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Elizabeth Warren’s Bill Could Mean Billions for Taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to introduce a bill that takes aim at the efficacy and malfeasance of government settlements on corporate wrongdoing and could bring billions of dollars back to taxpayers. If corporations have the same rights as people, then they should have to suffer the same consequences.

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David Cay Johnston: Budget Deal ‘Makes Absolutely No Sense’

A House-approved bipartisan budget deal will be considered by the Senate this week. The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter tells “Democracy Now!” how it replaces across-the-board spending cuts with airline fees and reductions in federal pensions while failing to extend unemployment benefits, which expire this month, to 1.3 million people.

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No Labels Politicians Would Fix Broken Government

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Arlen Specter RIP

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Senate OKs Compromise Funding Deal

Senate leaders struck a compromise late Monday on the issue of disaster relief funding that is likely to avert a federal government shutdown, the third such threat this year. (more)

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Senate OKs Debt Deal, Obama Makes It Official (Updated)

The U.S. Senate passed the debt deal just after noon Tuesday, avoiding a government default that was less than 12 hours away. (more)

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Obama Tallies Up Year-End Wins

Although the outcome of this fall’s midterm elections didn’t suggest great possibilities for the last two years of President Obama’s term, he would like to suggest, as he does in this speech after Wednesday’s START vote, that ...

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Labels Aren’t the Problem

The “No Labels” group that held its inaugural meeting this week in the name of the political center fills me with passionate ambivalence.

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Senate GOP Plans Bill-Blocking Spree

After a brief moment of bipartisan-themed grandstanding the day before, things got back to normal on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, with Senate Republicans plotting to make the most of the next few weeks by doing their darndest to derail any Democratic-backed legislation in the works.

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Senate Votes to Beef Up the FDA

Here’s one form of big government that even some Republicans on Capitol Hill can apparently embrace: On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill designed to crack down on food regulation practices in the U.S. after recent batches of tainted foodstuffs were unleashed on the public.

Posted on Nov 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Calls Bipartisan Power Meeting

Getting shellacked in the midterm elections has evidently motivated President Barack Obama to consider his strategy for the next two years, and he’s taking the bold new step of—wait for it—arranging a group huddle with eight big players from the two dominant parties. Sigh.

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Apocalypse Again: The Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Bipartisan Politics

Career politicians depend upon the biggest protection racket in this country, which is often called “our two-party system.” Ours? Really? Certainly that system has no foundation whatsoever in the Constitution of the United States.

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‘Daily Show’: Get on the Sanity Bus

As the day fast approaches when lots and lots of Americans will converge in Washington, D.C., for Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity, three “Daily Show” envoys round up six special Americans to join them as they ride to the rally on the sanity bus.

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McConnell: Ousting Obama Is GOP’s Top Goal

President Obama came into office with high hopes of reaching across the aisle to work with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The only problem with that plan is that certain high-ranking GOP operatives such as Mitch McConnell ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



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‘You Shall Not Pass’

It seems the GOP’s “make sure nothing happens in government” approach is still going strong, with Senate Republicans blocking an effort by Democrats to begin debate on widely popular legislation to regulate the nation’s financial system.

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Your Handy Guide to Obama’s Health Care Proposal

Here we have Linda Douglass, communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, lending her interpretive skills to C-SPAN to talk up some of the details of Barack Obama’s health care reform proposal, which she calls an “opening bid” by the president ahead of Thursday’s big bipartisan health care huddle.

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Senate Democrats Whittle Down Jobs Bill

Here we have yet another example of partisan politicking in action: Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, tossed out a jobs bill they’d created in tandem with Republicans and produced a trimmed-down alternative at the eleventh hour. This did not please their former collaborators from the GOP ... (continued)

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Obama Invites Republicans, Dems to Health Care Huddle

Still clearly hoping that health care reform legislation might clear Congress at some point during his tenure in office, President Obama has summoned Republican and Democratic lawmakers to “put their ideas on the table” later this month and discuss possible ways to push a workable bill through both the House and Senate.

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The Bipartisanship of Fools

Where did we get the idea that the only good health care bill is a bipartisan bill? Is bipartisanship more important than whether a proposal is practical and effective?

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 READ MORE



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Another Nominee Bites the Dust

Apparently nobody wants to be President Obama’s commerce secretary. The second candidate for the post, Sen. Judd Gregg, has dropped out. The Republican senator cited “irresolvable conflicts,” including the stimulus package and the census. That’s what you get for trying to make nice with those fussy Republicans.

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Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

President Obama’s outreach to Republicans is popular, but the coming week will test his resolve. Eventually, he’ll have to say “no” to the GOP, or lose what he’s fighting for.

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Let the Limbaughs Whine

How fortunate for Barack Obama that Rush Limbaugh, big radio personality and leader of the instinctual far right, has yet to retire to a sunny island with his bottles of pills.

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Defining ‘Bipartisan’ in a New Era

When Obama delivered his stunningly eloquent and inspiring address at midday on Jan. 20, he provided a powerful hint of what bipartisan, a term hollowed out by habitual and insincere misuse, means to him now.

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McCain and Obama Shoot the Breeze In Chicago

Barack Obama and John McCain have both made a big fuss about working with the opposition, so the cooperative theme of their meeting on Monday, something of a tradition among presidential rivals, was no surprise. But will McCain really help Obama? “Obviously,” says Mr. Arizona.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Cracks Down on Lobbyists During Transition

We’ll see how long he’s able to keep this up, but at least for the immediate future, Barack Obama is aiming to keep lobbyists at bay, issuing strict guidelines for his transition team that Obama aide John Podesta described Tuesday on a conference call to reporters.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE


Gara and Stapleton

Palin Spokeswoman, Alaska Lawmaker Face Off About ‘Troopergate’

Alaska state Rep. Les Gara and Megan Stapleton—who is a former Sarah Palin staffer, now part of the McCain-Palin campaign’s publicity team and a member of the “Palin Truth Squad”—exchange heated words in these clips filmed in Anchorage after the “Troopergate” report was released Friday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Bailout Deal (Almost) Done

Early Sunday morning brought word that the end of the drawn-out bailout negotiations between warring factions of the federal government might finally be at hand, although the House and Senate had not yet officially approved terms of the proposed plan. Updated

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White House Resists Change in Cuba Policy

“Here is the deal: By any objective measure U.S. policy towards Cuba over the last 50 years has been a failure,” says Rep. Jim McGovern, who organized a bipartisan effort to pressure the Bush administration to rethink Cuba policy in light of Fidel Castro’s resignation. But according to Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, America’s attempts to isolate Cuba economically and diplomatically won’t go away “any time soon.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Celebs Need Health Care—Just Like Us!

Who knew that Reese Witherspoon window-shops for shoes?  Or that Ben Affleck glues elaborate doll houses together?  Or that Jeremy Piven eats what appears to be gruel on a lush outdoor patio?  These intimate celebrity vignettes were captured for the AARP’s ad campaign for its “Divided We Fail” intiative calling for “red, blue ... liberal, conservative” (and, apparently, “rich, famous”) Americans to unite for the causes of health care and long-term financial security.

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Half-Glass Study Group

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Children’s Healthcare Is a No-Brainer

Republican and Democratic senators have reached agreement on a measure that would boost healthcare coverage for millions of poor children, but President Bush has vowed to veto the win-win legislation.

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Americans Back Immigration Proposals

While opposition in Washington to the new immigration bill spans the political spectrum, the major proposals of the legislation find widespread support among the American people, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. A majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents say they support reforms to the immigration system, including the eventual legalization of immigrants and a guest worker program.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Luckovich: Bush Gives In to Popular Demand

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Jon Stewart on Bipartisanship

The “Daily Show” canvasses Bush’s reckoning of the common ground he shares with Democrats like Dick Durbin: Essentially, they both speak English. Watch it

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Now They’re All for Bipartisanship

Having watched election coverage nonstop all week, I sometimes wake up screaming, “Bipartisanship!” and scare myself.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz: Dems, GOP’ers Agree to Take Two Years Off

The political satirist reports on an ingenious plan by the leadership of both parties to rest up for negative campaigning in 2008.

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Senate Panel Passes Immigration Bill

The bill, which requires approval by the full Senate, clears the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U.S. citizenship, and will allow some 1.5 million workers to seek temporary jobs legally.
This is a big win for the hundreds of thousands of people who joined protest marches this past weekend.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Strong Majority Says Bush Should Release Abramoff Records

Three-quarters of the country isn’t buying White House claims that the media’s requests amount to a “fishing expedition.” | story

Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish - Liberal Phil

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Liberal phil looking at a waterfall of blood and finally beginning to feel less crappy about his party losing the presidential election in 2004 recognizing at last that the vietnam war and the invasion of both grenada and [anama and the bombing of libya and the wars against nicaragua and the gulf war and the current war with iraq were all bipartisan decisions
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