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Sen. Kerry cautions against adding more troops to Afghanistan, while Douthat gauges Sen. Lieberman's stance on the war.

September 28, 2009

Robert J. Samuelson contends that the "underlying driver" to pursuing health care reform "is politicians' psychological quest for glory."

• Some proposed health care reforms "would create a massively unfair form of income redistribution and create incentives for many not to buy health insurance at all," former Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt and former directors of the White House National Economic Council, Al Hubbard and Keith Hennessey, charge in the Wall Street Journal.

• In Politico, former White House press secretary Dana Perino uses baseball analogies to outline three ways she thinks Republicans can win the health care debate.

 

USA Today argues that the best way to pay for health care reform is to impose a "tax on high-end insurance policies."

Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, calls that a "bad idea" in an opposing view.

• A Kennedy-free election in Massachusetts "creates a rare opportunity for upward political mobility in a state so loath to turn its back on loyalty and experience that it occasionally elects people who are in jail," E. J. Dionne remarks.

Paul Krugman fears the negative effects of climate change and urges the administration to take up legislation curbing greenhouse gases next after health care reform.

• The Washington Post worries that the Federal Communications Commission may be unnecessarily regulating Internet Service Providers.

Kevin Hassett asserts that the administration's plan to overhaul financial regulation is a "radical expansion of government power that even Barney Frank, the ultra-liberal congressman from Massachusetts, felt compelled to object that it went too far."

• The New York Times says "rebuilding" the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is a "delicate task" and explains what "taxpayers need to understand" and what the agency should do in its rebuilding efforts.

Eliza Newlin Carney thinks congressional Republicans' outrage over a Health and Human Services department probe into an insurance company's "controversial" lobbying activities is not justified.

President Obama "is gambling that America is mature enough to understand that machismo is not foreign policy and that grandstanding on the global stage won't succeed," Fareed Zakaria maintains.

• "In the seven-year standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions," the Oct. 1 meeting of six world powers "marks the most critical moment yet," the Financial Times remarks.

Roger Cohen lays out four reasons why he thinks putting sanctions on Iran won't work.

• "Before we send more of our young men and women to" Afghanistan, "we need a fuller debate about what constitutes success" there, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., underscores in the Wall Street Journal.

• Sen. Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., "is waiting to find out if he's going to be the president's ally on Afghanistan or one of his sharpest critics," Ross Douthat writes after interviewing the senator.

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