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Over the Cliff









Posted on Oct 10, 2013 ENLARGE


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Filibuster Fanboy









Posted on Jul 17, 2013 ENLARGE


Terror Alert Redux









Posted on Mar 2, 2013 ENLARGE


World End









Posted on Mar 1, 2013 ENLARGE


Hostage









Posted on Feb 28, 2013 ENLARGE



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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



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Your Guide to the Sequestration Horrors

On March 1, the $85 billion collection of budget cuts known as the sequester could wipe out federal programs at such varied places as national parks, the Pentagon and the FBI. Hidden among those cuts are reductions in services that are crucial to Americans’ everyday lives—education, health care and jobs. The Guardian tells us what to expect.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


McCain’s Valentine









Posted on Feb 9, 2013 ENLARGE


Goldilocks Sequester









Posted on Feb 8, 2013 ENLARGE



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Pentagon Laying Off 46,000 Workers

The Defense Department announced Friday that it has begun firing most of its 46,000 temporary personnel in advance of automatic budget cuts of about $50 billion that are expected in March.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


Before Default, Let Republicans Bump Up Hard Against the Debt Ceiling

A prolonged confrontation over the nation’s debt ceiling—unlike the “fiscal cliff,” which provoked many scary headlines—could truly be grave for both America and the world.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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A Temperature Check From Sen. Sanders

“Despite such terminology as ‘fiscal cliff’ and ‘debt ceiling,’ ” writes Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., “the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



Everybody Hates John Boehner, Piers Morgan and Alex Jones Face Off, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords’ new PAC, Elizabeth Warren admonishing AIG and Nate Silver talking politics and data analysis on Reddit.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



Paul Krugman’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coin’ Solution, Rand Paul’s Son Arrested, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s picks to round out his national security team, Hillary Clinton’s first day back at work since suffering a concussion and Donald Trump running his mouth again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Fiscal Cliff ‘Ruse’

Just because the fiscal cliff may have been averted—at least for now—doesn’t mean all the economic issues and problems facing this country have magically disappeared along with the manufactured crisis.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Threat to Economy









Posted on Jan 7, 2013 ENLARGE


Fools on the Hill









Posted on Jan 7, 2013 ENLARGE


Barney Frank









Posted on Jan 7, 2013 ENLARGE


Fiscal Cliff Morphing to Debt Ceiling









Posted on Jan 7, 2013 ENLARGE


‘Left, Right & Center’: One Fiscal Cliff Down, Boehner, and Al Gore’s Big Payday

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider the fiscal cliff deal and the issues it left untouched: the debt ceiling and the threat of “reform” to social services. They also dissect the re-election of John Boehner as speaker of the House as well as the FTC’s decision on Google and antitrust and anti-competition laws.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Hit the Brakes









Posted on Jan 4, 2013 ENLARGE


Fiscal Cliff









Posted on Jan 4, 2013 ENLARGE



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Fiscal Deal Wipes Out Obamacare Funding for Health Co-Ops

“The fiscal cliff deal, approved by Congress on New Year’s Day, eliminates most of the more than $1.4 billion in remaining funding from the federal health law for new nonprofit, customer-owned health plans designed to compete against the major for-profit insurers,” reports MedPage Today.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


Dynamite









Posted on Jan 4, 2013 ENLARGE


Wag the Dogma









Posted on Jan 4, 2013 ENLARGE



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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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


Democratic Congressman Schools ‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts

Perhaps the bookers over at Fox News decided to get Rep. Adam Smith, one of 16 Democrats who voted against the fiscal cliff deal, on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday because they thought the congressman would agree with the program’s hosts. If that was the case, they were sorely mistaken.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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



Democracy Now!

A ‘Manufactured Non-Solution’ to a ‘Manufactured’ Crisis (Video)

Phony-baloney tax cuts, a delay in spending reductions, an increase in the deficit and lots more work to be done—Heidi Moore at The Guardian details the fiscal cliff solution that isn’t.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE


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









Posted on Jan 2, 2013 ENLARGE



Republicans Angry About Tax Hike, Krugman on the Fiscal Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the House vote on the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night and President Obama marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous presidential proclamations. (UPDATED)

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Fiscal Cliff Deal Would Add Trillions to Deficit

Instead of deficit reduction, it appears the fiscal cliff deal that was passed in the Senate early Tuesday morning would only add to the federal government’s budget problems.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE


Republican Bipartisanship









Posted on Jan 1, 2013 ENLARGE



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The Fiscal Cliff: An Opportunity for a ‘Deceptive Economic Theory’

Economists predicted the fighting would last six months when World War I broke out in 1914. Wars were too expensive to be sustained, and the approaching fiscal cliffs would soon enough force the nations involved to negotiate a peace treaty. But they didn’t, because those governments simply printed more money, Michael Hudson writes in the first of a series at CounterPunch.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE



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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









Posted on Jan 1, 2013 ENLARGE



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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


Handing Over the Baton









Posted on Jan 1, 2013 ENLARGE



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


Spoiler Alert: Banished Words List of 2013

It’s not just the fiscal cliff people are tired of hearing about—it’s the phrase as well. “Fiscal cliff” topped the 38th annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. That and 11 other terms made up this year’s compilation.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE


Happy New Year, America!









Posted on Dec 31, 2012 ENLARGE


Obama and Boehner Cliff Driving









Posted on Dec 31, 2012 ENLARGE


Happy New Cliff









Posted on Dec 31, 2012 ENLARGE


Dunce Cap









Posted on Dec 31, 2012 ENLARGE



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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


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