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Archive: June, 2011

POSTED: Monday, June 20, 2011, 9:19 AM

I caught a little item in last Thursday's New York Times that got my growl going again.

The Times reports that Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly was whining about majority-party Republicans editing his taxpayer financed newsletter to constituents in which he attempted to label Republicans as out to "eliminate" Medicare with a "radical plan."

Editors changed the wording to say the GOP wants to "change" Medicare with support from private insurers.

POSTED: Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:26 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: So I'm watching the Phils the other night, you know, the come-from-behing extra-inning game that was part of the double-header?

BE: Yeah, great game.

POSTED: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 10:26 AM

Know what really cooks my dogs?

The White House last evening hosted a picnic for Congress with a menu including "Corny Dogs" and chicken and funnel cake and certainly lots more, all at a cost of Lord-knows-what.

For Congress! Congress doesn't get enough to eat? The worst deliberative body on the planet needs a party in an economy where its actions and inactions continue to force citizens to scrimp and save and go without and look for jobs and pay more for health care and get less in paychecks, if they have paychecks?

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 10:56 AM

Among the more valuable services for citizens engaged in the political process is a website called FactCheck.org run by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center. It's fully researched, non-partisan and always backed by specific citations.

Let's look at what FactCheck had to say in the wake of Monday night's Republican debate in New Hampshire. Here's the full report. What follows are some highlights:

Our own Rick Santorum stepped in two piles of mushed-up "facts:" He repeated the GOP talking point that Obamacare's Medicare advisory board will result in rationing care to older folks. FactCheck notes the law specifically says the board "shall not include any recommendation to ration health care."

POSTED: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 10:10 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: See that GOP debate in no News Hampshire last night?

BE: There was a debate?

POSTED: Monday, June 13, 2011, 10:23 AM

Get psyched, kids, tonight you get the chance to watch GOP candidates for president attempt to throw strikes and try to hit the Mitt.

Yep, on CNN from 8 to 10, seven of your favorite Republican players pitch their stuff at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

For you theological history buffs, St. Anselm was an 11th Century Archbishop of Canterbury best known for his arguments to prove the existence of God.

POSTED: Friday, June 10, 2011, 10:00 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Get yer checkbook out, boss, the GOP says you can't afford not to.

BE: There isn't much I can afford these days.

POSTED: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 10:39 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Oink, Oink, Oink!

BE: Hey, that's not your usual sound.

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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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