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Unemployment Extension Passes the Senate, but the House Still Isn’t Wild About Poor People

One chamber of Congress gave unemployed Americans cause for hope Tuesday, while the other, led by Speaker John Boehner, remains in opposition.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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On Unemployment, Today’s Congress Is Meaner Than George W. Bush

Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year

President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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The ACA: Here to Stay

Now that the fight over Obamacare is history, perhaps everyone can finally focus on making the program work the way it was designed. Or, preferably, better.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



Congress to the Unemployed: Eat Confetti

Is this really how we want to start the new year, by denying unemployment benefits to more than a million Americans who have lost their jobs?

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE


Congress Rocks 2013

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Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE


Unemployment

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Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE



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The Cruelest Cut of All

To 1.3 million jobless Americans: The Republican Party wishes you a Very Unhappy New Year!

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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2014: Seize the Moment

Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country.

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New Years Partisans

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2013: Not As Bad As You Think

Something else happened this year that may, over time, prove far more important than the great website flop.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE


113th Congress

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Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Growing Divide

The Republican Party, which should have the wind at its back, enters 2014 in disarray bordering on open warfare.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Four Reasons Republicans Might Take Back the Senate in 2014

A new poll shows the GOP on top of the Democrats heading into the midterm elections next year and while it’s far too soon to be definitive, the numbers should alarm the president and his party.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE


A Red and Blue Christmas

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Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE


Worst Congress

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Worst Congress Ever

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Xmas Present

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Mistletoe Smooch

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The GOP’s Fight Has Just Begun

The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Obamacare Lives

Despite its incompetent launch, the Affordable Care Act is slowly becoming part of American life, a development the Republicans have fought fiercely to prevent.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Progressives on the Take

The Podesta brothers are the faces of the so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party that, like the president himself, will talk a good game of reducing income inequality, while catering to the interests of the very corporations that have initiated the problem. 

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Family Values Hypocrisy

Politicians talk about family values but do almost nothing to help families. They talk about parental responsibility but do almost nothing to help parents. They talk about self-sufficiency but do precious little to make self-sufficiency a reality for those who must struggle hardest to achieve it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE


The Compromise

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Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE


Bipartisan

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The Republican Mainstream Strikes Back

The unusual display of reasonable behavior by House Republicans this week should be seen as a retreat—a change in tactics—but not a surrender. Democrats had better note the distinction.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’s’ John Oliver Celebrates the Budget Deal

Some are calling it a “Christmas miracle,” but most can see the agreement reached by congressional negotiators after four years of living in a budget-less country is much ado about nothing. Except senior political correspondent John Oliver, who argues that the bipartisan budget is comparable to the Civil Rights Act.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



Now They Tell Us: The Universe Is a Hologram?

Physicists have found evidence in simulations that the universe is quite possibly a projection; the latest Edward Snowden leak reveals the NSA uses Google cookies when determining whom to hack; meanwhile, the National Library of Norway is digitizing all of its books and making them free to read online. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


Global Warming Debate

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Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


(Mis)Representations by Gerry Mander

“The Daily Show’s” Jason Jones discusses the “art” of gerrymandering with redistricting consultant Kimball Brace, a man who won’t stop drawing ludicrous new districts even after he’s run the country into the ground. The only thing left to do is honor this artist with a gallery exhibit that shows how he uses color to change the face of American politics.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Winning Issues: Minimum Wage vs. Obamacare

Catching up on the day’s political news, one can see that the preferred issues of the Democrats and Republicans heading into the midterm elections are already having an impact.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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How Elizabeth Warren Is Scaring the Crap Out of Think Tanks and Banks

The Massachusetts senator caused a stir this week after the Third Way think tank wrote an op-ed Monday warning Democrats not to follow Warren “over the populist cliff.” But what’s truly behind this resentment toward Warren? Fear, of course.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Raise the Minimum Wage

Now that President Obama has outlined the crisis in economic mobility, he should begin by pressing his demand that Congress raise the minimum wage—and not by a little, but a lot.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE


Obama’s Bigger Playing Field

The debate over the Affordable Care Act can stay small, focusing on website failures and other short-term difficulties facing the law. Or it can get bigger, with wider insurance coverage seen as part of a larger struggle for social justice in a nation growing steadily less equal.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE


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Meet the Worst Judge in America

Now that Senate Democrats have deployed the so-called nuclear option, the question arises: From a progressive perspective, who is the worst sitting federal judge in America today?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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A Nuclear End to Denial

With their dramatic decision, Senate Democrats have frankly acknowledged that the power struggle over the judiciary has reached a crisis point and that the nature of conservative opposition to President Obama is genuinely without precedent.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Fili-Baster

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Mr. Nice Guy

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Nuclear Option

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Big Mean Democrats

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The Legend Will Never Die

Professors and pundits are downgrading President Kennedy’s legacy these days, seeing him as an ordinary, even ineffective leader. The people, three-quarters of them, according to polling done this month by the Gallup organization, rate him as the greatest of modern presidents.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Enough of GOP Obstruction

Way to nuke ’em, Harry. It was time—actually, long past time—for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to invoke the “nuclear option” and ask his colleagues to change the Senate’s rules.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Democrats Finally Off the Filibuster on Executive Nominees

Republicans filibustering seemingly every second to obstruct the Obama administration’s agenda has gotten under Democrats’ skin at last. Thursday, after being dared by the GOP to go nuclear, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the plug on filibustering, allowing presidential nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote for the remainder of this Congress.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren: ‘Make No Mistake, There Is a [Retirement] Crisis’

After The Washington Post mocked the idea of Americans facing a looming retirement crisis, the inimitable senator from Massachusetts took to her chamber’s floor to remind us that talking about Social Security benefits isn’t about “math, [it’s] about our values.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Be Thankful for the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying

The president, members of Congress and now even the Supreme Court have all come to the defense of the most invasive espionage program ever. Luckily a few lawmakers say “no.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: We Have to Atone for Turning Our Backs on People of Color

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “How should people of color respond to the dying of a civilization that has not been civil to them?”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Contrite, But Resolute

It was a necessary retreat, but President Obama made clear Thursday that his bottom line remains unchanged: “I’m not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Needs His Friends Back

President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 READ MORE


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