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Netanyahu’s Speech

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Canned Congress

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Why Netanyahu’s Congress Speech Will Fail (Video)

The conspiracy hatched by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear weapons program has a false premise that dooms it.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



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Netanyahu Tars Europe and U.S. for Anti-Semitism of Terrorists

A fundamental theme of Israeli propaganda—and virtually its sole theme under the governments of Benjamin Netanyahu—has been that anti-Semitism is responsible for the growing criticism of or hostility toward Israel and its policies.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Prepared to Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill on Tuesday (Updated)

He said he’d do it, and it looks like he means business: President Obama is ready to flex his executive power and veto the divisive bill designed to launch construction of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would span from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Gulf Coast.

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How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Boehner Ready to Let Homeland Security Funding Bill Pass Its Expiration Date

Who’s ready for another government shutdown threat? House Speaker John Boehner, for one.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Border Security Is Not an Immigration Cure-All

With the opening of the new Congress, Republican lawmakers have been promising a renewed focus on border security as a supposed fix for America’s broken immigration system.

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Obama Asks Congress for Another Middle East War

The White House has asked Congress to pass a deliberately vague authorization for the war against the Islamic State that has been in progress for six months. Congress seems disinclined to say yes.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



When You’ve Lost Bernie Sanders: How Netanyahu Destroyed the Israel Lobby

Senator Bernie Sanders, the most consistent and prominent progressive in the U.S. Senate, has decided to skip the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress on March 3. It is Bibi’s Kanye West moment.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



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Playing Politics With Measles—That’s Pretty Sick

Scientific evidence be damned: Some Republican presidential candidates are trying to turn the outbreak into votes.

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Obamacare Repeated Repeals

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Warren and Cummings Press Federal Reserve on Leak Investigation

In a letter to the Fed, they say “the public has the right to know” what happened after potentially market-moving information found its way into a private newsletter in 2012.

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Why Is Huge Trade Deal Being Kept Secret?

The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy—but don’t ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Juvenile Republicans Turn on One Another

If the party’s aim is to show Americans it is ready to govern, we are witnessing an epic fail.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



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It’s Time for U.S. and European Allies to Step Back From Ukrainian Conflict

President Barack Obama himself conceded to the American TV audience (those not watching Super Bowl preparations) that the official U.S. narrative concerning the war in Ukraine is not true.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



Golden Opportunity for GOP Deal-Making

To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama’s budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home—in cash—the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



Why Obama’s Budget Matters

When President Obama released his budget on Monday, the words “dead on arrival” were widely incanted because they are part of a quasi-religious Beltway ritual. This year, those words are misleading.

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Bibi Speech

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What You Need to Know About the Worst Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard Of (Video)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, now headed to Congress, is a product of big corporations and Wall Street, seeking to circumvent regulations protecting workers, consumers, and the environment.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



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The Boehner-Bibi Backfire

The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama’s back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE


Bibi Drone

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Obama’s Paramedics

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Boehner’s Choice

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Netanyahu

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What Is the GOP Thinking?

There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE


On Offense

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Imagine Something Different

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

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State of the Union

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Log Jam

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State of the Union: Bright Ideas, Dim Future

Obama fans loyally hailed the speech as a triumph. But in the real world if you don’t have the votes you’re a loser.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



SOTU 2015: Obama Sets the Tone for His Final Stretch

President Obama will face two Republican-controlled chambers of Congress during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

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Here Are 7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

Changes for abortion, contraception and more top the agendas of Republicans in the majority in Congress and many state legislatures.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE


Whip Steve Scalise

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Obamaville

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The Community College Cause

Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE


Red Congress

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Senator Demands Answers on Red Cross’ Finances

Prompted by an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, Sen. Charles Grassley asks the charity to explain how it has used donations from the public.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE



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What ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Should Mean to Us

To understand what is at stake in this struggle, it is important to look closely at what we are defending.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



The Right’s Idea of ‘Governance’

This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE



Boehner Faces Congressional Challengers From Within GOP Ranks (Updated)

Given how Republicans soundly clinched a majority win in both the House and Senate in November, it seems a bit counterintuitive that House Speaker John Boehner has to worry about detractors from within his own party now that Congress is back in session.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE


Ready to Govern

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New Ear

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New Hope for the Climate Crusade

A promising new legal framework that recognizes Earth’s ecologies as a public trust could compel local and state legislators to take action to protect the planet by convincing courts that environmental protection is the responsibility of the government.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE


Open Mind on Guns

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2015 Tea

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