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First, Get Rid of the Guns

Politicians who are too craven or stupid or ideologically rigid to finally move forward on gun control will have the blood of future victims on their hands.

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Pro-Gun Senators Call for Gun Control, NRA Takes Down Facebook Page, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of one the longest serving U.S. senators and an update on negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

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Guns, of Course, but What About Mental Illness?

Although gun policy is certainly important to talk about in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, mental illnesses may be more crucial to discuss; President Obama fed the loyal Susan Rice to the sharks for the same reasons he’s both feared and admired; meanwhile, education is becoming a commodity rather than a right thanks to the neoliberal agenda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Now Is the Time

The horror in Newtown, Conn., should shake us out of the cowardice, the fear, the evasion and the opportunism that prevent our political system from acting to curb gun violence.

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Feinstein to Introduce Gun Legislation, Boehner Proposes Tax Hike, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on Hillary Clinton’s health scare, why a pizza chain founder is suing the Obama administration and what Stephen Colbert is doing with the rest of his super PAC money.

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Newtown: An American Tragedy

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Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the president’s re-election campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs. That’s what Americans care about—jobs with good wages. So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits?

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How Republicans Would Benefit From John Kerry Secretary of State Nomination

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is reportedly now President Obama’s top choice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state after Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the top diplomat position late last week.

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Understanding Economics in Plain English

Fedspeak, vague and convoluted answers to economic questions, was popularized by Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It allowed him to essentially say “no comment” without admitting that he was avoiding questions.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


Economist Baker Echoes Paul Krugman: There Is No Fiscal Cliff

As President Obama promises to bargain away changes to spending and social programs in exchange for income tax increases in the top two brackets, leading economist Dean Baker criticizes the so-called fiscal cliff threat as a myth.

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The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

The major news outlets that were thrilled to profit from the information that Bradley Manning uncovered are deeply afraid of being associated with the brave whistle-blower himself.

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Wonderland on a Cliff

Are you as sick of the “fiscal cliff” as I am? Actually, that’s a trick question. You couldn’t possibly be.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Susan Rice Withdraws From Secretary of State Consideration

“Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state,” Rice said in an interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams.

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Cliff on the Shelf

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Death Star Petition Meets White House Goal

A petition on the White House’s We the People site calling to secure funding and resources for the creation of a Death Star has gotten the 25,000 signatures it needs to elicit a response from the Obama administration.

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Obamacare Begins

Throughout the country, health professionals, politicians and health care activists are meeting about how to implement the Affordable Care Act now that it has been upheld by the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama’s re-election.

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Anyone Else Find the Threat of Syrian Chemical Weapons Eerily Familiar?

In the past, the accusation of WMD possession has been the usual formulation when threatening foreign intervention or an attack.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Do Americans Deserve to See These Secret Documents?

From the memo detailing the right to assassinate U.S. citizens worldwide to the paper negotiating the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, the U.S. government has kept many documents classified for dubious reasons. David Wallechinsky of AllGov looks at 11 of them.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


Going Up

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Cliff Notes

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Pot Is Officially Legal in Colorado, Allen West Is a Sore Loser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s take on the Michigan “right to work” battle and the Republican National Committee’s attempt to figure out what went wrong in the 2012 election.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE


Dunk Him

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Psy Performs for Obamas After Apology

The South Korean Internet sensation sang—what else—his smash hit “Gangnam Style” for President Obama and his family at the “Christmas in Washington” concert Sunday.

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Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


Political Struggle

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Cutting Through the Controversy About Indefinite Detention and the NDAA

The provision about holding suspects indefinitely and without charges had generated plenty of controversy, particularly about whether U.S. citizens could be detained in that manner. This year, the Senate bill says that citizens can’t be detained in the U.S. but concerns remain about the scope of detention powers.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: All Fiscal Cliff, All the Time

The fiscal cliff draws nearer. The Republicans may be in the worse position because doing nothing puts them in an inferior place politically. But President Nixon’s Madman Theory—make your opponent think you’re crazy enough to put everyone at risk and they’ll back down—might be encouraging the stalemate. The “Left, Right & Center” commentators consider the heights and more on this week’s show.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE


List of Demands

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Obama, Romney Raised More Than $2 Billion in 2012 Race

The two major candidates took in the equivalent of the GDP of Sierra Leone in their quest for the White House—and that doesn’t count super PAC fundraising.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



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A Sign That Obama Will Repeat Economic Mistakes

Reports in the business press tout a prime participant in the great banking hustle as a possible candidate to be the next Treasury secretary.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Mr. President, Tear Down This Wall

In election 2012’s “foreign policy” debate, Iran came up no less than 47 times. Americans got virtually nothing substantial about Iran, while its (nonexistent) WMDs were hawked as the top U.S. national security issue. Now, with the campaign Sturm und Drang behind us but the threats still around, the question is: Can Obama 2.0 bridge the gap between current U.S. policy and Persian optics?

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE


Arithmetic for Republicans: Why Boehner’s ‘Offer’ Just Doesn’t Add Up

If President Obama honestly wants to negotiate an agreement with Republicans before the year-end fiscal deadline, he must be deeply frustrated. And if he doesn’t really want to negotiate with them, then he should be delighted, for the same reason.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



Worst 2012 Election Predictions, Michelle Obama’s Political Future, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major backer of Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign lashing out at voters and what a new poll on gay marriage shows.

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A Carbon Tsunami in Doha

The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

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The Washington Straitjacket

Dear President Obama: Nothing you don’t know, but let me just say it: the world’s a weird place. I mean, do you ever think about how you ended up where you are?

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


Fiscal Cliff Notes

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What Exactly Would Israel Like to Do With Its Palestinian Population?

If Israel has its (present) way, there will be no Palestinian state.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



Another Victory for Warren, a Hollywood Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s response to the GOP’s latest “fiscal cliff” offer, Sarah Palin’s apology on Fox News and a “Simpsons” character explains the fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



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The Archeology of Decline

“Debtpocalypse” looms. Depending on who wins out in Washington, we’re told, we will either free fall over the fiscal cliff or take a terrifying slide to the pit at the bottom. Grim as these scenarios might seem, there is something confected about the mise-en-scène, like an un-fun Playland. After all, there is no fiscal cliff, or at least there was none—until the two parties built it.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE


Don’t You Dare

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Boehner Plays a Weak Hand

How dare he? President Obama, I mean: How dare he do what he promised during the campaign? How dare he insist on a “balanced approach” to fiscal policy that includes a teensy-weensy tax increase for the rich? Oh, the humanity.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE



GOP’s ‘Doomsday Plan,’ Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the climate change deal President Obama is quietly putting together behind the scenes and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest confrontation.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE


Understanding the Fiscal Cliff (in 2 Minutes 30 Seconds)

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE


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Why Sane Bargaining Looks Strange

President Obama’s victory blew up the framework created by the 2010 elections, which forced him to play defense. Now, he finally has room to move. That’s the only way to understand the ongoing budget talks.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE



Geithner Says GOP Will Cave, Allen West Compares Himself to Lincoln, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what a new analysis says about your tax rates today, the Kennedy Center Honors for 2012 will be awarded and Nate Silver responds to Politico’s criticism.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE


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Reining in Obama and His Drones

Barack Obama, former president of the Harvard Law Review and a constitutional law lecturer, should go back and review his course work. He seems to have declined to comport his presidency to the rule of law.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 READ MORE


Whistling Dixie

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Secretary of State Favorite Has Major Stake in Canadian Tar Sands

It turns out that Susan Rice, President Obama’s apparent favorite for the next secretary of state, has financial investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that stand to profit from the growth of the North American tar sands industry and the operation of the proposed multibillion-dollar Keystone XL pipeline.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE


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