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Boehner in the Catbird’s Seat

Don’t feel sorry for John Boehner. His party and his country may be losers in this absurd crisis, but he clearly intends to come out a winner.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE


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Republican Favorability Dives to Record Low

Only 28 percent of those polled had a favorable view of Republicans—that’s down 10 points from last month and “the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.”

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The Heartbreak of Extremism

The only thing keeping our country from being its growing, innovative and successful self is genuinely and unnecessarily stupid politics.

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Obama Will Nominate Janet Yellen as the First Woman to Chair the Fed

President Obama will reportedly nominate Fed Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to head the central bank, making her the first woman in the institution’s 99-year history to do so if she is confirmed by the Senate.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Polls Show Obama Is Winning the Shutdown Argument

Although as arguments go, this one was pretty much a lob to the president.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Tea Party’s Last Stand

If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party.

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Boehner Doubles Down, Threatens Default

House Speaker John Boehner went on television Sunday to scare the hell out of everybody.

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Liberty Tied Up

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Let Go of the Car, Mr. Speaker

Republicans in Congress are like a dog that chases cars and finally catches one. There is a fleeting sense of accomplishment, followed by sheer panic.

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How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster—of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress.

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A Different Sort of Shutdown

Republicans are badly divided over the government shutdown while Democrats are united.

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Mission Accomplished: The Tea Party Shutdown

The right-wing extremists got exactly what they wanted. Now, what will the country do about it?

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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Reason Republicans Were Willing to Shut It Down

Don’t write the Republicans off as totally crazy. They know that if Obamacare works, it will wreck chances for attaining their real goal.

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If a Government Shutdown Happens, It Will Be John Boehner’s Fault (Video)

President Obama on Monday blamed the looming shutdown on “one faction of one party,” but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid puts the onus on just one man.

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Government Go Boom

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Congress Talking Out of Its Butts

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The Shutdown’s Real Goal

The coming battles over budgets, the debt ceiling, a government shutdown and Obamacare are not elements of a large political game.

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Economic Recovery

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Obama Job Approval Keeps Sinking

Maybe it’s the NSA spying, the fact that the economic recovery has mostly benefited the richest Americans or the threat to bomb Syria. Regardless, a growing majority of the country disapproves of the president’s job performance.

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Colorado’s Morality Lesson on Guns

You have to hand it to the gun manufacturers lobby. Children may be slaughtered, the death toll from firearms may keep mounting, but these guys are unrelenting and know how to play politics.

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Our Way or the Highway

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The Lessons of Colorado’s Gun Debate

The day after this week’s elections, the National Rifle Association got exactly what it wanted.

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Polarization Is Distorting the Syria Debate

It’s a paradox: While hawks criticize Obama for not being willing to act boldly enough against Assad, doves criticize him for being too willing to risk a wider war.

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What Happened to the Anti-War Movement?

A mere 72 hours after President Obama delivered an encomium honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, he announced his intention to pound yet another country with bombs.

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Syria and the Return of Dissent

The mood of the public and of many in Congress is summarized easily: “No more Iraqs.”

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Senate Committee Votes to Authorize Military Strikes on Syria

On a 10-7 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would grant the president up to 90 days to wage war on Syria without the use of ground troops.

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The American Dilemma: Slavery to Race to Class

The power of historians and of the press is that they get to choose which events will be remembered and which fade into obscurity.

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The Armageddon Caucus

Congress is supposed to be the venue in which we Americans work our way past divisions that are inevitable in a large and diverse democracy. Yet for some time, Republican congressional leaders have given the most right-wing members of the House and Senate a veto power that impedes compromise, and thus governing itself.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE


Christie’s Debate Phobia

“We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.” Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party’s future.

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Congress Goes on Summer Recess

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Ted Cruz

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Shifty Congress

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Newspapers Are Disappointingly Partisan When It Comes to Scandal

A study has found bias where there isn’t supposed to be any.

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What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

The war against terror now being conducted from the White House, with the increasing use of drones, obviously is a self-perpetuating and self-enlarging undertaking that of its nature guarantees that the United States is the creator and perpetuator of the very war it fights.

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Congressional Recess

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RNC Threatens to Boycott Networks That Air Hillary Clinton Documentaries

With NBC and CNN both planning to devote special coverage to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) says his group will freeze out networks that put a “thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

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Religion Challenges Left and Right

Here’s the challenge: Americans who are left-of-center are far more religiously diverse than their opponents on the conservative side. When it comes to matters of faith, liberals and Democrats have a far more complicated task of coalition management—although religion also raises some serious difficulties for the right.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE


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Texas Republican Wants Wendy Davis to Pay for Her Filibuster

The Democratic state senator has responded to her colleague’s request that she “should reimburse the taxpayers for the entire cost of the second special session.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 READ MORE


Corporate Tax Rate Cut

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The Party of (Nutty) Ideas

It’s not your imagination. The Republican Party really does seem to have taken leave of its senses.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Reaction to Snowden Asylum, Another State Legalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including San Diego’s mayor blames the city for sexual harassment allegations against him and the Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee claims that Democrats are “anti-God.”

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


New Term

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Measuring GOP Extremism: What Carville and Greenberg’s Latest Polling Reveals

It is becoming increasingly plain that the most formidable obstacle to national progress and global security is the Republican Party—and specifically the extremist factions that currently dominate the GOP.

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Summers Loving

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Yes We Could. So Why Don’t We?

That hoary fable has it wrong. Frogs have the sense to hop out of heating pots. We Americans don’t. Degree by degree over decades, we’ve been scalded senseless. It is time to snap out of our stupor.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


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We Should Thank Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated—even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

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