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Chuck Hagel and Republicans

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Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Is Right on the Debt Ceiling

According to the Obama administration, there is nothing the president can do on his own to raise the ceiling or maneuver around it. As much as some of us may disagree, Obama is correct. Here’s why.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE


Congressional Issues

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Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE



The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Dennis Cook

Congress, Cockroaches or the Kardashians: Which Is Most Despised?

A new poll compares Congress’ “favorability” to, among other people and things, the Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan, gonorrhea and NFL replacement referees to figure out just how unpopular America’s legislative body is.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE


113th Congress

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Threat to Economy

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Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE


Wingnut Packy Prints

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Fools on the Hill

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Barney Frank

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Debt Ceiling Threat

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Fiscal Cliff Morphing to Debt Ceiling

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Moving Day

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Posted on Jan 6, 2013 READ MORE


Christie’s Negotiation Method

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Violence Against Women Act

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Holding the Reins

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Christie’s Cannonball

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Congress Rights a Wrong, Ann Coulter’s Epic Rant, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s reported pick for secretary of defense and why Joe Biden could be America’s next reality TV star (or not).

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


Hit the Brakes

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The Truth Behind the Fiscal Cliff’s Reality TV Show

During the halcyon 1990s, we labeled annual congressional temper tantrums for what they were: standard, if boring, budget impasses.

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Wag the Dogma

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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

The 113th Congress Can’t Be Worse Than the 112th Congress

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the LA Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


Negotiating With ‘Madmen’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the L.A. Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Our Clown-Around Congress

To say that Congress looked like a clown show this week is an insult to self-respecting clowns.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 READ MORE


Half and Half

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Fiscal Deal Passes as House GOP Clown Car Crashes, Again

The House of Representatives has increasingly been dominated over the past two decades by a coterie of tantrum-prone extremists who lack the probity and steadiness required for democratic self-government.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo

Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst excesses of the Bush years.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



Charles Knowles (CC-BY)

An Urgent Resolution for 2013

Guns do kill people. Our national New Year’s resolution must be to stop the madness.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



Christie and Trump Rip Republicans, Major Drama Within the GOP, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on Hillary Clinton’s health and a House Republican who says you shouldn’t send any more donations to his fellow GOP congressmen.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The Fiscal Cliff Deal: It’s Better Than It Looks

To be deemed a serious analyst at the moment seems to require a lot of hand-wringing and sneering over how awful Congress looked over the last few days as it rushed a fiscal cliff deal into law. So permit me to burn my membership card in the League of Commentators and Pundits.
   

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



Casey Serin (CC BY 2.0)

Rendition Persists Despite Due Process Concerns

The Obama administration continues to embrace rendition—“the [controversial] practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due process”—as it remains at odds with Congress over how to apprehend and try such suspects overseas, The Washington Post reports.

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The Next War: The Battle Over the Debt Ceiling

The last time the debt ceiling had to be raised, in 2011, Republicans demanded major cuts in programs for the poor as well as Medicare and Social Security. They got some concessions from the White House but didn’t get what they wanted—which led us to the fiscal cliff. So we’ve come full circle.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE


Not My Fault

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Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



TexasGOPVote.com

Congress Rejects Own Pay Raise

By casting their ballots in favor of a deal that would avert the so-called fiscal cliff early Tuesday morning, senators overwhelmingly blocked a pay increase for themselves and members of the House that President Obama recently approved via an executive order.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE


Partisan Cliff

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Lousy Deal on the Edge of the Cliff

The fiscal cliff deal that emerged from the Senate on New Year’s Eve is a lousy one. Let me count the ways.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE



Fiscal Cliff Blame Game, a Hillary Clinton Health Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a marriage milestone in Maryland and Politics Today’s pick for the 2012 video of the year.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE


Happy New Year, America!

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Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE


Obama and Boehner Cliff Driving

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Happy New Cliff

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Dunce Cap

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112th Congress

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Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Fiscal Cliff Talks Going Down to the Wire

Forget the Times Square ball drop in New York City. The most dramatic moment of New Year’s Eve 2012 will most likely happen on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



TexasGOPVote.com

Do-Nothing Congress to Get Pay Raise

Looking for a job where being unproductive and ineffective won’t hurt your chances of getting a raise? Try being a member of Congress!

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr/401(K) 2012

How Bad Is Our Debt Problem and Will a Deal Fix It?

President Obama met with congressional leaders Friday in another attempt to avert the fiscal cliff—the automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 unless Congress can strike a deal. The cuts and tax hikes are so large and so sudden that many economists fear they would plunge the country back into recession.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



Electronic Frontier Foundation (CC BY 2.0)

Truthdigger of the Week: Electronic Frontier Foundation

As the larger part of American culture seems ready to surrender its claim to privacy without question, organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation are riding like Paul Revere through the digital Massachusetts night.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE


Golden Parachute

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Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE


Republican Infighting

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U.S. Army/Specialist Ken Scar

Need for Straight Talk From U.S. Defense Department

Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE


Happy New Fiscal Cliff

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Posted on Dec 28, 2012 READ MORE


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