tags: Health Care

Reid’s Inside Game?

March 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Carl Hulse and Adam Nagourney, in a piece on the legislative procedural mastery of Mitch McConnell: Even Mr. McConnell’s fellow Republicans say somewhat admiringly that he can be a secretive and coldly calculating tactician with an eye for political openings, someone more consumed by political strategy than ideology or philosophy. He is in many ways […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats