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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.

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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


Boehner

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Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

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


The Fiscal Slope

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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.

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Boehner Ball

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Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



David Orban (CC-BY)

Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Whistle-blowers have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar results.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Opening Positions on the Cliff Deal: Deja Vu All Over Again

By signaling its willingness not to raise top rates as high as they were under President Clinton and to cut some $400 billion from projected increases in Medicare and other entitlement spending, the White House has ceded important ground.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE


Ignore Grover (and Learn From Him)

Pretending that Norquist is more powerful than he is allows Republicans to win acclaim they haven’t earned yet.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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It’s the Economy, Stupid!

Some people claim immigration reform is political posturing; others say it’s a humanitarian issue. The reality: It’s in the country’s self-interest.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Let the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Expire Already

Now is the time to hold Democrats accountable and ensure that we do deficit reduction in a way that is fair, while also protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama Signs Whistle-Blower Protections Into Law

The president put his seal of approval Tuesday on legislation extending support to federal employees who reveal fraud, graft and abuse.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE



Santorum May Not Be Done Running Yet, Nude Protests at Boehner’s Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the entitlement program top Senate Democrats say is not on the “fiscal cliff” chopping block, and a former Republican senator has some harsh words for anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Gerald Herbert

Alito Rising: What to Expect From the Supreme Court’s New Alpha Conservative

The justice has expressed contempt for the sitting president and is ready for a leading ideological role.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



401(K) 2012 (CC-BY-SA)

Cracks in the Anti-Tax Wall

We’re seeing the first signs in years that on the question of taxation—one of the fundamental responsibilities of government—the GOP may be starting to recover its senses.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker/Bryant Avondoglio

Change? Learn? Compromise? Grow? Not These Republicans

Hearing so much chatter about “change” in the Republican Party, the innocent voter might believe that the Republicans had learned important lessons from their stinging electoral defeat.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE


Fiscal Cliff

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Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



Warren’s Wall Street Fight, Obama’s Thanksgiving ‘Pardon,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic congressman’s resignation and why Joe Scarborough is apologizing to Nate Silver.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



Rand Paul Talks Marijuana Legalization, O’Reilly-Stewart Feud Heats Up, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how federal authorities could soon have warrantless access to your private emails, and the latest ridiculous venture from the conservative who brought us “Unskewed Polls.”

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


Why We Should Stop Obsessing About The Federal Budget Deficit

The best way to generate jobs and growth is for the government to spend more, not less. And for taxes to stay low – or become even lower – for the middle class.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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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Hanging On to Rice

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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



Torben Hansen (CC-BY)

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



Flickr/TexasGOPVote.com

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



Pete Souza/The White House

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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Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



Associated Press

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.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



CIA

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.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



Pete Souza/The White House

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.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Cliff Owen

How the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell Affair Was Uncovered

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

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 READ MORE



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


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