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The Economic Whodunit

The policy mystery of our time is why politicians in the United States and across much of the democratic world are so obsessed with deficits when their primary mission ought to be bringing down high and debilitating rates of unemployment.

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE


Hostage Situation

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Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE


Resolute, but With an Asterisk

The nation demonstrated again last week how resolute it can be when threatened by murderous terrorists—and how helpless when ordered to heel by smug lobbyists for the gun industry.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE


Scarborough Rages Against Republicans for Blocking Gun Reform Bill

“You don’t ignore 90 percent of what the voting population wants when you’re talking about the safety of Americans,” the MSNBC host said. “This sort of extremism is going to be called out.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE


At Bat

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Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE


Obama in the Middle

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Newtown’s Call to Reason

The heroic and inspiring role played by the families of the Sandy Hook massacre’s victims should not be used to create what would be a dangerously misleading narrative about how they changed the politics of guns.

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Miracles

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Grand Bargain Budget Shock

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Hillary’s Future

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Keystone XL Pipeline: The ‘Stonewall’ of the Climate Movement?

Why take a look at the history of gay rights in the context of the climate struggle? Because the hardest part of the Keystone pipeline fight has been figuring out what to do about the Democrats.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Abolish the Minimum Wage? It’s No Fantasy

The slow bulldozing of government protections has allowed lawmakers to re-examine programs and policies that haven’t been touched for decades.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE


Stupid Ass

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Obama and the GOP

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Supreme Court Hears Prop. 8, Coulter and Hannity Flip Out Over Jim Carrey, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver makes a prediction about gay marriage and North Dakota sticks it to women by enacting the nation’s strictest abortion law.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Julian Castro, San Antonio’s Relay Star

Castro is a politician in not too much of a hurry. This does not mean the 38-year-old mayor of San Antonio lacks ambition.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE


Denying Victims a Vote

Shame on Harry Reid for killing any prospect of an assault weapons ban. I understand why he did it, but that doesn’t make it right.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE


Assault Ban

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Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE


Democrats Also to Blame for Iraq War, Journalist Scahill Says

Nation writer Jeremy Scahill ripped into Republicans and Democrats on the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, claiming that both parties are to blame for the war during a recent appearance on MSNBC.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Good Intentions, Bad Information at CPAC

Libertarians, whom the Republican National Committee has largely shut out, assumed a more energetic role at CPAC this year, using the failed election as evidence that the GOP should return to their philosophy’s ideals.

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Unhappy Meal

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2016 Candidates

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Obama and Republicans Have Dinner

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Calling Out Ryan’s Radicalism

Paul Ryan’s budget could prove to be a perversely useful document.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul, Dianne Feinstein vs. Ted Cruz, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Reuters editor is indicted on suspicion of aiding hackers and Barack Obama wants Democratic lawmakers to know he’s not Dick Cheney.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



Democrats Demand Answers From Obama, Warren Blasts Republicans, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sarah Palin announces her next book project and Iran mulls a lawsuit against Hollywood.

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The Blame Game

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Is the Partisan Ice Breaking?

Just when our politics seemed destined to freeze into a brain-dead brand of partisanship, party lines started cracking up.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE


Presidential Charm Offensive

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Happy Tears

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Filibusters

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Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Open Government

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Harlem Shake

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Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE


Budget Wars: A Case for Hope

There are, believe it or not, grounds for hoping that the sequester, stupid as it is, might open the way to ending our nation’s budget stalemate.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



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


House Divided

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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 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE


Partisanship

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Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE


Closed Capitol

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Hostage

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Just Married

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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


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



The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE



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


Immigration Plan

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Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



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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


Are Republicans Going the Way of the Whigs?

If I were a Republican activist, I think I would give up reading political journalism for a while. I might even turn to reading history, say the history of whatever happened to the Whig Party.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE


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