Ryan Cooper

Evening Linkapalooza

That’s it for me today, as always folks, thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks to everyone who has contributed—and for those who haven’t, it’s not too late! Martin Longman will be blogging tomorrow. Until that time, here are some reads from around the web. 1. Fine essay from Josh Marshall about the rapid and accelerating… Read more »

Massachusetts and Vermont Are Doing Fine at Obamacare

Respecting my last post, former Romney chief strategist Stuart Stevens had this to say: Intent: POTUS said he wanted to model HC after Ma. Result? Ma. is now a mess like the rest of country. @washmonthly http://t.co/R7Jyvm0UBS — stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) December 27, 2013 With respect, this is mistaken. Trying to punish an incompetent contractor… Read more »

A Crummy Government IT Contractor Finally Gets Punished, a Little

The atrocious Healthcare.gov rollout inspired some digging into the foggy and often-dysfunctional government contracting and procurement process. Back in mid-November, Matt Yglesias noticed that the stock price of CGI Federal (who build said website) was at an all-time high, right in the midst of a media blood frenzy over CGI’s colossal screwup. Why? The more… Read more »

Federal Court Rules NSA Surveillance Program Is Legal

If you remember, not long ago GW Bush-appointed judge Richard Leon ruled the NSA’s phone metadata mass-collection program was illegal. Now we’ve got a completely contradictory ruling. Here’s Adam Serwer: “The September 11th terrorist attacks revealed, in the starkest terms, just how dangerous and interconnected the world is,” wrote U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley… Read more »

Centrists Don’t Care About Jobs

A couple days ago I wrote a piece for the Plum Line about how centrists have been rather wrong-footed by the new populist uprising in the form of Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio. Don’t you lefties see, they plead, we need to focus on jobs? Yes we do, I argued: But this has brought… Read more »