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Nothing Great About the ‘Grand Bargain’

The president and Congress reaching a “grand bargain” would mean significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; some Republican senators believe Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique on American citizens; meanwhile, millions showed up to the largest coordinated strike Europe has ever seen. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE


Boehner Promises

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Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE


Hanging On to Rice

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Posted on Nov 17, 2012 READ MORE


Rockets Near Jerusalem and Petraeus on the Hill

The world braces for a ground attack in Israel as rockets rain on Jerusalem and Israel showers air assaults on the Gaza Strip, while President Obama and congressional leaders begin discussing the looming fiscal cliff. The panelists tackle these issues and others on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE


It’s a Brave New (Political) World

Any way you slice and dice the data, they point toward inevitable political change over the next couple of decades.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Ending the Drug War: The Next Serious Step Through the Haze of Comedy

What’s next? Amid all the munchie-themed jokes from reporters, political elites and late-night comedians, this remains the overarching question after Coloradans voted overwhelmingly to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in the same way alcohol is already legalized, regulated and taxed.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Preserve Benefits: Cut Gouging and Inequities

Congress is still talking about a “Grand Bargain” that “balances” far more spending cuts than tax increases. That is another way of saying that you – the consumer of Medicare and Medicaid services, the recipient of Social Security, and the average taxpayer — will take the brunt of the spending cuts.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Avoiding the ‘Fiscal Cliff’: ‘Broadening the Tax Base’ vs. Raising Taxes on the Rich

The president says he wants $1.6 trillion in tax hikes. Republicans say they won’t raise tax rates but might be willing to close some loopholes and limit some deductions and tax credits. Is compromise in the air?

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE


The Petraeus Affair

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The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (II): Put a Trigger Mechanism in the Legislation

When he meets with congressional leaders to begin discussions about avoiding the “fiscal cliff,” Obama should make clear that America faces two big economic challenges ahead: getting the economy back on track and getting the budget deficit under control.

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First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress Makes for Another Election 2012 Milestone

Kyrsten Sinema will represent the good people of Phoenix in the House after emerging victorious from an election-night squeaker. And thanks to the 36-year-old former state senator, the next Congress will feature its first openly bisexual member, as well as its first lesbian senator and first openly LGBT person of color.

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A Bizarro Spy Tale With Missing Pieces

The one familiar aspect of the David Petraeus scandal is that he had an affair. Everything else about this story is weird.

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Conservative Kristol: ‘It Won’t Kill the Country if We Raise Taxes’

The Weekly Standard editor is breaking with the Republican Party on the issue of taxes, telling “Fox News Sunday” that the GOP shouldn’t “fall on its sword” defending against a tax increase for millionaires.

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The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain: Aim High

Assuming the goal is $4 trillion of deficit reduction over the next decade (that’s the consensus of the Simpson-Bowles commission, the Congressional Budget Office, and most independent analysts), here’s what the President should propose.

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How the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell Affair Was Uncovered

It appears modern technology and a jealous lover cost the ex-CIA director his job.

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama Shouldn’t Back Down

It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country. If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he would put his second term in jeopardy.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE



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First Openly Gay Minority Elected to Congress

Mark Takano, a Democrat, has made history by winning his election in California’s new 41st Congressional District.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Small Change

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Todd Akin Loses

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Rove the Biggest Loser, Maddow Slams GOP Fantasy World, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the unofficial winner of the state of Florida and the question being asked about Diane Sawyer after election night.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Boehner May Have More Leverage Over Tea Partiers in Congress

Tea partiers may be more amenable to an agreement now that the electorate has signaled it doesn’t especially like what the tea party has been up to.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

When Obama Won, So Did America’s Future

What Barack Obama tried to tell America in the hour of his remarkable victory is that the nation’s future won on Election Day.

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Florida’s Slow Election Results, Williams’ Feud With Trump, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some winners and losers from Tuesday’s election and Jon Stewart weighs in on the Missouri Senate race between Claire McCaskill and Todd Akin.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Raul Ruiz Defeats Longtime GOP Rep. Mary Bono Mack

The Democrat scored a major upset victory Tuesday night in California’s 36th Congressional District, handing Bono Mack her first loss in her 14-year political career.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE


Republican Allen West Not Conceding Election Yet

UPDATE: With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, the tea party-backed Republican trails in his re-election bid to Democrat Patrick Murphy by a razor-thin margin.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Ohio Puts Obama Over the Top

Barack Obama will serve a second term in office, winning the desperately contested battleground state of Ohio, with Florida still too close to call as of this posting.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome Back to Congress, Rep. Alan Grayson

He spent only two years in Congress before losing the gig in 2010, and just like that you can drop the “former” from Rep. Alan Grayson’s title. The good people of Orlando, Fla.,  are sending the sharp-tongued liberal fireball back to work in the Capitol.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Forward!

I suspect that when my life is over I will have had two opportunities to vote in a presidential election for a black man, and I intend to take both of them.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Rocky Anderson Decides Not to Get Arrested

Justice Party presidential candidate Rocky Anderson stood outside the White House on the eve of the election demanding that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder respond to the stripping away of American rights that began under George W. Bush and accelerated when Obama took office in 2008.

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Williams Takes on Limbaugh, Biden Goes on Letterman, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s case for why President Obama is the favorite in next week’s election, Richard Mourdock’s drop in the latest Indiana Senate poll and Dick Morris’ election prediction backtrack.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Waiting for Obama, Democrats Will Lose the House

Why can’t the Democrats landslide these Republicans as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson would surely have done?

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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The Most Anti-Science Political Candidates of Election 2012

Although many seekers of elected office are mulling over the connection between climate change and the deadly and destructive superstorm Sandy, there are a few candidates in the U.S. who won’t be following suit.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Time to Play the Race Card—Again

Republicans are ending this campaign where they began four years ago, questioning the legitimacy of an elected black president with an odd (to us) name.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE


U.S. Tax Code

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Posted on Oct 28, 2012 READ MORE



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The Democrat Who Could Unseat Michele Bachmann

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann faces a serious challenge in her re-election bid. His name is Jim Graves, and polls show that he is neck and neck with the tea party favorite.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/SSgt Jeff Kaus

Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


Arlen Specter RIP

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Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charlie Neibergall

No Room for the Poor in This Election

It’s not surprising that in Thursday’s vice presidential debate Paul Ryan didn’t mention the millions of working poor who would suffer should he and Mitt Romney win in November, but I expected more from Joe Biden.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE


Giving Congress the Finger

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Sherrod Brown’s Lessons for Obama

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s uncompromising advocacy on behalf of workers, toughness on trade, and progressive policies on a broad range of other issues have allowed him to build a formidable organization across Ohio, and a large cadre of small donors.

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder

Romney’s Foreign Policy a Puzzle That Doesn’t Fit Together

It is no surprise to find a businessman who is clueless with respect to America’s international relations, but when a businessman is running for the American presidency, you would expect an effort to read and learn.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charlie Neibergall

Sigh No More: Obama, Romney Leave No Room to Argue

The presidential debate this week was much ado about nothing, and Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama because he was more energetic in distorting the significance of their miniscule differences.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Alex Brandon

This Far-Right Supreme Court Is Reason Enough to Vote Obama

Four of the sitting justices are 74 or older. Each can be expected to step down over the next four to eight years.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE


First Presidential Debate: Questions That are Unlikely to Be Asked

A sampling of questions you should not expect debate moderator Jim Lehrer to ask during Wednesday’s night highly anticipated showdown between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE


Nader Says ‘War Criminal’ Obama Is Worse Than George W. Bush

Ralph Nader famously argues against choosing between the lesser of two evils, but did you know that between the current president and the last, he might consider the lesser evil to be George W. Bush?

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE


The Choice Between Automatons and Leaders

Ask corporate executives what they really want in a legislator, and they probably won’t use words like “principled” or “well-informed.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Barack to Mitt: Corporations Run the Economy

President Obama should send this open letter to his GOP opponent—pronto!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Welcome to the Club: Russia Joins the WTO

For motives that are not entirely clear, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has overcome stiff opposition at home and in the United States to take its place in the World Trade Organization.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



A Voting Issue That Isn’t (Video)

When Michelle Obama called voting rights “the movement of our era” in a speech Saturday night, she didn’t specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn’t have to.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Can This Election Settle Anything?

The most important issue in the 2012 campaign barely gets discussed: How will we govern ourselves after the election is over?

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE


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