Monday Morning News Roundup

Monday Morning News Roundup

DeMarco Murray celebrates a touchdown

The Dallas Cowboys are really playing some awful football. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles are even worse. The Cowboys are a different team when DeMarco Murray is playing. There was some great football yesterday. The Denver Broncos continue to roll with Peyton Manning. The New England Patriots with Tom Brady are poised for another playoff run. I’m not sure what’s going on with the Baltimore Ravens, who had a great opportunity to knock off the wounded Pittsburgh Steelers. That simply didn’t happen. Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, continues to make plays. He was instrumental in the upset victory over the Chicago Bears. I cannot explain why the San Francisco 49ers cannot thoroughly trounce the St. Louis Rams. They can’t. As a matter fact, the Rams played like a playoff team in beating the 49ers.

John Boehner states the obvious – the House is not going to give up their main leverage tool in budget negotiations, the debt ceiling. The White House and Democrats would have to ante up an arm and a leg, and even that might not be enough to move the debt ceiling from partisan politics.

What is this strategic plan for a liberal/progressive future?

Delta Airlines is in talks to buy 49% of Virgin Airlines. I just don’t know how airline consolidation helps us, consumers.

Strangely, one of the best descriptions of what actually happens at the end of this year with regards to the federal budget and taxes is to be found in the Wall Street Journal.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, on Saturday, appears to have shot his girlfriend, the mother of his three-month-old child, then appeared at the Kansas City Chiefs training facility and committed suicide. Very sad.

Coupling the Buffet Rule with job creating investments sounds like a great idea. As a matter fact, it is a great idea indeed, but it will never pass the House.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner stated there will be no agreement with Republicans if Republicans continue to insist on extending tax cuts for the rich.

Nate Silver is right – Politico covers politics like ESPN cover sports. I’m not sure why this is news. It should be obvious to everyone. Politics is now covered by the mainstream media without any thoughtful analysis. It is basically this senator said this versus that congressmen said that. Balance means you quote both a Democrat and then a Republican. Balance has nothing to do with actually finding out whether both the Republican and a Democrat are lying.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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