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Paul Ryan: Obama’s Approach to Poverty Perpetuates the Problem (Video)

It should come as no surprise that Rep. Paul Ryan wouldn’t cotton to the Obama administration’s take on targeting poverty in these times of economic unrest and income inequality.

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Kansas Experiment Blows Up Laboratory of Democracy

When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a “single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory,” he surely wasn’t imagining anything quite like Brownbackistan.

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Imagine Christie’s Budget Crisis on a National Scale

Two key decisions by the New Jersey governor have redistributed wealth from pensioners to hedge fund managers while throwing the state’s finances into chaos.

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Once Again, Republicans Make Obama Look Good

We Obama apologists had grown desperate. Then along came Paul Ryan.

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Lying Again? Scholars Detect Deception in Ryan’s Poverty Report

For months, Washington has eagerly awaited the latest version of “compassionate conservatism,” promised by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his publicists.

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The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War

Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.

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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans—and Then Ask Grover Norquist

Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America’s kids.

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Congress Converges on $800 Million Cuts to Annual Food Stamp Funding

Warring factions in the House and Senate have reached an agreement about how much money to funnel into the federal food stamp program, and the news isn’t good for Americans relying on government assistance to stay fed.

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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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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

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The Republican Mainstream Strikes Back

The unusual display of reasonable behavior by House Republicans this week should be seen as a retreat—a change in tactics—but not a surrender. Democrats had better note the distinction.

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The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

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Raw Deal

About the only good thing that can be said about the budget deal just patched together by House Republican budget chair Paul Ryan and Senate Democratic budget chair Patty Murray is that the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity oppose it.

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Congressional Negotiators Announce Budget Ahead of Schedule

Not only did Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., manage to reach a budget deal, but they did it ahead of schedule.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE


For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

When we talk about the national budget, it is vitally important that we remember how we got into this fiscal crisis in the first place and who was responsible for it.

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House Will Not Block Budget Deal

The Senate reached a budget compromise Wednesday that will end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

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Obama Can’t Waste This Moment

The key in politics is to snatch victory from the jaws of victory. 

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House All but Seals Fate for Government Shutdown Tuesday

In a mood described as “downright giddy,” House Republicans early Sunday morning approved a measure already rejected by Senate Democrats and President Obama that would swap a year delay in Obamacare for a new budget. And, just to mix apples and oranges, to let employers drop birth control coverage from health plans if they find it morally objectionable.

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 READ MORE


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Ted Cruz Is Done Talking, Senate Moves On

In order to fund Obamacare and, in the process, the government, the Senate has to pass its own version of a House bill.

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House Passes Spending Plan That Defunds Obamacare

The House approved a Republican-proposed short-term spending plan Friday that would continue funding the government through mid-December but withhold money for President Obama’s health care law.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s New ‘Grand Bargain,’ Scahill’s Reaction to Manning Verdict, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the intensifying feud between Chris Christie and Rand Paul and why GOP officials are upset over Liz Cheney’s decision to run for Senate in Wyoming.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



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America’s Do-Nothing Congress: Now With Even Less Doing

You know what’s worse than the 112th Congress, which passed a historic low of 23 items by this time last year? The 113th Congress, which has managed to eclipse that record for futility and “accomplish” even less.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Releases Snowden Statement, Vermont Decriminalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including student loan interest rates double due to Congress’ inaction and Texas Republicans begin their push to pass a controversial anti-abortion law in the new special legislative session after their attempts were thwarted last week.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



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‘World War Z’: Still Fun at Twice the Price

I read in the press that this movie can never, ever recoup its cost, but it does have its charms.

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The Quiet Closing of Washington

Conservative Republicans in our nation’s capital have managed to accomplish something they only dreamed of when tea partyers streamed into Congress at the start of 2011: They’ve basically shut Congress down.

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Beware Capitalist Tools

Forbes magazine likes to call itself a “capitalist tool,” and routinely offers tool-like justifications for whatever it is that profit-seeking corporations want to do.

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Harry Reid Renounces Ted Cruz, Jon Stewart Mocks the NRA Convention, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another state legalizes gay marriage and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reveals how he’s trying to slim down.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Wake-Up Call

President Obama got roughed up by the pundit class last week. The question is what lessons he draws from the going-over.

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Americans Suffer While Finance Tax Waits for Congress’ Attention

The Financial Transaction Tax, or Robin Hood Tax, would generate more than $300 billion a year in revenue, thereby doing away with the need for the sequester currently forcing across-the-board budget cuts.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE


Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders Lays Into Obama for Attacking Social Security

The senator stood before a crowd of retirees, veterans and their supporters Thursday to point out that the president’s proposal for a “Chained CPI” adjustment to the calculation of retirement benefits would wreak destruction on the lives of elderly and disabled Americans.

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Eat Your Cat Food, Mrs. Robinson

The new cost-of-living index proposed in Obama’s latest budget is really a means to push lower living standards on people who need Social Security, University of Missouri economist Michael Hudson says.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Submits Destructive, Unnecessary Budget Plan

The president is following through on his intention to abandon the welfare of elderly and disabled Americans in a budget deal that would cut $130 billion from programs like Social Security over the next 10 years, and that could starve the system in the long run.

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Reich Decodes the Chained CPI

This week, President Obama proposed to reduce the national deficit by adopting a new formula for adjusting for inflation in Social Security payments. Robert Reich points out that it would be “stingier than the current one.” Frankly, it would destroy Social Security over the next two decades as prices for goods and services rose and the program wasn’t allowed to keep up.

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What You Need to Know About the Terrifying Monsanto Protection Act

In case you haven’t yet heard of the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, it’s a horrific piece of legislation that is tantamount to a huge corporate giveaway to the agricultural biotech giant Monsanto.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE


A Very Republican Easter

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Rand Paul Weighs In on Drug Punishments, LaPierre Blasts ‘Insane’ Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Ted Cruz’s attempt to repeal Obamacare and why the debate on gay marriage may be over even before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a pair of cases on the issue this week.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE


Call It What It Is: A Class War

The Republican budget endorses an economic war waged by the upper class against everyone else.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



Bachmann Says Obamacare Will Kill You, Fey Revives Palin Impression, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Rand Paul’s “news flash” for Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss tells a reporter that “I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE


Why Democrats Shouldn’t Put Social Security and Medicare on the Table

If there was ever a time for the Democratic Party to champion working Americans and reverse these troubling trends, it is now — forging an alliance between the frustrated middle and the working poor.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Mad Stories in Paul Ryan’s World

Paul Ryan’s budget plan tells a story of savage violence that shows that those who occupy the bottom rungs of American society—whether they be low-income families, minorities of color or the young—are to be considered disposable.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE


Calling Out Ryan’s Radicalism

Paul Ryan’s budget could prove to be a perversely useful document.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE


The Contest Over the Real Economic Problem

The biggest problems we face are unemployment, stagnant wages, slow growth and widening inequality—not deficits. The major goal must be to get jobs and wages back, not balance the budget.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Ryan’s Blurred Vision: What the ‘New’ Republican Budget Reveals (and Conceals)

Someone needs to tell Paul Ryan that his party—and the economic platform of austerity and plutocracy he crafted for it—lost a national election last year.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Ryan the Redistributionist

The Republican Party makeover is breathtaking. Now, suddenly, instead of accusing Democrats of being “redistributionists,” the GOP is posing as defender of the middle class against corporate America—and it’s doing so by proposing to do away with the most progressive piece of legislation in well over a decade.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE


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