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Paul Lowry (CC-BY)

Why Perry Hates Regulators: They’re Bad for (His) Business

When environmental regulators do their job properly, that can mean serious trouble for Rick Perry’s largest political donors.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE


Say a Prayer

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Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



Ed Schipul (CC-BY)

Perry’s Big Mouth Is Giving Republicans Headaches

In theory, Democrats should be nervous about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to enter the presidential race. In practice, though, it’s Republicans who have zoomed up the anxiety ladder into freak-out mode.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE


Jobs Program

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White House / Pete Souza

What Obama Should Learn From Wisconsin

With Wisconsin’s epic state Senate recall battle now over, the results carry a clear message that ought to resonate all the way to Washington—and especially the Obama White House.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Summer of Discontent

It’s not easy being Mitt Romney, the man who is right there in front of them but whom so many Republicans keep looking past.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David J. Phillip

The Biggest Little Hypocrite in Texas

It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE


Tea Party Congress

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AP / Charlie Neibergall

Straw Poll Winner: Obama

The Iowa Straw Poll has shifted the GOP contest sharply to the right. This may fire up the Republican base, but it may also turn off independents who have made clear their distaste for uncompromising partisanship.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Why Is Everyone Ignoring Ron Paul?

Michele Bachmann has been riding high ever since she won her party’s straw poll in Iowa, but Ron Paul, who finished less than a percentage point behind her in a virtual tie, can’t seem to get anyone to pay attention to his campaign. (more)

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The New Old Obama

The mood of the White House crowd and past experience suggest that a new Obama—or, in many ways, the old Obama of 2008—is about to appear.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE


Republican Math

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Hello, Washington? Is Anyone Listening?

We should be shocked and alarmed that 26 percent of our fellow citizens apparently believe the president and Congress are going to make it all better. Are they not paying attention? Or are they delusional?

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE


Wedgie Issues

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WisPolitics.com (CC-BY-SA)

Wisconsin Republicans Win Recall Battle, 4-2

Democrats won only two of six state Senate seats in Wisconsin on Tuesday, leaving Republicans with control of the Senate, the Assembly and the governor’s office. Put another way, the Dems managed to unseat two Republicans and reduce the GOP majority in the Senate to the smallest possible margin.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Rick Perry to Run for President Starting This Weekend

The Texas governor will almost certainly launch a broadside against current GOP front-runner Mitt Romney this weekend when he takes the wraps off his campaign for president. (more)

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE


Hostage Crisis

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Kick the Can

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Michele Bachmann

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AP / Richard Drew

The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery

The die has been cast. Obama’s deal to raise the debt ceiling is a disaster in the making.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE


I’m a Little Teapot

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White House / Pete Souza

A Retreat, Not a Rout

It’s supremely galling. It’s unbalanced, unfair and mostly unwise. For President Obama and the Democratic Party, it’s a comprehensive defeat. But it’s not the end of the world.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE


Back in the Bottle

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Tea Party Troubles

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Crazy Glue

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House Speaker's Office

Power of the Big Idea

Conservatives are on a winning streak because they have a Big Idea that serves as an animating, motivating, unifying force. It happens to be a very bad idea, but it’s better than nothing—which, sadly, is what progressives have.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Michele Bachmann—or Anyone Else

In today’s tight media economy, reporters tend to be young, overworked, underpaid, inexperienced journalists grateful for their jobs and afraid of being fired. Their bosses, no doubt, are just as fearful. These journalists are easy marks for campaign hacks with a story to sell.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / PeterJBellis

An Investment Manager Dishes on the Richest

Rarely do we get to hear criticism of the American oligarchy from within the ranks of its crowning institution: the financial services industry. This anonymous author, who handles investments for the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, takes us on a brief tour of numbers ... (more)

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Sorry Elizabeth, Wall Street Said No

Obama’s gutless decision to abandon Elizabeth Warren comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 READ MORE


GOP Candidate Cain Gets Away With Bigotry

Open religious prejudice is usually enough to disqualify a candidate for national office—but not, apparently, when the religion in question is Islam.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Make My Day

President Obama has had it up to here with the preening and posturing of Republican “negotiators” who won’t negotiate. Who could blame him?

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Can’t Celebrate Yet

The wounded are especially dangerous fighters. President Obama now occupies the high ground in the debt ceiling debate, having called the Republicans’ bluff on the debt. He showed that deficit reduction is not now, and never has been, the GOP’s priority. He dare not get overconfident.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 READ MORE


Something to Squawk About

The truth is that Democrats have made clear they are open to a compromise deal on budget cuts and revenue increases. Republicans have made clear they are not.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE


Elephant Trunks

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Washington Dysfunction: A Scorecard

Here’s why getting to a deal on the debt ceiling is so complicated.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Calling the GOP’s Bluff

Obama’s in-your-face attitude seems to have thrown Republicans off their stride. They thought all they had to do was convince everyone that they were crazy enough to force an unthinkable default on the nation’s financial obligations. Now they have to wonder whether Obama is crazy enough to let them.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


Perry Still Pondering 2012 Run

We don’t have the full picture yet on the lineup of candidates revving up to race for the White House in 2012, even from the GOP camp, which has already kicked into high campaigning gear. A certain governor of a big state ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Gov. Pawlenty Flopped on Jobs

With the economy having emerged as the critical issue in the 2012 presidential election, the editors at Mother Jones think we should take a look at GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty’s job-creation and stimulus record.

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / uskidz

Minnesota Shuts Down

Six months of negotiations ended in booing and hissing Thursday night when Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced that his state’s government would shut down as a result of a failure to reach a compromise with Republican legislators on how to deal with the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. (more)

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE


Debt Ceiling Negotiations

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AP / Louis Lanzano

Gay Marriage: From Stonewall to Albany

New York’s action last week signifies more than just one more state added to the list of those permitting same-sex marriage.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE


Loose Lips

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Scared of a Little Compromise

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Press Swoons Over Huntsman

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Wikimedia Commons

Deficit Talks Break Down on Capitol Hill

So much for another attempt at bipartisan negotiations. Vice President Joe Biden saw his bid to get both sides talking about ways to deal with the deficit come to a halt on Thursday after all two of the GOP participants cited talk of tax increases as their reason for bowing out.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE


Huntsman: Yes, He Might

Here are the key questions about Jon Huntsman’s presidential candidacy: Is he the American version of David Cameron? And is the Republican Party ready for a Cameron moment?

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


Republican Gym

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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Michael Sparks

Obama Is Wrong on War Powers

Let’s be honest: President Obama’s claim that U.S. military action in Libya doesn’t constitute “hostilities” is nonsense, and Congress is right to call him on it.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


What Would a Republican Conference Be Without Racial Controversy?

Republicans are still working their way through the five stages of having a black president: denial (birthers), anger (town halls), bargaining (debt ceiling), depression (John Boehner’s tears) and, finally, racially charged jokes, like those told at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE


Snow White and the Other Seven Dwarfs

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