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Lousy Deal on the Edge of the Cliff

The fiscal cliff deal that emerged from the Senate on New Year’s Eve is a lousy one. Let me count the ways.

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Comparing the 1912 Elections With the 2012 Elections

Before the electoral year of 2012 slinks into history, it is worth a comparative glance back to the electoral year of 1912 to give us some jolting perspective on how degraded our contemporary elections, voter performance and election expectations have become.

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Fiscal Cliff Blame Game, a Hillary Clinton Health Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a marriage milestone in Maryland and Politics Today’s pick for the 2012 video of the year.

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Happy New Year, America!

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Obama and Boehner Cliff Driving

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Happy New Cliff

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What Would Thomas Friedman Write?

The columnist receives the satire treatment; a gay GOP group places an anti-Chuck Hagel ad in The New York Times to get President Obama’s attention; meanwhile, the Chinese government is mandating people visit their elderly parents. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

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The Idol Smasher

The multifaceted Ishmael Reed has spent half a century destroying myths of the American empire, especially those that cement racism in place.

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Fiscal Cliff Talks Going Down to the Wire

Forget the Times Square ball drop in New York City. The most dramatic moment of New Year’s Eve 2012 will most likely happen on Capitol Hill.

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Do-Nothing Congress to Get Pay Raise

Looking for a job where being unproductive and ineffective won’t hurt your chances of getting a raise? Try being a member of Congress!

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



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How Bad Is Our Debt Problem and Will a Deal Fix It?

President Obama met with congressional leaders Friday in another attempt to avert the fiscal cliff—the automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 unless Congress can strike a deal. The cuts and tax hikes are so large and so sudden that many economists fear they would plunge the country back into recession.

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The Crisis

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New Year Fiscal Cliff

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Golden Parachute

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Republican Infighting

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Senate Preserves Sweeping Surveillance Powers

On Friday, Congress extended through 2017 a bill that grants the government power to monitor Americans without a warrant and accepted none of the proposals to ensure protections to privacy and civil liberties.

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Need for Straight Talk From U.S. Defense Department

Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak.

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Happy New Fiscal Cliff

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Snow Job

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Fiscal Clown Car

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Cliffhanger: Why Republicans Don’t Care What the Nation Thinks

Are House Republicans—now summoned back to Washington by Speaker John Boehner—about to succumb to public pressure and save the nation from the fiscal cliff?

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Bush Health Update, Starbucks Gets Bipartisan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest member to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate and Barbara Walters’ awkward interview with the Obamas.

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Anti-Westboro Baptist Church Petition Reaches White House Milestone

The petition to classify unofficial hate group Westboro Baptist Church as an official hate group is the White House’s most popular ever. But WBC members say they don’t understand the push to label their organization as such.

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GOP Pollster Rips the NRA, a ‘Meet the Press’ Police Investigation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new warning on the debt ceiling from Timothy Geithner and why it’s probably not the most wonderful time of the year for President Obama and Congress.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Way for Obama to Beat GOP Fanatics in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

President Obama is cutting his Christmas holiday short, returning to Washington for a last attempt at avoiding the fiscal cliff. But he’s running headlong into the Republican strategy of fanaticism.

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Pull the Global Trigger on Gun Control

While the final funerals for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre have been held, gun violence continues apace, most notably with the Christmas Eve murder of two volunteer firefighters in rural Webster, N.Y., at the hands of an ex-convict who was armed, as was the Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, with a Bushmaster .223 caliber AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

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Fiscal Cliff Talks

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Ron Paul Denounces NRA Gun Plan, the Top 10 Media Stories of 2012, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the late Sen. Daniel Inouye’s last political wish and the worst pundit predictions of this year.

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And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

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The Final Battle

Now that Congress has turned its back on the right to due process and trial by jury, the courts are the last line of defense against establishment of a gulag state.

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Romney the Reluctant Presidential Candidate, Another Kennedy Weighs Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker’s personal connection with gun violence and the surprising information revealed by the FBI’s internal records on the Occupy movement.

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What Americans Should Learn From the ‘Republican Apocalypse’

What may finally consume the House Republicans is their boundless contempt for the American public—a contempt bluntly demonstrated in their refusal to consider any reasonable compromise with President Obama to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” Dec. 31.

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Leader of Revolution

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Hemlock

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Pig

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Election 2012

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The Mideast Surprise of 2013?

Although the Obama administration has acceded to the imagery of knee-jerk support for whatever Israel does, behind the scenes its policies are beginning to look far less predictable. In fact, unlikely as it may seem, a showdown could be brewing between the two countries.

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Gingrich Switches on Gay Marriage, Limbaugh ‘Honored’ for Lies, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including speculation about actor Ben Affleck’s political future and Rachel Maddow’s sounding off on the government’s weak gun regulation efforts.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Liberals Back to Giving Obama a Pass

“Now that Obama appears poised to push substantial parts of Social Security and Medicare over the ‘fiscal cliff’—in exchange for a paltry, largely symbolic, increase in the top marginal income-tax rate—we might ask whether liberals will once again rise to Obama’s defense, no matter how indefensible his actions,” writes John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine.

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Cliffhanger: Obama’s Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

Why is the president back to making premature and unnecessary concessions to Republicans?

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Mayan Fiscal Cliff

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’Twas the Night Before Tax Cuts

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Fiscal Cliff Counteroffer

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Piers Morgan Goes Off on Pro-Gun Guest, Norquist Breaks Anti-Tax Pledge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why conservatives think Hillary Clinton’s faking a concussion and Time reveals its 2012 Person of the Year.

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Fiscal Cliffs and Fiscal Realities

“What do you both think the public needs to know about this economic debate going on right now?” Bill Moyers asked Naked Capitalism editor Yves Smith and Reagan and Bush economic adviser Bruce Bartlett.

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An All-American Nightmare

Torture can’t be disappeared like the body of a political prisoner, or conveniently deep-sixed simply by wishing it elsewhere or pretending it never happened or closing our bureaucratic eyes. After the fact, it can be dealt with only by staring directly into the nightmare that changed us—that, like it or not, helped make us who we now are.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



Where Are the Tears for Pakistani Children?

President Obama should be crying over kids killed by drones in Pakistan, not just those slain on American soil; apparently some believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s reckoning for our support of abortion and gay marriage; meanwhile, the open Internet comes to an end as the United Nations give governments power to cut off parts of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Don’t Be Afraid of NRA Bullies

Politicians are still terrified of the NRA, even though analysis shows that the organization’s power is greatly exaggerated.

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