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Rand Paul Filibuster









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Rand Paul’s Filibuster of John Brennan

You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


Eric Holder

Holder on Prosecuting Big Banks, Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban Enacted, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the House votes to avoid a government shutdown and Gabrielle Giffords makes a plea for gun control at the place where she was shot two years ago.

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School ‘Reform’ the Walmart Way

The Walton family, better known as the Walmart heirs, have invested millions in trying to privatize Los Angeles public schools; perhaps the true culprit of the sequester is President Obama; meanwhile, the former pope’s resignation can be seen as a sound surrender rather than a cowardly abdication. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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House Divided









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Minimum Wage









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AP/Mike Groll

With Minimum Wage Bill, Congress Is Just Trying to Keep Up With Inflation

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said they would like to see the minimum wage hiked even higher than what they have proposed, but “We want it to pass through Congress.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



Christie Slams Congress, Krugman Debates Scarborough, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major development in the confirmation hearing of John Brennan and Jeb Bush flip-flops on immigration reform once more.

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Sprinkler of the House









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House GOP Budget Would Strip Nonexistent ACORN of Federal Funds Again

A bizarre provision of the House Republicans’ short-term budget bill would strip ACORN of all federal funds even though 1) the government already withdrew all federal money from the organization and 2) the group no longer exists.

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‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Rips ‘Incompetent’ Congress Over Sequester

On his program Monday night, Jon Stewart said that the sequester, which took effect Friday, was like an “autoerotic asphyxiation” for Congress.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



The White House/Pete Souza

What Obama Should Do Now

I’d make clear to the American people that they made a choice in 2012 but that right-wing House Republicans have been blocking that choice, and the only way to implement that choice is for Congress to pass the Build America’s Future Act.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE



Neon Tommy

How California Turned Its Own Sequester Into Higher Taxes and Economic Growth

If President Obama follows the example of Gov. Jerry Brown in California, he can use devastating budget cuts to deal conservatives a crushing blow, argues David Sirota.

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Sequestration Immolation









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Congressional Sinkhole









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Rights









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Partisanship









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Crisis Management









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Terror Alert Redux









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GOP Tourette’s









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A Good Day to Sequester









Posted on Mar 2, 2013 ENLARGE



White House/Pete Souza

Obama: Sequestration Is ‘Dumb,’ It’s ‘Going to Hurt’ but ‘We Will Get Through This’

Braced for automatic budget cuts that he described as “dumb” and painful, the president said Friday, “I’m not a dictator” and “if Mitch McConnell or John Boehner say ‘I need to go to catch a plane,’ I can’t have Secret Service block the doorway, right?”

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House Cats









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Sen. Sanders on the Sequestration

Regardless of the fact that large numbers of Americans believe the best way to fix the budget crisis is to tax the wealthy and profitable corporations, Sen. Bernie Sanders says, $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts are taking effect Friday.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Closed Capitol









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While Republicans Warn Against ‘Greece,’ That Is Exactly Where Austerity Budgeting Will Lead U.S.

Indebted America is in danger of turning into destitute Greece, or so congressional Republicans and conservative commentators have been warning us for years now. For many reasons, this is an absurd comparison—but it may not always be quite so ridiculous if Washington’s advocates of austerity get their way.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker of the House/Bryant Avondoglio

Ending the Permanent Crisis

Ever since they took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans have made journeys to the fiscal brink as commonplace as summertime visits to the beach or the ballpark.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Richard Drew

Americans Fear Iran but There Is Much to Learn From Cuba

A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran’s civilian nuclear program will threaten “the vital interests of the United States in the next ten years.” Eighty-three percent say this will be “a critical threat.” Why?

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/Senator Boxer

Time to Challenge Obama on Gas Prices

Here we go again. A sudden surge in the price of gasoline and heating oil is followed by reported expressions of frustrated despair by hard-pressed consumers in the midst of silence from the oil companies and abdication of responsibility by the elected and appointed officials of federal and state governments.

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Sequester Army Knife









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AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Black People Are Not ‘Immigrants’

Now that an African-American president of the United States is the point person on the national debate about immigration, it’s time that the black perspective on the matter be examined.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 READ MORE


Sequestered









Posted on Feb 27, 2013 ENLARGE


Chuck Hagel

Senate Confirms Hagel, GOP Lawmaker Says Cheney Going to Hell, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Chris Christie being omitted from a major conservative event and Stephen Colbert breaks character to make his first political endorsement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


Triggering the Cuts









Posted on Feb 25, 2013 ENLARGE



Michael Saechang (CC-BY-SA)

The Miracle on Guns

A not-so-small miracle is unfolding before our eyes. After nearly two decades in which established opinion insisted that it would never again be possible to pass sensible regulations of firearms, the unthinkable is on the verge of happening.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


Smelly Ships









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Sequestration









Posted on Feb 24, 2013 ENLARGE



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Comedian Mark Russell Is Back to Skewer Washington’s Power Elites

The 80-year-old political satirist came out of retirement in August when he heard that a group of Republican congressmen had drunkenly gamboled—at least one of them in the nude—in the Sea of Galilee.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


The Hand Job









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DOD/Cherie Cullen

Pentagon Grounds All F-35s After Routine Inspection

The $400 billion boondoggle known as the Joint Strike Fighter suffered another setback Friday when the Pentagon grounded the first 51 of 2,400 desired jets.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Sequestration









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Immigration Plan









Posted on Feb 22, 2013 ENLARGE



Wikimedia Commons/Scrumshus

No Winners in This Game

The standoff over the package of budget cuts known as “the sequester” is the dumbest, most self-defeating fight between President Obama and Republicans in Congress since ... let’s see, since the last dumb, self-defeating fight less than two months ago.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE


El Sequester









Posted on Feb 21, 2013 ENLARGE


Staying Stupid: Why the ‘Hip’ Young Republicans Can’t Change Their Party (or Themselves)

Savvy Republicans know that something is deeply wrong with the GOP —frequently mocked these days by Republicans themselves as “the stupid party”—which has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE


The Tea Party’s Ghost

The deficit that should concern us most right now has to do with time, not money. Money can be recouped. Time just disappears.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Jesse Jackson Jr. Loses the Right to Vote

Pleading guilty to fraud and facing as many as five years in prison, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. tearfully acknowledged Wednesday that he was losing one of the rights for which his father fought.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE


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